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TheStart:Cuecrew have announced the lineup for their final boat party of the season – and it’s a biggun’.Headlining the shindig is Hot Creations and Cocoon heavyweightwAFF, whose booming back catalogue of techno and deep house has seen the UK-based DJ and producer held in the same regard as luminaries Loco Dice, Tania Vulcano, Martin Buttrich, Luciano and Marco Carola.He’ll be joined by localsAdam Proctor,Al Hearnshaw,Dyson,Rickstar,Ross AshmanandTommy Rutherford.The party sets sail onSaturday February 28onThe Pontoon.

The lads behind Something Else will return for their next party late in February with a double bill of big name internationals. Leading the charge is Sound Architecture resident and Belgium native Joachim Spieth, alongside the Dutchman Dave Mayer. The house and techno dons will be joined by a killer local smorgasbord of talent, including Felix Warmuth, Gabe Fernandes, Trinity, Methodix, Spike the Punch, Oscar de Lima, Pantheon, Circa 87, Nach, Dave Stuart, Phil Kanis and Belvie. Saturday February 28 over the two levels of the Burdekin Hotel.

Melbourne’s foremost house and techno producer Lewie Day aka Tornado Wallace will headline the next instalment of Picnic’s revered One Night Stand parties. Having released on the likes of Tim Sweeney’s seminal Beats in Space label and ESP Institute, the lad is also one of the brains trust behind two of Melbourne’s best parties – C Grade and Animals Dancing. His track ‘Kookaburra’ alongside Tom Moore as Coober Pedy University Band was one of the biggest jams of 2014. The bearded wonder will return for his fourth marathon set at the Oxford Art Factory on Saturday February 28. Highly recommend.

Tour rumours: Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman aka Dusky took to Facebook over the weekend to let Australian fans know that” plans are in motion for a return.” You can also expect international visits this month from the likes of ON Bast, Egbert, Deadbeat and John ‘Jammin’ Collins.

Aphex Twin fans were treated to a treasure trove last week. The inimitable producer has put 110 unreleased demos (we’re talking over eight hours of recordings) up for free download on Soundcloud under the account user48736353001. Get diggin’. This follows the release of his latest EP last week Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP, just fourth months after his 2014 full-length Syro.

Best releases this week: the producer behind arguably one of the best dance albums of 2014, Vril, has backed it up with another ridiculously solid full-length title Portal (on Delsin). Other highlights includes the Bakradze/HVL/Akwaabak collaboration onRitual In Transfigured Time Vol 1(onTransfigured Time), HVL strikes again withLucky Star of High Minded(on Rough House Rosie), and Delroy Edwards is in fine form on Kickin’ Butts!!!(on LA Club Resource). Unfortunately, the Donato Dozzy record, which this column mentioned last week – and is recorded using only samples of Anna Caragnano’s voice – sounds like a half-baked Andy Stott album.



Sydney Opera House


Theo Parrish

Oxford Art Factory



Chinese Laundry


Burdekin Hotel

Mr. Scruff

The Metro Theatre



Sydney’s National Art School



The Hi-Fi

Genius Of Time

Civic Hotel



Marrickville Bowling Club

Danny Howells

Chinese Laundry


Detroit Swindle

Chinese Laundry



Sydney’s National Art School



The Pontoon

Joachim Spieth, Dave Mayer

Burdekin Hotel

Tornado Wallace

Oxford Art Factory


Marcellus Pittman, Giles Smith, James Priestley

The Bristol Arms


Carl Cox

The Greenwood Hotel



AGWA Yacht Club

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21– and 22-year-old Scots Calum Macleod and Liam Robertson, AKA Clouds (not to be mistaken with the local outfit of the same name), have locked in their debut visit Down Under. Part of Turbo Recordings’ core of young ‘New Jack Techno’ artists, the duo has already garnered support from heavyweights such as Richie Hawtin, Marcel Dettmann and Michael Mayer. They’ll bring their eclectic mix of bass, techno and house to Chinese Laundry on Saturday August 9.

For the first time ever, Jason Letkiewicz, better known as Steve Summers, will perform in Sydney. The New York-based selector has worked with seminal labels such as L.I.E.S., ESP Institute and PPU, and under a variety of monikers, including Two Dogs In A House (with Ron Morelli), Innergaze (with Aurora Halal) and Manhunter (with Ari Goldman from Beautiful Swimmers). He’ll hit Sydney on Friday July 18 with the Noise In My Head crew over at Club 77. He’ll also be performing at Splendour In The Grass if you’re heading to Byron.

Already announced as a headline act for Victoria festival Strawberry Fields, еme have added a Sydney date to their tour itinerary. The DJ/production duo of Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann have been carving their niche on dancefloors for over a decade now with their delicate blend of deep techno, rolling house and spotted minimalism. Catch them on Saturday November 22 with the Finely Tuned collective, venue is TBA.

One of the leading names in London’s burgeoning new breed of electronic, Alexis Raphael has locked in an Australian visit. First cutting his teeth on pirate radio in the late ’90s, Raphael went on to lock down residencies at legendary London clubs such as The Cross and Turnmills and has since released his amicable blend of house and techno of labels such as Jamie Jones and LeeFoss’ Hot Waves alongside Leftroom, Get Physical and Nervous. He’ll hit S.A.S.H – at its new venue – on Sunday August 31.

Word on the grapevine is that Detroit stalwart Andrés will be returning to Sydney next month. A regular on Moodymann’s seminal labels KDJ and Mahogani Music, he released arguably the most ubiquitous track of 2012 with his ‘New For U’ single on La Vida. Keep an eye out.

It looks like Huerco S.’supcoming Australian tour has been scrapped. Back in April the Kansas City producer posted on Facebook that he’d be debuting Down Under in July, but with no dates ever confirmed, plus the fact that he’s since edited the post to remove his Sydney performance, it looks like he ain’t coming.

In a week of quality releases, Fabric and Berghain stalwart Margaret Dygas has dropped the absolute stormer In Wood / That on Perlon. Stroboscopic Artefacts have kicked another goal with Eomac’s Monad XVII, and over at Tasteful Nudes Royer’s Tough Questions is already looking like it’ll be a guaranteed staple in late-night sets this summer.

Local lad Lavurn Lee AKA Guerre dropped his debut album Ex Nihilo last week and it’s top notch. The record was produced with Marcus Whale of Collarbones, who also produces with Lee in the three-piece outfit Black Vanilla. Lead single ‘Deatheat’ comes alongside a killer clip, too. Don’t sleep on it.


Saturday July 19

Super Flu

Club 77

Saturday August 2

Phil Smart

The Imperial

Tuff Sherm (AKA Dro Carey)

Marrickville Bowling Club

SaturdayAugust 23


Metro Theatre

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