This week in Melbourne underground EDM event news (14-21 January)…

This Friday (18 January), Glitch-hop crew Whomp! and Adapted Records (who made a lot of waves on Beatport in 2012 with their releases of many new Australian glitch-hop acts) join forces to bring Mouldy Soul from the UK to Melbourne.

Mouldy Soul is one of the headliners for the Earth Frequency festival in South-East Queensland, so this is pretty much Melbourne’s sideshow for this act. It’s pretty a-typical of the newer funk style of Glitch-Hop, which is also defined as neuro-hop by some.

This sort of -hop is more breaks/jazz fusion like Krafty Kuts (except more production involved, rather then emphasis on DJ cuts). If you love acts like Opiuo, Mr Bill and Tipper, get loose here. Check out Mouldy Soul’s music at this link below…

Whomp! always put on a great party and you can also catch Mr Rogers and Goosebumpz here too. Mr Rogers is from America and a pioneer bass-heavy midtempo glitch, and Goosebumpz is one of Australia’s biggest producers of glitch-hop and has successful releases on Adapted and Enig’Matik Records.

Mouldy Soul

On Saturday night (19 January), the events to watch out for are…


I don’t really know too much about this crew (Scarlett Vogue Productions) but I’ve been advised by several mates in the know that this is the underdog night to go out to. It’s being held at Loop bar, and Loop is always for free.

It’s techno and prog-house groove for this one, and will feature international DJ Walter Juan with locals Nicnac, Matter and Andre LeVogue. There’ll also be visuals projected by the very talented Vdmo Kstati, whose eye candy you might have seen at all sorts of big parties around Oz.


No Parlay Boat Party

This event is hosted by the RTIST collective, who encourage emerging local talent to sit in their rightful place with the other internationals. This sort of mission gets a big tick in the box from me. Extra ticks for Afrika Hi-Tech, a tribal techno project by the very talented Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek, headlining this. Oh, and final tick for the party being on a freaking boat.

Kodiak Kid, Flip3K, JPS, Perplex, Galapagoose will be the other talented locals playing the ones to you on your cruise in the sun. When you get back, you can go to the afterparty with a 100% local line-up (Vida Sunshyne, DJ Peril, Andee Frost, Congo Tardis #1) at Cape Live (Cnr Johnston and Brunswick Streets) in Fitzroy, also featuring local artists Sofles, Fintan Magee, Porno and Dvate painting the walls of Cape Live, um, live.

The cruise departs from Central Pier, Docklands at 1:30pm, and the afterparty starts at 7pm.

Tickets here:

Africa hitech

Wobble vs Riot

Bring two of Melbourne’s two biggest bass crews, add the Heartical Hi-Fi system, and stick them in the basement of the Night Owl, and you have Wobble vs Riot.

If you haven’t heard the Heartical Hi-Fi system, then forget the other parties I’ve mentioned today. Go get a piece of that system this Saturday, as MC Lowqui hosts this bass battle between Riot’s Kurt Kokane, RA and Datura facing off against Wobble’s Handsdown, Shifty Sly and J Nitrous. Wobble have home advantage, will they retain? You decide. It’s win-win either way with this system. $15 to clear the way.

Heartical Hi-Fi

Wax Museum Ladies Night – Bigwig Edition @ The Dojo

Finally, it’s always worth mentioning Wax Museum’s parties, based on the fact they sell our records for Retort down in their funky lil dungeon under Flinders Street Station in Campbells Arcade. So if you ever drop in by the shop, remember to purchase RET001,2,3,4, all there now 😉

Oh wait, I was supposed to be promoting their party, not my merchandise. The Dojo is at The Order of Melbourne, 401 Swanston St, Melbourne. They’ll have hip-hop, R&B and new jack swing for you all to bruk to. Featured DJs: Ayna, Kuya & Thanks. Prize for the most messed-up hairdo.

Wax Museum

So there’s nothing further to mention, except a new party series midweek to rival the Wednesday dubstep sessions up in Fitzroy. This new party is called Wickid Wednesdays and features live and DJ’ed dancehall, reggae, hip-hop and glitch music. It’s at the Idgaff Bar on Hoddle Street In Abbottsford, and has cheap booze too.



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