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.
Last week vast areas of south-east Queensland including Brisbane were hit by devastating floods. Close friends and associates of Dank Morass and the local beat scene were among thousands to have lost property, homes and businesses in the deluge. Particularly savaged by the natural disaster was the town of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane. The crew at the Step Inn have put together a flood relief benefit gig to raise money for flood victims with a distinctly bass flavour. Come on down and support a good cause as all three of us from the Morass go back to back along with sets by De La Haye, Kosha D and other local bass DJs. Entry is $12 and $10 of that goes straight to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. Our thoughts go out to those that are still cleaning up in the wake of these floods..
One of the most unhinged personalities in hip hop, Kool Keith, hits the venerable Step Inn tomorrow night for an Ekka holiday-eve show. There’s a big line-up of local supports, and a whole other room of DJs and MCs in the front room. DJ Katch, Pure Product, DNO and Erther are among the supports. Dank Morass holds down the main stage at both ends of the night, opening with rugged beats and then closing out after Keith with some spaced out business. Keith is entirely unpredictable. We could be treated to material from the Ultramag days, some Dr Octagon jams or some filthy sex styles, or we could just have fried chicken and smut mags thrown at us from stage. Either way, it’s gonna be big! Earth people, come on down.
We’d be surprised if this show didn’t sell out, but you can still grab tickets via OzTix if you haven’t already.
Basically, at the start of the year Brainfeeder’s very own GASLAMP KILLER (who definitely deserves all caps upon his name) absolutely tore Brisbane apart at Dank Morass’s home ground, the Step Inn. For those of you who missed out on this next level DJ in all his glory, ATLASt has put together a few snippets from the night recorded in between mashing away at the strobe light and mixing visuals with Archi Lancaster. A taste of things to come when yet another Brainfeeder legend arrives to blow Brisbane minds in the not too distant future.
There is a new mixtape from Mongo over at his Mixtape Mansion. And I must say, a very fine selection indeed. Catch Mongo’s DJ set at Dank Side of the Moon this Friday 25th June @ Step Inn, Brisbane (set times posted soon) .
Pull up your socks and prepare yourselves for the usual Dank vibes, quality music and visuals you have come to expect from a Morass. See you all there!
Dank Morass is excited to present the debut Brisbane show for the hottest DJ in the world of beats and bass – The Gaslamp Killer. A founder of LA’s acclaimed weekly Low End Theory club, the GLK’s lateral crate-digging through dusty psychedelia, classic hip hop, cutting edge beats and heavy dubstep is unparalleled. With the spirit of the West Coast psychedelic movement of the 60s and the current manifestation of the beat generation running strong in his blood, the GLK will lay waste to the main room of the Step Inn on Saturday March 6.
Moving between San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, The Gaslamp Killer made a name worldwide with mind-boggling mixes such as I Spit On Your Grave and Hell And The Lake of Fire are Waiting For You. Closely affiliated with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder collective, he released a debut EP, My Troubled Mind on that label in 2009. A whirlwind of rumbling bass and psych-rock edits, the EP is just one weapon in the GLK’s diverse arsenal of bass.
Low End Theory, which The GLK curates with fellow residents Daddy Kev, D-Styles and Nobody, has been hailed as the international headquarters for raw and soulful hip hop, psychedelic beats, glitch-hop, avant-rap, IDM and dubstep. The Gaslamp Killer is absolutely at the forefront of the thrilling collision of these disparate but complementary sounds.
In support, the Morass presents a rare Brisbane DJ set for Elgusto. One half of premier Australian beats duo Hermitude and producer for Herd-frontman Urthboy, Gusto has played leading bass nights Void and Headroom in his adopted hometown of Sydney. Favourites of Japan’s legendary DJ Krush, Hermitude have dropped three albums of world-class beats on the Elefant Traks label, most recently the sublimely composed Threads.
Nomadic Brisbanite Tigermoth will perform tracks off his haunting solo debut Underwater Beats and preview music from a new album. Equally influenced by US and Japanese hip-hop, Tigermoth weaves an abstract, instrumental soundscape backed by orchestrated beats in a mix evocative of Tokyo’s industrial landscape and Australia’s natural milieu.
Rounding out this top shelf line-up is local live dubstep duo Science Project, whohave been toiling away in the lab for months, concocting unhurried heaters that are brought to life with drum kit and MPC on stage, and Syntax, playing original bass heavy hip hop beats.
Additional atmospherics will be provided by the Dank Morass DJs Walrii, Swob and Danck. The Morass has been DJing and promoting beats in Brisbane since late 2007, and has previously hosted Flying Lotus, Starkey, The Bug, Joker, Coki & Loefah and Blu & Exile.
The Gaslamp Killer (Low End Theory/Brainfeeder, LA) with guests Elgusto (DJ Set, Hermitude, Syd), Tigermoth (live), Science Project (live), Syntax, Swob, Walrii & Danck
When: Saturday 6 March – doors from 9pm
Where: Step Inn, corner Brunswick St and St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $20+bf presold from OzTix.com.au, Rockinghorse & all OzTix outlets, $25 on the door.
Dank Morass returns to the fray in 2010 with Dial ‘M’ For Morass, a night of eclectic bass mayhem upstairs at the Step Inn on Friday 29th January. The cream of local selectors will join the Morass to dish out hardboiled servings of beats, dubstep and hip hop. Most importantly, Dial ‘M’ will be FREE before midnight!
The guest line-up features Brisbane’s best that have recently kept their crates to themselves:
Frosty is the man behind the Hard Graft brand that introduced Brisbane to the nascent dubstep sound. He has toured countless artists, including Kode 9, and has supported big names like Loefah and Vex’d. His cool and collected mixing coaxes the dance into a bass-driven frenzy.
British expat Duble E has made carefully selected appearances in Brisbane and Sydney (including premier Australian dubstep night VOID) over the last year, and is currently masterminding diverse bass and beats label Amecca Records.
Dr Dom has a decade of DJing under his belt across more genres than you can name, and has crates of vinyl for days. We’re only giving him an hour, so expect the finest cuts from that extensive library.
For the Morass, Walrii will be getting the razor tusk out in a blaze of backspins and bass, covering post-Dilla, big rims electro and soul loops. Whatever your flavour, the Walrus has it covered. Swob, the man with the sinister dubs, has some of the best ears in the town for all things brooding and soulful and will represent the legacy of dark dancefloor music. Danck skirts the territory between dubstep and dusty downtempo beats in an effects-heavy mix.
For the last two years, the Morass crew has scratched its collective head over the name of the genre which forms its basis. The slow motion collision of post-Dilla hip hop beats and dubstep bassweight has opened up a whole new realm of sound, as well a burgeoning lexicon as journalists and bloggers attempt to pin it down. Tags like future beats, wonky, purple and lazerbass have all been applied to different strands of the rapidly evolving milieu. From the Morass’ point of view, it’s all good. It’s been a long time since a musical movement has so adamantly defied labels. We’ll call it ‘beats’, which is just as confusing, but at least avoids flavour-of-the-month misconceptions.
Capping off a massive week for the Morass (supports for Russ Jones, El-P, Concord Dawn and the inaugural Scuba Tank at Rumpus Room plus an all in mix on 4ZzZ’s Baron Oneway Show) is the Brisbane debut of Philadelphia street bass don Starkey!
Very special support from one of Australia’s leading dubstep producers, 3rd Eye (Sub Continental Dub) plus a rare set from the man like Funkedub, instrumental grime and bass from Suckafish and new beats from Science Project. Dank Morass DJs Walrii and Swob hold it down for the home team.
A measly $15 on the door to catch the leading stateside innovator of the scene they sometimes call dubstep, but really incorporates a whole lot more. It goes down upstairs at The Step Inn, corner of Brunswick St and St Paul’s Tce, Fortitude Valley.