Sunday Mixtape: Dungeon Events
For this week’s Sunday mixtape we welcome you to the sound of the underground. Curated by Dungeon Events, purveyors of some of the finest local underground parties that are happening right now, this is a trip into the district of the deep and dark. We ask that you turn subs on, your speakers up, and check to see that your neighbours are ok with their walls trembling for the next 45 minutes; this is not one to be listened to on your laptop speakers. Enjoy.
For those who don’t know, tell us a little about Dungeon Events. How did you start and what do you do?
Dungeon was started due to a general unhappiness with the Sydney club scene. The lines were long, the door prices were high, the security was tight and the people who the clubs were trying to attract were not the kind of people we would usually like to associate ourselves with. Most importantly though, the DJ's were being selected by much older promoters who had little or no idea of actual music trends and tended to just "go along with the flow". They very rarely tried to push the boundaries or try something new unless it was considered the new 'cool' thing to do.
We wanted to gather all of our Friends in one place to listen to music good music, while not having to worry about beefcake security guards and having our wallets ravaged but unreasonable drink prices and door fees.
What is the Dungeon sound?
Deep, Dark, Evil, soul wrenching, industrial, avant-garde sounds. Sounds that would not typically be heard in your average club. Sounds meant to be heard in dark underground rooms.
Tell us a little bit about what goes into organising a warehouse party or dungeon rave? What do final preparations on the night consist of?
Get the equipment
Get into the party space
Wait for the peeps to arrive
Have a party, hoping we don’t get shut down
Get the hell out of there when it’s over
What happens when you get caught?
We’ve been caught I few times, on one occasion the police were a bit impressed by the party, gave us a slap on the wrist and sent us on our way. The other two times we got caught all the organisers and a few DJ’s copped $300 fines.
Finally, tell us about the tracks you have curated for us?
The Tracks we have selected are all track that follow our favoured sound, the Dungeon sound, we even managed to squeeze some free downloads in there.
Subreachers - Return 2 Reality
These guys have been on the right tip for a long time, Producing outrages tunes full of the type of bass that gives us shivers up our spine. This tune is a freebie courtesy of Subreachers and a group called Fat Kid on Fire (FKOF). FKOF have been pushing up and coming produces by providing a space where their tunes and mixes can be uploaded for free for everyone to enjoy.
Commit - Eyes Down
Commit is one of our own local legends. Originall on the DnB tip but has been destroying systems with his recent dubstep releases through Requiem Audio and Paradise lost. Commit has been a regular at most of our parties and we hope this trend doesn't stop anytime soon.
Outbound - Temperament
Hailing all the way from the Uk, Outbound may be the future of the dubs. Part of the up and coming Annihilate Audio crew, who have released numerous Eps, all of which are pure gold. Dark, gritty and industrial, just the way we like it.
Gareth Psaltis – Voriulk
Dark, thumping, industrial and progressive is the techno that we prefer and Gareth Psaltis always delivers. Gareth comes from Sydney's Northern Beaches and smashes out 100% live techno sets through a series of synthesisers and drum machines. He is also part of the up and coming Hunter Gatherer label, a label that you are all sure to hear a lot from in the future as they are moving their home to Berlin to get more in touch with this menacing sound.
Monolake - Decay
A sneaky little freebie from the man Monolake that he found on his backup drive after growing tired of working on it. Monolake is a man without a genre, experimenting in all different fields of experimental electronic music. His sound cloud is full of hidden gems that send listeners into a dark meditation. Although it is uncompleted it is still pure dark energy and it's for free!
Artech – Speedz (Grouch Remix)
This huge pounding remix from New Zealand neighbour Grouch has been playing through both our car and home systems constantly. Progressive in structure while still being unbelieveable unpredictable we find ourselves constantly smiling at the sounds this guy manages to conjure up. This is they type of psytrance that we have grown to love through the bush doof/festival scene.
Babicz, Child, SQL – My Minds (Child Rework)
A cheeky rework from Child, one of the main master minds behind Victoria’s beloved Strawberry Fields bush festival. Organic bush vibes that manage to keeps punters punting after days of doofing. Much vibes, such energy, wow.
Overlook – Narrows
We’ve been hooked on Overlook for a while, his dark progressive and sinister take on drum and bass has always left us with a sore neck and this tune is no exception. The half time thumping drums contrasted with industrial synths makes his sounds so clean and unique when compared to the normal pace of most drum and bass tunes.
War, Overlook & Mateba – Rift
Another free tune, this time courtesy of War, Overlook and Mateba. Individually all these artists are on point and when they work together they manage to produce tunes that take the best elements from each artist and combining them into a magical concoction of pure bass energy. Its almost like combining ice cream, crushed oreos and hot caramel sauce for the fist time, hot cold and crunchy.
Murcof – Memoria
For the last of the tune selections we thought we’d take you away from the world of dance music and into the world of post classical music. We were pretty late onto Murcof as this tune was released all the way back in 2002. Hearing this now it’s hard to believe that such futuristic sounds were coming from such a primitive period. His blend of all classical instrumentation along with elements of glitch and a groovy beat make this tune pure forbidding bliss.
By Nathan Harmond