Nice magazines, music and Tooheys New 4/5
DJ Dert Burger and DJ Sotoswett in a secret warehouse location.. a delicious recipe for a promising Friday night…
This was one of the more sneaky warehouse parties for sure. Stringent and stealthy measures regarding finding the location were undertaken to ensure Orwellian surveillance and shut-downs were kept away.
A healthy balance between mellow and pumping beats made for a refreshingly tasty party vibe. Quality of mixing made for a generally smooth consistency despite the occasional period of clumping.
At 5-something-AM most punters were still hungry and devouring the increasingly crispy tunes but the albumclub.com.au folks were more than satiated. Great value from the hvnly krw once again. 3.5/5 stars
Videography by Nicolas Nalbandian
Photography by Michael Stone of krw.net.au
Date: Saturday 26th of March
Venue: Civic Underground
Arists: Dreems, Simon Caldwell
The show took place over the Easter long weekend. Generally a time seen to relax, get out of Sydney and pray to God. I did none of those things by choosing to stay in Sydney to get my techno fix (and invariably use the rest of the long weekend to sleep off a hangover).
The first act/headliner on the bill was Dreems, a Sydney based music producer. I am not familiar with his productions so I can comment on the style or quality. What I can comment on was his skills and performance as a DJ, basically I would say he is a fairly bad DJ, who at times in his set had troubles beat matching. The track selection also wasn’t fantastic as the tracks didn’t seem to fit particularly well together or be very well through out. Granted his focus is probably on productions but a little more preparation would be advised if you are going to play a set to several hundred people at a nightclub. I wasn’t too bothered by the performance because the man we all wanted to see was Simon Caldwell.
If you are a Sydney resident into the house and techno scene or a lister to FBI radio, there is a good change you would have heard of or seen Simon Caldwell at some point. Simon Caldwell is a Sydney based DJ who hosts a regular FBI radio session called sunsets on Monday nights. Other activities include being a teacher at the Australian Institute of Music and the occasionally international tour.
If you know either Jack, Nico or myself, its no secret that we love Simon Caldwell and we make no attempt to hide this fact. I’m sure that there are a reasonable number of people that are sick of hearing us froth over Simon but that doesn’t bother me. To all those in the know, Simon is rated as Sydney’s best DJ and we can verify this fact after having seen Simon a good 10+ times.
The Simon Show
As usual Sime brought the heat playing his usual mix of dirty tech house and acid house. It think its the combination of great music, awesome company, good venues and fun all round that characterises Simon shows and makes me enjoy him so much. C.U Saturday was no different and I would describe as an ideal show. Time and time Sime proves just how good a DJ he really is by exceeding already very high expectations.
The night was topped off by some delicious watermelon and rum cocktails at pres (which got me pretty slops) and making some enjoyable new friendlies.
Sydney should feel very lucky to have DJ the caliber of Simon Caldwell.
Rating: Simon/10 (that translates to a solid 12 out of 10)
Words || Jack Cameron Stanton
Energy levels were already high, with Picnic celebrating a resplendent eight years of house and techno in Sydney. And although times are tight, with the suffocating lockout restrictions in place across the district, Picnic once again delivered with a boss line-up, including local djs Adi Toohey and Ben Fester supporting the big man himself: Soichi Terada.
The show took place in Jam Gallery, Bondi, which is a remarkably cosy space. Considering it was a sold out show, the dance floor was pretty tight. And due to some sort of licensing issues, or whatever it was, Soichi only played for an hour. But aside from that the place resounded with positive vibe, a fuckboy free zone.
The Japanese master played some splendid tunes. He was forever smiling behind the decks and was accompanied by two graceful Geishas, clad in Kimono, red lipstick, and white facemask. At one point during the show, while Soichi was dancing along to his music, he whipped out delicate red chatterboxes then proceeded to hand them out to the eager crowd members.
Generally Soichi kept to a Japanese influenced, melodic house, occasionally dropping into a more hypnotic, driving tech house groove. But it was definitely an evening of smiles.
As a producer, Soichi’s greatest and most recognised accomplishment is arguably the original soundtrack for the Playstation game ‘Ape Escape’.
At the ripe age of 50, Soichi is enjoying an advent away from his ‘Ape Escape’ repute, with a handful of impressive house productions to his name, including all the excellent house pouring out of his electronic music label, Far East Recording. His track ‘Got to Be Real’ will have you soaring into effervescent, puffy clouds.
And yet, at the end of the show, at a disappointingly early 3am, revellers and Soichi alike turned to – who I only assume were – the managers of Jam Gallery. We all hoped for a cheeky extension of his set. Alas, our fate was sealed: it wasn’t meant to be, the music was turned off.
But Soichi, my brother, don’t be too deterred by an unfair early Sydney night. It has nothing to do with the music people, and everything to do with bullshit post-tragic scapegoat politics.
Until next time, Soichi. We’re ready for you.
Date: Tuesday 15th of March 2016
Venue: Enmore Theatre
Review – Anthony Larbalestier
The show last week was St Germain’s (Ludovic Navarre’s) first Australian show in 15 years which comes after the release of his new self titled album. St Germain is a master producer, most famous for the album Tourist. Tourist is a perfect blend of house and Latin jazz and is one of my top 5 favourite albums. For all those yet to listen here is the link: https://goo.gl/yQXQJ8
There was a long 15 year wait between tourist his last album and the latest album St Germain. The new album is very African and different sounding in many ways, most notably in instrument choices. And while the album sounds very different, St Germain is able to pull off a similar vibe to his previous productions (house and jazz) which makes for an all round enjoyable album.
On the stage were around 7 Black African guys and one old white guy (Germy). Old Germs definitely looked a little out of place as the Africans kind of stole the spotlight. The band members worked together well even though very unique and individual. There were an insane amount of solos and all pretty damn good. They turned the 7 minute Rose Rouge off Tourist into a 15+ minute mind blowing rendition of the original. The video of a bongo solo below demonstrates all this quite well, that particular solo went for a good 5 minutes. Crazy really.
There were quite a few strange, exotic instruments one in particular stood out because it looked like a Big Black Cock.
St Germain individual performance was a little lack lustre as most of the beats he was dropping were out of time but everyone else was so good it didn’t really matter and at the end of the day everyone was playing HIS music.
Overall the music was really great and had lots of fun, plus the zataar falafel wrap at Manoosh after the show was da bomb