Voodoo Dred EP (Dub Temple)

September 2nd, 2011











Music by Vee Jay aka Voodoo Dred
Artwork by Warren Handley

FREE DL – http://dubtemplerecords.bandcamp.com/album/voodoo-dred-dtr007

We here at the Morass, having followed the merging of hip hop and electronic music for many years, are extremely excited to see this EP released in a world where so much music lacks a lasting resonance. The Voodoo Dred EP is deeply personal and conceptual, put together with spirituality, soul and intelligence.

Born in Mexico City to Haitian parents, VOODOO DRED a.k.a. Vadim Juste-Constant moved to Australia when only 3. Music was a major part of his family life, his father being a well renowned touring singer throughout Haiti and Mexico. Mainly growing up in Sydney, Brisbane and later Darwin, all impacting on the developing artist VOODOO DRED. In 2007, he arrived in Melbourne, looking for a new channel for his compelling/dynamic love for music. He has been touring as a diverse artist since 2000 not only as VOODOO DRED but as an MC/singer and musician playing instruments from drums, guitar, bass and percussion in bands such as Culture Connect and Gorilla Step with DJ Dexter.

“The concept of what I want to create is to continue the west African tradition of a Griot but in an urban, contemporary sense. Going back to traditional African beats and translating them into a hip hop context, I believe traditional African drumming is the original “trance” music because back in the day they would play these rhythms for days on end and literally get into a trance.” – VJ

Damn DT you’ve done it again…

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ATLASt exhibition – Geo-Graphic

July 27th, 2011

Gateway2 - Digital Collage 2011

Dank artist & VJ Warren Handley aka ATLASt has got a solo show happening next Wednesday (3rd August) over at Brew, located down Burnett Laneway in heart of Brisbane’s CBD (right next to Rocking Horse – RIP).

Ten recent digital works will be on display and on sale in the form of large A1 sized prints. The show titled Geo-Graphic expands Warren Handley’s exploration of the tangible and intangible, the natural and the digital. While his practice is diverse in subject matter and medium, these prints come from his body of work that investigates how we perceive space and form. It explores visual forms that recur through the universe from the macro to the micro scale.

Experimenting with the visual paradox between rigidity of geometric shapes and organic, natural environments, Geo-graphic is a series of digital collages / illustrations layering seemingly competing images of the human made euclidean geometry with naturally occurring fractal-based geometry.

Check out the Facebook event page for more info.


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Nosaj Thing set to rock the Morass

July 16th, 2011

Nosaj Thing makes his debut live appearance in Australia following a flurry of remix attention for his work on songs by The xx, Radiohead and Flying Lotus (amongst others). His 2009 album Drift on Alpha Pup Records stood out in an ever-crowded Beat scene, notably pushed forward by support from folks like Teebs, Jamie xx, Dorian Concept and Daedelus on the 2010 Drift Remix album.

Nosaj Thing has been featured as an artist-to-watch in magazines like Fader, XLR8R, The New Yorker, and Nylon, and as one of Urb Magazine’s Next 1000 artists. He’s won Turntable Lab/Plastic Little’s remix contest featuring MF Doom, and won L.A.’s prestigious Project Blowed beat battle. He has shared the stage with the likes of DJ AM, Architecture in Helsinki, DJ Krush, Z-Trip, Flying Lotus, Free the Robots, Diplo, The Glitch Mob, and Daedelus. He has received regular airplay on BBC Radio One and Los Angeles’ KCRW, and is a staple and a crowd pleaser at L.A.’s underground hip-hop good time, Low End Theory.

In support, the prolific beat-smith Puzahki (representing Ender Records) and Science Project (showcasing their Under the Sun EP on Dub Temple Records) will come together in a rare and dynamic collaborative live set alongside Dank Morass DJs Walrii & Danck.

Set Times:
8pm – Walrii & Danck (Dank Morass)
10pm – Science Project (Dub Temple) vs Puzahki (Ender)
11pm – Nosaj Thing (Alpha Pup/USA)

Thursday 21st July (doors open 8pm)

Step Inn (downstairs)
Cnr Brunswick St & St Pauls Tce, Fortitude Valley

Early birds $15 (+bf) (SOLD OUT)
General release $20 (+bf)
Purchase HERE or via Oztix, Rocking Horse Records and all Oztix outlets


‘badalomenti’ by Puzahki & Chupi from Joe Baker on Vimeo.

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Somethin’ is brewin’…

May 20th, 2011

For the past month, weekly beat sessions have been held in Brisbane, where local beat heads (of all kinds) meet to show their latest work, collaborate and jam. Each week a different musical challenge is set for the following week. Local, national and international heads are encouraged to get involved in these challenges.

Check the Brisbane Beat Sessions page for some examples of the music that is being created. If you are a local or international beat maker or musician who wants more info, hit us up @ forbeatsakebrisbane@gmail.com. Watch this space…

Brisbane Beat Sessions on Soundcloud and Facebook

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Walrii Djs @ photography exhibition @ Blackstar Coffee, West End

May 13th, 2011

Blackstar Coffee Roasters invites you to the first of its exciting new in-house exhibitions.

Working together with the community, we will be continuing to acquaint the public with local emerging artists with a social conscience.

Saturday May 14 at Blackstar, Rick Hayward will be showcasing his photographic series ‘Tassie by Treadly’.
Over a two week period, Rick and six fellow gentlemen rode the length and breadth of Tasmania, with the bare essentials strapped to their bicycles.
Rick’s honest 35mm observations invite you to share the pleasures of a simple existence.

‘Tassie by Treadly’ – for love of life, bicycles and freedom.

$5 entry + complimentary beverage.
Ride your bike for entry into the GEAR Shop door-prize.
Walrii of Dank Morass providing delicious beats.
Refreshments will be available, thanks to Brews Brothers Microbrewery.

C’mon, don’t be a square now.

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white rhino 3rd b’day ft dro carey @ barsoma, 20.05.11

May 13th, 2011

White Rhino 3rd Birthday ft Dro Carey & more

Our homies White Rhino are celebrating three years of putting on killer shows from across the electronic spectrum. Some of the best have been Surgeon, Shackleton, Mount Kimbie, Ikonika and Joker (which they put on with us here at the Morass), just to name a few of a long and braincrushing list.

To celebrate, they’re throwing a free party with deservedly feted Sydney-based producer Dro Carey, who has been on some slow burn blow-up over the last few months. Check a great interview and mix from the young gun here.

Support from Forest of Death (White Rhino sound system) and a heavy line-up of DJs including Vivandiere (Bookery Cook), ATLAST (Dank Morass visual crew – on decks!) , Danck (Morass), Jimmy Larcombe, Beads, Fr1day, Si Clone, Arctic, Samedi Soundsystem and 2-Tonic.

Did we mention it’s FREE?

White Rhino 3rd Birthday ft Dro Carey
Friday 20 May, 9pm
Bar Soma, 22 Constance St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Free Entry!


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RBMA presents Space Invadas and Pursuit Grooves @ Bar Soma, 08/04/2011

April 6th, 2011






Aside from being some of the most highly regarded new-breed musicians, producers, vocalists and DJs, what do Aloe Blacc, Andreya Triana, Dorian Concept, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Poirier and Buraka Son Sistema’s Lil John have in common? They were all students at the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) – the internationally recognised breeding ground and meeting point for the vanguard of electronic music.

Continuing their long held tradition of accelerating underground music culture, this year’s academy will be held in Tokyo, Japan in August. To celebrate this occasion, RBMA is once again bringing a piece of itself to Brisbane’s doorstep with a night of boundary-blurring live soul music.

Maintaining the quality from last year’s RBMA show featuring Tokimonsta, Illum Sphere and Martyn, this year’s event will feature ARIA nominated artists Space Invadas and nu-school vocalist, lyricist and beat maker, Pursuit Grooves (NYC) on Friday April 8th at Bar Soma in the Fortitude Valley.

Space Invadas is a collaboration between producer/DJ Katalyst and singer/producer Steve Spacek and has resulted in the critically acclaimed 2010 album “Soul-Fi”. Space Invada’s live format is a 5-piece band featuring bass, drums, guitar, samplers and electronics with Steve on vocals, harkening back to legendary soul outfits with a modern twist.

Space Invadas – Imaginist by Rock the house

Steve Spacek (aka Steve White) who originates from London and now based in Sydney, earned his stripes in his first group “Spacek” in 1996 and since then his heartfelt falsetto and electronic broken-beats, have become an institution of the underground. Steve has worked with J Dilla on the seminal track “Dollar”, as well as Mos Def, Slum Village and Common, while being hailed by critics and other artists as Curtis Mayfield or Marvin Gaye reincarnated.

Katalyst (aka Ashley Anderson) is a prolific Sydney based DJ/producer known for transforming rare funk and soul into his own dance-floor hip-hop based compositions. The dense mood and soul of his 2002 ARIA nominated debut album Manipulating Agent was a landmark for Australian hip-hop and raised the bar for those who came after.

Vanese Smith aka Pursuit Grooves is an electronic music producer, vocalist and live performance artist living in Brooklyn, New York and was a participant in the 2008 Redbull Music Academy in Barcelona, Spain. Her latest album, “Fox Trot Mannerisms” was released on the reputable Bristol Bass label, Tectonic and has been hailed by BBC radio’s Giles Petersen as one of the best albums of 2010. Pursuit Grooves brings her bass heavy future-funk to life using samplers, drum machines, keyboards and of course the microphone.

Nodding Grand March ’11 by PursuitGrooves

In support, local dons Monster Monster and Saint Surly will mash out their own raw hip hop productions live as well as original heavy weight bass-hop productions from Puzahki, representing the Brisbane label, Ender Records. Local stalwarts Dank Morass will also be holding down DJing duties with their selections of cutting edge soul.

Emergency Exit.

Live Show Details

Event: RBMA and Dank Morass presents Space Invadas (Live) and Pursuit Grooves (NYC, Live) with Monster Monster and Saint Surly (Live), Puzahki (Ender), Dank Morass
When: 9pm Friday 8th April
Where: Bar Soma (Constance St, Fortitude Valley)
Cost: Limited pre-sold tickets $15+BF through OZTIX outlets, $20 on Door


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Digital Mystikz (Mala + Coki) @ Step Inn, March 25

March 6th, 2011

This is the big one. The mighty Digital Mystikz, aka Mala and Coki, step to the Step Inn’s main room, augmented with extra bass bins for the occasion. For those who witnessed The Bug in 2009, this is the same system, so pack your earplugs. We’re also very happy to be welcoming Mark Pritchard, aka Harmonic 313, to the Morass for the first time. Expect Mark to cover the full spectrum of bass music, including tunes from his forthcoming Africa HiTech album, just announced for a May release on Warp Records.

Tickets on sale now for only $35+bf from OzTix, and get up to speed with this brand new in-depth interview with the man like Mala.

Come meditate on bass weight.

This was the call from Brixton’s DMZ nightclub when it launched in 2005, inviting clubbers to succumb to the emerging pressure of dubstep. The club night and its eponymous label run by production duo Mala and Coki, producing as Digital Mystikz, alongside Loefah, were the core of a movement that had only just begun to find recognition beyond the grimy clubs of South London.

Producing tracks together and as solo artists, they nurtured a discography of genre-defining dubs specially crafted for the DMZ nightclub sound system. Featured on Rephlex’s early snapshot of emerging dubstep, Grime 2, they proceeded to map the sound’s territory with equal attention to chest-rattling spacious rumble and bowel-churning wobble. Their vinyl releases on the DMZ label are collectors’ items to this day.

Now, Mala and Coki come to Australia for the first time together, bringing their combined classic discography and a bagful of new dubs for the dance. The main room at Brisbane’s Step Inn will be augmented with extra bass bins to accommodate this landmark event on Friday 25 March.

Digital Mytstikz have been at the forefront of the movement through its evolution: In 2006, their “Anti-War Dub” was featured in the film Children of Men, logically pairing the dystopic sounds of darkest dubstep with Alfonso Cuarón’s modern classic. Meanwhile, Coki’s 2008 track “Night”, co-produced with Benga, caused DJs from other genres of dance music to finally perk up to the limitless possibilities of dubstep.

Still with us in 2010, Digital Mystikz released their first two LPs – Return II Space, featuring tracks produced by Mala and Urban Ethics, with beats by Coki.

Signing off from her long-running BBC Radio 1 Experimental show last year with one last mix by Mala, she described him and Coki “as the men who set the bar in 2005. Their club night DMZ changed my life for all time.” Now, Australia has the chance to experience the chest-rattling roots of this musical movement.

Also on the bill is the debut Morass appearance for another electronic music pioneer. Mark Pritchard’s illustrious career stretches back to the mid-90s and spans virtually every genre of electronic music. Known by many names, including Global Communications and Jedi Knights for his work with Tom Middelton, his most recent inventions come through hard-edged Detroit-style hip hop as Harmonic 313 and a collaboration with Steve Spacek as Africa HiTech. With releases on Warp Records, Hyperdub and Mala’s Deep Medi, he’s stayed at the cutting edge of the beats scene like few of his peers.

Finally, Brisbane’s own dubstep royalty Frosty returns to the fray with an old school set and Dank Morass DJs Walrii and Swob.

Check the Facebook event.

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Subdetritus ~ february 2011

March 3rd, 2011

Do you ever stop to think about how global and permeating the electronic bass music scene has become? Here’s a thought: the club nights, the DJs, the producers, the MCs, the labels, the remixes, the army of fans, the culture, the jargon, the equipment and the infrastructure of dance culture from London to Detroit all would not exist as we know it today had it not been for one tiny island – Jamaica.









This may seem as obvious as the nose on your face, but there’s a truth to it that most dance music fans don’t even realize or think about. Well over fifty years ago set to a complicated political backdrop, the music lovers of Jamaica mixed the early r’n’b and blues they heard being broadcast on Florida radio stations with their own music and ideologies. This melting pot gave birth to a distinctly unique musical language known as reggae. Before long there was a thriving scene of bands on the island that facilitated the opening of recording studios, particularly in Kingston, to capture this musical phenomenon. One of the most famous was Studio One founded by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd whose very first recording session took place in 1957.

Within ten years producers at these studios had started to experiment with the recordings of these bands, taking out the vocals and emphasizing the drum and bass tracks or the ‘riddim’. Known as dubs, these ground-breaking productions were pioneered by the likes of King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry and often involved extensive reverb, echo and delay effects as well as cut up vocal or instrumental samples from the original versions. These were among the first people to look at the recording studio as instrument in its own right and paved the way for the modern concepts of an electronic producer and the remix.

These instrumental dubs with their heavy drums and bass were pressed to vinyl (dubplates) and were played by DJs (selectors) on big sound systems set up in the street. These earliest incarnations of club nights didn’t have Facebook to promote their nights but instead relied on word of mouth – who had the biggest sound system and the best dubs? The notion of an MC also came out of all this with people on microphones “toasting” and hyping the crowd over the largely instrumental tunes. Here we are fifty years later witnessing the exact same thing at summer festivals and nightclubs. Respect!

– by Brad Swob

(Originally published in 3D World)



*** On a related note, if you are interested in checking out some quality roots reggae and dub – make sure you get down to JUMBO MUMBO. Run by Erther and Ben Osbourne, Jumbo Mumbo is a new monthly reggae event taking place at the Rumpus Room in the West End. From all accounts the first one was awesome. Hit the image below for info on upcoming events…



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Lorn interview and mix

February 15th, 2011


In preparation for this Friday night, check out this interview Swob did with Lorn just after his debut LP “Nothing Else” was released. Lorn discusses his origins in music, the album and how the Flying Lotus/Brainfeeder connection came about through an Australian radio station.

The interview has been edited into a mini-mix including some unreleased Lorn music for your listening pleasure! Also some of the music is selected from his self-released beat-tape, “Self-Confidence“. Have a look-see for innumerable beats showcasing the broad yet distinct style that Lorn purveys.

Make sure you are at The Step Inn (Fortitude Valley) this Friday 18th February 9pm sharp for some deep, dark and honest electronics from Speakerwrath, the Dank Morass crew and of course a live set from Lorn himself… Don’t Sleep!

Click image to download the Lorn interview+mini-mix.

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