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USB-Sides: 5 Tracks Dominating Harvey Sutherland's DJ Sets Right Now

14 September 2022 | 4:14 pm | Staff Writer

Our new weekly content series, USB-Sides will see some of Australia's and the world's best DJs showcase 5 tracks that they're spinning in their sets right now. We will dive deep into the USB's of these artists as they discuss how the tracks weave into their sets, how they caught their ear and why they absolutely dominate a dance floor.

(Image Via Ian Laidlaw)

Naarm/Melbourne based producer, DJ and synthesiser aficionado Harvey Sutherland is a musical force to be reckoned with. 

Across his decade long career, Mike Katz has solidified himself as one of Australia's most wizard like electronic artists. His music has always grounded itself in supreme taste and influences, taking him to the heights of contemporary music including festival appearances at Glastonbury, Nuits Sonores, Pukkelpop and Meredith Music Festival, collaborations with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and many more

Earlier this year he released his critically acclaimed and stellar debut album Boy, which was recorded between London, LA and his own studio. The album is a transcending experience into the playful world of Katz, as he showcases his distinct sound, one driven to a hypermodern version of funk music. With it, he moulds together dance music through an array of influences, combining the genre with New York boogie and 80's coldwave. 

Off the back of the record he has performed across the country on a nationwide tour, hitting cities Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney, Melbourne’s RISING, Hobart, and Adelaide alongside a string of major festival appearances. Most recently he released the deluxe edition of the album, which featured remixes from the likes of Adrian Sherwood, I. JORDAN, Martyn Bootyspoon, DJ Plead and Vanessa Worm.

He's about to bring his show with a string of DJ sets in Sydney,an all night affair at Mary's Underground this Friday (info HERE) and as a part of Sydney All Nighter at vinyl record bar Rekodo (info HERE).

To get to know the sonic wizard more, we asked him what are the 5 most prominent tracks in his DJ sets right now and what they mean to him. 

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Yak - Balmora Blue
I love everything Yak does; precise, percussive club tools for every occasion. Latest one on Version is a killer midtempo broken beat chugger.

Arif Cooper - Good Vybe
My favourite riddim off my favourite compilation of last year - “Now Thing 2” - a collection of bumping late 90s/00s digi-dancehall cuts.

Gemi - On You
Gemi’s at the vanguard of “Nu-KG”, flawless 4x4 garage productions that would make Todd Edwards proud. Prolific output at the moment, but this one is a solid peak time drop.

That Fancy I - Poppin’
Currently obsessed with Japanese-produced UKG — taking all the hallmarks of the genre and adding too many turbo chord changes. Proper smiley party music, none of this gothy miserable techno for me pls.

DJ Python - Angel
Balaerics-via-Highland Park anthem from Python - a bit of a Mood Hut flavour but with his own woozy minimalist style. Big fan of all his output, but especially his recent appearance on How Long Gone.