Music: Supermarket bombs Adelaide Fringe with Basement Beats

After just emerging from the smoke cloud following our last event Lateral Movement, it’s time for us to change gears and get back into the breakbeat audio-visual zone… enter: Supermarket! We launched this project of ours (best compared to the work of Ninjatune artists Hexstatic) back in early 2008 with Fringe shows (after our 1st North American tour) and this year we’ve adjusted the format and moved the venue underground- to the basement of Big Star CD’s & Records on Rundle St, Adelaide. They’ve been a long time supporter of and beacon light for independent music in this town, and they’re situated close to the Garden of Unearthly Delights (the beating heart of the Fringe festival) so theirs was an obvious choice.

Adelaide Fringe: Basement Beats - March 5, 12 & 19
Adelaide Fringe: Basement Beats - March 5, 12 & 19

‘So what’s new with Basement Beats’ I hear you ask? Well, this time the show isn’t just about us.. it’s a celebration of fine local beatsmiths and cutting edge audio-visual presentation. Opening night tomorrow will see us team up with Amoeba Muzak, as they take us for a spin down their very special brand of minimal tech and shuffle-o-matic house music. Recently experienced as a solo act, Justin will be joined by former collaborator James on the knobs, dials and keys… and we can expect some booty shaking.


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While Amoeba Muzak drop their beats, Em and I (as Supermarket) will be VJing up a storm, with prepared samples and live camera feeds from the room melting into the mix. We’ll have more screens on site than ever before (a dozen if all works out) and the space will be lit entirely by CRT glow. A projector screen at the back of the room will be the main focus, but you can expect stacks of TVs and a few glitchy screens tuned in to alien transmissions! We’re also doing our familiar a/v set as the opener for Amoeba Muzak‘s live show. Nights run from 7.30 to 9.30 pm, with fruit smoothies bicycle-blended on the spot for your refreshment.

So that’s the shape of Thursday, March 5th. Good news for latecomers is that we have two more shows, on Thursday the 12th and 19th of March. The 12th sees Amoeba Muzak stand down to allow DJ Tr!p to shine. He’ll be raising the roof with his superb chiptune breakbeats, before the 19th sees Amoeba Musak return once more with a dubbed-out set of originals.


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While these names may be new to some, both Amoeba Muzak and DJ Tr!p have been rolling out beats here for over 10 years each, so it’s areal honour and pleasure to be sharing a stage with these distinguished gents over our three night season. Tickets are available on the door, but to avoid disappointment (the venue has a capacity of 40) we recommend scooting over to Fringetix and buying them there.

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Music: Supermarket’s first release out now at Amazon.com

So it’s finally happened… one of our productions has made it onto the shelf at Amazon.com . While I’ve been looking into a means of achieving this for our film and video work via CreateSpace (will blog on this when I get it happening) Sonic Vogue Records (Singapore/New York) has released Sound of Style Vo.2 and flung one of our music tracks into the global marketplace. The compilation album features new electronic music from around the world, with our own Supermarket tune, Urban Spice (Original Mix) sitting proudly at track #1. The track is a punchy, spy-genre flavoured l

Sound of Style Vol. 2 (compilation) - Sonic Vogue Records
Sound of Style Vol. 2 (compilation) - Sonic Vogue Records

Even within the niche market of electronic music consumption, iTunes and Amazon are the major players, so naturally, we’re chuffed. It won’t be an orphan for long either, as our debut album is scheduled to float in a few months time. It will be available on both of these sites and a string of others, many thanks to a distribution service provided by the fantastic web 2.0 music engine at Reverbnation. I can’t recommend this site and its tools highly enough, for musicians and music lovers alike.

So anyway, take a listen to the track (if you’ve ever seen us perform, it’ll sound familiar) and if you like what you hear… you know what to do. We have some more tracks and videos at our webpage, Myspace and Facebook profiles, so please drop by and introduce yourselves. Supermarket is open for business, baby!

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