NEW AUS SOUL: Beaten Bodies release The Royal Road + East Coast Tour

Sydney’s Soul collective BEATEN BODIES release ‘The Royal Road’ and announce an east coast tour.


Formed in 2012 to quench a mutual thirst for funk and R&B, their debut EP saw the band touted as a fresh new group to watch. Inspired by the current musical climate and with a growing need to experiment their music has evolved since those early days and now Beaten Bodies occupy a space somewhere between the dank hip hop beats of The Robert Glasper Experiment and the neo soul grooves of Erykah Badu.

‘The Royal Road’ is a giant step forward for the band. With a sound soaked in lush harmony and their own brand of lilting groove, this collection of songs beautifully demonstrates the group’s forward motion and innovative approach to their craft. The new single ‘Monkey Grip’ follows on from ‘Crowns’, a song that received healthy radio play and created a strong demand for the soon-to-be-released final product.

Beaten Bodies have played alongside the likes of Sticky Fingers, Milan, Sex On Toast and Okenyo. Prior to heading out on ’The Royal Road’ tour the band will joing forces with Ngaiire tonight (Thursday May 29) for her Vivid Sydney event at The Basement.

The Royal Road’ is available on 09 June 2014 via iTunes,

Watch the EPK here



June 13 – The Heritage Hotel, Wollongong (with Shazza T & Fat Kid)
June 14 – The Howler, Melbourne (with Cactus Channel)
June 19 – The Joynt, Brisbane (with Inigo)
June 20 – The Brewery, Byron Bay
June 21 – 5 Church Street, Bellingen
June 27 – The Murrah Hall, Bermagui (with Cactus Channel)
June 28 – Transit Bar, Canberra (with Brass Knuckle Brass Band)
June 29 – The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney (with Cactus Channel)


LIVE MUSIC: Fela Kuti Afro-Beat tribute feat. The Strides + Guests / Saturday June 17


The Strides + special guests: The Spirit of Afrobeat – Fela Kuti tribute

After a year of non-stop touring and festival performances, The Strides expand their group for an electrifying night of Afrobeat as they pay homage to the legendary Fela Kuti. Come and witness this worldwide resurgence in Fela’s music – from the streets of Lagos, to the new broadway hit ‘Fela’, and now to Sydney’s Basement. Prepare to hit the dancefloor in what will be one of the year’s most unforgettable nights!

The Strides and Special Guests Vocalists pay homage to the father of Afrobeat, the Nigerian singer, saxophonist and political activist, Fela Kuti. With his infectious mix of african dance music and James Brown style funk, the music will have you dancing from the first down beat.


The Strides have forged a truly global sound melding a diversity of cultures and instrumentation under the one universal consciousness. With two acclaimed albums already under their belt, a European label signing, festival appearances across the country and having graced the stage with the likes of Julian Marley, Tony Allen and Groundation, The Strides have developed a reputation for their powerful live shows.

Special guests will include hand-picked vocalists and MCs from Sydney’s diverse musical scene – Soul Divas, Hip-Hop MCs and the one and only special guest Afro Moses.

Concert: The Strides – Fela Kuti Homage

Date:Saturday 12 July Time: doors 7.30pm

Venue: The Basement – 7 Macquarie Pl, Sydney

Tickets: $30 + booking fee. or phone (02) 9251 2797


Date: Tuesday 3 June 2014

Time: 6pm Doors Open

Where: PLAY BAR, 72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills NSW



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Innersoul Entertainment,


The Australian Soul music movement is out in full force! Innersoul LIVE provides a platform for the next generation of artists to present their original to a wider audience. Set in the inner city creative hub of Surry Hills, Innersoul Live at PLAY BAR sees two – four carefully selected artists present an acoustic set of their original music in an intimate setting.

With the Australian soul movement out in full force, thanks to the international success of artists like the GRAMMY nominated Hiatus Kaiyote, Innersoul LIVE is here to keep that momentum going locally and beyond. Defying genre boundaries and stereotypes to cover everything from nu-soul, raw and real hip hop and reggae to soulful Rhythm & Blues, Innersoul LIVE is your mid-week dose of soul that will have you transfixed by the talent on display.

Artists that have previously showcased at Innersoul LIVE include ARIA nominated singer/songwriter Jeremy Gregory, Billie McCarthy, Ron E Jones, Tabitha Ojeah, Michael Duchesne (The Voice) and Chantae Cann (featured vocalist with GRAMMY winning Snarky Puppy and GRAMMY nominated The Foreign Exchange), Thandiwe Phoenix and more.

Come down, kick back, and let yourself be moved by the musicality of our local artists at Innersoul LIVE.

Date: Tuesday 3 June 2014

Time: 6pm Doors Open

Where: PLAY BAR, 72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills NSW



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Jesse Witney is a significant, soulful voice in Australia’s multicultural music landscape. Talented and charismatic, bilingual and multi-instrumentalist, he presents his songs with passion, ingenuity and conviction. His music is infectious and remarkable, creating a unique blend of styles akin to Paul Simon and a voice that is reminiscent of Sting.

Originally from the small town of Gympie, Qld; Jesse Witney has grown up to encompass a world of music beyond his humble beginnings. Offering a moving, myriad of styles and genres woven delicately together to make a colourful fabric of original world music, Jesse Witney is beyond enchanting, endowing eclectic ideas, concepts, rhythms and languages.

His sound has evolved from years of performing in Australia, Brazil and Europe as he musically bounds through a wide range of genres such as Reggae, Latin, Blues and Folk. Lyrically his music explores themes around empowerment, love and the natural world.

He developed his guitar playing at a tertiary level under the guidance of guitar great ‘Jim Kelly’ (Crossfire). During this time he took particular interest in Brazilian music and travelled to the country on two occasions to absorb the nylon string guitar playing and beautiful Portuguese language.

His latest project the ‘Jesse Witney Trio’ with Juan Andres Mulet (Bass) and Ben Kidson (Drums) sees him stripping back to a small yet dynamic ensemble, enhancing the clarity of good songwriting and musicianship.





Alice Terry sounds like she’s had three husbands and killed them all.

Since leaving her small coastal town of Moruya, Terry has impressed her ever-growing audiences with her big voice and beautiful songs, and has deservedly earned the title of ‘Sydneys first lady of blues’. She effortlessly combines the best parts of folk, jazz and blues, and creates this music which is both sexy and heartbreaking all at the same time.

Terrys spirited performances and clever writing have steadily gained recognition and support, from audiences and peers alike, including supports for: Allen Stone, Beth Hart, Matt Corby, Gail Page, and The Waifs, and festival appearances at: Woodford Folk, Narooma Blues and Rockabilly, Moruya Jazz & Thredbo Blues Festivals just to name a few.

At 24, Alice Terry is already a staple in the Sydney music scene. With the release of her debut, fan-funded, studio album being release September 2014, and judging by the impassioned delivery of her current shows, we can expect big things from this unique, Australian talent.

“The Real Deal.” “The Bomb.”- Grammy Nominee, Beth Hart

“Alice Terry roaring like a tigress when she hit the stage and blowing off any cobwebs in the room ” – Rhythms Magazine






Mixtape: ‘L.Boogie Class of 98’ The Sounds of Lauryn Hill Mixtape Special


L.boogie Class of 98 / A podcast tribute to Lauryn Hill.

Recorded May 2014 | Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop vibes. 
Time: 90 Mins | Size: 200 meg

Lauryn Hill – On Music (Skit)
Lauryn Hill – Intro
Lauryn Hill and Curtis Mayfield – Here but Im Gone
Lauryn Hill – When it Hurts So Bad
Lauryn Hill – Ex Factor
Lauryn Hill – Blame It on the Sun (live)
Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley – Turn Your Lights Down Low
The Fugess – How Many Mics
Lauryn Hill – Superstar
Lauryn Hill – Sweetest Thing
Lauryn Hill – To Zion
The Fugees – Ready Or Not
The Fugees – No Woman, No Cry
Lauryn Hill – Final Hour
Kanye West feat. Lauryn Hill – All Falls Down
Fugees – Fu-Gee-La
Lauryn Hill – Killing Me Softly
Joss Stone – Music
Lauryn Hill – Take It Easy
Santana feat. Lauryn Hill & Cee-lo – Do you Like The Way
Nas feat. Lauryn Hill – If I Ruled The World
Lauryn Hill – Every Ghetto, Every City
Lauryn Hill – Everything is Everything
Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones
Lauryn Hill – Forgive Them Father
Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
Lauryn Hill – Music
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill – Freedom (live)
Lauryn Hill – Vocab (live)



SALSOUL RECORDS / Rare Mixes Available | Joe Bataan | DISCO FUNK

New Rare Mixes Now Available on iTunes!

Salsoul Records release a dope new rare singles and remixes from the likes of;

Loleatta Holloway, Aurra, Anthony White, B-H-Y, Bernice Watkins, Bunny Sigler, Cameron, Candido, Eddie Holman, Hot Rod, Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, Instant Funk, Kid Seville, Martha High, Metropolis, Moment of Truth, Raphael Cameron, Randy Fredrix, Special Forces, The Chiefs, The Jammers and more

Artists include . Check out all of the available singles on the iTunes spotlight here.