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12 Mar Piknic Électronik Melbourne #4 – JUJU & Jordash Tornado Wallace (22/1/17)


Words by Georgia Hamilton-Myers // Photos by Sarah Chav’


Piknic Électronik has travelled quite a distance since four friends in Montreal decided to put on some parties in the summer of 2003. The Melbourne incarnation has quickly become a staple in our dance music circuit, occupying the middle-ground between all-out festivals and sweaty club nights during summer. This year, in its third season, Piknic moved from its first home at Federation Square to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, allowing for a bigger crowd and bigger acts — including the likes of Audiojack, tINI and Deetron in the past couple of months.

Here at Ripe we’ve been lucky enough to witness this evolution. We went along to the fourth Piknic this year, to see Juju & Jordash, Tornado Wallace and Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda play in January. So we’re here to bring you a feel for what Piknic is all about before the last two of this season — for which you can find tickets here.

 

We wandered through the gardens of Kings Domain, following groups of travellers, teens and families towards the distant throb of music. There were staff scattered around the gardens, giving patrons advice on where to buy and/or present their tickets. Given there’s only one gate for entry, the line moved reasonably quickly and staff and security knew the drill — making sure everyone waiting had IDs and tickets ready so the stream of people arriving could fill the Bowl. From the outset, it was clear that running weekly parties soothes many of the hiccups that can take hold of one day events — staff know what’s what, so their welcoming nature doesn’t hurt their efficiency.

We caught the very tail end of the wonderful Pjenné‘s set, before eclectic mixer Mike Gurrieri took to the stage. He played well to a hesitant dance floor, as people slowly filtered in and checked out the lay of the land. The stage is set up away from the main stage of Sidney Myer Music Bowl, behind the rolling green hills and closer to the gate. This setup works well, with space at the top of the hill for the rotating roster of food trucks, a dedicated family/kids area to the opposite side of the dancefloor and plenty of room for people to sit down. This year Piknic have introduced a cashless system, using their own version of eftpos cards that you can top up throughout the day. It worked well, with the bars never getting too hectic despite the 3,000 strong crowd.

 

Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda are such a joy to see play live. They took to the stage with infectious energy, their blend of jungle beats and heavy disco commanding people to dance. The live strings are particularly engaging — something about violinist playing with the presence of a lead guitarist is so absolutely delightful.

The broader aim of Piknic is to make electronic music more accessible to those who aren’t necessarily exposed to much of it. Its a worthy goal, but it does add a lack of cohesion to the crowd. In addition to hardcore music lovers drawn by the well curated lineups, there are backpackers, families, doof-couture clad teens and mates just looking to have a drink in the sun. Partying with people other than the same faces you see week to week isn’t a bad thing, but it makes it hard to know exactly who the day is for.

On this particular day there was the sweetest little girl, with pineapple-shaped sunnies, a watermelon shaped bag, and a reckless abandon to her dancing. She made it pretty clear that it doesn’t matter who you’re dancing with, so long as you’re out to have a good time and your mum makes sure nobody trips over you. The presence of kids in itself kept people on better behaviour, more aware of their levels of rowdiness, obnoxiousness or drunkenness — a win for us all.

 

Having such a broad range within the audience must be tricky for DJs in the way they select their music. Do you play what you want, and cater to the faithful who may have bought a ticket just to see your set? Or do you go with the crowd and play for the most people to have the most amount of fun?

Local legend Tornado Wallace was perhaps the main act on the line-up who could have gone either way, but he walked the tightrope well. For the most part that meant veering away from deeper, layered electro and sticking with lighter dance — Madonna‘s ‘Holiday’ about 45 minutes in the most playful example of crowd-vibe-matching of the day.

 

By the end of Tornado Wallace’s set he had built the dance-floor into a sweaty, borderline feverish high. It was somewhat unnerving then when headliners Juju & Jordash took to the stage and started with minimal, lower tempo beats. But the number people ducking off to grab drinks or have a sit-down dance-break made it clear that the Dutch duo knew exactly what they were doing — you can’t keep a crowd dancing for four hours straight. Most of the families with little ones were leaving now, allowing for a heavier, more interestingly layered set.

Piknic Électronik is the perfect blend of a ‘special event’ and a chill day out. The price point and accessible location means that you don’t have to know every name on the line-up to make the cost of admission worthwhile. In that way, Piknic are achieving their goals of bringing people in to the dance music scene — giving them a taste of artists they’ll hopefully seek out later. There are two events left for this season, the penultimate being this Monday, 13th of March, with a line-up including Joris Voorn, Michael Mayer, Robag Wruhme and more. There are no more tickets available for the final (on Sunday, 19th of March), but if you’re able I’d highly recommend trying your luck to hunt one down.

 




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Odesza @ Sugar Mountain 2015

19 Jan Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (19/1/17)


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, 20th January

Sugar Mountain Dog Show

~Free Entry~

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Sugar Mountain (in collaboration with Visions Festival [UK]) are putting on a sweet little spin-off event before the festival on Saturday, with a dog show at MPavillion.

Head down from 6.30pm to see Kirin J Callinan, Sui Zhen, Waangenga Blanco, Dom Alessio and more judging doggos and puppers in categories ranging from waggiest tail to best fancy dress.


Friday, 20th January

Young Franco + UV Boi

Tickets here

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Later on Friday night you can catch long-time partners in crime UV Boi and Young Franco at 170 Russell for the Melbourne leg of their Australian tour.

Young Franco is celebrating the release of his latest single, ‘Miss You’, and with recently announced supports Oscar Key Sung and Deer you’d be crazy not to head down from 8pm when doors open.


Friday, 20th January

Chelsea Bleach EP Launch

Tickets Here

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Chelsea Bleach are launching their new EP Decent Connections on Friday night as well, with help from Palm Springs, kandere (a new project from Lakyn Tarai, Wahe Kavara) and Cable Ties.

They’re playing at The Tote from 8pm, and be sure to stick around afterwards for Hannah Donnelly (from the fantastic blog Sovereign Trax) playing tunes into the night.


Sunday, 22nd January

Justice for Ms Dhu Fundraiser

Donation on the door

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On Sunday afternoon head down to the Grace Darling for a fundraiser for the #JusticeForMsDhu campaign, which is seeking justice for the death of Ms Dhu, a Yamaji woman who died in custody in 2014 after being detained for unpaid fines.

Aside from being a downright good cause, the line-up is incredible, featuring music from Saatsuma, Bahdoesa, kandere and more, as well as words from Roj Amedi, Bobuq Sayed and Meriki Onus. The event starts with a Welcome to Country performed by Uncle Vincent Peters at 3pm.


Sunday, 22nd January

Piknic Electronik #4

Tickets here

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Piknic Electronik is back for the third year in Melbourne, and this weekend features possibly their best line-up of the year so far at the beautiful Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

On Sunday from 2pm you can see what are sure to be stellar sets from Juju & Jordash (live), Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda (live), Tornado Wallace, Mike Gurrieri and Pjenné.

 

 

 


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25 Nov Ripe’s Weekly Gig Guide (24/11/16)


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…


Friday, 25th November

Tiny Little Houses EP Tour

Tickets Here

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Tiny Little Houses are in Melbourne tonight for their Snow Globe EP tour.

Joining them on stage at Howler are two other Melbourne-based favs, DARTS and Jarrow.


Friday, 25th November

Rhythm Section Takeover

Sold Out

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The Night Cat is hosting the Boiler Room Melbourne Rhythm Section Takeover tonight, in conjunction with Heads with Tales.

The lineup for the sold-out night includes Bradley Zero, Chaos In The CBD, Prequel, S I L E N T J A Y & Jace XL and 30/70.


Saturday, 26th November

Gizzfest

Buy Tickets

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have curated an incredible lineup for their day festival Gizzfest, which is at the Coburg Veledrome on Saturday.

The event kicks off at midday and features Pond, White Fence, The Murlocs, Mild High Club, Stonefield, Jaala, as well as the curators themselves and more.


Saturday, 26th November

Lost Weekend: Tornado Wallace

Tickets on the door

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Lost Weekend at Boney this Saturday night is playing host to Tornado Wallace, with support from Dante Peaks, Soul Crane, Myles Mac, Pjenné and a handful more talented pals.

It’s Tornado Wallace’s first show after a long time travelling, and sure to be a celebration following the recent announcement of his upcoming debut LP, Lonely Planet.


Sunday, 27th November

Lady Grey’s Sunday Best

Tickets here

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Yet another great Sunday at The Gasometer, this week sees the first of Lady Grey‘s artfully curated Sunday Best.

UK-based producer Cleric will be joined by Reflec (also from the UK), with both are set to play epic three hour sets. Strap yourselves in for a huge day.

 

 

 


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Top 100 Feature

22 Nov The Top 100 Melbourne Tracks, 2011-2015

 

I can say with confidence that, over the past few years, Ripe has become one of the best local sources of new music – especially so in our home town of Melbourne, which has proven itself to be an amazing source of talent. As we relaunch the site with a renewed focus on covering the best Australian music, we felt it was about time we shared our thoughts on the artists and tracks from our hometown that have provided the soundtrack to our time on the scene, and who have influenced our tastes going forward.

We started from 2011 for several reasons. While we officially launched in 2012, we were kicking around as a humble Tumblr blog in 2011. We also feel that there was a distinct shift in the Melbourne music community around that time, and that the intervening five-year period has been a very productive time for local artists. I think the sheer variety present in this list, even within our distinct area of coverage, shows why we’re so enamoured with our neck of the woods.

I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has worked to make Melbourne music what it is, as well as the artists behind these 100 songs and all the others we’ve enjoyed. I’d especially like to thank everyone who’s followed or contributed to Ripe over the years, and helped us to carve out our own tiny corner of the music press. We’re still committed to giving whatever small nudge we can to emerging artists, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with more and more people along the way.

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoy our list. – Brandon

 

Top 100 compiled by Marcus Rimondini, Huw Nolan, Brandon John, and all of our contributors. Edited by Michelle Doan.
Contributors: Alex Gleeson, Marcus Rimondini, Matt Bladin, Kassie Junkeer, Sam Chesbrough, Joshua Butler, Leah Phillips, Alana Scully, Ryan Saar, James McNiece, Jasper van Daatselaar, Ollie Leonard, Steph Studniberg, Michelle Doan, Brandon John


 100. Broadway Sounds – ‘Sing It Again’

“No other artist brings the amount of colour, vivacity, or vibrancy to the Melbourne music scene like Broadway Sounds. Their sound is bursting with life, their live shows leave you sweaty, and their video clips are irresistibly crazy. ‘Sing It Again’ makes me aware of the fact that Broadway Sounds have established a unique and distinct sound that I’ve grown to crave. You won’t be able to sit or stand still while listening to this, so make sure you’ve got sufficient dancing space for this one.” – Kassie Junkeer


99. Crepes – ‘Ain’t Horrible’

“As the first single off their debut EP Cold Summers, Crepes bring a fresh take on Melbourne slacker pop with ‘Ain’t Horrible’. This stripped-back track outlines the band’s songwriting ability, with nothing to hide from. The absence of any core guitar parts is what makes this tune, homing in on the original keyboard lines from Jackson Dahlenburg and the smooth, beautifully effortless vocals of Tim Karmouche. It’s this combination of vocals and keys that defines Crepes’ sound and makes them stand out as one of the most exciting Melbourne guitar pop bands in 2015.” – Jasper van Daatselaar


98. Love Migrate – Plagued Are All My Thoughts

“The unsettling vocal quivers of main man, Eddie Alexander, combined with a minimalistic drone soundscape have crafted a song (and album) that is simultaneously magical, delicate, brooding, unsettling, and peaceful. A host of musicians on this record are now probably better known for their other projects (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs), but this album is a stunning example of the group’s versatility. Now, three years on, the band has just released a new EP called Shimmer Through The Night – certainly worthy of a listen for fans of this record.” – Leah Phillips


97. Peter Bibby – ‘Hates My Boozin’

“In the hazy world of Australian guitar pop, there is something of a barrenness in regard to easily identifiable voices. Sure, there’s Courtney, and before her Paul Kelly, but more often than not, the focus has been firmly planted upon the ‘slacker’ guitar tones, or the ‘Australian’ style with which the song is constructed. ‘Hates My Boozin’ is the first track in a while from this genre that has floored me, in its purity and authenticity. Bibby’s drawl makes him sound like an alcohol-fuelled poet. We need more of this shit.” – Alex Gleeson


96. Sex On Toast – ‘Takin’ Over’

“A slap in the face from the synthesiser and you’re onto a good thing. ‘Sex On Toast’, as the name suggests, is a tasty sensual party on acid (if you’ve seen them live, you wouldn’t disagree). This song is nothing short of their best work to date. Sprightly, energetic, sassy, and funky grooves galore earned this track a spot on our list.” – Leah Phillips


95. Sleep D – ‘The Magic Arpet Ride’

“Often when I listen to tracks with heavy arpeggio, I feel myself being carried through the song. So I was just stoked that our beloved Sleep D, founder of what is now a staple Melbourne record label, Butter Sessions, encapsulated this vision in his title. Sonically, he takes it to a whole new world (#Aladdin) of rolling magical arps and swirling cosmic planes. The hard-hitting pulse and warping whooshes make it an adventurous and somewhat turbulent ride at times, while the magical arps maintain a smooth undertone. It’s the sort of melodically artistic track you never want to end, because of the abundant amount of sound realms of which you warp in and out.” – Kassie Junkeer


94. Contrast – ‘Pipe Dreams’

“By the start of 2015, the shoegaze revival in Australia had grown large enough to the point where a day and night event called Roogaze 2015 was held at The Tote in Melbourne. Right in the thick of this lineup was the fundamentally sound band Contrast. While many of these shoegaze revivalists don’t necessarily reinvent the genre, they don’t disgrace it either. ‘Pipe Dreams’ was the opening track off their very solid EP, Less Than Zero. Rather than drown itself in self-pity with heavy reverb and nostalgic lyrics, ‘Pipe Dreams’ is on the front foot from the get-go, like bands such as Swervedriver or Spaceman 3. Every backing vocal, guitar distortion and drum fill is perfectly placed into position. You couldn’t re-record a better version of ‘Pipe Dreams’.” – Marcus Rimondini


93. Terrible Truths – ‘False Hope’

‘False Hope’ was released through Bedroom Suck Records’ 2014 double LP compilation, 5 years of Bedroom Suck Records. A standout on this 27-track release, Terrible Truths pack their psych-punk goodness into 1:59 minutes. The three-piece from Adelaide do the simple things so well in this track: defined tones, catchy riffs, and headbanging pace. When these elements are combined, it’s impossible not to jump around the room. It’s that kind of track. Defined by Rani Rose’s short and sharp vocal sections, this is one of those tunes that you find yourself playing over and over. It’s short, but it’s great. So great.” – Jasper van Daatselaar


92. ScotDrakula – ‘O’Clock’

“There’s something in this barnstorming hoedown that contorts my facial structure into positions of intimidating joy. Three-piece ScotDrak’ know how to throw a party in a live context, and this is the first track that truly exhibits this in a recorded setting.” – Alex Gleeson


91. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Pluto Bounce’

“This Melbourne hip-hop duo, Edo and Dyl Thomas, have been on the music scene for a while – producing, writing, and making some pretty solid beats. ‘Pluto Bounce’, the 2013 track that showcases their rhythmic prowess and creative lyrics, may be one of their earlier pieces, but is an entirely fitting choice for number 91 on our list. The undulating tempo and smooth base make it perfect easy listening, and stamp Melbourne as being one of the true hotspots for the development of RnB and hip-hop genres.” – Alana Scully

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