Establishing themselves at the forefront of Sydney’s rave scene, Motorik will host French veteran Michel Amato, best known to dancers as The Hacker, on the hallowed turf of Marrickville Bowling Club on Friday May 23. The Hacker rose to prominence during the electroclash epoch, crafting seminal albums and anthems with Miss Kittin including ‘Frank Sinatra’, a ditty as catchy as it is dirty (“To be famous is so nice…”). Despite the electroclash delirium subsiding, Amato has remained a relevant figure in club circles over the ensuing years, melding house, techno, rave, acid and of course electro influences on his EPs for labels like Turbo, Tigersushi, Infine and Gigolo. His collaborative EP alongside Eric Borgo, Zone, and his compilation A.N.D.N.O.W… are highpoints in his accomplished discography. Showing no sign of diminishing with age, Amato delivered one of the best remixes of last year with his evocative refashioning of the track ‘Winter Months’ by Phil Kieran’s Le Carousel outfit, adding to his body of remixes for the likes of Perspects, Air and Erol Alkan. Amato recently released a new EP Love/Kraft Part 1, the first half of what is essentially a split Hacker album, with the next instalment to follow shortly. The Hacker’s Sydney show kicks off at 10pm, with presale tickets available online for $33.
Burning Seed 2014, the fifth regional Australian Burning Man event, is happening from Wednesday October 1 to Tuesday October 7 in Matong State Forest in NSW. Burning Seed is an experimental gathering dedicated to “creativity, collaboration and a cash-free community” that appropriates the ethos of the famed Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert. Just like its US counterpart, Burning Seed also creates its own temporary city, ‘Red Earth City’, where you must bring everything that you need to survive for the time you are there – nothing can be bought or sold and you must take everything with you when you leave. With renowned veteran DJ Phil Smart as one of the organisers, you can be assured that high quality electronic music will be prevalent throughout the week-long event, along with an array of art, theme camps, performance, theatre and gifting. There are no tickets sold at the gate; presale tickets and full festival details are available via burningseed.com.
Swiss melodic techno producer Sam Geiser, AKA Deetron, is at the helm of Fabric 76, a 28-track compilation slotted for release in late June. From his beginnings running a record shop in the 1990s, Deetron has established himself as an influential player in the club milieu. In terms of his production credentials, Deetron has released excellent EPs that utilised the vocal stylings of Seth Troxler and Justin Chapman in years gone by, and he released his second full-length outing, Music Over Matter, at the end of last year, a full eight years after his debut LP, Twisted. Deetron is also well acquainted with the compilation format, having contributed an accomplished addition to the Balance series a few years back. The tracklist for Fabric 76 spans vast sonic territory, blending classic Detroit techno from the likes of Gemini, Galaxy 2 Galaxy and Carl Craig with recent bangers from Four Tet and Terror Danjah along with Marcel Dettmann’s rip-roaring remix of Moderat’s ‘Bad Kingdom’ and even the neo-classical melancholia of Nils Frahm. “I basically followed the pleasure principle when approaching the mix,” Geiser divulged, articulating a philosophy that could and should be endorsed in any walk of life. “I started to pick my favourite pieces of dance music regardless of age or subgenre and didn’t really begin to structure the mix until all the tracks had been cleared.”
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