Ed: So here it is, this is what you’ve all been waiting for!
This line-up is by far one of the best Melbourne ever seen. It spans across all genres and features some of the world’s best and most ground-breaking – but still underground – acts.
There are still more acts to be announced, and Haarp Media will be keeping you up to date, and having EXCLUSIVE interviews with some of the following artists.
Keep an eye out for these and other special features on LTEC 2014, and also a very awesome give-away we’ll be doing, cause we love all of Melbourne so much. You might want to keep an eye on every article. 😉
One Love, One Melbourne
Kristian “Kayhat” Hatton (director of Haarp Media)
London based, Belfast-born blogger-production-dj duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson need little by way of introduction. Their Feel My Bicep blog is the go-to place for tastemakers worldwide for lost and forgotten disco / Chicago house / Detroit techno / Italo edits and everything in between. On a production tip, they have released on such labels as Throne Of Blood, Traveller Records and Mystery Meat.
2012 saw the release of the critically acclaimed vinyl-only track ‘$tripper’ on Love Fever which hit the top chart spots on Juno and sold out worldwide. The Feel My Bicep label launched in September 2012 with the highly sought after vinyl-only release titled “Vision Of Love” which received great press worldwide and sold out whilst hitting the top spot at the retail outlets.
Room hosts at Fabric, a residency at We Love in Ibiza and bookings at Manchester’s Warehouse Project ensued, with 2012 ending very nicely for the duo who came in at 32 on the Resident Advisor End Of Year DJ Poll.
Their Stash EP released on Aus Music in April this year received great support across the board and their collaboration with Simian Mobile Disco called Sacrifice – out on Delicacies – has become one of this years festival anthems for many DJs. Forthcoming remixes for John Talabot’s label Hivern Discs are soon to drop and the second release on Feel My Bicep Records is also in the pipeline.
Cyril Hahn (CAN)
The best music is made by those who expose our very guilty pleasures with undeniable, stimulating creations. This can be said of the mere samples we have received this from rising producer Cyril Hahn.
Cyril’s remixes instantly hit a nerve with internet fans and other artists after uploading to his Soundcloud, especially the Destiny’s Child anthem Say My Name which hit #1 on HYPEM in under 2 weeks, was selected as the final track by Diplo for his BBC Radio 1 mix show, and posted as a favourite on the fan page of global trendsetting group.
The xx. Annie Mac also fell in love with the song, playing it regularly on her BBC1 radio show; at many of her DJ shows, and mentioning it in her interviews as one of her most addictive tracks of the year. Say My Name now has over 2 million plays on Soundcloud, countless tribute videos with over 2 million YouTube views, and considered by many to be a favourite of 2012.
Toward the end of 2012, Cyril released additional remixes that have become crowd favourites: a hauntingly melodious remix of UK Electropop duo Alpine’s ‘Single Chances’, the atmospheric remix of Solange’s ‘Losing You, an up-tempo, high-energy remix for US sister trio Haim’s ‘Don’t Save Me’, the addictive, sultry, remix of Jessie Ware’s ‘Sweet Talk’, and the larger-than-life remix of the young songstress Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’.
Stephen Carr a.k.a. Digital is one of the UK’s most well-respected and inspirational drum and bass producers with a career spanning 18 years and a seminal catalogue of original and innovative releases to date.
Digital’s 18 years of production consist of 4 LP’s and countless 12” and EP’s on his own label imprint, Function Records, and his co-owned imprint Phantom Audio, alongside some of the finest Drum n Bass labels to date; Metalheadz, Exit, Timeless, 31 Records, C.I.A, Photek Productions, Innerground, Commercial Suicide, Reinforced Records, Violence, Chronic & Hardleaders… the list goes on.
Digital also worked closely with 2 of New Zealand’s biggest electronic acts, Salmonella Dub and Concord Dawn, helping both acts to develop their European market further with tour management, tour support, European distribution and marketing.
In addition to DJ’ing throughout the UK, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and USA, Digital launched another imprint Mor’Manik in May this year – a platform to unleash and explore the diverse and experimental parameters within his sound and production.
DJ Koze (GER)
DJ Koze remains as one of the most integral musicians in dance music. Never taking the easy road, he brings an eccentric tone to a rotting formula while ingeniously keeping the soul and feeling of what proper techno/house music is meant to evoke.
His DJ sets are spoken of as fables…each experience seems to be unique to it’s own and it’s safe to say are truly, utterly mind-melting. DJ Koze’s turntablism skills from years of DJing hip-hop come out to play in his sets as he shreds the techno/house DJ formula into bits, provoking a convoluted blend of ecstatic breaks and beats that borderline the psychedelic.
The press and public love him and he’s a regular face to the year end charts: Germany’s trend-setting SPEX magazine have voted DJ Koze the DJ Of The Years for 1999 to 2006 – yes that’’s eight years back-to-back. Earlier this year DJ Koze released the critically acclaimed Amygdala album which is already touted as one of the dance releases of the year – it even received a 8.6 rating on Pitchfork (“he’s created an album that invites obsession”).
What the future holds for Koze is a mystery to all but himself, all we can hope for is that he never gives up on the paramount standards he sets for himself – an obvious reaction to the quality of output we are treated to through his music and his DJ sets.
London based producers Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman make house music that’s inseparable from the genre’s tradition, but comes with both a widescreen ambition and a distinctly UK underground edge.
Timeless, fresh, both classic and contemporary and unmistakably theirs, Dusky’s sound is influenced by everything from deep Detroit techno and bumping UK garage to classical and avant-garde electronica. In a short time, the London based duo have rapidly marked themselves out as producers with a uniquely broad appeal.
Their diverse 2011 album – Stick By This – was celebrated by Pete Tong as one of the album’s of that year, and singles like ‘Tyto Alba’ and ‘Flo Jam’ on Dogmatik have blown up as house/garage straddling underground anthems. Hot Chip wasted no time in commissioning them to transform their ‘Night & Day’ single into a modern garage bomb.
At the same time, darker excursions into warehouse techno like ‘Calling Me’ and ‘Muriel’ – forthcoming on School – have been hammered by Paul Woolford, Maya Jane Coles, Boddika and Loefah.
As comfortable writing elegant orchestral pieces or stirring piano motifs as they are jackin’ house and techno grooves, Dusky will continue to naturally shift into new sound worlds, always united by the duo’s singular aim; to compose electronic music with depth, soul and originality.
Eprom is one of the vibrant West-Coast scene’s most colourful characters and an important cog in the international Rwina Label machine.
He’s a consummate post-millennial producer, and his sound varies from toxic hip-hop to searing garage mutations to bizarre concoctions somewhere in between. His beats jiggle and drip and contort wildly, always in some perpetual state of melting, churning and mutation.
He’s had releases on Warp, Surefire, and Bristol-based Bad Acid, but it’s his Rwina releases that have been the most visible and enduring: whether it’s the time-stretch torture and fierce melodic geysers of Humanoid or deconstructionist mayhem of his Pipe Dream EP, where dubstep and grime collide in a staggering beast that shakes off heavy blotches of radioactive fluorescent sludge with every beat that lands.
His live sets are something to behold as well, emphasizing the hip-hop roots that lurk underneath his sewer beats, and an hour of Eprom is bound to turn your brain into to the same sort of goo that gums the gears of his distinctive beats.
Fans and supporters of Eprom include Flying Lotus, ?uestlove, DJ Shadow, Rustie, The Gaslamp Killer, The Glitch Mob and BBC Radio One’s Mary Anne Hobbs, and the producer has shared the stage with many of the international electronic music community’s hottest artists.
With his last album, Metahuman, garnering critical acclaim from all corners, Eprom is finally getting the recognition he has earned as an integral part of the giant bouncing backbone of America’s West Coast.
Estère is a girl with an MPC she likes to call Lola. She produces all her own songs with Lola, mostly at home in her pajamas.
Estère plays/records a mixture of bass, synth, drums, vocal harmonies, keyboard, whistles, claps, kazoo, desk tapping and anything else that might take her fancy, then layers her production with pulsating rhythms and evocative melodies that adhere to the genre of ‘“electric-blue witch-hop”.
Since obtaining Lola in March 2012, Estère has played a variety of live performances in cities and festivals all over New Zealand. Two songs that Estère recorded in her bedroom – ‘Cruel Charlie’ and ‘Culture Clash’ – have received extensive radio play on stations throughout New Zealand and have featured on various international blogs including Disco Naiveté and Portals.
With Lola, Estère aims to create unique music that embraces a large variety of styles and leaves people guessing (herself included) for what will be coming next…
Floating Points (UK)
Producer/DJ/musician Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points has been on the scene since his debut release in February 2009.
Sam has been a firm fixture of radio show playlists worldwide and has steadily built a back catalogue of music that can be heard gracing the sound systems of the globe’s more respectable nightclubs and warehouses.
He’s already provided guest mixes for Mary Anne Hobbs, Benji B and Gilles Peterson, and recently recorded his fourteen member strong ‘Floating Points Ensemble’ for a BBC Maida Vale session, resulting in him winning best ‘Maida Vale Session’ at Gilles Peterson’s Prestigious World Wide Awards.
Not bad for a young man who spends the majority of his time in a laboratory researching neuroscience. Classically trained in music, Mr Shepherd applies his academic knowledge with modern styles, immersing himself in the different cultures of dance music and a vinyl habit that has taken him to Chicago and Detroit simply to buy records.
As well as his impressive production style, writing and arrangement skills, Floating Points is also building a reputation as one of the world’s most exciting Dj talents, travelling the globe with his handmade E&S rotary mixer.
Be it in house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, jazz or classical, the Floating Points sound manifests itself in many forms, always deep and soulful, but with reputable bounce and heavy bass. Fans include Harmonic 313, Kode 9, Ramadanman, Geeneus, Four Tet and Radiohead.
Co-owner and Content Manager of addictech.com and Addictech Records, Hypnotech has direct access to the leading artists and labels in upfront international underground electronic music. Focusing on booty warping and bass-heavy dancefloor transmissions, his dedication to cultivating the finest in electronic music is obvious in every set.
Becoming a fixture on the San Francisco underground circuit in 2000 and expanding from there to an international stage, Hypnotech has played an endless amount of clubs, outdoor festivals, and underground renegades with his hi-fidelity sound.
In 2007 the Addictech Records label was born, stepping into the ring with an incredible roster of breakbeat’s finest producers. Releasing 12” vinyl, CDs and downloads, in one year Addictech Records grew to be one of the most respected breakbeat/bass labels in the US.
The label evolved over the years and continues pushing forward with the sound, incorporating the best in glitch-hop, dubstep and IDM – with an incredible release schedule planned for the future, it appears there is no stopping this bass-worshipping juggernaut.
James Holden (UK)
1999 now seems like a very long time ago, but it was then that a 19-year-old James Holden first burst onto the UK dance music scene with his exuberant teenage trance hit ‘Horizons’.
It was his role of A&R scout, founder and tastemaker of cult label Border Community though that proved to be the perfect compliment to his flourishing DJ career back then, as breakthrough records from young artists like Nathan Fake, Extrawelt, The MFA, Fairmont and Petter found their natural home in his Border Community label alongside his own productions.
More recently, Holden has taken his first tentative steps into the live arena, first of all at the behest of Caribou’s Dan Snaith who gave Holden’s previously studio-bound modular synthesizers a live outing as part of their extended Caribou Vibration Ensemble line-up for a series of ATP shows at the end of 2011.
Eager for another taste of that collective live performance magic, Holden also seized upon the opportunity to contribute the soundtrack to Oxford mathematician and TV presenter Marcus Du Sautoy’s multimedia lecture on consciousness and the brain, performed at London’s Barbican Arts Centre and the Latitude Festival.
This spring sees Holden rise to the challenge laid down by none other than Thom Yorke, to convert those momentary studio modular synth jams into a stage performance fit for an ‘Atoms For Peace’ US support tour, joined once again by Tom Page on drums.
An astonishing seven years has now elapsed since the release of Holden’s milestone debut album The Idiots Are Winning, but June this year saw Holden finally return in a big way, with a brand-new artist album of suitably epic proportions: the 75 minute long English pagan saga The Inheritors.
When the dust finally settles after The Inheritors, and Holden gets another chance to immerse himself in the fantasy world of his beloved synthesizer collection, who knows where the next chapter of the Holden story will take us.
Julio Bashmore (UK)
It might seem counter-intuitive for a producer to detach themselves from one of the planet’s most thriving music scenes, but in the case of Julio Bashmore, that’s exactly what he did growing up in bass music hotbed, Bristol.
Julio’s first love is house music. Operating on the peripheries of the city’s scene has allowed him to quietly cultivate a take on the genre unlike any other. Perhaps indicative of Bristol’s fascination with low-frequencies, Julio began to gravitate towards the bass-indented sounds of the Dirtybird label.
After spending considerable periods of time sharpening his mixing and productions skills, Claude Von Stroke’s label tellingly signed an EP’s worth of Julio’s material for the Julio Bashmore EP. This breakthrough also meant a difficult decision: on the cusp of leaving for university Julio decided instead to remain in Bristol, and take production and DJing as his primary focus.
What happened next is the reason you’re reading this: labels, media and clubbers seemed to instantly understand the skewed angle with which Julio attacked house music in 2010. Night Slugs, Ten Thousand Yen, PTN, Dirtybird, Fabric and Soul Motive were among those who housed his productions/remixes. This list of forward-thinking labels seemed fittingly representative of Julio’s future-thinking output.
But what is it about his sonic approach that has created so much fever around the name Julio Bashmore? It’s difficult to say exactly, but bounce to blissed-out garage of ‘Footsteppin’, lose your shit to his Mosca remix, or turn out the lights for ‘Batak Groove’ and you’ll realise that it’s just simply something you feel.
Kode9 vibrates parts other DJs can only dream of. His DJ sets and radio shows helped spread the early dubstep sound internationally, but his sets now weave together a bass heavy mix of house, garage, dubstep, grime, footwork and hip hop.
Originally from Glasgow, but based in South London since 2000, Kode9 set up the record label Hyperdub in 2004, infamous for unleashing artists such as Burial (and countless others) on the world.
He has recorded 2 albums of his own with vocalist Spaceape; Memories of Future (2006) and Black Sun (2010) and released two DJ mix compilations: Dubstep Allstars Vol.3 (Tempa 2006) and DJ Kicks (K7 2011). Kode9 has also released tracks on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, and remixed Lee Scratch Perry for On U Sound, the Junior Boys for Domino, Battles for Warp, and Dabrye Feat. Doom for Ghostly.
For five years, he hosted the weekly Fwd» show on Rinse FM, London’s leading pirate radio station, and was one of the rotating DJs at DMZ and Fwd», the seminal early dubstep nights in London. He now co-hosts the Hyperdub Monthly show on Rinse FM with Scratcha DVA.
Kode9 has performed at Sonar Festival, Sonar Tokyo, Mutek, Glastonbury, Unsound, Melt and Coachella, as well are gracing clubs nights across Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with his unique selection skills.
LTJ Bukem (UK)
Who is LTJ Bukem? Ground breaking DJ? Inspirational musician? Record label entrepreneur? Club visionary? When the man behind those wire-rimmed glasses and that disarming smile writes his job description, just what does he put?
The man who took the drum and bass concept from a small venue off London’s Charing Cross Road to the nation’s superclubs, and then onto the international stage? The geezer whose records launched breakbeat into a brand new galaxy of sound? Or maybe he just writes ‘Renaissance man for a digital age’.
LTJ Bukem is all of the above. Although he wouldn’t like to admit it, LTJ Bukem is the living embodiment of the post-acid house entrepreneurial creative spirit. He is a mild mannered energy flash whose panoramic musical vision has found success in every area he has explored.
From running sound systems to cutting up breaks at raves, from relocating the heart of breakbeat culture to redefining the spirit of drum and bass, the man known to his friends as Danny has sat at the forefront of breakbeat evolution, lighting the way with little more than a zest for life and a love of music.
In other words, LTJ Bukem is a man on a mission.
Mark Pritchard (AUS)
There are few producers who can rightfully lay claim to having impacted the electronic and dance music scenes across decades. Mark Pritchard is one of those few.
From jungle to ambient, techno to hip hop his musical appetite and talent led to acclaimed releases on respected labels such as his own Evolution, LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking Records, Kode9’s Hyperdub and, of course, Warp Records.
Infamously, most of this work was released not just across labels but also aliases, both solo and in collaboration, leaving only the most dedicated of pre-internet music trainspotters able to complete the puzzle.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Mark Pritchard is moving forward in the only way he knows how: making music that is varied and vital, incorporating elements of the now with the savoir-faire of his track record and a love of electronic music’s extensive palette.
Starting in June this year, his new work unfolded across a series of EPs leading to a new album on Warp Records. He is also finally ending the game once and for all by consolidating all the work under one name: his own.
Soul Clap (US)
Soul Clap time-travels on a musical spaceship of dopeness.
With their roots firmly planted in their hometown of Boston, Soul Clap went out into the world to perform at places like The Marcy Hotel, Fabric, The Electric Pickle and Bar25 and in smaller places in America, Europe, Japan, Mars and Jupiter, plus dancefloors in other galaxies that you haven´t heard of.
They blasted into space with a series of game-changing edits (including the summer 2010 anthem ‘Extravaganza’), originals (‘Action/Satisfaction’ & ‘Lonely C’) and remixes (for Laid Back, Metronomy, Little Dragon, Robert Owens, DJ Harvey and more). They joined forces with Wolf + Lamb to mix a chapter of the legendary DJ Kicks series and broke musical ground on a two-month world tour of six-plus hour DJ sets.
They always believe in sharing the knowledge by teaching college courses, doing workshops, speaking on panels and making sure to include forgotten classics in their epic DJ sets.
Coming soon is a mixed compilation for newly relaunched UK garage legend Nice ‘n Ripe records and possibly the most exciting mothership connection of all, a budding collaboration with the creator of P-Funk himself, Mr. George Clinton and his C Kunspyruhzy record label.
Always pushing new boundaries, always traveling through time and space, The Clap is on a mission to change the world one dance floor at a time.
Los Angeles native, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee), is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her classical upbringing and eclectic music taste has allowed her to create vast textural soundscapes—a reverberation that fuses vintage sensibilities with progressive inclinations.
Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in taste-maker and mainstream media, and she has been featured on various large-scale radio programs such as BBC Radio1 (UK), NPR (USA), BBC World Service (UK), J Wave (JP), Studio Brussels (BE), Radio Nova (FR), KCRW (LA) to name a few.
Subsequently, DJ Mag, Pitchfork, The Guardian, XLR8R, Paper, LA Times, Dazed and Confused, SPIN, Wax Poetics, MTV, VIBE, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Sound and Recording and more have covered her – LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles.
Not only has she caught the ears of many for bringing a different dimension to Los Angeles-based music, but she is also notably the first female to join Flying Lotus’ crew/label Brainfeeder which is on the forefront of LA music scene.
TOKiMONSTA tours the world regularly as a live performer.
Wolf + Lamb (US)
Some wild extremes make up the whole that is Wolf + Lamb. Extrovert and introvert, vegan and carnivore, cancer survivor and social saboteur – you’d expect no partnership like this could last for long.
But for over a decade, these differences have only sparked the seismic energies that Zev and Gadi bring to dance music. They play passionate music that moves hearts, and not just feet.
From their subterranean throw-downs in their Brooklyn corner known as the Marcy Hotel, to the 2005 founding and continued expansion of their family of labels, amid the warm winters and electric environs of Miami – it’s always been about the two of them enjoying life, learning to live with each other, and making friends and fans that become part of the crew.
As music makers, the two draw as much inspiration from their label cohorts as they do from each other. From Zev’s savvy design and production, to Gadi’s talent for sniffing out path-breaking artists to bring into the fold, there’s a knack they have for making it all hold together.
And that means Wolf + Lamb is a home to the artists that thrive on its mantra: Deniz Kurtel, Nicolas Jaar, No Regular Play, Soul Clap, Voices of Black, Tanner Ross, Slow Hands, and more.
For Gadi and Zev, nothing could be better than being in this bustling world among these friends, orchestrating the sounds and sights of the moment, and always looking forward to what’s yet to come.
Original article courtesy of i like the noise it makes and edited by Haarp Media.
Image Credits (in order): Deepbeep, The Guardian, Knowledge Magazine, Xlr8r, Leighton Kelly, NZ Musician, Lucidity Festival, Mercury Server, Fabric, Time Out, Mixing.dj, Last.fm, electronicbeats.net