Saturday night primetime, all Supernatural roads and paths lead to This. The lord of space disco. Performing with a crackajack live band for the first time on Terra Australis. Johnny and Mary with Bryan Ferry. Find certainty without all the running around. A decade ago, disco underwent a revitalisation. Funky electronic music became exciting again. Weirdly or not, Norway was the epicentre from which new space disco emerged.
From pioneer in a heady underground scene, Todd has become an elite songwriter and supreme live experience maker, rightly sitting in the top drawer of bigtime musicians in the world. These are big cosmic disco jams to have a ball to. And some down-tempo dreamers too. His refined big bouncy colourful grooves have started millions of parties.
The song-like Norwegian language seems to be echoed in his playful, melodic music. Under the big Saturday night lights. Cruise through time and space together. Mark Seymour and The Undertow. Amyl and the Sniffers. The Senegambian Jazz Band. Late Nite Tuff Guy. Master Song Tai Chi. Her vibe is soulful hip hop, millennial soul, music as personal gospel — melodic, reflective, luminous, numinous.
Noname has a relatability that is magnetic. Her followers adore her. Listen, listen again, re-listen, infinitely. She pours joy and devastation into it. Noname will be performing with a small band. It just beams out of her. Her life and career are relatively undocumented. There are no slick videos, no major label pumping that stuff out.
Just a lot of love for her. Crime is rife, the city is broke, infrastructure is falling apart. In the baddest badlands of the South Bronx projects, a mother scrimps and saves to buy musical instruments for her three teenage daughters — to keep them off the mean streets.
Forbidden to play amid the peril and trouble beyond the front door, they play inside. Outside, the social chaos acts to incubate one of the most fertile periods in music history. Music is just exploding; hip hop is born, disco takes over radio, punk and no wave dominate lower Manhattan.
Their records are released alongside Joy Division and New Order. Inventor of garage, Larry Levan, chooses them to play the closing night of the famed Paradise Garage. They make music history. The name of her band is ESG, and they are one of the greatest bands alive that almost no one has heard of. A funky family affair. The South South Bronx. One of the most sampled groups in history — the iconic space funk of ESG. Few Australian bands could claim the cult status of these cats.
They seemed to begin as a concept-heavy side curio was it dance music devolved or future days punk? You can listen to them on the verandah, you can dig them in a club.
Their two albums are modern day classics. Total Control are several bands at the same time, veering on a new-wave, between synthy pop and hardcore. Dense stompers sit alongside G. My reception to things is to allow them to crush me And even laconic: Broken porch light, shattered sense of self-worth.
They pull in various directions at once, building imperceptibly from nothingness to deep triumphant joy, like a waking blankness that becomes alive to possibility and pleasure, without any obvious turning point.
Total Control go off, with authority. Many of you have badgered Aunty about getting them back. Catch this rare bird as it spreads its wings, struts about, and disappears again. Prev Next Designed for celebration. Built for energy generation. Engineered for euphoric elevation.
Tested in all atmospheric conditions. Certified to issue failsafe moodproof bigband surefunk dancepunk. Any beat that moves you is fuel for their six cylinders: They turn any space into a dance club, as anyone who witnessed their legendary set at the very first Golden Plains way back in will attest. Friday Night peak hour.