Pitch Music & Arts begins subsequent line-up strongly with Daniel Avery

Fast-rising Australian favorite Pitch Music & Arts has introduced Daniel Avery as its first artist for 2019. The UK producer will return to the nation for the March Eight-11 occasion at Mafeking, on the foot of The Grampians mountain vary in Victoria, about three hours west of Melbourne, having performed …

Sniffer dogs almost completely ineffective at deterring drug use: research

The use of sniffer dogs at music festivals is almost completely ineffective at persuading attendees not to use drugs and could place them at greater risk of harm, according to new research, following the deaths of two people at Sydney’s Defqon.1 at the weekend. Guardian Australia reports “almost all” of …

Assembler Code loads up rugged, futuristic electro 'Mental Escape'

International Chrome label co-head Assembler Code is gearing up to release his first solo EP on the imprint he founded earlier this year with regular collaborator Jensen Interceptor. ‘Mental Escape’ will be the second release on the nascent label when it hits shelves this Friday, September 21, with four tracks …

Two people die after attending Sydney's Defqon.1 festival

Two people have died from suspected drug overdoses after attending Sydney’s annual Defqon.1 festival, sparking the New South Wales premier to state she never wants to see it held in the state again. A 23-year-old man from western Sydney and a 21-year-old woman from Victoria died at Nepean Hospital after …

Young Franco serves up smooth electronic funk with fresh Maribelle collab

Brisbane-turned-Sydney producer Young Franco and Melbourne singer Maribelle have linked up again for new single ‘Girls Don’t Cry’. Having previously collaborated on 2016 single ‘Miss You’, the pair are back on Sydney label Of Leisure with another smooth, groove-laced electronic pop jam, out September 14 to follow on from Franco’s …

Sasha to speak at Electronic Music Conference in Sydney

Asia-Pacific’s leading Electronic Music Conference will feature talks from Sasha (pictured), Mirik Milan, Gilles Peterson, Blond:ish and disco edit king Greg Wilson when it returns later this year. Held for a week in Sydney from November 12, EMC’s associated EMCPLAY parties will include Return to Rio’s The Rio Revel with …

Moxie, Nightmares on Wax and Peggy Gou announced for Let Them Eat Cake

Australian annual New Year’s Day festival Let Them Eat Cake has announced its line-up for 2019, including Motor City Drum Ensemble, Bicep and CC:DISCO! Moxie (pictured), Nightmares on Wax, Peggy Gou, Ama Lou, DJ Boring, Flava D, Midland, Chaos in the CBD and DJ Tennis are among the other artists …

Sydney's Horowitz returns to Unknown Records with powerful 'Oh Lui'

Rising Sydney producer Horowitz is back on local label Unknown Records with snarling new release ‘Oh Lui’. The abrasive-edged belter already has Sasha, Just Her, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Maceo Plex, Roger Sanchez, Kölsch and Andreas Henneberg among its supporters, and gets a deeper rework courtesy of DJ Heure and a stripped-back …

Sydney's mysterious BRUX explores dark side with ritualistic 'Paper Boy'

Mysterious Sydney producer BRUX has dropped second single ‘Paper Boy,’ luring listeners down a twisted sonic tunnel of beats, rhythms and incantations. One of the city’s key electronic players, who has collaborated with Flight Facilities, The Aston Shuffle and more, told Mixmag the project “started as a vehicle for me …

Strawberry Fields completes its 10th anniversary line-up with 64 new artists

Australian favourite Strawberry Fields is ready to launch its 10th anniversary celebration, with 64 more artists added to the line-up. Inga Mauer joins a stack of locals including PBS radio soulful selectors DJ Manchild and Miss Goldie, Butter Sessions duo Turner Street Sound and Melbourne regulars The Journey, Louis McCoy …

Stephan Bodzin, Marcel Dettmann and Dense & Pika to hit Melbourne

Stephan Bodzin (pictured), Marcel Dettmann and Dense & Pika have been named for a heaving edition of Novel’s smalltown series in Melbourne this December. Rising Sydney producer Made in Paris will join the three heavyweights at a yet-to-be-revealed location on Sunday December 9, with more to be announced soon. It’ll …

Craig Williams remixes Mixhell and Joe Goddard's 'Strong and Wrong' right

Craig Williams has turned in a remix of Brazilian husband and wife duo Mixhell’s burning collaboration with Joe Goddard and Mutado Pintado ‘Strong and Wrong.’ The Australian producer builds on the original’s power and amps it up for the dancefloor in his remix for the former members of Soulwax’s seven-piece …

Super Flu, Patrick Topping and Patrice Bäumel among first Rainbow Serpent names

Australian bush doof juggernaut Rainbow Serpent has announced its first round line-up, including Patrice Bäumel, Patrick Topping and Super Flu (pictured). Secret Cinema & Egbert live, Way Out West, Oliver Koletzki, Matador, Christopher Lawrence, Eluize, Nakadia, Pixel and Tristan are among the other artists playing the 22nd edition of the …

Animals Dancing's inaugural Bears Gone Bush festival cancelled

Melbourne crew Animals Dancing have been forced to cancel their inaugural camping festival Bears Gone Bush less than two months out. “Extreme opposition from an unprecedented number of local residents has halted the expansion of the site this year,” they posted on Facebook. This is despite the site, about an …

Meredith steps up with Lil Louis, DJ JNETT and Nadia Rose

Australia’s Meredith Music Festival has announced its line-up for 2018, featuring house icon Lil Louis, local favourite DJ JNETT (pictured) and South London MC Nadia Rose. The one stage odyssey, held a couple of hours outside Melbourne, will also host The Pharcyde, Panda Bear, Yaeji, Rosa Terenzi, Mildlife and Zeitgeist …

Kamaliza rises to the 'Zenith' of trilogy project with UKG-inspired single

Australian artist Kamaliza has released the smooth final track of his ‘Z’ trilogy. The r’n’b, soul and UKG-inspired ‘Zenith’ follows past singles ‘Zermatt’ and ‘Zanzibar’ since the former frontman of Sydney electro-pop duo Olympic Ayres, real name John Salamba, began his own solo project under the Kamaliza alias, switching his …

Planète​'s new 'Continuum' EP is a transformative non-stop electronic exploration

Melbourne producer Planète, real name Dion Tartaglione, has shared his lengthiest project to date, a continuous 30-minute electronic exploration titled ‘Continuum.’ The EP is broken into five tracks that blend seamlessly together as they eb and flow, accompanied by an immersive visualiser by fellow Melbourne artist Tristan Jalleh. Of the …

Kerri Chandler is heading to Australia for the first time in more than five years

House music heavyweight Kerri Chandler is heading to Australia for the first time in more than five years for Hot Since 82’s ‘Knee Deep in Sound’ series. The deep house pioneer has just been announced alongside DJ J’Nett for ‘Knee Deep in Melbourne’ at the city’s Forum Theatre on November …

Cale Sexton's debut album set for release on Butter Sessions

Melbourne producer Cale Sexton’s incoming LP will be the first single artist album released on Sleep D’s Butter Sessions imprint when it hits shelves later this month. The nine-track ‘Melondrama’ follows the label mainstay’s 2016 ‘East Link’ EP and spans “electro-synth, deep Milky Way ambience and mutant drum machine funk,” …

Null embraces '90s trance euphoria with first track from debut LP

Melbourne electronica-naut Null, real name Hayden Quinn, has announced details of his debut album and shared its euphoric first single, ‘Innocence Module.’ With a nod to ’90s trance and the emotive productions of the likes of Sasha, Paul Van Dyk and Chicane, the high-energy track is complemented by immersive 360-degree …

Christopher Port shares new track 'Find A Way' ahead of 'Light' EP release

Melbourne producer Christopher Port has shared the latest track off his new ‘Light’ EP, the second of two in his ‘Everything in Quotes’ project on Future Classic. The driving, breathless energy of ‘Find A Way’ follows the intriguing chopped-up UK garage stylings of ‘DTF’ under the same ‘Light’ ethos unveiled …

Plans rejected for development next to Melbourne live music venue

Plans for a 72-apartment development behind a favourite Melbourne live music venue have been rejected by the local Moreland Council. The owner of Howler in the inner northern suburb of Brunswick, Brendan Brogan, had feared complaints from new residents if the residential tower was built. “The councillors rightly believed that …

Australian Greens announce push to legalise cannabis

The Australian Greens have announced their support for legalising cannabis. It would be legal for adults to purchase and use the drug through a “properly regulated market for production and supply,” under the party’s plan. “The tax revenue will better resource the health system in delivering treatment services, drug education, …