HAHA Presents: Juan Atkins Live in Sydney (Sat Nov 27)

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/hs1319.snc4/161900_118245171568847_1039717_n.jpgIs in town for one night only.

A legend who is widely credited with inventing Techno Music as we know it today is playing an upcoming show in Sydney.

In anticipation for this upcoming event, We leave you with one of many Juan Atkins classics.

Catch Magic Juan play

in this Sat 24 @ Marricville Bowling club,

With Vince Watson + Dean Dixon & Dave Fernandes (HAHA Industries)

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I was introduced to ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE at the beginning of this year by a close mate of mine who had been the lead singer’s room mate back in Christchurch. I have been mesmerized by their sound ever since. How do you encapsulate in words EWH’s sound without sticky taping labels that don’t seem to have a firm hold on them? Their sound can be best described as psychedelic, off beat hip hop with soul as the epicenter of their muse, splash a bit of jazz and contemporary electronica, and you have a sound that cannot be contained. It needs to be heard. They seem to inherently resist labels not from their own doing, but it’s like a sin trying to pigeon hole this band. It’s just wrong! They don’t care to fit a mould, or to stick to a typical formulaic generic sound of beats and samples. It’s the finer details that seem to make more noise than the framework itself. They stand out because they take risks, they experiment with sounds, instrumentation, tempo, mood, and dive deep in the multi layers of musical freedom. Plus, they know to loiter in the moment, for us to wait it out and journey with them through the raw landscape of dreamy sounds. EWH take their time and sit with you.

Electric Wire Hustle hail from Wellington, New Zealand, a three piece band – Mara (vocals/bass/guitar), Taay Ninh (bass/keyboards/MPC) and Myele Manzanza (drums/percussion), signed to the label BBE and WONDERFUL NOISE (Jpn). 2007 saw the band unite for the first time playing shows around New Zealand with a large following that soon built momentum around their native land. Their strong stage presence and unique sound traveled across the seas affording them the privilege of support act for international artists the likes of UK’s soul singer Alice Russell, America’s left field hip hop outfit SA-RA Creative Partners, Japan’s DJ Krush and Grooveman Spot, Talib Kweli, Peanut Butterwolf, Jean Grae and DAM FUNK. Electric Wire Hustle have also had the remarkable privilege of collaborating with well respected musicians from Georgia Ann Muldrow, Declaime, Stacy Epps and Steve Spacek, with a special guest appearance by MARA TK’s father  – New Zealand’s blues luminary BILLY TK. Keep in mind they have still yet to take the world by storm. Not bad for three years of musical development!

Revered by Gilles Peterson, BBC’s Radio 1Xtra DJ Benj B, LA’s DJ JAMAD, NY’s Tyler Askew, it’s no wonder the well respected Revivalist blog has also taken to their sound with pure curiosity and open arms at the prestigious College Music Journal Festival (CMJ). Surrounding themselves with talented hip hop and jazz musicians in New York City for CMJ festival, EWH performed to an audience that were hard to impress due to the amount of new music the festival had hosted all day and night. EWH appeared on stage positively cementing their position amongst New York’s music hungry elitist crowd. They released this album in New Zealand at the tail end of 2009 through their own label Every Waking Hour, only to then get signed to BBE (worldwide) and Wonderful Noise (Japan). “Perception” was the first single to be released in New Zealand receiving critical acclaim world wide:

““Electric Wire Hustle are at the forefront of talented musicians dedicated to putting out superior music and it’s a damn shame that the airwaves aren’t flooded with what this album offers, because it would well be worth it.”

“A great blend of forward thinking hip hop, jazz and soul.”

Waajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers, Bling47, Ubiquity)

Niche Productions have hit the nail on the head again touring EWH down to Melbourne and Sydney for their long awaited album launch of the same name ‘Electric Wire Hustle’! EWH are to hit Sydney tomorrow night at TONE, Surry Hills.  You’ll find collaborations from the above mentioned, plus an interesting scope into what the future of soul music is developing into. This album holds hands with time and simplicity, layering smooth vocal tones provided by Mara TK, allowing the energy to shape the mood without rushing into a middle eight, or bridge to capture one’s attention. It’s live instrumentation so you know you’ll be in for a real treat to genuine musicianship! To me, DAM FUNK and ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE are two major players in the music industry that will (f not already) take the underground world by storm through strength in simplicity and sound escapism. Get to know Electric Wire Hustle, they’re staying. They’re staying for good!

Tickets available through moshtix or at the door! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!! DJ Huwston from 2ser’s SOUL GLOW will be DJing on the night! No doubt you’ll be hearing something new, perhaps a new Jay Electronica track in celebration of being signed to Rocnation! That’s another blog there…














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Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq could be best described as a contemporary neo- rhythm & blues all-round artist (singer, musician, record producer). He is apparently an ancestor of original or as we say today “old school”, rhythm & blues from the 60s & 70s who retains the legacy of that musical era and is living out his own legacy today.

Raphael Saadiq, American singer-songwriter.

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Saadiq is probably best known for when he was in multiplantinum renowned 80s rhythm & blues group Tony! Toni! Toné! His solo work pretty much involved the release of three solo albums plus the production of songs of award-winning artists such as D’Angelo, TLC, Mary J Blige, John Legend and Joss Stone, just to name a few. He has also collaborated with renowned artists such as Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder and Q-Tip. Perhaps he is not what the media hungers for, but he is definitely worth the recognition of the amazing work he has done. I love him!

Check out the video below for his song 100-Yard Dash, if you are a late-reaction-kind-of-person like me at times. I heard this song on Ellen. If this song doesn’t make you wanna get up and dance or at least head-bop, there’s something seriously wrong with you 😉

Bon apetito!

Randa Khamis & The Soul Kingdom (Live on Vocals) with DJs Gian Arpino and Phil Toke This Saturday 6th Nov @ Tonic Lounge

Tonic Lounge is proud to present the dynamic RANDA KHAMIS From RANDA & THE SOUL KINGDOM.

Randa’s last album was Produced by down under funk supremo Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos/Cookin’ On 3 Burners/Lanu) and was a steamy brew of blistering funk, impassioned soul vocals,  and edgy grittiness. Randa’s high octane vocals urge, push and provoke – so be warned!

Having supported Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Bamboos and Lionel Richie in Australia, Randa WILL have you up and dancing in an instant with her brand of 21st century deep soul.

For more info peep the gig on facebook

Band links on myspace

About Randa

https://i0.wp.com/c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/65/m_47a7d9045d154850b20b44fa19cb1c3c.jpgBorn in Jordan from Palestinian parents, raised in the working class
suburbs of Perth, Australia, singer Randa Khamis caught the black music bug early. At the age of 12 she was talking her way into local clubs,
desperate to dance to the sounds of James Brown, Parliament, Kurtis
Blow, Ann Sexton and Aretha Franklin.

During her 20’s, Randa took up Belly Dancing and wanted to start
combining the use of Arabic rhythms with soul/funk vocals. She moved to London and began working with Moroccan band MOMO, KINOBE and Sasha Baron Cohens’ brother’s band ‘Zohar’ singing in Arabic. But it was with Leigh Gracie’s deep funk band ‘Speedometer’ that she spent much of her time singing, and after supporting the legend Eddie Bo, began touring with him in New Orleans, where he passed on his vast musical knowledge about performance and song writing. With this priceless experience under her belt, she returned to Perth, ready to harness her writing and recording experiences with her new band ‘Randa & The Soul Kingdom’. Moula Bux is a return to her Middle Eastern roots entwined in her funk/soul vocal influences.

Randa & The Soul Kingdom formed out of a common desire to write and perform in an authentic pledge to their funk/soul roots. A six piece band, consisting of trumpet, sax, drums, guitar, bass and vocals, they imbue a live, classic funk sound with a dynamic fresh edge they can safely call their own striking a balance between talented musicianship and emotional content. Receiving accolades from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings when performing in support, a debut single for sale
around the world, internationally airplay and interest and some stellar live performances to sell-out crowds are just some of the reasons Randa & The Soul Kingdom have been tagged as the next jewel to come from the music womb of Perth. “If Betty Harris, Patti Drew, Donna Hathaway or The Blackbyrds are names that have any meaning to you, proudly add Randa & The Soul Kingdom to your Funk Collection”

Annie McKinnon.

Okay this may not necessarily fit into the soul/hip-hop/funk genre per se. But I am keen on introducing this sister, Annie McKinnon. She is an emerging Sydney-based (originally from Coonabarabran, New South Wales) singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist (and perhaps other things too!)
 I only discovered this precious gem earlier in the year as she          supported Jess Harlen on her Neon Heartache album launch at the Supper Club, Darlinghurst. As the audience were waiting, drinking a few beers and cocktails over a chat. Entered Annie. Jess introduced her as her ‘friend’. Honestly, didn’t know what to expect however, my ears and eyes were peeled. The moment Annie started strumming the guitar, the surrounding conversation slowly began to phase out. Eyes and ears shifted towards the stage, listening intently to the progression of her narrative throughout her songs. 
Her tunes could be described as having a smooth, soulful, acoustic, raw and lyrical sound. Great for chillin’.  Each venue had a unique character about them and a chilled-out ambiance. It was rockin’ like Robin! Speaking of which, one of Annie songs is called Robin Hood. One of the most catchiest lines in my opinion are: “I wish, I was, Robin Hood. Fighting the rich for the poor, and doing a bit of good”.
 Since the first gig I was able to watch two of her more recent gigs at Notes in Newtown in support of Francesca Sidoti and at the Clarendon Hotel in Surry Hills (where she gave out freebies – Plug It CD). Recently Annie has released two singles On Top Of The Hill and Plug It which are currently the top 2 songs on Triple J’s Unearthed Roots charts! Believe it or not. Everybody loves a freebie! So go fetch these tunes and rate them on Triple J’s Unearthed (see links below).
Annie is also currently working on her EP “The Endless Run” so keep your eyes and ears peeled for this sista!


You can find more of Annie McKinnon below:

Myspace www.myspace.com/anniemckinnonsolo

Free download and Rate Plug It and On Top Of The Hill at http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=39884

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AnnieMcKinnon 


If you are in need of some fresh tunes, check out Blue King Brown’s latest album released in Augsut, “Worldwize: Part 1 – North & South” which was released in August. It comes as a two-disc album ‘North’ & ‘South’ and their band’s official flag! So dope.

Southside consists of tracks that are a blend of roots, reggae, funk and soul. Northside has a blend of remixes of previous singles and dub-style tracks. BKB are a Melbourne-based band who derives from diverse multicultural backgrounds which contributes to their unique sounds.

Not only do they have the capacity to get the crowd rockin but their music is all about being socially aware in regards to human rights, social justice and political issues throughout the world including Australia. Their message is that ‘being aware is one thing, but the people have the power to make a difference in the world’. To be the change. Blue King Brown has been involved in the change process throughout their music and works of activism. More recently BKB have teamed up with THE BODY SHOP and CHILDWISE to help fight against the child sex trafficking and slave industry. It is a massive human rights abuse that needs to be (and can be) prevented.

BKB have recently returned from their European tour and about to do some Australian gigs. They’ve also just finished their tour with John Butler Trio which I am very sad to have missed out.
BKB have played at some of the world’s biggest music festivals such as:
Live Earth 2007
East Coast Blues & Roots festival 2006, 2007, 2010 (Australia)
West Coast Blues & Roots festival 2006, 2007 (Australia)
Reggae Town 2007
Womadelaide 2007 (Australia)
Falls festival 2006 (Australia)
Southbound 2007(Australia)
Homebake 2007(Australia)
Woodford folk fest 2005 2006 2007(Australia)
JJJ AWOL SERIES 2007(Australia)
Summer Sonic 2007(Japan)
Green Room festival 2006 2007 2010(Japan)
Fiji’s World Music Festival 2006 (Fiji)
just to name a few…”*
They have also opened for:
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
John Butler Trio
The Cat Empire
Cody Chesnutt
Amongst others…”*
If you ever get a chance to go to one of their gigs, do so! Personally I was hooked since I saw them play live at Raggamuffin in Brisbane earlier this year.
For more information check out www.bluekingbrown.com
C’mon chicken!

Never Fade Away (latest single)

Blue King Brown, THE BODY SHOP & CHILDWISE Video blog

* Quotes from the official Blue King Brown website.

RETURN OF THE REAL AND SOULPOWER presents Isaac Aesili featuring Rachel Fraser and They Ray Mann Three plus DJ’s @ TONE, 12th of NOVEMBER!

Musicians don’t retire, they stop when there’s no music left in them… “Louis Armstrong”
Grindin’ and Funkdafied  have teamed up to present ‘Return of the Real’ featuring New Zealand’s Isaac Aesili and Rachel Fraser with our very own soul connoisseurs The Ray Mann Three, plus special guests. We will be creating the ultimate soul experience at Tone on the 12th of November!

A consummate multi instrumentalist and beatmaker, Isaac Aesili’s debut album ‘Eye See’ is a representation of the diverse world we live in. Rich textures of reggae, dub, electronica and soft soulful r&b are woven intricately to create a landscape of futuristic escapism. It’s like astral traveling, yet you can still feel the dirt in between your toes.

Isaac Aesili and Rachel Fraser @ TONE

Described as one of the most humblest beings, Isaac’s album collaboration consists of vocals from Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle, Aaradhna, Deva Mahal, Rosita Vai, and Rachael Fraser who will be accompanying him to Australia.

Described by Benji B as  “One of the most exciting soul talents to emerge from the South Pacific!” (Benji B, Deviation; BBC1 Xtra), Isaac is will be armed on stage with an MPC and trumpet, plus amazing soul singer Rachael Fraser, transforming you into another world.


Hailing from Sydney, our soul connoisseurs are knowledgeable in technique and form, raw, funky, cheeky and talented. With a strong loyal following built over years of local performances at venues around town, Ray Mann Three have taken their distinctive sound across local borders touring all over Australia and Japan whilst sitting down! Yup, the guys sit on their comfy seats, perform their instruments and entice you to join a night of playful intimacy.


The Ray Mann Three’s CV is quite impressive having supported for Tori Amos, AL Green, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Jamie Lidell, Roy Ayers, Kate Miller Heidke, The Bamboo’s, Ash Grundwall and Holy Throsby.

In May 2008, Ray Mann Three released their anticipated album of the same title boosting their national following. Sydney morning Herald described their sound as a fusion of “…D’angelo’s sex appeal with the grit of Tom Waits.”

It’s music that you loose yourself in….



DJ’s on the night are Stephan Ferris, Huwston, JC Funkdafied and Thomas Crown!

Join us for a night of what Sydney has been yearning and missing… If there’s anything that we need more of, it’s the return of the real!
For more information on the venue, please log on to their website www.tone.net.au and subscribe to their mailing list.

From Return or the Real and Soul Power Team:

Grindin‘ , Funkdafied and KRYSTEL diolita DIOLA