The UK’s Paul Woolford hits town this week and he’s got a couple of things lined up under different aliases. First up on Thursday February 2, he’s set to play at Stable Music’s aptly named SecretlyI Am A Junglist party at Howler, doing a set under his Special Request alias. Woolford’s released a heap of 12” records, EPs and remixes as Special Request since 2012, ditching the four to the floor beats in favour of higher tempo deconstructed breaks and gnarly heavy bass. On Sunday February 5, he’s back to his acid house roots, doing a classic Paul Woolford set alongside Melbourne acid veteran Honeysmack at Piknic Electronik. Woolford’s sets aren’t known for being subtle (or Honeysmack’s for that matter), so be prepared for a workout.
On Friday February 3, ¿Club D’érange? say farewell to the Mercat Basement, in what will be one of the very last parties there ever. Over from “Cold Ibiza” (aka Tasmania) for the night is Bronze Savage, doing a rare live-set. Bronze Savage aka Nathan Savage, is one of the guys responsible for the flourishing party scene in Hobart, running the Hazey Daze night and the Rose Quartz Festival that made it’s debut in 2016. His own music runs the gamut of hardware driven disco and house, lo-fi but plenty sexy. Joining him will be Francis Inferno Orchestra, Simon TK and the D’érange residents.
On Saturday February 4, the teams behind Good Manners and Wondercore Island are throwing a massive collaborative shindig across The Curtin and Bella Union called Good Island. The lineup features an eclectic variety of music, from the jangly weirdo jazz-pop of Jaala and Nai Palm, to the rich and deep house productions of Planete and Lucianblomkamp. But the concept for the event isn’t just a bunch of cool acts playing tunes, each artist plays twice over the duration of the event – once performing their usual gig material, and once in a collaborative and/or experimental context, utilising both conventional and unconventional spaces. The Bella Union sits directly opposite the Curtin in the old Trades Hall, so it’ll be interesting to see what these “unconventional” spaces are.