One of today’s most revered online music magazines, Stamp The Wax keeps its mission simple. “We say nice things about music that stirs the emotions and has an interesting story to tell, whether you’re a headliner or it’s the first thing to your name,” says co-founder Aaron Levitt.
Launched in 2011 while at university, STW was Aaron and his friend Josh Brill’s attempt to create something productive out of the surplus of time they spent surrounded by music. Back then it was mainly dance club grooves that got him going, but as editor-in-chief of the internationally admired site, today his musical interests—or obsessions, as he calls them—are vast.
“The global network that STW has opened up for me up has been the best thing that’s come out of the whole project,” he tells us. “Supporting music from all over the world has helped me form relationships with similar minded people and learn about local cultures beyond the guidebooks. There’s a real comfort knowing there are people in far-off places who think and try similar things as you; travelling to those places and meeting those people is a hugely enriching experience, and one I’m forever thankful for.”
We’re fortunate Aaron’s musical adventures have brought him to Bali, and excited to have him at the Potato Head Beach Club bar deck for a Sunset Session this Sunday, 26 August. Be sure to catch him there or online via the video live-stream on our Facebook channel. To get you in the tropical state of mind, we asked Aaron to select his top five sunset tracks.
The second release on Waella’s Choice—the label I run with Andy Lemay and Will Edge—this is a new project from Portable connecting him with his South African roots. I dropped this at sunset at La Torre, Ibiza, and it brought a lump to my throat. That might’ve also been down to the steady flow of margaritas.
150bpm breaks released on Luca Lozano’s Klasse Wrecks, which is much more reflective when slowed down to 110. Ruffy’s pads become prolonged and atmospheric, while Jack Doepel’s sax takes on a powerful new dimension with more space around it.
Sunsets and the sea are hard to separate, so having two minutes of ambient wave sounds is always handy when mixing is hard or unnecessary. Released on Tracy Island, a side project from Banoffee Pies’ Ell Weston.
A Paradise Garage anthem from 1986, penned by Puerto Rican salsa icon and New York politican William Anthony Colom. I’d follow Theresa May into battle if she made something this heavy on the strings, trumpet and cowbell.
The keys work of Takuya Matsumoto, percussion play of Leon Vynehall and the synth work of early Floating Points makes for a beguiling, beautiful combination on the debut from Melbourne producer Winters. Like dapples of sun breaking through the ferns of East Victoria. Serious talent to keep an eye on.
The official after party of Indonesia Now celebrates the launch of BELLY Issue 13, a 300-page print publication entrenched in the creative people, incredible action sports and exotic locations that make this archipelago such a dynamic destination.
Heading to PHBC this August is one of the most exciting acts on tour this year: Kamasi Washington and his 12-piece band! In addition to his own musical support, Kamasi will be joined by a range of highly accomplished local talent, details of which to be announced soon. The show is guaranteed to be utterly jazztastic with a whole lot of heartfelt funk, so watch this space.
By bringing Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, Danny Tenaglia and more through club night Back to Basics in the ‘90s, Ralph Lawson can easily be credited for putting Leeds on the electronic music map. A DJ who has stood the test of time, Ralph Lawson will undoubtedly bring the party to Potato Head Beach Club this month.
A British-born DJ, producer and all-around edit king, Mark Seven became entranced by dance music in the ‘90s, during the height of the Acid House movement. A legend in the making, he is definitely not to miss when he comes to Potato Head Beach Club’s bar deck for Night Moves on 28 July.
Hitting the bar deck at Potato Head Beach Club on 22 July is the absolute icon Tony Humphries. Born to Colombian parents, this legendary DJ, producer and remixer was raised in Brooklyn but cut his teeth in New Jersey, where he became known as the King of House for his brilliant nights at Club Zanzibar. His sound transcended genres to include gospel, mambo, R&B, rock and more, all beautifully blended to turn the dance floor into a marathon stretch of samples that no one wanted to miss.
Next up on Potato Beach Club’s bar deck is UK-based DJ and producer Patrick Topping. A four-year resident for Jamie Jones’ Paradise night at DC10 in Ibiza, Patrick’s energetic tech-house sets have won him regular slots at some of the world’s most respected festivals, namely Coachella, Awakenings, Ultra and Tomorrowland, as well as countless gigs in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.
NYC’s legendary DJ Danny Tenaglia DJ and English producer Skream are headed to the Beach Club for a debut show. The party will be hot, heady and going strong till late. But stop by early for sundown sounds from Archie and Seabass as they warm up the decks for this incredible night of grooves.
Thank you to all who came along to welcome New Year’s Eve in true tropical style at Potato Head Bali.
James Lavelle on the evolution of music-making and how a Beach Club set differs from the norm.
Our favourite Grammy-nominated, British electronic duo returns as secret guest selectors at Potato Head Beach Club. While we can’t reveal their identity, we can say that their past collaborators include Mary J. Blige, JessieWare, Hudson Mohawke, The Weeknd and AlunaGeorge. Limited tickets available.
Pre-sale: IDR 200k including one drink
At the door: IDR 250k including one drink
Anton made a name in the Swedish underground dance-scene in the early 2000. His bent disco productions have been getting weirder and weirder across two solo EPs, on Munich based label Public Possession, channelling a singular style that can only be expected from the Bavarian hub’s roster. Anton took a wild trip down the more intense dark sides with his hyped 7” on FOLK DISK 2015.
Every Sunday, 4pm onwards.
Kicking off from 4pm at the rooftop, Sundown Social invites you to eat, drink and relax while Chinatown bustles right below you and the CBD area in the distance acts as your back drop for your last hurrah of the weekend. Soundtracked by laidback, island-inspired sounds, enjoy FREE FLOW of house pour spirits, Aperol/Campari spritzers, and chicken and beef skewers, grilled and served a la minute.
Germany's MOVE D, one of the most in demand Dj's of his generation, is known to explore the boundaries of electronic Music. For his gig in the intimate surroundings of the Music Room, expect Moufang to play records that are personal to him, a rare opportunity to catch a Dj's Dj set.
Returning to the Beach Club’s tropical stage for a second set this March is Ben UFO (aka Ben Thomson), the UK-based DJ and co-founder of the Hessle Audio Label. Since cutting his teeth in the early dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass scene of Leeds, Ben has acquired a deserved reputation as one of contemporary dance music’s most daring and wide-ranging selectors.
Rolling Stone magazine called him ‘one of contemporary electronic music’s most forward-thinking talents.’ Resident Advisor awarded him ‘Album of the Year’ for his 2015 release, ‘Elaenia’. Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, is one of the most sought-after DJs and producers in the world and this March, he lands in Bali for his debut performance at the Beach Club.
Paramida is an integral part of the new Berlin school of DJs who embrace more expansive sounds in their sets, other than the straight forward House and Techno music the German capital has become known for. For her Hong Kong only gig at the Music Room, expect to hear disco-fied tropical leanings and Paramida's love for the more skewed side of House Music on one of the best sounding audiophile systems in the region.
Ben UFO is widely regarded as one of the most interesting DJs in the world. Known for his eclectic sets and deep selections, ranging from either end of the musical spectrum, Ben is doing it in a way that no one else is. We were privileged to invite Ben to play at one of our Sun Down Circle sessions in September 2016.
Music from Memory is for us one of the best labels out there. They have a level of sophistication that stands out and maintain a quality of the highest order, release after release. Founders Tako and Jamie Tiller have been digging and doing this for as long as we can remember and it's nice to see them getting the credit they deserve with the label. Tako is also also a co-founder of the cult record store Red Light Records in Amsterdam.
Potato Head Beach Club welcomed De La Soul to play a live show for the first time in Bali in December 2014. In our true creative style, we wouldn’t settle for a standard stage. Instead, we converted an antique Indonesian Joglo house into a platform for the American hip hop trio to perform on.
In the run up to our Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties of 2016/17, the Beach Club welcomed American DJ and Producer Z-Trip, an artist who is best known for pioneering the mashup movement, with local DJ Dubwill playing a special supporting set to build the mood.
José Padilla didn’t invent sunsets. But the Spanish DJ’s time at legendary Ibiza beach bar Café del Mar did make ambient Balearic sundowner soundtracks a thing. Last year, he dropped by our sister outlet Akademi to spill some memorable stories and tracks with Bali’s music lovers.
In 2016 Potato Head Hong Kong launched an audiophile music room, the first listening space of its kind in Hong Kong. The main priority with the space was the sound. We set out to create the perfect room for listening to records in the way they were intended, in a comfortable warm environment.