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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Goodnight & Goodgod

This Saturday marks the last ever night of Goodgod Small Club.


Documenting the zany history of this utopia would be impossible and frankly irresponsible, as this room as meant so many things to so many people. So instead, here are just a few of the countless memories I've acquired from this legendary time in Sydney.

A FEW THINGS I REMEMBER FROM GOODGOD SMALL CLUB

1. I remember NOT going to Goodgod after We Love Sounds in 2009. Apparently it was the funnest night ever (but that was said about most nights there).  

2. I remember my first night at Goodgod Small Club. It was a United Colours party featuring Solo, Kato, Bad Ezzy, Act Yo Age, Generic DJs, Charlie Chux and Wax Motif. Walking through La Campana was always a novelty experience, but that back room felt very homely from day one.


Jimmy Sing played the best set that night, and I remember Levins running around the club making sure everyone was singing along to every song. It wasn’t until later that I found out it was supposed to be the last ever night of Goodgod (though as we know this didn't quite happen). 

I’m really glad they stuck around, but I reckon that set was one of the most legendary moments in a long history of Sydney clubbing. Total 'I was there' moment. 

I also remember the Crazy Cousins remix of Kyla - Do You Mind, and how it is still my favourite song ever. 



3. I remember catching the train up from Wollongong to hit Goodgod almost every weekend for about 3 years straight. The music was always different, but you could always count on an open-armed attitude when you got there. I also remember the sunrise keeping us company on the 5.30AM train home, but I remember it was always worth it.

4. I remember not being at Goodgod for the Major Lazer takeover, but I remember being really proud when Aziz Ansari talked about it on Kimmell a few days later.

5. I remember the Club Kooky afterparty at SlowBlow’s ‘Smoke n’ Lazers’ party during Vivid. Starving Yet Full (from Azari & III) taught me how to dance, and Soulwax played in the front bar. Canyons played the best set that night, but no one knew who it was on account of all the smoke! 

6. I remember taking all my friends to The Dip, and always feeling pretty cool when Levins would bring out something extra for us. 

7. I remember feeling exhausted, emotional, tired and drunk, but I never felt sad inside Goodgod.  I remember Big Freedia’s ridiculous party, and Ben UFO’s euphoric all nighter, and stomping to Night Slugs at 6am, and SlowBlow's smoke machines,and all night sets from Four Tet and Jamie XX, and surprise sets from everyone, and Toni Toni Lee's 'The Intercom' and...just great music week in week out. 

8. I especially remember slapping the floor to Dexys Midnight Runners ‘Come on Eileen’ at the very last Ro Sham Bo.



9. I remember DJing in the front bar for Astral People's first birthday (who I met at Goodgod, and would later work with for another four years). I was booked to play at the same time as Ryan Hemsworth, but in the middle of Gwen Guthrie's 'It Could Have Been You', I could see him singing along on the dance floor. 

10. I remember finding out about Goodgod Closing, and immediately feeling nothing but happiness for Jimmy and Hana to not just leave such a globally-known legacy, but to feel free to continue making Sydney amazing in new ways (or at least take a well earned break). 

I also remember talking to Jimmy last week who, at one of Goodgod’s last ever parties, maintained that it was the people that made the space and we would all still be around regardless of a venue. I remember being in awe of these two people who, after so many years defining what will go down as one of Sydney’s most legendary spaces, would continue championing everyone inside who made it so great. 

Goodgod, thanks for the good times. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Your pal,

Fruitbeats 

Goodgod’s last ever dance goes down this Saturday night. Come and raise a jug of sangria for a few years of fun. Jimmy Sing is going to close the party. Grab your tickets here

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

DANIEL MERRIWEATHER TICKET GIVEAWAY


I'm happy to not say that this "isn't the sort of thing we usually post" because it is. Because we love Daniel Merriweather! We also love that he is playing at TONE, Surry Hills this wednesday. We also love that we are giving away a DOUBLE PASS for the thing (see bottom of post).

What I don't love though is 2 things:

1) Posts being taken down for having "illeagal content" in the form of a youtube video.

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2) People writing better music Bio's than myself.

Unfortunatly, both these things happened, so this point should have been made a long time ago. ANYWAY due to the bio for Daniel Merriweather being better and probably more logical than my own, I have no choice but to copy it.





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Melbourne’s own Daniel Merriweather is one local singer/ songwriter who can truly say his dreams have become a reality. It’s not every day that you can say you have shared the stage with names like Kanye West, The Roots, Justin Timberlake and Q-Tip or collaborated with Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Adele to name a few.

Daniel first came to Australia’s attention with his debut single “City Rules” (which was produced by Mark Ronson who instantly saw the incredible talent in the young artist) and follow up single “She’s Got Me”. Both releases became hits amongst Australia’s clubbing scenes and earned the Melbourne lad prestigious accolades including ARIA & APRA awards.Already having a reputable relationship with DJ/ Producer Mark Ronson, the world took notice of Merriweather’s soulful talent when he featured on Ronson’s chart topping cover of The Smith’s “Stop Me”. And from there the international acclaim has rolled in.His highly anticipated album, “Love & War”, helped Merriweather cement his success overseas with the album debuting on the UK Album Charts at Number 2.A favourite with some of the world’s biggest R&B and hip hop names, Merriweather has featured on the lineup of some of the world’s biggest musical events including Glastonbury, Global Gathering, Montreux Jazz Festival, the MTV Video Music Awards and The Brit Awards. The talented singer/ songwriter has also been a guest on popular US-based programs ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘TheLate Show with David Letterman’.Although constantly praised by the international music industry, Merriweather’s heart still lies very much at home. Always remembering his roots, the singer/ songwriter from Sassafras will perform a live, acoustic and exclusive show.
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Yes thats a super intimate (seriously TONE is perfectly sized) acoustic gig for all excellent fans. For this super special occasion, we have a DOUBLE PASS up for grabs for FREEEBIEEZZZ. Yeww! Email your full name + mobile number (so I can let u know u won a free double pass to Daniel Merriweather) to fruitbeats@gmail.com and maybe u can win a free...double pass to...okay yeah enough. GO FOR IT!!!!






Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FUN



Missy Elliot has been pretty quiet over the past few years, but makes up for it in the biggest way with a brand spanking new dancehall cut straight from the clubs in Stateside Jamaica.

Maxing out on the colab with Kingston resident SPICE, Miss-E raps mad on new track FUN, off the new Wash Belly riddim. It sits nicely in that wacky, amazingly danceable reggae sound and works will against Spice's JA-born and bred authenticity. Of course this isn't Elliot's first foray into dancehall, after the awesome VYBZ Kartel-fronted jam 'Bad Man' off The Cookbook. Check both below. And just for more Missy Elliot jamaican themed madness check out these two awesome Edits the UK's HEATWAVE did ft. the Bad girl on vocals. Big ting running Pass Da Dutch over the Sleng Teng riddim (a classic if there ever was one) but club master goes to the Dirtsman crossover featuring Timbalands amazing instrumental for Get Ur Freak On. HUGE!!!






Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hoops: Eat: Pray: VOGUE! + TICKET GIVEAWAY

"There are currently four distinct styles of vogue: Old Way (pre-1990); New Way (post-1990); Vogue Femme (circa 1995); and Dramatics, which includes stunts and tricks"




This coming saturday night GoodGod Small Club will be hosting what is probably the most suitably thrown party in the whole of 2011. Like..who the fuck else is going to throw down a night of the classic sounds, the hippest-house and the vogue-stylings of a more reasonable time other than Sydney's finest female-talent troop HOOPS. And where the fuck else is this going to be rather than Sydneys most underground, electric time-warp of a venue GoodGod. Be at one With The Bubble and make Time For the Percolator with Hoops founders ANNA LUNOE and BAD EZZY, alongside dude-bro's and similar gatherers of the ghetto TONI TONI LEE and KATO. All these dudes just ripped shit up at Splendour 2011 and are widely known to cause a severe ruckus pretty much everywhere they go. And armed with this much 90s house, you have caution to be nervous. SRS BIZ ALERT: These are pretty much my favorite DJ's in Sydney, and I think this is a genuine recipe for ghetto gospel magic. I know how many more times can I say the word Ghetto without sounding this white. It's impossible!



So you are probably wondering..."omg fruitbeats what the fuck does that all mean??" Well dude, It means Classic house, trax, new house, hip-hop, hip house, Soul Train, Diva Magic (from the real Divas), Jacking chi town make-u-combust bullshit and probably a LOT of drag queen/vogue next level shit. Did you ever watch The New Dance Show? The film clip for The Percolator? How about Hercules and Love Affair's My House (Thats 2011 u have no excuse). Its like that. Clap beats and 808-cowbells at the ready, U have from 10pm till late to strut your stuff like no tomorrow.

Speaking of the strut and as an added bonus, the previously mentioned recipe for magic includes crowd interactivity like U have NEVER SEEN BEFORE. In a special challenge taken out to the whole of Australia, Hoops want YOU to swank your best on the luminous GoodGod stage for a chance at prizes and massive-cred from Sydney's Finest Dance Crew (as selected by themselves). GoodGod are calling SERIOUS (not really..but really) dancers for a SERIOUS swag-off to some fine-ass sounds from some fine-ass DJs. Example trax and an essential practice video below.

This glamour-magic can only be intensified by the idea of FREEEE TIKITZ. Yeah we have a DOUBLE PASS to giveaway for freebies! All you have to do is email your full name to fruitbeats@gmail.com for a shot for 2. Its gonna be that E-Z.




For all you regulators out there entry is a ridiculous $5 before 11 and $10 after. Amazingly cheap, amazingly worth-it and amazingly vogue. Enter the comp before listening to these mad-tunes born for U 2 WORK!


















Thursday, July 28, 2011

Luke Million - Arnold



Oh Arnold, how could you be in any less trouble right now. Family problems, government problems, country problems and lets not forget the fact that you are nowhere near as ripped/dreamboat-y as you used to be. Between (love) child support payments, too-many mistresses and an unfortunately ailing movie career, I can't imagine you have much to smile about. I do believe however this may just break the drought.




Future Classic, the ever-quality Sydney based dance label are sitting on fire with their latest exclusive, limited edition 7" pressing of Arnold, a meaty disco stomper by Adelaides' Luke Million. With a soul-killing retro bassline and worded instructions by the Terminator himself, this perfect ode to disco leaves a great amount of room to vibe and sits comfortably with over the top clothing and associated dance moves. Real Starsky and Hutch shit. B/side 'Sun Splash' hits directly as the name implies, with a nice little summer jam a few months too-early. Those fatty textural synths work well with classic piano chord/hi-hat jam-outs for a smooth sun drenched voyage that, really, only Australia could produce.

The incredible accompanying video for Arnold displays Mr. Olympia at his finest, giving an added layer of context on that muscley bassline, which stands rather tall amongst the real-muscles of Arnie at his physical peak.





This is club tracks at its Terminating best.


Luke Million - Arnold / Sun Splash by future classic

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hugo Frederick: Remix EP



So there are a few reasons why you might remember Hugo Frederick. You may remember him because he's awesome and from Australia. You may remember when we wrote about hin here. You might remember him because his tracks are amazing and cross a lot of electronic borders mostly unheard in Australia. You might remember him from a crazy good remix of Bon Chat Bon Rat, or a multitude of swirling, RnB/drone influenced experiments in sound and emotion. You might remember being lost in the sounds, and therefore found again should his wildly fluctuating styles call for it.

Or you might not remember him at all.

Either way, become re-aquatinted with one of Australia's truly unpretentious rising stars, with music made without ego or a requirement to explode. They hum and seethe, circulating around varying influences based from popular genres and the sinister motivations behind them. His latest release, a 3-track remix EP of popular tracks from the 90s add a disquieting exposition of what can be made from something as harmless as the originals, with flair and restraint usually reserved for artists twice his age. Though twice his age isn't that old its still wildly respectable.




The EP is FREE and features three remixes and interpretations that you won't guess could be possible. 'Ain't Another Woman , a take on a Justin Timberlake #1 strips it down to a bone-chilling bass-tune layered with the vocal cuts and choppy ducked-out drum patterns to keep it danceable. Signature tune 'Family Affair' takes from the Mary J Blige track of the same name, pitching down the vox to the Harmonimix level, allowing the 808 toms and gliding high-ends to pull you in. The late-Aaliyah features on #3 with 'Aint Another Woman' with a sparse backing track allowing the vocals to carry it through. Beautiful, credible electronic music that never goes too far in either directions.

Similarities and comparisons to those of the new era, James Blake and Mt. Kimbie etc continue to surface, and it is with great pride that Australia finally has an artist to challenge the impending cultural dominance by foreign zones. The EP is free so you have no reason to not download it, with the added bonus of some dope trax as a reward for your bandwidth. This EP is also a precurser to a new EP of original material due for release over the coming months. Do not forget.

Consume endlessly.

Hugo Frederick - Remix EP (Free Download via. Bandcamp).

1. Ain't Another Woman (Reworking Justin Timberlake)
2. If Your Girl Only Knew (Reworking Aaliyah)
3. Family Affair (Reworking Mary J. Blige)



Guest contributor: Kayla Morlando