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Drop Bears

Updated: May 30, 2022

Electronic Music Australia ep.11 aired 16 May 2022

According to Aussie folklore, the Drop Bear is the carnivorous cousin of the Koala who's predatory behaviour sees them ambushing hapless tourists (yes, tourists) by dropping on them from above. Of course, our beloved Koala would never do such a thing, as they are far too lazy for such exploits. Although, in saying that, I have been climbed by a Koala and I've gotta say, that's an experience I would not want repeated. Those claws slash through flesh like it's butter!

The bellow of a Koala piercing through the Aussie bush is always a bit of a surprise the first time you hear it. This sound has served as true blue Aussie inspiration for the first track in this week's episode of EMA - Dysphemic's Drum and Bass remix of 'Koala Bass'.

Kid Kenobi makes another appearance in EMA this week with his Breaks Mix of the Chemical Brothers 1997 track 'Block Rockin' Beats' which was the second single and first track on their second album 'Dig Your Own Hole'. I'm digging the energy of Kid Kenobi's rework and he has very generously made the track available for download here.

Unreleased goodness this week came in the form of pure techno heater 'Miles Away' from Brisbane's Jarrod Graeme. He's been very busy cooking up a number of tracks, all yet to be released, that are guaranteed not to disappoint.

Chris Lawrence's tech house banger 'Get Naughty' debuted at #25 on the ARIA Club Chart last week and it's easy to hear why. This track is a lot of fun and channels the tech house from a year or two ago that reminds me why we vibed tech house in the first place.

Listen here or on Mixcloud or Soundcloud

I rounded off a high energy hour this week with a couple of really special tracks. The first was 'Tribe' from Brisbane's Aqua Shack. This project is a collab between musical brothers Bobby and Dougie Faragher, who some of you may know through their work as Ethereal Productions, who organise incredible electronic music festivals in South East Queensland.

The hour concludes with 'Bendigo', a stunning ambient piece from Fede Pals who is currently based in Melbourne. Released on label 3rd Avenue the track features on compilation album "Daydreamers Vol. 3". I think this downtempo track perfectly ends the mix, and I hope you do too.

Back to our Aussie icon, the Koala. They bellow mainly during breeding season, which is a pretty dangerous time to be a Koala as they tend to be a lot more active, putting them at higher risk of things like being hit by cars. But there's another risk during mating season to our dear endangered Koalas, the sexually transmitted disease - chlamydia. Poor little fellas just can't catch a break.

I hope you enjoyed this week's episode of EMA. Next week's episode is a really special drum & bass hour, with an amazing guest DJ! I hope you can join me next Monday on 105.7 Radio Metro at 3 am AEST. You can listen to EMA episode 11 on Mixcloud, SoundCloud and YouTube.

Koala, Koala, Koala-by(e),

Ky Mi x

  1. Dysphemic – Koala Bass (Drum and Bass remix)

  2. Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin’ Beats (Kid Kenobi Breaks Mix)

  3. Jarrod Graeme - Miles Away

  4. Sam Gregory – Criminox

  5. Kondo- Get Naughty

  6. Human Movement & Paul Mac – Rabbit Hole

  7. CJ_DJ - No Set Beat

  8. Taya – Elvis in Camo

  9. Aqua Shack – Tribe

  10. Fede Pals – Bendigo


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