Cake 2019: Our Picks
One of the most reliable indicators of Spring’s arrival is the influx of New Years festival lineups sprouting in our newsfeeds, the most inspiring of which is the annual ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ carousing featuring a stacked card of heavy hitters to take to Werribee Mansion on the first day of 2019. Cake has never been short of firepower but this year they’ve flexed on us all with perhaps their strongest to date, here are our picks from the lineup to help you navigate our favourite regal rave.
Certainly one of the best-liked selectors on the circuit, Midland is a DJ of unparalleled sensitivity, his selections are considered, it shows, his sets are always met with raptures which often keep crowds yabbering for days or weeks on end, just ask anyone who caught his set at Pitch’s opening year. A prolific producer beyond his most famous cut, ‘Final Credits’ his whole catalogue of productions and edits are worthwhile digging through.
Midland also plays the role of tastemaker, his monthly NTS show is one of the standout offerings on an unbelievably stacked roster of shows hosted on the station. A journey through ambient, psychedelic rock, house, techno, electronica and disco Midland is a personality of incredible depth, as shown in his incredible ‘Between the Beats’ which swept the scene earlier this year. The most heart warming, enlightening half hours of viewing and swimming training you’ll likely find. On top of all this, Midland’s label ‘Graded’ (and it’s branches ‘ReGraded’ and ‘InterGraded’) have hosted a consistent flow of quality tunes a mainstay for anyone’s bag and very much part of the furniture on the global scene.
An artist who has transcended the underground scene, a genuine star who all the while has managed to remain no less loveable. No easy feat, Peggy Gou is one of the most popular artists touring currently in both fanfare and personality. Born and raised on South Korea, currently residing in Berlin, Gou’s music is an incredible meeting place between the sensibilities of her home country and European dance music, an example of underground music with pop appeal. Very much an artist between worlds, in addition to being one of the underground’s most respected selectors she wears the hats of a model and fashionista and her social media feed is one of the most enjoyable and endearing out there. In no uncertain terms, Peggy Gou captivating artists on the globe right now.
The definition of legit, Moxie is a seasoned curator to the say the least. An original host on NTS, Moxie’s bi-weekly programme is one of the biggest sources for the discovery of music for eager ears across the planet. A fascinating interviewer and a passionate music enthusiast, her shows extend much farther than breaking new tunes or the reintroduction of slept on classics, her programmes are widely sought and she’s a mainstay on local British FM stations, notably BBC Radio 1, on top of her NTS duties. She is also a label founder, ‘On Loop’ records which has pressed tracks from Shanti Celeste and Medlar and is the home of her incredibly popular ‘Moxie Presents’ compilations. Her burgeoning and demanding touring schedule is a reflection upon not only the regard she’s held in as a tastemaker, but as a serious authority in the booth.
Chaos in the CBD:
A few of our beloved Kiwi’s from across the ditch, Chaos in the CBD are a pair of prolific of producers. The brothers have released a significant body of work and impressively each E.P. has been met with positive reviews. Their Rhythm Section releases are standouts on one of the best performing imprints in the world and is a credit to their proficiency in the studio. Sounds of house with a classic feel, their interpretation of early house and jazz with a contemporary twist has enticed the ears of many in the last few years and they rightly hold their place amongst the global elite.
Motor City Drum Ensemble:
Motor City Drum Ensemble (MCDE) is a selector who needs no introduction, a modern-day house music pioneer and an artist who continues to leave crowds in awe through his often extremely technical and unpredictable sets. Returning to Let Them Eat Cake in 2019, punters will remember his performance two years ago, one which remains long in the memories of those lucky enough to be present on the day; 3-hours of finely tuned house and disco records in Melbourne gorgeous January weather.