Hi-Five: Melbourne’s Producers/DJs and Their Current Favourite Track – Part 6

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Selector #26 – Able8

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Able8 is director of Uncomfortable Beats, a member of The Operatives, and holds a residency at The Lounge featuring other local artists on Tuesday nights dubbed Tastemakers.

Originally from Perth, Dave “Able8” Di Paulo‘s main hobby is producing and performing stripped-back boom-bap beats, as well as making forays into experimental bass styles. He also works with UK rappers Benny Diction, Biet Nun and Melody Myla, as well as local rappers like Julez, Manix, and a host of others.

Track Selection: Evil Needle – Groovin in Heaven (HW&W Recordings)

“Every time I hear this track it brings such a good vibe and reminds me that Hip-Hop will always be at the core of what I do musically. It influences me to go back and write some bouncy, jazzy beats, but also makes me want to drink a cider in the sun…”

Selector #27 – U-Wish

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U-Wish aka James Harris is another Perth/Melbourne cross-over, who shares residency at the Haapy Mondays sessions (Horse Bazaar) with Kayhat. He also works with Kayhat and Able8 in beats sessions at eFiftyFive, and is affiliated with SK, Titus12 and Ghostsoul.

James is also involved with his own hip-hop project – The Cymatic Society – and is currently producing hip-hop beats, and DJs for the likes of Melody Myla, New Dub City, Vytal Juan, Seeka and Vic the Bitter.

Track Selection: Onoe Caponoe – Narnia on Pluto feat. Jehst (Audio Doughnuts)

“Although this track is a couple years old, I have only recently discovered Onoe, and love his unique flow on this haunting beat alongside Jehst.”

Selector #28 – Andy Clark

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Andy Clark has been DJing in Melbourne since late 1998.

He has previously held a residency at the Laundry Bar for three years, Soft Belly for three years, and has currently been residing at Fitzroy Beer Garden for the last six-plus years on Friday and Saturday nights.  

Andy also runs nights at various venues in and around Melbourne and in the Dandenong Ranges with partner Melalani Carroll under the crew name Scarlett Vogue.

Track Selection: Jani HO – JotainUnohdettua Mutta Uutta (self-released)

“Finnish born, Melbourne based artist/producer Jani HO founder of label Finn Audio has always been a major influence for me.

Jani has been living in Melbourne for the last 18 years and has established himself as an artist in Melbourne, also starting and building is label in Melbourne and only features local artists on his label such as Voiteck, Booshank, Sam McEwin, myself and many others.”

Selector #29 – Rhythmik

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Rhythmik is the creator of Culture Jam, a Melbourne party crew that see events as experiments and puts a fresh new theme to each one. This theme is then teased out through music, performers and creative promotions.

His DJ sets and line-ups have the same approach, to bring different styles and cultures together in a seamless fashion.

Track Selection: Rob Clouth- Cloud Control (Traum Schallplatten)

“I love this track, it’s techy, glitchy and mixes a bit of chaos into the order, perfect festival afternoon music and awesome summer goodness.”

Selector #30 – Tim Shiel

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Tim Shiel is a seasoned veteran of Melbourne’s electronic scene. He first released albums, EPs and remixes under the name Faux Pas from 2005-2012, and was previously a valued 3RRR presenter for around six years.

Tim was also involved with pop artist Gotye, touring with him for a couple of years on sampler and keys, and  He now works again on his own production, released a game soundtrack last year for an iOS game called Duet, and collaborates with such artists as Flight Facilities and Bertie Blackman.

Track Selection: Mo Kolours – Mike Black (Exhume Music)

“I’ve been following this guy for a few years, he releases tracks here and there and this is my favourite one yet. He’s a Mauritian-via-London producer who makes really smoky, murky beats but with a strong dose of melody and just tonnes and tonnes of “vibe”. Really into this one!”

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