Astral People are bringing the amazing DJ Dodger Stadium to the Danceteria this Friday night!
Comprised of Jerome LOL (formerly of LOL Boys) and Samo Sound Boy, they formed Body High in 2011 and have been releasing incredible music ever since, with unique and adventurous forays into dance music from a range of artists, including their own debut album Friend of Mine.
This Friday is going to be their Sydney debut, and we reckon it’s going to be an unmissable night! They’re joined by Alba, Chris Barker, Huggz and Felix Lloyd.
To get you vibed, check out this mix they did recently for Resident Advisor. Listen now, party Friday!
Kick on outta the office and get amongst some post-work drinks and wings… we’re bringing you Jerk After Work every Thursday and Friday from 5-6:30pm!
Enjoy a plate of our delicious fried Jerk Wings for just $5, along with $5 beer and wine, and $10 club drinks.
We’re doing it every Thursday and Friday, so grab a crew and find yourself a booth!
With Yeezy in town and plenty of Rocs ready to be thrown in the sky, we’re hosting Diamonds Are Forever – a one-off night of Roc-A-Fella classics! To get you ready to revisit Jay-Z, Dame & Biggs’ finest, Levins and Franco have put together their top Roc-A-Fella jams!
Jay Z – In My Lifetime
It’s 2014 and Jay Z is one of the biggest superstars in the world. This was released in 1995 and as the story goes Jay & Dame delivered the promo vinyl with a bottle of champagne to all the biggest radio DJ’s round the US. Listen to the lyrics, he was so ahead of his time it’s as if he saw the future before it happened.
Dame Dash, Cam’Ron & Jim Jones – I Am Dame Dash
Taken from the Paid In Full soundtrack, this rarer Roc jam has the makings of everything great about that era; Just Blaze production, Dipset at their peak and Dame Dash doing what he does best – talk shit.
Freeway – Alright feat. Allen Anthony
You know those songs you can NEVER get sick of? This is one of those songs. Originally an Allen Anthony solo track (on the Paid In Full soundtrack), but made 200% better with the addition of Freeway’s raspy rapid raps. I will love this track forever.
Beanie Sigel – Feel It In The Air
Not one for the clubs, but listening to this song makes me so emotional. IMO Beans never really got his just due, he killed these reflective tracks, R&B features, club bangers. Dude could have been massive if he stayed out of jail long enough…
Memphis Bleek – R.O.C
Ok, so Bleek isn’t one hit away. But you can’t deny he had hits! This is up there with Roc The Mic, Flipside and a gang of other Just Blaze produced Roc club bangers that I absolutely love to play out. And Bleek could spit something serious, unfortunately for his solo career being Jay’s right hand guy his whole career was more a curse than a blessing.
5. Young Chris – 94 Bars
Roc-A-Fella is so unmistakedly New York, but most of my favourite Roc rappers were from Philadelphia. Young Chris was great in Young Gunz but this song (and ‘Line ‘Em Up’) were so much better than anything the Gunz did. There are a lot of tragic “why didn’t they blow up!” stories about Roc rappers, but Young Chris sits at the top of the tragic pile. He should’ve been huge. Bring back State Property!
4. Cam’ron featuring Juelz Santana – Oh Boy
I bought Cam’s album Come Home With Me because I loved ‘Hey Ma’ so much. Imagine my levels of pure stokedness when I heard this on my first listen through of the album. It hurts my life that while this track spent 5 weeks at number one in the States, Holly Valance’s ‘Kiss Kiss’ was number one in Australia.
3. Juelz Santana & Cam’ron – Dipset Anthem
Juelz and Cam were the best duo. Imagine what a better place the world be if Watch the Throne was actually a whole album of Juelz and Cam rapping about planking on things. This track only features the two of them but it’s probably the best intro to Dipset you can get. It sounds especially good when mixed into ‘Crunk Muzik’.
2. Freeway – All My Life (featuring Nate Dogg)
This is one of those tracks that I know all the words of but when I play it out nobody knows any of the words and that makes me sad in a really smug way. Nate Dogg’s chorus on this should be considered as one of his best, as well as one of the toughest R&B hooks on a rap track. This whole Freeway album (Philadelphia Freeway) is all hits and I wish he was still making records just like it.
1. Jay-Z featuring Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek & Freeway – 1-900-Hustler
This is the Roc-A-Fella take on a classic Rap-A-Lot track 1-900-Dial-A-Crook (which is probably my fav track from that label too). The best is so triumphant and everybody goes super hard and you’re like damn how could a track be any harder than this and then Freeway comes on and punches everybody in the world in the face with his verse. A few years ago me and Joyride played this on Christmas Eve at the Greenwood (why were we even booked) and someone cried. Best track ever.
Diamonds Are Forever is happening this Friday night from 11pm til late. Just $10 on the door. Full info here!
Heartbeat is a brand new party from Dusty Fingers and Steele Bonus, playing decades of left-field and underground club music. It’s making its debut this Saturday night with special guest Tamas Jones, so we dug a bit deeper with Dusty Fingers….
Where did the idea of Heartbeat come from?
I’ve always been really interested in that period around 1977 – 1985 where all these different counter-cultures and styles of music collided in clubs around the world. I guess it was the beginning of club culture as we know it today. Prior to 1977, you were either into Disco or Rock n’ Roll and usually you had to hate each other.
But at the beginning of the 80s there became this fusion and wider acceptance. Discotheques that were reserved for wealthy good looking 20-somethings with heaps of cash (i.e. Studio 54) started to be replaced with clubs that were a lot more in-line with underground street culture and experimental music. The glamour got grimey and everyone loved it! Clubs like The Mud Club in New York or the Hacienda in Manchester became environments that celebrated a broad range of cultures and genres from Disco, Punk, Funk, Dub, Hip Hop and Pop music.
It was a sentiment that spread world wide, fusion was in and the world became a more creative and tolerant place as a result. So i wanted to start a night that celebrated that ethos and period of real cross pollination and celebrated Left-field and Underground Club Music from the past.
A couple of months ago i had Steele Bonus come on my radio show on FBi, i’ve always loved Steele’s taste and been completely in awe of his knowledge of Fringe and Underground music. That night he played a set that blew me away and really captured a lot of the sounds and themes i had in mind for this night. We got talking after the show and both decided we should start Heartbeat together and here we are!
What do the different songs and genres at Heartbeat have in common?
I guess the one thing they have in common is they’ve all got various influences in the music, whether it’s dub and disco or no wave and funk, italo and tropical, afro and boogie. It’s all a big melting pot, but the biggest thing in common between them all is… they were all made to make you dance!
What kind of dancefloor should we expect?
What are three songs that define the ideas behind Heartbeat?