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Nina Buchanan – Restless Abandon
LP / Digital (HEVMAC036)

Heavy Machinery Records are excited to announce Restless Abandon the brilliant new album from Melbourne electronic producer Nina Buchanan.

Restless Abandon is the result of a dissolution of boundaries – between rhythm and melody, between classifications of genre, between an immediate tumult of feelings and a yearning for something better. Spread across nine compositions, the album maps out a broad palette of moods and contexts. Throughout the release, Nina continues to contort her signature bright, kaleidoscopic synthwork into new forms. The productions bubble with broken drums, blazing fast rhythms, and constantly shifting tones. Each individual track mirrors the construction of the album, unfurling in progressions that feel spontaneous and at times unpredictable. Pensive ambient interludes slot among ecstatic, driving tracks, with the record evoking genre affiliations as broad as 90s electronica, IDM, generative synthesiser music, and minimalism.

Nina Buchanan channels the intensity and euphoria of dance music while shedding its usual linearity, a reflection of her own particular methodology of constructing sounds and arrangements. She works in collaboration with her machines through colliding tones and drum patterns; finding ideas in the spaces between, from the emergent rhythms, dissonances, and harmonics. Throughout the album, she muses on the transformative potential of technology and how that interacts with core parts of the human condition.

Nina provokes questions in listeners – how do we balance helplessness and hope, desire and exhaustion, compassion and rage? Restless Abandon provides no easy resolutions, instead creating a space for listeners to hold conflicting things in balance, even if just for a moment.

Producer and composer Nina Buchanan has carved out a singular space in the local electronic landscape, working at the intersection of club music, exploratory synthesis, and composition to build immersive soundscapes.

Buchanan’s kaleidoscopic take on dance music sits adjacent to hardware-based techno while carrying its own unique spirit and imagination. Her club-ready tracks centre expression, articulated through layered lines of glimmering texture and driving percussion. Bright, shimmering synth lines are looped while they undulate over and over, gradually forming a space for audiences to connect with their own feelings and intuitive perception of her sounds.

Restless Abandon is out digitally and via limited edition yellow vinyl featuring cover art by Nina Buchanan on November 15.

Check out the excellent first single ‘Skiddiks’ and preorder your LP now.


Pirritu Part 1
LP / Digital (HEVMAC041)

Heavy Machinery Records is very proud to present Part 1 the debut full length album from brilliant Melbourne singer/songwriter Pirritu.

Pirritu (Brett Lee) is a proud Wangaaypuwan Mayi of the Ngiyampaa clan, a creative thinker, educator, storyteller and musician. His music is gentle, honest and melodic, enticing listeners into the depths of his personal journey, singing a story of sadness, love and hope.

Pirritu (meaning ‘Brett’ in Ngiyampaa language) was adopted by a non-Aboriginal couple as a newborn baby and raised to be proud of his Aboriginality, to follow his cultural journey and connect back to family, culture and language — a journey he began when he was 14 years old. Two things drive Pirritu’s continual thirst to connect to his people, country, language and culture: his two-year-old daughter and his passion for music. Pirritu’s debut single was released in 2019.

Pirritu – Part 1 is sun-filled collection of gorgeous and strikingly honest acoustic folk songs, led by Brett Lee’s arrestingly beautiful voice and his extraordinarily tasteful backing band of Douglas MacDowell and Luis Pablete plus some very special guest appearances.

The record is led by opening track and first single ‘Comin Up Slow’, which is out today after its premiere on Triple J’s Blak Out.

PirrituPart 1 is out digitally and via limited edition vinyl featuring cover art by Brett Lee on November 19.

The first taste of the album ‘Comin Up Slow’ is out now

Check out the beautiful first single and preorder your LP now.


Mo’Ju OK
Mini-LP / Digital (HEVMAC050)

Heavy Machinery Records is very proud to announce OK the brilliant new record from Australian musical genius Mo’Ju.

One of Australia’s most exciting singer/songwriters, Mo’Ju’s music has amassed critical, commercial and cultural influence. Her third album Native Tongue was one of 2018’s most important and award-winning releases, impacting her life, song-writing and the Australian music landscape. With the album being a career definer for the singer/songwriter, Mojo had documented a deep and intimate exploration of her Wiradjuri and Filipino roots. The album represented a turning point in both Mojo’s career and in the ways in which Australian songwriters are telling their personal stories.

Now in 2021 Mo’Ju comes with brand new offering. O.K. – a ‘mini-album’, sitting somewhere between an E.P. and L.P., produced by long time collaborators and band mates Henry Jenkins (The Cactus Channel, Karate Boogaloo) and Lewis Coleman (Lewis Coleman, The Cactus Channel) . It is a vulnerable and introspective reflection upon mental health and loneliness, however despite the weighty subject matter, the song-writing and production is playful and experimental, leaving audiences feeling as though the music itself is the antidote for sadness.

OK will be released on November 17 in digital and a limited black vinyl 12″ mini-LP edition featuring cover design by piewack. The first taste of the album ‘Wave’ is out now

Check out the stunning first single and preorder your EP now.


Curse Ov Dialect Dark Days Bright Nights
2LP / Digital (HEVMAC026)

Heavy Machinery Records is very excited to present Dark Days Bright Nights the brilliant new album from Australian experimental hip hop legends Curse Ov Dialect.

Curse ov Dialect have revolutionised the language of hip hop throughout decades of music making. Across eight album releases and 25 years of performances, they have defined and pioneered a new golden age of rap — playful, poetic, enlightened and essential.

The group began in 1994 with three friends from Melbourne’s multiculturally rich outer suburbs. The group has mutated and evolved into its current form of Atarangi, The Maltese Well Monster (formerly known as Raysless), Volk Makedonski and Paso Bionic.

Curse Ov Dialect are internationally renowned for their intense live performances involving elaborate symbolic costumes, audience participation, and Dadaist stage theatrics. Cultures are bridged, traditions are taught, stereotypes and rules are broken. The heaviest beats are matched with unexpected samples from every era of music and every corner of the globe. Each MC brings a powerful voice against ignorance.

‘Dark Days Bright Nights’ is their stunning new album. Bursting with revolutionary energy, sociopolitical fervour and a laser focus on the hypocrisies of Australian culture, this watershed double album powers past the medio-core masses to enshrine Curse Ov Dialect at the forefront of intelligent, original, musically astute hip hop worldwide.

Dark Days Bright Nights will be released on November 1 in digital and a limited double vinyl LP edition featuring cover photography by Paso Bionic The first taste of the album ‘The Initiate’ is out now.

Check out the huge first single and preorder your LP now.


Nate Lust Club Medic
LP / Digital (HEVMAC028)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to announce Club Medic the ground-breaking debut album from Melbourne experimental hip hop provocateur Nate Lust.

A self-described ‘hot boi alien,’ Nate Lust is a performance artist, vocalist and former club entity for Melbourne audio/visual outfit friendships and experimental rap group RaRa. Lust has toured the US, supporting A Tribe Called Quest among others, and played festivals around Australia, including Golden Plains, Soft Centre, NYE on the Hill and Pitch Festival.

His solo album debut, Club Medic, is a culmination of club hierarchy, politics and a sense of placement/belonging. Lust playfully observes the club as a haven for social hedonism-turned self loathing, doubt and depreciation – the dichotomy of comedic euphoria and guerning, gnashing with the crashing anxiety of the real world looming.

On Club Medic, Lust meticulously grinds through disjointed and deconstructed hip hop, shearing synthesis and dance intelligence wrapped in the framework of ‘70s psychedelia to produce a wonderfully warped and staggeringly original long-form debut.

Club Medic will be released on November 12 in digital and a limited clear 12” vinyl LP edition featuring cover photography by Ami Taib. The first taste of the album ‘BIG BLUE HOUSE’ is out now.

Check out the slamming first single and preorder your LP now.


null hypothesis Party Music For Popular People
LP / Digital (HEVMAC015)

Heavy Machinery Records is excited to announce Party Music For Popular People the mind-bending new album from Melbourne electronic genius null hypothesis.

Are you a person? Are you popular? Do you like parties? Well, this album is made with you in mind. null hypothesis unceremoniously thrusts this screeching, mewling gift into your arms like an unwanted baby in a supermarket parking lot, confusingly accompanied by an ugly handmade card. Go on, take it. Have a nice life.

Party Music For Popular People is a multifaceted journey, exploring the chasms and peaks between relentlessly danceable noise cutups and gently nuanced ambience. Drawing inspiration from genres such as breakcore, neoclassical, death metal, donk, hip hop and chiptunes, the album somehow manages not to sound like any of them. Rather, if those genres had factories, PMFPP would be the dumping ground for their industrial waste.

On a technical and creative level, PMFPP is the product of challenge, an enforced expansion of skills. It captures the introspective vacuity that accompanies a lockdown-fuelled obsession with broadening musical horizons and learning new production techniques…all the while dancing around the bedroom to endless livestreams. The only wafts of meaning take the form of facetious self-effacement and nods to daft tropes. It’s dark, it’s brutal, it’s wry, it’s fun, it’s stupid. It may not articulate anything important, but it’s a love-letter to all the things that keep us us, while we can’t do any of the things that make us, us.

Party Music For Popular People will be released on October 18 in digital and a limited green 12” vinyl LP edition featuring cover art by Larissa MacFarlane and null hypothesis. The first taste of the album ‘Cynic’ is out now.

Check out the excellent first single and preorder your LP now.


Jaala Gap Tooth
LP / Digital (HEVMAC027)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to announce Gap Tooth the sensational new album from Melbourne art prog innovators Jaala.

Known for their off-kilter art rock, Melbourne three-piece Jaala is fronted by the enigmatic Cosima Jaala, who delivers bold and plaintive vocals with jaggedly syncopated guitar lines, alongside textural and elastic rhythms prodigiously executed by drummer Maria Moles and otherworldly synth palettes generated by electronic artist Fia Fiell.

Gap Tooth, the band’s first album in its current three-piece formation, is a departure from their previous output, trading the raw urgency of the earlier records for a melting and celestial surreality.

Gap Tooth is Jaala in slow-motion, from the tender assurances of opener All Here into the sweet dysphoric disdain of Fuck To The Radio – syrup-haze guitar and synth coil into the songs like uncanny ivy. Beating-heart, warm low-end waves of Workhorse mushroom into cloudy, soft-focus lulls and playfully misanthropic sun-flares as the album wades toward the soulful swagger of Which Way. Gap Tooth pulses and flashes languorously before resolving into the giant, blooming crescendo of I Love You (DJ Set) and its delicate, fugue-clarity afterglow, Catterpil.

This incredible achievement flows with unpredictable dream-logic, never settling on discernible pop hooks or traditional verse/chorus song structures. Merging experimental folk, dream pop, a disposition for the baroque, and self-professed ‘slag-country’, the album finds humour and hope in the disorientation of time passing and leaving youth behind.

Gap Tooth will be released on November 5 in digital and a limited black 12” vinyl LP edition featuring cover art by Cosima Jaala. The first taste of the album ‘Work Horse’ is out now.

Check out the stunning first single and preorder your LP now.


Papaphilia Remembrance of Things To Come
LP / Digital (HEVMAC038)


We’re very proud to present Remembrance of Things To Come the brilliant new release from Melbourne experimental dance icon Papaphilia.

Papaphilia is the experimental electronic project of queer sound and visual artist Fjorn Bastos.

Descended from South Asian and British heritages, Bastos works as a researcher and community organiser, interrogating the aesthetics of political representation and cultural supremacy in the content of the colony. Performing as Papaphilia, she continually draws the listener’s attention back to intangible experiences that guide embodied and ancestral forms and knowledges – rhythm, voice and emotion – transmitting the incredulity felt by those resisting oppressive power structures.

Papaphilia’s new release Remembrance of Things to Come is a series of meditations on the cyclical character of time, and grieving the violence of life within the decaying colonial politics of so-called Australia. In collaboration with producers Kuya Neil and Various Asses, Papaphilia transformed her initial improvisations into a concise collection of high-intensity tracks.

‘Remembrance’ operates at the intersection of several dance idioms, intertwining hard kicks, industrial beats and acid oscillations with mutated vocals.

Remembrance of Things To Come will be released on October 18 in digital and a limited black 12” vinyl LP edition featuring cover art by Mohini Sharma and Alexandre Dubois. The first taste of the album ‘The true name of the sun is slowly spoken’ is out now.

Check out the brilliant first single and preorder your LP copy.


MY DISCO Alter Schwede
LP / Digital (HEVMAC021)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present Alter Schwede, the stunning new album from Melbourne experimental legends MY DISCO.

MY DISCO formed between long-term collaborators Rohan Rebeiro, Benjamin Andrews and Liam Andrews in 2003. Renowned for their experimentation and refined minimalist approach to dark and heavy instrumentation, MY DISCO have built a reputation on their arduous tour ethic, having reached remote areas of Australia, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Russia, as well as a headlining and supporting on multiple tours across Europe, UK, US, and Asia Pacific.

MY DISCO have released many acclaimed singles, 12” limited editions, and five studio albums including: Cancer (2006), Paradise (2007), Little Joy (2010), Severe (2015), and Environment (2019).

Compiled remotely by the band and mix engineer Boris Wilsdorf at his AndereBaustelle studio in Berlin, Alter Schwede continues the band’s recent trajectory of ambient experimentation, utilising elements and sounds from their last album, Environment, as well as continuing their interest in unique percussion, dark FM synthesis and industrial noise.

Alter Schwede will be released on November 29 in digital and a limited black 12” vinyl LP edition featuring cover art by Liam Andrews. The first taste of the album ‘StVO’ is out now.

Check out the haunting first single and preorder your LP copy.


Lady Lash Spiritual Misfit
LP / Digital (HEVMAC013)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present Spiritual Misfit – the breathtaking new album from Melbourne musical firebrand Lady Lash.

The inner fires burn strong with Lady Lash. Her musical presence can be felt deeply, moving audiences with the power of the feminine divine. Her music is an experience steeped in sultry vocals, rhymes, and her haunting sonic sequences that build an intoxicating ambience.

With much acclaim, Lady Lash has brought her magic to stages including the Sydney Opera House, prime rooftop bars, grass roots festivals and arts venues across the country. As a family woman searching for deeper meaning through sound and voice, Lash’s is a musical vision of eclectic rarities that is embodied by culture and experience.

Spiritual Misfit is a psychological journey through dark and light worlds, exploring the path of a creative who refuses to sit in society’s boxes. Branching out beyond the genre boundaries of her previous hip hop and jazz inspired work, Spiritual Misfit sees Lash exploring newfound musical freedom in the sparkling new cosmic realms of synth pop, witch house and experimental electronics.

An emotional journey through rebirth, death, love and hate is paramount to the innovation that Lady Lash brings on this album. Incorporating banging beats and avant sonics alongside the commanding presence of her spine-tingling vocal performance, Lash leads the listener on a heartfelt psychological journey – balancing the pendulum of truth and the psychosis of losing one’s self, love and mind to a state of peace and understanding of who we are in this world of madness.

On Spiritual Misfit, Lady Lash strives toward a deeper understanding of life and inspiration. This record is one for the souls who are constantly turning inside out from complex mental and spiritual growth.

Spiritual Misfit will be released on November 15 in digital and a limited blue marbled 12” vinyl LP edition featuring cover art by Sofi Farg. The first taste of the album ‘Love My Darkness’ is out now.

Check out the brilliant first single and preorder your LP copy.


Dianas Little Glimmer
LP / Digital (HEVMAC031)

 

Heavy Machinery Records and Blossom Rot Records are proud to present Little Glimmer the excellent new album from Melbourne dream pop luminaries Dianas.

Born in a dingy share house in Perth, from a heady combination of stolen gear, cheap red wine, heartbreak and small-town malaise, Dianas is a drunken conversation between friends that never ended.

Nearly a decade on, Dianas are finishing each other’s melodies like an old married throuple and grappling with the fact that although they may be older and drinking more expensive wine, their hearts are still breaking and their amps are still stolen. Now based in Naarm / Melbourne, the trio’s friendship and musical connection has grown and matured, and they have settled into a sound that is both intricate and naive, rendered through crashing drums, dreamy harmonies, and tones that crunch and sparkle.

Dianas’ third full length release Little Glimmer showcases the intelligent songwriting, powerful instrumentalism and intricate arrangements that have gained Dianas the reputation as one of the most talented and original bands in Australia. Written in two halves, beginning separately from their individual houses, sharing ideas over voice memos and garage band; then intensively over a compounded couple of months at the start of the year, at night time over glasses of wine like the old days.

Working with an outsider influence for the first time in years, they recorded and mixed with James Cecil (Totally Mild, The Goon Sax) at Supermelody World amongst the trees of regional Victoria on Dja Dja Wurrung country, creating a glittering collection of songs that exemplifies the quintessential Dianas sound.

Little Glimmer will be released on November 15 as digital and a limited  pink 12” vinyl LP edition featuring cover art by Caitlin Moloney. The first taste of the album ‘Bliss’ is out now.

Check out the blazing first single and preorder your LP copy.


screensaver Expressions of Interest
LP / Digital (HEVMAC025)


Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present Expressions of Interest the brilliant debut album from Melbourne post-punk specialists screensaver.

screensaver balance frenetic energy with unsettling tonalities to create rhythmic gloom that rides the new wave to the synth-punk. Spending three years in an incubatory state, the band began as a trans-Pacific collaboration between Christopher Stephenson (Spray Paint / Exek) and Krystal Maynard (Bad Vision / Polo) in 2016. By 2019 the pair had recruited Giles Fielke (Low Tide) and James Beck (Personal Touch / Rat Columns) on bass and drums respectively to form the band as it exists now.

‘Expressions of Interest’ is their debut album, released on Heavy Machinery (AU) and Upset the Rhythm (UK).

Sonically, the 10-track album is rich and detailed, and pays homage to its era of inspiration: late 70s-mid 80s post-punk and new wave.

From electronic-driven krautrock, to post-punk full of tribal toms and dirge-y synths, to death-disco with touches of EDM, ‘Expressions of Interest’ is an album that is both fierce in attack and destined for the dance floor.

Maynard’s vocal style is equal parts haunted and commanding, her lyrics exploring themes of social degradation, frustration and repetition, whilst exposing the fragility of our bodies/minds on the whole.

Expressions of Interest will be released on digital and a limited edition  heavyweight 12” transparent green vinyl LP featuring cover art by MERDA on October 8.  The first taste of the album ‘No Movement’ is out now.

Check out the killer first single and preorder your LP copy.


The Dacios To The End
LP / Digital (HEVMAC034)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present To The End the stunning new album from Melbourne punk supergroup The Dacios.

The Dacios first erupted on local stages in 2005. Featuring members of legendary Melbourne acts Little Ugly Girls, Magic Dirt, Useless Children and Grey Daturas, the band is known for their entertainingly energetic and hypnotic performances.

The new album ‘To The End’ is a vividly cathartic ride into the poetics of joy, loss, pain and simmering rage. From the opening whipcrack wipeout beat of ‘Dark Dark Light’, guitars are deployed like flame throwers and air raid sirens. Always there is heartbeat repetition, the quickened pulse of the elliptical bass lines, the drive to oblivion, the escape from memory. Focussed stabs of noise and lyricism. Intensely alive, no one is backing down here. No surrender. The urge to move ahead. Lose oneself in speed, propulsion and rant.

Ardently articulate punk poet Linda J surgically dissects shattered dreams of domesticity, prompted by the dissolution of a marriage. There is no room for trite clichés. Every word is a precisely aimed uppercut, every line a bruising blow to the heart.

But ‘To The End’ is so much more. This album makes you fall in love with language, with the clarity of razor-sharp insights. Breathless, you are left gasping for air, because the stream of words keeps coming. The brain keeps humming with poetry, while the music keeps churning, burning, scorching the synapses.

Conceived and executed in the hothouse claustrophobia of Covid lockdown, this is proof that it is necessary to have time on one’s hand to hone articulation, to truly create. There is a bolshy attitude to Linda J’s art. The earned right to take and not just to give. Hers is a world where words matter, as tools for self-construction and deconstruction of illusion. Acting as a mirror and a vehicle for her fury, the instruments unleash a howling vortex of sound that is gloriously impolite. No filters, no apologies.

By the end we have circled to the beginning. Life born out of chaos, but everything willed to be exactly as it is. This is The Dacios’ truth.

To The End will be released on digitally and a limited edition of 300 heavyweight 12” clear vinyl LP featuring cover art by L. J. Dacio on October 4.  The first taste of the album ‘Said The Beginning’ is out now.

Check out the beautiful mammoth single and preorder your LP copy.


The Merindas Complicated
EP / Digital (HEVMAC018)

Heavy Machinery Records is thrilled to announce Complicated the new EP from Melbourne electro-pop icons The Merindas.

The Merindas are the collective force of Ballardong Whadjuk and Nyoongar woman Kristel Kickett (from Tammin, WA) and Candice Lorrae of Jawoyn and Thursday Island heritage (born in Darwin, NT). Now based in Melbourne, these soul sisters are set to trail-blaze their innovative style of Indigenous music. They describe their unique sound as “electronic pop with a dance-hall feel, alongside hip hop and R&B influences.”

The Merindas formed in 2012, singing Motown hits for the premiere of The Sapphires movie. What was supposed to be a one-off show became a full-time career, having performed more than 400 shows in the last eight years. Garnering rave reviews on the live circuit, playing festivals and major corporate events across Australia, The Merindas present a world-class, fresh and energetic show. During their performance, audiences can expect choreographed dance moves, soaring vocals, and visual projections that weave into the fabric of their music and stories.

On the back of their debut LP release ‘We Sing Until Sunrise’ in June 2020, The Merindas return with their incredible follow up EP ‘Complicated’. Delving into a more Disco/Pop feel, The Merindas are showing their true essence with this EP as they continue to find their unique voices and individuality through the lyrics and production of the new tracks.

The songs on ‘Complicated’ delve into themes of relationships, falling in and out of love, while also expressing happiness, uplifting feelings and more matured outlooks on life. Co-Produced by The Merindas and Simon Moro at Ninety Nine 100 studios, The Merindas new EP features a fusion of electronic and live instruments.

Complicated will be released digitally and in a limited edition of 300 heavyweight 12” clear vinyl EP featuring cover art by Luke Fraser on September 27 .  The first taste of the album ‘Complicated’ is out now.

Check out the beautiful first single and preorder your EP now.


Big Yawn Pressure Acts
LP / Digital (HEVMAC030)


Heavy Machinery Records and Research Records are proud to present Pressure Acts the spectacular new EP from Melbourne electronic quartet Big Yawn.

Big Yawn make experimental electronic music by fusing a wash of sweeping synthesizers, heavily refracted vocal sampling, motorik style percussion and disorientating dub FX.

Their latest studio release ‘Pressure Acts’ creates a space where breaks compete with live drums compete and drones. Relentless pummelling bass lines and kinetic dub fx come standard.

Big Yawn’s energetic and unrelenting live performances create a definitive impression on this release. The sonic textures in the record are lush, stoned, frenetic and fun. The music is sinister yet also tongue-in-cheek — Phil Collins and Slipknot may have even been sampled.

The first single ‘Ragazzo’ is ideal for joy rides in HSVs and/or flaunting at the local disco parlor – a tongue in cheek, dank blend of YMO style pop hooks, driving bass, delicate synths, and a motorik pulse.

Pressure Acts by Big Yawn is a joint release brought to you by Heavy Machinery Records and Research Records.

Pressure Acts will be released digitally and in a limited edition of 300 heavyweight 12” black  vinyl EP featuring original cover art by Gab Cole on September 20. The first taste of the album ‘Ragazzo’ is out now.

Check out the fresh AF first single and preorder your EP now.


Laughing Gear Freak Lemons
LP / Digital (HEVMAC012)


Laughing Gear is an exercise in catharsis aimed at dissecting the tribulations of gentrification & classist warfare. The band features ex members of Melbourne punk luminaries Chrome DomeBrando’s Island, Romero and Eyesores.

Formed by vocalist / pattern architect Bryce Sweatman in 2018, Laughing Gear combine modulating analogue synths with Compu-Rhythm drum machine loops, complemented by a howling / delay-induced vocal screech that harks back to an era of synth-punk that was most dominant in the 1980’s underground music. Fergus Sinclair’s incendiary guitar work is drenched in chorus effects that allow these unique synth-punk & anarcho worlds to collide and mutate, culminating in a highly original musical space that is provocative, jarring and exhilarating.

Laughing Gear’s stunning debut album Freak Lemons is a formidable collection of cutting-edge dystopian synth punk and incisive socio-political commentary, delivered with an acid tongue and a wry sense of gallows humour. A finely honed 80s pop sensibility is mixed with heavy doses of vintage synth worship and punk rock antagonism, while the history of underground music is slyly referenced.

The result is a defiantly original and unapologetically danceable album brimming with whip-smart lyrics and cunningly crafted songs where hooks and concepts fly thick and fast.

Freak Lemons will be released digitally and in a limited vinyl edition of 300 copies on October 1.

Check out the blazing single ‘New Estate’ and preorder your limited edition LP HERE 



Video by Alexander Akers


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Mindy Meng Wang Phoenix Rising
LP / Digital (HEVMAC033)

Heavy Machinery Records and Music In Exile are proud to present Phoenix Rising the breathtaking new album from internationally renknowned Guzheng artist and master collaborator Mindy Meng Wang.

Mindy Meng Wang is a versatile Chinese/Australian composer and world-class modern Guzheng player. She was born and trained in China, and studied western musicology in the UK before emigrating to Australia.

A contemporary pioneer of the Guzheng, she introduces the ancient Chinese horizontal harp into many western genres including experimental, jazz, western classical, electronic and improvisation.

Her work is an important part of a significant movement of Chinese musicians redefining and reinvigorating their musical tradition on the global stage. Her long-term vision is to create a strong voice for young female composers and artists of Chinese heritage, and to create a deeper and reciprocal musical connection between Australia and China.

‘Phoenix Rising’ is her breathtaking new album which features a range of collaborative pieces with artists from across the musical spectrum including Paul Grabowsky, Brian Ritchie (The Violent Femmes), Fia Fell, Claire Edwardes, Daniel Jenatsch and Ma Haiping.

Phoenix Rising is an extremely deep and emotional record that flows out of my heart. The music takes you onto an intimate journey, it gently awakens profound feelings, resonates and amplifies until you are immersed in the softest part of your heart.

There are many colours mixed into the music: The sparkly dark blue of the ocean in the moonlight, the inky green over the misty mountains, the metallic grey of the mercury river, the translucent pink of the Sakura petals flying in the spring wind and the mat black of a black hole. It’s all there.

Phoenix Rising is a very important record for me, it sets a milestone for modern Guzheng music. The Guzheng had only ever been played traditionally for 2500 years in China. During the last decade, my artistic practice was about finding new techniques, tuning systems and musical potentials to unleash the Guzheng. In this record, I used many innovative ‘first ever’ techniques and reached out to various music styles that had never been touched before by the Guzheng.

This record represents a quantum leap for the Guzheng and should forever be remembered as a new chapter in the instrument’s history!’

– Mindy Meng Wang

Tracklist:

1. Night Storm 雷雨夜眠迟 with Paul Grabowsky
2. Mother River 母亲,河 with Claire Edwardes
3. Frosty Mountain 冷山雾海 with Brian Ritchie
4. Ferrofluid 无穷
5. Undercurrent 暗涌 with Fia Fell
6. Activation 异变 with Ma Haiping
7. Stirring Flower 搅花 with Daniel Jenatsch

Phoenix Rising is out now on digital and in a limited heavyweight 12” gold vinyl edition featuring original cover art by Luke Fraser.

Stream the full album and order your gold vinyl here.


Brixx – Conversion Therapy
EP / Digital (HEVMAC023)

Heavy Machinery is proud to present Conversion Therapy the sophomore release from Melbourne electronic producer Brixx.

Brixx is a producer, composer and DJ influenced by cult cinema, new beat, EBM, post-punk and techno. Her music is underpinned by a darkness that slowly bubbles to the surface, acting as a lens through which to explore the human condition.

True to her creative foundations, Brixx’s latest release CONVERSION THERAPY is music about transformation. Rather than a narrative about repression or a forced change in sexual orientation, this release celebrates queer identity and disassociating from what it means to be heteronormative.

CONVERSION THERAPY is inspired by the gamut of emotions and subsequent journey leading up to and following the coming out process. The EP draws on the artist’s love of David Lynch, cult queer cinema classics and film composers such as Heathers’ David Newman. It’s a mental trip encompassing repressed desire, frivolity, transformation and ultimately acceptance – a late night soundtrack which drops you into a world tinged with darkness that encompasses techno, new beat, EBM and breaks.

For the Flash Forward program, Brixx has been paired with Melbourne visual artist BOOTLEG COMICS. The two artists have collaborated on the EP cover artwork for Conversion Therapy.

Conversion Therapy is out now on digital and in a limited edition of 300 heavyweight 12” black and white marble effect vinyl EP featuring original cover art by BOOTLEG COMICS .

Check out the EP and order your copy now.

Video by Alexander Akers


HTRK – Rhinestones
LP / Digital (HEVMAC048)

We are very proud to present Rhinestones – the gorgeous new album from iconic slowburn Melbourne duo HTRK.

Rhinestones is an elegant nine song suite of windswept emotion and heartbreak noir, crafted in skeletal arrangements of guitar, voice, metronomes, and FX. Inspired by a recent infatuation with “eerie and gothic country music,” Rhinestones moves from whispered lament to acoustic eulogy to downtempo vignettes, tracing muted embers of loss and lust through haunted city streets. Taking cues from the economy and brevity of western folk but skewed through a narcotic, nocturnal lens, the album maps enigmatic badlands of strung out beauty and lengthening shadows.

Nigel Yang cites friendship as a central muse, “particularly the forging of it, and its potential for new feelings of telepathy and trust.” Jonnine Standish’s wounded, alluring vocals echo similar mysteries of connection and unknown crossroads, poetic but direct, dream diaries faded with age and rain. The rhinestones of the title evoke the glittering plastic of cowboy glamor, yet “made precious somehow;” Standish cites as an example a baby blue star brooch from Texas, gifted to her “from a stoned friend on New Year’s Eve 10 years ago in Brighton – cheap keepsakes can be more valuable than diamonds.”

Even for a group as enduringly versatile as HTRK, Rhinestones is a revelation, condensing their lyrical alchemy to its simmering, magnetic essence. “Sunlight Feels Like Bee Stings,” “Reverse Déjà vu,” and “Gilbert and George” in particular are masterpieces of drama, delivery, and distillation, dried flowers clouded by smoke, the candle’s flame flickering but unforgotten: “Some things are not like the others / Some friends are not like the others / did I ever say / did I ever say / did I ever say thank you?”

Rhinestones is out now on digital and a limited edition heavyweight 12” vinyl LP featuring cover art by Jonnine Standish.

Check out this beautiful album and order your LP copy now.


Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Under These Streets
LP / Digital (HEVMAC029)


Emma Donovan & The Putbacks return with their new album Under These Streets.

Following on from their success with Crossover (Hopestreet Recordings, 2020) but also on the edge of lockdown, acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan returned to Melbourne with her two daughters to be closer to slick rhythm combo The Putbacks. Into the studio they leapt, recording eight fresh tracks drawn from the mighty music vault of The Putbacks. Out The Door is the first of this selection, with the lyrics born from the band’s desire to create and make music together in the shadow of the global pandemic.

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks first burst on to the Australian scene with Dawn in 2014. In 2020, the release of Crossover highlighted Emma’s bruisingly honest lyrics performed alongside The Putbacks’ fluid, live and raw funk. This new and unexpected release showcases the band’s unity and incredible ability to create as one in the recording studio.

Emma Donovan grew up singing church songs with her grandparents on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia and her first secular gigs were singing in the family band, The Donovans, with her mother and five uncles. Throughout her career, she has toured and recorded with many of the mainstays of Indigenous music from Archie Roach to Dan Sultan and was a member of the Black Arm Band project. It was in this group that Emma met members of The Putbacks and their journey together began.

The Putbacks are stone cold pros, grizzled veterans of all the tours and all the studios. When they come together, they’re one of the tightest, sharpest, slickest, most dynamic musical units ever to exist. Their collaboration with Emma elevates their music and Emma’s songs to another level.

Limited edition heavyweight 12” Vinyl LP featuring cover art by Aretha Brown

Under These Streets is out now on digital and in a limited gatefold edition of 300 vinyl copies.

Check out this stunning album and order your limited edition LP HERE 


Whitehorse – Death Weight
2LP / Digital (HEVMAC024)

 

Heavy Machinery Records and Sweat Lung are very proud present Death Weight – the absolutely gargantuan new double album from internationally revered Melbourne doom legends Whitehorse.

Having burdened the Earth with thunderous, noise-ridden sludge since 2004, the great unholy beast known as Whitehorse has dragged its carcass around the world, spewing audible viscera in its wake — and the band have the scars to prove it. For two decades, Whitehorse has toured extensively through the USA, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, rattling bars, venues and entire neighbourhoods with their heaviness and shaking the very souls of the punters.

Death Weight is their mind-alteringly heavy new album. Brutal and beautiful, intense and intricate, epic and electrifying – this expansive double LP lifts Whitehorse’s already stellar sonic practice to terrifying new heights. Folding together elements of grind, metal, sludge, industrial noise and general auditory carnage, ‘Death Weight’ is a long-form magnus opus that further cements the bands rightful place at the forefront of the international art-doom movement.

In early 2020 Whitehorse felt they were well on the way to finishing writing their 3rd album, then the world was turned on its ear and Melbourne around them entered into hibernation. Physically separate for months on end, while we all watched the world in throes of chaos, the 6 members of Whitehorse members kept ideas, sounds and discussions flowing.

Come August when Whitehorse were finally able to reconvene in their rehearsal space, they came at the material they had left early that year with altered ears. Writing, refining and adding to the body of work with somewhat of an understanding that the world for now had changed, everything was a little darker.

Whitehorse members have always been drawn from varied and different worlds, coming together to create something heavy. Death Weight is heavy. Themes of death, loss, despair, isolation, darkness and frustration drip through the riffs, swept along by the squalls of the electronics, hanging in the mist haze of the growls, awakened by the beat of the drums.

Whitehorse present Death Weight as the soundtrack to this unprecedented, mid-apocalyptic world we have found ourselves in. Soak in it for a while.

Death Weight is out now on  digital and in a limited edition of 300 heavyweight double 12” red and white vinyl album featuring original cover art by Brent Stegeman. Stream the full album and order your 2LP copy now.


Jake Blood – PRIX
LP / Digital (HEVMAC017)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present PRIX, the debut LP from Melbourne electronic producer Jake Blood.

Jake Blood began DJing in Melbourne’s seediest night spots in 2006 under various aliases. Refining a record collection as time went on, Blood began sourcing classifieds for second hand drum machines, slowly building a techno rig. 

In 2010, he started playing improvised sets at Melbourne’s hottest late night clubs, pushing drum-heavy psychedelic acid techno. In 2014, Blood had a serious bicycle accident, quietly ending his club journey. After playing post-recovery performances for Bunker, and supporting Yamantaka Eye and My Disco in Hobart for Dark Mofo, Blood relocated to the Victorian Alps. Here, he began a love affair with an MPC2000XL and yoga, concentrating on all things health-related and searching for a different groove. 

 After spending time honing these new skills and playing illegal doofs in various forms, Blood moved back to the big smoke where he was forced into a universal state of isolation. During this isolation, Blood was able to reforge moods from the past with a level of positivity and forward thinking. With a refusal to follow the crowd and a content mindset, Blood crafts rough basslines, heavy kicks and shaky hats washed in alien synths and soaked in reverb to create a truly unique sound world.


PRIX is a highly original atmospheric work of singular artistic vision. Eerily psychedelic and highly evocative, the album conjures a slowly shifting kaleidoscope of feelings and moods. A distant memory of a rave, a disconnection from reality, dissociation from the environment.  A vessel of escape, taking the back streets to avoid the crowds, sound design twisted and crushed to its lowest fidelity. Moments sampled and resampled over and over; reliving the experience, losing definition with each replay.  Swirling, reverberating solitude.  An MPC2000XL crashing constantly, a bass with a broken string, some digital synths, FX, records and a tenor saxophone.

For the Flash Forward program, Jake Blood has been paired with Melbourne visual artist PRIX, who has created the artwork featured on this album’s cover design.

 Deluxe limited edition heavyweight green coloured 12” vinyl featuring cover art by PRIX. Limited pressing of 300 copies.

PRIX LP is out now, order your copy now.


The Amplified Elephants – Deep Creatures
LP / Digital (HEVMAC019)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present Deep Creatures the beautiful new album from Melbourne sound art group The Amplified Elephants.

The Amplified Elephants is a leading sound art ensemble made up of members Teagan Connor, Jay Euesden, Megan Hunter, Helen Kruljac, Robyn McGrath, Daniel Munnery, Kathryn Sutherland, Esther Tuddenham, Natalie Walters and James Hullick.

Deep Creatures is a blissful deep dive into a sonic world of freely associated imagination, exploring an interplay of electronic ambient sound, cinematic spaces, vocal work and poetry. This deeply evocative album outlines the abstract journey of a young woman called to the seashore. She dives down to a mysterious shipwreck filled with wondrous deep-sea creatures.

Called to the sea by The Following (performed by The Amplified Elephants) – a council of benevolent interdimensional aliens – a young woman is taken to a sunken ship where she unlocks a giant clay urn unleashing the godlike creature from within. She is transformed by this radical experience.

First single ‘Shipwreck’ draws the listener on an immersive waterworld journey. Cinematic sequences highlight some deeper dreamlike narrative at play. This ambient field recording washed track marks The Amplified Elephants ascending to the pinnacle of their arresting sonic abilities. Their expression and creative language made all the more ear catching through their lived experience and perception as artists living with neurological diversity.

The Amplified Elephants dive to great auditory and visual depths linking sonic art; video art; deep ocean creatures and their own take on the infinite brilliance of the creative mind. At times ambient; at times oceanic; at times strident with powerful sonic waves.l depths linking sonic art; video art; deep ocean creatures and their own take on the infinite brilliance of the creative mind. At times ambient; at times oceanic; at times strident with powerful sonic waves.

Deep Creatures is out now on digital and in a limited edition of 300 heavyweight 12” blue vinyl featuring cover art by James Hullick.

Check out the video for the single Shipwreck below and order your LP now.


Female Wizard – TIE​-​EE​-​YIE​-​EE​-​YIE​-​EE​-​YIME
LP / Digital (HEVMAC020)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present TIE-EE-YIE-EE-YIE-EE-YIME, the stunning debut full length album from Melbourne electronic producer Female Wizard.

Female Wizard has been a stalwart of the Melbourne dance music scene since taking up DJing in 2014. She initially made her mark by gathering and sharing a vast classic house record collection under the name Brooke Powers, playing feature sets at Golden Plains, Dark Mofo and Red Bull Music Academy’s Transliminal, The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and many more.

In 2019, Female Wizard took on her now trademark experimental and innovative DJ style. Exploring the weirder sides of techno, industrial, IDM and more, this style aims to create collective transcendence through powerful sonic immersion. Female Wizard’s debut at a Boiler Room and Discwoman collaborative event was followed by headlining sets at Hybrid Festival and Soft Centre, as well as mixes for Discwoman, and Boiler Room’s Hard Dance mix series. In 2020, Female Wizard made the shift to music production, releasing her first EP ‘Messy-Podge-Mania’ on local label Anterograde.

Female Wizard’s newest release is TIE-EE-YIE-EE-YIE-EE-YIME – an anxious mix of IDM, slamming techno and mind-altering club energy. The artist describes the record as “an attempt to be blown out of linear time, to travel past and forward at once.”

The first single is the opening track ‘Post-Release’. This track is the first chapter of the release, setting up the sonic motifs that echo throughout the LP, while nodding toward hyper pop and 4 to the floor hard techno.

TIE-EE-YIE-EE-YIE-EE-YIME is out now digitally and in a limited edition of 300 heavyweight 12” pink vinyl featuring cover art by Adam Price.

Check out the mind-bending video below and order your LP now.

Video by Baben Shin


Diploid – I AM YOURS. AND I AM HERE AGAIN
LP / Digital (HEVMAC039)

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present I AM YOURS. AND I AM HERE AGAIN, the astoundingly heavy new album from Melbourne punk metal legends Diploid.

Since 2010, Diploid have been a primal force searing underneath the pyre of Australian heavy music. Crushing, urgent, depressing and fierce, few can stand toe to toe with the blistering vocals, thematic despair and rapid-fire instrumentals that strike straight at a listener’s pressure points. Diploid are antithetic to peace.

Diploid’s 2020 album ‘Glorify’ recently earned the band an award for Best Heavy Album from Music Victoria. International heavyweights such as Full of Hell, Cancer Bats and Integrity have all slotted Diploid on support for their shows. Heavy Experimental pioneers The Body have performed a collaborative improvised set with Diploid in 2019, and the band have blasted eardrums on tour in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

Diploid’s fourth album, I AM YOURS. AND I AM HERE AGAIN is a masterclass in musical intensity where elements of grindcore, noise, black metal, hardcore punk, screamo and avant experimentalism are whipped into a cacophonous fury, while staggeringly extreme vocals explore lyrical themes of genocide and radicalisation.

Written on Wurundjeri land during a 100-day lockdown, the record picks at the feeling that nothing you do changes anything – the feeling that you can’t stop the pain in the world. The next chapter for Australia’s fiercest heavy act is about to begin. Prepare yourself.

I AM YOURS. AND I AM HERE AGAIN is out now digitally and on limited clear 12” vinyl LP edition featuring cover art by Mariam Benjemaa.

Get your limited edition copy now.


Safire & QQQ Akane – Slowly Rushing
LP / Digital (HEVMAC014)

Safire and QQQ Akane are a Melbourne multidisciplinary duo bound by creativity and community. These creative leaders act as the glue connecting people, experience and art; leveraging their craft of audio and visual design to stew a melting pot of forward thinking cool sh!t.

Collaboration is key when identifying their artistic practice. They seem to have an organic knack of creating parties/raves, record labels and releases, technical masterclasses and inclusive artistic spaces that place emphasis on community.

As artists independently, they have hit their respective heights. Ben Safire has toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia, representing Australian Drum and Bass on a global scale. As a musician and event curator he has built the foundations of bass music in Melbourne, collaborating locally and internationally with Noisia, Alix Perez, Dub Phizix, Zed Bias and DLR, to name but a few.

To limit QQQ Akane as a visual artist would be an injustice. While she is well known for her creative collaboration with Metalheadz boss Goldie and visual art with record label Plasma Audio, QQQAkane is an enigma of creativity that flows from fashion and dance to vocalism and music production.

Slowly Rushing is the debut long play from the seasoned duo. The album feels like the soundtrack to a warm night, sharing food on a big table with your friends and family. A dinner where the conversation is as filling as the meal. Before you know it, the table has disappeared and made room for a hazed-out dance floor, exploring non-verbal communication and telekinetic meditation.

Slowly Rushing broods warmth, taking notes from jazz, dub, hip-hop and bass music to hypnotically wrap around your consciousness like a snake to a snake charmer. QQQ Akane calls on her indigenous Amami roots of storytelling and musical styling, that simultaneously feels grounded whilst taking you further down the rabbit hole.

Safire and QQQ Akane have created their own world, a dinner party if you will, all they ask is you bring a plate and enjoy.

Slowly Rushing LP is out now, steam the full album order your LP here.  A proud co-release between Heavy Machinery Records and Chilla Holla.


Barney McAll – Transitive Cycles
LP / Digital (HEVMAC009)


Barney McAll‘s music is the rainbow in the oil slick of political and global chaos. He came up through the downtown 90s New York scene playing the piano with some of the great spiritual jazz heavyweights like Gary Bartz, Roy Ayers, Dewey Redman, and Billy Harper. He also submerged himself in a river of unadulterated funk with the likes of Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Clyde Stubblefield, and The Groove Collective which earned him a Grammy nomination.

Transitive Cycles is an enchanting cosmic composition for Rhodes, synth, horns, shakuhachi flute, bulbul tarang, double bass, Moog guitar, analogue electronics, percussion and Melbourne’s extraordinary public sound sculpture: the Federation Bells.

Recorded live at its Melbourne International Jazz Festival premiere, the work features interactive improvisation between the bells and an ensemble of sensational musicians, with McAll masterfully leading the interplay on keyboards and his self-made instrument ‘Chucky’ (various music boxes, glockenspiel, kalimba and electronics), creating an unforgettably ethereal soundscape on the banks of the Yarra River.

File under: experimental jazz / cyborg percussion / cosmic prog

Barney McAll – Rhodes, Chucky (self-made Instrument), Bulbul Tarang, Federation Bells

Julien Wilson – Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet

Adrian Sherriff – Trombone, Moog Taurus, Shakuhachi Flute, Buchla Music Easel, Bata Drums

Steve Magnusson – Moog Guitar

Leigh Fisher – Drums, Modular Synthesis

Jordan Tarento – Acoustic Bass

First pressing of TRANSITIVE CYCLES is a limited gatefold edition of 300 copies on hot pink, yellow and tangerine splatter vinyl is out now.

Stream the album and purchase your limited edition LP now.


Jalang – Santau
LP / Digital (HEVMAC016)

 


Jalang (formerly Lái) play fast-paced and danceable D-beat punk, propelling the band’s ferocious vocals into the face of the listener. Vocalist Alda’s lyrics are delivered in Bahasa Indonesia and English, engaging with both her own and collective narratives that explore politics, religion, feminism and queer rights in South East Asia, and the diaspora in so-called Australia. Timmy (ExtinctExist, Pisschrist, Schifosi) on guitar and Tessa (Ubik, Masses) on bass were joined by Kyle (Sheer Mag) on drums in 2021.

‘Jalang’ in Bahasa Indonesia is one of those ‘odd’ words: when describing the masculine it means wild, feral, undomesticated; while for feminine figures it translates as promiscuous, slutty or evil — something the band aims to reclaim as a mark of feminine pride. Jalang invokes the band members’ diasporic and queer narratives through hardcore punk, mixing ideas and personal experiences that often inter-connect but also continue to conflict with the world around us.

Recorded by Jason Fuller (Goatsound) at Tender Trap Studios in Melbourne, Santau is 11 tracks of incandescent punk energy from this supergroup of Melbourne underground music, tackling real world issues of politics, power and protest. Next-level musical performances, inspirational song writing and the relentless fury of Alda’s vocals combine to produce one of the most intelligent, crucial and viscerally exciting Australian punk releases in years.

File under: D-Beat punk, hardcore punk

Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight red coloured 12” Vinyl LP with OBI Strip. Cover art by Alda (Deliriousinkarts) & Micah James (Scrawnart). Limited pressing of 300 copies.


J. P. Shilo – Jubjoté
LP / Digital (HEVMAC006)



Enigmatic multi-instrumentalist J.P. Shilo emerges from the shadows to present Jubjoté, a beautifully esoteric live reimagining of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.

Best known for his work with legendary Melbourne band Hungry Ghosts, as well as contributions to classic albums by Rowland S. Howard, Mick Harvey, Adalita, The Triffids and the Blackeyed Susans, Shilo’s unique musicianship is world-renowned. Here he lends his magic touch to the grand organ, guitar, synthesiser, electronics, sound collage and spoken word to produce a work of singular artistic vision.

Guided by the eternal motion of the Shepard Tone, the listener is plunged beyond the comfort of normalcy to consider a shifting subject position that cannot escape the churn of cultural progress. As L.J. Spruyt’s cover art suggests, Jubjoté invokes a reckoning with multiple concurrent realities. Shilo’s Grand Organ is by turns elegant, sick, beautiful and decrepit.

Backed for this live performance by Hungry Ghosts violinist & co-conspirator T. J. Howden, Shilo leads the capacity Town Hall audience through oscillations of neoclassical focus, wild-eyed psychedelia and avant-garde fragmentation.

For fans of: Klaus Shulze, Eliane Radigue, Olivier Messiaen & Ken Nordine

Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight white, green and black effect coloured 12” Vinyl LP with OBI Strip. Cover image by L. J. Spruyt.



Video directed by L. J. Spruyt


Bacchus Harsh – Caveat Tumultum
2LP / Digital (HEVMAC011)


Bacchus Harsh is the alias of Melbourne based multi-disciplinary artist Christian Bishop. Predominantly known in international music circles as Australian breakcore pioneer Xian, Bishop has expanded his already widescreen musical horizons to embrace an even broader creative cosmos under this new alias. Bacchus Harsh is the sonic embodiment of occult-themed electronics and deconstructed club music. De-territorializing exotica, occult psychedelia and industrial techno with polyrhythms and distorted blast beats, Bacchus Harsh confuses the dance floor.

Caveat Tumultum is an expansive double LP of icy post-breakcore industrial heaviness, where hallucinogenic cinematic atmospheres collide with sample-driven mania and complex mechanical rhythms. The resulting album is a 60 minute masterclass in foreboding electronic production, dystopian sonic manipulation and the thrillingly visceral experience of true underground party music.

File under: post-breakcore / industrial electronics / occult cinematica

Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight silver coloured 12” Vinyl 2LP with OBI Strip. Cover art by Gabriel Nilsen, design by Luke Fraser. Limited pressing of 300 copies.


Video directed and edited by Christian Bishop
Cinematography by Ana Tiquia
Sculpture by Christian Bishop

Cale Sexton – Sustain
LP / Digital (HEVMAC007)


Australian cosmic electronica genius Cale Sexton presents Sustain – a stunning new work commissioned for Melbourne’s iconic outdoor sound sculpture the Federation Bells. Sexton combines this unique public musical instrument with fresh realms of cinematic electro synth and interstellar ambient techno to produce an intricate hybrid form of transcendental hardware psychedelia.

File under: electronic psychedelia / industrial percussion / euphoric synth

Album of the week – PBS FM

A fascinating form of hybrid interdimensional exoticaCyclic Defrost

A highly anticipated work in experimental electronicaTone Deaf

Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight transparent blue, red and orange spatter coloured 12” Vinyl LP with OBI Strip. Art and Design by Luke Fraser.

Video directed by Jon Watts


Ehsan Gelsi – Ephemera
LP / Digital (HEVMAC010)


Melbourne electronic composer Ehsan Gelsi presents Ephemera – a spectacular new commissioned work for the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, Moog, Buchla, analogue electronics and live percussion. Gelsi’s composition is a groundbreaking hybrid progressive work showcasing the mammoth grandeur of the ten thousand pipe acoustic organ whilst exploring the full extent of the instrument’s electronic sequencing capabilities. The result is a majestic treat for organ aficionados, vintage synth heads and soundtrack enthusiasts alike.

File under: grand organ / progressive soundtrack / ecstatic electronica

Deluxe limited edition heavyweight maroon coloured 12” Vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve with OBI Strip. Art and Design by Luke Fraser. Cover painting by Benedict Sibley.


Video by Ben Willis


Bridget Chappell – Undertow
LP / Digital (HEVMAC005)


 

 

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present Undertow – the debut full length LP from Australian electronic composer and cellist Bridget Chappell (Hextape).

Bridget Chappell takes contemporary and historical data of local water management and water colonisation sourced from the City of Melbourne’s Open Data Platform, and runs it through a process of sonification to create UNDERTOW – a stunning original work composed for cello, electronics and Melbourne’s extraordinary public sound sculpture: the Federation Bells. The result is a searingly original data-driven work that combines neoclassical strings, industrial percussion and vaporwave textures to create an exciting and thought-provoking site-specific sound work.

Bridget Chappell is an award-winning Australian sound artist working on the unceded lands of the First Peoples of the Millewa-Mallee. Their often data-driven work explores colonial responsibility, the climate crisis, policing and surveillance, and rave nostalgia.

The land where Birrarung Marr Park and the Federation Bells now stand were underwater: forming part of a system of rivers, creeks, marshland and lagoons, much of which today has been driven underground and away from the city’s conscious face. Now contained in a network of drains, some trace an underground path mirroring – or mocking – the rivers’ original flow. Using the City of Melbourne’s Open Data Platform, Bridget Chappell combines contemporary and historical data of local water management and water colonisation. Through a process of sonification – the musical representation of visual data – they perform an original work: an aural painting of the last 185 years of the Birrarung River (“Yarra”) and Narrm bay (“Port Phillip”) composed for the Federation Bells and cello.

You may know Chappell in another life as the hardcore gabber, jungle, breakbeat, and techno project Hextape, but this is a very different world. Cyclic Defrost

Freshwater Falls’ is a masterclass in utilising outdated musical artefacts in a contemporary context. Great experimental electronica from an artist that has been making the most out of 2020. Weirdo Wasteland

Deluxe limited edition heavyweight transparent aqua and deep blue coloured 12” Vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve with OBI Strip. Art and Design by Luke Fraser. Cover photo by Neville Bowler.

Limited pressing of 300 copies

Out now – by your limited edition copy on Transparent Aqua and Deep Blue Vinyl here.

File under: Esoteric Electronics / Industrial Percussion / Contemporary Classical

Video directed by Henry Pyne


Naretha Willams – BLAK MASS
LP / Digital (HEVMAC004)

 

Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present Blak Mass – the debut full length LP from Naretha Williams.

Commissioned by The City Of Melbourne for a live performance in 2019, BLAK MASS sees Naretha combine the gargantuan Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ with live electronics to realise her complex progressive compositions. BLAK MASS reflects on the city’s jarring civic history and the impact of colonisation on its First Peoples and Land, through an experimental, site specific musical performance developed for the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.

BLAK MASS considers the Grand Organ as a significant symbol of European domination and reaches deep in to the psyche of the instrument to create a haunting, avant-garde sound work.

Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight Blood Galaxy coloured 12” Vinyl LP with OBI Strip. Art and Design by Luke Fraser. Cover photo by Christopher Sutherland.

WINNERBest Experimental Avant-Garde Act – Music Victoria Awards 2019

Video directed by Goodworthy


New War – Trouble In The Air
LP / Digital (HEVMAC002)

 

Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, Trouble in the Air is a new song cycle composed for voice, bass guitar, electronics and the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ. Recorded live at the Melbourne Town Hall. The band describes the work as a “cold dream of uncertainty & rupture”.

Deluxe limited edition gatefold heavyweight coloured 12” Vinyl LP (Halloween orange spatter and black vinyl variants). Art and design by Luke Fraser. Super limited edition of 300 copies only.

★★★★ Album of the weekThe Age

Has there been a truer album title for the times we live in? Recorded live in 2017, New War’s Trouble in the Air is their third album in a little over a decade but true to form, this Melbourne four-piece has again steered clear of any sense of convention and done their own thing, spectacularly.

The centrepiece here is Melbourne Town Hall’s glorious four-storey high Grand Organ with Jesse Shepherd at the keys. These seven tracks ooze with a weighty, existential mood that’s complimented by equally trippy rhythms and singer Chris Pugmire’s post-punk howl.

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Videos by Agostino Soldati


Sarah Mary Chadwick – The Queen Who Stole The Sky
LP / Digital (HEVMAC003)

Sarah Mary Chadwick ‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’ LP – released on limited edition blue 12″ vinyl in deluxe gatefold sleeve in collaboration with  RICE IS NICE (AUS) April 12 + Sinderlyn Records (US / EU) April 19 2019. Cover art by Sarah Mary Chadwick

The Queen Who Stole The Sky is Chadwick’s most plangent, resonant work. While all her past records have been result of the strength of her intent and talent, there’s something shocking about the austere composition of this album that feels as if it’s coagulated Chadwick’s vision into a ferocious, arresting whole. The Queen Who Stole The Sky is rarely an easy listen – it is terrifyingly loud and heartbreakingly vulnerable, often grotesque in its sadness – but the sense of pure catharsis it elicits is unparalleled.

★★★★★ – The Guardian

The Queen Who Stole the Sky was performed and recorded live on the Melbourne Town Hall’s historic grand organ, and its 147-year-old Victorian-era engineering allows for vast, unending tones and sepulchral bellows. It’s a sound that can create its own reality, which is something the New Zealand expatriate has been doing since leaving her breakthrough band Batrider for a solo career. Self-analysis and furious reasoning are a constant in Chadwick’s work, but the grand organ’s stark textures provide a new landscape that reaches a wrenching culmination on I Just Came to Pray.

★★★★ Album of the weekSydney Morning Herald  

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Video by Agostino Soldati



 

CLING CLANG: Compositions for Computer-Controlled Bells and Australian Electronics
LP / Digital (HEVMAC001)


CLING CLANG is a compilation of new original dark electronic works specially commissioned for the City of Melbourne’s extraordinary outdoor industrial sound sculpture the Federation Bells.

Featuring new works by Forces, Zanias, friendships, Naretha Williams, Kangaroo Skull, Vacuum, Ash Wednesday and OK Sure.

Ear-shearing techno, pounding EBM, experimental electronics and minimal wave atmospherics will meld with the exotic sounds of this peculiar public percussion robot: creating a world-exclusive sound art / dark dance hybrid – perfect for music nerds, electro goths and techno enthusiasts alike.

File under: Esoteric Electronics / Industrial Percussion / Experimental Dance

Released as a Deluxe 12″ LP in a Gatefold sleeve in a limited edition of 300 copies.

BUY VINYL / DIGITAL


Video by Misha Grace