Cut Copy Presents Oceans Apart: A Glimpse Of Melbourne's Dance Culture Vol. 1 - Various Artists on LP
Cut Copy Presents: Oceans Apart - Vol. 1, is the first of two vinyl 12" EPs that compile a selection of un-mixed highlights from the DJ mix compilation, for DJs, vinyl collectors and home listeners. Globetrotting Melbourne ambassadors Cut Copy present Oceans Apart, a snapshot of their hometown's thriving underground dance music scene and club culture. The exciting project is the product of the band's observations between long bouts of international touring, where it became undeniably apparent that this fertile community was mushrooming and calling for some form of documentation.
While its impossible to compile a definitive track listing, Oceans Apart threads together a cross section of the different party crews, label rosters and ambitious lone rangers that have been catalysts in making this city vibrant and happening week in, week out. Cut Copy aren't alone in making these realizations. Whether its Tornado Wallace topping the Juno singles charts, World's End Press recording in Massive Attack's Bristol Studio, newcomer Len Leise releasing on cult Uruguay label International Feel or No Zu casually jamming their heat beat with New York legends Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid) and James Chance, the collective momentum of this scene has deemed the tyranny of distance redundant. The energy is being embraced by its foreign counterparts and no compromises are being made in the process.
There's been much speculation as to how this unprecedented wave came about. Is the fluoride in our water supply having positive side-effects? Is it the mediocre Melbourne weather that's either keeping people on the dancefloor or in house arrest, tirelessly tinkering in the studio? Is it the abundance of late night venues or the long standing presence of two influential community radio stations? Or does it all come down to the appreciative audience that are just as critical as the creators? All we do know is that this epidemic can't be stopped and needs to be celebrated.
This first volume includes Michael Ozone (ESP Institute), Andras & Oscar (Mexican Summer, Dopeness galore), Nile Delta (Cutters), and Roland Tings (Internasjonal).