Mithya Music return to home club MyAeon for their second instalment of Hi-Tech Shenanigans, featuring headliner Loose Connections from the UK.
Also featured are EurythmyY (UK), Sense Datum (UK), Farebi Jalebi, Glacial, The Chojin, Salamangkero, Pakman, Ish , FMY, Tank Grrl, Folding Time and Tarun.
Expect the beats to be psychedelic, fast and furious. Your dance environment will be brought to life by the decor finesse of RayCosmo. If you can prove that it’s your birthday this weekend, attendance is free as can be!
Genre: Hi-tech, psytrance, progressive trance
Place: MyAeon, 791 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Cost: $15 before midnight/$20 after midnight
Top ranking techno and house crew Darkbeat present Canadian new-school house producer Clarian this Friday at the Railway Hotel Brunswick.
Formely one half of tech-house group Footprintz, Clarian heads to Australia for his first tour to exhibit his branch of pleasant and easy-going experimental house with a warm, organic sound. Definately a class act to follow.
Local support acts include Jamie Stevens, Phil K, Rollin Connection, Lister Cooray, Dave Juric, and more TBA.
Genre: House, techno
Place: Railway Hotel Brunswick, 291 Albert Street, Brunswick
Cost: $18.40 (Moshtix)
Colonel Mustard’s are holding a charity reggae/dancehall/dub party at Northcote’s Bar 303 to raise funds for Orangutan Foundation International.
This organisation help by…
- Buying up and maintaining forestland specifically for primates to live,
- Rescue Orangutans from captivity and from locations destroyed for palm oil, and then provide specialist care for their preservation and continuity,
- Maintaining Camp Leakey – a primate research facility where many of the world’s top zoologists gather to study Orangutans and their habitats,
- Encouraging awareness and alternatives for the Palm Oil industry, which has been responsible for a large portion of primate endangerment in SE Asia.
As of 2015, Orangutan numbers in their habitats in Sumatra and Borneo are believed to be 40,000, a shocking drop from a decade ago of 60,000.
All proceeds for this event are slated to go directly to the OFI organisation, specifically for a fostering service for “adopting” primate infants, who receive the funds for their care. All money raised is for this adoption process.
Asides from the cause, you will be getting great value for the event anyway. because reggae gigs in Melbourne are well-known for their killer sound systems.
The rig in effect this time around will be provided by the Echo Chamber Soundsystem crew, and your selectors for the evening are L Que, Ranking Yoni, Red Robin, The Colonel and Mamacita Bonnita. There will also be live digital sets from Naram and Art, and the accompanying vocals of Dizzy Dee.
Genre: Reggae, Dancehall, Roots, Dub
Place: Bar 303, 303 High Street, Northcote
Cost: $10 (ALL proceeds to go to OFI)
Local producer and live electronic performer Miles Cosmo is launching his “most accomplished album to date” entitled Wet Brain at The Ferdydurke on Saturday night. This event is being presented by Bleep Cuts, who are known for working eclectic and informed events with live elements.
Miles Cosmo and other live performers like ATMA and Juxtpose and are mainly focusing on techno and house variants, and there’ll also be live soundscaping by Split Silo and the kind of awesome smorgasboard as you usually expect to hear from Blend Corp PBS DJ Bevin Campbell.
VJ Isaac Christie will also be putting on a visual feast for your eyeballs.
Physical copies of Wet Brain will be available on the night, bring cash.
Genre: Live electronic music, techno, soundscapes, bass music
Place: Ferdydurke, Levels 1/2, 239 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD
This is likely the biggest news for Melbourne beats massive this year. It shows that our current government actually knows our city and what is needed to make it work.
Announced in the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget, Labor have pledged $50 million towards a trial of 24-hour public transport on Friday and Saturday nights. The trial will be up and running by New Year’s Eve 2015.
Overseas cities such as Berlin, New York and Chicago all have 24-hour public transport services – and now Melbourne is too. This will be a blessing for many promoters and venues who are going broke because they can’t convince punters to pay cut-throat taxi fares.
2016 is sure looking like our year, and Daniel Andrews is doing it right.
A little birdy told me that one of Melbourne’s popular and renowned street artists – Mishap – is putting on an outdoor event to raise funds. It’s for a good cause as her dog Dilla is in need of cruciate ligament therapy for both of his hind legs. He’s hardly going to pay for that in dog biscuits now, is he?
So enter Melbourne’s charitable niche beats, graffiti and event crews, who are all basically joined at the hip. They’ll be helping Mishap put on a 12-hour outdoor spectacular in Preston’s park bushland from midday until midnight on Saturday.
Live acts, MCing, DJing of multiple genres, live graffing on a 70 metre wall, light installations by Hexananigans, and the kick-ass bass of badman sound system Rogue Magnetic Sound. What more could you want? All other money raised outside of Dilla will be donated to the Lentil As Anything Urban Garden Collective, which are putting up a brand-new space in Preston for the community.
Get down for this one, there’s no better cause this month.
Performer list and set times….
12:00-1:00: Erik parker
2 :00-3:00: Heptune
3:00-4:00: Pauly fatlace
9:00-10:30 Julez X Able8 X Manix
10:30 -11:30: Dub princess and succulent
11:30 – 12:30: SK
Genre: Hip-hop, DnB, Reggae, Trip-hop, Trap, Future Beats, Dubstep
Place: [Secret location – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for directs]
Cost: $20+bf (ticket-only entry at Eventbrite)
Subjackt is a monthly presentation of niche electronic music taking place at boutique bar – The Croft Institute. It’ll have contemporary genre buzzes to suit your ears, and will feature an all-female line-up upstairs to farewell local DJ C:1.
For those of you who have never been to this place, maybe it’s time for you to check it out. It’s nested in the street art-covered back alleys in the heart of Melbourne CBD, winding all the way up to the end of Croft Alley. The bar is themed as a test laboratory downstairs, and as a vintage gymnasium upstairs.
There’ll be two levels of DJs for your dancing and drinking pleasure for a cheap $5. Also there’ll be live VJing by Slippery Jim.
Upstairs: Asylum, C:1, CC: Disco, Chiara Kickdrum, Lotus
Downstairs: Able8, Aoi, Bevin Campbell, Tigermoth
Genre: Hip-hop, Future beats, Disco, House, Techno, Bass, DnB, Footwork, Jungle
Place: The Croft Institute Melbourne, 21 Croft Alley, Melbourne CBD
Another art show featuring local artists with all proceeds of sold artwork being donated to Arts Access Victoria – a strong organisation in arts to enable folk with disabilities.
This exhibition showcases art presented and created by those who live with impediments, and all pieces will be for sale on silent auction. Get in early at 7pm to place your bids and get some free snacks and drinks. If you pay cash, you’ll be able to take yourself home any art you may have successfully bid for.
Beats are presented by Trnsmt, a non-profit Melbourne live streaming collective.
Genre: Art show
Place: ACU Melbourne Gallery, 26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Taciturn is an art showcase presenting the artwork of thirteen young artists that let their art do the talking, as the title of the event suggests.
These artists use a range of mediums in their creative expression from oils to aerosol to illustration, and come from a diverse collage of backgrounds.
Artists featured: Max Richards, Knock, May Sivakumaren, Mathous, Shani Bell, Nic Malacari, Tayla Broekman, Makita Rose D’Andrea, Chris Hancock, Putos, Mups, Steven Luks and Shay Baker.
Join with them and engage in their work in this community celebration of art.
There’ll also be music pieced together by Rum Balls. Above art by Mathous.
Genre: Art show
Place: House of Bricks, 40 Budd Street, Collingwood
Melbourne future beats collective The Operatives take over weekly Section 8 session Inbtwn, an event which electronic music collectives guest feature on a rotating roster.
This particular Inbtwn session is important to The Operatives as it marks the launch of JPS X Hooves EP – The Ritual. This long-anticipated release on San Francisco label Muti Music is the debut of the two local producers, and just dropped on 4 May.
Jerry Poon aka JPS is the director of The Operatives and also collaborates in the organization of New Years Day festival Let Them Eat Cake. Johnny Clayton aka Hooves was formerly drummer for New Zealand drum and bass band Shapeshifter.
Together they have dreamed up this eclectic EP to present in a free show on Thursday.
Supporting the duo are DJs A13, Nam and Rintrah.
Genre: Drum and bass, Future beats, Footwork, UK bass
Place: Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne CBD
Cymatic Society is a regular monthly event at Melbourne CBD bar eFiftyFive, hosted by James “U-Wish” Harris, a local hip-hop beats producer and DJ.
This May issue features guests Dr Res of Spain, and local producer Able8.
Dr Res comes from Barcelona and works as partner in label Disboot. Able8 is well-known in town for his involvement with such niche collectives as The Operatives, Boom-Bap Professionals and own label Uncomfortable Beats. U-Wish is resident DJ, and came runner-up in the 2012 DMC Victoria competition.
Genre: Hip-hop, Future beats
Place: eFiftyFive, 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD
Originally mixed by Kayhat on July 2014 at Black Cat – Fitzroy.
Another curve ball thrown at generic DJ formulas with this exhilarating ride through old-school hip-hop, trap, braindance, IDM and glitch-hop.
There’s not a lot happening this weekend in Melbourne now that we’re headed into the cold bit. I mean, comparatively speaking anyway to other cities. 😉
However, out of town is the Yemaya Festival for all you cats who like a bit of doof-doof, and I also hear there’s a warehouse party on Saturday night. If you’re interested in attending that and you don’t have the hook-up, get at me.
I’d also like to give a quick mention that our neigh-bours Uncomfortable Beats and Blend Corp are having a free do at Section 8 this Sunday, which wasn’t mentioned in the gig guide. They have special guests- Ghost Mutt, Grinel and Lockah, who are repping niche UK crew Donky Pitch.
Uncomfy are also about to release Adelaide producer How Green’s latest collab and improv jam with Datãkae entitled Hindum. It’ll be released on the 28 of April, but I heard a little birdy knows where to go for a listen.
Make sure you check out our new monthly Haarp Media Hi-Five track tips, of which we’ll have sections on drum and bass, juke/footwork, techno and house, trap/hip-hop/future beats, dubstep, and future garage/UK bass.
I’m working on an interview with Able8, a feature of my travels to the jungle paradise at The Dusun in Malaysia + a chat with Cee of Bass Sekolah, and also a MASSIVE feature of top 100 albums you need in your collection.
Have a good one, stay safe, ❤ K
p.s. if you have any tips for me, get at me at email@example.com 🙂
1. Barker & Baumecker – Meiose
A subtle and tranquil yet banging mover.
Woo Factor – 2.5 out of 5
2. Manni Dee – Viaduct (Deft Remix)
A match made in heaven between Manni Dee and Deft. A stealthy movement through rapid, crispy kicks and snares. Irresistible ass mover that kicks off into the best of bridges. More of this goodness, please.
Woo Factor – 4 out of 5 woo’s
3. Dekko – Party People
Jungly, housey goodness with a progressive shaker that builds into a real raver.
Woo Factor – 3.5 out of 5
4. Graphs – Broken Legs
More on the UK bass tip of juke with a snarling and grimey sub-bass playing front stage over a staccato landscape of skittering snares.
Woo Factor – 2 out of 5
5. B-Ju and Ticklish – Red Vines
Moves methodically on the warm and atmospheric tip with souly vox and moogy, jazzy inflections. A good building block to start moving the dancefloor.
Woo Factor – 3 out of 5
1. Arp XP and Maurs – You Don’t
Maurs’ lyrics piggy-back a neurofunk beast by Arp XP. Great to drop a storm on.
Woo Factor – 2.5 out of 5
2. Deceit and Valac – Bronthide
A free track in celebration of Valac hitting 1000 likes on Facebook. A minimal tech-step track moved by a single kick drum through dark space.
Woo Factor – 2 out of 5 woo’s
3. Mark Kloud – Driftwood
A techstep space skittering along a layer of snares to a boofing and popping 2-4.
Woo Factor – 1 out of 5 woo’s
4. Bredren and Philth – Ghost Palace
This one will have your listeners tracing shapes in a steady and spacious groove.
Woo Factor – 2.5 out of 5 woo’s
5. Safire – Deep Architect
Safire does Melbourne proud with this undulating shaker creating a variety of motion through the warping terrain of dark and twisted neurofunk.
Woo Factor – 4 out of 5 woo’s
We don’t normally do this but it’s a really slow week, so here’s a rush job of all events happening this weekend. You can check out the info yourself at the Facebook pages. Sorry, we’ll be less lazy next week with this and feature events.
Yemaya Festival 2015 – A psytrance festival
Good Manners Curated Series by I’lls – A new series at Shadow Electric.
Sonic Boom Warehouse Party Extravaganza – Warehouse party: message Haarp Media facebook if you’re after details.
DCM presents STEP UP SELECTRESS inna BASEMENT SESSION – All-women’s dub, dancehall and roots session @ the Sub Club.
Dance Mission Premier Feat. Memtrix & Royalston + Ruckus VIP Room – Drum and bass event more on the liquid tip featuring Memtrix and Royalston, and also featuring a side-room headed by Ruckus.
Sorry we couldn’t give away anything this Thursday again, but stay tuned.
An art presentation and sale free of charge at friendly little bar Forgotten Worlds in Collingwood.
I’ve only just found out about Genre Cult, one of the two crews involved in this art show. They’ve been around for three years following niche electronic music movements from the beginning of Juke to New Orleans Bounce to Gorge (an electronic music genre inspired by rock climbing). They also used to do a podcast series called Not Even.
This is an extra-special show because friendships will be blessing the place with a free show too. Playing in support are the Genre Cult Acolytes, DJ Innes, Jale and Yarn Qwyane.
Genre: Eclectic niche goodies
Place: Forgotten Worlds, 113 Johnston St, Collingwood
This is probably one of the best offerings on this quiet weekend in Melbourne.
Dial-M comes in from the US to head an all-star cast of tune rinsers.
All supports will rotate one to three of their baddest tracks, and hand it onto the next DJ in order to keep the energy high for the night.
Your selektas for the evening are Twisty, Hybryd, Lex, Beatski, Kamo, DD, 3RE, J Don, FMF Dopebeat, Deltashelta, Mamacita Bonnita, Oonelike Al, Mixtress, Decksi, Zero1, Raider and Ninja Gaiden.
Genre: Jungle, drum and bass
Place: The Sub Club, Flinders Crt, Melbourne CBD