Let Them Eat Cake '18: Preview
On perhaps the most auspicious party day of the calendar year and, as it happens, the first day of the calendar year, New Years Day is a day of hedonistic gluttony with a tremendous amount of parties vying for your celebratory attendance. To be the cream of the crop on such a jam-packed day is a title worth fighting for and Let Them Eat Cake have had their hat in the ring for a good while now coming into their sixth edition on the opening day of 2018.
A nod to the infamous zinger from Austrian, French Queen Marie Antoinette, the quip ‘let them eat cake’ was originally a throwaway piece of repartee to display the regalities decadent disdain towards the rebellious French, but now takes a different turn. Now ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ serves as a modern-day revival of the indulgent carousing of a ‘lawn-party’, where in this instance the string quartets are exchanged for sound systems, mixers and turntables and butlers with trays of hors-d'oeuvre are traded for frosty tins. Cocktails however still remain as a common denominator. ‘Let Them Eat Cake’, or simply ‘Cake’ as it has affectionately been baptised by attendees commands a location of significant opulence to alloy its royal bedrock, and on the bourgeois lawns of Werribee Mansion, they have just that. A venue, which stands in stark contrast to modern buildings of architectural minimalism compromises nothing for a lost age of aristocratic swank and stands clearly as a monolith for an epoch remembered only by VCE history students and the occasional humanities inclined bookworm. Style, taste, pazaaz. The ‘Cake’ aesthetic is meticulously constructed to compliment the chic grounds of Werribee Mansion, every detail is tirelessly constructed with fashionable intentions in mind. All of this sets the scene for a monocled, tuxedo laden rich people’s game of dice and small binoculars, cigars and neat whiskey in crystal tumblers. That, and a naughty little rave to signal a fresh start to the year. The attention in detail dedicated to the aesthetic of the day is matched by an equal measure of consideration into the scheduling to the musical entertainment for the day.
Apparat is an artist who has encapsulated the attention of the electronic music community like no other with his work as the voice of Berlin group, Moderat. Having recently announced a hiatus, ‘Cake’ will be hosting the producer for a DJ set on the lawns, something, which has not been seen for a good while. As a producer Apparat glides through electronic melodies with astounding fluidity, at times resonant of sophisticated electronic pop, at other intervals, grungey and dark, but as a symbol for the burgeoning IDM branch of electronica his sounds are consistently emotive and layered with subtle glitches and experimentation.
If day drinking, sun drenched boogies are on your agenda for New Years Day then Palms Trax is an operator you want in the booth. A selector with a pretty broad spectrum of tastes and is able to satiate any number of hankerings, with his sets ranging from dreamy disco soul numbers, to a naughtier array of house cuts. The consistent, dominating take-away from Palms Trax’s sets is an indisputable flirtatious spirit rich in afrobeat, disco and Chicago house influences, all of his selections are played with smiles, grooves and sweaty dance floors in tow. He has a vibe, and its painted with the rapture of the many punters who have enjoyed his sets, Palms Trax is another brilliant selector from yet another wave from an astonishingly abundant British scene and one worth seeing.
In Âme and Jon Hopkins, ‘Cake’ has secured the services of two of the underground electronic communities most esteemed live performers. Consistently featuring amongst the top couple in the recently discontinued RA Polls, both artists have a knack for reimagining their bodies of work in truly visceral and exciting ways. Âme are an enduring favourite globally, and for good reason. An intricate, manifold blend of techno influences, Âme’s sets are not traditional hard techno sets in many ways, they have revised the techno genre entirely. They play the techno sets of two gentleman you may think would be better suited to palatial theatre’s enjoying classical compositions, and naturally their music is difficult to classify in any meaningful way other than it is thought provoking and abiding and ensures your enjoyment of it feels sophisticated. Speaking of sophisticated, Jon Hopkins. One of the more elusive figures on the circuit, Hopkins has a mystique which translates into his music, I daren’t ever try and figure out what’s going on in his big ol’ swole noggin’. Swollen, presumably with an unassorted, jumble of synthesiser rhythms he’s at any given moment arranging into tasteful melodies. A Jon Hopkins live set is something truly to behold, often difficult to keep trace of his movements, he is certainly one of the most physically active live performers and simply oozes a musical intelligence from each busy action behind the maze of cables, flashing lights and synthesisers. Definitely one of the most legit live electronic performers.
They say the best tasting cakes are the ones that are made using homemade ingredients and in next years addition of Let Them Eat Cake, this statement has never rung so true. Our stores of Australian talent have never been so well stocked and will be sure to add some flavour to your NYD.
Melbourne duo Kllo return to ‘Cake’ after an impressive American/European tour in the wake of the release of their new record, ‘Blackwater’ which is an exciting development on their impressive catalogue of work and will bring with them melancholic beats arrangements and pensive vocals, it’s little wonder they are rapidly becoming one of our finest exports. Further down the lists of homegrown talent you’ll find names such as Bella Sarris who returns to Australia after playing across the European continent, Haul Music co-founder and resident DJ at Revolver, Mike Callander, Melbourne underground music icon Fantastic Man (Mic Newman) and the heavy- hitting, up and comer Nite Fleit. And, perhaps the artist Figaro looks forward to the most from the array of Aussie talent, NSW born Mall Grab. A producer and selector beyond his 23 years as exhibited by donning an Essential Mix for BBC, Jordon Alexander is currently one of the most in-demand selectors on the planet, known for his low-fi house sounds, diverse selection and memorable DJ sets Mall Grab is a musician you can’t afford to miss at the mansion.
In the most worthy of appendices, a post scriptum in the form of the recent announcement of local talents which entails live performances from Love Deluxe and Sam Weston respectively and, in an endeavour so crazy it just might work the sensational booking of web sensation Big Shaq the brilliant bloke behind ‘Mans Not Hot’, Big Shaq will ensure debauchery quite unlike anything I believe I’ll have been party to - bonkers.
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