Three electronic music legends about to explode onto Australian shores

Three electronic music legends about to explode onto Australian shores

Words by Sam Howard

Score yourselves tickets to these gigs, if you still can.

One of the best things about electronic music is its timelessness that often goes unrecognised. Sometimes you’ll discover a new track that blows your mind, then it’s blown once more when you realise that it’s not new at all – it was released two, three, even four decades ago. 

That’s the beauty of electronic music. Talented producers who could be as old as your gran are still spreading their tunes across the globe. Artists like Kraftwerk of the 1970s are still played on dance floors, and acts like Larry Heard or Lil Louis continue to make welcomed appearances here Down Under. Even the undeniable disco hero, Evelyn Champagne King, as well as 2000s pop synth-stars, Hot Chip, braced Australian shores just last weekend. 

Some of these legends have been around for decades, and their sounds never go out of fashion. Here are three iconic oldies but goodies who are coming to perform in Australia very soon. 

New Order 

For more than 40 years, New Order’s tracks have been demolished on dance floors. The unforgettable synths of ‘Blue Monday’ or ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ are played out weekly across the country and they probably will for another century. The last time they were here was 2016, where their sold-out Sydney Opera House show was described as “perfection” by The Guardian

Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Saturday March 14 (sold out) and The Forum, Sunday March 15 (sold out)

Basement Jaxx 

“Where’s your head aaaatt?!” is a phrase that reminds most of us of one thing – the absolute classic released nearly 20 years ago from today. Basement Jaxx have released many albums over that time and more than 34 singles – each of these well-favoured by the ears. The British duo are making a few very special appearances in Australia next month, and we’re pretty damn excited about it.   

Chasers Nightclub, Thursday April 9. Tix here.

Eric Powell & Carl Cox 

Eric Powell and Carl Cox are prominent DJs and unique entities, but share a music partnership that blossomed in the 1990s and has helped them influence this entire continent. In an interview with Pete Tong, BBC’s Radio One host, about Melbourne’s love for disco, he told me that the disco-expansion could be credited to the duo bringing across their hefty record bags. 

Melbourne Showgrounds, Saturday April 25. Tix here.