Hunter Music Production Collective

TUNES... #HASHTAG - September by Kian West

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THEY SAY 3RD TIME’S A CHARM… SO THEY SAY, LET’S SEE HOW WE GO…THIS MONTH SAW US PLAY AT ONE OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL PARTIES, THE NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY’S AUTONOMY DAY FESTIVAL AND AS SUCH MAY HAVE INFLUENCED A HEAVIER PARTY VIBE TO THE TRACKS WE’VE SELECTED THIS MONTH.  IT’S PROBABLY A GOOD OPPORTUNITY RIGHT NOW ALSO TO THANK ANYONE WHO DID MAKE IT ALONG TO OUR SET… SUCH A GREAT CROWD, ALWAYS, ALWAYS ONE OF OUR FAVORITES AND THE SUPPORTS FROM BENNY P AND K-ROCK MADE FOR A SOLID START AND FINISH TO THE AFTERNOON. Looking for songs for our set for ‘Autoday’ and writing the top five for last month has seen an added bonus with us throwing some ideas around in the studio again, keep an eye on our Soundcloud for a cheeky edit/remix/re-edit/re-hash etc etc, (the list is endless these days…) of one of the tunes we mentioned in last month’s article. Now… On to business.

 

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LIDO × I LOVE YOU Struggling through some administrative hurdles meant the release of this EP was a little later than expected however the extra wait was well worth it.  The opening sample of this song suggests we’re about to be hit with something deep, dark and sinister only to be quickly bought back to reality with the “I love ya” vocal thrown in with some big synths and shortly followed by some funked up slap bass, kicks, high hats, and clap for days and, …. it just continues to ooze funk as it goes further and further down the rabbit hole. Yes we know this is the second month running we’ve put some Lido in but we just can’t get enough.

Grimes × Go [feat. Blood Diamond] For anyone who is familiar with Grimes you’ll know that the majority of her work up until now has been extremely cruisey. “Go” takes us slightly left of the middle from her earlier work to give us a dubby, bass driven tune that makes you think festival central! Fun fact about this song, it was originally written for Rihanna, not sure about the rest of our readers but we’re extremely happy Rihanna declined and didn’t re-edit it into a trashy love ballad.

Caribou × Can’t do without Long builds, catchy vocal hooks and so much layering even a bricky would feel out of place. Caribou, a.k.a. Dan Snaith has bought us another progressive masterpiece with “Can’t do Without”. The song takes us back to the old school progressive house vibe and does not disappoint at all.

SBTRKT × New Dorp, New York. Where to even begin with this tune… It is so different from anything we’ve heard for some-time.  SBTRKT has always been a smooth operator but the cool, calm and collected vibe on this track is out of this world.  Funk, soul and jazzy goodness describe New Dorp, New York to a T, so much so that it almost feels like sacrilege to listen to it anywhere other than a Jazz Club.  Fair warning though, it’s not for everyone… Took a few listens for some of us to warm up to it.

Elliphant × Revolusion We can’t even say we’ve left the best for last on this one as this month has bought along some absolute gems but what we can say is that this one is right up there with our favorites for the minute. Having recently released an EP and receiving a fair amount of recognition for it we felt it appropriate to throw one of Elliphant’s songs in this month’s list, that, and we can’t get enough of what she has to offer. The whole EP is pretty amazing however, for us “Revolution” is the stand-out by far.  Saw wave synths, eerie vocals and a drop and grind Lindsay Lohan would brush at sees Elliphant’s Revolution fill out our last spot for the month with gold stars all round. That’s us for another month, hope we’ve opened a few ears to some different artists & sounds and we’ll be back soon with some more tunes to listen out for and hopefully another edit for everyone to sink their teeth into. Yours faithfully, S.O. Gloin, Hugo & Mr R. Rd PS. Mr R. Rd is still M.I.A. if you anyone sees him overseas please return to sender.

Hashtag - Top 5 - August 2014 by Kian West

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Top 5 Tracks for August 2014

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Hashtag-boys_greySecond chances don’t come around often in life and it’s not always the best idea to take up the offer however when the guys at The Mirage asked if we’d like to get involved again there was only one answer, yes. So…. First things first, a huge thank-you needs to go out to the guys at The Mirage for having us back, even if they do come to regret it. We would like to think we had some decent input in the last article but it’s probably a much better assumption to say that flattery will get you everywhere, either way we’re back and hopefully to stay. Being a little colder than usual of late, a fair amount of the tracks we have this month are quite mellow to tie in with the cozy nights we’ve had rugged up by the fire.

Coffee – Sylva Esso (Ms Mr Remix) The shivers and feel good vibes that were felt when we first heard the original of this track were sensational but the remix takes it to new levels. The build and layering right from the start of the MSMR remix of Coffee is beautiful, throw in a high end xylophone sound for good measure every now and then, a few melodic break downs and MSMR have brought it all together perfectly. A great way to start any day and if you get a moment check out the original’s film clip, fun times all round. Walk this Way – Lido Refix Wow, just wow! This tune is so simple yet very effective. Stripped down of almost everything but drums and vocals at points and a vocal hook that says it all “all my life I’ve stuck to the rhythm” this tune has rhythm and bass for days. The absolute final selling point for the tune is the last two minutes, the break down and subsequent drop could not work any better. All that she wants – Plastic Plates Remix All that she wants… All that we want is more Remixes from Plastic Plates! Renowned for his Nu-disco fueled re-licks of some great tracks, the efforts done on Ace of Base’s classic “All that She wants” are another well-earned notch on an already overflowing belt of remixes. No more description required, definitely give this one a listen or ten =) Strange Enough – Verite With an extremely cruisey start and some mesmerizing vocals reminiscent of Katy B and Imogen Heap, Strange Enough captured our attention on a number of levels right from the start. Some great synths and harmonic vocals get you straight into the song and it’s hard to get away once Verite captures you with that voice. While it starts out mellow Strange enough builds into an orchestral masterpiece that would sit well at any high-flying moment front and center at a festival and definitely has us waiting in eager anticipation to see what she releases next. Yes, this is her first release =) No More - Shlohmo & Jeremih If there is to be a 2014 retake of Romeo and Juliet, No More would fit perfectly into its soundtrack. It may sound weird to say but there is an extreme amount of conflict and contrast throughout the entire song. Opening with a grinding industrial sound it quickly evolves into a mish mash of synths, hi hats, low end goodness and layered with some heart felt vocals, on paper it sounds like there is now way in hell that could sound any good yet, somehow it not only works but brings the goose-bumps on in full force. Definitely saved the best for last with this one! And that concludes take two of our top 5 tracks for the month. Yours truly, Mr S.O. Gloin and the Hashtag lads

HMPC - February 2014 by Kian West

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ON LAST WEEKEND, AN AMAZING EVENT. DON'T MISS THE NEXT ONE, LIKE THE HMPC PAGE TODAY. 2014 is shaping up nicely with the first HMPC production event to be held February 22 at King Street Hotel (from 2pm till 5pm). For just $10 you will get to hear from some leaders in the community including: Alex Preston (Preston Recordings) and Matt Meler, plus more to be announced! In the afternoon there will also be an opportunity for the community to network and show off their ideas. If you have a track you want to play to the group for critical evaluation (or just praise) hit up the facebook page: facebook.com/HunterMusicProductionCollective Expect to hear about skills people have learnt, insight into the industry and ideas around Electronic music creativity. Last year saw many of the groups participants later working together on collaborations so it is really an incredible opportunity to meet one another outside of the normal club/festival locations most often otherwise used. On top of that, at the time of writing we are in the process of negotiation on some new music nights, so keep your eyes peeled. What would you like to learn about making Electronic Music? From the basics to advanced skills the HMPC community is here to help one another.. So hit ‘em up!

Hunter Music Production Collective - December by Kian West

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Did you catch the third Bing Bang Bong?

Some incredible sets from CRZN, Gillies and JWell.

 

It is festival season and this year has seen some major highs with gigantic artist line-ups, as well as some major lows with several festivals disappearing or re-inventing themselves as “boutique” versions of themselves. What does this do to the club circuit and the normal Weekend out? Are people still making the same effort to get to shows mid-week or even Friday and Saturday nights, or are we saving every penny to see half a dozen huge names in festival locations?

This is something that has been going around discussion tables with HMPC for some time, and it is interesting to witness the new generations who are accustomed to this way of life and how they deal with a shift in how music is a part of socialising. It has an on-flow effect on emerging talent because it is harder to get bodies inside venues to support their creativity and for talent to emerge. So much harder to become “discovered” if there is no one there to discover you. But this crisis isn’t happening for the first time, maybe just for the first time in the dance scene - bands have been dealing with this for a while now.

So if you aren’t discovering new music live, where is it coming from? The Internet is the obvious answer, but how do you source new “good” music with so many options but no way to sift through to all the greatest tunes. Following your favourite artists on soundcloud, blogs, maybe hypemachine, itunes or aria charts, there are a multitude of options, but then how often are you the tastemaker the tune selector that people go to for inspiration. Do you hold a group of fans attention as they await your next selection, who asks you regularly what you are listening to or enjoying? If you are a DJ it is often your job to take this role, but there is also a balance there of selecting what you like and also what the crowd will like. These two things do not have to both happen to be an excellent DJ, often being able to hear a popular tune and add it into the playlist is a talent greater than the ear that just hears what it likes.

So it is with this we reach the point, the summary of this article, and in tandem, the end of the year. Have a think about your top 10 songs for 2013, as well as maybe the 10 songs that stand out for the year, maybe not your favorites personally but what songs made an impact on the year. They could have been used as tv commercials or at a pivotal moment in a movie, or a radio tune playing when something personal happened. These are not necessarily in your top 10 favorites but they stand out for their memorability.

 

BING BANG BONG @ THE CAMBRIDGE by Kian West

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Thursday night is the new Wednesday night, which was the new Friday night, basically it is NEW. October 24 saw DIBBS, K-ROCK and TEO Vs. RUFEYO. A massive night of cool tunes, a real beacon within the local dance music community.

Hunter Music Production Collective even recorded the set and have loaded up the first hour that features DIBBS steering the musical direction.

https://soundcloud.com/newcastlemirage/bing-bang-bong-october-24

Next time - Thursday 28th - JWELL, GILLIES and CRZN!

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Ghost Drop by Kian West

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GHOST DROP IS THE FILTHY NEW ALTER-EGO OF ONE OF NEWCASTLE’S FAVOURITE DJ’S – LUKE LA BEAT. HE HAS A FRESH NEW MIXTAPE YOU CAN FIND ON SOUNDCLOUD AND A DEBUT PERFORMANCE COMING UP AT THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL ON SEPTEMBER 26 A PART OF THE HUNTER MUSIC PRODUCTION COLLECTIVE AND STUDENT ASSOCIATION’S NEW INDEPENDENT AND UNDERGROUND MUSIC NIGHT – BING BANG BONG. IF YOU LIKE YOUR MUSIC HARD AND GRITTY THEN YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GHOST DROP.  

How would you describe the music that you make?

Ghostly !! haha no no i guess really dirty ! lol

 

What are you working on at the moment?

Just getting myself out there i guess ! and a remix of a parkway drive song.

 

Where is your next event?

I have a guest spot coming up at the Cambridge actually (at) Bing Bang Bong is the event name ! also my new residency in kings cross @Candy’s apartment.

 

When is the next release?

hmmm hard to say im crazy busy with my other artist name [Luke La Beat]

 

Who is your biggest influence/s?

rl grime , what so not , carnage , borgore , bro safari ... yeah !

 

If you could play anywhere where would it be?

TOMOROWLAND !!!!!!! HANDS FUC#ING DOWN !