Recommends: DARKSIDE - Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath Cover)

Recommends: DARKSIDE - Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath Cover)

DARKSIDE out-smoke stoner rock gods Black Sabbath with their hypnotic ascension of Planet Caravan. Nicolas Jaar's vocal delivery is faithfully effected in homage to young Ozzy's, while their compounding backing textures are really something else.

The cover became a staple of their early Psychic performances (this version cheekily bootlegged from their Maida Vale Session) and is hopefully still part of the set list when Nico and Dave Harrington play at FOR Festival in Croatia, as well as their own Australian shows at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on April 2 and Melbourne's Palace Theatre on April 4 (both dates supported by Movement).

DARKSIDE play this year's FOR Festival in Hvar, Croatia. Get tickets here.

March 26, 2014 at 9:49am in recommends, Darkside


Modcast #173: Darkside

Guitar and effects maestro Dave Harrington is well versed in the art of orchestrating arresting soundtracks. Switching from a mournful Nick Drake cover to classical inspired house within the opening minutes, the Darkside member applies his performing musician principles to DJing with this captivating Modcast that pulls you in instantly. He even found a minute to discuss pop song structures vs improvisation and his Olympic pin collection with us below.

Don't miss Harrington and Nicolas Jaar's Darkside perform at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on April 2 and Melbourne's Palace Theatre on April 4. Both shows supported by Movement. Tickets are running low and additional dates will not be announced. The Modular released 'Psychic' is now available in Australia via I-Tunes and all good record stores.


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January 30, 2014 at 11:00am in modcast, Darkside, Modcast


Recommends: Dave Harrington (DARKSIDE) Best of 2013

Recommends: Dave Harrington (DARKSIDE) Best of 2013

DARKSIDE set the bar high this year with their guitar driven electronic master work. The duo's multi-instrumentalist wonder Dave Harrington gives us an interesting spin on our annual list series.

"This year we finished and released our first record - it's been pretty insane and I'm genuinely excited about it. I also just put in an order for my first pedal steel guitar and I hope to have it early next year. I'm not sure how good I'll get at it but I'm gonna try, it's kind of my New Year's resolution. So here's my list of my 5 favorite pedal steel players."

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December 10, 2013 at 12:49pm in recommends, Darkside


Modular Presents: Darkside Australian Tour

Psychic, the debut album by Darkside (Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington), was released in Australia last month to worldwide critical acclaim. The band is pleased to announce some much-anticipated Australian tour dates for April 2014, with tickets going on sale this Thursday (November 21). Sydney's up-and-comers Movement will be supporting all shows.

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November 18, 2013 at 9:59am in news, Darkside, Movement


Watch: Darkside x Boiler Room

Following studio sessions on BBC Radio 1 and Resident Advisor, Darkside stretch their stunning live show to 36 minutes of captivating screen time. It's a magical scene as the duo perform atop a Brooklyn rooftop, with the sun poaching on the Manhattan skyline behind.

This isn't the first time Jaar has graced the Boiler Room. We recommend checking out his solo set from earlier in the year here.

The Modular released 'Psychic' is now available in Australia via itunes and all good record stores.

November 14, 2013 at 11:05am in news, Darkside


Watch: Darkside - Freak, Go Home (Maida Vale Session)


Darkside send your mind packing with another spectacular studio session, this time recording for Heidi on her BBC Radio 1 Residency. 'Freak, Go Home' is lifted off the Modular released 'Psychic' which is now available in Australia via itunes and all good record stores.

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington also covered Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan, which we're really hoping leaks soon!

October 25, 2013 at 10:46am in news, Darkside


Watch: Darkside - Paper Trails (Resident Advisor Session)


Resident Advisor demystify Darkside with this revealing studio session. Watch Dave Harrington summon his fragile atmospherics before slinging Paper Trail's sublime AOR licks while Nicolas Jaar smoothes out his honey vocal, navigating his stacked fort like an octopus and building sound on sound. The track suddenly doubles in length but never indulges. Wow.

The Modular released 'Psychic' is now available in Australia via itunes and all good record stores.

October 16, 2013 at 1:41pm in news, Darkside


Darkside 'Psychic' Out Now

Darkside 'Psychic' Out Now


During Nicolas Jaar's last Australian tour, Darkside kindly invited us to their studio to hear some new music. An irrefutable offer, we walked in blindly unsure of where their sophisticated creative capacity would lead us.

From the moment they hit play, time, space and the awareness of the artist present immediately eroded. This spectral masterwork had pulled us into speakers. Drifting through a musical history from it's post-modern vantage point, we quickly realised that we HAD to put this out. This record reaffirms every reason why we release music.

Hindered by our short attention spans and changing listening behaviour, its easy to forget the important album format. Psychic reclaims the critical long player journey. FEEL its gravitational pull - it's available now through itunes and all good record stores while you can try before you buy with NPR's full album stream.

October 8, 2013 at 2:14pm in news, Darkside


Listen: Darkside - Paper Trails

Darkside reveal another piece of their expansive Psychic puzzle. Following the 11 minute opening voyage Golden Arrow, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington bring us back to earth with Paper Trails, a smokey blues wander out west.

We're throwing a party with The Thousands this Monday night at 6:30pm sharp in Surry Hills, Sydney. If you can make it along, email us at win@modularpeople.com (with 'Darkside x Modular' in the subject line) and you might just be one of the first in town to hear the new album before its October 4 release.

September 19, 2013 at 6:30pm in news, Darkside


Darkside Announce Debut LP 'Psychic'

Modular will be releasing Darkside's full-length album Psychic, the creative union of electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, in Australia on October 4 via Jaar's own Other People label.

As our low attention spans cave into the habits of singles and individual tracks, Darkside reclaim the forgotten album format with their sonic masterpiece. Psychic is a ritualistic song cycle, exploring rock's cosmic outer edges through the immersive, body-moving framework of 21st-century house and techno. It follows the band's acclaimed 2011 DARKSIDE EP, as well as their full-album remix of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories that quickly racked up nearly 3,000,000 streams on Soundcloud upon release earlier this year.

Listen to the opening 11 minutes that blew us off our seats here.

September 4, 2013 at 9:13am in news, Darkside


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