Globetrotting Melbourne ambassadors Cut Copy present Oceans Apart, a 19-track snapshot of their hometowns thriving underground dance music scene and club culture. The exciting project is the product of the bands observations between long bouts of international touring, where it became undeniably apparent that this fertile community was mushrooming and calling for some form of documentation. While its impossible to compile a definitive tracklisting, Oceans Apart threads together a cross section of the different party crews, label rosters and ambitious lone rangers that have been catalysts in making this city vibrant and happening week in, week out.
Cut Copy arent alone in making these realisations. Whether its Tornado Wallace topping the Juno singles charts, Worlds End Press recording in Massive Attacks Bristol Studio, newcomer Len Leise releasing on cult Uruguay label International Feel or No Zu casually jamming their heat beat with New York legends Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid) and James Chance, the collective momentum of this scene has deemed the tyranny of distance redundant. The energy is being embraced by its foreign counterparts and no compromises are being made in the process.
Theres been much speculation as to how this unprecedented wave came about. Is the fluoride in our water supply having positive side-effects? Is it the mediocre Melbourne weather thats either keeping people on the dancefloor or in house arrest, tirelessly tinkering in the studio? Is it the abundance of late night venues or the long standing presence of two influential community radio stations? Or does it all come down to the appreciative audience that are just as critical as the creators? All we do know is that this epidemic cant be stopped and needs to be celebrated.