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Gig Review: 10 Years Of Future Classic Feat. Flume + Flight Facilities + Seekae + Hayden James + Touch Sensitive

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With some of the biggest names in Australian electronic music signed to their label, Future Classic have built quite the empire for themselves over the past decade. As their name suggests, they’ve been pretty strategic with the artists they’ve recruited – they’ve got a signature sound with a large amount of cred and influence on the Australian music scene. So really, they would expect no less than to host their 10th anniversary celebration on the peninsula of the Sydney Opera House with evening views of Vivid lights in the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Friday night show kicked off super early for the day job workers of Sydney, with Touch Sensitive on stage at 4:10pm. It’s a shame that more people couldn’t make it out to see the Sydney producer rock out on the bass to hits like Teen Idols and Pizza Guy. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, producers that play a ‘real instrument’ on stage along to their electronic tracks have a sort of performance X-factor that makes them stand out.

Then Hayden James hit the decks and showed off his subtle rhythm pad hits and moulded the crowd with his music. They danced, they swayed, they jumped to the beats he put out – it was almost as if everyone forgot where they were for a second and were just taken away. He even got Touch Sensitive back on stage for some smooth bass beats.

Seekae were probably the most unusual sounding artists of the night, with strange rhythmic drum beats and atmospheric sounds that floated across the harbour. It was a nice break to warm up for the headlining acts to come, providing a chilled vibe at the event.

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Flight Facilities feat. Owl Eyes on vocals

There was an immediate atmosphere change when Flight Facilities blasted onto the stage with an encompassing set. True to form, they viewed their performance as an aeroplane flight, from lift off to landing with voice overs to match. Owl Eyes provided shimmering vocals, and there were even guest appearances from The Presets‘ Julian on keys and Kurt Kristen on vocals for “Sunshine”. But one of their most exciting surprises on the night was a cover of “Another World” by The Chemical Brothers which fit so seamlessly into their set that it easily could have been written by them.

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Flume rocking the tropical look on stage.

Finally, Flume, the leader of the Future Classic pack, graced the stage, and quite frankly it was like being in the presence of music royalty. Since 2012 when he first dropped his iconic self-titled album, he has been incredibly influential in bringing Australian electronic acts to the international stage, so seeing him on a home stage is few and far between and a very special experience.

Highlights included hearing a new track from his What So Not project (with such a dirty beat that I for one can’t wait till he drops the recorded version of this), a guest performance from Collarbones‘ Marcus Whale in a new track, and hearing Miike Snow‘s Andrew Wyatt perform their latest track together.

But it was clear that Flume is one of the greats not just because of his songwriting and producing but for his ability to work a crowd – he had people dancing from start to finish, with crazed fans shouting out “Flume is the king!” He ended with his remix tribute to Lorde’s “Tennis Court” and it almost seemed like an anti-climax because with so many hits he could have kept the party going long afterwards.

The night was an important celebration of Future Classic’s influence on electronic music in Australia – but was also just a whole lot of fun! However, it did bring to light the lack of female producers signed by the label – over the two nights there was only one female act (George Maple) which is such a shame with so much talent up and coming. Nonetheless, a great night and an incredible setting for such influential music talent in Australia.

By Erin Rooney

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Song of the Week: “Evie” by Last Dinosaurs

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I can’t remember when… Last Dinosaurs last released a song. It was something like two years ago! So what a pleasant surprise when this week they dropped this fun beauty and came out of extinction.

“Evie” seems to describe two lovers that know that perhaps they’re not right for each other but they want to go for it anyway, because they’re “always gonna be a dreamer“. They’ve brought back their classic indie rock sound with slightly distorted vocals and dreamy swirling melodies. It’s a jovial, reckless song and fans will not be disappointed that they’ve held onto their iconic sound.

Have a listen:

 

The single is the first off their upcoming second album, and they’re even going on tour to celebrate! Check them out live at Oxford Art Factory (Sydney), Howler (Melbourne), Jive (Adelaide) and Amplifier (Perth).

By Erin Rooney

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Song of the Week: M.O.B by Tkay Maidza

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In addition to being one of our fave acts at Laneway, Tkay Maidza has really outdone herself on her new track, “M.O.B”, AKA ‘Money Over Bitches’. 

Featuring a future-esque DJ track provided by DJ Elk, and sounding much like Wave Racer, this song certainly brings a fun and playful beat into the mix. The lyrics are also perhaps a little cheekier than we’re used to from Tkay, representing her goals to her future self to work hard and prioritise real goals over dumb things. Give it a listen:

 

 

I for one am super excited to see how Tkay Maidza grows as a performer and a writer over the next couple of years. At just 18 years old, mark my words, she is one to watch! I will be sure to catch her next week at the Mountain Sounds Festival.

 

By Erin Rooney

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Vinyl Garden’s Top Song Picks For 2014

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2014 has been an absolutely incredible year for music – and even more so, for Australian music. For us, it’s been an enormous year of gig going, opening our minds to what support acts are offering and experiencing all that the Australian music scene has to offer firsthand through our stints at The BRAG and FBi Radio. We thought we would celebrate by posting our top song picks for the year in the form of our top 10 votes for the Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown.

 

Erin’s Hottest 100 Picks:

 

Erin: This year has seen a particularly interesting development in Australian electronic music and this is why there is a fairly high representation of electronic artists in my votes. ‘Gooey’ has got to be my standout track of the year, but then again, to me these are all outstanding tracks. Other artists that I think should have deserved a mention here include: Basenji with ‘Heirloom’, ODESZA for ‘Memories That You Call’ and Ball Park Music….for all of Puddinghead. I absolutely can’t wait for what next year will bring. Hope it’s almost as many gigs as this year!

 

Sophie’s Hottest 100 Picks:

 

Sophie: 2014 has been such an outstanding year for music and I really can’t wait to see what 2015 holds. Like Erin, I found Asgeir’s and Chet Faker’s albums to be standouts. Flight Facilities also definitely deserve a mention and it’s great that Vance Joy proved that he was more than a one-hit wonder with ‘Georgia’. Can’t wait for even more music to come!

 

So that’s our wrap for the Hottest 100. But before we go:

What we want to win the Hottest 100: ‘Gooey’ by Glass Animals

What we think will win: ‘High’ by Peking Duk

 

And with that, Sophie is off camping in New Zealand and Erin is off to Falls Festival in Byron Bay! Thanks for reading this year guys and see you in the new year for more Vinyl Garden!

Soph and Erin x

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Song of the Week: Superfriends (Just A Gent remix) by ZHU

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Chilling out while waiting for The Aston Shuffle to come onstage last week at The Oxford Art Factory, Sophie and I made a new, super stylish DJ discovery: Just A Gent.

Sporting a bow tie, moustache and top hat, young gentleman Jacob Grant (aka Just A Gent), can and will drop some serious bass. As if instinctively, the crowd last Friday night bounced along to his infectious beats without a second thought.

Don’t believe me? Just check out THAT DROP on his remix of The Aston Shuffle and Elizabeth Rose’s “Back and Forth”:

 

Lucky for your ears, Just A Gent has just released his new remix yesterday of “Superfriends” by ZHU, and we here at Vinyl Garden dig it big time.

 

By Erin Rooney