Get that bass up in your frostrils
It’s hard to maintain any kind of real excitement about summer when you wake up every morning with ‘frostrils’ (frosty nostrils, for the non-Canberrans out there). Kicks have bucked the shivery winter trend and shoved a white-hot flamethrower up our backsides with a monumental Foreshore Festival 2012 line-up announcement this month. The first round includes superstar trio Tiesto, Calvin Harris, and Example alongside a slew of impressive international supports including Bassnectar, Porter Robinson and Naughty By Nature. Many punters have provided less-than-positive feedback about the larger scale ‘flat’ setup upon which the event has been laid over the past few seasons and the press release indicates that the 2012 festival will include a change of location, namely to Stage 88, Regatta Point and surrounds.
If you don’t mind unwinding to a bit of the ol’ rumbly jungle on your hard-earned weekend break, look no further than The Clubhouse in August. The TJS crew has lined up two monumental bass events. Saturday August 11 will feature New Zealand’s second most famous musical duo Concord Dawn and Saturday August 25 will boast dual headliners Drumsound & Bassline Smith (UK).
King of the scary intense promotional photo Liquid Stranger (SWE) makes his Canberra debut at Trinity Bar on Saturday September 8. The event is up-and-coming promoter City Kid’s first event at the club and promises to be a great chance to bang your head against an invisible wall, or however you dance to dubstep (no judgment here).
I haven’t included many new releases over the past few months so I think I’ll try and make up for it right now. Bootleg-wise, scruffy Sydneysider Chris Arnott has just uploaded a wicked new redo of Basskleph’s classic Coup D’etat. On the tech-house front my three biggest records for this month are Will Gold: Everyone Everywhere, Prok n Fitch: Symphony and Jay Lumen: Drop That. Fans of big room electro will be creaming their designer jeans when they get a load of Mind Electric’s massive remix of Cedric Gervais’ epic tune Molly, with an honorable mention also going out to Alex Preston’s new stadium-sized record Swing. Recent Canberra visitor Surkin has just released a cool remix of Drop the Lime - Bandit Blues, one of my personal favourites DJ DLG has just released a huge ‘hands in the air’ remix of The Usual Suspects - Cant Hold On, and Paul Van Dyk has finally decided to share one of the best singles from his latest solo album, his stellar collaboration with Arty called The Ocean.
There have also been a lot of new artists that have been stepping things up in recent months. Check out names like Darth & Vader, Mr Jack from Arkham, Gabriel Batz, Reset!, Vena Cava and System Segue for all your fresh music needs. Well I think that’s probably enough talking from me until next issue, don’t you think? Adios amigos!