Monday, September 29, 2014

Drift Prism debut EP is out!

I'll keep this short; (in my books) this EP is the best collection of new songs that has come out of South Africa in ages. It's available on a "pay what you want" model, so even if you're totally broke, you can brighten up your life with this sonic magic.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TBT: the golden age of dance punk.

Tonight Hi5 is hosting a family reunion. We're re-assembling a gang of DJs and dancefloor-enthusiast that used to get together every Thursday night between 2005 and 2007 (maybe into 08?). I, for one, can't wait to have the family back together. In preparation, I trawled through some old photos, and found a bunch of us, doing what we did best during those days. This is only 9-7 years ago, but it feels like a very distant age...
If you wanna relive this magic, join us tonight!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dune Rats at Hi5 - episode 2!

With Hi5's nostalgia-fueled next episode going down in two days, I figured it could be a good chance to share some snaps from our last party.
For Hi5 13, we were really stoked to have Australia's Dune Rats make their return to our sweaty little dance party. Joburg band The Moths got things started. Awesome times ensued. Shot by Hi5's own Plaat Japie, here's what we have to show for all the carnage...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Drift Prism EP on it's way.

Drift Prism is (in my books) the most exciting new face in South African electronic music. I've been lucky enough to see this fantastic monster growing for the past few months and now, a debut 5 track EP is being released next week. A teaser video's been put together to give you a taste of what you can look forward to:

I, for one, am incredibly excited! You should be too!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hi5 present "An Indie Thursday Throwback"

Next month will mark Sassquatch's 9th birthday. Almost a decade ago, Ri and I teamed up to play our first set as Sassquatch and Data Takashi at "The Secret Pirate Party".

We quickly found ourselves very happily involved in the musical adventures of the phenomenal little scene that The Secret spawned. Most notably, we landed a weekly residency playing Tokyo Star on Thursday nights.

Playing alongside The Klassikist and King of Town, Ri and I had the best possible time on these Thursday nights. Fueled by adoration for the wave of new bands (LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, !!!) re-inventing dance music, classic bands who'd created the blueprints (Gang of Four, Talking Heads, A Certain Ratio) and cheap alcoholic frozen-ice beverages, these nights were, week after week, pure magic. Alongside the music and slush that made these times so great, the final ingredient was the people involved. Wits students that wouldn't miss a night, young professionals in business wear turning into sweaty messes, Pretoria kids that would drive all the way to Melville to dance with us; week after week, the people that packed out that tiny venue made us the happiest guys in Joburg.

The scene would inspire a whole generation of new DJs (Brother Grimm, Nathan Scott Phillips, Kodiak and so many more joining our ranks) and surely had a heavy hand in how night-life changed in the years since. But, like all good things, the nights would come to an end. Tokyo Star would leave Melville, along with it's lack of dress-code, alternative spirit and our ragged gang of DJs and dancers. I focused more on throwing parties in cities beyond Joburg. Ri would land up creating multiple alter-egos (Data Takashi, Plaat Japie, Danger Ingozi) for his expanding musical tastes. Kids grew up and time moved on.

Now, we're casting our gaze back to this golden era. Ri, Cam and I are throwing one of our Hi5 nights next Thursday, with a classic lineup and cheap alchoholic frozen-ice beverages in tow. We're mega excited to put on "An Indie Thursday Throwback" and can't wait to get slushed with all our old friends!