Statue: “Entrance”

DATE:
December 5th, 2016
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Melbourne’s Statue, the live percussion-based dance project erected by two drummers, Tom Gould (of World’s End Press) and Nicolaas Oogjes (of NO ZU), first caught our ear last year with their percussion-driven debut 12” “Built” of raw synths, drum machines and haunting vocals. And the duo have now returned to Cut Copy’s Cutters Records with their second offering, a new four-tracker called “Monument”. According to the label, the EP is a “reflection of the human and a testament to dancefloors both indoor and out.” Today, we’re treated to a stream of the record’s opening track “Entrance”, a ten-minute percussive dancefloor odyssey. Blast it above.

The “Monument” EP, which also features an expansive remix of the title track from recent ESP Institute alumni Moscoman, is out now on Cutters Records. Buy it here.

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Statue: “Jade”

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NO ZU: “Afterlife Eurotica” Mix for La.Ga.Sta.

DATE:
May 19th, 2016
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MIXES
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It’s time to beat the heat with Heat Beat! Just before bringing their legged punk-funk-dance XXXtravaganza to Europe, our beloved Melbourne heat beat collective NO ZU have put together this exclusive “Afterlife Eurotica” mix for La.Ga.Sta. to get us all in the right mood for the upcoming tour. Filled with choice selections, the 64-minute mixtape is a pure heater of a mix! NO ZU like to keep things shrouded in mystery, so there’s no tracklist.

Nicolaas Oogjes of the band says about the mix, “The ‘Afterlife Eurotica’ mix sums up our feelings about bringing the full-ZU-band XXXtravaganza to Europe for the first time! Sight seeing boogie, tourism funk, foreign mood rave, traveling groove hypnotics, and souvenir erotic feelings permeate throughout as they do in the collective ZU mind. Most tracks are completely fresh to me. Groove deepness that has floated around us in the Heat Beat ether from other DJ sets, from band-mates in dilapidated hostel rooms, from Melbourne community radio and from the depths of the ‘Afterlife’. Then there are a couple of ZU standards, pillars of the proto-XXX-boogie past like Parliament and Sydney’s own Severed Heads. See you this week Europe! Time 2 do the ZU with U.”

Grab the mix below, and make sure to check out the Alex Last-directed new 3D video for “Hi-Gloss, taken from their second LP “Afterlife”, out now on Chapter Music. Buy it here.

Download the “Afterlife Eurotica” mix for free here.

EU Tour Dates:
Fri 20 May – Russia – Moscow
Tues 24 May – UK – Leeds – Headrow House
Wed 25 May – UK – Glasgow – Hug & Pint
Thur 26 May – UK – Manchester – Deaf Institute
Fri 27 May – UK – London– Shacklewell Arms
Sat 28 May – France – Nantes
Sun 29 May – France – Paris – Villette Sonique Festival
Tue 31 May – UK – London w/Prince Rama
Wed 1 June – France – Rennes – Ubu Club
Thur 2 June – France – Amiens – La Lune des Pirates
Fri 3 June – Switzerland – Dudingen – KILBI festival
Sat 4 June – France – Nimes – This Is Not A Love Song festival

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NO ZU: “Spirit Beat”

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La.Ga.Sta. Top 10 March 2016

DATE:
April 7th, 2016
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NEW MUSIC
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Here’s our monthly list of the most downloaded tracks on La.Ga.Sta., featuring Nils Frahm, Peaking Lights, Daniel.T., Gigamesh, Mall Grab, and more. Taking the top spot this time around is Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Cooper Saver with his ace remix of HEALTH “Stonefist”. Check out each of the tracks that made it to the top 10 below, and stay gas!

Top 10 March 2016:

01. HEALTH: “Stonefist” [Cooper Saver Remix]
02. Peaking Lights: “Conga Blue”
03. De Lux: “Oh Man The Future” [Daniel.T. Remix]
04. Nils Frahm: “Solo Remains”
05. Gigamesh: “Control” [feat. Caroline Smith]
06. Mall Grab: “Father”
07. Sasha Jan Rezzie: “Thinking Too Loud?”
08. Baby Alpaca: “Will I Ever See You Again?”
09. NO ZU: “Spirit Beat” [STATUE Reconstruction]
10. Debukas: “Coloured Lines”

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Top 10 February 2016

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NO ZU: “Spirit Beat” Video

DATE:
March 17th, 2016
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Hot on the heels of their excellent second album “Afterlife”, Melbourne’s heat beat collective NO ZU have shared a surreal new video for the sweat-machine-funk jam “Spirit Beat”, one of the record’s standout tracks. Watch it above, and get deep into the Heat Beat! As a bonus, you can grab a free download of a fine remix of “Spirit Beat” by Statue, the dance project of Tom Gould (World’s End Press) and Nicolaas Oogjes (NO ZU). The “Afterlife” is out now via Chapter Music. Get it here.

Directed by Jack Peddey.

Download here.

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NO ZU: “Ui Yia Uia” (Bonus Beat with Maria Minerva)

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NO ZU: “Spirit Beat”

DATE:
January 19th, 2016
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More heat beat? Yes please! Following on from their great “Hi Gloss” EP for Cut Copy’s Cutters imprint late last year, Melbourne heat beat collective NO ZU return to our station with their brand-new single “Spirit Beat” and it’s just about as infectious as it gets. This sweat-machine-funk jam is another good reason to get excited about their upcoming second album “Afterlife” that finds NO ZU exploring the “loose concoction of no wave, funk, house, techno, and global percussion.” The eight-track album “Afterlife” arrives on February 5 via Chapter Music. You can pre-order your copy here.

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NO ZU: “Ui Yia Uia”
NO ZU: “Ui Yia Uia” (Bonus Beat with Maria Minerva)

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NO ZU: “Hi Gloss”

DATE:
November 5th, 2015
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NEW MUSIC
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Back in September, Melbourne heat beat collective NO ZU contributed a superb sax-filled “bonus beat” version of their recent single “Ui Yia Uia”, featuring Maria Minerva, to our free “Late Summer” compilation Vol.5. Now, they’re back with their new track “Hi Gloss”, the second single from their upcoming album “Afterlife”, which is expected to arrive early next year on Chapter Music. The track finds NO ZU delivering a P-funk leaning house jam and it’s absolutely irresistible. Feast your ears on the seven-minute 12” mix of “Hi Gloss”, taken from their new four-track of the same name, which will drop on November 13th via Cut Copy’s own label Cutters Records.

Pre-order your copy here.

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NO ZU: “Ui Yia Uia”

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NO ZU: “Ui Yia Uia” Video

DATE:
October 1st, 2015
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NEW MUSIC
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Melbourne heat beat collective NO ZU have shared this cool video for their great new single “Ui Yia Uia”, a slow boogie groover from their forthcoming new album “Afterlife”, which is expected to arrive early next year via Chapter Music. Watch the video above, and make sure to grab a free download of the “bonus beat” version of the track, specially made for our new “Late Summer” compilation Vol.5. This new version is an infectious clarinet and sax-filled jam that features vocals from Los Angeles-based Estonian musician Maria Minerva, the newest addition to the NO ZU ever-expanding global family. Feel the heat!

Directed by Danny Cohen.

Download La.Ga.Sta.’s “Late Summer” compilation Vol. 5 for free here.

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La.Ga.Sta. Late Summer Compilation Vol. 5

DATE:
September 18th, 2015
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[Artwork: Stefanos Michaelides]

Yeah, it’s that time of the year when we love to pretend that summer never ends with our annual “Late Summer” compilation. The fifth edition is finally here, featuring 16 tracks from some of our favorite artists and talented newcomers. Brimming with the warmth of those long summer days and sun-kissed vibes of our own road trips, the “Late Summer” compilation Vol.5 takes you on a journey through the most carefree season of the year. While at the same time, we’re trying to bring you a selection of different sounds and different flavors that will soundtrack your blissful car rides and fuel you with a never-ending summer feeling wherever you are. Let’s make it a summer to remember.

As usual, this year’s “Late Summer” compilation features lots of exclusive tunes, including previously unreleased tracks, as well as much-loved gems available as a free download for the first time. We hope you like it as much as we do. Shout out to all the artists and labels for making it happen. Stream and download the whole thing below. Ride with us.

DOWNLOAD: La.Ga.Sta.’s Late Summer Compilation Vol. 5 here for the price of an email.

Tracklist:

01. HNNY – Solsidan

What a better way to open our new compilation than with one of our favorite tunes of the year so far from Swedish house producer Johan Cederberg, aka HNNY. Effortlessly smooth and mellow, “Solsidan” is an absolute gem of a tune filled with looped-up vocals and sun-kissed summertime grooves. Taken from his second “Solsidan/Alby” EP for the ever-impressive New York-based label Let’s Play House, it’s now yours for absolutely free.

02. Andras & Oscar – Looking Back (Tornado Wallace Dub)

What a tune! This one feels like an absolute Melbourne affair and it has been on repeat mode all summer. We’re so excited to feature on our compilation a sublime track that finds two of Melbourne’s finest house names come together. Tornado Wallace delivers a perfectly crafted dub version of András & Oscar‘s “Café Romantica” standout “Looking Back”. Exclusive free download, courtesy of Amsterdam imprint Dopeness Galore and Australian label Chapter Music.

03. Woolfy Vs. Projections – Josephine

Woolfy Vs. Projections, the duo of California-based musicians Simon “Woolfy” James and Dan Hastie, have soundtracked many of our rides with their superb cover of The Smiths’ classic “Ask”, which was featured on last year’s compilation. Fresh off the release of their third album “Stations” on Permanent Vacation, it feels so good to have them on board once again. This time with a stunning, sun-drenched cover of Chris Rea’s “Josephine” filled with cosmic disco goodness. Specially made for our compilation Vol.5.

04. Du Tonc – Rise (Mighty Mouse’s Discolife Dub)

Good things comes for those who wait. London’s disco maestro Mighty Mouse revisits the track “Rise” by everyone’s favorite Du Tonc, his collaborative project with Sydney’s Matt Van Schie (of Van She fame), for a special “Discolife” dub version. In true Mighty Mouse fashion, this groove-filled tune will light up any dancefloor. His first ever remix on a Du Tonc track is now yours for free. Rise up!

05. The Juan MacLean – Here I Am (Octo Octa Remix)

It always feels good driving around with The Juan MacLean, the duo of John MacLean and Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem fame). Even better, with a new remix for their track “Here I Am”, taken from last year’s “In A Dream” LP, which also comes as an exclusive free download courtesy of DFA Records. Brooklyn-based house producer Octo Octa has transformed “Here I Am” into an epic, slow burner. It clocks in at nearly eight minutes, and we can’t get enough of it.

06. Lauer – Oramorph

Frankfurt-based producer and Tuff City Kids member Lauer is someone we’ve been following for a long time. After dropping “Borndom”, one of our favorite records of the year, the prolific producer offers us a slow ride with his elegant track “Oramorph”, specially made for our compilation. With its atmospheric melodies and dreamy synths, the track takes us deeper into the universe of Lauer. Expect nothing but quality.

07. Daniel.T. – Boy

Let’s take a late summer drive down the Pacific Coast Highway with Los Angeles-based producer/DJ and avid vinyl collector Daniel.T., also known as one half of Cosmic Kids. His instrumental cover version of Book of Love’s “Boy” is yet another fine example of his colorful sound. The track was featured as a digital bonus track on his excellent debut mini-LP “Tetrachromat” on Young Adults. West coast vibes all round.

08. Ольга Чиповская – Сафари (This Soft Machine Edit)

Tim Sullivan, what a guy! Having already impressed us with his recent debut “On & On”/”This Place Was Meant For Me” EP on Eskimo Recordings, Australian producer/DJ has contributed to our compilation his first ever edit under his This Soft Machine moniker. As expected, This Soft Machine delivers the goods, a killer rework of Olga Chipovskaya’s ’80s electro track “Safari” with infectious grooves for your next exercises on the dancefloor!

09. Cameo Culture – Told You So

Colorful chill-out grooves, lush horns, and tropical-tinged percussions. Brooklyn-based producer/DJ Dave Robertson, better known as Cameo Culture, brings some serious summer vibes with his track “Told You So”, our favorite cut from his recent debut album “Burning Bright” on Wolf + Lamb Records. A perfect tune for your next sunset ride.

10. NO ZU – Ui Yia Uia (Bonus Beat with Maria Minerva)

More heat beat goodness coming to you direct from NO ZU. While their new single “Ui Yia Uia”, a slow boogie groover, is getting plenty of spins, the Melbourne heat beat collective delivers a “bonus beat” version of the track, specially made for our compilation. It’s an infectious clarinet and sax-filled jam that features vocals from Los Angeles-based musician Maria Minerva. “Ui Yia Uia” is the first taste from NO ZU’s forthcoming new album “Afterlife”, which is expected to arrive early next year via Chapter Music.

11. In Flagranti – As Fast As I Can

Get your fill of sleazy vintage disco with “As Fast As I Can”, a classy tune from In Flagranti, our beloved Swiss duo of Sasha Crnobrnja and Alex Gloor. Released earlier this year via their own Codek imprint, this track is exactly what you’d expect from In Flagranti and arguably one of the pair’s finest tunes we’ve heard in a while.

12. Ben Browning – Friends Of Mine (Cooper Saver Remix)

We’re big fans of Cut Copy’s bassist Ben Browning, so we’re delighted to include on our compilation a previously unreleased remix of “Friends Of Mine”. Taken from his recent debut album “Turns”, the track gets the remix treatment by LA producer/DJ Cooper Saver, the man behind the Far Away parties and mixtape series. He infuses “Friends Of Mine” with an extra dose of synths, delivering a deliciously summertime jam. What’s not to love?

13. Knightlife – Haus Angeles

Absolute fire from Melbourne-based producer and Cutters Records’ very own Mike Gamwell, aka Knightlife. For our compilation, Knightlife has reworked The B Boys’ ’80s classic “Rock The House”, turning it into a house floor-filler. Inspired by the L.A. leg of the last tour he did with Cut Copy, the “Haus Angeles” edit is a banger of a tune. Play it loud!

14. McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (Klaves Edit)

Get into the groove with this exclusive disco edit from Polish wunderkind Mikolaj Gramowski, better known as Klaves, who last graced us with his killer double-A-side single “People” b/w “Oh No” on PMR Beat Club. The multi-talented producer works his magic on McFadden & Whitehead’s classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”, delivering a dancefloor-ready edit full of infectious grooves.

15. Navid Izadi – Messin (feat. Angelica Bess from Body Language)

Multi-talented San Francisco-based artist Navid Izadi brings some serious heat with his newest track “Messin”. Channeling the vibes of uplifting, ’80s Latin freestyle, Navid Izadi delivers an addictive club tune featuring vocals from Body Language’s Angelica Bess. With its lush synth pads, housey piano keys and soulful boy/girl vocals, “Messin” is just about as infectious as it gets. Exclusive free download, courtesy of Wolf + Lamb Records.

16. Homework – Yakushima Dreams

Filled with mellow grooves and gentle piano stabs, “Yakushima Dreams” finds Homework, the dynamic Amsterdam-based duo of Tom Waist and Zip Stolk, capturing the sun-drenched warmth of summertime deep house. Taken from their recent “Palindrome 1” EP on Let’s Play House white-label series, “Yakushima Dreams” is a farewell letter to the end of the summer.

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NO ZU: “Ui Yia Uia”

DATE:
August 28th, 2015
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Melbourne heat beat collective NO ZU first wowed us late last year with their percussive funk jam “Raw Vis Vision” of horns and disco whistles, a standout cut from Cut Copy’s excellent “Oceans Apart” compilation. Following the release of their ace “Medusa Music” 12”, heavily inspired by Hellenic culture, NO ZU are back in action and in fine form with their new single “Ui Yia Uia”, their debut release for Chapter Music. Filled with bombastic horns and infectious layers of percussion, this slow boogie groover is another quality example of NO ZU doing what they do best. Play it loud.

The single “Ui Yia Uia” is the first taste from NO ZU’s forthcoming new album “Afterlife”, the follow-up to 2012’s debut “Life”, which is expected to arrive early next year via Chapter Music. Pick up your copy of “Ui Yia Uia” here.

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NO ZU: “Raw Vis Vision”

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Statue: “Jade”

DATE:
July 30th, 2015
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The newest member of Cut Copy’s Cutters Records family is Melbourne’s Statue, a new percussion-based dance project erected by two drummers, Tom Gould (of World’s End Press) and Nicolaas Oogjes (of NO ZU). Statue’s debut release, a four-track offering called “Built”, finds the dance duo fusing raw synths, drum machines, haunting vocals and live percussion to craft a unique sound, which sits somewhere between minimal techno and percussion-driven tribal house. Today, we’re treated to a full stream of one of the EPs standout cuts, the eight minute house jam “Jade”, a guaranteed dancefloor burner.

Statue’s “Built” EP is out now in both digital and vinyl formats on Cutters Records.
Get it here.

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