Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sets from 21st May

Space Cadets are on a break! That is only to return in July in special revamped, re-hyped, limited edition...haha.

So if your finding you need a Space Cadet fix check out these live recordings from the last Space Cadets which saw us pack out the bunker until early hours of Friday morning. Big-ups to Alex Caminer and our guests Osorio and Kit Phillips all of whom played wicked sets akin to their styles. Definitely worth checking out.

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Space Cadets Recorded Sets, 21st May (Chronological order):
Nic Scali (47mb)Opened up the night with an hour and half of chilled yet driving music in typical Scali style. Chunky-rhythmic house and techno for your ears. As always gold tunes here.

Kit Phillips (40mb) last played an impromptu set after a DJ cancellation but we got him back to play a proper set this time showing off his housier and techno side. His got an eclectic taste in music with some intense tracks in this mix, but don't ask what genre they are unless you want to start a genre-definition war that is! Either way have a listen and you decide.

Osorio (40mb) Our first interstate guest originally coming from Aus-other-techno city Melbourne Osorio now based in Sydney treated us to an all vinyl set. There is definitely something about playing all vinyl, especially these days when everyone seems to be a CDJ-DJ however don't let that fool you he has some great tunes in here with some modern-classics (6.6!) and some of the newer goods with a set that gets into a groove and stays there, with a solid dance-floor by the end as a result. Have a listen for some toe-tapping action...

Alex Caminer (70mb) has being honing his skills on the Space Cadets decks now with a set at nearly every night. If anything this sets shows his cumulation of experience over the past few months with awesome taste in music and smoothing mixing skillzzz. I have no idea where or how he finds some of his tunes but it caused a riot in the bunker by the middle of this set and took us home until 2:30am on a Friday morning! Not bad considering many of us had work/uni that day! Ouch..

Space Cadets thurs night will return in July
There is also an upcoming DJ set release of some of the best sets from past few months, as always stay tuned to the blog for dates and DJs!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

IMS 2009 - Live Debate - Digital Dreams So Hard To Meet? - Join in now!

[Comment From shortino ]
I think the methods today of selling music online are still far too basic. Most online music shops only sell some of the album art and a lot of the time there are very few ways to pay. The mentality of buying music online as a single audio file is extremely backward way of thinking. Why not release a info txt file, video, high-resolution album art. It's the most interactive platform (online media that is) yet buying music online is still such a 'dull' task. There needs to be more innovation in the area if there is going to be a serious shift to online purchasing.
Terry Church: Shortino: Couldn't agree more. The value of a digital file over a physical album is much less as the CD comes with the full artwork and booklet, yet the digital files are normally around the same price. That is bad value for money.

A comment I just posted on the current debate topic of the pros and cons of digital downloads right now. This event is being blogged live from Ibiza IMS conference. Join in now by clicking through below;

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


This Friday a new local night kicks off here in Sydney with a focus on the 'deeper' sounds of electronic music. From the brain child of nights Sunday School (with sets appearing on this blog and many past posts on the night), Shrug and now In2Deep this is a night about getting deep and down with the underground alongside a few of the best deepest and creepiest Sydney DJs.

As the promo says: This is another adventure down those dodgy stairs to the realms of the seedy intimate venue we all love, that always has heads nodding, feet shuffling and jaws dropping, along to bass, treble and groove It’s these elements that you wish you heard more of but never find.

Those dodgy stairs are of course The Bunker which has become somewhat of an infamous venue here in Sydney with many amazing local sets as wells as surprise international sets going down every weekend. I'm compiling DJ sets recorded at the bunker over various different nights for one release of underground goodness so if you have any please pass on the links and comment below!

Robbie Lowe takes the helm and if you haven't already done so do check out his COLOUR mix series below. Fellow Colour mixer Tim Culbert also takes on closing duties while recently returned local-big-shot Carlos Zarate on warm-up duties. DJs Trinity, easily one of the best female mnml-tech DJs going around in Aus, and Dave Stuart go back to back for what will definitely be one beautiful slab of serious deepness...

Robbie Lowe's Colour Vision Mix here /myspace
Trinity's promo mix here /myspace
Watch out for Dave's minimal mix coming soon/myspace
Carlos Zarate for of his latest tracks/ myspace

Set Times
9-10.30pm – Carlos Zarate
10.30-12am – Robbie Cordukes
12-1.30am – Trinity b2b Dave Stuart
1.30-3am – Robbie Lowe
3-close – Tim Culbert

Fri 29th May – The Bunker
9pm – late

Touch Sensitive - Apres

Art work by Aussie artist Gemma Smith

Looking for something to do on a Sunday? Well here's your answer! Take a look at the up-coming artists and if you haven't got it already definitely check out their first release named after the event, download link below. I was going to write it up in
'my own words' but the Future Classic guys have done such a good job already.

[Remember, if you want to sign up for future classic record label emails and stay up-to-speed with all their artists, releases and some of the best parties this-side-of-the-equator do visit future classic website and add your email to the list!]

Apres Series Launch Preview Digital Release: Download link here
Loin Brothers - Heavy Helmet
Loin Brothers - Heavy Helmet (Mook & Toof Remix)

May 31st - The Revenge (UK)
June 7th - Yamwho/Dolan (UK)
June 14th - Matt Langler
June 21st - Lee Douglas (NYC)
June 28th - Lovefingers (NYC)

For the last two years we've been hosting a laidback Sunday afternoon event at the Tilbury called Aprés. A BBQ, friendly bar staff and turntables on the balcony in the sunshine have set the scene for these under-the-radar sessions that give our local and international guests (often performing under alias) the chance to play more diverse sets than they might get to play in the club.

The Aprés vinyl series, named after our weekly Sunday afternoon event, showcases music by artists from both Australia and abroad. Past guests have included Brennan Green, Joakim, Jazzanova, Todd Terje, Mock & Toof, Lovefingers, Aeroplane, Canyons, Jamie Lloyd, Idjut Boys and Padded Cell to name a few; the sound of this series presented itself naturally.

With the first 12" released in March this year, we're proud to unveil the second instalment of the Aprés vinyl series. On the second trip out we kick things off with Australian producer Touch Sensitive's (also a member of Van She) ‘Body Stop’, an italo disco stomper that’s been at home in the FC catalogue for quite some time. Recently unearthed by London based producer Toby Tobias in a chart of ‘Hidden Gems’ it seemed only natural to ask Toby to remix Body Stop and the result sees Toby putting more space in the track, pushing it further onto the dance-floor and keeping it playful all at once.

On the flip we take the UK connection a little further with Leeds based producer Bonar Bradberry floating into cosmic territory with ‘Fought & Won’ whilst Toby Tobias turns in some glorious tour-bus-disco on ‘Azul Blue’, guitars and acid lines sitting comfortably side by side for the ride.

Being both a music and design team, artwork has always been an integral part of all Future Classic projects, Aprés being no exception. To complement the series Future Classic commissioned original works by visual artist Gemma Smith, whose geometric abstraction sits perfectly with the cosmic sounds of the records. Gemm a has exhibited in curated and solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas including Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Contemporary Australia: Optimism, at the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, in Brisbane.

Check out/Buy Apres 2 on Juno here

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Deep Dance Devience with Vogt tonight!

Matthias Vogt needs little introduction however to many the alias to which he works under MotorCitySoul will probably ring a bell. He is someone I have being etching to check out and he is playing the Spanish Quarter of Sydney CBD tonight for not 1 set but 2 sets with the other deep-disco (or as they say pitched-down house!) headliner The Revenge also playing two sets!

Its a bit of a concept party from the brain-childs of 2 Sydney nights A Disco Stole My Baby and Better Days with the idea that these internationals will showcase their respective sounds by playing slightly different sets in each room essentially warming up for each-other or as the CO OP guys put it Dance-Floor Spooning if you will. Also there will be Funktion One sound system installed for the night as well as limited capacity venue of only 300 so I highly recommend checking this one out.

If you had the dis-pleasure of missing MotorCitySouls RA podcast definitely download it here! It was on constant play during my Summer travels earlier on in the year. Matthias is also the man behind the revered RE:Jazz! series and last year under his MotorCitySoul moniker along with Christian ‘C-Rock’ Rindermann released their album Technqiue, which is a great deep-house number, definitely showing off their trademark smooth 'synth' sound very well.

Also check out this live set from The Revenge live at Soul City foun on the Soul of Sydney blog!

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Goes down tonight at 53 Liverpool street however all pre-sale tickets have all but gone so get there early if you want to get in!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Trus'Me fbi radio Mix

Trus'Me the man also known as David Wolstencroft plays Lost Baggage or as its coined for this edition Lost Disco at The Cross, tonight. With his album Working Nights gaining acclaim from all areas of the music business Trus'me has established himself as a future 'star' and one to keep an eye on.

Luckily the boys at Lost Baggage decided to bring him down under for this special party and if banging tribal techno or Prog house is not your thing then this is definitely a party to consider.

Trus'Me has also in a way put Manchester back-on-the-map in terms of being a city of many musical styles as his radio mix shows. Chilled, yet eclectic but always quality you can 'trust' it is a great mix!

DL Link:Trus'Me recorded live on fbi radio, Sydney

Myspace Hook-up

And the wonderful radio station that picked him up? No not one of the bigger radio stations, there far too busy playing the top American hits to bother with actually promoting/supporting the local party's, artists and scene on a regular basis, the one and only fbi Radio! Now fbi Radio have unfortunately found itself in a little bit of an financial situation what with the whole economical crisis and all. There ASK RICHARD campaign although intriguing and if it succeeds may be considered one of the best fund raising campaigns ever, it still may fail in the end to get them the cash that they need. For those of us outside Australia its basically a campaign in which anyone can submit there idea of getting Richard Branson's attention and having him donate the necessary 1 million dollars to secure the stations long term future.

However if you live in Australia and listen to fbi here in Sydney or online then you can help out by becoming an fbi supporter here! I will be doing a post up on all electronic programs on fbi soon and let me tell they are gold!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Gig Guide (15th-17th May)

A Host of things on this weekend with DEEP being the keyword. Quality house at Lost Baggage with the UK man touted as the next Moodyman, Trus'me Playing! While NYC big-shot Jacques Renault hits it up at Civic with Future Classic artists. Loco Dice of course debuts at the Metro with his first Sydney Set.

Local Nights Index take the charge blending techno and dub while Technique celebrate there 2nd birthday, full of quality Sydney locals.


Index ft. Simon Caldwell, Zootie & More - Civic Underground - Dubstep-electronica night! Wicked.

Yum Cha with Mattt and locals - The Cave/Chinese Laundry


-The Likes Of You present Loco Dice, Hernan Cattaneo & Jesse Rose - Metro Theatre - Tickets here - Loco Dice sets here!

-Trus'me & Mic Newman @ Lost Baggage - The Cross - Disco adventures for this special edition of Lost Disco...

- Jacques Renault @ Discoasis - Civic Underground - Future Classic and Fuzzy team up to deleiver ths disco/soul man of the moment all the way from NYC. Should be well epic.

- KINK - club nevermind - $10 ENTRY before 11pm/Discounted all night if you email names to

- Techniques 2nd Birthday - Sly Fox Hotel - Techniques local live electronica and visual mayhem!

- Spice - Bunker Bar (5am)

- Apres @ Tilbury Hotel - Future Classic chill sessions

Sorry if I miss your awesome underground gig! There is often too many events for me keep track of! So why not help me and send your event info to

Space Cadets Recorded Sets

Finally got these sets up! Sorry for the delays. I recommend to anyone coming by/reading this blog to definitely check out these sets. Even if you dont know what 'Space Cadets' is (its a clubnight!) or wasn't there these recorded sets show some of the great students DJs on the Syd underground. In particular our past 2 guest DJs Jeremy Nothman and James Burman both whom played really good sets and both of whom have being added to Space Cadets 'rotating- residents'. (yeaha!)

Click on links below to Download directly
Space Cadets on the 7th of May (In chronological order starting from 8pm):
James Burman @ Space Cadets 07-05-09: This is one superb funked up mix. Its a great show of talent to this once more 'commercial' DJ but luckily he has come to the 'dark' side.. Some of the latest house and tech-house tunes combined with James's great mixing creates a great flow and is a mix Ive had trouble stop listening too! Trust me you will be hearing more of this DJ in the future.

Nic Scali: Space Cadet resident jumped on after to deliver the late-night goods with some slaming tech, techno and progressive tracks. So, "Why do we dance?"...

Chris Leffers: Chris jumped on after Nic (around 12:30pm) to deliver some twisted electronic-discotecha! He seriously impressed us last time around with his great track-selection, effortlessly progressing through genres of electronica so we had to get him back for another. Its a great moody mix which kept the dance-floor buzzing until 2am, not bad considering it was a Thursday night.

Space Cadets club night 23rd April
Jeremy Nothman is perhaps the only DJ, so far, we have had the pleasure of putting on that insists on playing only-vinyl. And it is a welcomed thing to see these awesome deep-house tracks blare out through there analogue grooves. I believe if your to play only-vinyl, then it should be reflected in some quality lesser known tracks and that's exactly what's happened here. Have a listen, its great mix for chilling out (it was the first set of the night!).

Zushy Woolstone is a DJ who likes his long slots (I blogged on his 3hr mixtape while back) which is kind of why we gave all the DJs one and half hour slots for this night. With this guy you can hear the clear progression of tracks from the laid back-house at the begging to some proper techno at the end. A very nice mix.

Jamie Tek A little mix from myself with a collection of some new minimal stuff of the past few weeks and songs Ive being playing out over the past few months. Feedback always appreciated!

Alex Caminer
Space Cadet resident Caminer drove home the grooves with this closing set. As always gold tunes in here.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Likes Of Loco Dice - Plays Metro This Sat!

Ahhhhhhhh! Loco Dice *said in quivery voice* plays at The Metro this Sat 16th May from 3-6am! I mean what can I say but EPIC! I can't wait for this techno heavy-weight to finally touch down on Aussie shores and when considering some of the other acts that have toured in the area of techno, minimal-techno its a surprise that he only now makes the trip down under.

But then again Loco was on a extremely hectic European tour for this latest album 7 Dunham Place before returning over to the USA, South America and now Aus and Asia. Currently at the forefront of his game he is a name that has become quite well known in all areas of dance music and only one of a few DJs that are constantly attributed to the rise of minimal-techno over the past few years.

His style can be described as chunky, rhythm driven minimal, techno and house with a flow that keeps people locked into the dance floor. However he is not one without critics (who isn't these days) having reached the top of his game in the European Hip-Hop scene and touring along sides of Snoop Dog, Jamiroquai and others his current 'techno-king' status is a far cry from this former DJ genre and many quote the fact that he is best mates with Martin Buttrich has something to do with his success for his relatively short (comparing to the other 'techno kings') career in techno.

Believe it or not the fact that his background is so different to many other artists in this area of electronic music I believe definitely attributes to this 'cool' attitude/cool factor he seems to carry with him and to every event he is listed on. This cool attitude that stems from his former hip-hop days is, in my opinion, a welcome addition on the techno/minimal scene that is so often plagued with moon-tanned
'nerdy' music kiddies. Even his album 7 Dunham Place is named after where he lived in Brooklyn while recording the album, just pressing play on the album and hearing songs like 'Pimp Jackson Is Talking Now' will instantly convey what I mean.

As in one interview on a German radio show Loco Dice describes that every song on his album has a history to his time while living in the Big Apple. The presenter goes one to talk about how Loco Dice come across as a very 'open-minded' DJ and that he not only likes electronic music but also other types of music, she also mentions how she heard that he loves to go to RnB parties with friends to which Loco Dice replies (loosely translated!) "That's right, I love to go to RnB, hip-hop parties when I have the time I'll be the first one there!" The presenter than asks him what is a perfect party in his mind, "The perfect party to me is when everyone is really dancing and everyone is open-minded...where people can go in and there's a good atmosphere like in a hip-hop party where its lots of 'sex', attitude but of course electronic parties are different haveing their own vibe..but for me its when you can just go into a party with sex(y), dirty-club attitude/atmosphere where everyone just goes out and have fun for 9 hours... "

If thats his ranking for a perfect party then this Saturday is sure to be a doozey!

Topping the bill on the main stage is electronic/prog-house man and Renaissance Mix Master Hernan Cattaneo who returns after a couple years absence from our fine land. I have heard some rave reviews of his last tour so no doubt he will surely impress again. Also appearing are the cross-over tech men Jesse Rose and Oliver$ creating a bit of a stir on the Sydney electro-house scene.

Sydney 'big-star' DJ Ben Morris has warm up duties and after seeing him play at nevermind various times I'm actually pretty excited to see what he has in store for us. Check out his Kink promo mix in the link below for some great songs.

Bringing this huge line-up together is the famed Melbourne institution 'The Likes Of You' (adding to the already long list of bizarrely named music organisers) easily fitting up there as putting on some of the best electronic parties in Melbourne. Teaming up with touring giant, Future Entertainment, this is their launch in Sydney as they come in to carve up a slice of the Sydney music scene. While there has being some nay-sayers (The Sydney-Mebls rivalry to anyone reading this overseas!) I think any quality edition to the Sydney music circuit is a welcome one and with 2 of the best companies in Aus we can and should expect an awesome party with good sound, good production, organisation and of course good music. Anything less..well that would just suck...So lets see come this Saturday.

Get tickets at InTheMix or Moshtix

Loco Dice @ Sensation NYE 1008 in Dusseldorf, Germany (his home city!) - Download Here

Loco Dice Radio-One Essential Mix 2008 - Download Here

  1. G Family feat Antonio Lyons - Night Shift (Phoonshal dub mix) - Real Tune
  2. Mirko Loko - Liah - Desolat
  3. Larsson - Ruanda (Ricardo Esposito dub mix) - Rotary Cocktail
  4. Reboot - Vandon - Below
  5. M Pittman - Chicago Nights - Unirhythm
  6. Livio and Roby - The Tuxedo Band
  7. Roberto Dietz - Klondike - Deep Vibe
  8. Okain - 717 (D-Julz mix) - Tsuba
  9. Mara Trax - Sambad (Between Two Flames mix)
  10. Andrew Grant - Coloradobonus
  11. Luciano and Mirko Loko - Mousa Big Band - Desolat
  12. Abonne - Bongospace (Windworld edit by Ion Ludwig) - Opossum
  13. Pedro (RPR) and Rhadoo (RPR) - Flote - RAL
  14. Loco Dice - Pimp Jackson Is Talkin Now (Luciano Luci gets Loco mix) - Desolat
  15. You And Me feat Mark Broom - Bournewood (90 Black Buttom mix tool) - Rotary Cocktail
  16. Daniel Steinberg - Pay For Me (Lauhaus mix) - Style Rockets
  17. Livio and Roby - Diverse - Cecille
  18. Brothers Vibe - Cuero Para Mi Gentle (Raw Skins mix) - Jersey Underground
  19. Unkown(Reboot Remix!) - Lemany - Enfach003
  20. Sebo K - Diva - Mobilee
  21. Tokyo Black Star - Game Over (Loco Dice 5AM at the Tsukiji market mix) - Innervision

Sneaky preview of his latest Mix CD and first in the series, The Lab 001 - Mixed by Loco Dice here

Also if you want to hear that interview I quoted (it is in German!) DL Here pt1 and pt2

Ben Morris - Kink Nevermind December 08 Promo Mix - DL Here

Videos of Loco Dice at Time Warp last month! Some techno bombs here, perhaps we can expect for this sat

1st track:Basti Grub-Oma vovo(Suara rec.)

1st track:Livio & Roby-Invers de palma

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Plug N Play AV-VJ Social

Loving the idea of VJ jams as it creates the perfect environment forVJs to get in contact, builds the scene and transfer of ideas of this relativley new art form. With presentation from Morph one of/if not Australias most well known VJ as well as past Space Cadet VJs Darko showing off some of his new gear and Julapy with a audio-reactive demostration. Should be a very interesting night!

Monday, May 4, 2009

2 Videos

Will do a review of it once I see it!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

SHRUG photos

I took some photos for Shrug last Friday! A great night with some awesome music from Aussie DJs Rolling Connection (Melbourne, Darkbeat Parties), Murat Kilic, Dave Stuart, Trinity and Claire Morgan. Watch out for my mini-review later today!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Richie Hawtin Twitter: Now playing Depths03

"...just checking my email everyone"

Epic. I've being waiting for some software to come along that would allow us DJs to automatically broadcast the tracks we're playing and here it is.

Ignoring the hype of it from Beatportal its just a little app that broadcasts the tracks meta data to twitter. From a coding point of view its a pretty simply little add on but when used with someone like Richie Hawtin suddenly you can see what some of the worlds leading DJs are playing RIGHT NOW!

So what was he playing? Literally updated a few minutes ago from his set in France as of writing this; Depths03. Before that Popof - Headcleaner, then before that GB Tribe - Rich Jones.Its also interesting as this app literally just broadcasts the file name so you can kind of get the idea of where the song was from ie downloaded offically, promo or off a blog maybe?

Check it: