If you’ve hit the town in the past 12 months, you’ve probably had a boogie to one of Adi Toohey’s DJ sets, or attended one of her Rimbombo parties. Maybe you’ve caught her on-air for independent music haven FBi Radio in the coveted Saturday Sunset slot.
She’s played at all the best Sydney haunts, as well as interstate for Daydreams and Lost Weekend (Melbourne), Pickle (Canberra), A Love Supreme (Brisbane) and some of the country’s top festivals including Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, OutsideIn and Subsonic. She’s supported the likes of Jack J, Beautiful Swimmers, Hunee, The Black Madonna, Soichi Terada, Jonny Nash and Tornado Wallace.
Armed with a hefty bag of wax-spanning house, disco, funk and soul, collected from international digging expeditions, Toohey knows how to get feet tapping both on- and off-air. Here are the gigs she’s looking forward to and the tunes she’s got on repeat this month.
Goodgod Super Club presents Kenji Takimi
Line-up: Kenji Takimi, Noise In My Head, Nite Fleit
Sydney was dealt a horrible blow when Goodgod Small Club closed its doors in 2015, but thankfully the dream was not entirely over. The GG powerhouse duo Jimmy Singline and Hana Shimada delivered an incredible Vivid program at the Sydney Opera House over several nights in 2016, and they’re back it again this year with an impressive fit-out of scaffolding, lights and a custom DJ booth in the centre of the room. Check this weekend to see Japan’s king of leftfield disco, Kenji Takimi, and two ex-Sydney residents, Noise In My Head and Nite Fleit.
June 2 at Sydney Opera House
Vibe Positive 3rd Birthday Day/Night Party
Line-up: Cale Sexton, Awesome Wales, Ben Fester, Andy Garvey, Valerie Yum, Jamie Blanco, Marco Vella, Paul Jextra, Happy Happy DJs
The happiest party in town is turning three and to celebrate they’re gathering up all their favourite local affiliates and heading back to where it all started, Chippendale’s favourite party bar – Freda’s. It won’t be all butterflies and rainbows, though; as day turns to night in this annual “marathon of dance” you can expect to hear some darker techno and electro sounds from Melburnian DJs Awesome Wales and certified gear head Cale Sexton, performing live. Thanks to the bar’s newly instated 2am licence, this party is bound to be pumping late into the night.
June 3 at Freda’s
Picnic presents HER
Line-up: Pjenné & Millú, Adi Toohey, Kali, Nat James
Picnic has been supporting women in music for years, and now they have a name for it: HER. This party series showcases all-female line-ups and has starred high-class international artists Lena Willikens, Powder and Jayda G. Take a peek at Harpoon Harry’s stacked Vivid program to find the next episode, bringing two stars of the Melbourne scene Pjenné and Millú up to Sydney for the first time. These dedicated crate diggers will be joined by the all-star support team of Picnic boss Kali, staffer Nat James and ex-staffer, me!
June 9 at Harpoon Harry
Cake Wines & Not To Admire present Merry Machines
Line-up: Rudolf C, Udmo, Phil Stroud
Cake Wines Cellar Door has been operating for a year now out of the heart of Redfern, pouring wines (and beers), baking pizzas and booking a stellar array of live and electronic talent to perform on their top-notch sound system. My pick of their extensive Vivid offerings is the cheekily titled Merry Machines, a collaboration with promoters Not To Admire, designed to spotlight Australian hardware-based music productions. The show will feature live sets from Phil Stroud, whose percussion-focused debut album made waves on Perth’s Good Company imprint, and Melbourne’s Rudolf C pushing his deep and hypnotic sound. Analogue Attic affiliate Udmo will be rounding things out with some wavey selections.
June 17 at Cake Wines Cellar Door
Adi's Broadsheet playlist:
Dreamcast – Liquid Deep
One of the few real ‘songs’ (not just a dance track) that I’ve been vibing off this year; an irresistible slice of bedroom funk in true Peoples Potential Unlimited style. Check out this Resident Advisor label of the month feature and mix from earlier this year.
Spatial Understanding – Red Light, Green Light (Stopp!! Mix)
I just came home from two months in Europe and the States and managed to cart home 50 or so records, including this one. Looking forward to playing them at some Vivid shows over the next month!
Atmosfear – Deep Bass Nine (Idjut Boys Mix)
Another disc picked up in my travels, this one from the lovely Clique Records in Seoul. I love the classic Idjut Boys dubbed-out, live instrumentation feel.
Static – Take The First Draw
A fun little joint I dusted off in the basement of The Thing, an iconic New York City junk store.
Sami – Sickos
A new offering from DC-based label Future Times for all the sickos out there.
Pure – Optical Illusion
My current favourite YouTube channel shedding light on some palatable tracks within the much-maligned genre of trance.
Jameson – Take It Easy
UK garage is another genre that gets the short end of the stick from a lot of music heads, but with enough persistence there’s some solid gems to be found.
Cale Sexton & Sleep D – Peninsula Link
Cale Sexton is one of the artists invited to help celebrate three years of Vibe Positive at Freda’s on June 3. This track is taken from his first full EP, East Link, released on Butter Sessions and features the help of label heads Sleep D.
Rudolf C – Da Mind Da Body Da Soul
Another analogue head from down south, Rudolf C will be lugging his gear up to Sydney for Merry Machines, an event in Cake Wines’ Vivid program.
Karizma – The Power
Shouts out to house legend Karizma who opened this year’s Goodgod Super Club at the Sydney Opera House with support from everybody’s favourite local head, Ben Fester.
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