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By Adam Madd
Basement Jaxx LIVE on stage, magically re-imagined with a full Orchestra & their legendary singers
TEG Dainty and Nice Events are excited to announce that esteemed electronic music duo Basement Jaxx will bring their orchestral live show to Australia in April 2019.
The tour opens up in Melbourne on Saturday 13 April and moves on to Sydney on Sunday 14 April before winding up in Brisbane on Thursday 18 April.
Tickets go on sale at 10am local time on Friday 14 December for the three-city tour.
Felix Buxton & Simon Ratcliffe (better known as Basement Jaxx) are double BRIT and GRAMMY award winning artists who have graced the biggest stages across the world, including: headlining the main stage at Glastonbury Festival, Hyde Park in London and The Hollywood Bowl.
Following on from their ground-breaking 2011 album collaboration with The Metropole Orkest and the now seminal LIVE shows that accompanied it in London & the Netherlands, Basement Jaxx will unveil a new and updated version of the project as they creatively collide LIVE on stage with Sydney’s The Metropolitan Orchestra at the iconic Sydney Opera House, as well as stops in Melbourne & Brisbane.
Comprising magical re-interpretations of all the Basement Jaxx floor-fillers, as well as specially commissioned new work and a few surprises along the way, the show will also feature legendary Jaxx singers Vula & Sharlene Hector on powerhouse vocal duties.
Basement Jaxx are no strangers to Aussie shores and have thrilled audiences over the years with their massive hit records including: ‘Red Alert,’ ‘Rendez-Vu,’ ‘Jump N Shout,’ ‘Bingo Bango,’ ‘Romeo,’ ‘Where’s Your Head At,’ ‘Do Your Thing,’ ‘Good Luck,’ ‘Oh My Gosh,’ ‘Hush Boy’ & many more! They’ve collaborated with the likes of: Robyn, Sam Sparro, Dizzee Rascal and have remixed for the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Mary J Blige and more.
Landing in Australia in 2019, these shows promise to be a remarkable re-imagining of one of dance music’s most influential recording artists, in an extraordinary classical & contemporary re-boot of their original LIVE show.
Catch Basement Jaxx Vs. The Metropolitan Orchestra LIVE on stage in Australia this coming April.
“A meeting of expertly crafted pop songs, dynamic arrangements and an orchestra that fizzes with vigour, this might just be the best thing Basement Jaxx have put their minds to” - London Evening Standard
“Sparkling, rich, witty & fun” – The Daily Telegraph, UK
“This isn’t the simple orchestration of a few old hits, but their transformation into a theatrical revue of cinematic sweep that leaves everyone grinning.
What a show.” – The Independent, UK
MELBOURNE - Saturday 13 April – Margaret Court Arena
SYDNEY - Sunday 14 April – Sydney Opera House
BRISBANE - Thursday 18 April – QPAC
General public tickets on-sale date:
10am local time on Friday 14 December from: www.tegdainty.com
By Adam Madd
The ultimate New Year’s Day Disco, combined with laid-back Byron Bay vibes & lake views, is back for 2019!
Grab the squad, come down to the green, join the Greenfields team and the Brunch Affairs crews and see out the first day of 2019 off with a bang! If you like your music funky, then come and check out the House Master’s in the mix: DJ Spen // Dr Packer // BOOGS + more!
Sunset Safari New Year’s Day 2019 - Greenfields Albert Park, Melbourne
When: Tuesday 1st January (NYD)
Time: 1pm – 1am
Where: Greenfields, Albert Park – Corner Lakeside Drive & Queens Road, Albert Park
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/269052340624628/
Eventbrite Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/new-years-day-at-greenfields-albert-park-sunset-safari-tickets-52515211411
DJ SPEN (Quantize Recordings)
Dr Packer (Glitterbox | Defected)
BOOGS (Thick As Thieves)
Sean Marchetti ( LIVE )
Also, a limited amount of Booths will be available on the day for $2500 which includes: 10x Tickets & 1L Belvedere vodka. Contact: email@example.com for more details
US house icon DJ Spen first laid his hand on the decks at the age of thirteen while growing up in his native city of Baltimore - he hasn’t looked back since.
Also known as Sean Spencer, the talented DJ and producer began his illustrious career in the mid-’80s as a hip-hop radio DJ making beats under the moniker Numarx, responsible for writing and recording 'Girl You Know It’s True,' later covered and made into a smash hit by Milli Vanilli. The years that followed saw DJ Spen move away from hip-hop and towards the classic Chicago house sound that would define his productions for years to come, after joining forces with famed production collective The Basement Boys. Working under the name Jasper Street Co., DJ Spen released his first 12″ through Basement Boys Records in 1995, the energetic gospel house cut ‘A Feeling.’ This was the first in a lauded series of releases for the label that brought Spen commercial and dancefloor success over the next decade, earning him international recognition as a house music pioneer. In 2004, DJ Spen split from Basement Boys, releasing through Black Vinyl Records and his own label Code Red before founding his second imprint Quantize Recordings, which has since become a regular outlet for his music. Alongside his own productions, DJ Spen has built a reputation as a talented and prolific remix artist, putting his own unique stamp on pop anthems from Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Everything but the Girl, Toni Braxton and more. If that isn’t enough, he’s still spinning eclectic and soulful jams in clubs across the globe, further establishing his status as an eminent figure in house music, both past and present.
Dr Packer is an alias of West Australian DJ/Producer Greg Packer, set up for Remixes & Edits of mainly retro music such as 70’s, 80’s, 90’s Soul, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop & Reggae. Greg although known more for ‘Liquid Drum & Bass’ regularly plays sets of ‘Old School Funk, Disco & Hip Hop. Greg purchased his first record in 1982 at the age of 10. That record was ‘Grandmaster Flash – The Message’! Greg grew up in Northampton in the UK, frequently listening to his mother’s disco records (to which he says he had no choice!). In the 70’s it wasn’t uncommon to hear music such as ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ or ‘And The Beat Goes On’ played in the house, so the disco thing really was his first introduction to music, records became his life and he has collected 25,000+ over the years. Dr Packer has quickly become a mainstay in the sets of some of the biggest names in the disco world with the likes of Greg Wilson, Hot Toddy, Fingerman, Joey Negro and Norman Jay regularly featuring his edits in their performances. All of this support helped Dr Packer to be voted #1 in the Traxsource Top 20 Nu Disco Artists midway through 2015. At the end of the year Dr Packer came in at #4 in the Top 100 Disco Artists
Boogs is one of the true leaders of Melbourne’s underground club scene. Supremely talented, original and never reliant on trends, fads or visiting international DJs, his 7am residency at Revolver Sundays is one of the most celebrated, unique and infamous gigs in town. His three-hour sets attract a vibrant, loyal and seriously up-for-it crowd each and every week. Combining his incredible technical skills with an ear for the best new music, Boogs has consistently maintained a standard in excellence that sets him apart as a truly gifted DJ, inspiring both young and old generations alike. Always visionary and ahead of the pack with the freshest sounds, his reign over the Melbourne club scene spans almost 15 years and his influence stretches across Australia and beyond. The hugely popular Boogs’ Podcast is helping to develop a whole new legion of fans as more and more people discover his music online. As Boogs continues to inspire and entertain, the talent and vision that cemented his place at the top of Melbourne club culture is now more prominent than ever.
By Adam Madd
Following on from his epic EP release Crossing Borders Pt 2 and single, The Green earlier this year, Mike Mago returns with the perfectly captivating Always On My Mind. Enlisting the rising Dog Collective alongside him, Always On My Mind is out now via the esteemed Spinnin’ label.
Always On My Mind marks Mike Mago’s journey of new sound exploration and evolution, with catchy pop vocals that leads into a fun, funk filled breakdown. With its infectious melodies and dazzling riffs, this tune is definitely one to remember as it sets to have you whistling along in no time, enchanting the minds of fans world-wide. Here’s what the revered artist had to say on the release:
"Always On My Mind’ is a feel good song that aims to catch the hearts of many, yet is unique in its own way. I feel originality and pop is a rare combination these days within dance music. My entire musical development is based on connecting people with positive energy through the music that I make without losing my authenticity."
Dutch DJ and producer, Mike Mago is a truly respected name on the dance circuit, having become the best example of an artist who’s diverse range of material spans the whole of the electronic music scene, from the realms of underground house to the mainstream hit sounds. A musical archive that goes back to 2014 with his breakthrough release Outlines that amassed 25 million Spotify plays, Mike Mago is undeniably one of the biggest DJs on the scene, now lending his remix skills to the likes of Ellie Goulding, Avicii, Clean Bandit, Years and Years, Bastille and many others. Able to work an underground dancefloor but also rock a mainstage slot, Mike Mago has performed all over from Tomorrowland to the Ibiza isle. Continuing to perfect his mainstage performances and release uplifting tune that raise expectations, it looks like Mike Mago is continuing to reach the higher levels amongst his peers.
Mike Mago X The Dog Collective – Always On My Mind is out now via Spinnin’.
By Adam Madd
Following on from epic originals and impeccable remixes earlier this year, you’d think Benson had already reached the pinnacle of 2018. Yet as we move into the latter part, his next release featuring Stace Cadet and Yeah Boy continues to see Benson rise above the ranks. Releasing on his own esteemed Medium Rare label, check out heavenly collaboration – Faith.
Glorious chords and an impelling vocal graces the track with ethereal touches whilst the euphoric bass line ascends this psalm into clubbers paradise, making Faith a moving piece of house music fortified with saintly credibility. A club ready anthem as well as a peak time track, Benson is set to reach listeners of biblical proportion.
Having already had an exceptional year, Benson’s career continues to skyrocket. The Australian producer has accumulated millions of streams with the likes of originals including Hold Out and a remix of Stace Cadet’s High. Not stopping there, Benson is also dominating our airwaves with national airplay whilst securing an in demand residency slot with triple J. Gig-wise, Benson impressively launched a sold-out headline tour, clearly demonstrating himself as an artist of prominence we can’t wait to see where Benson takes us next on his musical journey.
Benson – Faith ft. Stace Cadet and Yeah Boy is out now via Medium Rare Recordings.
ICARUS - Man of the Land (feat. Real Lies)
Release date: Friday 2nd November
Their last track ‘Echoes’ hit #3 on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart Annie Mac has been a long-term admirer, not only picking four consecutive singles as her Hottest Record but also booking them for her Lost & Found Festival. Currently the duo are on tour Rüfüs Du Sol for North American shows which culminates with three nights at New York’s Terminal 5, and then are also special guests at various UK shows. “The Bristol-based brotherly duo have established themselves as out of the box thinkers.” – Mixmag “Clearly illustrates why the duo is being heralded as one of the UK's most promising talents at the moment.” – Earmilk
Fresh from releasing their latest track ‘Echoes’ which hit #3 on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart, Bristol’s innovative crossover production duo Icarus have teamed up with London trio Real Lies for their new single ‘Man of the Land’.
Both ‘Man of the Land’ and ‘Echoes’ feature on Icarus’s new EP ‘This Must Be The Place’ which follows on November 30th. The EP represents Icarus’s latest longer form conceptual project after releasing the ‘In The Dark’ EP earlier this year.
‘Man of the Land’ represents the darker, cinematic extreme of Icarus’s sonic spectrum. The hypnotic beat captures the feeling of pounding the city streets late at night before the drop accentuates its dramatic feel. It’s a track which finds Icarus strengthening the evocative atmospheric qualities of past tracks such as ‘No Sleep’ and ‘Hiding’.
Real Lies’ lyrics delve into the experiences of a transient character whose solitary life on the capital’s empty streets is set against the contrast of its hectic late night bars. It captures a feeling of urban anxiety that could only be nocturnal London. As the song’s narrator notes, “I come from Cally Road, not California.”
Widely praised for their self-titled debut album, Noisey summarised Real Lies’ approach by stating, “Although an echo chamber of past influences mixed with the contemporary ambience of Burial or Jamie xx, their defining factor is the thoroughly modern ennui that infects their lyrics.”
Icarus explain the EP’s concept: “The theme of this EP is based around always moving from one place to the next, or running away – as well as the thoughts, feelings and emotions which come from living this way. There are moments of feeling free from being tied down and having endless possibilities. But there’s also a loneliness and anxiety that comes from simply moving on rather than addressing your problems. It’s not about making a judgment on people who are in that situation, it’s just an exploration of a yin-and-yang lifestyle.”
Since debuting in 2015 with the ‘Don’t Cry Wolf’ EP, ICARUS have progressed from being a hotly-tipped name to become a regular fixture on daytime radio. Annie Mac has been a long-term admirer, not only picking four consecutive singles as her Hottest Record (‘Love Has Come Around’,‘King Kong’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘No Sleep’) but also booking them for her Lost & Found Festival.
ICARUS’s other radio highlights include a sun-scorched set at Radio 1 Live in Ibiza and contributing an Essential Mix for Pete Tong. In addition to Annie Mac, their other supporters at radio have included Pete Tong, Phil Taggart, Danny Howard, MistaJam, Monki and Alice Levine. Their wide-ranging list of fans also includes Pendulum, who invited them to remix their classic track ‘Tarantula’ from their all-star collabs album ‘The Reworks’.
Earlier this year, ICARUS debuted their full live band show which they then took on a headline tour and then to the South West Four Weekender. They’re now poised to hit the road with Australia's own Rüfüs Du Sol on their ‘Solace’ tour: first with a run of North American shows which culminates with three nights at New York’s Terminal 5, and then as special guests at various UK shows.