Photos by Gina Cawley

11 Dec The Party Goes on Rain, Hail or Shine – Hopkins Creek 2018


Words by Sam Chesbrough // Photos by Gina Cawley


Situated just a few kilometres north of Ararat is a large volcanic crater some kilometre wide. Aside from a small lake and a vineyard up the top (shoutout to Kulkurt Volcanic Shiraz for making a delicious drop) – this spot might not be too much to write home about. However in recent years, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Hopkins Creek team, they have managed to put this spot on the map. More so than just a festival, Hopkins has gone some lengths to foster a genuine atmosphere and a music-loving community. Having come some way from its first incarnation, it is very refreshing to see how a music festival can progress in size from a single stage and a selection of (excellent) local acts, to the full-blown festival it is now with a bevy of international acts.

With all the new faces on the lineup at Hopkins, it was nice to see some familiar ones like Sunnyside. Kicking things off on Friday afternoon, the sextet got people dancing with some uptempo funk brimming with energy.

 

Part of the Hopkins Crew, Ryan Berkeley has been making some waves with his live sets lately. Working his way through dubbier sounds to more pumping techno, Ryan worked his way over an impressive set of machinery, backed up at times with the sultry sounds of Sunnyside member Archie on saxophone.

Another standout live performance was that of Norachi, who probably gets the gong for best on for Friday evening. With warm, aqueous sounds playing out for the start of his set, Norachi brought things deeper and darker as the night went on.

 

Onto Saturday morning and Adriana was kicking off proceedings, with plenty of tracks international in flavour and a lovely version of “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by Takuya Kuroda and “Parachute” by Sylvia.

Later in the afternoon, the music died down for a Welcome to Country. Not something to risk overlooking in the festivities, it was a spot on idea to do it in the middle where people can take a moment to absorb and appreciate the information. Jidah Clark spoke to the festival goers about the origins of the land and how people used to hunt the eels in the area. Jidah also talked about how Hopkins Creek team rallied around the community to save some local redwood trees slated for destruction. Building a festival through solidarity that really feels inclusive goes beyond more than pitching a stage and a bar once a year, it means getting behind the community in those instances they need it.

 

As the evening rolled in though, the skies opened up above the crater and started to wreak some havoc on the festival. As the main stage closed and the tent was taken down it felt like we were there more for a long time than a good time.

Despite the inclement weather, nothing could stop Millú delivering some heat from FFSOM’s “Resist the Beat”, recently released on Noise In My Head’s compilation of 3AM Spares and “Make Me” by Borai & Denham Audio.

The pelting rain and open main stage meant that Barry’s Bait Shop on the hill was the next destination. At this point, it’s worth noting the effort invested in putting together a second stage with its own identity. Clever bar set up and some nifty graphic design goes a very long way to making a stage feel just a bit more special. No one up at the bait stage was ever in doubt where they were or what kind of time they were here for…

 

Having made her first Australian appearance, the crowd was raring to go for Ciel‘s second performance after her brief stint on the main stage. Hemmed in from all sides of the bait shop, Ciel delivered blistering track after the next, highlights including her own track “Hundred Flowers Groove” on the EP of the same name.

Next to grace the stage was the no holds barred performance from Swede Samo DJ. Straddling the unlikely balance of harder techno and R&B samples, one of his closing tracks sounded like an entire Kelis track played over a relentless beat (please let me know if you find an ID). The set was unabated with tunes like “Da Rebels” by House Nations Under A Groove; a perfect slot for the earlier hours of the Sunday morning.

With the sun starting to peek through, Mitsuki was about to enter the booth with some 350 records in tow from Japan. Playing almost exclusively on vinyl, Mitsuki played to the rising sun an incredibly jazzy and uplifting house set throwing down plenty of Detroit classics. Some notable numbers would be everyone singing along to “Set It Out” by Omar-S, Mood II Swing‘s “All Night Long” and Dubtribe Sound System “Do It Now”. Even at 7.30AM Mitsuki obliged the crowd with an encore, putting on one last record and leaving the booth for a cigarette and a chat to those bedraggled and very muddy dancers who had stuck it out.

 

Having made a bit of noise on Butter Sessions this year, I was quite keen on seeing what Turner Street Sound had to offer – the side project of Dan White and Midnight Tenderness. Real smokey and shaking dub tracks, with jungle undertones throughout their DJ set shook the crater to its core. Playing rock steady tunes on Sunday morning the pair was one of the highlights of the festival.

Rounding out the afternoon was Love on the Rocks label head Paramida. The German DJ had an uncanny ability to read the festival and play the weird and wonderful tunes that make a set of Funktion-1’s sing. I didn’t get as many IDs as I would’ve liked to but I can tell you that Paramida’s edit of Run DMC vs. Jason Nevin’s “It’s Like That” was a set highlight. Fingers crossed the Hopkins team gets round to releasing the mix for our listening pleasure. With the tent taken down from Saturday’s storm, the lid was really off for all three hours of Paramida, before closing her set in a cacophony of creepy laughter samples.

 

Sydney’s Ben Fester was next up, keeping the energy going. Shoutouts go to dropping Ultra Nate’s “Free” to get everyone up and around each other, the disco goodness of Fern Kinney‘s “Love Me Tonight” and the breaksy singalong “It’s My Life (Max D Edit)” by Watt Noize.

For those still keen after the main stage closing, it was back up to Baz’s for the last dose of music for the festival (notwithstanding some scattered mind’s playing “Keep The Fire Burning” on a muddy UE Boom). The level Hopkins crew reached last year was hard to top but the DJs gave it their best shot with some time honed classics.

All in all, you have to admire the ability to nurture an idea of a few renegade parties, through to a festival of this size with only one serious hiccup. For all the natural beauty of the crater and investment in the local community, the location was an issue for the festival. The storm well and truly flattened tents, gazebos and stages and sent a few punters home early – something that is very hard to mitigate. Putting that aside, Hopkins is a festival truly deserving of all the love that the festival goers have for it.

 


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27 Jan Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (27/1/17)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


Friday, 27th January

Stick N Poke

~Free Entry~

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The tongue-twistingly-named Crave David is presenting ‘Stick n Poke’, a party tonight at The Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood.

Melbourne locals Slim Vibrato, Truffle Pig, the Genre Spanner DJ’s, and Ripe’s own Crave David v Mind Florist (Alex John x Sam Alexander) are all hitting the decks from 7pm.


Friday, 27th January

SUPER MOVES

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Super Moves is on at New Guernica tonight in the city, for a sole little boy blue $10 note on entry from 10pm.

Tonight you can catch the incredibly talented Harvey Sutherland play a DJ set, alongside M5K and Pollard.


Friday, 27th January

Tourist

Tickets Here

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Tourist is touring at the moment, in celebration of his debut LP U and to play Laneway Festival around the country.

His Melbourne side show is tonight at The Corner, with support from The Range, and at the time of writing there are still tickets available.


Friday, 27th January

Car Seat Headrest

SOLD OUT

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Car Seat Headrest are also touring with Laneway at the moment, playing tonight at The Curtin with support from Terrible Truths.

Unfortunately tonight’s show has sold out, but if you can’t get your hands on a ticket never fear! They have just announced they’ll be playing a second Melbourne show on the 2nd of February.


Sunday, 29th January

The Ocean Party

~Free entry~

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The Ocean Party are playing alongside Hot Palms and Milk Teddy on Sunday afternoon.

They’re on (for free!) at The Grace Darling from 3pm. Following what are sure to be terrific live sets the Bedroom Suck DJs will carry the party on into the evening.

 

 

 


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28 Sep Ripe’s Top 5 Weekly Gig Guide (28/9/16)


Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska


Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.


This Week…


Thursday, 29th September

Good Manners + Friends

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In celebration of a brand new public holiday, this weekend truly kicks off on Thursday night.

Our pals at Good Manners have pulled together a fantastic lineup for late night fun at Hugs & Kisses, including sets from Couture, Jennifer Loveless, Harpoons DJ’s and many more all time party people.


Thursday, 29th September

Deaf Ambitions September Series: Wk 3

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Also ringing in the weekend on Thursday night is the last of Deaf Ambitions‘ label-curated September Series.

Sunbeam Sound Machine, The Shabbab, Crepes and Dianas will be sharing the stage at The Curtain, doors from 730pm.


Saturday, 1st October

Sad Grrrls Festival

SOLD OUT

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With a super-strong line-up featuring the likes of Jaala, Jess Riberio, Camp Cope and a whole many more, Sad Grrrls Club are bringing the goods in their second festival and first outing in Melbourne.

Sad Grrrls Fest is all about celebrating gender diversity, so each act has at least one non-male (female, non-binary or gender-non-conforming) member. It unfortunately sold out quickly but beg, borrow or ask kindly to find a ticket because it’s going to be a great day at the Reverence Hotel.


Saturday, 1st October

Kllo – Farewell Party

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On Saturday night at The Gasometer, dream babes Kllo are preforming their final show for the year in Australia before heading off to tour around the world.

Fortunes and Shouse are playing support, and in a miraculous twist of fate there are still tickets left (at the time of writing). Get on it.


Saturday, 1st October

A. Swayze & The Ghosts Single Launch

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A. Swayze & The Ghosts are celebrating the release of ‘Reciprocation‘ (which we premiered earlier this week) at the Grace Darling on Saturday night.

Doors are from 8.30pm, with special guests Hayley Couper and Department.

 

 

 


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11 Aug Ripe Guide: Australia’s Best New Music (11/8/16)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week we have new entries from Sunset Dreams, The Ocean Party, Ocean Floor, Pillow Pro, Len Leise, MM + ROY G, Subelement, Wireheads and this week’s new #1 track by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

We have a Openwhyd player, where you can listen to all 50 songs in the playlist resourced from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify. As always, we also have an updated SoundCloud playlist, a Spotify playlist, and our full guide below.

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50. Brutalist – ‘Strep’ | Uploaded: July 12th | Open with SoundCloud

49. Cassius Select – ‘Jao’ | Uploaded: July 27th | Open with SoundCloud

48. The Laurels – ‘Reentry’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with SoundCloud

47. Saatsuma – ‘Breathless’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with SoundCloud

46. Wireheads – ‘So Softly Spoken’

Uploaded: August 4th | Open with YouTube

45. Subelement – ‘Blonde’

Uploaded: August 7th | Open with SoundCloud

44. Tim Shiel – ‘Tangerine’ | Uploaded: June 23rd | Open with SoundCloud

43. The Ocean Party – ‘Back Bar’ | Uploaded: June 22nd | Open with YouTube

42. Dream Damage – ‘Carbon + – Reaction’ | Uploaded: June 27th | Open with SoundCloud

41. Arc Lab – ‘Through The Burning Glass’ | Uploaded: June 13th | Open with SoundCloud

40. Sun Sap – ‘Tallows’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with SoundCloud

39. Tim Richmond Group – ‘The Book’ | Uploaded: July 1st | Open with YouTube

38. Lost Animal – ‘Do The Jerk’ | Uploaded: July 20th | Open with SoundCloud

37. MM + ROY G – ‘Barely Breakin’ Steven’

Uploaded: August 10th | Open with SoundCloud

36. Kllo – ‘Don’t Be That One’ | Uploaded: August 5th | Open with Spotify

35. Nolan House – ‘Bigger Than Me’ | Uploaded: June 28th | Open with SoundCloud

34. Calcarifer – ‘Like Fire’ | Uploaded: July 26th | Open with SoundCloud

33. Len Leise – ‘Pretending’

Uploaded: August 9th | Open with YouTube

32. Rainbow Chan – ‘Work’ | Uploaded: July 31st | Open with SoundCloud

31. Tram Cops – ‘Dan Bilzerian’ | Uploaded: June 28th | Open with YouTube

30. Leng Hock – ‘Same’ | Uploaded: July 18th | Open with SoundCloud

29. Dan White – ‘Tribla’ | Uploaded: August 2nd | Open with SoundCloud

28. Call Me Adrian – ‘The Man’ | Uploaded: June 27th | Open with SoundCloud

27. Pillow Pro – ‘Deadbeat’

Uploaded: July 29th | Open with YouTube

26. Daniel Friend- ‘Kosciuszko’ | Uploaded: June 30th | Open with SoundCloud

25. Silentspook – ‘Skrrt Drive’ | Uploaded: August 3rd | Open with SoundCloud

24. Ocean Floor – ‘Hold Me Down’

Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

23. The Ocean Party – ‘Restless’

Uploaded: August 9th | Open with SoundCloud

22. Thigh Master – ‘Company’ | Uploaded: June 19th | Open with YouTube

21. Kllo – ‘Walls To Build’ | Uploaded: June 14th | Open with SoundCloud

20. Pillow Pro – ‘Juice Hoops (Simona Castricum Remix)’ | Uploaded: June 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

19. Cool Sounds – ‘Runs Wild’ | Uploaded: June 24th | Open with YouTube

18. Laiks – ‘Pollen Dreams’ | Uploaded: July 15th | Open with SoundCloud

17. Holy Balm – ‘Clandestine’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with SoundCloud

16. The Avalanches – ‘Stepkids’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with Spotify

15. Banoffee – ‘Oceans’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with YouTube

14. András – ‘Poets Day’ | Uploaded: August 4th | Open with SoundCloud

13. The Goon Sax – ‘Up To Anything’ | Uploaded: June 29th | Open with YouTube

12. Kathleen Mary Lee – ‘Hey, Very Good Friend’ | Uploaded: June 15th | Open with SoundCloud

11. Nic Belor – ‘Best Friend’ | Uploaded: August 2nd | Open with YouTube

10. ScotDrakula – ‘Disintegrator’ | Uploaded: July 20th | Open with SoundCloud

9. Ben Houghton – ‘Beta Blocker’ | Uploaded: June 25th | Open with SoundCloud

8. Sunset Dreams – ‘What’s On Your Mind’

Uploaded: August 10th | Open with SoundCloud

7. Andrew Samuel – ‘Sitting Here with Nothing Owing’ | Uploaded: June 22nd | Open with SoundCloud

6. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – ‘Don’t Bother Me’ | Uploaded: July 1st | Open with SoundCloud

5. The Goods – ‘Ninja Trolls – Black Tree’ | Uploaded: July 1st | Open with Spotify

4. Iljus Wifmo – ‘Scatter’ | Uploaded: August 1st | Open with SoundCloud

3. Chook Race – ‘Hard To Clean’ | Uploaded: July 11th | Open with YouTube

2. Julia Jacklin – ‘Leadlight’ | Uploaded: July 14th | Open with SoundCloud

1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Robot Stop’

Uploaded: August 8th | Open with YouTube

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25 Sep Hazel English – ‘Fix’


I was going to say that Hazel English sounds like a female version of Craft Spells, and then I saw that, fittingly, she opened for them less than two weeks ago. The Oakland-via-Australia songwriter is set to release her debut EP and, based on the three singles I’ve heard – ‘Never Going Home‘, ‘It’s Not Real‘, and now ‘Fix‘ – the EP is going to be highly addictive.

The first two singles drew from bands such as Beach Fossils and Seapony, both of which are guilty pleasures of mine. Hazel English brings (a little) more clarity than those two to the vocals, but it’s more that her lyrics are less vague and soaked in reverb. Each song has a clear message or motive behind it.

‘Fix’ in particular isn’t hiding behind uncertainty or clustered thoughts, and the layers disperse to reveal a certain honesty when she sings “I more than feel alright”. The mood is dreamy, but these aren’t the dreams you have when you’re trying to escape reality – these are the dreams you have when you’re happy. Hazel English makes happy dreams.

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24 Sep GUM – Anesthetized Lesson

Tame Impala/POND multi-instrumentalist Jay Watson has continued his solo venture, GUM onto a second LP in 2015.

The latest single from this album ‘Anesthetized Lesson’ continues to push the themes and sounds explored in his initial release and through early projects like POND but with a decidedly more psych-funk foundation.

The track opens up with a driving bass line that instantly engages and holds attention through-out the track the way good pop writing does. From here it takes a couple listens to fully absorb what’s happening across the body of the track. There’s plenty of abstract psych moments and cleaver vocal work given some structure by a stab-y up-beat synth chorus.

For an artist with such musical credentials under his belt all ready it will be interesting to see what GUM does on this forthcoming LP.

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09 Aug Track of the Day: Hugo Frederick – Hexagonia


Melbourne-based, Plastic World-signed producer Hugo Frederick has been creating some weird and wonderful electronic-based music for the past four years.

With a discography that has so far explored abstract beats, his latest track ‘Hexagonia‘ has, with confidence and maturity, delved into a light tech structure. ‘Hexagonia’ is a build of gorgeous synths and keys, bound together with creative bass and percussion, softly unwinding before erupting into pure ecstasy.

‘Hexagonia’ is the first track off Frederick’s upcoming four-track EP Skin, to be released September 15 via Plastic World.

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08 Aug Track Of The Day: Blondes – Persuasion


There are so many electronic artists these days, that at times you wonder how any manage to stand out. Many electronic artists have either huge social media followings or critical acclaim for being different and interesting. Then there’s Blondes who are just as good as any electronic act on the planet right now, yet their Facebook following is still under 10K and any critical acclaim you’ll find is only quietly acknowledged.

It’s criminal. What’s even more bizarre is that the duo are based out of Brooklyn, a place known for skyrocketing careers faster than any place in the world and they’re signed to the not-exactly small RVNG Intl. Their first self-titled album made it very clear that when they get their formula right, it’s as intoxicating as electronic music gets. Their second album Swisher was one of those rare albums that could’ve worked as an entire single piece of music or a mixtape and yet it was broken down into tracks, that could carry themselves individually.

Now they’re dropping a three track EP titled Persuasion and ‘Persuasion‘ is the opening track. It has all the seamless transitions of Four Tet, the epic rhythmic layering of Fuck Buttons and the psychedelics of Africa Hitech. Yet it’s clearly a Blondes track and one that I can’t stop repeating. Never has eight minutes felt so short, once you click play, the swirling sounds and continuous builds draw you in. It’s hypnotising, but it’s not as if I black out for the rest of the track and not realise there’s not much else to ‘Persuasion’. When I manage to remain conscious and dig deeper into the tracks details, it arrangement becomes even more impressive. It’s liquid execution is at the highest level. It’s as if the entire track was created in just one-take, simultaneously between the minds of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman.

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07 Aug Track of the Day: Four Tet – BACK2THESTART


Four Tet has a been of a knack for quietly releasing tracks with little to no fanfare. This time it’s ‘BACK2THESTART’, which sounds like a delightful UK Garage remix of Cheryl Cole.

‘BACK2THESTART’ follows in the footsteps of  his previous release ‘TEXT022‘ also known as ‘The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About And That Joy Used in his RA Mix and Daphni Played On Boiler Room’. Both songs were low key releases that reveal Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet’s more relaxed approach to his songs.

Likewise this “loosie” has a very casual vibe to it, stretching its legs out over seven and a half minutes. As much as it pains me to always mention these two together, the chopped vocals and ominous bass tones of course bring to mind Burial.

Hebden posted that he “made this on a plane end of last year… not sure what I was thinking or why it exists.” Well Kieran, I’m glad it does.

 

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06 Aug Darcy Baylis – ‘Envelopes’ (Official Video)

Darcy Baylis has just dropped the first track off a new EP that looks set to continue the musical themes he established in his 2014 How Can I Live? / Ecstasy

The new song, ‘Envelopes’ is a building, minimal piece who’s appeal grows from the repetition and evolution of it’s techno and house inspired hooks. True to his brand, the track features brooding lyricism that is juxtaposed nicely against the lead house piano, especially towards the back end of the track.

The video for the track features an aesthetic that is fitting eerie along side the Baylis’ vocals. It is directed by Ling Ang, whose work has been showcased in New York City, London, Singapore and Sydney.

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