Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Shit Robot, House Of House, Gavin Russom, Canyons -  Have all just remixed various tracks off The Juan Maclean's latest album as part of a Scion / DFA promo marry up.
All mixes are sick as you'd expect from the mentioned artists.
You can pick up the digital HERE.
CD and 12" versions will be out early next year!


Monday, December 21, 2009

Epic mix by our mysteriously illusive man in Melbourne town who goes by the name Dawn Raider Doozy aka Le Snak.
Jungle soul/funk, prog, kraut, psych, rock: all the goodness in these 49 minutes.

Remember to file under 'D' for ----------> DOOZY!  <-----------

Le Snaklist -

Lucky Dragons: Open Melody
Amon Düül: Da Guadeloop
Robin Trower: Bridge of Sighs
Rocket From The Tombs: So Cold
Hunters & Collectors: Holding Down A "D"
Gang Of Four: Love Like Anthrax
Nitzer Ebb: Control I'm Here
Free Choice: Green Groove
Can: Spoon
Amon Düül: Traveller

Circa 1979 : Signal To Noise

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

As part of the Sydney Festival 2010 the Mods have put together what is more like a mini festival within the whole event focussing on Australian post punk, avant-guard and experimental electronic music.

Circa 1979 opening party kicks off on January 15 at the Seymour Centre with a key note address John Cale from the Velvet Underground.

The event includes live shows across the city from bands such as Severed Heads, The Reels, Steve Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) as well as art installations from hoarders of this period and there is a series of moderated panel discussions discussing the once lost musical and film catalogue.

For the full info and all dates/venues check here

Download Harvey's edit of Severed Heads' Bless The House 

This is set to be an epic few days of great music, art and all sorts from a scarcely documented era in Australian music. Hats off to people at Modular and Sydney Fest for setting this doozy up!


Monday, November 30, 2009

Yesterday our fifth release hit the stores - a four track 12" by the very talented Jacques Renault. The record is titled 'Favicon' and features 4 outstanding edits by this revered DJ and producer who is also one half of Runaway. The release is already being played and praised by My Cousin Roy (Wurst), Cosmo Vitelli, Alex Frankel (Holy Ghost!), Prince Language, Mark E, Jim Stanton (Horse Meat Disco) and Robin (David Gilmore Girls) which (at least in our books) is a pretty reasonable indicator of the quality of said release.

We've got lots of great releases coming up, including an album by a band that we believe are going to have some serious impact so stay tuned to the space tornado...


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Here's a mix from a way's back by Rong Music's Ben Cook aka Stranger titled 'He's your husband, I'm your man'.
We met Ben in August while out in LA where he passed on a copy of the mix. After being on constant repeat for the last 3 months we thought we had to post it up as it's some serious all time vibe.
Cannot recommend this enough!! DL here

1. Lalo Shifren - Quiet Village
2. Tony Wilson - Can't Leave It Alone
3. Manzanera - K Scope
4. Arlyn Gale - Take A Nightflight
5. Barbara Mason - Darling Please Come Home
6. B.B. Baker & the Chocolate Co. - Dreamer
7. Steely Dan - FM (No Static)
8. Milk and Honey - Touch
9. Orb - Little Pink Fluffy Clouds
10. Maze - Twilight
11. Wally Badarou - Spiderwoman - remix
12. Shelter Classics  - Gypsy Woman
13. I Cube - ???

Ben also took a little time out to chat about the mix and other bits and pieces.

Can you tell us the story behind this mix? What were your thoughts going into and what was it initially done for?

I did the mix for a record store in Japan a few years back.  I took my time selecting the music, maybe three months or so.  I'd come home from drinking or whatever and listen to a small stack of records looking for material.  It was actually quite a rewarding experience.  Fun to have a purpose when your listening to your favorite songs.  I had to attempt the blend mixing 4 or 5 times to get what I was after.  After sending it off and passing some out to close friends, I shelved it and didn't listen again for a good year or so.  A friend had it on when  I was with her and that made me appreciate it fully again under those circumstances.  I like it so much actually, I haven't attempted another mix since.  Will take me a few years to get up the gumption to repeat the process.  Anyways, listening to what I'm sayin right now, I sound like a wanker so I'm gonna move on to the next question.

You're one half of Rong Music along with DJ Spun, how did you guys come to start the label?

No fuckin clue actually.  Just happened, was very organic.  We liek the same things and from there grew the label, that's the best way to explain I guess.

How was growing up in San Francisco through the 80's & 90's? What a great time to be there and what amazing music came out there from that period right!

The bay area will always be home to me.  My introduction into dance and club culture happened at a very special time in SF.  Unforgettable actually.  Like having a master key to the city after dark.. I'd honestly be out 5 nights a week.  There was so much going on, and so many colorful and crazy characters involved, it was quite special and unique.

You're regarded as a pretty serious record collector across the board, what is the record you're most looking for now when you hit the thrift stores if i may be so bold?

Ha! I tell you, you tell someone else.... Nahh, I'll throw a real one out there. One that I always look for but have had a hard time placing my greedy mits on over the years is Montana Sextet - The Mixown EP.  If ya got one, ring me, I'll trade ya a big stack o disco for it. Well.. a medium sized stack actually.

You've produced records also, the most recent being Woolfy's latest album 'If You Know What's Good For Ya' Can you tell us a little about that experience?

Was my first engineer job w/out being a producer as well actually.  Was time consuming but rewarding.

What artists / labels are you currently feeling?

Favorite artists right now - Harry Nilsson.  Favorite label - My mind doesnt really think about music that way.  I have favorite music and artists really.

Can you tell anything about what's coming up on Rong next?

Coati Mundi remix by Lee Douglas, James Chance 12" and then Coati Mundi's LP!

What is the best/funniest request you've been asked while DJing?

Too many to mention.  I seem to attract the crazies when I DJ - without fail, crazies everytime. I put off a scent that crazies smell. Wait, heres one -  I almost got hit once for not playing Car wash once.  that was pretty funny and ridiculous. 

Thanks for taking the time to talk Ben!

Your welcome mate


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Canyons have been nominated for a SMAC (Sydney music, arts and culture) Award!
To help them stand a chance in winning said award please vote here:



Sydney Fire Eyes launch

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This saturday night Canyons play at GOODGOD Small club to celebrate the release of their DFA debut in their (kind of) hometown of Sydney. With support from Jimmy Sing, Steele Bonus and Toni Toni Lee it should be a real winner of a party. $10 before midnight or if you're on the guest list and $15 after midnight. Come down and vibe out in the basement jungle.

News and Things

Saturday, September 12, 2009

There definitely hasn't been much action around here lately... We're in the process of getting a new Hole in the Sky website happening, which will ultimately function as a blog too. Information on releases and events will be updated as well as other stuff we find interesting like interviews, photos and the odd mix. Basically we'll be combining this blog and our website into one thing to make it easier for everyone concerned.

In other news, Canyons just returned from a mini tour in the US to promote their release with DFA records. Below are some photos from the trip.

DFA boat party

Wurst BBQ

El Relaxo

DJ Spun likes to pack his record bag like this

Harvey likes to DJ like this

SF's original odd couple

Casual indoor skating

Blackdisco pool party, Palm Springs


Canyons in NYC

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tonight Canyons play the DFA boat party on the Hudson River in celebration of their DFA 12", which was released yesterday exclusively through the DFA web-store and itunes. Hooray! The record, which will be available everywhere else from August 25th, contains 3 songs; the title cut 'Fire Eyes', Jacques Renault's 'Living in the Jungle' remix and 'Dancing on Silk'. Head to the DFA web-store to take a look. 

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on which way you look at it) the boat party is sold out, but if you're really keen to get aboard then head down early as a few tickets may become available if people don't show up. And there's a rumour that if you don't dress boaty, you won't be allowed on board. Just a rumour, but a rumour nonetheless. 
Head to the DFA myspace for details on Canyons' other US shows.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Canyons set sail for New York in August to promote their forthcoming 12" on DFA titled 'Fire Eyes'. To celebrate the release (set for August 11th) they're playing a DFA boat party presented by People Don't Dance No More. If you've not heard of the aforementioned party people then follow the link and familiarise yourself, as they put on some of the best parties New York has to offer. The ship departs when the clock strikes 12 on August 13. Canyons will be DJ'ing alongside DFA's Justin 'Lighthouse' Miller, Runaway's Jacques Renault (whose amazing remix of Fire Eyes graces side B of the 12") as well as PDDNM residents Robot Blair and David Bruno. All the specifics are on the flyer below.

Saving FBi

Sunday, June 7, 2009

There are a bunch of great shows coming up to raise money so that Sydney's FBi radio station's radio waves can continue there galactic orbit and wind up in your ears. Every clam earned goes to FBi so there's no excuse not to come and not to pay. There's more info on all the gigs here.


Sunday, May 31, 2009

For those of you that missed Lo Recording's Milky Disco compilation the first time around and for those that enjoyed it take a look at Vol 2, titled Let's Go Freak Out, as it has compiled some lovely music and artwork. Hole in the Sky is represented on the compilation via Canyons' track Big City Lights. You can listen to samples of the songs and purchase a copy here. Take our word for it though; it's one well worth picking up.



1. Hatchback - Midnight Jogger
2. Pollyester - You Are Amen
3. Secret Circuit - Roll
4. Ghost Note - Pissed and Passed Out
5. Chilled by Nature | Black Mustang - Otherness (Black Mustang Frozen Moon Jam)
6. Gatto Fritto - Hungry Ghosts
7. Lukas Nystrand and the Ageema Blues - Knivar
8. Soft Circle - Don't Just Stand There (Eric Brouceck Mix)
9. Black Devil Disco Club - Is Sorrow (Brain Machine's Lucifer Rising Dub)
10. Glass Candy - The Chameleon (Johan Agebjorn Remix)
11. CFCF - A Raining Patterns

CD 2

1. Black Mustang/Kerrier District - Life's a Gas (Dub)
2. Soft Rocks - Leave Your Earth Behind
3. Pink Stallone - New Fate
4. Canyons - Big City Lights
5. Nite Jewel - What Did He Say
6. Expanding Head Band - Sound of Breaking Glass
7. Black Devil Disco Club - Free for the Girls (Richard Sen Remix)
8. Georges Vert - Jovan Freak (Rune Lindbaek Nomaden Mix)
9. Chilled by Nature - Otherness (Windsurf's Golden Bear Dub)
10. Subway - Crystalline
11. Milky Globe/Sorcerer - Soft Sea

The Delicate One

Monday, May 25, 2009

HITS 004 is finally out in 12" form. It consists of four excellent edits by The Delicate Genius along with some always on point artwork by Steele Bonus. This release is kind of like a variety TV show (accept good) in that it touches on a few different styles. If you're in Australia and unsure of where to purchase your copy, head straight to Spank!. If you're in the UK or Europe then Juno is probably the spot and Groove for the US Of A. Happy listening.

Cool in the pool...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Now it may be cooling down here in Australia but things are warming up in the North and we've got a couple of new mixes for you to cool in your pool to. Len, who runs the always excellent site coolinthepool, has done not one but two mixes for the blog - a warming up AND a cooling down mix. If you're unfamiliar with coolinthepool then make yourself familiar. It features interviews with and mixes from some of the best people in the game, and a record store has also recently been added to the site. Len only stocks records he's feeling (once you take a listen to his mixes you'll trust the man's taste). His inspiration for the store has stemmed from the fact that it's becoming surprisingly difficult to buy certain releases over in the States; Len is doing his bit to keep the vibe alive. There's also going to be a focus on stocking records that will never make it to digital.


The Groop Recruit

Monday, April 27, 2009

Our buddies at Modular are using their powers for good not evil by opening their doors to creative people with good ideas. This is a pretty sweet opportunity for anyone interested in the creative thinking side of running a very successful , INDEPENDANT label. I wish we had done something like this before we foolishly started putting records out..

To apply for the Groop check their website.

Big Ear's Brasilian mix

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Chad aka Big Ear is pretty much one of the loveliest guys you'll ever meet. If everybody was a little more like Big Ear the world would be a much nicer place to live. A man of many, many records, Chad's music collection is one to be envious of and his taste is right on. He also lays down a serious groove on the kit or the congas. Lucky for us (and you) Chad is a generous guy and has done a mix for the HITS blog. We hope it's the first of many. 

Stay tuned for Big Ear's 100% Australian soul mix...


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Das Moth aka Timothy Sullivan has generously given us a mix he did to promote a night he'll be running in Tokyo called Tokio Disko. It's gonna go down at le Baron de Paris in Aoyama, and locals and internationals alike will be on the ones and twos. The party starts late July so if you're over that way be sure to look it up. You'll find some info here.

As for the mix:


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tame Impala's debut 12" release on Hole in the Sky has finally been repressed after many requests from the people that missed out first time around. Once again it's a very limited run so if you still don't own a copy we'd suggest hopping to it pronto. HITS 004 is out very soon also!

The Good Ship

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Canyons and Rub n Tug's Thomas Bullock had everyone dancing in the sunshine on the top deck of the Starship for Circoloco as it cruised through Sydney harbour in all its glory. Safe to say, nobody had a bad time.

A Magical Journey

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Get ready to go on a little magical journey. Niles from Cosmic Disco has put together a splendid mix of obscure gems for us that will surely satisfy fans of good music. The mix is titled Magical Journey and it's our third mix for the season of Autumn. For those unfamiliar with www.cosmicdisco.co.uk, it's a music blog from Manchester that covers a wide array of great music. They also podcast all of their guest mixes which are definitely worth checking out. If you're in Bristol April 4th then head to the Ghettospheric club night at Start the Bus as Niles and Baggy will be DJ'ing up a storm. They'll also be DJing alongside Cosmic Hero Daniele Baldelli at the Futuresonic Festival in Manchester, May 16th. 

Thanks for putting together such a fantastic mix for us, can you tell us a bit about it?
It’s a collection of weird bits and bats that I’ve collected with Simon (Baggy) whilst we’ve been out digging in the wastelands of East Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. A little bit of Far-Eastern instrumental stuff, some cosmic chuggers, a healthy dose of Funk Rock and some synthy tracks. It’s the music Simon and myself have been picking up mostly on our travels recently.
You and a few other Mancunians run the always excellent Cosmic Disco blog. Who else is involved, when was it conceived and what was/is the motivation behind www.cosmicdisco.co.uk?
Mark (THP), Simon (Baggy) and myself (Niles) are behind the site. Mark bought the domain back in the late 90’s, I believe, as he was into the Derrick Carter mixmag mix of the same name. I met Mark through his legendary Soap Bar residency at Sankeys Soap and whilst we both spent the late 90’s and early 2000’s playing house we regularly talked about our passion for Boogie, Disco, Italo and Synth Pop (with the WBMX resident dj’s as our main focal point of inspiration). When my house night stopped and Mark began to get jaded with the Sankeys residency we started putting together a site to host the radio shows from our Unity Radio slot in podcast format. Around the time we started the radio show I asked Simon (who we knew from mutual friends El Diablo’s Social Club) if he’d be interested in getting involved and he became the third member. Mark is an all powerful internet wizard and ensures that we constantly have a spanking new, future proof blog. His technical input is invaluable as it’s ok having the content and mixes but you need to know how to present it all. (He’s also a pretty tasty dj and promoter and runs the much recommended www.cutlooseclub.com). Simon is the main contributor to the site and the best dj stalker you’ve ever met. His biblical length interviews (check out the Wally Badarou one) are the stuff of legend. I’m just there to look pretty, play bollywood tracks and add glamour to the site. I think. That and be a disruptive presence on the Podcast with Simon.
What was it like growing up in Manchester, music wise. Surely you've been to some memorable gigs worth a mention. The Hacienda?
I’m a Burnley boy (about 20 miles outside of Manchester), Mark is from Warrington way (same distance in another direction) and Simon is a Bury lad (where I now live). Bury’s about 10 miles outside of Manchester so he’s our nearest to a local. Manchester though is like a huge magnet for anything creative in the north west and from the age of 13/4 I was making trips into Manchester to hang around Afflecks Palace and look vaguely interesting and different. I moved to Manchester when I was 18/9 and have lived in or around the city ever since. Gigs wise I think I’m a little young for the Hacienda halcyon days but I’ve had memorable nights at Sankeys, Electric Chair, Robodisco etc on the clubbing front as well as catching some great acts at the Roadhouse, Apollo and the Academy. The first gig I went to was Rage Against the Machine though when I was 13 (at the Apollo) so I think the less said about that the better ;)
Mark is a Legends fanatic and can spend hours waxing lyrical about the resident dj Woody and his low bpm Balearic warm-ups. Check out Mark’s mixes and you can see the influence.
Simon went to the Hacienda but I’m pretty sure it was to a funky house night and he went to perve on girls.
What is the music scene in Manchester like these days?
The Club world seems to be as healthy as ever with El Diablo’s Social Club, Naïve Melody, Cutloose and the occasional Cosmic Disco party providing everybody with their cosmic/balearic/disco/italo fill. There’s obviously the colossal Warehouse Project once a year where you’ll find pretty much every act worth seeing for a period of a couple of months and Sankeys is, whilst perhaps not to our tastes anymore, still something of a market leader on the ‘alternative’ dance music scene. Band wise, I’ll be honest, I’m not too sure. Obviously the Ting Tings would be the most famous recent example of a Manchester (Salford) band making it big. Everyone seems to be a dj though. But that’s always the case isn’t it.
As a record enthusiast, what do you foresee for the future of vinyl in terms of it's survival?
I’m a little fearful. One of Simon and myself’s most favourite haunts is under threat of closure and that would mean a mine of about 100,000 records (at least) having to be rehoused and a great source lost. The recession here is destroying our regular high street and the retail sector is a particularly wounded beast so I’d like to think the record shops would survive it as a collector but as someone that works in the Financial industry in the day time (I know - not very cosmic at all that is it?!) I fear for them. The thing that makes me think they might make it through and continue is that they have all been there and seen this before. No 2nd hand record shops ‘crop up’ from nowhere. Most of them are well established and have been going forever.
The internet hasn’t done them any favours though. Rather than go out, dig, get their hands dirty and ‘discover’ unhidden gems people are too happy to listen to a DJ Harvey mix, go ballistic over a track then spend hundreds of pounds to buy them. Harvey get’s his tracks from digging around in stinking basements of old record shops and you never know, go on a little digging trip yourself and you might discover something he’s never heard and really wants.
What are some labels/artists/songs that you have been particularly excited about of late?
I love Italians Do It Better. They are a label that is constantly on point. The combination of the ‘Nu Disco’ sound and the old Synth Pop sensibilities really appeal to me. And they all seem to be bands with really hot girls in as well which is always a bonus. Mike Simonetti is a great guy and I really hope that label continues to flourish. Bearfunk is always consistent and bringing through new artists as well which is great to see. The recent Max Essa LP is excellent and there should be a mix on a Manchester based music blog very soon from him :) I’m really looking forward to the new Phoenix album (Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix I think it’s called) that should be out in May. They were unbelievable when we caught them live a couple of years ago (2 drummers!). I got a great promo of a guy called Stax Dempsey last year as well. Really nice West Coast American rock 2 track it was. I’ll be keeping an eye out for him. And Canyons. They did a half decent EP I suppose. That got a bit of play from me.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Number two in the Autumn mix series comes courtesy of Melbourne DJ and friend of Hole in the Sky Dan Beck. Dan has DJ'd all around the place, from the UK to Indonesia, and his taste in music is supreme. If he's playing somewhere where you are then make sure you check him out, but in the mean time download the mix he recorded just for us.
Download mix:


1. Supermax - Ain't Gonna Feel - Elektra

2. ???

3. Direct Current - Everybody Here Must Party (instrumental) - Sidewalk

4. Dada Nada - Deep Love (Instrumental) - Polydor

5. Romanthony - Falling From Grace (Ethereal mix) - Azuli

6. Daniel Wang - The Twirl - Balihu

7. Daniel Bell - Warped - Elevate Special Projects

8. Kez YM - Sweetly confused - 4Lux

9. 40 Thieves - Yo Spaceship! Megamix - Life is Special - Rong

10. Kat Mandu - I wanna Dance - Rams Horn Records

11. Discolexic - Straight From the Heart - Discolexic Edits

Also head over to www.richardmaheragency.com for some more info...