Category: Music

H A Y D E N – J A M E S

Hayden James may have only released his first track in late June 2013, but he has already amassed a million plays across Soundcloud and Youtube for his work.  Producing immense summer jams with soulful and evocative vocals his music has stockpiled consistently rave reviews from the US, Europe and Australia alike, being labelled the “face of the new Australian production music scene”.   Hayden’s first single “Permission to Love” garnered worldwide love and attention hitting #1 most blogged on Hype Machine, as well as becoming the most played track on national broadcasting giant Triple J in Australia. The recent release of his latest track “Something About You” through electronic label Future Classic, is a definite summer playlist hit.

A N D R A S + O S C A R

Melbourne’s purveyors of “polite” house music talk the art of subtle persuasion, late-night table tennis and being vulnerable. Andras & Oscar sit somewhere toward the lighter side of Melbourne’s dance-music spectrum.

“Our music isn’t clubby, or rave-y”, says Andras, real name Andy Wilson. “It’s polite. If it persuades you, it does it gently.”

The duo’s debut full album may bear the name Cafe Romantica – after Lygon Street’s 24/7 Italian venue for late-night tête-à-têtes – but don’t get the wrong idea. This is not the duo throwing you onto a bed and having their way with you; this is them mixing you a Campari and soda and gently grazing your arm as they hand it over with a longing look.

Both individually successful in their own right as Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung (real name: Oscar Slorach-Thorn), the pair decided it was onto a good thing after the critical success of its 2013 EP Embassy Cafe, released on Dutch label Dopeness Galore. One year on, Cafe Romantica is casual and synth based, with Andras’ pared-back production delicately balancing out Oscar’s pleading vocals. The duo’s sounds are soulful yet nervous, and always oozing leisure.

But if it’s not ripping up dance floors, what do Andras & Oscar envision people doing while listening to their music?

Slorach-Thorn suggests, “Having wines with four friends, making fun of mutual friends and having a little dance while doing it.” Wilson takes a different route, recommending seduction as the ideal activity. Just not for him.

“That would be a funny thing to do – trying to seduce someone by playing your own music. Hopefully we have better moves … actually ‘moves’ implies there’s some sort of trick to it … ”

“I would say I have the moves,” Slorach-Thorn says.

Moves or no moves, the pair set out to make a romantic album. Even admitting this fact sets Andras & Oscar apart from their more club-focused and up-tempo dance music peers. It has helped them to create a niche for themselves in the Australian music scene.

Wilson and Slorach-Thorn discovered their simpatico while living in a West Melbourne warehouse together a few years ago.

“Table tennis was a big part of it,” says Wilson.

“We’d both go out to a party on Saturday night and then at like 12.30am we’d both be back at home … wearing our dressing gowns and making music and playing table tennis instead of partying.”

This scene sounds like the ideal environment for creating Andras & Oscar’s music, most of which is improvised.

“A lot of it happens in call and response, or on the spot,” says Wilson, “That’s when we make the best music.”

Despite claiming he’s never felt quite comfortable within either the dance music or band worlds, it’s clear that both have warmly accepted Wilson’s output through Andras & Oscar, and what better proof than being selected to appear on Cut Copy’s recent compilation Oceans Apart; a comprehensive who’s who of Melbourne’s underground dance music scene.

“I actually used to think that dance music was for dumb people,” says Wilson, “But it’s fun being dumb, I’ve realised.”

“Although I think I have a really skewed perception of what is dance music – the most clubby songs I’ve written always get put on Best-of-Chill-Out-Ibiza-type compilations.”

This interview can be found on Broadsheet.

S U N – C I T Y

Today’s Tuesday Track is supported by Perth duo Sun City. The pair are back with their trademark indie-electro beats, and their latest release Paralyse. It’s the first taste of an upcoming EP release – due early 2015, which we’ll be getting a taste of when the duo play a bunch of shows on dancefloors and beaches around the country.

B A S E N J I

The newest addition to the Astral People family is Basenji, a producer who thrives in the middle ground between niche genres. With only a few songs to his name thus far, the Sydney-sider’s homemade blend of eclectic percussion and R&B-inspired melodies has already turned heads all over Australia, clocking up countless plays on Triple J and community radio stations around the country. The 21-year-old producer had a chat with us as our Monday Muse.

  1. How did Basenji come about?

I’ve been interested and working with music since I was maybe fourteen or fifteen, I think in the past year or so I started to take it seriously and treat it more than a hobby, and now I’m basically working full time with it.

 

  1. What were you doing before you created/began producing as Basenji?

I was making music with Wave Racer. That was something we did coming out of high school and while we were at university. We met each other in year seven and we’ve always been interested in the same things so it made sense to work together.

 

  1. You’ve been known to thrive in the middle ground between niche genres, which genres are your favourite to work with?

I don’t really think about genres at all. Genres exist to make things easier so you get a better idea of music. I really ever work towards genres and I feel like songs targeted towards genres aren’t really songs I’m interested in. it more about how soundscapes and textures work together, those are things that I’m more interested in.

 

  1. You’ve been announced to take the stage at this year’s Beyond the Valley festival, what can we expect to see during your set?

For me it’s a while away so I haven’t even thought about the songs I’ll be playing. Usually when I play a set I try to do a good balance between the songs people like with songs that they might not have heard yet. For me I’ll be putting a lot of my own music off the EP and stuff that no ones heard, which makes me a little nervous.

 

  1. Your talent has been described as colourful and chaotic brand of songwriting, would you agree with this statement?

Yeah I suppose, I’ve always considered a lot of my tracks to be quite busy. I guess colourful is the right word.

 

  1. You’re best buds with the likes of Wave Racer and some of the Cosmo’s Midnight guys, can we see any upcoming collaborations between you?

We have a whole lot of stuff we’ve been working on together. The hard thing is just finding the time to finish it off. We’ll continue working together though.

 

  1. You’ve recently becoming the newest addition to the Astral People family, how did that come about? Have you always wanted to work with them?

Yeah, they’re the best. I’ve met them a while before they started managing me. I remember when I first heard of them at a party, I kinda already became attached to them because they were kinda dealing with artists that I never thought id see in Sydney and that I always thought was a really nice quality. That I think what got me really interested in what they were doing.

 

  1. What can we see from Basenji in 2015?

There will be an EP hopefully at the start of the year. There will also be a few tours but everything is still up in the air.

 

  1. You’re a fresh young talent on the Australian electronic music scene; can you suggest any upcoming artists you’re into right now?

I’ve been listening to the Taylor Swift album right now, but I don’t wanna say that. I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff, there’s a dude called Murlo, he just released an EP called Into Mist. The music video’s just been released online and it’s already about to blow up on the music scene.

 

 

 

T O R A

Electronic chillwave sounds to get your Sunday sessions started take a listen to Tora. Gracing your ears from the coastal town of Byron Bay, Tora is derived from the Greek word ‘τώρα’ meaning now. The concept of Tora was conceived in the later months of 2012 and came together as a 5 piece act in early May 2013. Their beautifully chilled beats are perfect for your sunny Sunday. Enjoy.

F K A – T W I G S

FKA twigs has premiered a video for her ‘Video Girl’ single, directed by Kahlil Joseph.

‘Video Girl’ is taken from FKA twigs’ acclaimed debut album, LP1. The album was released to widespread acclaim in August via Young Turks / Remote Control Records. FKA twigs will perform in Australia for the first time next year as part of Laneway Festival.

LP1 is FKA twigs’ defining artistic statem.ent, building on the success of her two previous EPs and accompanying videos (EP1 and EP2) which have elevated FKA twigs from a word-of-mouth secret to global obsession over the past two years. LP1 features none of these previously released songs; instead each track on LP1 is brand new, born out of FKA twigs’ artistic philosophy of spontaneous creation and collaboration in the studio.

FKA twigs – Laneway Festival 2015

Saturday 31 January – Laneway Festival, Brisbane
Sunday 1 February – Laneway Festival, Sydney
Friday 6 February – Laneway Festival, Adelaide
Saturday 7 February – Laneway Festival, Melbourne
Sunday 8 February – Laneway Festival, Fremantle

J O S H – P Y K E

 

JOSH PYKE has announced the third and final leg of his national Lone Wolf solo tour, adding shows this November/December in Castlemaine, Ballarat, Geelong, Warrnambool, Newcastle, Goulburn, Thirroul, Kincumber and Katoomba. Newcastle has already SOLD OUT and a second date is now on sale at Lizottes on Wednesday 26 November.

 

Melbourne-via-Warrnambool singer/songwriter and regular Josh Pyke tour partner, Jackson McLaren will open for the Victorian leg of the tour. Jackson McLaren & his band The Triple Threat have been riding the success of their debut full-length Songs To Greet The Dawn, which was released last May. Produced by John Castle (Josh Pyke, Washington, Gossling) the album maps the development of one of Australia’s most exciting young songwriters.

For the NSW leg, Sydney-based Jordan Léser will join the tour, who’s songs are arrows aimed straight to the heart. Her sense of place is evocative, her gift for melody arresting and her compositions reminiscent of her heroines – Kate Bush and Loreena McKennitt. Jordan’s shows are known for their intimate, spellbinding quality – fusing haunting vocals, exquisite musicianship and unforgettable choruses. Leser’s debut single ‘Brother Moon‘ premiered across the country on triple j with a video clip by award winning director Adam Callan (Thundamentals / Birds of Tokyo / Grinspoon).

 

The Lone Wolf tour has been a year-long pilgrimage for Pyke, selling out capital city theatres in February and March, followed by an extension on demand to another 12 towns and regional centres mid-way through the year. Somewhere in between, Pyke has managed to circle the country with the The Beatles White Album Concert and find time to campaign and perform via his project Busking For Change to collect desperately needed funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Pyke has exceeded his goal of raising $50,000 for ILF through Busking for Change events over the past five-years.

 

Pyke’s  career has taken him around the world and over the course of a 10 year career, he still climbs, releasing the ARIA-nominated and  album, The Beginning And The End of Everything last year, featuring the lead single ‘Leeward Side‘. These shows will be the very last chance to see Josh Pyke’s carefully curated Lone Wolf solo set, and the last shows as part of The Beginning And The End Of Everything album touring.

JOSH PYKE
THE LAST OF THE LONE WOLF TOUR

THU 20 NOV | THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE VIC
With Jackson McLaren

Tickets available from www.theroyalc.com.au | 03 5472 1196

FRI 21 NOV | KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC
With Jackson McLaren

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 22 NOV | BARWON CLUB, GEELONG VIC
With Jackson McLaren

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 23 NOV | THE LOFT, WARRNAMBOOL VIC
With Jackson McLaren

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

WED 26 NOV | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW – NEW SHOW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4956 2066 | From the venue direct

THU 27 NOV | LIZOTTES, NEWCASTLE NSW – SOLD OUT
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4956 2066 | From the venue direct

FRI 28 NOV | THE ASTOR HOTEL, GOULBURN NSW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 29 NOV | ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SUN 30 NOV | LIZOTTES, KINCUMBER NSW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.lizottes.com.au | 02 4368 2017

FRI 12 DEC | BAROQUE, KATOOMBA NSW
With Jordan Leser

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

 

S A S K W A T C H

Saskwatch have premiered the brand new video for current single ‘Call Your Name’ via NYC based publication Bullet Magazine overnight and to celebrate have announced their debut US tour dates and CMJ Music Week appearance.    

The nine-piece Melbourne based band will make their first ever trip over to the USA in October to play a string of very special shows as a part of the CMJ Music Week in New York, they will also play two special shows in LA and San Francisco. Full US tour information & dates can be found below. Upon returning to Australia in early November Saskwatch will also play a short run of homecoming shows. The first will be at the NGV in Melbourne on Friday 7th November celebrating The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautlier.

Following that the Saskwatch will head to Brisbane to play at the opening night of brand new Brisbane venue Triffid on Saturday 8th November. The band will then cap off what has been a very huge year of touring with an appearance at the Mullum Music Festival on Friday 21st November.

 

SASKWATCH
NEW AUSTRALIAN SHOW DATES

FRIDAY 07 NOVEMBER
Celebrating The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
Melbourne Great Hall @ NGV, Melbourne, VIC 

SATURDAY 08 NOVEMBER
Celebrating the opening night of new Brisbane venue 

Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER
MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Mullumbimby, NSW

D J – M I T S U – T H E – B E A T S

 

The Red Bull Music Academy (RMBA) takes its Club Night series around the country once again this September with Japan’s DJ Mitsu The Beats kicking off the event. Repped by the Jazzy Sport crew out of Tokyo, the host city for this year’s RBMA takeover, DJ Mitsu brings over a decade of experience and a command of hip-hop and house grooves down under. We had the privilege of chatting to him about all things beats, collaborations and the RBMA.

 

You’ve probably been asked this question a million times, but for your Australian fans can you tell us where the name DJ Mitsu the Beats comes from?

It was inspired by another DJ that I liked that went by the name ‘DJ Mitsu’ and I thought my mission was making good beats so I added ‘the Beats’.

 

Where in Japan are you from and how long have you been DJing?

I’m originally from the city called Asahikawa in Hokkaido Pref. And I’ve been DJing for 20 years or so.

 

What was it about DJing and beat making that sparked your interest?

I saw a DJ battle on TV and from there I started practicing scratch and tricks everyday. I just love experimenting with different beats and pushing music in new and exiting directions.

 

How would you describe your music?

Some people describe my music as kinda ‘jazzy’ but my style and flavours keep changing and evolving so I find it hard to describe as one genre or even a mixed genre.

 

Prior to getting involved with the Red Bull Music Academy did you know much about it?

Yeah, I knew some pretty amazing artists globally were involved. I’d been checking various artists doing lectures with RBMA…and Red Bull did basecamp with young local beat-makers in my hood (in Sendai city) where I performed at the after party. Also, I did an interview with RBMA UK (London) when I was there for tour and did some live DJ stream programs for RBMA New Zealand (Auckland)… so other than being aware of other artists who have been involved – I’ve come in contact with RBMA personally a fair bit.

 

What is the most exciting part about touring with the Red Bull Music Academy?

Connecting and communicating with various artists. I’m especially excited to meet COIN BANKS and HAZEL this time.

 

Is this your first time in Australia?

Yes this is my first time.

 

What are you most excited to see and do whilst you’re in Australia

The great nature and Uluru!

 

What kind of beats have you been working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m making beats that are techno-influenced with a downtempo. which means I spin a lot when I’m DJing.

 

Who would you love to collaborate within the next year?

HAZEL!

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As always the RBMA is a free event but RSVPs are essential. Head online to RSVP your spot now.

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY presents DJ MITSU THE BEATS

Wednesday 24th September: Sugar, Adelaide, 9pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Ross McHenry + Ferris Mular + Big Bubba

Thursday 25th September: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, 8pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Suburban Dark (Live)
Shantan Wantan Ichiban + Mako

Friday 26th September: Boney, Melbourne, 9pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Keito (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Cazeaux Oslo (Live)
Hazel (Live) + Kano + Aux-One

Saturday 27th September: The Bird, Perth, 7pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Ben Taffe & Ben M (Move)
Henry Sims & Henry Maxwell
(Untitled Sound Alliance).

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