Words by Michael Hutchinson.
My ears were welcomed with RnB and hip-hop grooves from DJs Chiefs and Slumberjack as I found a comfy spot on the long couch at The Emerson. Remixes of classics like Janet Jackson’s ‘If’ were churned out, alongside more recent sounds like Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Coming Home’ to (seated) feverish shoulder bopping and thigh tapping. And that was just me. It may or may not have been the Canadian Club spurring me on.
What started as a relatively empty venue at 9:30pm was suitably full by the time Goldroom (Josh Legg) commenced his set shortly before midnight. The LA producer didn’t appear from behind the stage, but strolled nonchalantly on through the crowd to the decks around 11pm, then made his way to the bar and didn’t seem to have any heirs and graces about him. Perhaps much of the crowd didn’t even know who he was but he seemed to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on what was a balmy Melbourne evening.
His set was littered with soaring vocal jams and familiar disco beats from Disclosure, Kimbra and Charlie XCX which kept the South Yarra venue bopping. The crowd was in full voice and had hands (and phones) in the air when he dropped ‘Embrace’ near the close of his 90-minute set, though many departed at the completion of the track. He played remixes of several tunes from his Embrace EP, but kept the title track in its original form, ensuring the crowd could sing along.
I was disappointed with the size of the crowd, but that’s most likely down to the event taking place on a Thursday night. I can only imagine how much bigger the crowd would have been had the gig been on a Friday or Saturday night at a different venue. Heck, if it’d been a live gig I reckon we could have filled the MCG. Okay, maybe I’d settle for the Hi-Fi. But I shouldn’t let that detract from what was a great evening.
Whilst we, nay I, await his return to this country I’m going to warm my soul by listening to his new mixtape ‘Inverno’ (meaning ‘winter’ in Portuguese) which he created whilst preparing for his Australian tour.
Josh is relaunching his record label Binary Records with a party on March 13 in Texas alongside RAC, The Knocks, Le Youth, Touch Sensitive and several others. Hopefully that means there’s more music to come from Goldroom this year, but in the meantime I’m heading back to my happy place and setting the Embrace EP to repeat.