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tlc: music to...dance to in your chair

Come on a trip around the universe with this mix from the musically discerning Sydney collective.

by Briony Wright
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14 August 2017, 2:42am

Collage by Ashley Goodall

The Listening Club, aka TLC, are a four-member collective of Sydney DJs, musicians and seasoned music nerds who semi-regularly bless dance floors with their hard earned rarities. Together they form a formidable sound system, lighting up events like our i-D x Emma Mulholland party earlier this year, with their joyous sets.

In the gang there's Marcus King who's known for his signature blend of leftfield, tropical euro disco and heavy synth-laden jams, as well as his stint at running a monthly night at VICE's The Old Blue Last. There's Brendon Ginnane, a record collector and graphic designer with a particular fondness for world music flavours as well as Marco Vella, an avid record collector and DJ who's also part of party-starters Retiree. The final member is Paul Jextra who has a taste for off-kilter dance music and quirky balearica.

TLC are all about the sounds that have been forgotten or left by the way-side. The music they play isn't necessarily esoteric but it tends to be good music that didn't make the impact it should have upon its release. It's these hidden gems, often produced by outsiders, or outsider culture that they're most interested in. This is music to truly listen to.

TLC's mix for i-D is rich, varied and gorgeous, comprised of a collection of their favourite records, mixed with the aim of "engaging the listener, not only passively but physically and mentally too". They suggest you "listen closely to discover that TLC combines the four elements of music - rhythm, melody, harmony and colour". It's world music with a tendency to drift cosmically and guarantees to teach you something new about the universe.

Music to shift your mood from staying in to staying up all night...
Boy Onyioha - Party Party

Music for fiery arguments and emotional goodbyes...
Renault - Mistral Gagnant

Music to kiss and make up to...
Violet Eves - Listen Over the Ocean

Music to heal a broken heart...
Casco - Cybernetic Heart

Music to get high to...
Leo Anibaldi - Universe

Music to change your night from mediocre to magnificent...
Carlos Cutaia - Sensación Melancolica

Music to take a long drive to...
Sebastian Hardie - At The End

Music to walk down the aisle to...
Kurt Maloo - Giant Lady

Music you'd like played at your funeral...
The Moffs - Another Day In The Sun (Donnotella's choice)

Music to have sex to...
Software - Island Sunrise

Music to celebrate your birthday to...
The Tamlins - Hang On To Your Love

Music guaranteed to give you serious swagger...
Ilaiyaraaja ‎– Vikram

Music to make even the wallflowers dance...
Caravan - Enchylaena (Trail Mix)

Music to play at the afterparty when it's 6am and the sun is beginning to rise...
Night Communication - Nocturne Seduction