Friends Of Friends with Motor City Drum Ensemble


Sunday January 10th 2016


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Simultaneously retro and futuristic, German House pioneer Danilo Plessow is possibly the biggest star in today’s contemporary house scene. In 2008 Motor City Drum Ensemble exploded onto the scene with five releases: The now legendary ʻRaw Cutsʼseries on his own MCDE label which to this day still feature within the top 6 of Juno Records' all-time top selling single charts. MCDE also ranks among the Top 10 all-time charted artists on RA, and his classy remix ofNUfrequencyʼsʻFallen Heroʼ is still number 1 on Resident Advisorʼs all-time charted tracks. MCDE is renowned for his eclectic taste in music and his technical wizardry in producing, both of which have made him a globally profiled DJ and producer who is widely regarded for re-defining house music. 

Peel back the leaves and discover András, a Melbourne producer making tactile and imperfect electronic music. Inspired by primitive percussion, simple melodies and home recording, Andras combines elements of house music and new age ambience in a distinctly antipodean way. Based around drum machine rhythms and new age synths, his original tape recordings are simultaneously contemporary in sound and difficult to carbon date, slipping comfortably between Library Music, 90s House and instrumental synth funk.

Analog synthesist Harvey Sutherland emerged from Melbourne’s bubbling underground with a cassette tape in hand. The lo-fi boogie and Roland house music of 2013’s Nexus EP was a cult hit amongst dance floor aficionados, priming listeners for a lauded EP on Echovolt Records and the best-selling ‘Brothers’ on Voyage Recordings. His music has been played and appreciated worldwide, with support from tastemakers Bradley Zero, Tom Noble and Motor City Drum Ensemble. He was named one of FACT Magazine’s “Australian Electronic Artists to Watch in 2015” and made his European debut in May 2015 with an 11-date club tour. His latest 12” ‘Bermuda’ finds a welcome home on the legendary MCDE Recordings; two modern disco cuts that reflect the tastes of the label’s eponymous selector, but are undeniably Harvey. Sutherland’s improvisational live show – equal parts 808 rattle and double disco clap – is an evolving, synthetic boogie exploration. Manning the controls of the mighty Juno 60 synthesizer, Harvey sweats it out with the crowd, looping new phrases and modulations, pitch-bent solos and the occasional Janet Jackson cover into a heavy four-to-the-floor throw down.

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