With Michael Cusack

Hooley dooley it’s another excellent week for music in our fabulous town. On Friday February 24 Heads With Tales present Cale Sexton, Rat & Co, Hotrod and Millu at the Gasometer. Sexton’s sexy sultry house will sooth even the most savage of hearts with that dreamy signature Juno string and bass sound. His 2016 EP Eastlink, released through Butter Sessions, was bloody excellent - get around it.
Also that night and just the up road at The Night Cat is the first installment of ‘Hold Tight,’ a new club night being curated by Novel and Good Manners, promising diverse and engaging local and international talent throughout the year. Sounds promising. On the inaugural event is English producer Clark, doing his wonky weirdo stuff as well as local gem Oscar Key Sung launching his new single plus Planète (live), Corin (live) and Jennifer Loveless. Huge stuff.
On Saturday there’s a couple of open air parties happening, which is always a treat. The guys behind the Dial-Up night at the now (sigh) closed Mercat Basement are chucking a free party in the big courtyard at Phase One Coffee. What’s that? A party at a coffee shop? Don’t worry guys, they’ll be slingin tinnies as well as flat whites. Dial-Up residents Cleverhands, Laika and Tom Baker will be soundtracking the afternoon affair with support from Cobro, DJ Cooper and Common Nocturne.
The other party is also happening in Brunswick… somewhere. It’s a secret. Exact location will be revealed on the Facebook event. But what I can tell you is motherfuckin DJ Stingray from the USA is playing. Oooh boy. Local supports are from Cale Sexton, Chiara Kickdrum, Mosam Howieson and Ricc. Old mate Stingray’s been a driving force of the Detroit scene for a few decades now and he ain’t slowing down, if there’s any tickets left by the time this mag hits the streets it’d be well worth checking out.
On Sunday February 26, Crown Ruler and A Touch of Frost bring you a universal rhythmic daytrip for the final dance at Shimmerlands in 2017. It’s an absolute belter of a lineup with Awesome Tapes From Africa, Beats In Space big dawg Tim Sweeney, the undisputed king of the 808; The Egyptian Lover and local support from Andee Frost. ATFA is the project of Brian Shimkovitz, who started discovering, quite literally, some awesome tapes from Africa and started playing them out. These days the project’s also a label that reissues long forgotten records and channels 50% of the profits back to the artists. Tim Sweeney can’t go a summer without visiting Melbourne it seems, but that enthusiasm is reciprocated by Melbourne, so why the hell not. It kicks off at 3pm.