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Dance

Posted 21 Jun 2013 @ 4:58pm

As you’ve maybe heard, this year Fuzzy is ditching it’s annual October knees-up Parklife in favour of a smaller, more boutique ‘IDM’ (Intelligent Dance Music) festival (although Autechre, Aphex Twin or any other ‘IDM’ artists are conspicuously absent from the just-announced line-up). 

 

Listen Out, which arrives with the tagline ‘Party. Redefined’, will take place at Centennial...

Posted 21 Jun 2013 @ 12:53pm

Tango – it’s the dance of passion, the dance of longing, the dance where you clutch a rose between your teeth and the thorns dig into your gums, but you don't even notice because you’re so consumed in the dance.

 

Catch eight of Argentina’s greatest Tango dancers when they perform at Chatswood’s Concourse Theatre on 25, 26 and 27 July with a live orchestra. More at ...

Posted 21 Jun 2013 @ 9:18am

Underground, Dance and Electronica with Chris Honnery

 

This Saturday, revered local DJ Phil Smart will take to the decks of the Abercrombie for a four hour set at the weekly free event, Strange Fruit. Since launching a little over a year ago, Strange Fruit has established a reputation among the cognoscenti for delivering some of Sydney’s finest house and techno DJs, playing free...

Posted 19 Jun 2013 @ 5:11pm

Widely regarded as one of the finest underground nights in Australia, Darkbeat celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

 

Perennial prog tastemaker Anthony Pappa, who himself has spun at numerous Darkbeat parties over the years, will return to Australia to help them celebrate. “It means a lot to me, having worked with them over the years,” Pappa says, “I’m honoured to help them...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 3:56pm

Ballerinas are an enigma – Russian ballerinas even more so.

 

And yes, you guessed it, you’ll soon be able to catch the leggy pirouetting goddesses on our home turf. They’re not actually appearing in the flesh, but we’re pretty psyched about the special screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at Riverside Theatres on Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30....

Posted 13 Jun 2013 @ 11:23am

Underground, Dance and Electronica with Chris Honnery

 

The inimitable Kenny Dixon Jr, who makes music under the moniker of – come on now, you know this one – Moodymann, has released new album ABCD, which bypassed the usual marketing hype and snuck under the radar, being released a fortnight ago without the usual fanfare. It’s now up to journalists and imposters such as myself to...

Posted 6 Jun 2013 @ 11:10am

Influential Brooklyn rapper Masta Ace’s last album MA Doom: Son Of Yvonne opens with a biographical skit where his 12-year-old self flicks through his mother’s collection of ‘70s soul records: Ohio Players; Curtis Mayfield; Al Green. It paints a vivid and accurate picture of Duval Clear’s (Ace’s birth name) earliest musical experiences.

 

“My mother was just really into her music...

Posted 6 Jun 2013 @ 10:59am

Underground, Dance and Electronica with Chris Honnery.

 

French producer Erwan Castex, who goes about his business under the guise of Rone, will release a six-track mini-album Tohu Bonus next month through Infine, a follow-up to his Tohu Bohu album (which translates as 'commotion' in French) that dropped last year. With a background as a filmmaker and soundtracker who also...

Posted 6 Jun 2013 @ 10:54am

Electronic music titan Robert Babicz releases his long-awaited new album The Owl And The Butterfly this month, bringing together his signature blend of deep techno and melodic house. 

 

The rather cryptic title is an attempt to sum up his two-decade journey through music. “I wanted to find symbols to illustrate the process that I’ve been through as an artist, and the owl and the...

Posted 6 Jun 2013 @ 10:28am

The last time Stephen Bruner was in Australia he made quite an impression. In February last year he was playing bass for Erykah Badu, during the neo-soul artist’s debut headline tour. By all accounts it was an – ahem – explosive performance. 

 

“Last time I was there I set my amp on fire,” Bruner laughs. “I had my amp turned up really loud, and I thought I was doing really well...

Posted 4 Jun 2013 @ 5:56pm

Henrique Oliveira, AKA HNQO – house DJ, producer and head of the Playperview label – comes from the Brazilian city of Curitiba. Watching a tourist commercial on YouTube, the main impression I come away with is that the people of Curitiba are very proud of their public transport system, so I ask Oliveira for a better idea of what kind of city it is.

 

“Curitiba is a city for...

Posted 3 Jun 2013 @ 10:34am

New Zealand hip hop has always been less ambivalent about its American roots than its Australian cousin has; happier to embrace not just the accent but the subject matter and style of their common ancestor.

 

DJ and producer P-Money, AKA Peter Wadams, is a perfect example. His own path into hip hop came via the live track on DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s He’s the DJ, I’m...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:37am

The Upbeats are a DnB duo with all the speedy breakbeats you’d expect of the genre, alongside echoing synths that wash in and out like choppy waves on the tide. 

 

But their new album is also full of mysterious noises that sound like someone grinding a car to pieces and maybe a plane falling out of the sky, things that sound like technology failing and being destroyed. Then in...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 4:47pm

Underground, Dance and Electronica with Chris Honnery.

 

The considerable buzz surrounding Jon Hopkins’ forthcoming albumImmunity, due out early next month, will only grow louder following the release of leadoff single ‘Open Eye Signal,’ a cut which confirms that Hopkins is veering more towards the nightclub dancefoor than he has previously. The single evokes the Border Community...

Posted 14 May 2013 @ 5:42pm

There are two ways to go when you’re a rapper who gets blog-famous, discovered on YouTube and written about on the strength of a solid mixtape. You can be like Drake, Kid Cudi, Wale and all the other rappers who signed to a major label and then kicked off a career of releasing disappointing albums that, restricted by worrying about your sample-clearance budget and demographics, lack the...

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