Sleep D are a couple of fantastic producers from Frankston in Victoria who despite their youth are already held in the same regard as any of Melbourne’s top underground acts. Whilst they DJ more than they produce, a solid line of forthcoming 12″s are testament to a few years of dedication in the studio together busting out raw techno and house records worthy of dance floors with large sound systems.
A record earlier in the year on the vinyl only BBW label under ‘Public Ebony’, an alias they share with fellow local producer Villa Savoye, saw their potential displayed on the world stage with solid support from Clone and Hard Wax. A record label is the next step naturally and in a couple of months the first 12″ on their Butter Sessions label will have dropped with a groovy three tracker of their own. A live set in progress and a club night in the city to curate, along with weekly international support slots have been keeping these guys pretty busy but they’ve found time to deliver a diverse mix of techno, house and electronica for our 99th podcast.
It all started in the summer of ‘06, at our high school in Frankston. We were introduced to each other by a mutual friend and ended up making a mix tape for the annual school swimming carnival that never got aired. We’ve been DJing together ever since and somewhere along the lines started making music together.
Yeah Public Ebony is the thing we do with our mate Villa Savoye. We’d like to keep those plans private for now!
Rhythm City is a party we run with our friends Dylan B and Tommy Tonic. There’ll be more parties showcasing Melbourne’s undeniable talent as well as a few guests throughout the rest of the year. We love it how Derek (the Heartical HI-FIs creator/sound engineer) tweaks the sound system all night whilst also enjoying the party himself. As for the other parties, you’ll have to keep your eyes and ears open.
We decided to start the record label because we really enjoy the whole process of putting out music (artwork etc). We also know a lot of underrated musicians in Melbourne that we believe deserve a voice from their hometown. Having full control over your music is a pretty good situation.
At the moment the plan with the live set is for it to be built differently in context with each party. The set we did at the Rhythm City party had some pretty heavy techno jams because it suited that environment, the next live set were preparing at the moment will be quite different to what people would’ve heard. We’ve got a bunch of new gear to play with!
We decided to dedicate this mix to our recently passed friend Edbert. The vocal sample at the start is an excerpt from our show on TRNSMT that he played on.
We’ve chucked in a few forthcoming unheard Butter Sessions releases and a mix of tunes from Dozzy to Fat Freddys Drop.
A release on Cuckoo Music from Adelaide with a nifty Carter Bro’s remix in early September, as well as the first release out of Butter Sessions Records in Mid Nov. More parties and more surprises!