April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984
A stack of exciting things on this month! Stoked to have 30/70 up in Brisbane for the first time. Their debut release on Rhythm Section was outstanding and stoked that we'll be on warm up duties along with our girl Tiana Khasi. Also HUGE to have Animals Dancing up in Brisbane for the first time as they team up with SHADE and are coming in hot with Young Marco, Zaltan and Invisible City.
April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th - Jazz is Dead! @ Black Bear Lodge
April 4th - Supersonic #2 - Matt's Mates (Album Launch) & Brisbane Conduction Orchestra @ Black Bear Lodge
April 14th - Shade: Park Party - Ben Fester @ Secret BYO Location
April 14th (Gold Coast) - Planetself 'Following the Sun' Launch Party @ Mandala & Co
*April 18th - Jazz, Soul, Beer & Parmi @ Jessie's Girl
*April 20th - BLESS - Mira Boru @ The Foundry
April 21st - Donny Benet - The Don @ Black Bear Lodge
April 28th - 30/70 National tour @ The Foundry
April 29th - Animals Dancing & Shade - Young Marco, Zaltan & invisible City @ The Brightside Carpark
Plenty going on the month of March! Starting off the month for us we'll be hosting the head honcho of Stones Throw Records - Peanut Butter Wolf. A big influence throughout the scene and one of the wildest record collections to boot. If you haven't already seen My Vinyl Weighs A Ton documentary on the label then do yourself a favour and check it out. Currently up on Redbull TV for free viewing.
We'l also be launching our new monthly Jazz & Soul night at our buddies Jessie's Girl. A chilled mid week hang of jazz & soul paired with tasty food, beer and good crew.
Also stoked to have a new live Jazz night in town hosted by James Wright. Every Tuesday at Black Bear Lodge check out new directions in Jazz from some of the best local talent - Think Vulture St Tape Gang, Astro Travellers, James Wright Trio.
*March 2nd - Peanut Butter Wolf @ Woolly Mammoth
March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th - Jazz is Dead @ Black Bear Lodge
March 7th - Thundercat @ The Triffid
March 14th - Kamasi Washington @ The Triffid
March 16th - BTHC Presents DJ Earl Grey (Ken Oath/Rimbombo) @ Laruche
March 17th - DJ Central's ESO EP Launch @ Paddington Substation
March 22nd - Dopamine & L.Flora @ Barbara
*March 24th - BLESS - Inkswel @ The Foundry
*March 28th - Jazz, Soul, Beer & Parmi @ Jessie's Girl
March 29th - Subtrakt: The Last Dance ft Jane Fitz (Freerotation/ UK) @ Laruch
Sampology Ft Tiana Khasi - Thicker Than Water - A favourite around these parts. Sam's playing a live AV show on the 16th!
Being a short month and coming to the tail end of the Summer season it has quietened down a little bit. Still plenty of things to check out though along with our one Disco BLESSferno gig for the year!
February 3rd - Buxton presents: Banoffee Pies (UK) @ Capulet
February 3rd - Zig Zag Discotheque @ Black Bear Lodge
February 16th - Sampology DJ set w/ Tiana Khasi live @ The Foundry
February 18th - SuperSonic #1: Lift Off @ Black Bear Lodge
February 25th - First Light Tour with CC:DISCO! @ The Foundry
Dope video released by Stones Throw and NTS Radio.
MNDSGN + Ivan Ave + Joyce Wrice + Benedek + Silent Jay & Jace XL
We are more than stoked to be helping present this one with Melbourne’s own 'Crown Ruler'. A huge line up of reimagined and amalgamated RnB, boogie and hip hop is coming through Brisbane. The likes of MNDSGN, Ivan Ave, Joyce Wrice, Benedek and Silent Jay & Jace XL are all coming through together this summer for your party pleasure! This night is gong to be one to remember. Artists from around the globe to swoon and move you.
Ivan Ave continued to make waves in 2017. His profile has been slowly building since catching everyones ears with the ‘Low Jams EP’ in 2014. Ave linked up with MNDSGN for the project and the result was smooth, thought provoking butter. The production was unmistakably MNDSGN while Ivan effortlessly flowed through the jazz inspired instrumentals. Reconnecting with MNDSGN for his second solo LP that got put out towards the end of last year, it appears the two have been building their synergy. A more synth driven funk and RnB direction was taken this time around while Ave spits abstract bars covering fickle lovers, conspiracy theories and biohazards. It shows evolution in the artist and is possibly his strongest statement to date.
Joyce Wrice, also no stranger to the production of MNDSGN, has been navigating her own lane through the music world and it’s due time for everyone to notice. A rising voice out of the LA scene, since the release of her debut EP ’Stay Around’ Wrice has a voice that can melt your mood as you get lost in the sultry tones and emotive moments. Her homage to the early RnB predecessors is beautiful to listen to and those pipes captivate with every word.
Benedek is a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and DJ. Combining house, boogie, hip-hop, jazz fusion and experimental new age compositions, he creates a synched out, blissful experience for your listening journey. After numerous EP’s and singles Benedek released his debut Untitled LP on ‘PPU’. He is steadily touring and had his 2nd LP ‘Bene’s World’, drop mid last year. His performances often have a live element such as a guitar or keyboard as he sends you through a lush combination of funk, house and RnB.
Australian RnB visionaries, Silent Jay & Jace XL have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut ’Sacrifice’ in 2016. They have a unique strain of future sounds while staying rooted in retro RnB. The smooth vocals and harmonies along with on point production create a vibe you want to be a part of. Silent Jay is one of the busiest guys in the game producing and performing with for the likes of 'Sampa the Great' and 'Alejandro Jay Abapo' while working on a sophomore release with Jace XL. Jace has also been working with and featuring on tracks with fellow rising star, Billy Davis. Together the duo also released a christmas album, for a festive listen, to round out 2017.
This showcase of talent all together in one night is one you don’t want to miss. Tickets are available now. Come and join the aural pleasures on offer.
Thank you to Freedom Time Festival for helping us bring in the New Year and helping us tick off some lifetime dancing experiences - Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers, Leroy Burgess, Johnny Osbourne and Sassy J! Now we're ready to get back into this year and bring some viiiibes back to lil ol' Brisbane town. Along with a big show we're working on with Crown Ruler for the 25th January there's also a bunch of other sweet gigs to check out this January.
January 11th - Jordan Rakei @ The Triffid
January 13th - Local Transmission @ Secret Beach Location - (Message us for details ;))
January 13th - XL presents Frits Wentink @ The Warehaus
January 19th - Shade presents Project Pablo & Winters @ TBC
*January 25th - Crown Ruler & ALS present MNDSGN, Ivan Ave, Joyce Wrice, Benedek, Silentjay & Jace XL @ The Foundry
January 26th - IWTFA x Taapion Feat. Shlømo & AWB @ Secret Warehouse
January 27th - Subtrakt: The Last Dance ft Shanti Celeste @ The Foundry
GODTET - Self Titled LP
‘Godtet’ is the debut live band project from Dave Rodriguez. Although better known as Sydney guitarist, producer and beat-maker, Godriguez. Classically trained and spending years in jazz bands, Rodriguez spent most of his life with a purist, anti computer approach to music. However, that changed as he branched out and developed a powerful skill set in creating beats. He has been most praised for his production on ’The Great Mixtape’ by Sampa the Great.
This release has Rodriguez stepping back into the live format of production with a full band. "This record came about with no preconceived ideas of what we were making or what it would sound like. The sessions felt very meditative. We hope the deep love, respect and open hearts we have for each other can permeate from the music into everyone who hears this.” as explained by Rodriguez. The 12 track LP came from conducting a series of sessions with fellow musicians Tully Ryan, Jan Bangma, Andrew Bruce and Dominic Kirk. There is obviously a cohesive and electrifying dynamic between the group as they produced a sonically intriguing collection of grooves that open your mind and encourage you to listen closer. It has a sense of freedom in the composition as it seems the players were able to just play. The result is organic and beautiful.
Winters - 'Sometimes For You But Mostly Just Because'
‘Sometimes For You But Mostly Just Because’ is a captivating debut 12” from Melbourne’s own ‘Winters’. This release is the first for 'Parallel People’ and a strong launch for the up and coming label.
After circulating throughout Melbourne’s underground for the past few years, ‘Winters’ has emerged with a beautifully blissful jazz inspired house EP. It holds warm melodic progressions from front to back to set a sublime landscape for your ears to bask in. Unique percussive loops percolate throughout each track surrounded by lush synth leads to produce a charmingly organic and emotional journey. Powerfully mellow, this release illustrates shifts between joy, melancholy, and cautious optimism. A truly excellent listen!
With BLESSmas ft. Jay Daniel around the corner we thought we'd dig up this interview that XLR8R had with Jay following the release of his debut LP - Broken Knowz
Where were you born?
I was born in DC, moved to Detroit at three, then moved to Maryland with my Dad for five years during high school. I then moved back to Detroit.
What were your first forays into music and production?
Well, my dad is a drummer and a big music head and so is my mom, she’s a singer and has been involved in the industry and likes all kinds of music. She has a real eclectic taste. Music has always been around me since an early age. I haven’t had any formal training or music lessons or anything like that, though.
So when did you meet Kyle Hall? I read that he was a catalyst to you getting more heavily into DJing and the house scene in general?
I met Kyle through a set of mutual friends who he went to high school with; I didn’t go to high school with Kyle but met him when I went back to Detroit.
I was already into DJing because of my mom actually. She put out that record in ‘93, so I was already aware of the culture of DJing but I was too young to get into it all before I moved back to Detroit. When I was younger, around 11, I met Carl Craig—before I moved from Detroit. My mom took me to meet him because I wanted to learn to DJ, but he was telling me about all the technical aspects of DJing which kind of deterred me. I was thinking, “This doesn’t sound fun at all.”
So DJing was the introduction. When did you start making music and producing?
It was 2013 that I started making music but I've been playing the drums since I was three years old because I played in my high school's gospel choir. I guess that’s when I first started “making music,” but it was 2013 that I started producing on my own, and soon after that I released on Sound Signature.
For an artist that is now quite well known in the house scene, there is scarce information online about you. Has that been purposeful? Do you not feel comfortable in the limelight?
It’s not that I don’t feel comfortable; it’s just that I haven’t released enough music for people to be hip with me as a producer. The reason I haven’t been releasing much music is because I’ve been deterred by the business side of the music industry. Getting into it can be nasty; well, not even nasty, but there’s a lot of politics involved. People like to put their feelings first and I don’t like that. If you’re doing better than someone, people tend to hate and they like to throw salt on your game. It’s really been an unconscious thing, self-defacing would be a term, and not dumbing myself down for the sake of others. It’s not productive or progressive.
Not long after those first few releases came your label Watusi High. Did you create that specifically for your own releases or other artists as well?
I definitely want to work with other artists too—releasing other artists and collaborating with other artists. I want to present not only my ideas but other people's ideas as well.
Will that be mostly Detroit artists?
Yeah, mostly artists from Detroit. I’m looking to release a few EPs this year on the label; one of them will be a collaboration with my boy Isamu, that’s one of the guys who went to high school with Kyle. We’ve been working on some stuff and it’s definitely not house music: it’s more world music, some hip-hop, just trying to defy genres.
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2017 marks the the first time A Love Supreme had the pleasure of collaborating with Jungle Love Festival. A beautiful habitat and location paired with open fun loving festival goers made for a vibe filled weekend. A Love Supreme were at the helm, curating the ‘Jungle Boogie’ Stage and the ‘Kunst Klub’ for Saturday’s attendees. From exotic latin and middle eastern jams to afro, disco and house flavours, the riverbank of people came together in a beautiful way at the Jungle Boogie Stage. The crowd was excitable, dancing and swimming into the evening and the ALS fam enjoyed every minute. Later, the Kunst Klub was erupting! Things got deeper, and heavier but the room could not stop dancing until the sun was well and truly in the air on Sunday morning. A huge thank you to everyone who came and experienced Jungle Love with us this year. Hope to do it all again next year.
One of the ultimate collectors and records dealers in the game. This time coming at us with a 2 hour Arthur Russell tribute mix.
And we're here. Silly season is upon us.
We'll be hosting 2 great internationals ourselves this month. BLESSmas is back with a very special international guest in Jay Daniel. Couldn't be more excited to bring that soulful Detroit goodness as a little Christmas treat for everyone.
Secondly we'll be teaming up with our brothers BTHC to close out the year with a bang. Hailing from Washington DC the Beautiful Swimmers duo are going to bringing their broad and eclectic taste to the Foundry dance floor for one last boogie with the extended fam.
Dec 1 - The Kush Club presents Pearson Sound (UK) @ Inner City Warehouse
Dec 2 - Pasifika W∆VE // Noah Slee x Kaiit @ District Studios
Dec 16 - Sabrosa : Discoteca Tropical Xmas @ Can You Keep A Secret
*Dec 23 - BLESSmas - Jay Daniel (US) @ The Foundry
*Dec 29 - BTHC & ALS presents Beautiful Swimmers @ The Foundry
Nice to see our buddies Penelope Two Five get a little light from Purple Sneakers on their debut EP
"Lost Tapes for Calvin is the debut EP from Brisbane club music duo, PENELOPE TWO-FIVE and is, endearingly, an amalgamation of thoughtfully written lyrics and innovative house/ techno beats. It embraces and introduces sounds that are finding increasing popularity in the Australian clubbing scene and, in doing this, brings a new take on the culture. #DadAcid is how the two describe their music on Soundcloud but the depth of genre does not just end there. Like all good emerging artists Penelope Two-Five offers something more and something not quite definable; the creation of new genres, conflicting ones and hybrids unheard of."
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What a night! Thanks to everyone of you that came and shared the experience that was Fatima and Alexander Nut! A small showing to start the evening but the room filled out as Tiana Khasi, the hometown soulstress, took to the stage with surprise backing from Sampology and live percussion. Captivated, the whole room was sent swaying and bobbing as they hung onto every word and every note. The crowd got moving as Sampology played a short intermission before Fatima and Alexander Nut took the stage. All eyes on Fatima as they stepped out.
Charismatic and charming she warmed the crowd and got the whole room bouncing as she missed not one beat performing new heat and old gems from her back catalogue. After a short encore Fatima stepped down and Alexander Nut took the reigns, commanding the dance floor with up tempo edits, slow groovers and party fire that had everyone off the wall and moving! Local clown, whoever he is, Sean Bate kept the party going as Alexander wrapped up his set. Sean performed what we can only assume were songs he had definitely played many times before in almost the exact same structure. Some people liked it, most were less than impressed. A huge thank you to Tiana Khasi, Sampology, and the main event, Fatima and Alexander Nut for making the night one we won’t forget!
Photos: Alex Zanda & Todd O'Rourke
We weren't lucky enough to catch Ge-ology & Red Greg go b2b at this years Dekmantel 2017 so this has to do us. Dons!