DJ Dodger Stadium (aka Jerome Potter of LOL Boys and Samo Sound Boy, pictured) have just dropped their debut LP Friend of Mine – and it’s a stormer. The LA stalwarts have thrown together an eclectic album of ethereal house and curveball techno that’s guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the year. Extra listening: check out the mix that they spun for Resident Advisor last week the Prince edit and Chief Keef dub are sublime. Word on the grapevine is that they’ll hit Australian shores in September alongside some other Body High alumni.

In other release news, last week Actress dropped a surprise EP Xoul out of nowhere (out on Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune). It’s already sold-out on Boomkat so keep an ear out for re-pressings. Other highlights from the past week include Randomer’s Residents (L.I.E.S.), Lowtec’s Workshop 20 (Workshop), Dario Zenker’s Mörsin (The Trilogy Tapes) and The Persuader’s long-awaited Autumn Leaves (Concrete Music).

Fans of prog will be delighted to know that Hernan Cattaneo and his luscious mane will be returning to Sydney later this year. Full tour dates are yet to be confirmed but he’ll be in Australia over the September/October period. You can win a double pass to the show of your choice on the tour by going to facebook.com/funftouring and entering the competition of how many hours Cattaneo will DJ for while in Australia.

More good news for prog fans – John Digweed has locked in a return to Sydney. Even better, it’ll also mark the return of the legendary garden parties at Chinese Laundry. The producer, promoter, DJ, label boss and radio host will hit Chinese Laundry on Saturday November 15. Party kicks off at 12pm.

More tour rumours: Swiss techno mistress Eli Verveine, Berlin’s Sammy Dee (whose releases have found homes on Perlon, Ultrastretch, Pokerflat and Kanzleramt), Cesare vs Disorder (BPitch Control and Get Physical) and Hamburg’s finest Matthias Meyer will all be visiting Australian shores over late November/early December. Keep an eye out for confirmed dates.

I mentioned last week that one of the stalwarts of Sydney’s nightlife and one of the main driving forces behind the Picnic party throwers, Andy Webb, had a huge amount of his records and gear stolen in Newtown. Well this weekend the Sydney electronic music community will come together to throw a fundraiser in order to replace his gear. The We Love Andy Webb Fundraiser will go down at Goodgod Small Club on Saturday July 26. Webb, Ben Fester, Zeus, Dreamcatcher, Kali and Adi Toohey will all spin. Entry is $10 on the door, with all proceeds going to Andy.

Recommended:

FRIDAY AUGUST 1

Madteo & Huerco S.
Goodgod Smallclub

SATURDAY AUGUST 2

Phil Smart

The Imperial

Tuff Sherm (AKA Dro Carey)

Marrickville Bowling Club

SATURDAY AUGUST 9

Clouds
Chinese Laundry

SATURDAY AUGUST 23

Clive Henry & Kid Kenobi

Chinese Laundry (LNDRY)

Seekae

Metro Theatre

SUNDAY AUGUST 31

Alexis Raphael

S.A.S.H

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22

Âme
TBA

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