Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 01/03/2020
Paint, polyester and psychedelic Japanese rock.
10) Animals Dancing: Hunee (Rush Hour)
What: Since first blessing the hallowed basement of Melbourne’s Mercat Cross Hotel in ’14, Hunee’s infectious DJ style and acute selections have seen him stand firm as one of the scene’s most in demand deejays across the globe. An artist who’s as likely to draw out a classic house record as he is a disco curveball; a boogie delight or mix a West African bomb into Midwest techno – each selection he makes is a thing of true passion. Don’t miss a special chance to catch the man behind ‘Hunchin’ All Night’ doing his thing at the Night Cat this March.
Why: He’s a jack of all trades. The trades that are confined exclusively to the knobs on a synth. So, volume adjustment and laser noises.
9) Novel presents Folamour
What: Part of the recent renaissance of young French house producers, Folamour is an artist with a deep penchant for the warmer house-oriented styles of dance music. After earning his stripes behind the decks in his home country of France, he quickly took to lighting up dance-floors across the globe, most recently at London’s Corsica Studios, Rex Club in Paris and festivals such as Dimensions, Nuits Sonores, and Lost Village. Having put his touch on remixes for legendary artists such as Tony Allen and Nightmares on Wax, his most recent album ‘Ordinary Drugs’ released in 2019 is bright, eloquent, thoughtfully presented and quintessentially Folamour. No doubt, this Revolver Sunday will shape up to be a big one with Folamour leading the charge.
Why: The notion of the French renaissance really took a left turn and then a nosedive.
8) General Levy (Live)
What: Ragga deejay General Levy has been iconic in the UK’s urban music scene since the late 80s and early 90s, serving his apprenticeship on the local sound system circuit in the mid to late 80s, then graduating to become a professional recording artist in the early 90s. This kick-started a mainstream career that has seen his music feature in cult movies like Ali G Indahouse, bringing General Levy to new audiences worldwide. Experience him live.
Why: Because the one thing on everyone’s mind when sitting through a movie length version of a half-arsed played-out Sacha Baron Cohen character is, “This soundtrack is genius“.
7) Leif Vollebekk + Ainslee Wills (Live)
What: Ainslie Wills (Australia) and Leif Vollebekk (Canada) have teamed up to play an intimate run of shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in March. A co-headline run where both artists will play solo, Ainslie and Leif will perform songs from new and past records. In 2019, both artists released critically acclaimed albums, Ainslie with ‘All You Have Is All You Need’ and Leif with ‘New Ways’. These heart-on-sleeve solo shows are presented by WME and Kind Face Touring, with a solo support from Kevin Dolan of Four in the Morning in Melbourne and Sydney.
Why: If you’re an alien searching for an aural distillation of 21st Century individualism, this is all you’ll ever need to hear.
6) Ezra Collective (Live)
What: Having thrilled fans across Europe and the US – including a rapturous recent appearance at Glastonbury – London five-piece Ezra Collective now turn their attention to the Southern Hemisphere, announcing their first run of appearances in Australia and New Zealand this March (presented by Astral People & Handsome Tours). The band have had a huge few years, touring and writing, with their debut album You Can’t Steal My Joy unleashed to significant acclaim earlier this year. An exuberant, defiant record, it features friends and fans, Loyle Carner, KOKOROKO and Jorja Smith, it showcases the band’s unique energy, with NME calling it “an urgent, free-wheeling bundle of fun, that adds joy to new wave”.
Why: Nothing screams ‘defiance’ like generic 21st Century indie pop.
5) Disco A-Go-Go feat. Evelyn Champagne King with Mondo Freaks & PBS DJs
What: An unmistakable disco icon with a giant voice, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King returns to Melbourne for another unbridled, booty-poppin performance. A year on from sweaty scenes at the Duke Street Block Party, King reunites with the Mondo Freaks, this time for a very special, extended set in the intimate setting of The Night Cat. A darling of the early MTV era, King’s presence is undeniable. You know the hits – tracks like ‘Shame’, ‘Love Come Down’ and ‘I’m In Love’ have and continue to save many a dance floor worldwide. King sits in a rarefied territory, her music a timeless brand of feel-good dance music that hits senses that can crack the most hardened of chin-strokers. Embodying that perfect musical marriage of a funky bottom and a pretty top, King was vital to the post-disco development of R&B in the 80s. The fullness and spark of her voice is instantly recognisable over the fat, synth-laden productions of the boogie era, which included those from heavyweights Kashif and brothers Foster and Leon Sylvers III.
Why: The dead will live on. Especially because sequinned pants are impossible to fully destroy.
4) Kikagaku Moyo (Live)
What: Last in Australia for Gizzfest 2017, Kikagaku Moyo will be back in early 2020 for a run of festival appearances at WOMADelaide, A Festival Called Panama and Nine Lives Festival, with some headline dates scattered throughout. Kikagaku Moyo started life in 2012 busking on the streets of Tokyo. Their music incorporates elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, traditional folk and 70s rock with improvisation a key element of their sound. Kikagaku Moyo’s latest album, Masana Temples, released in late 2018 saw the band journey to Lisbon to record with jazz musician Bruno Pernadas. The shifting dimensions on Masana Temples were influenced by the band living and travelling through life together, and they made up the word “Masana” to convey a Utopian feeling, where everything can interact harmoniously and offering inspiration and understanding.
Why: Beware of people pitching pyramid schemes or asking you if you’ve heard the good word. This band is too masturbatorily hipster to be a real thing.
3) The Superjesus (Live)
What: Lead by the powerhouse vocals and catchy melodies of Aus’ rock queen Sarah Mcleod, this legendary group burst out of Adelaide in the late ’90’s with a sonic assault and sheer wall of guitars that was unmissable. With a rich back catalogue of albums (to the tune of three, ARIA award winning platinum releases in Sumo, Jet Age and Rock Music) and a blistering stage show, it’s no wonder the group are a true festival favourite! The band are back doing what they do best, attacking stages with a greatest hits type show including singles Gravity, Secret Agent Man, Enough To Know, Shut My Eyes, Down Again, Now And Then and many more!
Why: Smashy nineties alt rock was 20 years ago. Jesus.
2) Melbourne Holi Festival
What: Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, has a long tradition rooted in Hinduism. During the festival, people play outside and splash each other with bright paints also called Gulal and Abir. It’s a time to play with family and friends, laugh and forget about your worries. Come along and enjoy a Melbournian version of the fun-filled festival with scrumptious food trucks, variety stalls, a massive DJ lineup and, of course, loads of powdered paint and water balloons to throw around!
Why: Ignore the other traditions supposedly rooted in Hinduism that are currently playing out in India right now, because paint fight!
1) Pitch Music & Arts Festival
What: Four aural days of music and contemporary art, situated in the forever-still Grampian plains. Bringing together a community of like-minded people for an indelible weekend. Spearheading this year’s bill are electronic legends Nina Kraviz, Maceo Plex and Richie Hawtin. They’ll be joined by a whole bunch of other international acts, as well as local legends like Kllo, Hiatus Kaiyote, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Collarbones and stacks more.
Why: If this weekend is indelible, you didn’t do enough MDMA.