NEW MUSIC: Sydney’s Modern Soul Duo Lo Five drop ‘Singularity’ album. | SOUL, FUNK, NEO SOUL, SYDNEY MUSIC, AUSTRALIAN

Artist: Lo Five
Album title: ‘Singularity’
Label/Distributor: Lo Five Music
Release date: Friday 16th August

When it comes to Modern Soul Aussie duo Lo Five are leading the charge. Combining inspiration from the past with the digital availabilities of tomorrow has won them a legion of fans the world over including the likes of The Sweet Inspirations, Sly & Robbie, Olivia Newton John and Jools Holland. With their debut album ‘Singularity’ set for release on 16th August, you had better get your tastebuds primed because Lo Five are ripe with a creative ooze and special sauce ready to be tasted.

Tam Morris’s musical career started as a teenager when he penned the #2 ARIA hit ‘Break in the Weather’ for his sister Jenny Morris. Parallel to his music, Tam’s talent as a storyboard artist has seen him work on some of the Australia’s best films. Alongside the likes of Bryan Brown, Ben Mendelsohn, Rachel Griffiths, Anthony LaPaglia, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger, Tam has developed his craft, and will be screening his first film at the 2013 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.

Alan Goodman is one of the Australia’s most in-demand keyboardists touring and working with the A-team of Australian music playing at all of the majors festivals and events on the annual calendar. He regularly tours the globe, playing across Europe and Dubai. Carribean Soul – the reggae band he also plays with – have some big supporters, the likes of drummer John Blackwell (Prince) coming to jam with them when he tours Australia.

With around 40 years between them in music, Tam and Alan they have toured, remixed, written for, recorded and collaborated with Jools Holland, Sly & Robbie, Groove Terminator, Skunkhour, Alex Lloyd, Fantine, Christine Anu, Jenny Morris, Paula Baxter, The Strides, Professor Groove and the Booty Affair, Jazzanova, Jahcoozi, Coda, Rephrase, Jamie Lloyd and more.

As word of the evolving Lo Five collaboration spread, offers of work flowed in. They were commissioned for the musical Score of 2011 Australian-British comedy film ‘A Few Best Men’ directed by Steffan Eliot (‘Pricilla, Queen Of The Desert’), which saw them lay down drums and keys, as well as Tam’s vocals which ended up on several tracks including the opening sequence of the film. Lo Five also remixed two Olivia Newton-John covers for the soundtrack which she personally described as “music to make babies to”.

The interest in their productions skills combined with study and family commitments has meant the album took some time to come to fruition; the recording process taking almost 2 years, however like most things in life, good things are worth waiting for. Bridging the traditional approach to songwriting and use of instrumentation with Lo Five’s own elements and influences has created an album that is richly layered and intricate yet simple and open for interpretation like many of the great musical moments from history.

‘Singularity’ is a labour of love between two souls who just click and across 13 tracks the two have captured their own blend of soul and funk that harbours spices from a wide scope of influences. The bombastic beats of the late great J Dilla; to the original R&B soul of the Stax and Motown catalogues; to contemporary soul icons like Jamie Lidell and Amy Winehouse, and not forgetting wondrous songwriters like Queen and The Beatles, Lo Five’s original grooves dip in and out of flavours from across the skein of funk history, p-funk to soul to electro funk to all things groovy in between. Offering a vision of the future that is human, loving and open, Lo Five explore a number of themes throughout ‘Singularity’. They express the plight of technology – not as a planet destroyer or oppressor – but as a new soul that needs our guidance, they ponder the personal sacrifices made by those who choose the limelight and encourage us all to chase real connections in a world that leans toward convenient ones.

The album opener and arguably the most accessible track on the album ‘We Do’ which has the essence of a great funk record, mixed with pop sensibilities when it comes to lyrics and structure.

Lo Five wrote the homage track ‘Heavenly Ho’ about Amy Winehouse six month before word spread of her demise. Focused on how fame often destroys the personal lives of performers and the contrast between Amy’s musical world and her private life. Out of respect, the duo held back the release of the track till the year anniversary of her passing.

For ‘Little Man’ Lo Five collaborated with legendary The Sweet Inspirations (Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Killers). The powerful voices of Estelle Brown and Portia Griffin define this as one of the album highlights. When the recording session was finished, Portia exclaimed “I’m gonna play this to Oprah!”.

In a world of sample mediocrity and regurgitated rehashes, Lo Five stand in stark and shining contrast, beckoning all brave adventurers to a brighter future! But maybe if you don’t pick up any of that, what you will get when you listen to ‘Singularity’ is an urge to move that derriere…




From the upcoming EP “Moment In Time” by P.R. The EP features Substantial, Blu, Cise Star, Skyzoo and more!
Available on late August via Cult Classic Records:…t-in-time


More about P.R:

Produced by P.R
Written by Cise Star & Blu
Scratches by DJ Koma
Mixed & Mastered by Rodean Roozbehani
Artwork by The Rstudio OnlinE


SOUL OF SYDNEY BLOCKPARTY RADIO #65: Spirit of House – 90’s Vocal & Funky House Classics by DJ M (DEEP HOUSE SYDNEY, SOULFUL HOUSE SYDNEY)

Soul of Sydney Block Party Radio #65: Beautiful People – Spirit of House Classic Soulful Vocal Vibes by DJ M – Feb 2013

Style: Classic Funky & Soulful House Vibes.

The mix is a throwback to better days of ‘Souful House’ with classics from the early 90’s back when DJ M first started clubbing, back when Soulful House was at its peak including abosolute seminal moments including; Beautiful People by Barbara Tucker and gems from Soulsearcher, D-train & Kings of Tomorrow.

Catch DJ M playing at one of infamous Spirit of House parties very soon,

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Sydney Hip Hop, Breaks: Hipster Killer by Morganics Ft. Core Rhythm, Hyjack and MK-1 (Funk, Breaks, Aus Hip Hop)

A community service announcement brought to you by Morganics Featuring Core Rhythm and Hyjack. Cuts by DJ MK 1. Produced by Morganics.

About Morganics: 

Morganics is a Melbourne based Hip Hop artist; MC, producer, beatboxer and Bboy, he is also a film director ( and passionate community worker.


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DOPE: Biz Markie Custom Made 7″ Technics Turntables for 45’s (Hip Hop, Wax, Vinyl Collectors Dream)

SOUL OF SYDNEY: ‘s custom made 7″ , purpose built for 45’s.. talk about dope, would love a pair of these for our 45’s block party special.

Attn DJ’s & Diggers: will be doing a strictly 45’s Block Party Special very soon too if anyone is keen to play get in touch via or here.

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DEEP HOUSE SYDNEY: Totally Automatic : A Deep House, Garage & Nu-Disco trip By DJ Jim Poe

Soul of Sydney Block Party Radio #64: Totally Automatic :

A Deep House & Nu-disco mixtape By DJ Jim Poe

1. Perseus – “Running Back to You”
2. Chris Malinchak – “Beside Me”
3. The Pointer Sisters – “Automatic” (12” Extended Mix)
4. Tensnake – “Need Your Lovin’” (Dub Mix)
5. Gwen Guthrie – “Seventh Heaven” (US Remix by Larry Levan)
6. Moon Boots – “Got Somebody”
7. Touch Sensitive – “Pizza Guy” (Lauer Mix)
8. Late Nite Tuff Guy – “I’m Goin’ Outta My Head”
9. Late Nite Tuff Guy – “I Got So Much Love”
10. 6th Borough Project – “Hang On”
11. Zev – “Don’t Break It” (Kenny Glasgow & Jonny White Remix)
12. Chris Malinchak featuring Damon C. Scott – “No Secrets”
13. Gorillaz – “Empire Ants” (Faktor-X Remix)
14. Perseus – “Russian Girlfriends”
15. Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait” (Dutch Mix)

Download –> Jim-poe – Totally-automatic

About DJ Jim Poe

Jim Poe has been spinning underground dance music for over 20 years. His career was forged on New York’s house scene, where he was a founding member of the FSR crew, who were renowned for uncompromising music selection and legendary loft parties. He held residencies at seminal venues such as Bar XVI, Baktun, Vain and Sapphire Lounge; appeared at world-famous clubs including the Roxy and the Tunnel; threw down at Turntables on the Hudson; and played in support of Moby, Orbital, the Aphex Twin and Deee-Lite. He currently resides in Sydney; and collaborates with fellow FSR members on Republic Music, a New York-based label and collective that connects producers and DJs all over the world in the spirit of the real underground sound. Jim works as a freelance writer for music and film publications, including inthemix, Australia’s premier dance music website. He also makes short films and grows organic vegetables.

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