Following recent sombre developments that our beloved Stanley Street Block Parties are no longer—cheers for that, local council!—we thought it appropriate to pay homage to the fantastic times enjoyed by all, by making available our recorded mix from last month.
(We failed to realise it at the time, but it may be the very last Block Party gracing the sacred bitumen known at Stanley Street… at least, for the foreseeable future.)
The Fazz and I were handed a prime slot for the balmy October afternoon to do our Attic thing.
Within the hour-long offering, you can expect our usual blend of fun, fruity, typically disco-skewed house music, with a few fruits from yesteryear thrown in.
Analogue Discogue is an esteemed hi-fi, vinyl-only event hosted by house and disco aficionado, Norm De Plume.
We were invited to join the line-up for its July event: a sun-kissed Sunday afternoon affair hosted at the exquisite, Japanese-inspired Rekōdo Restaurant & Vinyl Bar at Sydney’s Barangaroo.
Rekōdo‘s crystal-clear Klipsch sound system sounded expectedly immaculate right throughout the afternoon’s proceedings: the clarity and warmth of the system provided an ambient yet immersive experience for diners and listeners, alike. It was an absolute pleasure.
The Fazz and I came prepared, armed and loaded with a couple of boxes of carefully selected favourites—a concoction of newer burners and some favourites from yesteryear—and did our very best to fly the Attic flag proudly.
Hope you enjoy!
: Tracklisting: 01 : Dino Soccio – ‘Fred’s Groove’ (Original Mix) [Razor-N-Tape Records] 02 : Sleazy McQueen & Vinyladdicted – ‘Hot To Trot’ (Original Mix) [Kolour Limited] 03 : Buzz Compass – ‘Your World’ (Original Mix) [Whiskey Disco] 04 : Closed Paradise – ‘Cindy Goes To A Party’ (Original Mix) [Lovedancing] 05 : Unknown Artist – ‘Love In The Night’ (Original Mix) [Ltd, W/Lbl] 06 : Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee – ‘Slo-Fusion’ (Original Mix) [Editorial Records] 07 : Scruscru – ‘Love Fusion’ (Original Mix) [Ltd, W/Lbl] 08 : Jimmy Rouge – ‘Rounders’ (Original Mix) [Orange Tree Edits] 09 : Luvless – ‘Down With You Baby’ (Original Mix) [Tsuba] 10 : Mint Jams – ‘Club Members Only’ (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records] 11 : Chevals – ‘Layover’ (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records] 12 : Loveface – ‘Smoke Chronic’ (Original Mix) [Loveface Music] 13 : Late Nite Tuff Guy – ‘Go For That’ (Original Mix) [Tuff Cut]
The big dog, Andrew Fazzolari, blew out an undisclosed number of candles in March and decided to celebrate the occasion with a good ol’ fashioned Saturday shindig at Stanley’s.
The Fazz curated a hand-picked line-up of selectors for the special occasion and generously gifted me the first two hours of the balmy Autumn evening!
I entered the venue at the tail-end of, shall we say, a “colourful” daytime takeover that was many hours—and countless beverages—deep, and was greeted by an intriguing soundtrack of popular radio-played bangers from the start of the century; ‘Ms. Jackson’ and ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, notably.
At its conclusion, we were afforded a few sought-after moments of serenity while the Technics were rolled out and added to the booth. I was afforded the opportunity to allow the dust—and, indeed, serotonin!—to settle, and re-set things with some lower, slower groovers, just as intended.
I prepared a bespoke “crate” of selections filled with some of the birthday boy’s personal favourites and guilty pleasures, along with others I thought he might enjoy. I believe I hit the brief and was pretty pleased with the result. Most importantly, The Fazz seemed to enjoy himself right through ’till the call for last drinks.
In any case, I hope you enjoy it, too.
: Tracklisting: 01 : Dave Allison – ‘The Way Is Heart’ (Original Mix) [Kinjo Music] 02 : Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee – ‘Sweet Love’ (Original Mix) [Editorial Records] 03 : Ben Sun – ‘The Answer’ (Original Mix) [Razor-N-Tape Records] 04 : Late Nite Tuff Guy – ‘My Sugar Is Gone’ (LNTG Edit) [Razor-N-Tape Records] 05 : Coutel – ‘This Is Love’ (Original Mix) [Masterworks Music] 06 : Letherette – ‘Fresh & Clean’ (Original Mix) [Wulf] 07 : Tony T. – ‘The Feeling’ (Original Mix) [Editorial Records] 08 : Admin – ‘Halo’ (Original Mix) [CDR] 09 : Crazy P. – ‘Last Knockers’ (Original Mix) [Paper Recordings] 10 : Magic Source – ‘Genius Of Love’ (Original Mix) [Favorite Recordings] 11 : Clive From Accounts – ‘It’s Not That I Don’t Care’ (Original Mix) [Razor-N-Tape Records] 12 : 78 Edits – ‘Come On Baby’ (Original Mix) [Editorial Records] 13 : DJ Snatch – ‘All Night Long’ (Original Mix) [CDR] 14 : Simply Red – ‘Sunrise’ (Original Mix) [Universal] 15 : Scruscru – ‘Love Fusion’ (Original Mix) [Ltd, W/Lbl] 16 : Ash Reynolds – ‘Falling Back’ (Original Mix) [Slightly Transformed] 17 : Ethyène ft. Folamour – ‘Why My Love’ (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records] 18 : Prins Emanuel – ‘Land Of Joy’ (Original Mix) [Music For Dreams] 19 : Klar & PF – ‘Circles’ (Original Mix) [Pole Jam Vinyl] 20 : Poolside – ‘Which Way To Paradise’ (Original Mix) [Poolside Music] 21 : Kimchii – ‘Windsurf’ (Anoraak Remix) [How Do You Are?] 22 : Levantine – ‘Cosmic Love’ (Original Mix) [Editorial Records] 23 : Frank Booker – ‘Sugar’ (Original Mix) [Sleazy Beats Black Ops] 24 : Castle Queenside – ‘Everything You Got’ (Original Mix) [Tropical Disco Records] 25 : Admin – ‘Super Lover’ (Original Mix) [Sleazy Beats Black Ops] 26 : Paul Cut – ‘Tropica’ (Original Mix) [Deeppa Records] 27 : Scruscru, Jehan & Meowsn (JSM) – ‘Be With Me’ (Original Mix) [Deeppa Records] 28 : Stephane Deschezeaux – ‘Make It Hot’ (Original Mix) [Springbok Records] 29 : Nicone – ‘Why’ (Monte Remix) [Off Recordings]
I’m throwing this one up from earlier in the year—a mix I compiled and delivered for The D&M, a weekly Friday morning radio show on (the now, sadly departed) Orbital Radio.
So, as much as I set out to put together and promised a proper sub-100 BPM slow jam mix for Darcy, this one ended up very differently!
I, admittedly, hadn’t played too many sweaty, peak-time dance floor sets during 2022, yet, I continue to buy music to suit such an affair, and this mix was the perfect opportunity to showcase a handful of them!
The mix kicks off with some deep grooves and builds up to some higher-energy burners and features some of my favourite artists and labels at the moment, including Retromigration, Jesse Bru, Cassettes For Kids, Clive From Accounts and Intr0beatz.
Hope you dig!
: Tracklisting: 01 : Clive From Accounts – ‘Gravitate’ (Original Mix) [Dirt Crew Recordings] 02 : Retromigration – ‘Arranciata’ (Original Mix) [Last Year At Marienbad] 03 : Soul Wun – ‘Thank You, St. Germain’ (Original Mix) [SlothBoogie] 04 : Intr0beatz – ‘Move With Me’ (Original Mix) [Selections] 05 : A.J. Edward – ‘Plastic’ (Original Mix) [CDR] 06 : Chevals – ‘My Love My Kisses’ (Original Mix) [Dansu Discs] 07 : CAB – ‘Mischief’ (Original Mix) [Odd Numbers] 08 : DJ ÆDIDIAS – ‘L’aquitaine’ (Original Mix) [Lost Palms] 09 : Unknown Artist – ‘On The Dub’ (PABLO003) [Who Is Pablo?] 10 : Ruze – ‘Open Door Policy’ (Original Mix) [PIV] 11 : Janeko – ‘Sine Up Here’ (Original Mix) [Yoyaku] 12 : Jesse Bru – ‘Vibrations’ (Original Mix) [Aterral] 13 : Cassettes For Kids – ‘Rest / Relief’ (Original Mix) [Honey Butter Records]
The Fazz and I returned to one of our favourite haunts—and a hidden local pleasure!—Stanley’s on Stanley for an all-afternoon/all-night pre-Christmas affair.
The entire venue was booked for an EOY shindig by the fine folk at Desk Space—a nearby co-working hub—who, I don’t mind mentioning, had personally requested our services, having heard one of our Attic mixes playing during a venue inspection.
(Humble brag, sure, but hey, gotta take them where you can!)
The seven-hour sesh flew by in the blink of an eye, and we had a blast playing for the wonderfully receptive crowd who stuck with us right ’till close.
Here is the opening hour, beginning at five o’clock. It’s an understandably laidback affair, setting the scene for all that was to come! (And it definitely did.)
Hope you enjoy some forgotten favourites of yesteryear, washed down with the usual abundance of lower, slower, groove-laden jams!
: Tracklisting: 01 : HNNY – ‘Hej’ (Original Mix) [HNNY] 02 : Queen – ‘Cool Cat’ (Original Mix) [EMI] 03 : Sticky Fingers – ‘How To Fly’ (Original Mix) [Sureshaker Music] 04 : Jenevieve – ‘Baby Powder’ (Original Mix) [CDR] 05 : Thundercat – ‘Them Changes’ (Original Mix) [Brainfeeder] 06 : Planty Herbs – ‘Thank You’ (Original Mix) [Intimate Friends] 07 : Lightfoot – ‘Digital Wallpaper’ (Original Mix) [Dust Collectors] 08 : InI & Pete Rock – ‘Think Twice’ (Original Mix) [VinDig] 09 : Letherette – ‘After 8’ (Original Mix) [Wulf] 10 : Saine – ‘Casual’ (Original Mix) [Fools & Fables Recordings] 11 : Dave Allison – ‘Cocktail Blue’ (Original) [Kinjo Music] 12 : Ben Sun – ‘The Answer’ (Original Mix) [Razor-N-Tape Records] 13 : Those Guys From Athens – ‘Burnin’ Up’ (Original Mix) [Too Slow To Disco] 14 : Fantasy Love Affair – ‘How Can I Forget’ (Original Mix) [Chopshop] 15 : Linda Clifford – ‘Never Gonna Stop’ (DJ “S” Remix) [Too Slow To Disco] 16 : Poolside ft. Ben Browning – ‘I Feel High’ (Original Mix) [Pacific Standard Records] 17 : Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee – ‘Sweet Love’ (Original Mix) [Editorial Records] 18 : DJ Steef – ‘It’s Cool’ (Original Mix) [Editorial Records] 19 : DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – ‘Summertime’ (DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Mix) [Jive/Legacy] 20 : Janet Jackson – ‘Got Til It’s Gone’ (Original Mix) [Virgin Records] 21 : Warren G. ft. Nate Dogg – ‘Regulate’ (DJ “S” Not In Love Anymore Edit) [CDR]
We played our first club set under our Attic guise for a little over two years! (Hey, a pandemic might just do that.)
For the occasion, we partnered with the fine folk at No Place Like House, welcoming seasoned French house stalwart, Art of Tones, as part of his very first Australian tour—a great booking and an even better bloke!
(And, geez, we’d missed the Civic Underground—our home away from home since Attic’s inception.)
We opened the evening and were gifted a deliciously lengthy two-and-a-half set to get things underway. We kicked off with our signature warm-up fodder and built things up on the housey tip as the room began filling up and the feet started moving en masse!
Within you’ll hear originals, remixes and releases from a selection of our favourites, including Junktion, Local Talk, Tropical Disco Records, I Gemin, SlothBoogie, Jehan, Sondrio, Hotmood, Sune, Scruscru, Never Dull, Dam Swindle, Ed Wizard, Dan Kye, Felipe Gordon, Kevin Over, Demuir and Tilman—to name just a few!
We hope you dig this one! We’ve had another taste and you can bet that there is plenty more to come in the near future! 😉
While it’s one of the more dramatic titles I’ve associated with a new mix, it’s not without good reason. The process of compiling and delivering this mix has worked wonders for my mental health over the last little while.
For the last 20 years, music has served as my primary creative outlet, however; recent opportunities to indulge in the craft or completely immerse myself in a creative project haven’t been as abundantly available nor really possible. (Most new parents or those working in high-pressure professional endeavours might share the same insight.)
So I did a thing. Indeed, my first thing in a little while…
Put simply, this was me, pinching available pockets of time, throwing on some music and pressing record while doing so. There was little rhyme nor reason to its execution, rather than embracing an opportunity to process some newer purchases or indulgently enjoying a worn favourite. (My Ecler Nuo 5 being a notable addition into the latter category.)
I completed this over a number of weekends—on some days, I contributed only half an hour; on others, a little longer—picking up from exactly the point I had finished during the previous window.
It’s raw, honest, largely unedited—though, I obviously had to join each session recording—and it’s all me, doing something I genuinely enjoy and have done for some time.
I hope this translates into a reasonable journey for you, the listener—I’ll continue to enjoy it nonetheless.
: Tracklisting: 01 : Apparel Wax – ‘009B1’ (Original Mix) [Apparel Music] 02 : Tension – ‘The Spot’ (Original Mix) [DeepStitched] 03 : Sven Wegner – ‘Strimmeling’ (Original Mix) [Mostly Cozy] 04 : DJ Poolboi – ‘Elope’ (Original Mix) [Shall Not Fade] 05 : Pool Boy & Cyril Hahn ft. Pacific Coliseum – ‘Pool House’ (Original Mix) [Noire & Blanche] 06 : Retromigration – ‘Giving Back’ (Original Mix) [Healthyscratch Records] 07 : Idan Hana – ‘Friends’ (Original Mix) [Aterral] 08 : Harry Wolfman – ‘Mango Lime’ (Original Mix) [Secret Reels] 09 : Slync – ‘Voyage’ (Original Mix) [Pole Position Recordings] 10 : Groove Parliament – ‘Heaven’ (Original Mix) [Nurvous Records] 11 : Hysteric – ‘Chrome Plated Broiler’ (Original Mix) [Pleasure Of Love] 12 : Ari Bald – ‘Apollon’s Arpeggio’ (Original Mix) [Blåklint Studios] 13 : Graef & Seibt – ‘Kotschleuder’ (Original Mix) [Box Aus Holz] 14 : Scruscru – ‘Waka-no-ura Bay’ (Original Mix) [Ltd, W/Lbl] 15 : Retromigration – ‘Versace Sheets’ (Byron The Aquarius Live Remix) [Handy Records] 16 : Retromigration & Nephews – ‘Chb Pimpin” (Original Mix) [Ltd, W/Lbl] 17 : Felipe Gordon – ‘Strings Of The Afterlife’ (Original Mix) [Razor-N-Tape Records] 18 : Tech Support – ‘Praise’ (Original Mix) [Anti Skate] 19 : DiSKOP – ‘Bird’s-eye’ (Original Mix) [Whiteloops] 20 : Milton Jackson – ’16 Levels’ (Original Mix) [Housewax] 21 : John Tejada – ‘From A Slice To A Draw’ (Original Mix) [Slices Of Life] 22 : Halo Varga & Petar Cvetkovic ft. Cess – ‘In Da Groove’ (Original Mix) [NG Trax] 23 : South Shore Garage – ‘Tell The Truth’ (Original Mix) [Interweaved] 24 : Idan Hana – ‘Your Love’ (Black Loops 1AM Mix) [Aterral] 25 : Leonel Castillo – ‘TWT-001-002’ (A2) [Third Wave Trax] 26 : Anthony Mea – ‘Miles Away’ (Original Mix) [Nurvous Records] 27 : DJ Steaw – ‘Holding Off’ (Original Mix) [Phonogramme] 28 : Rhythm & Sound ft. Paul St. Hilaire – ‘Free For All’ (Soundstream Remix) [Burial Mix] 29 : J.T. Donaldson – ‘Pain’ (Soulphiction’s Dub Refix) [SupportSystem Recordings] 30 : Brawther – ‘Dunes’ (Original Mix) [Interweaved] 31 : Unknown Artist – ‘Lhyl’ (Original Mix) [Memory Remains] 32 : Silat Beksi – ‘Miracle Inside’ (Original Mix) [OLO Records] 33 : Stussko – ‘Guilty’ (Original Mix) [CDR] 34 : Horsemen – ‘All My Bad Behaviour’ (Vinyl Rework) [Ltd, W/Lbl] 35 : Jesse Bru – ‘Rainforest’ (Original Mix) [Aterral] 36 : Vitess – ‘Panama Peppers’ (Original Mix) [Pulse Msc] 37 : Genie In A Bottle – ‘Unknown B’ [Genie In A Bottle Records] 38 : Clive From Accounts – ‘Alan A’ (Original Mix) [Income Trax] 39 : Unknown Artist – ‘Sakalas’ (Original Mix) [Rayonas Records] 40 : Moonee – ‘Sweet Winters’ (Original Mix) [Groovence] 41 : pablot – ‘Got You’ (Original Mix) [SlothBoogie] 42 : Gunnter – ‘Don’t Go Away’ (Original Mix) [AKU] 43 : Janeret – ‘Beyond’ (Original Mix) [Rutilance Recordings]
It’s been a long minute since we’ve published a mix—that isn’t to say that we have spent the last year in hibernation, however.
Indeed, we spent most of 2020 plying our trade at a toasty, over-the-bridge establishment called The Foxtrot, playing warming selections for a thirsty, seated crowd.
When playing gigs at the ol’ Fox, and of a similar dynamic in recent time, we’ve been promoting more slow-mo, lo-fi and hip-hop-oriented sounds—often steering clear of a repetitive 4×4 kick drum—regularly flipping over to a cool, relatively unknown B-side and exercising the depths of our collections in the process.
This is one example that we really quite enjoyed, recorded live, opening the night at The Foxtrot, and we thought it best to share here.
Within, you’ll hear originals, remixes and releases from the likes of Eend (Sondrio), E. Live, Sable Blanc, Outkast, Waxtefacts, Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee, Drake, Editorial Records and Evren Furtuna to name a few!
There are few phone calls we enjoy receiving more than those from Cris at S*A*S*H. A large, red, circled calendar date typically follows the conversation, accompanied with resulting excitement in preparation for our next S*A*S*H date.
Whether demanding a sweaty, pumping late-night/early-morning shift in The Den, the lower, slower, disco vibes in The Maze, or a sun-soaked warm-up effort at S.A.S.H By Day; bookings at S.A.S.H quickly become personal highlights and are always, always subject for excitement.
Well, we received this very call a couple of months back which came with a comforting indication: “once we’re back; you’re back.”
With the ever-evolving situation that we call 2020; we have little doubt that the call came with an expectation that we’d be “back” in the saddle by now. While that’s not (yet) to be; we were offered a unique opportunity in the interim:
Back in September, we were—quite literally—handed the keys to the kingdom by Marley for the purpose of throwing down another edition of S.A.S.H’s Sunday stanza for its Lockdown Radio series. (And what a sweet space to spend an afternoon, it must be stated!)
We approached this as an opportunity to build our own theoretical S*A*S*H By Day composition—albeit, a condensed rendition of four hours—beginning with melodic, deeper vibes as a “warm-up”, and running through deeper house, dashes of disco, with some top-drawer signature S*A*S*H-esque chuggers towards its conclusion. Two parts Attic, two parts S*A*S*H, and plenty in-between.
This particular hour is the very first—more of a warm-up effort containing a selection of more off-the-grid, Attic-flavoured tunes from a line-up of “usual suspects”.
While you’re no doubt spoilt for choice with DJ mix content online nowadays; we hope that this offering will quench your thirst for all things S*A*S*H in your lounge room or office, in preparation for a time we’re all back together on the (real) dance floor before too long. And how sweet that will be.
: Tracklisting: 01 : Jesse Bru – ‘Day Tripper’ (Original Mix) [Kreattones Records] 02 : Meowsn – ‘Y’ (Original Mix) [SlothBoogie] 03 : Carlo – ‘Paco Buyo’ (Original Mix) [Una Vida De Barrio] 04 : Sune – ‘Fikapaus’ (Original Mix) [Let’s Play House] 05 : Peer Du – ‘For Those’ (Original Mix) [Haws] 06 : Loz Goddard – ‘Peaches’ (Original Mix) [Outplay] 07 : Folamour – ‘Tribute To My Barber’ (Laurence Guy Remix) [Kyoku Records] 08 : Roger Gerressen – ‘Capturing Diversity’ (Original Mix) [Yoyaku] 09 : Jad & The – ‘Pollock Street Blues’ (Original Mix) [SlothBoogie] 10 : thatmanmonkz – ‘Got 2 Get 2’ (Chris Duckenfield Ducktape Dub Edit) [Shadeleaf Music] 11 : DJ Counselling – ‘Keep On Playing’ (Original Mix) [SlothBoogie] 12 : Sam Ruffillo – ‘Surf Wave’ (Original Mix) [Toy Tonics] 13 : Fidde – ‘I Wonder If You Know (Dreams)’ (Original Mix) [CDR] 14 : Jehan – ‘Marabou’ (Original Mix) [Sundries Digital]
Alright, well, as promised… more content incoming!
For greater historical context; I’ll include the original copy below—it probably paints a clearer picture of my thoughts/feelings at the time, amidst the unbelievable period in which we currently find ourselves!
TL;DR: I played this set in February (pre-lockdown) and posted it around a month later (during lockdown)—and hey, even if you don’t read the passage in its entirety; well, I hope you enjoy the set all the same! 😉
A lot can change in a month…
While I recorded and delivered this particular set at Café del Mar in Sydney almost exactly a month ago; it feels considerably longer than that. Since this short space of time, there is a collective feeling—to me a least—that we’ve lost a lot our innocence… on both, a local and global level.
At the time, I can recall considering the current COVID-19/coronavirus situation as nothing more than an afterthought, a conversational filler, a punchline. There were no suggestions of any lockdown, no cancelled events, no indefinite business closures. There was a palpable buzz in the air and people were out on the town enjoying a balmy, late-Summer evening.
A lot can change in a month…
While I, and many of my esteemed colleagues, have taken to the Facebook Live airwaves to deliver a positive message of music during the last week or so; I also hope that this particular offering may serve a similar purpose: an accompanying side-dish to your respective isolated, remote working or otherwise uncertain endeavours, perhaps.
This isn’t a typical set that you might hear me play in a club nor even as part of our Attic project. For that reason, I originally intended to keep this as a private offering only. All things considered, it feels right to share it out.
It’s an uplifting, disco-centric offering—full of big vocals and positive melodies. I had an enjoyable time throwing it together, and I hope it translates as such.
I hope you enjoy it during these uncertain times and hope you’re otherwise staying positive and healthy.