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.
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.
Roaming party animal Beni celebrates the release of his new 'Protect / Can't Hide' EP in Australia tomorrow (14 July in the Uk), packaging some of his best work to date with versatile remixes from Prince Club, Indian Summer and wordlife. Losing sleep in anticipation, he's cooked up this playlist of club heaters, touching on the menacing 'Can't Hide' and 'Protect's 90s vocal house. Feel the energy and read on as we get to know this magnetic character.
Concluding with the newly released 'I Never Learn', Lykke Li's album trilogy has been like a series of open books, earnestly expressing the intense period of being a woman in her 20s. These melancholic admissions are told through incredibly gifted song-craft. Contributing this heart wrenching, nostalgic and epic 26 song playlist, the Swedish artist seems to reveal even more about her emotional makeup and experiences. The matured collection features unexpected cuts from some of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century and introduces a few new comers. Read on as we discuss the importance of the album format, transcendental mediation and her acting roles. 'I Never Learn' is now available worldwide via her online store.
The illusive Ghost Culture emerges from the London fog. Signed to Erol Alkan's trademark of quality Phantasy, he has two elegantly layered woozy electronic singles to his name and did the programming on Daniel Avery's primo album 'Drone Logic'. Melodic, engaging and most importantly very body moving, Ghost Culture will take us to the depths of darkness at FOR Festival this week, DJing in a forest as a smoke machine masks the moon. Press play and jump on the next flight to Croatia.
Enigmatic DJ/production duo Tiger & Woods represent Italy at next week's international gathering at FOR Festival in Hvar, Croatia. They'll be soundtracking the epicurean lifestyle with their own brand of boogie, house and compressed funk, looping vaguely familiar disco samples and backbone strapping baselines live. This new modcast, entitled "Too(L) Late for Summer Fitness Mix", is our training program. Convert about their identity, rare interview subjects Larry Tiger and David Woods even participated in a shotgun Q&A. Start pumping those muscles.
DFA family members Factory Floor have a reputation for turning their disorientating body music and industrial experiments into a phenomenal live force. Next week this unmistakeable groove will be transported from the trio's isolated North London warehouse origins to the paradisiacal Mediterranean landscape of FOR Festival. We prepare for the close quarters hang out (the festival is limited to 2500 tickets), breaking the ice with a few questions about the band's aesthetic and ambitions, over a shadowy mixtape pieced together by synthesist Dominic Butler.
HTRK's conscious creeper 'Psychic 9-5 Club' has been spinning perpetually at Modular HQ, emitting its panning dub sonics and numbing vocal purrs. If you're yet to experience it, pull over the warm blanket of singles 'Give It Up' and 'Blue Sunshine' and surrender to the rest.
Ahead of the Melbourne-Sydney duo's Modulations show with Liars on Friday 6 June (tickets still available here), we chat to Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang about interactions with psychics, straying in New Mexico and their ambitious range of merchandise. Cue the amazing playlist of mourning house and termite infested techno.
Kelis' Food finds the incredible voice return to the humble beginnings that Got Your Money and Kaleidoscope deservedly fast tracked. The Le Cordon Bleu graduate's cuisine-themed 6th album was recorded with Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio, released by iconic indie Ninja Tune and launched with a pop-up food truck at SXSW, which dolled out duck confit sliders and jerk ribs. Deliciously rich with vulnerable vocals, live horns, gospel organ and trip hop electronics, Food has the lingering presence of a classic soul and funk record, maintaining a modern touch. Ahead of her three date Australian tour, Kelis sent through a list of inspiring disco, lounge and RnB which we've jazzed into a running mixtape. She was kind enough to share some of her studio and kitchen experiences in our interview too.
Back in 2003, we toured Liars with Yeah Yeah Yeahs off the back of their seminal debut 'They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top'. Since then, the LA art-ensemble have continued to deviate from our expectations across the six records - story albums that explore witchcraft, wrestling with drums spirits, living in the city of angels and recording with Daniel Miller - before arriving at the pummelling industrial pop of 'Mess'. These efforts have always been communicated with progressively techy album campaigns, bold videos and compelling artwork.
Ahead of their Modulations show with HTRK at Carriageworks on Friday June 6 (tickets available here), frontman Angus Andrew has prepared a mixtape for your walkman. Press play and read on as we discuss their tendency to make such visceral albums, film and his connection to Australia.
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