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Best of 2011 / Thanks for listening… by blak3b5

It’s that time of year again where we weigh up all that has happened this year, throw some opinions around, and celebrate all of the good things that transpired in 2011.  It’s been a very busy year for us at Two Bright Lakes, we want to thank everyone who came to shows, bought records and listened to the music that ‘s been released and said nice things about it, we really appreciate all of those things.

We put out some of our favourite records ever in the form of Collarbones, Oscar+Martin, Dream Kit, Batrider and Nick Huggins. We helped put on the the inaugural Sugar Mountain Festival in January, we braved endless rain for the Melbourne Music Week rooftop show, toured Virgo Four twice, took part in the Galactic Nights series, put on countless excellent local shows with musicians from near and far…we’re collecting an archive of photos and videos of shows from the year, and we’ll be posting them somewhere soon.

In the meantime, here are some reflections by some of the Lakes people on what they thought was great about 2011 and time and space in general…

Hazel Brown (Otouto):


1. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
2. Arthur Russell – Lets Go Swimming
3. Hercules and Love Affair – Blue Songs
4. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
5. Motor City Drum Ensemble – DJ Kicks
6. Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise


1. Teeth and Tongue – Tambourine
2. Lost Animal – Ex-Tropical
3. Oscar and Martin – For You


Nick Huggins:
Oscar and Martin live at Meredith.
Marquis de tren and Bonny Billy – ‘Get on jolly.’
Lost animal live at Melbourne Music Week.
Virgo four live at Sugar Mountain.
Gillian Welch – ‘The harrow and the harvest’
Marcus Whale (Collarbones):
5 Musical Holy Shit Moments of 2011 (no order)
2. Realising the guitar solo in “I Care” by Beyonce was being doubled by Beyonce herself.
4. Listening to Terius Nash’s mixtape “1977” while reading tabloid articles about his breakup with Christina Milian.
Travis Cook (Collarbones):

5 Low Budget Music Videos of 2011 (no order)

Adelaide’s Rebecca Black of 2011
Chris Bolton (Seagull):
Ryuichi Sakomoto – Discord (discovered this year, released 97)
Transcription of Organ Music – A Prey to Griff (as a side note this amazing mini album also has a song on it which is covered by Fran Drescher)


Blake Byron-Smith (Two Bright Lakes DJs):

(in no particular order)

Tune-Yards – Who Kill
Theo Parrish – Stop Bajon remix
Lost Animal – Ex Tropical
Mike Kay/Wooshie – Split EP (on This Thing)
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto – Summvs
Dick Diver – Dick Diver
Geoffrey O’Connor – Vanity Is Forever
Jonti – Twirligig
New Look – New Look

DREAM KIT releases Dune Year remix EP / Live at ACMI this Thursday for Galactic Nights by blak3b5

Dune Year Remix EP cover by Carl Breitkreuz

Since releasing the Future Tense EP in April, Dream Kithas been wiling away the winter meditating on deep space, drum sounds and the endless ability of sub bass to warm one’s heart. With remixes for Otouto, Near Myth and Geoffrey O’Connor waiting in the wings for release and a stack of projects for new label collective // THIS THING // on the go, Dream Kit dispersed the techno dancehall skeleton of Dune Year – the brooding closing track to Future Tense – to willing remixers.

Geoffrey O’Connor found some time in between releasing his new LP Vanity Is Forever to tune the gated reverb just right and deliver a true remix, juggling and interspersing the rugged original sounds with some bombastic 80’s beats.

Dream Kit collaborator Rambl takes a more drastic approach on his production debut, discarding much of the original and artfully disguising what’s left with a stripped back warehouse rave intro that shifts gears into a Detroit garage vibe right on the 2011 tip. Fans of Lone and Falty DL will enjoy this one.

David Evans, sticks man for This Is Your Captain Speaking and fresh from a beautiful record out on Sensory Projects, mutates Dune Year into an all too brief tribal drum excursion that yearns for an African Future.

Bombastic; Dynamic; Trippy: Three wild remixes straight out of Melbourne. You can download the EP tomorrow from Bandcamp, including the awesome Rambl remix, which you can listen to below…

Dream Kit will be playing live at ACMI, this Thursday December 15th at Galactic Nights (part of the amazing Star Voyager exhibition) with visuals by Blake Byron-Smith and soaring DJ sets by Simon Winkler (RRR). Doors open 6pm, Dream Kit on at 7pm, tickets here

The Future Tense EP, featuring Dune Year, is available now on limited edition 12″ vinyl and for digital download. You can find it in all good record stores, the Two Bright Lakes online store and through iTunes and Bandcamp.

VIRGO FOUR tonight at Buffalo Club and Saturday at Meredith with OSCAR + MARTIN by blak3b5

Virgo Four Poster

There’s not too many pre-sale tickets left for tonight’s headline Virgo Four show at Buffalo Club (get yours here until 5pm), kicking off at 9pm with Two Bright Lakes DJs Blake and Tig, followed by Noise In My Head (RRR) then Virgo Four live! Magda Bytnerowicz will be bringing it home for the morning, check out her latest mix here, it’s going to be a night full of awesome house jams. Here’s the set times:

9pm -10pm TBL DJs

10pm – 12am Noise In My Head

12am – 1:15 am Virgo Four

1:15 – till close Magda Bytnerowicz

And for those lucky enough to get Meredith tickets, Virgo Four will be on at 3:30am for the dancers on Saturday night.

…and opening up on Saturday at 11am, don’t forget to see Oscar + Martin in their Supernatural Amphitheatre debut, it’s going to be a special weekend…