10 YEARS OF AUS MUSIC

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Aus Music the record label founded by Simple Records Will Saul and Ninja Tune’s Fink turn’s 10 next month, and to celebrate they are hosting a series of events throughout April and May around the UK where you can see a number of the biggest and best artists from the label. The label is hot on the scene, with new releases premièring weekly and shows from artists hitting NTS, BBC, and Rinse regularly.

An essential component of the UK’s dance scene over the last decade, we can thank Aus Music for introducing us to, and producing tracks from some of the hugest names on the scene today including Bicep, Joy Orbison, Huxley, Midland and many more. For Aus Music’s London event Will Saul brings his imprint to XOYO for a big celebration to mark ten years in the game. The lineup is yet to be announced and they’re keen to keep us guessing, I predict Bicep, Midland, Will Saul, Tom Demac and Joy Orbison. Any guesses?

Get your tickets for 10 Years of Aus Music at XOYO here.

Aus was one of the first record labels I can remember being extremely fond of and I will still find old playlists full of the array of massive hits that Dusky, one of my favourite duos to date have released as EP’s on Aus Music. Think ‘Careless‘, ‘What I never Knew‘, ‘Atone‘. So to celebrate I’ve created a playlist of my top 10 Aus Music Tracks, take a listen below.

5 NEW YEARS EVENTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

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  • LONDON – Head down to Village Underground in Shoreditch if you’re looking for some tropical vibes and funky beats to take you into the New Year. The unforgettable Gilles Peterson and Hyperdub legends will make this more than your average night!

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  • BRIGHTON – Irish house Duo Bicep have had an amazing year and their popularity is growing more and more! With the release of the phenomenal ‘Just’ earlier this year, you can count on Bicep for constant tunes. So if you’re in Brighton then Patterns is the place to be for this Miami themed madness.

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  • BIRMINGHAM – If Rainbow Venues huge annual New Years Eve event doesn’t tickle your fancy, then why not check  out Amusement 13 on New Years Day for a 12 hour indoor festival featuring some massive names such as; Zomby, Loefah, Toddla T, Zed Bias, Amy Becker plus many more acts.

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  • BRISTOL – What a ridiculous lineup… Bristol is going all out with this NYD event at Motion. A huge club filled with huge names, this night will promise to keep you dancing until the early hours. A Techno dream!

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  • LEEDS – For lovers of Jungle, Dub, DnB then Leeds is the city to be in on New Years Eve. Expect a heavy night with great vibes! Featuring music from the likes of Om Unit (jungle set), Metalheadz own Doc Scott and Remarc with a 90s set. Find the night at Leeds West Indian Centre.

 

THE LURKERS x PECKHAM

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A photo shoot in Peckham by conceptual art lifestyle project and brand The Lurkers. The images are in collaboration with Wavey Garms.

I found this particularly eye-catching as a South London creative resident as the shoot that can be found on The Lurkers website features Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club, which is  just one of the venues in the area of Peckham that is currently threatened by redevelopment plans. Likewise The Bussey Building and Rye Wax are too part of the active creative and cultural growth in the area that are facing possible closures.

You can find the petition to sign against the redevelopment in Peckham on The Lurkers website and here too.

Click on the link to view the full shoot! http://www.the-lurkers.co.uk/billie-jean-peckham-wavey-garms/#.VlpGCnbhDIX

PC MUSIC AT XOYO

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XOYO hosted its first PC Music night last night and what a success it was. The atmosphere from the get go was incredible, smiling faces bouncing around as much in time as they could attempt to to the fast and disjointed electronic sounds of Danny L Harle and A.G Cook.

I along with my friend found ourselves giggling as soon as we entered room 1 of the club just at the ridiculousness of  the sounds of PC filling up such a commercial London club and at what was an almost out of this world experience that is hard to describe without mentioning the likeliness to a happy hardcore rave. Perhaps one of the most eccentric underground music scenes in London at the moment, yet we were all there for the same reason… there was a strange sense of unity you don’t often get from techno nights.

The Princess of PC  Hannah Diamond made and appearance as the special guest and heightened the atmosphere even more, promptly followed by Kane West who changed the tempo from the more extreme experimental sounds of PC that to a more bass filled dancey vibe. The crowd were in full swing and yellow foam letters were flying around the room.

Unlike many other music genres and the repetitive slump that can be easy to fall into, it was strange and refreshing to end the night on the same level we started with, we left on a high and with the feeling we had really experienced something!