With the festival season well and truly underway, the main stages of your favourite events will be jam packed with the cream of the crop of local and international talent, dropping the finest beats and making ya sweat (or that might be the 35 degree plus days ugh). Much like Batman & Robin or a double data phone plan, DJ duo's can take what is already amazing, add some collaborative spice and make it next level! We've teamed up with our party pals over at Boost Mobile to countdown 10 of our favourite duos of dance music both current and classic!
In the tropics of North Queensland there are some kids who are cooking up a storm of tropical trap bangers. Proudly introducing Major Minor! Hailing from the white sandy beaches and lush rainforests of tropical North Queensland, the exciting pair of producers have been honing down on their own brand of club bangers with a hint of inspiration from tropical North Queensland in the mix. Delivering their striking debut single in Riptide, the duo have received national support from Spotify, after being featured in their highly regarded New Music Friday playlist in Australia. Opening with delicate synth chords & soothing vocals from Tate Lauren Cole, Riptide builds towards a captivating chorus and melodic bass drop with an intriguing twist! Calling it now, Major Minor are ones to watch in 2018, and this tropicool anthem has Summer written all over it! We sat down with the boys to ask them a few questions ahead of the release of their new single 'Riptide'.
FROM PNAU'S UPCOMING ALBUM CHANGA, OUT NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 Following on from their phenomenally successful 2016 single "Chameleon", Australian electronic three-piece PNAU today unveil the next piece of their upcoming album, revealed today to be titled Changa. "Into The Sky" sees Nick Littlemore take on vocal duties, accompanied by band members Peter Mayes and Sam Littlemore. "Into The Sky" is one of three brand new tracks revealed by the band, along with "Young Melody" featuring Vera Blue and the acid workout "Control Your Body". "Today we release three very special tracks form our forthcoming album Changa. The three songs traverse the aural journey which is Changa, coupled with what you've heard from us with "Chameleon". "Into the Sky" is the sound of volition released. It is a song that wrote itself. We like to think that it captures the ambition, angst and ambivalence we held as teenagers. Something you never really lose, but hope to record every time you turn on the tape machine. We hope you listen and feel the kinetic energy moving through your body."– PNAU
Over the past three years, Bearcubs has honed in on a distinctly unique blend of electronic music, future garage and lo-fi house in his meticulously crafted productions. 'Do You Feel' is soulful, syncopated and emotive, an intricate and immersive soundscape. With five #1 Hype Machine results, praise of Fader, Pigeons & Planes and Mixmag and early tastemaker support from BBC Radio 1, NPR and triple j, Bearcubs is well poised to follow the trajectory of household names James Blake, Jamie xx and SBTRKT. 'Do You Feel' is the highly anticipated follow up from acclaimed EPs 'Chroma' and ' Underwaterfall', which have seen him amass over 15 million streams on Spotify and reach top 5 on the UK iTunes Electronic Chart. Having made festival appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival and Dimensions Festival and supporting the likes of Tourist and Shlohmo, he also is set to head off on his album headline tour throughout the UK, USA and Europe in 2018. Ultraviolet is set for release in March 2018.
"If you want something done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself". In a world filled with false gurus and misguided leaders, so goes the mantra of the New York duo Walker & Royce. After a swift rise in recent years – during which time they pioneered a sound that is often imitated but never replicated – Sam Walker and Gavin Royce have used this mantra as the impetus for their debut album "Self Help", on their label home Dirtybird. In order to grow, one often has to look inward, and the pair set out on a trail of self-discovery and advancement. Their journey has resulted in a diverse album that evokes a range of emotion and fervor, one that can be appreciated both on the way to a club as well as feverishly dancing to it in one. Walker & Royce's signature production is in exceptional form on their solo tracks, such as "Why Tho", "Warkin It", "Best Track Ever" and "Sunday". The way they contrast heavy, low-end bass and beats with pristine melodies arises from the first thing they ask themselves when they fire up their studio: "Will we play this?" The pair has also continued to push the boundaries of their minted formula for a bigger purpose, enlisting several distinct vocalists and collaborators to captivating effect. The legendary Green Velvet lends his vocal talent to "Rub Anotha Dub", and longtime friend Dances With White Girls appear on two memorable tracks, including the hit single "Take Me To Your Leader". Other collaborators such as Sophie Grophy, OnCue, Forrest and JPatt each introduce their own individual elements to the album, rounding out the varied tones and feelings that comprise the "Self Help" masterpiece. The road to self-discovery is filled with many bumps and obstacles, but with "Self Help", Walker & Royce have proven that they've got the keys and in the driver's seat.
Rising maestro's Burak Yeter and Ryan Riback are setting the bar high with this fantastic tune GO 2.0! It contains a big suitcase with feel good chords, happy vibes and sunny thoughts. The positive lyrics and sultry beats will make you wanna go, go, go, for it!
Gold Coast producer Mikey Perry, better known as Paces, kicked off 2015 in typical swag-lord style, waltzing into triple j's Hottest 100 at number 100 with his Tkay Maidza collab, 'Switch Lanes'. This was quickly followed up by his hit single 'Nothing's Forever', which featured vocals from Perth artist Kučka. 'Nothing's Forever' hit the top 30 of the iTunes Dance chart after being added to full rotation on triple j. Off the back of this success, Paces hit the road with a sold out tour across the country and was tapped for official remixes for Years & Years, Tinashe and Hermitude.Now Paces has unveiled his debut album Vacation, with the album already hitting the top 20 on the iTunes albums chart and #2 on the Electronic chart. The album features the tropical jam '1993 (No Chill)' featuring Jess Kent, which hit the #1 most played spot on triple j in January. Watch the video here. Vacation is a 13-track journey through Paces' world of tropical beats and forward thinking pop. Paces has worked with a plethora of Australian and international talent on his debut LP, with vocals coming from as far as Brazil ('Cafuçu' featuring Bonde do Rolê), Baltimore ('Work Me Out' featuring Rye Rye) and Canada ('Payday' featuring Maurice Moore). Closer to home, Paces has tapped local vocalists such as Reija Lee, Esther Sparkes, Oliver Tank and a somewhat unexpected appearance by Guy Sebastian to make Vacation a showcase of some of Australia's brightest talent.Vacation has already been receiving rave reviews with Stoney Roads calling it “a journey through happy vocals and tropical infused beats" and “an essential for those wanting to live in an endless summer". Music Feeds also gives Vacation huge props calling it “a bold statement by an artist who it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore."
In less than a decade, Timmy Trumpet has successfully transgressed from the international stage as an acclaimed Jazz musician to the realm of global dance music. Now as a combined DJ/Instrumentalist, he's ranked in the top 10 DJ's in Australia (ITM Poll), performed at Ibiza's Pacha and Miami's WMC, and mixed both Ministry of Sound and Pacha CD's featuring his own Aria Chart smash hit 'Sassafras'. Rightfully dubbed "the busiest DJ in Australia" Timmy averages 7 flights a week, juggling over 200 shows per year, including all the major festivals, owns his own clothing label, runs a club night, and is a regular co-star on the FOX8 reality TV show The Stafford Brothers.No stranger to the limelight, Timmy Trumpet won 'Young Musician of the Year' at age 13 before being granted a full scholarship by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Anthony Heinrich tutored him. Within two years he secured a position as the leading solo trumpet player in the Australian All-Star Stage Band, taking part in an extensive tour through Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Holland covering some of the world's biggest Jazz Festivals including Montreux and the North Sea Jazz Festivals. After developing perfect pitch at a young age, Timmy's progression into dance music has been propelled by his ability to effortlessly mix in-key, mastering the art of improvisation."After discovering Jazz I began to jam over everything and anything, mainly stuff on the radio. It wasn't long until I discovered house music, met a DJ, then played my first gig. I drove home that night knowing this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." The Live DJ/trumpeter cross-over experiment proved a great success, providing the launching pad for a career in dance music. After landing a contract with legendary house label HedKandi, he jumped on board the next flight to the UK, which lead to touring & performing to record crowds at South Korea's Mass, Thailand's Full Moon Party, and playing alongside Erick Morillo at Pacha Ibiza. Armed with a pocketful of contacts, Timmy was determined to create a name for himself in Australia…Enter his next big break- The Stafford Brothers- who heard of his talents while touring in Ibiza. "They introduced me to the Australian market outside of Sydney, and I've learnt so much from them about music, business and life," Timmy says, attributing the brothers as good role models. Establishing a strong bond with the DJ duo he became their "brother from another mother" and their main supporting act while touring throughout the country.Timmy would soon find himself a co-star on The Stafford Brothers FOX8 reality TV series. Timmy Trumpet's rise to the top of the DJ world showed no signs of slowing down, with the dynamite instrumentalist securing himself main support act of Mo-town legend Stevie Wonder on his only Australian show in 2011. After a whopping 70,000 votes, he was ranked Australia's #7 DJ (#2 in NSW) in the 2011 ITM Music Awards.FAST FORWARD TO THE NOW; Taking over mainstages across Australia with the king-size Future Music Festival National Tour, filming 'The Stafford Brothers' Season 3 in L.A, as well as mixing this years much anticipated and renowned 'Ministry of Sound Sessions 9 CD' featuring 2 of his own tracks, Timmy Trumpet is proving he is a force to be reckoned with.
Held in the highest esteem by his peers and the masses, Ember is without question one of Australia's most in demand genre hopping beatsmiths. Crossing the country on a weekly basis, leaving jaws dropped upon sweat drenched dance floors; this star student of the Sydney club scene has definitely earned his stripes. Sharing stages with the worlds dance music elite, he has held his own at Stereosonic, Field Day, Splendour In The Grass, Shore Thing, Big Day Out, Parklife and Future Music Festival amongst other iconic party spots. Warming the faders and ransacking riders with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Skrillex, Duck Sauce to Diplo, building a resume along the way that any mother would be more than proud of. Keeping his ear to the ground and head out of the clouds, Ember has been asked on board national tours with Ministry of Sound three times in the past two years, recently mixing the renowned 'Annual for 2015', after touring the country with Joel Fletcher for 'Clubbers Guide to 2014', and Chardy for 'Electro House Sessions 6'. His first official release, Blur, hit #1 on the Australian ARIA Club Chart, with Triple J premieres from Peking Duk and mixes from Go Freek, Spenda C, Jay Karama and Combo gaining support from dance aficionados the world over.True to his groundwork in ass droppin' party tunes, the young man has been hitting home of late, voted as one of Australia's Top 50 DJs 7 years in a row by inthemix and listed as one of DJ City's Australian producers to watch in 2014. Hell bent on throwing down wherever there's a spot to get down, Ember continues to turn heads and taste make with his booty-bouncing sets. Bridging the gap between his own brands of busted up tech funk and main room ghetto bangers; the future's looking strong for this young party maestro.
If time has taught us one thing, it is that Melbourne duo SCNDL deals in consistent dance floor destruction – no apologies or vowels required.The creative union of Tom Grant and Adam Amuso, SCNDL's bouncy yet highly-tuned peak time tendencies have made them a breakout force to be reckoned with on the global dance music radar in 2014. By the time their sophomore hit Gypsy had scaled the Beatport electro house top 15 and put them in the good books with the likes of Porter Robinson and Dada Life, SCNDL were one of the definitive stories of ascension to emerge from Melbourne, Australia, ground zero for the eponymous Melbourne Bounce contagion that's caused a revolution in Australian clubland and is now legitimately airbourne and spreading virus-like on a planetary level.A remix for breakout US star MAKJ's Hold Up saw the duo infect the Beatport Electro House top 20 once again, immediately leading to them being placed on watch lists with some of EDM's sharpest tastemakers.Bleed with fellow Aussie Timmy Trumpet emerged on North American imprint Monstercat in 2013, scaling the heights of the Beatport main chart (where it peaked at 12), and conclusively establishing their scientifically-engineered bass lines at world best practice level. With support accumulating from the likes of Tommy Trash, Chuckie, TJR, Tocadisco, Lazy Rich, Henry Fong and MAKJ, the duo ended 2013 with DJs and dance junkies alike craving their refined club getup amid a sustained international bounce blitzkrieg that's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.So much so, gargantuan pop name Flo Rida came knocking, the result a re-imagining of his single How I Feel as a driving Melbourne Bounce juggernaut which is bound to signal their arrival on the world stage with a definitive sonic boom.Meanwhile back on home soil the duo simultaneously held down three spots in the ARIA club chart top 10, confirming their ability to dominate the club landscape on the home front while engaged in expeditionary assaults further afield offshore. In 2014, the word at camp SCNDL remains affirmative action on a global scale, with iconic club mega brand Pacha inviting them to curate their own regular night at their burgeoning Sydney outpost and designing a large-scale mega production uniquely around them. There'll also be an incoming single release with Robbie Rivera's Juicy Music imprint, new single 40 Thieves, an appearance at the Juicy Beach Party for WMC 2014 and a rumoured European and UK release for Bleed.This is the unapologetic face of low-end favoring dance music. Hold the vowels, take the plunge and prepare for the hell-borne sound of Melbourne.
Head banging, unmistakable locks at large and fist in the air, Tommy Trash is not your stereotypical dance music icon. Armed with an arsenal of his own carefully created anthems, he has rejected the clean-shaven no-nonsense image of many a peer. Tommy's work hard play hard antics have carved him a unique position in a scene in desperate need of rebels. Outside his party-hard stage presence, the Grammy and VMA nominated producer's approach to mind-blowing music remains as heartfelt as they come. With Platinum records around the world, singles on labels ranging from Axtone to Fool's Gold, from Refune to Mau5trap, and from Spinnin' to Owsla and Boys Noize, every new installment of his diverse, floor-filling productions lay testament to the pride the Aussie takes in his blazing, musical legacy. It's no wonder that the likes of Rolling Stone and MTV have marked him out as 'One To Watch'.From the most prestigious nightspots around the globe and the ever-expanding global festivals that he so seamlessly conquers to the grimiest warehouse parties, there's no stage too grand or miniscule for him to tailor his adrenaline-fueled sets to. In line with his successive industry triumphs, the road ahead looks set to comfortably accommodate the rare energy and characteristics that Tommy continues to bring to dance music.
Yep this really happened! After wrapping up the Hot Dub Wine Machine Tour in Perth's Houghton Winery, PNAU and 'Chameleon' singer Kira Devine made their way to the 'burbs for an impromptu house party DJ set for a random 21st Birthday party. To be fair the team at etcetc (PNAU's label and our office pals) were a bit nervous seeing the following post go out on PNAU's network, praying this wasn't going to turn into a Corey Worthington like-situation.
Sydney producer and local legend Kilter has teased us with his latest single 'I Hear You', the first look at his upcoming album 'Through The Distortion' which is due for release June 9. Off the back of this release, Kilter has announced his national Through the Distortion Tour which will kick off mid-June. The tour will make its way through seven cities before hitting up Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass festival for a big finale. Life on tour is nothing new for the artist; last year Kilter maintained a manic touring schedule, hitting the UK and European festival season before returning home for a string of national headline shows and festival appearances at Falls Festival, Southbound and Bay Dreams. Kilter is currently in the US on his first ever North American headline tour.
Doing anything on Boxing Day? Well we've got your day covered, as Sydney just got a whole lot more fun, with Sydney electronic music label etcetc set to host their maiden event at ivy Pool featuring a very special DJ set by PNAU. Bringing the sound of summer to the event will be Sydney duo Set Mo, and no party is truly complete without the good times melange of Bang Gang DJs. Kicking off at 2pm on Monday, 26th December and with a host of DJs taking over both the ivy Pool and Change Room, etcetc Poolside will continue the party vibes until midnight, making this the ultimate Boxing Day party. PNAU have blasted back onto the scene in the past month with their new single ' Chameleon' racing up the charts both locally and internationally. With its big tribal-vibe vocal and banging bassline it's already being hailed a summer anthem and we're excited to hear it on a rooftop, by a pool, with the band themselves on Boxing Day.
Last week Sydney producer Klue dropped his latest single 'Lifted' and saw it debut at #1 on the World Music chart on iTunes, proving his ascendancy in the emerging world electronic music scene in Australia. Today Klue announces that he will be hitting the road again in support of 'Lifted' including performing at etcetc's Vivid party at the famous Sydney Tower Eye alongside fellow label mates Luke Million, Airwolf and POOCLVB. Klue will then take his must-see live show to Melbourne, Adelaide, Wollongong, Bondi and the Central Coast. Having been tipped as a One To Watch by tastemakers including Hermitude, inthemix and Purple Sneakers, Klue's single 'Hiding', from his debut EP 'Daybreak', surpassed half a million streams online, reached #3 on the Triple J Unearthed charts and was added to Double J. Klue has also been busy remixing artist such as Paces, PNAU and Polographia. Klue's remix of PNAU's ubiquitous track 'Chameleon' will be released worldwide on the 26th May. Klue has been playing 'Lifted' in his numerous summer festival appearances including Field Day, Southbound, Subsonic and the Royal Croquet Club and getting a great response from fans. A multi-instrumentalist, Klue's amazing live show sees Klue on vocals, saxophone, SPD sample pads and turntables. Check out a taste of what to expect here and be sure to catch Klue on tour around the country from May through to July.
Luke Million is known for bringing the funk in a big way. His synth-laden grooves have ingrained him as a masterful producer and talented composer, as well as keeping dancers busy with his floor-filling repertoire. His latest release 'Back To The Rhythm' featuring Sam Sparro is a fresh take on feel-good funk, with the combination of soaring synths, guitar licks and percussion alongside Sam's smooth vocals combining to create the ultimate jam. Surely his skills on the synthesizer reflect his music taste, right? Well we set him on a mission to find out. With just 50 dollars in his pocket, Luke Million embarked on a musical journey through the record stores of the CBD. Check out the video below to see what he bought.