Monthly Archives: March 2013

Friday MixTape #137

In the spirit of Good Friday, let’s get nailed.

1. Be The Bear – Bump
2. INDIEKID – On The Run
 Ghost Beach – Too Young (Penguin Prison Remix)
 Classixx – Holding On (Jerome LOL Remix)
 Para One – Every Little Thing (ft. Irfane & Teki Latex) (Plastic Plates Remix)
 Auxiliary tha Masterfader – Sweaty Disco Night (Worship Remix)
 Final DJs – City Nights (ft. Gin Joints)
 SUNDANCE – SNL Song (Daft Punk) (SUNDANCE Remix)
 Arcade High – On The Edge Of Summer (Jordan F Remix)
 The New Division – Pride (Mörk & Kalas Get By Qvikk Remix)
 Rotkraft – To Love You (Vancington Remix)
 Kris Menace – Voodoo Dilate (ft. Chelonis R Jones) (Spirit Catcher Remix)
13. HAIM – Falling (Psychemagik Remix)
14. D E N A – Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools (Two Door Cinema Club Remix)
15. Bondax – Gold (Wolf Cub’s ‘Muscle’ Mix)
16. Flex Cop – My Honeys
17. Miss Kittin – Bassline
18. Radio Ink – Rocket (Neon Workout Remix)
19. Sam La More – Takin’ Hold
20. James Blake – Retrograde (Finn Pilly Edit)
21. Sísý Ey – Ain’t Got Nobody (Gazella Remix)
22. Yadi – Blow (Joe Goddard Remix)
23. Fenech-Soler – Maiyu (Lane 8 Remix)
24. London Grammar – Hey Now (Magnifik Remix)
25. Caribou – Jamelia (Finnebassen Edit)

M83: Oblivion [Film Score]

Everything about M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez is smouldering; from his Parisian good looks to the music he produces. Recently he teamed up with composer Joseph Trapanese (Tron: Legacy) to deliver the moody and extravagant score for upcoming post-apocalyptic film Oblivion, starring crazed/closeted homosexual Tom Cruise.

Title-track ‘Oblivion’ is a six-minute journey featuring the vocals of Norwegian’s Susanne Sundfør:

‘StarWaves’ is another song that has made its way onto the original film score: 

Finally, check out Tom Cruise doing his thing in the film’s epic trailer: |

Kris Menace: Interview & Album Preview

German electro producer Kris Menace is one of the nicest guys that we’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing. A recent Skype date revealed details regarding latest album Features, a new album he is prepping for release later this year, as well as a brand new collaborative project.

Where are you and what are you wearing?
It’s 11AM, I just woke up and I am fresh out of the shower. Glad to see you remembered to get dressed for the Skype call. Yes, of course (laughs). I thought I’d put on a sweater and some pants at least (laughs). And where is home? I live in the south of Germany just along the French border. I’m almost a Frenchman (laughs).

Congrats on the new album!
Thank you very much. I hope you like it! We really do. The more we listen to it, the more we love it!

You have worked with many amazing producers over the years: Lifelike, Alan Braxe, Felix da Housecat, Fred Falke, Black Van, Aeroplane. You must have had some incredible experiences.
I am mostly behind the scene where there is a lot of sweat, tears and hard work involved, that’s for sure (laughs). Sometimes you just don’t get a chance to enjoy it as much as you’d like to. As soon as you become a little bit more known, the pressure seems to build up. But in saying that, I have still had a lot of fun doing what I love doing over the years.

Given that you have such a large catalogue of music, do you still enjoy listening and playing your older tracks?
Yes! I definitely still love to listen to my music. Sometimes I still even get goose-bumps when I listen to some of my productions. I really love what I am doing and what I have done.

Who has been the hardest person, artist or band you’ve ever had to deal with?
Oh geez (laughs). I’d probably have to say the managers and the A&R people. There are just too many people with too many opinions on the business side of things. The artists themselves are mostly pretty cool and easy to work with (laughs).

Did you find it easy sourcing collaborators to work with on Features?
Yeah, it was really easy actually. I started planning the whole project about 5 years ago and I had a list of artists that I really wanted to work with. So over time I sent out a few instrumental pieces to some people that I wanted to work with, and luckily they were all really up for it. It was quite easy. There were two or three people that it didn’t work out. We just couldn’t get it to work, so in the end we said we’d just put it aside for another time. But I will definitely work with them again in the future.

I really prefer to work with people I know too. Like with Julian (The Presets), I met him in Frankfurt at a concert and then I started to chat with him and Kim (The Presets), and from there I did a remix for them. So there was that connection already and I really like to have that with the people I’m working with.

‘Hide’ was a fantastic choice for the album’s first single. What made you choose that particular track to represent this album? These days, it seems that things get old really quickly and I really wanted to develop the album over a few months. So I figured I needed to start with a single that had a good balance of everything so that it could keep the momentum going. I thought that the Miss Kittin track would be a really good start. It was also good timing as Miss Kittin was just about to release her album, so that all worked out really well.

What else can we expect from Kris Menace in 2013?
There is a lot to come. There will be a few more singles from the album. Then I will have a few club singles coming out too. And then I’m also going to be releasing another instrumental Kris Menace album later this year!

I’ve also teamed up with one of the really great artist from the Features album. We’ve created a new project and we are both really excited to get to work and really focus all of our attention into that project. It’s going to sound kind of like Depeche Mode meets Empire of the Sun. I am very excited to hear some of that. Yes, we are both very excited about that too. What will be the name of the new project? Well, we haven’t fully decided yet but it will probably be fairly simple like Menace & … Or something like that (laughs).

Will we see you in Australia anytime soon?
Nothing planned at the moment I’m afraid. I do really want to go there but I must admit, I have some Visa issues with Australia (laughs). Do tell. Well, I was caught with some weed when I was a teenager here in Germany and that gave me a record. Then in 2007 I was supposed to go over to Australia for the We Love Sounds festival, but they refused my Visa because of that record 13 years ago! If I hadn’t have been honest and answered “yes” on that question, no one would have ever known!

I was even headlining with Alan Braxe and my name was on the posters and everything. So bad!

Features is the first vocal album from Kris Menace that includes Julian Hamilton from The Presets, Daft Punk collaborator Romanthony, Robert Ownes, Chelonis R Jones, Simon Lord, Unai and Miss Kittin to name a few.

Experience the world of Kris Menace:

Buy Kris Menace’s Features now from iTunes. |

Say Lou Lou: Julian [New Single]

Swedish/Australian twin sirens Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou) have released new single ‘Julian.’ Sultry dream-pop at its finest, the track is essentially a romantic hymn.

Purchase a limited edition vinyl copy of ‘Julian’ on May 6 to receive B-side track ‘Fool Of Me’ featuring Aussie singer/songwriter Chet Faker.

We’ll leave you with the song that got us hooked onto Say Lou Lou. This is debut single ‘Maybe You’:

Miss Kittin: Bassline [EP Stream]

Producing under the moniker of Miss Kittin, Parisian dance misstress Caroline Hervé treats us to new EP Bassline, the latest sample from third LP Calling From The Stars.

Sensual vocals partnered with a thumping bass-line (obviously) makes the EP’s title-track an addictive club-floor jam.

We recommend checking out the electrifying, science-fiction inspired video for ‘Bassline’:

Miss Kittin recently worked with Kris Menace on his latest project, Features. Take a listen to their collaborative track, ‘Hide’:

Calling From The Stars is out through Sphere in April. You can pre-order it now from iTunes.

Active Child: Evening Ceremony [New Single]

Once in a while, a song moves me to tears. This is one of those moments. As soon as Pat Grossi‘s vocals emerge from new Active Child single ‘Evening Ceremony,’ shivers scrawl up your spine.

Unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of blaming my menstrual cycle for the sudden bout of waterworks (simply because I don’t have a womb). The song, to be featured on the soundtrack of new movie The Host, is too beautiful for words. Experience the ambient dream-pop masterpiece for yourself: |

The Finer Things & East to West present: SEQUENCE [Event]

Electronic music has boomed in Australia over the past couple of years, and numerous Australian artists are now being celebrated on a worldwide level. If you’re one of the growing legion of electronic music fans, make sure you get down to Sequence this Saturday.

Put on collaboratively by our mates at East to West Blog and Sydney record label The Finer Things, the “mini-festival” kicks off at 2PM and stretches well into the evening. For just $15, you’ll be treated to a showcase of some of Australia’s finest purveyors of the more exploratory style of the electronic genre.

Held at the Old Fitzroy Hotel in Woolloomooloo, the diverse line-up includes:

Cassius Select
James IV Stewart
Kane Ikin
Lindsay Tuc
Tea Factory
Thomas William
True North

WHAT: The Finer Things & East to West present: SEQUENCE
WHEN: Saturday, March 30 (2PM-Midnight)
WHERE: The Old Fitzroy Hotel – 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
HOW MUCH: $15 on the door

The Finer Things and East to West present SEQUENCE poster

My First CD: Josiah Eastwood, Nantes

Words by Hugh McClure.

Sydney-based Nantes have a huge few months ahead of them. On the back of their recently released debut album BeingsBeing (out via Deadhand Music/MGM), they’re currently gearing up for a national tour with fellow buzz-band Battleships (who also recently featured on this segment). The creative duo have bulked up to five members in order create their powerful sound in a live format.

BeingsBeing is not typical of most Australian music currently coming out. Drawing references from classic Brit-pop or math-rock, you’d compare it to the music of bands like Klaxons, The Horrors, or even classic-Joy Division. Combining immense vocals with driving percussion, guitar and synth, we’ve been treated to hits like ‘Unsatisfy,’ ‘Drones’ and latest single ‘Avid’ – which I think is their best work to date:

Given their obvious influences and comparisons, you’d expect a heavy diet of rock music from birth, but founding member Josiah Eastwood couldn’t have had a more different start to his musical taste.

“The first album I bought was Backstreet’s Back by the Backstreet Boys. As a youngster, I would sometimes watch Video Hits on Saturday mornings when the cartoons ended. When I saw the music video with all the mummies and werewolves singing along, my eight year-old brain exploded and I spent my meagre pocket money savings on the album. Needless to say, I was a little let down by the lack of werewolves in the rest of their material. I can’t say that the record was a definitive part of my musical development, but I remember being pretty into ‘Hey Mr. DJ’ which had this percussive synth thing that I liked. It was my first experience of deliberately listening through an album, and the thought of it brings back an onslaught of memories, so I think it taught me a little about how a record can underscore and define a time period in your life. Less existentially though, it was more of a poignant lesson in how not to waste money.

Make sure to catch two of Australia’s best up-and-coming rock bands (Nantes and Battleships) on their 10-date national tour kicking off at the end of March, and make sure everybody (yeaaaah!), rocks their body. Click here to get all of those details. | |

Kirk Spencer: Wonderland [EP Review & Stream]

Words by Monica McClure.

What’s so good?:
Who is Kirk Spencer? Where did he come from? A google search reveals so little, Spencer’s Facebook page was only set up in 2013 and his website is still under construction. I am such a sucker for an enigma.

Wonderland is a beautifully constructed EP that has been spat up seemingly out of nowhere. I can only assume Spencer produced the EP himself, and it sure sounds schmick (but not too schmick).

Spencer has all of us here at Acid Stag gushing over his dynamic but restrained beats. There’s enough of a common thread across the tracks to retain consistency, but somehow still a multitude of elements and sounds that make me feel ridiculously excited about what more this guy could create. I can only imagine the wonders that are sitting around chilling out in Spencer’s laptop right now.

What’s not so good?:
If it’s so hard to track down any info about Kirk Spencer then I can probably write off seeing him live any time soon.

There’s such a big variation between tracks on the EP that I really want to hear more. Dear Kirk: make a full-length immediately. Thanks.

‘Kukcu (ft. Safia May)’ is a nice chunk of trippy neo-psychedelia.

I haven’t worked out how ‘In Treatment (ft. Louis Scott)’ was produced in Nottingham rather than Paris, but it’s probably my favourite on the EP. That’s some seriously funky shiz.

There are a few bird sound samples featured in this EP but the rhythmic tweeting throughout ‘Dreams’ is weirdly compelling and hypnotic.

4.5 out of 5.

March 25, through Strangerzoo


Sounds like:
Caribou, Four Tet, Collarbones

Check ‘em out:
Will Spencer tour to support Wonderland? Will he disappear back into the ether where he appeared from? Who knows? If you have any more success stalking this artist online, please let me know.

Without further adieu, listen to Kirk Spencer’s Wonderland:

We end with the very sweet music video for ‘Kukcu (feat. Safia May)’: | |

Sigur Rós: Brennisteinn [New Single]

While a lot of us are still absorbing Sigur Rós 2012 album, Valtari, a brand new single has been released, titled ‘Brennisteinn.’

‘Brennisteinn’ is extremely darker and heavier in comparison to Sigur Rós’ previous material. The track was delivered via the below video and is the first single to surface from upcoming nine-track album Kveikur:

We waited patiently for four years between the release of Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust and Valtari. The band obviously planned Valtari’s follow-up during that time.

Kveikur track-list:

1. Brennisteinn
2. Hrafntinna
3. Isjaki
4. Yfirbord
5. Stormur
6. Kveikur
7. Rafstraumur
8. Bláprádur
9. Var

Sigur Rós’ Kveikur is out on June 17 and yes, you can pre-order a CD or double vinyl now, right here.

Gig of the Week: Major Raiser with Van She

Words by Hugh McClure

Sydney’s favourite non-for-profit organisation Major Raiser put together unique campaigns designed to engage younger people with fundraising. To date, they’ve raised thousands of dollars for organisations like The Music Outback Foundation and Australian Youth Against Cancer. As part of their campaigns, they’ve become renowned for their parties, which have included acts like RüFüS, New Navy, Parades and Bon Chat, Bon Rat.

In 2013, they’ve re-launched solely as a charity that funds school feeding programs in impoverished nations around the world. Their GIVVAFORK (get it?) campaign has seen them partner with a number of Sydney restaurants to raise money for the UN’s World Food Programme. These eateries will be stocking GIVVAFORKS throughout March, with all money going to the charity. $1 = four school meals provided to children in Laos – think about that as you settle your bill.

To celebrate the campaign, Major Raiser have put together their biggest gig yet. For just $15 (guess where the money’s going!?) you’ll get to check out an incredible line-up including Elizabeth Rose, Olympic Ayres, Polographia and special guests Van She.

As Major Raiser always say, come along and “Party with a purpose!”

WHEN: Saturday, March 30
WHERE:  The Standard – Level 3, 383 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $15 + bf. Buy tickets  

Major Raiser x Van She |

Daft Punk: Random Access Memories [Release & Pre-order Details]

Parisian disco-electro lords Daft Punk have announced the title of their forthcoming record, along with a small teaser video AND a pre-order purchase link.

Random Access Memories is the name of the 13 track collection and this is its funky as hell, albiet brief teaser:

Random Access Memories is out in Australia on May 17 via Columbia Records.

The Juan MacLean: You Are My Destiny [New Single]

Almost two years since the release of Everybody Get CloseThe Juan MacLean has unleashed a brand new hypnotic dance jam, titled ‘You Are My Destiny.’

The single will be The Juan MacLean’s 19th release for DFA Records. Courtesy of the DFA ‘White Label’ series, stream the 9 minute track featuring longtime co-hort and vocalist Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem).

For a more polished version, check out the below:

‘You Are My Destiny’ will be available digitally on April 1, but you can score a very limited (75 copies) 12″ vinyl edition over at DFA Direct right now.

Will there be more Juan MacLean to pleasure our ears, mind and bodies in 2013? We hope so.

Friday MixTape #136

Friday has its baps out for the boys.

1. Kirk Spencer – In Treatment (ft. Louis Scott)
2. Lulu James – Closer (Kidnap Kid Remix)
 London Grammar – Metal & Dust (Switch Remix)
 Kris Menace – Meant For You (ft. Dominique Keegan)
 Untitled – (Secret Remix)
 Good Night Keaton – Next To Mexico (DCUP & La Felix Remix) 
 Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Bixel Boys VIP Edit)
 RedSoul – Live In Me (Rufus & Chaka Khan)
 Voxels – Bachelor House
 Tesla Boy – 1991 (Xinobi Remix)
 City Calm Down – Sense of Self (Zac Hayse Remix)
 Futurecop! – Atlantis 1997 (P.A.F.F.’s Hipstercop Remix)
13. Rise & Fool – Toy Boy
14. Anna Lunoe – Real Talk (ft. Touch Sensitive) (Cassian Remix)
15. Back Back Forward Punch – Zero to Disco (KREAP’s Beat of Love Mix)
16. MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds (VZLKS Remix)
17. Lee M Kelsall – So In Love (Flex Cop Remix)
18. Headless Heroes – Here Before (James Yuill Remix)
19. Hynolove – Come To My Empire (Bufi & La Royale Remix)
20. Julian Maverick – Spaceships
21. Karl Rose & Yuri The Mind – If You Try
22. The Juan Maclean – You Are My Destiny (Edited Version)
23. RÜFÜS – Take Me (AdaptOrDie RMX)
24. Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie (Four Tet Remix)
25. James Curd – Yellow Magic
26. Laura Mvula – Green Garden (SOHN Remix)

Kisses: Huddle Kisses [New Single]

Comprised of Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson, LA’s Kisses are adored for their typically energetic, sparkly, 80s-inspired synth tunes.

While latest single ‘Huddle’ still sits snuggly within that formula, it has taken on a slightly darker edge:

Kisses’ previous original works and remixes often find themselves in Friday MixTapes.

‘Huddle’ is the second single to rise from much anticipated record Kids In LA, which will hit the streets on May 14 via Cascine. |