Hijak Special Bios #7 – Able8

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Last but never least on our showcase list (although of course there’s no such thing as least w/ Hijak) is one Able8.  Melbourne niche beats’ nicest fella and overachiever with a ridiculous amount of qualifications to boot. The pies/fingers ratio is off the hook right here.

Top shelf future beats production with a couple of albums out, label king at Uncomfortable Beats, a zillion tracks on small label compilations all over the shop, and sure-fire collaboration with such talent as Melody Myla, Benny Diction and U-Wish.  His dedication to beats in Australia is truely remarkable, as will be his DJ performance at Hijak.


Uncomfortable Beats/Able8 Bandcamp:  uncomfortablebeats.bandcamp.com
Able8 Soundcloud:
Able8 Facebook:  facebook.com/able8




Hijak Special Bios #5 – Ghostsoul

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Rob Healey aka Ghostsoul is a producer’s producer.

You probably wouldn’t have seen him for a while because of the work he does in live sound engineering and also currently video game soundtrack development.

He’ll be coming back exclusively for this episode of Hijak for a rare showcase of his brand new sounds.  Noted for his live performances, Ghostsoul has released three extremely realised and polished albums on Hopskotch Records and Uncomfortable Beats, and is also noted for his work doing what he does best – making sound sound good.

Healey’s dub and trip-hop sounds are influenced by the world around him and his love of science and space, in making recordings he likes to view as “artifacts in the middle of nowhere”, which rather than a nihilistic view is more one recognising the beauty of all that stuff in between the gaps.


Ghostsoul Bandcamp:  ghostsoul.bandcamp.com
Ghostsoul Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ghostsoul
Ghostsoul Facebook:  facebook.com/ghostsoul



Titus 12 – Karnak (Uncomfortable Beats)

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Bristol, UK‘s loss is Melbourne’s gain, with bass music producer Titus 12 releasing six-track (with two remixes included as well) debut album Karnak on eclectic hip-hop and electronic Australian label Uncomfortable Beats.

Karnak was inspired by three months spent by Titus 12 in isolation at the tropical jungle location of Karnak Playhouse, near the Daintree rainforest.

The album is a surprisingly original take on dubstep, yet still utilising the original take on the genre. Karnak uses dub and reggae elements to best effect, and is honed to smooth perfection. There are also contemporary electronic embellishments such as rolling 808s used in trap in songs like ‘Drymouth Disco’, that improve rather than detract from the overall ambient spell cast by Karnak, laid from the off-set of introductory track ‘Junktion’.

Swaggering syncopation in ‘Title Fight’ reminiscent of Digital Mystikz show that the art of dubstep hasn’t quite passed us by yet, and that the genre hasn’t quite disappeared into the obscure murk of obsolete electronic music genre.

Other stand-outs include ‘Cliento’, combining an exotic atmosphere of synthesis, over hats and rattling samples. Reverberating acoustic guitar breaks, autotone vox samples drive along with the percussion and sub-bass tones in possibly Karnak‘s best track, ‘Burning Low’.

Two remixes are provided at the end of Karnak by Able8’s very cool juke/jungle redux of ‘Junktion’, and Dutch producer Frenquency‘s impressive footworki edit of ‘Cliento’, which accentuates the belling samples into a more trappy format that many DJs will want a piece of.

The summary of Karnak is that it’s an organic and accomplished piece of work, sone that’s obviously had a lot of time and effort placed into getting it just right. Titus 12 is showing that Melbourne’s brand of OG bass music is a force to be reckoned with on the global electronic music stage.

8.5 out of 10 Haarp Strings.

‘Karnak’ is available via the Uncomfortable Beats Bandcamp site in a variety of format, on a pay-as-you-please basis.


Written by Kristian Hatton.

Friday 7 March – EP Launch event: Titus 12 – ‘Karnak’

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Pete Hazell aka Titus 12 of Bristol, UK is pretty much part of Melbourne’s local terrain of DJs and producers these days. He appears as a resident DJ for Rubix Warehouse’s Funhouse Fridays and is a member of Uncomfortable Beats, as well as making guest appearances at Melbourne events, including a recent show at our Neigh-Bours showcase.

Titus 12 also happens to be a producer of dubby soundscapes. This Friday, he is presenting his first album – Karnak – which apparently is inspired from time in isolation in so-said place. This album is soon to be reviewed at Haarp Media, so keep an eye out for what we have to say about it.

Supporting guest DJs and producers include Able8, Snareophobe, SK, Forsue and Bevin Campbell, who hail from both of Titus 12’s homes of Uncomfortable Beats and Rubix Warehouse.

Starts 8pm. Rubix Warehouse, 36 Phoenix Street, Brunswick. Free!

FB Page: facebook.com/events

Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 1 March – MMVF Vibrant @ Laundry Bar

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A quick mention of this visual feast presented Melbourne Music Video Festival this evening at Fitzroy’s iconic Laundry Bar.

This event – dubbed Vibrant – will feature the launch of Able8 and Melody Myla‘s new clip, and is headlining one of Australia’s rapidly rising audio/visual sensations – Friendships.

Supporting these acts but not understated in comparison are Audego, Tincture, visual artist Slippery Jim, and Nikki Sarafian.

Tickets: http://laundrybar.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=41504

Starts 8pm. Laundry Bar, 48-50 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. $14.30.

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/254123208095716/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Written by Kristian Hatton.

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

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Selector #26 – Able8


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


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


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


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


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!”

Monkey Marc’s DIY Sound System to be used at Horse Bazaar this Friday

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Hot off the presses, kids, confirmation has been given that we will be using Monkey Marc’s super awesome happy DIY sound system!

This fantastic system boasts a unique and full sound, and is carefully hand-crafted with love to bring magic to your ears! It’s also run on natural juice from the sun, i.e. solar power.

Monkey Marc and the Combat Wombats have used this system whilst trekking over the country through deserts protesting on human rights and environmental issues, so you can feel the revolution in the basstones.

Something like this is bound to make the Friday night line-up of Aoi, Ghostsoul, Titus12, Kayhat and U-Wish sound even more spectacular.

The Neigh-bours events are a collaboration between Uncomfortable Beats, L-Burn Illuminati and Haarp Media, three of Melbourne’s finest smaller beats crews. The DIY system is now a regular institute at the Neigh-bours events.

The Neigh-bours team will operate on a pay-as-you-please basis, and all donations of five-plus dollars will also recieve a chance to win a double pass to REDSQ at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday 28 February, featuring Berlin techno artist Redshape.

8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Pay-as-you-please!

Written by Kristian Hatton.

Friday 24 January – Neigh-bours feat. Aoi @ Horse Bazaar

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Our next installment of Neigh-bours is a real treat and insight into the insane store of talent fostered locally in our fair city, Melbourne. Neigh-bours is a communal friendship of local beats crews Uncomfortable Beats, L-Burn Ill – and of course – Haarp Media. We also accredit Horse Bazaar as our home for this event, as we see this place as being a place for locals – especially those within hip-hop and bass-oriented music – to network and support each other.

Headliner and L-Burn Ill affiliate Aoi is possibly Melbourne’s most unique and talented producer of instrumental hip-hop beats. Starting from punk origins playing in bands in Cairns, Aoi was drawn to original hip-hop luminaries like Public Enemy and Kool G Rap because of their raw sampling and drum patterns.

He has attempted to emulate this production by utilising a “caveman” approach in digging for old cuts of jazz drum-breaks, and combining this with a dank basement vibe. This is then interpolated with cuts of sci-fi, anime and other rare oddities within his massive record collection.

Aoi’s live performance involves little in the way of digital usage, and has him drumming his arsenal of drum-breaks and other samples in true contemporary hip-hop instrumental fashion through his array of controllers.

Supporting Aoi are trip-hop revolutionary producer Ghostsoul, UK bass music creator Titus12, and Haapy Mondays duo Kayhat and U-Wish.

Make sure you make it down, because Horse Bazaar has been popping big time lately, as exhibited here at the 397 Massive party last Saturday…


8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Entry by donation!

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/190685147793929/?fref=ts



Also Neigh-bours isn’t Neigh-bours without our fantastic and free prize draw. Last time we gave away two tickets to Let Them Eat Cake. This time we will be drawing a double pass to REDSQ (on Friday 28 February), featuring Redshape. All you have to do is show up, donate to our event, and hopefully win!

For more on the RESQ event, read here.

Written by Kristian Hatton.

Tuesday 7 January – Tastemakers Launch Party @ Lounge

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Brendan “Baddums” Webb – producer, DJ and former co-promoter for Melbourne bass-heavy night Heavy Innit – has decided to call it a day with his weekly Tuesday event Trust, and has passed the reins of Lounge Tuesdays to the very capable hands of Dave “Able8” Di Paolo – producer, DJ, head of Uncomfortable Beats and member of The Operatives.

The night has been redubbed Tastemakers and will feature all the best styles in contemporary beats styles as played by Melbourne’s creme-de-la-creme of DJs, including grime, trap, future beats, wonky, jungle, dnb and dubstep.

The launch features the talents of JPS, Able8, and UK transplants Snareophobe and Arctic.

Starts 10pm. Lounge, 243 Swanston St,Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.