They say 2012 will herald the end of the world in December – if that’s true, we better make it a fuckin’ big one, huh? Here’s hoping you all managed to kick off the year in style, whether it was with mates at a houseparty knocking back beers or shaking your arses at one of the many clubs in Melbourne playing host to all manner of international superstars. Personally, I struggled for days after mine – Heavy Innit at Laundry on New Year’s Eve followed up by an all-day affair at Summadayze with the lure of Skream and Benga, Flying Lotus, JPS, Tiga, Pendulum and more proving undeniable. What a weekend!
Hey, before I go on, I’d best introduce myself first. Hi: I’m Miki, and I’m one of two music directors at Radio Monash during 2012, alongside longtime-contributor and show host Bill Murphy. This will be my third year of a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Criminology and Human Rights Theory, and my third year with the glorious institution that is Radio Monash. I like drinking tea, reading, and the television series Spooks. I’m always first to hit the dancefloor, and my heart beats to the thump of a kick-drum. I really, really like dance music. Bill and I used to run a show called Choose Life together and we used to joke about how our completely contrasting tastes in music with weird crossovers could cover the whole music industry between us. Well, this year we’re looking to put that to the test in delivering Radio Monash readers with news, reviews and our own unique take on the glorious thing that is the music industry – and I’ll be taking you through the clubbier side of things.
So, what’s been happening? Oh, plenty. Andrew Weatherall, whose fingerprints are all over some of the nineties’ biggest releases as head of the famed Junior Boys Own, including albums by Underworld, the Chemical Brothers and Primal Scream, is slated for a string of shows across the country – no doubt showing off his perpetually-relevant and refined take on the dance music scene in the process. Check out: his recent remix of fifteen-minute album-closing ‘Sun God‘ from Cut Copy’s Zonoscope, released last year – a sun-drenched throwback to the the sounds of nineties dance. Let’s get ravey: Andrew Weatherall plays New Guernica on January 13.
Daniel Martin-McCormick’s name is many things to different people – whether it’s as part of trip-hop outfit Mi Ami, as lone operative Sex Worker signed to Not Not Fun – or as Ital, his latest guise under his first singles demanded the attention of authorities on house everywhere, including the legendary Planet Mu, on which his debut album Hive Mind is set to be released. Incredible. Ital will be at Buffalo Club on January 25 – get on it!
Not to mention that Big Day Out 2012 is on its way, and with it a few sweet little sideshows to check out. Sample wild child Girl Talk hits the Palace on January 31, followed by Norwegian purveyors of hypercolour disco-pop Royksopp, who’ll have their turn on February 2.
Tickets for Golden Plains Sixxx have officially sold out, as was to be expected from one of Victoria’s most well-loved musical institutions, and with a lineup boasting Bon Iver, Roots Manuva, Seekae and more, who could possibly resist? We’re hoping a number of you have been lucky enough to secure tickets for what will be one of the best weekends of 2012 – and the beats fiends among us would be beyond foolish not to check out what Melbourne’s own defiantly uncategorisable Seekae will have at the ready. Need convincing? I doubt it, but if you do, check out this seriously stunning mix they put together for Beats and Pieces. Yesssssss!
So January’s looking like a pretty good month off uni for us at Radio Monash. In terms of music news, what’s been kicking? A perennial favourite of many a seasoned Radio Monash host, Hotflush Recordings head honcho and man of dubstep, techno and everything in between Scuba (or, to his parents, Paul Rose) has just announced the release of his third studio album titled Personality, set to drop on his own imprint in February. After a hectic but productive year that saw him touring relentlessly on top of releasing EPs Adrenalin (track of the year or what?) and a 12″ under his minimal-techno alias SCB, as well as a deliciously deep DJ-KiCKS compilation, there is no stopping this dude. With a snippet of lead single ‘The Hope’ available on YouTube sounding as deliciously harsh-edged and heavy-hitting as we’ve come to expect from the man, we’re definitely ready to get our hands on the latest Scuba LP.
Speaking of upcoming releases, we hear The xx are planning on dropping their sophomore effort rather soon. Took them long enough, hey! Judging by the sounds of this demo track Open Eyes that’s floating about on YouTube and SoundCloud, we can expect a similarly-mature and refined feel to their debut effort, from one of London’s most multitalented upcoming producers and crew.
A new EP from Burial titled ‘Kindred’ is also slated for release sometime this month. Looks like he’s been busy in the studio these past twelve months – we’ve been loving his collaborative efforts with everyone from Thom Yorke, Four Tet and Massive Attack over the past year, and given the four long years that have elapsed since the release of his last album, the hauntingly perfect Untrue, we’re just gagging to see what the mysterious South Londoner conjures up next.
Summer’s fever’s calling! Welcome to the year in dance – it’s going to be a biiiiiiiiiig one, and I’m sure as hell looking forward to what’s coming.