Category: Electronica / Dance

 

Australian electronic dance pioneers THE PRESETS are back with a vengeance, announcing today that their long awaited fourth studio album HI VIZ is set for release on May 18 through EMI Music Australia, and will be followed by a national tour across June, taking in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Their return was heralded in spectacular fashion late last year with the first taste of new music from HI VIZ – the urgent “Do What You Want”, which featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of 2017 and the sweeping “14U+14ME”, which is among the tastemaker station’s most played songs of 2018.  Most of the album has been mixed by John Hanes who created the classic mix of “Uptown Funk” as well as working more recently with the likes of Sia, Bruno Mars and Major Lazer.  Apocalypso collaborator Scott Horscroft also mixed several HI VIZ tracks while Flume engineer Eric J mixed “Beethoven” – the pair’s sly nod to their Conservatorium years.

“We wanted to make something that was literally meant to get you out of your head”, explains Julian Hamilton. “All the songs on HI VIZ are outward looking so in that respect it’s much more like our earlier stuff.  It’s about trying to capture that energy you get on a great night out with your friends when you get to leave everything else behind you for a while.  We essentially tried to create the soundtrack to a party that we would want to go nuts at.”

“It’s taken us ages to make this album because we just kept writing and recording more and more songs”, reflects Kim Moyes. “At one point we had about 50 contenders and, like us, they were all over the map mood wise. Eventually we decided – fuck it – let’s just pick the most ‘up for it’ songs. Those tracks are always the most fun for us to play live anyway so we thought ‘why not have a whole album of them?’”.

Both Julian and Kim individually produce other artists outside their Presets collaborations, so it’s not surprising that they, once again, are credited as Producers for their own album. It’s also apt that some of the artists with whom they’ve worked should make HI VIZcameos. For example, “Are You Here?” features indie rockers the DMA’s, whose latest release was co-produced by Kim. Similarly Alison Wonderland – for whom The Presets recently created a widely played remix – guested on the beaty “Are You Out Of Your Mind?” while Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters added vocals to the dark’n’steamy “Tools Down”.

It’s been a decade since The Presets first set festival fields alight with breakthrough anthems like “My People”, “Talk Like That” and “This Boys In Love”. The pair had been making waves in Sydney’s clubs since forming in 2003 and signing to the influential Modular Records, but it was their 2008 Oz chart topper, Apocalypso, that first introduced them to wider audiences. That album was certified triple platinum and won them six ARIA Awards in their homeland. By contrast, 2012’s critically acclaimed Pacifica was comparatively introspective but epic gigs around the world – from Glastonbury Festival and Coachella to Splendour In The Grass – forged the duo’s reputation as Australian electronic music trailblazers.

HI VIZ lands May 18 and the album is available for pre-order from today, visit: thepresets.com/preorder.

 

THE PRESETS

HI VIZ JUNE TOUR 2018

PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION & TRIPLE J

With special guest Roland Tings

 

For complete tour and ticketing, visit: livenation.com.au/artist/the-presets-tickets

 

METROPOLIS, PERTH (GA/18+) – WEDNESDAY JUNE 13

THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE (GA/All Ages) – FRIDAY JUNE 15

FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE (GA/18+)  – SATURDAY JUNE 16

UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA (GA/18+) – THURSDAY JUNE 21

WAVES, WOLLONGONG (GA/18+) – FRIDAY JUNE 22

ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY (GA/All Ages)  – SATURDAY JUNE 23

THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE (GA/18+)   – WEDNESDAY JUNE 27

NIGHTQUARTER, GOLD COAST (GA/18+)  – FRIDAY JUNE 29

 

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM, WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

Fan pre-sale: 11am, Monday April 9 until 11am, Wednesday April 11

French electronic duo, The Blaze share stunning new single and video ‘Heaven’, following the track’s world first play via Zane Lowe at Beats 1 this week.

The enigmatic duo comprised of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, rekindle their musical and visual poetry with self-directed music video for latest single ‘Heaven’, paving the way for a first full-length album to be released in June 2018. Both halves of the project are music producers and film directors with creative control of every aspect of their output and the result of their combined talent is nothing short of breathtaking.

Conceived as a great escape through the sunbathed countryside, one should perceive ‘Heaven’ as a revived “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” where the thriving youth gets back to the center of the stage to finally exude happiness. As already portrayed in award-winning productions ‘Virile’ and ‘Territory’, The Blaze’s take on freedom is coupled, for now, with a re-appropriation of collective imaginary and aesthetics. In a scenery where fields outshine concrete, the traditional and bucolic picnic is also about dancing and booty-shaking. Beat by beat, the scope widens almost endlessly, echoing the ecstatic and raptured heart of the community that gathered together, and of every single listener. ‘Heaven’ is meant to be the final part of the triptych and if ‘Heaven’ marks the end of their first opus, it also confirms that The Blaze have just opened an even wider realm of possibilities.

Beginning their story with inaugural track, Virile, released in 2016, the duo then went on to release their debut Territory EP in April 2017. The Blaze have a very unique way of working, producing the music and visuals at the same time, in tandem as it were. Their incredible musical and directorial skill have not gone unnoticed, winning numerous awards from the likes of Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, the Best Directors award at Berlin Music Video Awards, UK Music Video Awards to name but a few. New single Heavenarrives as the final piece of the triplicate presented by The Blaze, adding to the growing anticipation for their upcoming full-length release. No strangers to a glowing live review, The Blaze played their biggest headline show to date at Pitchfork Paris last year, and will bring their captivating live show to Coachella this April, Reading & Leeds in August, Primavera, Parklife, Garorock, Europavox, Mainsquare, Melt, Art Sonic, Lollapalooza Paris, Dockville, Lovebox.

An overwhelming sense of humanity surrounds all that The Blaze create. Whether you see two friends sharing a special moment in Virile, that sweet feeling of home in Territory or are perhaps familiar with the work of French painter Manet and his piece Dejeuner sur l’herbe in Heaven, The Blazes’ work is completely open to interpretation, for everybody, equally. They have one wish, that you’re able to feel.

The Blaze new single ‘Heaven’ is OUT NOW. Their debut album is set for release June 2018. 

European Festival Dates

April 13th – COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Palm Springs (US)
April 20th – COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL – Palm Springs (US)
June 2nd – PRIMAVERA – Barcelona (ES)
June 10th – PARKLIFE – Manchester (UK)
June 28 – GAROROCK – Marmande (FR)
June 30th – EUROPAVOX – Clermont-Ferrand (FR)
July 4th – ROSKILDE FESTIVAL- Roskilde (DK)
July 7th – MAIN SQUARE FESTIVAL – Arras (FR)
July 13th – LOVEBOX FESTIVAL – London (UK)
July 14th – MELT – Berlin (DE)
July 20th – ART SONIC – Briouze (FR)
July 21st – LOLLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL – Paris (FR)
July 22nd – VIEILLES CHARRUES – Carhaix (FR)
August 19th – DOCKVILLE FESTIVAL – Hamburg (DE)
August 24th – LEEDS & READING – Reading (UK)
August 25th – LEEDS & READING – Leeds (UK)

 

Rebel Yell has made her mark in Aus for creating confronting techno music. Grace Stevenson, the individual behind Rebel Yell, has once again delivered a unique brooding track.

We are very excited to announce the release of her latest single ‘Pressure Drop’.

‘Pressure Drop’ is officially released this Friday, February 16 and is the first single to be taken from her debut album Hired Muscleset for release this June!

Pressure Drop’ is a song describing a Rebel Yell set, a track about experiencing the night and dancing – “Rebel yell, feel the pressure”.

Stevenson creates a heavy, haunting experience within her music. With a Korg ESX-1, volca bass and vocal processor amongst others in tow, Rebel Yell summons a unique and dark style of EBM bangers. Rebel Yell is a musical enforcer, her music effortlessly convinces or reminds you, that she is the boss.

‘Pressure Drop’, was directed by Triana Hernandez and edited by Stevenson herself. Hernandez had the following to say about the new clip –

“The music video for “Pressure Drop” is an ode to the 90s, rave culture and club-kids. It explores the muscular intensity of the track through the energy of primary school kids in their own environment – their classroom. When it comes to dancing like no one’s watching kids are the fucking best.”

We are so excited to be delivering a full-length Rebel Yell album this year and know you will all feel the pressure.

Sable

Deep at work on his next EP, Perth’s favourite computer wizard Sable is slipping out some new goodies to tide you over. After wetting the appetites of his legions of fans with the gummy trap vibrations of ‘Mt Moon’, John “Sable” Dewhurst let’s his Pokemon obsession bubble to the surface on two brand new tracks straight from the underground of Kanto, presenting ‘Thunderwave’ and ‘Surf’ off the 2-track offering.

Last rearing his head above ground for a collaboration with Bloc Party hero Kele Okereke on icey track, ‘The One’, Sable turned up to the session with a glistening beat, that perfectly glides around Kele‘s unmistakable vocals, showing another string to the talented young producers bow.
With both new tracks, ‘Thunder Wave’ and ‘Surf’ voiced by the eerie vocaloid machine, childlike voices float over earth shaking drums that would crush any club systems they’re unleashed upon. The track contains enough Sable laced sunshine to make for one hell of a head phone party too.
The perfect soundtrack to watching the Australian Summer comes around once more, and as clubland starts to heat up, there’s nobody turning the temperature gauge to full quite like Sable.

Dropping on SoundCloud & Bandcamp by the time you finish reading this, the release will also see a strictly limited run of 7″ vinyl, exquisitely packaged in a die cut sleeve. You can cop one of the limited edition Sable Pokemon cards if you get there in time – in true booster-pack fashion, one in every 20 is holographic! Fresh off the back of his heavily lauded Splendour In The Grass sunset slot, don’t miss him on his national run of dates kicking off this October in Sydney.

SABLE TOUR DATES
Fri Oct 17 // Father @ Villa // PERTH
Sat Oct 18 // Chinese Laundry // SYDNEY
                  Fri Oct 24 // Oh Hello // BRISBANE
Sat Oct 25 // Flinders Social // TOWNSVILLE
Fri Oct 31 // IOHYOU @ Liberty Social // MELBOURNE
Sat Nov 1 // Carmens @ Miranda // SYDNEY
Sun Nov 2 // Zhivago // ADELAIDE
Fri Nov 8 // The Factory // SUNSHINE COAST

Axwell

The duo of Axwell /\ Ingrosso, former members of the legendary Swedish House Mafia, has been signed to an exclusive contract with Universal Music Group, to release new music and content in 2014 on Def Jam Recordings in the U.S. and Virgin/EMI in the UK, with their debut album coming in early 2015. In Australia they will be released though EMI.

This will be the first official album from Axwell /\ Ingrosso, whose previous band, Swedish House Mafia never released a full studio album, despite selling over 10 million records worldwide.  (Two compilation albums were issued in 2010 (Until One) and 2012 (Until Now), on Virgin Records/Astralwerks.)

“We are proud at Def Jam to have Axwell /\ Ingrosso choose us to be their label home. Their music is forward, innovative, invigorating and boundless,” said Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings. “Def Jam has the artistry and energy of DJ culture within its pedigree, right there in our logo. This is a significant moment for all of us as at Def Jam.”

Swedish House Mafia was renowned for selling out Madison Square Garden in nine minutes for their concert in 2012, without any album in the marketplace.  The group disbanded in March 2013, after playing their final sets that month at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Emerging as a duo, Axwell /\ Ingrosso premiered new music with influential BBC radio personality Zane Lowe in late March 2014. “I was lucky enough to go down to the studio this week, listen to a whole bunch of songs. It’s going to be incredible,” Lowe raved on air. “It’s a whole new era for these two.”

In early June, the band landed back in the US for their first headlining gigs at Governors Ball in New York City, followed by Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Times heralded their set: “Freed from the expectations of being in one of the globe’s biggest bands, the duo’s set was simultaneously more challenging and more playful than anything their previous project could do…Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s set found them working out different ideas about tension and song craft…One new tune, which fans have given a working title of “On My Way,” felt like it had pop-hit potential with an immediately memorable chorus. But the long, well-spaced drum builds and crowd-teasing pacing felt entirely new for the duo.”

Axwell /\ Ingrosso (with third member Steve Angello) began collaborating in 2007 as Swedish House Mafia, which became a multi-platinum household name success across Europe by the end of 2010, with “One” featuring Pharrell, and “Miami 2 Ibiza” vs. Tinie Tempah.  “Save the World” extended their run into 2011, along with “Antidote” vs. Knife Party. 

“Don’t You Worry” featuring John Martin was SHM’s breakthrough hit in 2012, #1 in the UK, Sweden and Australia, and Top 10 in most territories around the world, including the U.S., where it was certified RIAA triple-platinum.  It was in late-2012 when SHM announced they would disband at the end of their “One Last Tour” in 2013, paving the way for this year’s emergence of Axwell /\ Ingrosso.

Hamjam

Despite their laidback shoegaze sound, Hamjam have been particularly busy lately; signing to WA label, Pilerats, releasing a free download of their bizarre and wonderful cover of ILOVEMAKKONEN, Club Going Up On A Tuesday, (which was covered by iconic online destination, The Fader) and are now offering up the first single, Love from their self-titled debut.  Available for pre-order from 22nd September before its official release on 10th October, buy the EP to receive Love instantly.

These Perth based garage heroes are incoming and quietly making their name across the nations backyard party scene. With the duo’s forthcoming self-titled EP finally complete, this single marks the crunchy guitar ridden, knackered tone of psychedelia the Hamjam boys are promising to release and it’s some of the most infectious, skuzzy, sing-along guitar music you’ll hear all year.
Channeling the live energy of some of the countries favourite new guitar bands and featuring current members of The Growl and GunnsHamjam eschew the impossibly structured fine mess of the aforementioned legends in favour of swampy blown out guitar rhythms, and slap-in-the-face drum work.
Think hot box vocal echoes, seasick wurtilizers and proper stomp box worship, throwing together thrashy & loose & effortlessly chill, in a way only the West Coast can. This is off-kilter guitar pop music at it’s finest, from two of Perth, Australia’s finest idiots.

Willow Beats 2
Following the success of their runaway single Merewif, mystical Melbourne-based uncle/niece duo Willow Beats have just released their sophomore EP ‘Water’. Out through WA-label Pilerats, they have also announced a national headline tour in support of the record.  Willow Beats will be supported nationally by Adelaide producer and master of chill, Oisima.
Featuring six ethereal tracks, the release was premiered on Rolling Stone online, debuted at #1 on the Australian iTunes electronic charts, and peaked at #11 on the main album charts.
August saw Willow Beats travelling around the country on a largely-sold out tour in support of Merewif, and their upcoming headline tour is sure to follow suit. The pair will also make highly anticipated festival appearances including Strawberry Fields, Beyond The Valley and inaugural New Years festival Lost Paradise, where they’ll be sharing the stage with the likes of AlunaGeorge, Boy & Bear and The Preatures.
One of the most impressive aspects of ‘Water’ is the sheer diversity of the music. While the overarching vibe is delicate and soulful, beneath the surface can be found a range of technically-brilliant, dance-floor ready beats and melodies. From the enchanting Merewif, to the crunchy synth hooks and fluttering beats on Airships, and the cascading polyrhythms on Guardian, this EP is nothing short of impressive.
A follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2013 ‘Alchemy’ EP, ‘Water’ offers cochlea-bruising production and dual-vocal arrangements appearing for the very first time. Vocalist Kalyani Ellis enchants with her powerful vocals, the perfect complement to the slick dreamscapes of beatmaker/vocalist Narayana Johnson.
WATER EP TOUR
 
with special guest Oisima
 
Tickets on-sale Monday, 22 September
Thur, 4 Dec – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available from http://willowbeats.oztix.com.au
Fri, 5 Dec – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available from http://willowbeats.oztix.com.au
Sat, 6 Dec – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au
Thur, 11 Dec – Astor Lounge, Perth, WA
Tickets available from http://www.liveattheastor.com.au
Fri, 12 Dec – CATS @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available from http://willowbeats.oztix.com.au
FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
31st Oct // Ouija Beats @ The Big Top, Sydney NSW
Saturday 22nd Nov // Strawberry Fields (location TBA)
Tuesday 30th Dec // Beyond The Valley, Phillip Island, VIC
Thursday 1st Jan 2015 // Lost Paradise, Glenworth Valley, NSW

Public Service Broadcasting

Year: 2013

Label: Test Card Recordings

Track Listing:

  1. Inform Educate Entertain
  2. Spitfire
  3. Theme From PSB
  4. Signal 30
  5. Night Mail
  6. Qomolangma
  7. Roygbiv
  8. The Now Generation
  9. Lit Up
  10. Everest
  11. Late Night Final

Subculture Media ‘Inform Educate Entertain’ – Public Service Broadcasting Review:

There are some music lovers out there that would be quick to dismiss English act Public Service Broadcasting’s latest album “Inform Educate Entertain” as a flash-in-the-pan gimmick. But the people that would say that are the same kind of people that like to enter into the art vs art installation argument. Art is art and music is music and if you dig a little deeper the concept behind “Inform Educate Entertain” is a gutsy one with merit.

Public Service Broadcasting is made up J. Willgoose Esq. (who pretty much plays every instrument under the sun on the album) and Wrigglesworth who brings the drums and some haunting saxophone playing to the table. Also playing a key role in the sound of this album are the voices of various public service films (read into that propaganda films) that have been made over the years.

The idea behind “Inform Educate Entertain” is to point out that often videos disguised as public announcements or safety messages are in fact a way to try and control the public. Whether or not Public Service Broadcasting get that message across to their listeners is debatable but this is still an album that can be enjoyed by those who enjoy a good electronic or experimental album.

The only main weakness of this album is that some tracks just seem to glide by and become background noise but they are largely outnumbered by the amount of tracks that actually stand out. Late Night Final is smooth jazz at its best while for the most part tracks like Inform Educate Entertain, Everest, The Now Generation and Spitfire show that Public Service Broadcasting are one of the best groups going around at capturing that mix of electronic and rock.

Other tracks that certainly make a splash are the 80s pop sounding Theme From PSB (that also uses banjos to good effect), the rockier Signal 30 which incorporates some voiceover from road safety videos remarkably well and the smooth Lit Up which constantly reminds the listener that this is in fact ‘all just fairyland.’

The naysayers are pointing out that Public Service Broadcasting might find it hard to have a future after this but stay in the now people, what they have delivered here is a great sounding electronic album that has a memorable concept. I also hear that they do a pretty awesome live show so check them out if you can.

 

Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

 

PanamaYear: 2013

Label: Independent

Track Listing:
1. Heartbeat
2. It’s Not Over
3. Magic
4. One Piece
5. Stop The Fire
6. We Have Love

Subculture Media Review:

For a long time Australian pop music has been something that the locals have been a little embarrassed about. Sure we have winners of shows like ‘X Factor’ and ‘Australian Idol’ but normally their first album does well and then they simply disappear into obscurity… well come in who knows what branch of McDonalds Casey Donovan and Kate DeAraugo are working the Drive Thru at now?

But if you are an Aussie pop lover then it is really time to rejoice, because along comes a group called Panama. These guys released the sensational ‘Magic’ last year and now they are back with an EP titled ‘It’s Not Over’ which is a great little release.

The opening track, ‘Heartbeat’ reveals a really different sound to what you would normally expect from an Aussie pop outfit… there is no hint of cheese (that’s saved for Casey’s cheeseburger) to be heard and instead it is obvious that Panama brilliantly fuse a the sound of pop, electronic and house music together extremely well.

Fans of Underworld and Joy Division (if you want to feel a little older) will lap up title track, ‘It’s Not Over’ with its great vocals care of Jarrah McCleary and a catchiness that makes very infectious. The groovy sounds continue with the track we all heard last year, ‘Magic’, which of course if you haven’t heard is very disco sounding.

‘One Piece’ delivers a very smooth electronic sound with some high notes that the Bee Gees would have proud to have called their own while the catchiness returns with ‘Stop The Fire’. The EP then closes out with ‘We Have Love’, another piece of pop magic.

‘It’s Not Over’ reveals that Panama are elite amongst pop groups just in Australia but around the world. Make sure you grab a copy of ‘It’s Not Over’ because it’s a must have at any party this summer.
Rating: 3/5