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Mounting a successful comeback in the music game is something of an impossible mission, especially if you’ve turned your back on a sky-rocketing career to spend the best part of a decade hidden away in a rainforest in northern Australia. But Brisbane-based producer and live act Murray Antill has handled the return from the wilderness with ease, blowing a new generation of local clubbers away with his dark and dirty take on the progressive and tech house sound.

It all kicked off for Antill in the late 1990s, when he was best known in Brisbane clubland as seminal house/trance act Stormboy and half of psy-trance duo Alphanaut. As Stormboy Antill was the pre-eminent live act of the time, racking up supports for the likes of John Digweed, Richie Hawtin and Jeff Mills, having his track 'Voices' featured in the classic Australian TV series The Secret Life Of Us, and releasing two well-received EPs and a self-titled album – Brisbane street magazine Time Off lauded 1997's Stormboy as 'A cornerstone for Brisbane and Australian electronic music.'

Just as his career was starting to get a roll on, Antill pulled a disappearing act that even The Usual Suspects super-villain Keyser Soze would struggle to match. "I became embroiled in a little thing called 'trying to be a responsible adult'," Antill admits, and it was seven long years before the urge to scratch his musical itch became too difficult to ignore. Inspired by the new wave of underground electronica and his own refreshed state of mind, Antill returned to the studio and quickly churned out a selection of chunky tech and progressive tuneage which left all who heard it awestruck. Stormboy may have gone, but Murray Antill was back in a big way.

A triumphant return to the stage at Brisbane dirty house institution DROP in June 2006 packed The Moon Bar to the rafters, and Antill’s momentum has slowly gathered from there. Rapturously received sets at live electronica showcases Elements (alongside UK dirt peddlers King Unique) and Plexus opened even more ears to the comeback king’s sound and energetic live performances, and his year culminated in a floor-filling set on the dirty dancefloor of the Queensland edition of the Earthcore Global Carnival.

All the while his sound has continued to develop, with tracks like 'Chicago' and 'That's Nice' drawing comparisons to the rolling basslines of D-Nox & Beckers, while 'Always Remember The Music' and his cheeky bootleg of X-Press 2's mega-bomb 'Lazy' have been scoring massive play from the DJs of Brisbane – Scott Walker, Mike Redfern and Matt Kitshon among them.

But it's in the context of his electrifying live show where Antill's music truly shines, with his set-up of Ableton live, Future Retro Revolution acid-synth generating machine, TB-303 and Roland SH-5 rocking dancefloors wherever it travels. It’s sure to rock many more floors before 2007 is over.

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