Monthly Archives: November 2013

Friday MixTape #171

May the disco be with you.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Friday MixTape #170

1. Rainbow Chan – Haircut (Nick Zinner Remix)
2. NINA – We Are The Wild Ones (Pleasure Curses Remix)
3. Villa – Exotic To Hell (ft. Sofire)
4. Replay The Funk – Wanna
5. Drop Out Orchestra – Tough Love (ft. Steven Kimber) (Cyclist Remix)
6. Mighty Mouse – In Front Of Our Friends (ft. Monarchy) (Disco Mix)
7. Anoraak – Guest Star (Club Edit)
8. Say Lou Lou – Better In The Dark (Tiger & Woods Remix)
9. Emoh Instead – Why Cant You (Say So) (Rogerseventytwo Remix)
10. IF – She Knows
11. Sp1ral – Florida
12. Grizzly Bear – Will Calls (Diplo Remix)
13. Flume & Chet Faker – This Song Is Not About A Girl
14. Beyonce – Me Myself And I (Or-La Edit)
15. Woz – Early Morning Champagne (Adelaide Remix)
16. London Grammar – Strong (Jonas Rathsman Remix)
17. Beni – Summer’s Gone (Riton Remix)
18. The Aston Shuffle – Tear It Down
19. Röyksopp – Running To The Sea (ft. Susanne Sundfør) (DJ HMC Remix)
20. Breach – Everything You Never Had (ft. Andreya Triana) (Joe Goddard Remix)

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Harbourlife: Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Saturday November 22 [Gig Review]

Words by Justine McNamara.

The loud thunder that rang out over Sydney in the morning, combined with grey skies and drizzle in the morning didn’t really fill those attending Harbourlife with confidence. I’m sure many considered cutting their losses and giving it a miss to stay inside but the weather made a miraculous recovery early in the afternoon. By the time I arrived, it was warm and sunny with a slight breeze, perfect conditions to enjoy a festival in one of the most beautiful settings you’ll find in our city.

Those unfamiliar with Harbourlife should know this is not your average festival. There is one stage, where all of the acts play one after another. There’s no need to move once you’ve staked out your position, and this adds to the relaxed atmosphere and chilled vibe. Of course, the music does this too. Legendary Detroit DJ Carl Craig provided some laidback beats to get everyone in the mood, without ever being too over the top or too hardcore in his set. It was a great way to ease into the festival in the mid afternoon, and he managed to bring the mood and vibe up throughout his set consistently.

David August was next on stage, and he seemed to pick up from where Carl Craig left off. Adding some extra beats and breaks to his set, he managed to get more people dancing as it went on. It was a much more energetic set which built up the crowd for what was left to come. The highlight of the set was when he dropped a sample of ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles. The crowd was more involved in this set than the ones that preceded it, and it showed every time a beat was dropped. The contrast in this set was done well, each time he felt the crowd was slipping he managed to bring them back.

The best part of this festival is the way the sets were organised. It’s refreshing that the organizers (Fuzzy) understand what people want – something chilled out and deep at the start of the day, and heavier beats to dance to later on. It was easy to proclaim “This is my favourite!” at the start of each set, only to have to rethink the decision when the next act took the stage.

Art Department started strong and continued to build up throughout their set. There was no real warm up to their set, they were right in and ready to go as soon as they walked on. The crowd continued to respond throughout their set, a lot more moves were being showcased. The last 15 minutes of the used a lot more bass, which was a great preparation for Jacques Lu Cont.

The deep electro, heavy bass and breaks throughout was just the best way to finish off Harbourlife. The ‘Mr Brightside’ sample they threw in managed to unite the whole crowd as only The Killers really can. A whole lot of yelling, dancing and hands in the air made that moment the standout of the whole festival. The crowd was completely loose and ready to go in this set, there were no inhibitions and nothing was off limits in this set. People were being picked up, spun around and placed on others’ shoulders to show their appreciation for the music.

Harbourlife was lots of fun, and a great way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon with friends. It was refreshing to see some different acts and get away from the David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren + one or two unknowns formula that other festivals often live by.

Rating: ★★★★

Harbourlife 2014
Harbourlife 2014

Stacey: Worst Part [New Music]

Introducing the beautifully sweet sounds of Canadian newcomer Stacey, along with her stunning debut single, ‘Worst Part.’

Sounds like: Elizabeth Rose, Amy Pes (Tokyo Denmark Sweden), Sarah Blasko

Stacey is currently making the final touches to her debut EP Worst Part. Produced by Alex Bonenfant (Crystal CastlesMetz) it will be blessing your ears on December 5.

Stacey also has a few Canadian shows booked throughout December. You can find all of these details on the below socials. |

Kris Menace: The Only Constant Is Change [New Single]

Germany producer Kris Menace shares ‘The Only Constant Is Change,’ track number two from his latest LP, The Entirety Of Matter and it comes with its own animated artwork courtesy of Matthew DiVito.

The Entirety Of Matter is available for streaming now through here. | |

Left: Nessun Dorma [New Single]

Sydney electronic male/female duo Left. have returned with their fourth single for 2013, ‘Nessun Dorma.’

Sarah Corry’s calming vocals shine through powerfully amidst Jono Graham’s meticulously arranged layers of strong dreamy production. ‘Nessun Dorma’ is a definite repeater.

‘Nessun Dorma’ will be seen on Left’s debut album which is slated for a release in early 2014.

Keep your eyes on these two. |

Total Warr: Feels Like Home [New Single]

We have a huge soft spot for Parisian duo Kiki and Guigui, otherwise known as Total Warr, and these dudes have just shared their latest single ‘Feels Like Home.’

‘Feels Like Home’ will be available from iTunes on December 2 and it comes with a few tidy remixes by The End, D.L.I.D. and Sleever. |

Twin Shadow: With or Without You [U2 Cover]

Twin Shadow is back with the next instalment of his cover series UNDER THE CVRS, this time taking on the universally massive 1987 hit ‘With or Without You’ by Irish rockers U2.

U2 joins UNDER THE CVRS alongside Lou Reed, Tori AmosBruce Springsteen and this one, ‘Not In Love’ originally by 10cc. | |

Future Music Festival: CD Prize-pack Giveaway

The very nice people behind Future Music Festival have asked if any of our readers would like a 1x CD prize-pack featuring FIVE CDs from artists playing at Future Music Festival 2014.

We said “Hell yeah they would!”

The CDs will be chosen at random, popped in the mail and sent to your letterbox. If you’d like a chance at winning this 5xCD collection, simply tell us below who your Top 3 Future Music Festival 2014 artists are.

The lucky winner will be notified on Wednesday, December 4.

Here are the Future Music Festival details again:

Future Music Festival – Australian Tour Dates 2014
Saturday, March 1 – Brisbane
Sunday, March 2 – Perth
Saturday, March 8 – Sydney
Sunday, Mar 9 – Melbourne
Monday, March 10 – Adelaide

Future Music Festival Asia – Kuala Lumpur Tour Dates 2014
Thursday, March 13 – Day 1
Friday, March 14 – Day 2
Saturday, March 15 – Day 3

Tickets are still available through here.

Future Music Festival 2014 |

acid stag presents: Kids At Midnight [Exclusive MixTape]

Recently we were chatting with Melbourne producer Jane Hanley, aka Kids At Midnight, and having a groove to a few of her tunes when I thought; it would be super awesome for Kids At Midnight to do an exclusive mixtape for acid stag.

So I asked her, she said yes, I said woohoo, she made it and now here it is!

p.s. Kids At Midnight notes that this mix was inspired “by a jumble sale of white elephants, old surfboards, laser lights and dream catchers.”

1. EMF – Unbelievable (Remixed by Elektromekanik, DJ Marika)
2. Du Tonc – Darkness
3. Londonbeat – I’ve Been Thinking About You (12″ Def Mix)
4. Blond:ish – Voyeur (ft. Thomas Gandey) (Jay Shepheard, Martin Dawson Remix)
5. Edwin Van Cleef – Two As One
6. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say (Dragon Suplex Edit)
7. Kill Me Softly – Catch (ft. Jane Elizabeth Hanley)
8. Jonas Rathsman – Since I Don’t Have You
9. Icehouse – Great Southern Land
10. The Rapture – Sail Away (Aeroplane Remix)
11. Miami Horror – Make You Mine (Instrumental Mix)
12. Panama – It’s Not Over (Dave Dk vocal mix)
13. Mano Le Tough – Everything You’ve Done Before (Dixon Remix)
14. Nile Delta – Aztec 12″ Mix
15. The Clash – Magnificent Dance
16. Daniel Boritz – Can’t Sleep At Night
17. Kids At Midnight – Habits
18. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share (Moon Boots Remix)
19. Sixth Avenue Express – Deeper Love
20. Levphonic – Everglow
21. Roxy Music – Tara

Be sure to check out Kids At Midnight on the below socials.

Christian Strobe: Heartworks [Album Stream]

German producer Christian Strobe has this week unveiled his latest full-length album Heartworks, showcasing the progressive skills this musician has to offer.

Drawing on his inspirations of 80s atmospheric pop with modern dance and disco-house, Heartworks combines a few brand new tunes with previously released singles and b-side tracks, re-mastered to create fresh and unheard album versions.

Vocal collaborators on Heartworks include Canada’s Jenny Mayhem, Texan muso D NO and New York City’s Future Relative.

Pick up a copy of Heartworks now from iTunes. |

M83: You and the Night [Film Score Review]

Words by Carlos Duarte.

Accompanying Yann Gonzalez‘s French language film is this soundtrack by his brother, Anthony Gonzalez, aka M83. Composing the score to a moody, sensuous piece of cinema was always going to require a sound more subdued than something like electro anthem ‘Midnight city’ and the arrangements delivered on You and the Night are suitably haunting and mesmerizing.

Describing You and the Night as something for ‘lovers and ghosts,’ Gonzalez‘s compositions evoke feelings of sweet romanticism and sweeping melancholy. With a recurring string section throughout the score, it’s the subtle additions of wind instruments, pianos and vocals that characterize each of the tracks. ‘Lumier’ glows with a flute that softly rises above the bevy of soothing strings, and ‘Holograms’ brims with an undercurrent of arpeggio synths that skitter along playfully.

Further enhancing the mood is the addition of choral vocals. Even without lyrics, singers Morgan Kibby and Susanne Sundfør bring cuts like ‘Ali & Matthias’ and ‘Nous’ to life, though it is on closer ‘Un Noveaux Soleil’ that the inclusion of vocals shines brightest. Weaving her voice around impassioned, ascending strings, Sundfør adds an ethereal touch that illuminates just as the sun does rising on a new day.

Ultimately, Anthony Gonzalez proves that paintbrushes and pencils aren’t the only tools an artist can use to enhance imagery. His skilful understanding of the nuances needed to compliment his brother’s visuals has allowed him to create a work of delicate beauty that can be appreciated on its own.

Rating: ★★★

Take a listen to ‘Ali & Matthias’

You and the Night trailer: | |

XXXX: Summer Bright Missions

Summer is more than just a season, it’s the feeling that something awesome could happen at any moment. The question is, how will you make the most of every moment this summer?

XXXX Summer Bright have it all under control with their daily Summer Bright Missions. All you need to do to be a part of this wicked adventure is:

Take an original Instagram pic of yourself doing something awesome, use the hashtag #YouIn then use the ‘tag people’ feature to tag @XXXXsummerbright. The challenges are daily, so there is plenty of opportunity to enter.

All photos will be checked and judged by the team at @XXXXsummerbright and beside just having a go at making every moment awesome, there’s also a chance of winning a gift pack valued at $213.95.

You need to be 18 years+ to enter. What are you waiting for, get pumped and get snapping!

WHAT: XXXX: Summer Bright Missions
HANDLE: @xxxxsummerbright
WHEN: Entries close Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

XXXX - Summer Bright Missions |


Mighty Mouse: In Front Of Our Friends (ft. Monarchy) (Disco Mix)

UK disco-don Mighty Mouse (one-half of Du Tonc) has dropped his latest disco gem ‘In Front of Our Friends‘ which sees him teaming up with Ra Black of London-based synth-dance crew Monarchy.

Everything Mighty Mouse touches turns to silky goodness and Monarchy has such a presence behind everything they are involved in, so its not hard to figure ‘In Front of Our Friends‘ is going to be a addictive arrangement of disco beats with solid and familiar vocals.

A little bird told us this week that Mighty Mouse has recently worked on a remix for the upcoming new single from Melbourne disco duo Back Back Forward Punch. More on that one next week but until then, here is MM’s latest remix for Belgium duo VILLA. |

Flight Facilities: Stand Still (ft. Micky Green) [Music Video]

Flight Facilities have premiered a music video for their latest 80s inspired whistle-tune ‘Stand Still’ featuring Paris-based, Aussie-born artist Micky Green.

The video is directed by Dave Ma, the man behind the visuals for Flight Facilities‘ massive single, ‘Clair De Lune’ and he is also brother of Jagwa Ma‘s Jono Ma.

‘Stand Still is available from iTunes now. | |