One of Britain’s most inventive producers, Matthew Herbert, will release his first music under the moniker of Herbert in close to a decade, due before the end of the month on his own label, Accidental. Herbert is an electronic music pioneer who has remixed and produced a wide array of artists like Quincy Jones, Bjork, Serge Gainsbourg and even Dizzee Rascal. He has become increasingly experimental in recent times, as evinced by his One Pig album, which was made from recordings taken during the birth, life, butchery and consumption of a single pig, reared for meat at a farm in England. His forthcoming EP is a four-tracker entitled Part 6, apparently a sequel to the Parts 1-5 EPs, which dropped way back in 1995/96. It follows last year’s whopping 130-track digital ‘box set’ covering Herbert’s house-leaning productions spanning the period of 1996 – 2006, including classics such as the Smith N Hack remix of ‘Moving Like A Train’.

One of Sydney’s favourite techno sons, Phil Smart, will play an all-night set at the next of Picnic’s One Night Stand parties at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville on Saturday August 2. Smart has released under various monikers over the years, such as Earthlink, Headland, Altitude, and Sprocket. He’s also a co-founder of record labels Think and Thunk and a key figure in the organisation of Australia’s answer to Burning Man, Burning Seed, which will run over the first week of October in the Matong State Forest. “DJing a whole night, from start to finish, is something I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Smart divulged about his forthcoming set. “Now I finally get the chance! It’s pretty much the last box left unticked on the list of things I’ve wanted to do as a DJ, so I’m very excited and honoured to have this opportunity for a One Night Stand.”

You can never write off Kompakt Records. Not that the quality of the Cologne label’s output has tapered off much at all in recent years, but there’s always the pessimistic temptation to think that the label’s quality will waver due to the difficulty maintaining its lofty standards. However, Kompakt’s latest offering more than meets the level we’ve come to expect from the German tastemakers. Ada and David Hasert have teamed up for a new project under the alias of DAMH, an acronym for ‘Dog Ate My Homework’. Hasert, also known as Hasi, is the founder of label Like Records, while Ada has established herself as one of the foremost women in European electronica following the release of her memorable debut album Blondie a decade ago. She’s since released a string of EPs such as the serene Love Stoned, worked alongside Axel Willner (AKA The Field), JЪrg ‘The Modernist’ Burger, Popnoname and John Stanier of Battles (as Cologne Tape) and released her slightly disappointing sophomore album Meine Zarten Pfoten (‘My Tender Paws’) on DJ Koze’s Pampa imprint. DAMH’s debut EP Black Night is one of the most polished house releases of the year so far, showcasing ethereal pop influences and slick synthlines, with heavy hitters Hasert and Koze contributing remixes.

FBi Radio launches its new digital station, FBi Click, this week. Dedicated to electronic music, the station will be available to stream online 24 hours a day via Many of the protagonists from the local club milieu will be involved with the new digital radio channel, including the crews behind Astral People, Goodgod Small Club, Picnic, Motorik and Halfway Crooks. All these denizens and others will DJ at the launch party/FBi fundraiser romp at Goodgod Small Club this Friday. Entry is $10 for FBi Supporters and $15 for the unconverted.


Friday June 27

FBi Click Launch

Goodgod Small Club

Saturday June 28

Le Loup

Club 77

Saturday July 19

Super Flu

Club 77

Saturday August 2

Phil Smart

The Imperial

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