Veteran French DJ Pepperpot, the nom de plume ofGregory Lambert, will spin at The Spice Cellar on Saturday April 12. Pepperpot is a specialist DJ who is a resident – and indeed, curator – at Paris’ renowned nightclub the Rex Club. He has been peppering clubbers with a range of house, techno and disco since the early ’90s and has played alongside many of the international house and techno A-list, honing his own distinct style in the process. Anyone unaware of the man ought to seek out some of his mixes online, which showcase why the Frenchman has a made a habit out of playing to busy dancefloors. Fittingly, local pinup Le Brond is also on the bill. Le Brond has played at many of Sydney’s most respected club nights through the years, including Minimal Fuss and Circoloco, supporting the likes of Ben Watt, Dixon, Akufen, Konrad Black and Gregor Treshor along the way. In terms of international jaunts he’s also played at Berlin’s Arena Club with Dop and Motor City Drum Ensembleand at Transit party in New Caledonia.
Renowned tastemaker Will Saul will mix the next compilation in !K7’s long-running DJ-Kicks series. Hailing from Glastonbury, Saul has been trading off his aural prowess for many years, starting out working for Sony International before committing to production, DJing and the good life. The move has proved an astute one, with Saul releasing a compilation for the Balance series and remixing the likes of Chicken Lips, Scuba and The Juan Maclean, along with his output as Close, which spawned last year’s album Getting Closer. Saul’s aim with his DJ-Kicks mix was to create “a mix that rekindles the thing I loved about listening to mixes 20 years ago.” And what was that, Will? “That unknown aspect where each new track is a surprise,” Saul explains, waving his index finger in the air excitedly. “In a time when all music/track IDs and myriad mixes are accessible at the click of a button, I hope this makes for something a little more interesting.” Saul’s mix features tracks by recent Sydney visitor Legowelt, Cottam and a new cut from Bicep along with over 20 others. It drops in June.
Techno luminary Inigo Kennedy will headline the next If? Records warehouse party, which is slotted for Saturday May 10. The owner of the Asymmetric label, Kennedy dropped his first release back in ’96, the same year he dropped his breakthrough second outing ‘Automation Makers Art’. Kennedy has remained a prolific producer ever since, operating under a number of pseudonyms including Reducer and ‘Tommi Satori’, which is geared towards heavy industrial sounds. A purveyor of distinct abstract, industrial and experimental techno, Kennedy uses his Asymmetric label to release his more experimental releases that he considers “too risky or not commercially viable for other labels”. If? Records main man Sebastian Bayne will also be throwing down on the night, along with Gene Hoffmann, Gabriel Fernandes and Simon Pinnick. Presale tickets are available online for a lobster.
UK producer Matt Cutler, known within electronic music circles as Lone, will release his fifth album Reality Testing on the R&S label in June. Cutler set the bar very high for this album with the excellent lead-off EP comprising the cuts ‘Airglow Fires’ and ‘Begin To Begin’, which will both feature on the forthcoming album along with ten unreleased tracks that apparently range from “propulsive club constructions to beatific coastal hip hop”. In describing the recording process, Cutler elucidated, “I wanted to make an album that had both hip hop and house beats but that weren’t completely different from each other, that shared the same sort of vibe. I love the idea of two things sat side by side, but instead of it seeming like they’re complete opposites, those two things could almost be the same thing.”
Saturday April 12
The Spice Cellar
Thursday April 17
The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville
Saturday April 26
Marrickville Bowling Club
Saturday May 10
Warehouse venue TBA
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