Palms Trax is a Producer and DJ based in Berlin, Germany.What began as an experiment in pad-driven Detroit workouts soon becamePalms Trax' calling card, the young producer building valve-heated, dust-treatedslabs of house in his home studio, shot through with melodic synths and smooth,undulating drum patterns that recalls the likes of Legowelt, John Heckle, TevoHoward, and Nu-Groove era Burrell Brothers. His first record was released in October of 2013 on London-based imprintLobster Theremin.
Back in 2012, Roland Tings seemingly materialised out of thin air. An elusive bedroom producer who somehow caught the attention of famed dance label 100% Silk before anyone in his hometown, he immediately became the go-to- guy for Melbourne's most raucous house parties and basement clubs.
After releasing his debut EP on the LA based imprint he went on to spend the following years touring Australia, Europe and Asia with his propulsive live show. Having supported acts like Factory Floor, Chet Faker, Optimo and Juan Atkins, Roland quickly made his way on to festival stages around Australia.
In 2015 his debut self titled album was released by Norwegian label Internasjonal. It was crowned Triple J Feature Album, a rare feat for an outsider house record of hyperactive repetition. Roland quickly sold out his national headline tour following the album's release and cemented his place as one of Australia’s forward thinking voices in electronic music. The second half of 2016 has seen Roland tour the US extensively with Chrome Sparks and Rufus before a return to Australia for a string of summer festival dates.
Born 1985 in Stockholm to Hungarian parents, Kornél Kovács' perambulations in music began early and have continued at pace ever since. Raised on that classic, enviable diet of “proper” music training plus parents with killer music taste, Kovács' daytime lessons were given texture at night as everything from Kraftwerk and Art Of Noise to King Tubby and Boogie Down Productions wafted through the house.
Applying the Stakhanovite work ethic of his heritage to all he had learned so far, Kovács started knocking on as many of Stockholm's musical doors as possible, teaboying in the city's finest record stores, stalking its best DJs, working his way through the local library's excellent selection of dance music records. Kovács, then a “clumsy nerd who got to hang around the older cool kids because they found me funny”, even managed to wangle a few DJ gigs on the back of an intense early teenage love of mid-90s drum'n'bass, turning him into “Stockholm's youngest former jungle DJ” by the age of 14.
After a few years in this exquisitely premature retirement, Kovács picked his headphones up again in the mid-00s, and exciting things followed. Kovács had always written about music, and this, which he did for his own mp3 blog and various culture and music magazines, was joined by a DJ residency at Stockholm's legendary Paradise night, as well as a weekly radio show on P3, Sweden's Radio 1 equivalent. An unsurprisingly important stint at Red Bull Music Academy in 2008 was followed by the formation of Studio Barnhus with his best friends Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist. At first a studio space and DJ trio, and a year later a record label, Studio Barnhus has now charted 50 releases and counting – the initial Good Children Make Bad Grown Ups EP was Kovács' first appearance on vinyl.
The collective's successes have drawn reams of prestigious press coverage in the years since and worldwide DJ dates for its three members, as well as giving Kovács the artistic space that eventually fostered 2014's Szikra, the track Kovács admits was what made him realise he could “actually make music that people appreciate”. Given all this, it would be wrong to describe last year's Pantalón, on Glasgow's Numbers imprint, as any kind of “breakout” moment. Its irresistible, snapping drums and Spanish-language vocal did get people talking and dancing though, while an appearance on Hamburg's esteemed Smallville imprint in the same year saw him connect with another of Europe's electronic music powerhouses.
Kovács' debut album, The Bells, is out on Studio Barnhus in August and was recorded during an intensive two-week session in Gothenburg with his great friend (and great studio engineer) Matt Karmil. Giving your debut LP the same name as the most influential techno track in history certainly takes balls. But after hearing how the album draws together Kovács' natural festive musicality and his long-standing love of club rhythmics, and then factoring in the juggernaut trajectory that's taken him from tea-making record store jester to globally acclaimed producer and DJ, you can certainly forgive his confidence.
An electronic music specialist at FBi Radio, Andy Garvey is the individual behind the weekly radio show Pure Space. With her finger firmly of the pulse of the local and international dance music community, Andy introduces some of the world’s most interesting international and local acts to Sydney airwaves.
Of air Andy continues to light the dance fire under packed club floors around Australia with her eclectic mix of carefully curated tracks. She’s recently supported Florian Kupfer, Julio Bashmore, Sleep D, Mall Grab, Cyril Hahn and Anthony Naples, and is a regular fixture at 77 and Future Classic hosted events.
Although only a new kid to the scene, her selections from soulful grooves to raw percussive floor burners has seen her gain support for artists like Jack J (Pender Street Steppers), San Soda, Prequel, Late Night Tuff Guy, Noise In My Head and Steve Spacek. She’s also kept herself busy by doing the rounds at parties like Lost Weekend, Chubby!, Pickle, Keep It Disco!, Charades, Pipin’ Hot (supporting Warren Raww and DJ Huere), Picnic Social, S.A.S.H and festivals like Splendour In The Grass. Along with her love for music is her love for handmade Australian products where she now joins forces with Medhi El-Aquil as his Condesa sidekick.
You can catch Lauren weekly on FBi Radio’s Spin The Bottle where both her and co-host Johnny Lieu spin everything from the old, new and in between, with regular guests.