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.
MOVEMENT AUS TOUR DATES
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.
Grammy-nominated Cut Copy have released the deluxe version of their latest album 'Free Your Mind' today, coinciding with a busy schedule of international summer festivals and tour dates.
This new version features five additional tracks: 'In These Arms of Love' and 'Like Any Other Day' (both previously only available as a US-only Record Store Day vinyl release), and three previously unheard songs - 'Believers', 'I Wish the Sun Would Grow Today' and 'Lights Shine On'. All the songs were recorded by the band in Australia and mixed by producer Dave Fridmann during the 'Free Your Mind' sessions, and is available for purchase at all digital retailers (get it from iTunes with one click of a button).
This week marked the release of 'Conversations', the intimate debut album from graceful pop four-piece Woman's Hour. Named after their nation's beloved female-focussed news and culture show on BBC Radio 4, the Kendal accented group have covered a lot of ground with their glacial body blows and striking monochrome visuals. Keyboardist Josh Hunnisett puts together this playlist of artists that inform his swelling textures, as he discusses the band's family dynamic and powerful visual aesthetic.
After winning over US fans during their select shows last month, Movement have made quick plans to return for a more extensive run in support of Twin Shadow's synth-pop. Catch this epic double bill in a city near you this September/October.
MOVEMENT US TOUR DATES (W/ TWIN SHADOW)
Wed Sept 17 || Pearl Street Nightclub || Northampton, MA
Thurs Sept 18 || Paradise || Boston, MA
Sat Sept 20 || Phoenix Concert Theater || Toronto, ON
Sun Sept 21 || Magic Stick || Detroit, MI
Tues Sept 23 || Metro || Chicago, IL
Wed Sept 24 || First Avenue || Minneapolis, MN
Fri Sept 26 || Waiting Room || Omaha, NE
Sat Sept 27 || Bluebird Theater || Denver, CO
Tues Sept 30 || Doug Fir Lounge || Portland, OR
Fri Oct 3 || Regency Ballroom || San Francisco, CA
Sat Oct 4 || The Cellar Door || Visalia, CA
Tues Oct 7 || SoHo Music Club || Santa Barbara, CA
Wed Oct 8 || Fonda Theater || Los Angeles, CA
Thurs Oct 9 || Belly Up Tavern || Solana Beach, CA
Fri Oct 10 || The Glass House || Pomona, CA
Tues Oct 14 || The Crescent Ballroom || Phoenix, AZ
Wed Oct 15 || Tricky Falls || El Paso, TX
Thurs Oct 16 || The Mohawk || Austin, TX
Fri Oct 17 || Republic New Orleans || New Orleans, LA
Sat Oct 18 || Bottletree || Birmingham, AL
Sun Oct 19 || Terminal West || Atlanta, GA
Tues Oct 21 || High Dive || Gainesville, FL
Wed Oct 22 || The Social || Orlando, FL
Sat Oct 25 || Black Cat || Washington, DC
Sun Oct 26 || Union Transfer || Philadelphia, PA
Tues Oct 28 || Terminal 5 || New York, NY
*live shot courtesy of Jeff Allen
London director Rollo Jackson is amassing an impressive catalogue of music videos and documentaries, of which 'Tape Crackers' represents a singular, obsessive highlight. Focusing on the memories, music and Moschino of one particularly avid junglist Mike Finch, Jackson spends some solid time at home with this rabid raver and his massive collection of tapes from the rave era, as he talks us through the minutiae of the movement. Presented in a humbly no frills, straight to camera fashion, Finch's zeal for the sound draws you in and takes you back, and even if you never wore the ecstasy patterned jeans or collected the double cassette packs you'll likely feel a little nostalgia pang. Worth seeking out, it's a wicked time.
Magnolia, Milan, Italy
Zurich Open Air, Opfikon, Switzerland
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
Danforth, Toronto, ON, Canada
Club Tulipe, Montreal, QC, Canada
930 Club, Washington, DC, USA
Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, USA
Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN, USA
Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA, USA
Fun Fun Fun Festival, Austin, TX, USA
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