Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:05pm

A.B. Original, the hip hop two-piece made up of Aussie musical mainstays Briggs and Trials, are an important band.


That’s the heart of it. They matter the way a group like A Tribe Called Quest matter, and for the same reason – they craft songs that people actively require, songs with the ability to impact real change. An album like Reclaim Australia, the duo’s debut, isn’t some...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:56pm

1. Growing Up


Moktar’s dad is a music composer and classical conductor. He’s grown up in a very musical family and music had always been a big thing at home. Going through high school, Moktar listened to a lot of usual heartbreakers like The Smiths, The Doors and David Bowie and eventually found funk with Parliament and Funkadelic. Dan’s dad was a big music fan and had drums,...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 12:50pm

Mantra Collective is celebrating its fourth birthday en Francais with a set from French producer Varhat. 


He'll be joined by Londoner Shai Spooner and Sydney local Marley Sherman as well as Mantra Collective themselves (Aboutjack, Space Junk and White Cat 'B3B').


Varhat co-owns a record store in Yoyaku, Paris and has launched several projects and a record label...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 12:02pm

Let's face it, traditional Christmas merriment ain't everyone's thing - so if you fancy yourself more of a party animal, Undr Ctrl has got this, well, under control. It'll be turning this year's Xmas All-Dayer event into an official Keep Sydney Open fundraiser.


Undr Ctrl will host two very special intimate events in one this December, featuring artists including Set Mo, Total...

Posted 22 Nov 2016 @ 11:29am

Sydney party crew Astral People are set to deliver their third series of Summer Dance events, with the first lineup for January 2017 now revealed.


The outdoor parties take place across several Sundays each summer at the National Art School in Darlinghurst. They're a mighty fine getaway from the hustle and bustle of a busy city, and time after time the lineups feature some prime...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 1:31pm

It's been a busy year for the Aussie producer and he's ending it on a high with the release of his second EP, Scenes.


Between touring with Rudimental and remixing tracks for acts like Gorgon City, Disclosure and The Preatures, GRMM has found the time to put out a new six-track release.


In celebration of the EP announcement, GRMM dropped the track...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 11:22am

The secret warehouse events from Surveillance Party have been a celebration of great local music and dance, and Surveillance Party #4 is set to top the lot.


On the top of the next lineup for Easter 2017 is the ARIA Award-winning duo Itch-E & Scratch-E, who will be bringing their unique sounds to a Sydney warehouse where they belong.


Although the actual venue...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 6:12pm

Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States.


Political analysts – and indeed, everyone who would call themselves left-leaning – are stunned and trying to figure out how this bigoted juggernaut came to be. Fundamentally, we need to be more compassionate to people who think differently. This requires stepping out of echo chambers and engaging with them as people, not as...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:17pm

Guess who's back? The annual Island Live daytime special/public holiday event is back. That's what. And this year it's joining forces with Falcona.


The lineup is being kept under wraps until the day so we'll have to wait and see who'll be playing this year, but with the impressive list of artists that Falcona has under its belt, you can bet it'll be good.



Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 3:09pm

1. The First Record I Bought


The first record I bought was The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death, which was a double album. It was the album that got me into hip hop and eventually led me on the path to wanting to rap myself.


2. The Last Record I Bought

Ed Sheeran – X. His first album is one of my favourite releases in recent times and I was curious to...

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 2:24pm

MTV Beats & Eats is set to live up to its name, with two more Australian acts added to a delish music lineup for the Wollongong festival.


Headliner Steve Aoki, the Gold Coast's Paces and Maala will now be joined on the day by Aussie powerhouse Tigerlily and up-and-comer Throttle. Tigerlily has earned a following both locally and internationally, having been picked as a...

Posted 14 Nov 2016 @ 10:06am

One of the first casualties of the Sydney lockouts, Hugo’s Lounge in Kings Cross, is returning next year.


The news follows last week's saga over the reported sale of the Hopetoun Hotel in Surry Hills.


Hugo's will now be run by Eric Jury, who...

Posted 13 Nov 2016 @ 9:00am

From busking on the streets of Melbourne to a sold-out international tour, Tash Sultana has built her success on nothing but pure talent and a love for what she does best: holding a crowd at the very tips of her insanely talented fingers.


The musical range of this singer-songwriter and storyteller knows no bounds. Sultana’s performances are a mix of carefully layered pieces...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 11:26am

I step onto the upper deck and look down at the main pool and dancefloor, where a lumbering tyrannosaurus is being double-teamed by two drunk Australians. The shirtless pair are swilling from litre bottles of Grey Goose and Johnny Walker, thrusting away at the poor costumed creature as it tries to cheerfully dance along. 


It’s a remarkable sight, trumped only by the T-Rex’s...

Posted 10 Nov 2016 @ 1:18pm

There are some among us who fondly cherish the memory of the dearly departed Central Station Records (OK, it’s not technically dead – it exists, albeit swallowed up into Universal Music Australia, so best to keep those rose-tints on).


Remembered for its landmark Central Station Records stores in Sydney (eventually laid to rest in what is now...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 5:10pm

Introducing Sydney-based duo Vypes and their dreamy new single 'One Dimensional'. 


Vypes are producer Dave Hammer and singer Elizabeth Hughes. Known as a solo artist and guitarist in the band Phantastic Ferniture, Hughes has teamed up with Hammer to create an upbeat, ethereal sound with a fast-paced drum and bass line and soaring electronic overcurrents.



Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 5:06pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in the Blue Mountains, which is a pretty creative community. My mum played classical guitar and piano when I was growing up and my parents would play records at dinner time pretty much every night. My key childhood music memory would be playing the piano as a child, making up melodies and songs and trying to learn ‘A Thousand Miles’ by Vanessa Carlton...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 11:46am

Electronic Music Conference 2016 is around the corner, and now organisers have announced the final round of speakers, as well as 16 more acts for EMCPlay, the showcase arm of the event.


Homegrown dance star Alison Wonderland has been added to the EMC bill as a keynote speaker, alongside the previously announced Night Mayor of Amsterdam, Mirik Milan, who will no doubt be able to...

Posted 5 Nov 2016 @ 11:00am

It’s not always immediately apparent what your life’s work is meant to be.


For some, the path to creative fulfilment is a twisted one, and many of us walk about in circles for decades before we discover what we truly want to do with ourselves. Such is the case with Sydney’s Dylan Martin, a DJ and beatsmith who records under the name Royalston. 


Martin says he...

Posted 3 Nov 2016 @ 2:18pm

For the first time in five years, El Guincho is bringing his kaleidoscopic Spanish dance vibes back to Sydney.


The Canary Islands-born artist has hypnotised Australian crowds in the past at Meredith and Laneway Festivals and come February, he'll be ready to do it again. With special guest Donny Benet set to join him, as well as a full band for his set, it's sure to be an...

Posted 3 Nov 2016 @ 1:14pm

On Thursday November 17, House Of Bacardi has got Phile, Champion Lyf, Ben Drayton and plenty more acts together for a free gig.


After organising a successful party in Brisbane, House Of Bacardi is heading down to Sydney to combat lockout laws, noise complaints and increased police crackdowns with an epic free party at The World Bar.


It's promised that this is...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 5:47pm

In the lead-up to the first-ever FOMO Sydney, the festival has announced an exciting new party series.


Countdown to FOMO will be taking Perth duo Slumberjack and Brisbane producer Feki across Sydney and beyond from late November to early December, playing shows in the Western Suburbs, the Northern Beaches and the north coast of Newcastle. 

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 3:28pm

Here’s a hot tip for all you wannabe music journalists out there: try not to kick off an interview with a pair of media-savvy musicians by asking them what questions they’re sick of hearing from the press.


The problem is not so much that they’ll consider the query intrusive or annoying, but more that you’ll find yourself red-faced when they invariably rattle off a whole list of...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 3:27pm

Vanfest has announced that the "world's first time-travelling dance party", Hot Dub Time Machine, will join an already huge lineup including Angus & Julia Stone, The Rubens and Drapht for its Forbes festival in 2016.


The new additions to the lineup also include house and techno due Set Mo, electronic funk group ManaLion, reggae band Ocean Alley, R&B singer Morgan Bain...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 1:21pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in Conakry, Guinea on the west coast of Africa. Growing up, the three most important things to me were family, music and soccer. Both my parents were musicians, my father a master balafon player and my mother a singer. I would perform with them from a young age just as my own children do with me now. I was born into a Griot family – the traditional...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 1:55pm

Straight outta Compton, straight into Surry Hills.


N.W.A's own DJ Yella and Lil Eazy-E, the son of the late Eazy-E himself, will headline a free party at The Soda Factory in November.


DJ Yella was a crucial cog in the N.W.A sound, and can lay claim to being the legendary rap group's founding member.


Meanwhile, Lil Eazy-E, AKA Eric Darnell Wright...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 1:38pm

Sydney queer culture has been steadily eroded into a towering, homogenised dullness over the last decade.


The process has gained considerable momentum over the last two years and I could sit here and whine about the lockout laws being the death knell, but that would be far too convenient.


And inaccurate.


Sydney seems to be suffering from a...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 12:30pm

Oh, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Shake your booty! Shake your booty!


The Afro-Brazilian Conference Fundraiser Party will be booty-shaking par excellence. Sway your hips to the smooth Afrotropical rhythms of DJ collective Afrobrasiliana Soundsystem and stuff your face with Brazilian delicacies, all while supporting a good cause.


Project Bantu uses ...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 10:00am

Tkay Maidza is, without exaggeration, a kind of prodigy. After finishing high school at 16, the rapper and singer studied architecture, played competitive tennis, and if images on her social media are anything to go by, she is also a naturally talented illustrator.


Since bursting onto the music scene in 2013 with her almost uncomfortably catchy single ‘Brontosaurus’, Maidza has...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 9:44am

Grassroots organsiation Unharm will take over Oxford Street this Saturday with "a party for politics, fun, sexy demons and killer dress-ups".


It's all in the name of fun, but "serious fun" as Unharm seeks to honour the role of the LGBTQ+ community in creating secure spaces for partygoers and promoting safer use of substances such as MDMA and GHB. The fundraiser will play host...