Last Saturday 26th January saw the launch of SEETHE MONTHLY a club night focusing on local djs and producers pushing forward-thinking dance floor music of all kinds.
One of the highlights of the night was Monologue’s live deconstruction and mash up of over 130 dance floor tunes alongside a session drummer. DL/stream the recording of this epic mix below… Track-listing in soundcloud description.
SEETHE is an umbrella for Brisbane’s electronic music crews, new and old, at the new venue, Wasteland venue (joined to coniston lane).
The night aims to tap into the rich community of artists who are pushing and creating next level underground music and visual arts in Brisbane.
Continuing the momentum of the launch party, the next SEETHE is taking place on Saturday February 23rd and will be happening every month on a Saturday. $5 on the door everytime.
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.
This month in Subdetritus we hold a lantern up to one of the most promising young labels to spew forth from the heady bass brew slowly bubbling away in Brisbane – Ender Records. Founded by John English (aka Herts), the label has become home to a grip of young underground beat makers from Queensland and beyond. “I have been trying to get a label going for about 2 years now,” English explains. “With two failed ventures behind me, I decided to just do it on my own. It seems to be working well so far! I just want the world to hear the amazing music that is coming out of our region, and also further cement Australia as a serious global contender in the beat scene.”
So far the label has released the incredible Laser Storm EP by Brisbane-based Elroy 4.0, a free Christmas compilation last December that featured fifteen beats from the entire Ender family and an impressive 3-track release from Total Stranger called Burning Sockets – all of which are available from the Ender Bandcamp site. For English, its not just about getting this music released but to give the acts on Ender everything they need to move to the next level. “The end goal would be to have successful releases that lead to global tours for all our artists, and encompassing management, distribution and publishing,” he says. “Another goal is to expand the label to represent not only musicians but all media artists, releasing video and other new media content.”
Ender Records is sitting on some pretty exciting future releases. Keep a weathered eye on the horizon for new bits from New Zealand-based producers Epoch and Lefty. Also in the pipeline are releases from Australian producers Pedestrian and the follow-up from Total Stranger that has been described by English as “kind of like taking ketamine at a school disco.” A video for the new Total Stranger tune ‘State Of Mind’ is up now on the Ender website (see above). The big one that many people in the local scene are waiting for is the debut album from Puzahki – Flex Capacitor. No less than eight free mix tapes from this prolific beat maker will precede the official album release that has been almost four years in the making. Stay tuned to the Ender website or Facebook group for more info on these releases and further information about this new guard of bass alchemists.
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.
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.
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.
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
Once again, the Brainfeeder crew delivered the goods to Brisbane with the one Samiyam stopping through for an intimate Sunday audience with a dedicated dancefloor of heads at x&y Bar. Extra special thanks go out to Milesago (AKA LenOne, right) who dealt a brilliant set of soul, hip hop, skwee and more, and Puzahki, who played an hour of original beats that covered all the bases of bass. Seriously, if you haven’t heard of this guy, you will soon. Check for his forthcoming releases on new label Ender. We’re a little embarassed its taken us so long to book him.
Shout out to ATLASt and Archi Lancaster for providing the visual backdrops, and to Tammy for taking the pics below. You can check her full set of shots from the gig at In The Mix. Shout out to Samuel Dunn for this video of proceedings, which showcases the visuals as well as Samiyam’s wild beat styles. Love to the crew from our regular venue the Step Inn for stepping on down, and everyone else who got their Sunday night shuffle on
It wasn’t all double rainbows though. An unfortunate misunderstanding meant we were deprived of the inestimable selecting skills of the Walrus for most of the night, which certainly put the proverbial dampener on proceedings. Still, we powered through and Sam delivered a blinder of a set.
In the wake of the recent sonic assault of Ras_G and following The Gaslamp Killer earlier this year, Dank Morass presents the next artist from Flying Lotus’ mighty Brainfeeder clique to reach Brisbane. From Los Angeles via Ann Arbor, Michigan, Samiyam is a lover of soul, beats, hip hop and donuts with sprinkles. He’ll be bringing his live, fuzzed, future funk to the chilled surrounds of the Valley’s x&y bar on Sunday September 12. (more…)