Earlier this year Mildlife travelled by boat to a long abandoned 19th century island fort to perform for fairy penguins and abalone poachers. The result is ‘Live from South Channel Island’, a 70 minute motion picture and live album where the band masterfully recreate the magic of their live shows, framed by the gorgeous Port Phillip Bay.
‘Live from South Channel Island’ is due for release on April 29th. Pre-order the double vinyl here.
Since oozing onto the scene, Mildlife’s mellifluous mix of jazz, krautrock and demon grooves has fast become a word of mouth sensation among open-minded DJs and diggers searching for the perfect beat. Their emergence was fortified by European tours, demonstrating a riotously looselimbed performance approach that was every bit as thrilling as their album’s tantalizing promise. By the end of their breakout year, they’d been nominees for Best Album at the Worldwide FM Awards (Worldwide’s Gilles Peterson was a notable champion), won Best Electronic Act at The Music Victoria Awards back home in Melbourne, and were officially anointed by DJ Harvey who included ‘The Magnificent Moon’ on his Pikes compilation Mercury Rising Vol II.
2020’s follow-up album ‘Automatic’ saw the band elevate with more disciplined, directional and arguably more danceable synergy. With tightly structured arrangements making way for melodic improvisation and ethereal vocals, Mildlife effortlessly glid between live performance and studio songwriting like Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock quarantined in Bob Moog’s Trumansburg workshop. Debuting Top 10 on the Australian charts, Automatic snared a converted ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album.
To co-inside with this release the band have also announced a spring European and UK tour playing a great run of headline shows.
19 April, Cologne, DE – Artheater
20 April Berlin, DE – Lido
21 April Hamburg, DE, Nachtasyl
23 April Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
24 April Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
26 April Stockholm SW – Obaren
27 April Lund, SW – Mejeriet
29 April Utrecht, NL – EKKO
30 April Amsertdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
1 May Njmegen, NL – Merleyn
2 May Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
4 May Tourcoming FR – Le Grand Mix
6 May Cenon FR – Le Rocher De Palmer
7 May Barcelona ES – El Pumarejo
8 May Madrid, ES – El Sol
10 May Annecy, FR – La Brise Glace
11 May Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn
12 May Zurich, CH – Bogen
13 May Paris, FR – Le Badaboum
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