Guitar and effects maestro Dave Harrington is well versed in the art of orchestrating arresting soundtracks. Switching from a mournful Nick Drake cover to classical inspired house within the opening minutes, the Darkside member applies his performing musician principles to DJing with this captivating Modcast that pulls you in instantly. He even found a minute to discuss pop song structures vs improvisation and his Olympic pin collection with us below.
Don't miss Harrington and Nicolas Jaar's Darkside perform at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on April 2 and Melbourne's Palace Theatre on April 4. Both shows supported by Movement. Tickets are running low and additional dates will not be announced. The Modular released 'Psychic' is now available in Australia via I-Tunes and all good record stores.
As Sydney Festival approaches the final days, its still yet to celebrate one of the program's finest inclusions - Sinkane. The Brooklyn based Sudanese immigrant has clocked serious road miles playing with Yeasayer, Caribou and Of Montreal, and with his very own 4-piece mines a mix of 70s funk, Afrobeat, Sudanese pop and New York indie. His vibrant catalogue is packed with tracks that will make you bounce, including the groovy singles Jeeper Creeper and Running from the DFA-released Mars.
Responsible for taking Beni's Love On The Run / Summer's Gone EP to peak club delirium with his charged remix, Riton is a bit of a hero around these parts. French slang for "Henry", the electronica musician's resume covers all bases from hip-hop roots to krautrock ode Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, the nostalgic house tag-team with the late DJ Medhi Carte Blanche and breakbeat soul of Symphony Hall. This latest mix is an absolute boot-rattler. Get to know everyone's favourite character below.
Calling Matthew Mondanile to the stand - the member of New Jersey guitar pop band Real Estate who also operates solo as Ducktails. Matt is one of Kevin Parker's chosen few having been green lit to dub out hip hop drums on his Mind Mischief remix. Following his latest EP of earnest folkie pop and chillwave Wish Hotel (out now on Domino), he digs through his record collection to deliver this super cool mix. We also speak about life in LA and jumping from 30 ft poles below (including Australian tour dates with Julia Holter!).
Having riffed heavily on Canyons' involvement in 100 Million Nights, it's time to flip the coin and focus on Daniel Boyd whose visual narrative consumes the show's three giant screens and gave inspiration to Canyons' score. An acclaimed Sydney artist with pieces held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, MCA, Sydney and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Boyd's work questions the romantic notions that surround the birth of Australia.
Ahead of next Thursday's Melbourne Music Week extravaganza, we meet the man behind the dot, soundtracked by an audio self-portrait of sorts.
We're now only two weeks away from our Melbourne Music Week shake up of The Residence.
Shimmering coastal dream pop 5-piece Shining Bird will open the proceedings, laying down critical vibe foundations for 100 Million Nights, Andras Fox, Standish/Carlyon and Club Mod DJs. The Austinmer group are part of a growing national scene embracing Australiana. Watch them in their natural habitat in the Keep Warm video, the latest single to be lifted off Leisure Coast.
We sit down with band member Russell Webster below, discussing lyrical inspiration, Keithy George and Australian cinema.
The human touch with Andras Fox whose spirit fingers orchestrate elevating modern soul for outdoor chilling. Some of the best music going around right now. Andras will perform his tape worn boogie at our Melbourne Music Week party at The Residence, alongside 100 Million Nights, Standish/Carlyon, Shining Bird and Club Mod DJs. Ahead of the action we spent some quality time with the Dam-Funk endorsed producer, talking about his love of cassettes, FM radio and VHS, soundtracked by some deeply resonating house music.
From one legend to the next, we present an hour set with The Reel Thing Greg Wilson, recorded live at Love & Death in Belfast. The cornerstone of UK dance music, Wilson was a former Hacienda resident, became the first DJ to mix live on British TV and was instrumental in breaking in the "electro-funk" post-disco sound of New York. Jive to his arresting dubbed out groove, constructed with his trusty old Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape machine.
Masters of soundtracking tropical paradises and lunar escapes, Psychemagik have gained underground and overground notoriety through their globally embraced production work, remixes of Haim, Cutters Records signing Kauf, Bryan Ferry and Azari & III, the Healin' Feelin' edits and multi-directional DJ sets. Following a series of cultish mixtapes that found them digging through dusty bins like coalminers, the duo have embraced more contemporary electronics for us all in the name of love.
The party favourites return down under this December (dates after our Q&A below) and are soon releasing a weirdo disco edits LP with killer contributions from former Modcast stars Mike Simonetti, Eric Duncan and Jacques Renault.
World's End Press pop the cork in celebration of their self-titled debut album. Produced by Tim Goldsworthy (Hercules & Love Affair, Massive Attack, The Rapture), the ambitious one hour journey worms through uplifting house driven bangers, glassy-eyed 5am club excursions and stadium-sized singles. Brilliantly complemented by this vibing mixtape.
The band wheel their manic live disco around the country in support of the release, including a Melbourne launch at the Corner Hotel on December 6 with Movement. Hometown fans can also see them play a free show tomorrow night (October 11, 7pm) at Topman's Chapel Street store for Friday Night Live.
Read on as we discuss their kinship with Cut Copy, Prince and drunk poetry.
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