Transforming her witty journal ramblings into surreal lyrics and soaring song, Courtney Barnett has gone from Melbourne pub scene darling to frequent flyer. Her self-released poetic strokes 'Avant-Gardner', 'Lance Jnr' and 'History Eraser' echo the greats Patti Smith, Jeff Tweedy and Grant McLennan, and have had festivals, labels and media lining around the block. With over 40 gigs booked over the next four months, we can only assume this unrelenting worker is enjoying herself. Over a virtual coffee, Courtney slipped us this playlist as we discussed her next album, the Milk! Records roster and her vast wardrobe of band t-shirts.
A remarkably illuminating chronicle of one of the most overlooked annals of dance music history, The Sound Of Belgium is Jozef Deville's engrossing in-depth look at his country's unique take on the genre for fans and first timers alike. From the historical context of the Belgian's love for beer and dancing, the film eloquently and entertainingly tells the story of the development of the nation's nightclubs and the sound they birthed which went on to become a hugely influential one on dancefloor's the world over, whether you realised it or not.
The film (Deville's film school project) was so intensely researched it's allegedly been finished since 2011 but has only just arrived on screens, such was the process of clearing the rights to some 100+ Belgian new beat and techno originals that feature in the film. This impressively meticulous approach was one also employed by the New Beat DJs of the late 80s, whose manic record collecting fervour saw them clean out record stores from Brussels to Brooklyn, pre-dating 2manydjs (a notable omission from the film) and their infamously legendary, encyclopedic record library. Deep, throbbing bass, wintery dark ambience, anarchic lyrical malcontent and riveting, writhing acid squelch - Belgians do it better.
Following two back-to-back Best New Tracks on Pitchfork, Sydney creepers Movement present 'Ivory', the latest single from their forthcoming eponymous EP. 'Ivory' brews sentiment and nostalgia with an almost ominous, stirring drive of slo-mo piano pulses and additional production and mixing from Ilangelo (The Weeknd).
Out May 2 (Aus), May 5 (UK/Euro), May 6 (US), the four track EP sees the band touring Australia during May and June, as well as their first UK headline show en route to FOR Festival in Croatia, playing London's Ace Hotel Basement on Monday June 16th with support from fellow FOR festival artist Baio and Modular DJs.
MOVEMENT TOUR DATES
Fri 9 May - Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast *supporting Rufus
Sat 10 May - The Tivoli, Brisbane *supporting Rufus
Sun 11 May - The Tivoli, Brisbane *supporting Rufus
Thurs 22 May - Shebeen, Melbourne *Tix
Fri 23 May - Rocket Bar, Adelaide *Tix on the door
Fri 30 May - Spectrum, Sydney *Tix
Thur 5 June - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane *Tix
Fri 6 June - Beach Hotel, Byron Bay *Free entry
Mon 16 June - Ace Hotel Basement, Shoreditch, London *Tix
Sun 22 June - FOR Festival, Hvar Island, Croatia *Tix
Revisiting this modern masterpiece from Maurice Fulton who will be manipulating the dancefloor at FOR Festival. Fulton's career has been as eclectic as it's been essential, with 15 years of exploration that's traversed house, garage disco and leftfield techno. Through countless productions under his own name as well as Syclops, Boof and Eddie & The Eggs, to tastemaking remixes for Hot Chip, The Rapture and Alice Smith, Fulton has pushed the rules of electronic music time after time. A maverick artist who prefers to let his music do the talking, Fulton's DJ performances are the perfect way to enter his world - a deep, soulful distillation of his formidable career by way of his coveted collection of tunes.
Liars are an LA-based creative outfit who've been pursuing the art of music and performance for over 15 years. Their seventh studio album, Mess, was recently released and had The Quietus share, "They have an uncanny ability to switch from bizarre to beautiful, from lunatic chanting to moments of lustiness to a moment of vulnerability, without ever having to think about it too much, and always with a smirk of utter brilliance".
Liars will be performing at Modulations on Friday 6 June. Tickets go on sale next Wednesday.
Liars also play The Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Thursday 5 June. Tix are available here.
As part of Modulations 2014, Porteño are collaborating with their favourite LA-based record label Wild Records to present a unforgettable experience at "Wild Porteño": a pop up restaurant/bar to be hosted at the Carriageworks in Sydney this June.
The restaurant/bar will be open from Friday 6 June through to Sunday 8 June, and when Monday rolls around you can enjoy the ultimate Porteño live experience, with performances from Wild artists The Delta Bombers, Gizzelle and Luis & The Wildfires.
The self-anointed humble magnificent Edan certainly does things on his own terms in his own time, but when he does stick his head up it's always worth tuning in. Back in 2009 he released the Echo Party mixtape - given free reign of the Traffic Entertainment Group vault (distributor to P&P Records, Magic Records, Chocolate Star amongst many), Edan crafted a deranged, spun out mix of early hip hop, disco and new wave, supplemented with his own instrumentation and extensive special fx. A heady, bugged out half an hour, it provided a pretty solid insight into the mind of the man, complete with ridiculous attention to detail that went all the way down to him personally hand printing the CD and LPs. Now some 5 years later, an accompanying film has surfaced coupling the music with it's visual equivalents. The Echo Party Movie is wonderfully off the wall and a perfect half hour distraction from reality, courtesy of the man Edan.
Alex Sushon, aka Bok Bok, is surely emerging from the 'underground' (whatever that means in 2014) as one of the most innovative and influential figures in dance music today. The London-based producer is not only an incredible DJ whose deep, historical knowledge of dance music finds him fluent in everything from classic house to grime, but also helms the genre-wrecking Night Slugs label.
Here's his latest collaboration with the spellbinding Kelela, following on from his work on her 2013 mixtape 'Cut 4 Me'. This LA-London collaboration with converge on the shores of Hvar, Croatia for our FOR Festival in June.
British rave revivalists Klaxons unveil their subversive album art, tracklist and pumped up new track Atom To Atom, as we edge closer to the release of album #3 Love Frequency.
It's easy to forget that Klaxons have been charming hearts and minds since 2007 when they erupted into the cosmos with a then pioneering dance/indie hybrid that led to awards, glory and a trail of ravaged venues the world over. They turned darker with 2010's Surfing The Void, and the new swagger of Love Frequency tasters (BBC Radio 1's A-listed There Is No Other Time, plus Children of the Sun) shows a further evolution.
The June-released album features production from Gorgon City, the Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands, Erol Alkan, and James Murphy, and was recorded throughout 2013. See the tracklisting below.
Neneh Cherry has always been one step ahead of the curve - performing in legendary UK post-punk bands, finding pop stardom as an early voice in the rap game, being key to the Bristol trip hop movement arranging Massive Attack's Blue Lines and collaborating with Geoff Barrow pre-Portishead, and recording with Four Tet on Blank Project, her first solo album in 18 years. These were all natural evolutions rather than conscious reinventions, and barely sum up a dent in this empowered woman's illustrious journey. We are blessed to have Neneh play FOR Festival in Croatia with her new ensemble RocketNumberNine. Here she shares ten tracks that influenced her, while discussing family life with Don and Moki Cherry, creativity and Robyn.
FOR Festival and international analogue photography movement Lomography are giving away the ultimate FOR prize pack to enhance your experience whilst watching Haim, DARKSIDE, Mark Ronson, Klaxons, Neneh Cherry with RocketNumberNine, Erol Alkan and more play on the idyllic Croatian island of Hvar this June.
The prize pack includes a LomoKino and Kinoscope to capture your FOR experience on analogue video as well as a stack of vinyl, CDs and other rarities from artists that are playing or have played the festival to warm you up.
As a feature of FOR Festival is the all-night parties at Carpe Diem Beach (a private island accessed by boat which is included in your FOR ticket), we're asking for you to submit up to 10 of your favourite 'night-time' photos.
To enter, create a LomoHome, then follow the instructions on the competition page.
You can pick up day and weekend tickets to FOR, and watch our full line-up trailer here.
The Cut Copy boys remix fellow Australians Jagwar Ma, stretching their latest single 'Uncertainty' into a jacking intergalactic sparkle. A winning combination. You could argue that both acts see eye to eye with 'Free Your Mind' and 'Howlin' finding common ground in their marriage of psychedelia and dance music, paying homage to the Madchester scene.
Oakbank Racecourse , Oakbank, SA
Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT
The Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
The Hi Fi, Melbourne, Australia
Prince of Wales Showground , Bendigo, VIC
Murray Sports Complex, Townsville, QLD
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Capitol, Perth, Australia
Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Rod Laver Arena , Melbourne, Australia
Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
170 Russell , Melbourne, Australia
Hay Park , Bunbury, WA
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
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