Rhode Island producer The Range really won us over with last year's album Nonfiction, a dense tapestry of breakbeat, ethereal tones and rogue youtube samples which launched the globetrotter's fruitful career. He's tackled this high impact modcast head first, meshing a variety of bass orientated music, r&b and slacker indie, bookended by lucid dream passages. Ahead of playing PS1 and Hopscotch Music Festival (full dates below), we spoke to James Hinton about his artistic practice, observing Jon Hopkins in action and which youtube clips he wouldn't dare sample.
It's open season for budding producers to remix Bag Raiders' latest club single 'Nairobi' after the band blasted this invitation:
We're throwing up the parts for 'Nairobi' on Soundcloud for anyone out there who wants to have a stab at a remix, steal our drums, whatever. Sharing is caring!! Love, Bag Raiders xxx
'Nairobi' is the lead cut of their latest Club EP, featuring two dancefloor bound originals and remixes by Zombie Disco Squad and Roland Tings. It's now available worldwide through Modular via iTunes and all good digital retailers.
Perks and Mini do the world a favour by uploading their series of under the counter mix CDs to soundcloud. Recruiting the likes of 2ManyDJs, discretely billed as The Dee Wees, The Boredoms' Yamantaka Eye, Secret Circuit and Thomas Bullock of Rub N Tug, they have never been commercially available, traded like the underground currency amongst the inner sanctum. Sample 'Spa'z The Place' below, the slomo journey of unidentified objects pieced together by label head Jerky Perks and The Dee Wees, and explore more here.
Entropico (Hayden James, Touch Sensitive) have given us a fun video for 'Protect', Beni's 90s house rewind featuring vocals by Antony & Cleopatra, the duo of soulful London voice Anita Blay and Alexander Burnett. The cheeky clip casts Triple J personality and Sydney techno DJ Linda Marigliano in an entertaining take on the weird youtube phenomenon 'Japanese Techno Girl'.
'Protect' is the lead single from Beni's new EP, now available in Australia, UK and Europe through Modular Recordings (buy here), and soon in the US via WIN Music (Duke Dumont, Tiga). Produced with The Presets' Kim Moyes, the dancefloor dynamite is backed by two select remixes - Melbourne heat waves Indian Summer tackle 'Protect' while Canadian house dons Prince Club rework 'Can't Hide'.
Festival saviours The Presets have a remix package for their charging track 'No Fun'. Out in Australia today / 4 August UK / 5 August US, the EP features diverse reworks from Australian house star Lancelot, Montreal Mau5trap signing Eekkoo, Belfast techno maestro Phil Kieran, new UK outfit Wax Wings and the much loved RÜFÜS. Grab a free download of Lancelot's joust below.
Club Mod is an independent label centred on the instinctual energy of the dancefloor, releasing singles and EPs by a network of geographically scattered, spiritually linked kinfolk for those who like to move their body - and is relaunched today with details of new releases forthcoming from Sharooz and Baio and a bold new aesthetic courtesy of renowned designer Trevor Jackson.
Club Mod is developed by a trans-continental team to bring some of the most resonant sounds of house, techno and disco from clubs all over the map into the one entranced tribe. With due respect to the formative days in New York, Chicago and Detroit, reinterpreted through London, Paris and Berlin, and from our own roots in Australia, Club Mod amplifies those getting busy with the sound of tomorrow.
We're privileged to have the Godfather of Australian Techno Cam Bianchetti, aka HMC, donning the cloak of disco king pin Late Nite Tuff Guy. Under the LNTG alter-ego, Cam puts the oh in disco, the amp in camp and the dang in dangerous, with the most credible edits that are rapidly becoming classics in their own right. Recorded live at the famous Ku De Ta in Bali, this mix is part two of a diptych (download part one here), and showcases the man playing his absolute heart out. Now that he's overcome a fear of flying, European fans will be able to touch his muscles over the next few months at the gigs below. We chat to the legend mid-tour about how he put Adelaide on the dance map in the mid-90s and what contemporary track will stand the test of time in 30 years.
'Ivory', a standout from Movement's debut EP released earlier this year on Modular Recordings, now has a video. Directed by Fleur & Manu (M83, Gesaffelstein, Connan Mockasin), the NSFW video paints a stark, delicate picture of love and lust, nudity, intimacy and sexuality, of two bodies merging into one like colours running together in a tableau. It's a deep, surrealist meditation on the physical act of love and two individuals perceptions of what that is.
After wrapping their first run of international tour dates last month, Movement are also pleased to announce they'll be taking their evocative soul along the Australian East Coast this September. The tour is on sale now and will be followed by a 26-date US run in support of Twin Shadow's synth-pop, playing venues of up to 3000 people.
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London-based Australian artist and graphic designer Leif Podhajsky presents his first exhibition in France, 'Synesthesia', at the Galerie Hors-Champs in Paris. We first came across Leif's mesmerising graphic works some years ago and were struck by how well his style gelled with Tame Impala's entrancing psych, and hence he was enlisted to create the sleeves for both their first and second albums and accompanying singles. In both his commercial and personal work Leif creates a kind of magic eye mindscape that's imaginative and immersive, an infinite universe of symmetry and colour, and on a large scale it's a welcome trip.
If you're in the city of light over summer and feel like losing yourself in Leif's artistic abyss, 'Synesthesia' runs until September 21.
Following on from the decadent atmosphere cultivated towards the end of the 70s in New York City's disco scene, Area arrived and elevated the nightclub itself to the level of high art so far unimagined, an environment of artistic excess and boundless imagination where music took a back seat. Frequented by Warhol, McLaren, Haring, Basquiat and the like, with DJ Red Alert often in the booth, instead of focusing on moving bodies though Area sought to move minds in a conceptual, mental dance rather than a purely physical one. Each individual theme of the clubs existence completely recast the club spatially, visually, atmospherically and sartorially every six weeks, re-situating the space in another time and place for people to enjoy and create art, nurturing a dazzling scene in the process.
Two of the clubs founders, Eric Goode and Jennifer Goode, combine their memories here in this very hefty tome, talking us through the time with a wealth of solid archival visuals and a replica of the clubs very first invitation - folded and rolled into a tiny blue pill - embedded in the cover.
Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, Australia
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia
Newtown Social Club, Sydney, Australia
Newtown Social Club, Sydney, Australia
Samsung Hall, Manila, Philippines
The Republik, Honolulu, HI
The Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL, USA
Grand Central, Miami, FL, USA
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN, USA
9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA
Union, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA
Terminal 5, New York, NY, USA
Virgin Mobil Corona Theatre, Montreal, OC, USA
Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, USA
St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, USA
Metro, Chicago, IL, USA
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