Pilerats' Guide To Southbound's Coconut Club
A lovely bunch of this country's most exciting producers and DJs.
Southbound Festival takes over WA’s first weekend of the New Year Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 January, with a super on-point selection of Australian and international acts over two big stages, along with a third stage focused on the boogie – Coconut Club. They’ve so far announced a tasty lineup of locals and national acts, so we’re gonna give the lineup (announced so far) an alphabetised once over, and preview some tracks you’re likely to hear:
AQUAMAN’S LAB (DJ SET)
Featuring the three-pronged attacked of Bongo Loco, Swami Adima and Sound Of Sam, Aquaman’s Lab have been kings of south-west good vibes for years. Swami co-founded the Coconut Club, and as the video below suggests, will be bringing fountains of funk:
Currently at the forefront of the Aussie house scene with his own tunes, and the recently launched Medium Rare Recordings, Benson has been ramping up his own production output of late, including latest warping banger Hot Mess feat. Lex Famous, out now via Sweat It Out:
A WAMi-nominated and three-time Perth Dance Music Award winner, Craig Hollywood is a stalwart of the Perth house and techno scenem unafraid to go deep and dark, as evidenced by this Life Is Noise Eat A Bag Of Mix from last year:
Another south-west local, DJ Mutchy has been rocking the Coconut Club for the past five years with perfect south-west mix of hip hop, dubs and break.
We’ve been extolling the virtues of GRMM all year, and he’s just released his new single Circles feat. UK vocalist Yasmin. We’re excited to see him throw down in live form, with a euphoric brand of blissful trap to make you feel good.
JUST A GENT
We’d type one of ‘Australia’s hottest acts’, but the still under-age Just A Gent is on the verge of world domination, with North American tours and plaudits from the likes of Skrillex, What So Not and Dillon Francis.
The more we look at the Coconut Club, the more it feels like just a rad party with some awesome mates, many of whom who just happen to be at the forefront of Australian dance music. Kilter is no different, and we’re looking forward to his percussion pad banging vibes in the west.
KLP (DJ SET)
Taking over triple j’s House Party, KLP has very quickly ingrained herself into the nation’s psyche – first via the radio waves, second with some rad tunes, and third by aligning herself with heaps of the best up-and-coming Australian acts, many of which you’ll find at the Coconut Club.
Another WA legend, there’s a very good chance you’ve got your rave on to Micah somewhere around these parts. The guy can rock any genre at any time, and do it ten times better than just about anyone.
Not sure about this guy tbh, but we have been listening to some of his new gear, and we can't wait to hear it out.
By the time Southbound rolls around Slumberjack is a name you should recognise if trap is your game. Recently called out by Skrillex, their new EP is all killer no filler, due out Friday 21 November.
Originally hailing from the UK, Tim Woodward AKA The Housejunkie grew up through the era of disco, acid jazz and garage, vibes he’s been regularly bringing to Coconut Club and various other festivals here and abroad.
Another WA local, Tom Drummond’s music has been heard/played by the likes of Krafty Kuts, Stickybuds and A-Skillz, with his fusion of hip hop, funk and disco doing good things for crowds at festivals such as Parklife, Breakfest and Big Day Out.
YAHTZEL (DJ SET)
You should be familiar with old mate Max Armata by now, either in his iteration as Yahtzel or his recently launched project alongside LDRU – Carmada. Moving between tropical chillstep and dirty bangers, his DJ sets span across all genres, always maximising party.
So that’s where we’ll be raving at Southbound, along with the likes of Alison Wonderland, The Presets and more on the main stages. Head to the Southbound WEBSITE for more info/tickets.