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
Believe the Morass is excited to be in the mix for this one! Tickets are on sale now for this landmark night – three amazing artists at the very top of the game for only $10+bf! It doesn’t get any better value than this, so grab your tickets from the OzTix website or your nearest OzTix outlet now.
Continuing its mission to bring together the best cutting edge electronic musicians in the world, the Red Bull Music Academy is mounting a triple-header tour that will bring a bass heavy three-pronged assault from Martyn, Illum Sphere and TOKiMONSTA to Brisbane’s The Family nightclub on Saturday September 18.
Each year since 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy has invited a class of 60 carefully selected beat heads from around the world to attend an intensive term of workshops with the leading exponents of electronic music. And each year, attendees and lecturers from previous terms travel the world to spread the RBMA gospel and share the music created and fostered at the Academy. The 2010 RBMA On The Floor tour brings the absolute bleeding edge of modern bass music to Brisbane’s best sound system for the first time ever.
Martyn is the senior artist of the trio. Steeped in a dubstep sound informed by a complex amalgam of techno, house, hip hop and drum and bass, it’s no surprise that the Dutch DJ, producer and label boss was drafted to mix the landmark 50th entry in Fabric London’s esteemed mix series. Check this haunting video inspired by his Great Lengths album and featuring Martyn himself.
TOKiMONSTA is the first lady of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder crew. With her standout performance at Barcelona’s Sonar 2010 festival, the fresh Midnight Menu LP on Art Union and a brand new intercontinental collaborative 10” with London maverick Blue Daisy, TOKiMONSTA has staked her claim as one of the most exciting producers of music today.
Young producer Illum Sphere exploded out of Manchester off the back of his EP “The Incoming” and his club night Hoya:Hoya. Championed by Thom Yorke, Mary-Anne Hobbs and the Brainfeeder crew, he is only the second English performer (after Mary-Anne) to be invited to play LA’s pivotal Low End Theory night.
Bringing the local heat to Family’s high pressure sound system are some of Brisbane’s brightest producers. Elroy 4.0 scored a position on the second Oscillations compilation released by Jus Like Music, alongside international heatmakers Slugabed, Alex B and 8Bitch.
As a DJ, Erther was a lynchpin of the long-running Brisbane junglist institution Rudebwoyz, but he also peddles a mean line in menacing production. He’s blessed more than one Morass party to devastating effect in the past, and we’re stoked to have him back.
Dubstep duo Science Project have incinerated dancefloors with their dubwise bangers, and the release of their debut EP Alchemystic has positioned them as one of Australia’s most promising bass groups.
Red Bull Music Academy On The Floor with Martyn, Illum Sphere & TokiMonsta
Date: 9pm to 5am, Saturday 18 September
Location: The Family [Top Floor], 8 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley
Support acts: Elroy 4.0, Science Project, Erther, Dank Morass
Cost: $15 on the door, $10+bf through OzTix
Happy new year! The Morass is planning big things for 2010, including a massive gig to feed your brains come early March. Stay tuned for full details, plus some 2009 favourite lists from the crew. In the meantime, enjoy the brief Walrii cameo (whose conveniently right there in the still with one Arku Rhino) in this short promo video put together during Kode 9 and Blu & Exile’s Australian tours last year.
Each year since 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy has invited a class of 60 carefully selected budding producers from around the world to attend an intensive term of workshops with the leading exponents of cutting edge beat science. And each year, attendees and lecturers from previous terms travel the world to spread the RBMA gospel and give potential applicants the low down on the Academy and the application process.
This year, LA MC Blu and his partner in production Exile visit Australia to share their wealth of knowledge, and perform a special showcase at Brisbane’s Alhambra Lounge.
Blu is at the forefront of LA’s new wave of MCs, releasing a stream of mixtapes, collaborative works and solo albums that highlight a brash delivery and vibrant personality sorely lacking in modern rap. His albums include the acclaimed Below The Heavens (2007, produced by Exile, Sound In Colour Records), Johnson & Jonson (2008, with producer Mainframe, Tres Records) and The Piece Talks (2008, with Ta’Raach as C.R.A.C Knuckles, Tres Records). Blu recently made waves with a stunning freestyle over the track GNGBNG from Flying Lotus’ Los Angeles album.
Blu’s foremost production collaborator is Exile, a maestro on the MPC sampler who is equally at home crafting boom-bap tracks for Mobb Deep, Ghostface and Jurassic 5 as he is appearing on future beat compilations alongside Flying Lotus and Computer Jay. His most recent album is Radio (2009, Plug Research), an incredible opus crafted entirely from samples taken from the radio.
Blu & Exile will be supported by dance floor wrecking Brisbane glitch-hop duo Blunt Instrument (Serato v Ableton set), along with a selection of local DJs pushing the latest hip hop and future beat sounds from around the world.
Stay tuned to 4ZzZ 102.1 FM in Brisbane in coming weeks for your chance to win a copy of Exile’s dope album Radio plus a double pass to the show.
Red Bull Music Academy Info Session with Blu & Exile
Date: 7pm to 9pm, Thursday 11th June
Location: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Level 4 – 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Free, but places are limited so arrive early.
Red Bull Music Academy & Dank Morass present BLU & EXILE
Date: 9pm to late, Thursday 11th June
Location: Alhambra Lounge, 12 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley
Support acts: Blunt Instrument, Rola D, Walrii, Danck
Cost: $15 on the door.