Sydney-based DJ, specialising in deep house and disco—I take delight in playing a solid warm-up set and revel in the success of watching a room build around it.
Artists/labels you'll likely hear: Folamour, Laurence Guy, Fouk, Ethyène, Jesse Bru, Nachtbraker, Frits Wentink, SlothBoogie, Black Loops, Better Listen Records, Cody Currie, House Of Disco Records, Bellaire, Adryiano, Demuja, Joe Corti, Franck Roger, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Moonrise Hill Material, Pontchartrain, Schenkelspreizer, Honey Butter Records, Luvless, Editorial Records, Coeo, etc.
Brendan Clay & Andrew Fazzolari - Live at No Place Like House ft. Art Of Tones (22nd July, 2022)
We played our first club set under our Attic @atticsydney guise for a little over two years! (Hey, a pandemic might just do that.)
For the occasion, we partnered with the fine folk at No Place Like House @noplacelikehouseaus, welcoming seasoned French house stalwart, Art of Tones @llorca, as part of his very first Australian tour. A great booking and an even better bloke!
(And, geez, we'd missed the Civic Underground—our home away from home since Attic's inception.)
We opened the evening and were gifted a deliciously lengthy two-and-a-half set to get things underway. We kicked off with our signature warm-up fodder and built things up on the housey tip as the room began filling up and feet started moving en masse!
Within you'll hear originals, remixes and releases from a selection of our favourites, including Junktion @junktionmusic, Local Talk @localtalk, Tropical Disco Records @tropicaldiscorecords, I Gemin @i-gemin, SlothBoogie @slothboogie, Jehan @jehaan, Sondrio @sondrio, Hotmood @hotmood, Sune @emilsunesson, Scruscru @scruscru, Never Dull @neverdullmusic, Dam Swindle @damswindle, Ed Wizard @dave-allison, Dan Kye @dankyemusic, Felipe Gordon @felipe-gordon, Kevin Over @kevin-over, Demuir @djdemuir and Tilman @tilman—to name just a few!
We hope you dig this one! We've had another taste and you can bet that there is plenty more to come in the near future! ;)
Brendan Clay - Mental Health Mix (July 2022)
While it's one of the more dramatic titles I've associated with a new mix, it's not without good reason. The process of compiling and delivering this mix has worked wonders for my mental health over the last little while.
For the last 20 years, music has served as my primary creative outlet, however; recent opportunities to indulge in the craft or completely immerse myself in a creative project haven't been as abundantly available nor really possible. (Most new parents or those working in high-pressure professional endeavours might share the same insight.)
So I did a thing. Indeed, my first thing in a little while...
Put simply, this was me, pinching available pockets of time, throwing on some music and pressing record while doing so. There was little rhyme nor reason to its execution, rather than embracing an opportunity to process some newer purchases or indulgently enjoying a worn favourite. (My Ecler Nuo 5 being a notable addition into the latter category.)
I completed this over a number of weekends—on some days, I contributed only half an hour; on others, a little longer—picking up from exactly the point I had finished during the previous window.
It's raw, honest, largely unedited—though, I obviously had to join each session recording—and it's all me, doing something I genuinely enjoy and have done for some time.
I hope this translates into a reasonable journey for you, the listener—I'll continue to enjoy it nonetheless.
...was a little too long for Soundcloud—43 tunes might do that! You can find it here: https://www.brendanclay.com/brendan-clay-mental-health-mix-july-2022/
Within, you'll hear originals, remixes and releases from the likes of:
@apparel-wax, @mostlycozy, @shallnotfade, @retromigration, @aterralrecords, @idan_hana, @harrywolfman, @nervous-records, @aribald, @max-graef, @scruscru, @ltdwlbl, @felipe-gordon, @razor-n-tape, @slices-of-life-records, @dj-steaw, @s0undstream, @soulphiction-aka-jackmate, @brawther, @silat-beksi, @jesse-bru, @clivefromaccounts, @groovencediscs, @slothboogie and @janeret.
(Feel free to send me a DM if you'd like the whole hog!)
Brendan Clay & Andrew Fazzolari - S.A.S.H Lockdown Radio Mix (September 2020)
Watch the entire four-hour effort here: vimeo.com/459221923
Over the years, there are very few phone calls that we've enjoyed receiving more than those from Cris at @sashsundays. A large, red, circled calendar date typically follows the conversation, accompanied with resulting excitement in preparation for our next S.A.S.H date.
Whether demanding a sweaty, pumping late-night/early-morning shift in The Den, the lower, slower, disco vibes in The Maze, or a sun-soaked warm-up effort at S.A.S.H By Day; bookings at S.A.S.H quickly become personal highlights and are always, always subject for excitement.
While the pandemic nears its two-year mark and there has been very little joy outside of a few brief pockets of dancing, we were offered a unique opportunity in the interim:
We were—quite literally—handed the keys to the kingdom for the purpose of throwing down another edition of S.A.S.H's Lockdown Radio series. (And what a sweet space to spend an afternoon, it must be stated!)
We approached this as an opportunity to build our own theoretical S.A.S.H By Day composition—albeit, a condensed rendition of four hours—beginning with melodic, deeper vibes as a "warm-up", and running through deeper house, dashes of disco, with some top-drawer signature S.A.S.H-esque chuggers towards its conclusion. Two parts Attic, two parts S.A.S.H, and plenty in-between.
While you're no doubt spoilt for choice with DJ mix content online nowadays; we hope that this offering will quench your thirst for all things S.A.S.H in your lounge room or office, in preparation for a time we're all back together again on the (real) dance floor before too long. And how sweet that will be.
P.S. The first hour is available here: https://soundcloud.com/themshift/brendan-clay-sash-lockdown-radio-mix-13th-september-2020
DJs In The Distance 007: The Lockdown Sessions (February 2022)
As the dreaded pandemic rolls on—and we quickly near the two-year point—we're due for another entry:
Despite believing we had probably delivered the final chapter of our 'Lockdown Sessions' series back in December 2020; 2021 had a bit to say about that! Accordingly, with no real end in sight, the series continues—now, the seventh entry. (The James Bond edition, if you will.)
Normally, we'd collectively circle a date and eagerly await our next opportunity to catch up—beers, banter, laughs, and of course, the tunes.
During this current—now prolonged!—period, said opportunities haven't afforded themselves, and we've been forced to get a little creative with regard to a platform for sharing and consuming music together, flexing our creative muscles in the process.
Re-enter 'The Lockdown Sessions'. DJs In The Distance. Resuming operating for the seventh edition. We've once again mixed up the order to keep things interesting.
If you're unfamiliar, it's a DJ take on "pass the parcel"... in the best way possible. Play four tracks and pass it on. Four more, and on she goes. Without any specific plan nor objective in mind; just four of your favourites—newer, older, a guilty pleasure, a cherished favourite, or something experimental. Whatever you please—it's your stanza.
This is the result: a (hopefully) cohesive 80-odd minutes of music from four mates. Four like-minded individuals. Compiled and mixed indulgently within our respective abodes.
We hope you continue to enjoy it as much...
: Brendan Clay:
01 : Jesse Futerman - 'Eyes Open' (Original Mix) [SOBO]
02 : Carlo - 'Despues De Nunca' (Original Mix) [Honey Butter Records]
03 : Simple Request - 'Blurred Winds' (Original Mix) [Groovence Records]
04 : Soul Wun - 'Lily Flower (Adele)' (Original Mix) [SlothBoogie]
: James MacGregor:
05 : Spring Reason - 'Venera' (Groove Tools Remix) [Luna The Cat]
06 : Cesar Del Rio & Angel Mora - 'Beautiful Dawn' (Original Mix) [I Records]
07 : Julian le Play - 'Tausend bunte Träume' (Vincenzo Remix Instrumental) [Universal Music]
08 : Greymatter - 'Tisno' (Original Mix) [Unique Uncut]
09 : DJ Seinfeld - 'Through That Feeling' (Original Mix) [Young Ethics]
10 : Spencer Brown & Qrion - 'Rainy April' (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]
11 : Eelke Kleijn - 'Control' (Extended Mix) [Oscillations]
12 : São Miguel ft. Sebastian Reynoso - 'Hope In Balance' (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]
: Andy Wright:
13 : James Harcourt - 'Acceptance' (Original Mix) [Parquet Recordings]
14 : Bedrock - 'Forge' (Framewerk Full On Mix) [Bedrock Records]
15 : Joseph Ashworth - 'Righteous' (Original Mix) [Siamese]
16 : Tom VR - 'Partner' (Original Mix) [All My Thoughts]
Brendan Clay - Live at Attic presents Tilman at Cake Wines (17th March, 2019)
Here's one from the archives—a live mix that, for some reason, I've never made public. It was recorded during one of our Attic @atticsydney events for which we toured German house and disco maestro, Tilman @tilman.
In contrast to our earlier events that stretched long into the early morning hours at the Civic Underground or Harpoon Harry; this event was a far more intimate, Sunday afternoon affair hosted at Cake Wines' Cellar Door—a beautiful venue which is now, unfortunately, no longer.
Despite the unseasonal March rain, the venue's Funktion One system sounded immaculate on the day, assisted by the house Rane MP2015 rotary mixer—also very much enjoyed by the jocks on the line-up. Of course, the free-flowing selection of natural wines kept all in attendance fueled and cheery right throughout, as expected.
This particular offering was an early-ish, warm-up effort from me, featuring selections that tickled me at the time that, in my humble opinion at least, still stand up reasonably well today. It's mainly on the disco edit tip for the most part, there is plenty of vinyl included, and it also drifts into more deeper, melodic and breakbeat B-side territory, too—mimicking the melancholic cloud cover outside, perhaps. (I'll let you be the judge.)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this one, if nothing else!
Hope you and your families have a wonderful—and safe—Christmas and new year holiday period. Catch you on the other side, no doubt.
P.S. Tilman also published his set from later in the evening—during which, a couple of Attic residents also joined him!—which is available here: https://soundcloud.com/tilman/tilman-attic-sydney-march-17th-2019?in=themshift/sets/attic
01 : Andres - 'Pluck Away' (Original Mix) [La Vida]
02 : Ethyène - 'Lost In Thought' (Original Mix) [Kyoku Records]
03 : Soulphiction - 'Welcome To My Limited Capabilities' (Original Mix) [Soul Imago]
04 : The Posse - 'S.A.M.' (Original Mix) [Kolour Limited]
05 : Late Nite Tuff Guy - 'Holiday' (LNTG Rework) [Tuff Cut]
06 : Young Pulse - 'Dreaming' (Original Mix) [GAMM Enterprises]
07 : Napoleon - 'Over & Done' (Original Mix) [Kolour Limited]
08 : Late Nite Tuff Guy - 'That's A Groove' (LNTG Funkin' Remix) [Tuff Cut]
09 : Kon & The Gang - 'Get It Together' (Original Mix) [Basic Fingers]
10 : DJ Vas - 'One Love' (Original Mix) [EDR]
11 : Andres - 'Jazz Dance' (Original Mix) [La Vida]
12 : Unknown Artist - 'SDS' (Schenkelspreizer Edit) [Schenkelspreizer]
13 : DJ Heure - 'Moonlit' (Original Mix) [Groovence]
14 : Loure - 'Ruminate In Blue' (Original Mix) [SlothBoogie]
15 : Folamour - 'Cult Of Operator' (Original Mix) [CDR]
16 : Marcel Lune - 'Venus Trax' (Original Mix) [Pusic Records]
17 : Saint Paul - 'Tell Me' (Original Mix) [Better Listen Records]
18 : Lucien & The Kimono Orchestra - 'Fresh Start' (Folamour Remix) [CDR]
19 : Giovanni Damico - 'Essential' (Original Mix) [Lumberjacks In Hell]
20 : Hotmood - 'Dance To The Music' (Original Mix) [Sundries Digital]
Brendan Clay - First Mix In The 404 Digs with Mia Listening On (November 2021)
Most DJ dads—particularly newer ones—will likely confirm that stealing an uninterrupted hour to yourself to throw a few tunes together becomes a bit of a rare treat.
The wife and I have spent most of 2021 handling significant life changes: selling an apartment, buying another one, moving into said abode, bringing a brand new life into the world, settling into our new roles as (human) parents, and all the fun and challenge associated with that—all during a pandemic, no less. Accordingly, opportunities to lock oneself away for a gluttonous hour of music have not presented in abundance.
Well, I was lucky enough to do just that last week!
It was my first proper mix in our new digs, overlooking leafy Carlingford, and certainly the first since welcoming little Mia into the world. (She didn't offer much in the way of a reaction at the time, but there's still time—I'll keep working on her!)
This is an hour of music, somewhat hastily thrown together, without any meticulous planning, rhyme, nor reason. Included are a few newer burners that were previously untouched and unplayed, along with some largely forgotten—and, indeed, recently relocated—gems on vinyl from yesteryear. In short, if I thought it might sound reasonable at the time, it went on.
If you fancy a listen, you'll hear efforts from Sune @emilsunesson, Tilman @tilman, Retromigration @retromigration, Finnebassen @finnebassen, Session Victim @sessionvictim, Clive From Accounts @clivefromaccounts and Felipe Gordon @felipe-gordon, to name a few. Hope you dig!