Classic Album Sundays Sydney presents Prince: Sign o’ the Times


We are delighted to be launching our first-ever Classic Album Sundays event in Sydney at The World Bar! We’ll be kicking off this monthly series in style with one of our favourite-ever albums, Prince’s 1987 masterpiece Sign o’ the Times, presented in the intimate Bordello room at the World Bar on a world-class audio system.

About Sign o’ the Times:

Following on from 1986’s Parade, Sign o’ the Times was the first release from Prince after eight albums with The Revolution. The departure from his band allowed Prince even more freedom in the studio and time to experiment. Initial plans for a triple-LP project were baulked at by Warner Bros (a fact that would later result in Prince publicly refusing to work and branding his deal “a slave contract”), and he was forced to scale back his plans to a mere double LP. The Linn LM-1 drum machine and Fairlight CMI music workstation feature heavily throughout the album, as do other effects that were being experimented with heavily at the time such as sped-up vocals – resulting in the arrival of Camille, Prince’s alter ego.

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Hosts: Jean-Philippe Ducharne (The Mancusian Circus), Jim Poe (Deep House Australia)

Audio partner: Audio Connection Australia

Audio menu:

– Linn Majik 140 System (more info here:
– Clearaudio Performance DC turntable (more info here:

Thanks to invaluable support from Bondi Beach Radio

What is Classic Album Sundays?

Classic Album Sundays is the world’s most popular record club. CAS allows the listener to fully immerse themselves in the music by presenting the musical context, the story behind the album and an uninterrupted replay of the album on vinyl on an audiophile hi-fi sound system (with phones switched off and no conversation). People learn about the history of the album and then hear things in the music that they have never heard before. The events are mainly attended by non-audiophiles who are sometimes moved to tears when they hear the details of their favorite recordings.

As it has touched upon a cultural nerve with its mission of challenging the way we listen to music in the 21st century, CAS has received amazing coverage in BBC Breakfast TV, Elle Magazine, NME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal more. Check out press coverage here:

CAS currently holds regular classic-album listening sessions in London, New York City, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tokyo and Oslo with Portugal, Boston, Austin, Portland and Sydney, with Manchester to launch by the end of the year and more cities to follow. CAS also holds listening sessions at the UK’s award-winning festivals like Camp Bestival, Bestival and Vintage; and art galleries like The Idea Generation. CAS also hosts one-off bespoke events in conjunction with record companies and venues. This spring CAS will launch Classic Album Sundays Jazz & Classical with sessions in London and Edinburgh.

Classic Album Sundays was founded by Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy. Murphy is a radio host (having hosted shows since 1982 and having produced widely syndicated radio shows in the USA); an international audiophile DJ (protegé of David Mancuso and Francois Kevorkian and Director of London’s Lucky Cloud Sound System); music producer and remixer (remixes for The Rapture on DFA and producing Wild Rumpus with guitarist Gary Lucas of Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley fame); independent label owner (Bitches Brew); and a music journalist. In her younger years, worked for a number of well-known record shops, where she amassed far too many records.

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Food Festival & Funk Vibes – Soul of Sydney DJ’s at STREET FOOD CIRCUS this weekend.


Catch us laying down all vinyl party jams as part of the Street Food Circus.

Happening from Friday – Sunday at Fraser Park (Portuguese Club, Marrickville) Look out for us tucked playing tunes and pulling out a stack of wax we haven’t had a chance to play in years.

Tickets and info at

✌🏽️FRI 25th

4-7pm: MK1
7-10: Dj Jon

SAT 26th
4-7: Phil Toke
7-10: Liche

SUN 27th
12-2: Gian Arpino
2-4: DJ Trey
4-Close: Soul of Sydney DJ’s

TONIGHT: ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE launch The 11th Sky (Album Launch) at 505 Surry Hills.


Massive love for what our good friends at LOW KEY SOURCE are doing for Sydney, strictly for the heads, pushing the finest in left of center soul, hip hop & beyond.

Tonight they bring New Zealand’s powerhouse ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE to launch their latest Album ‘The 11th Sky" (Live) with a bit of help from future soul artist Wallace (live band) and DJ DEWIS (Coda Conduct / FBI Radio) and Tom Studdy(Midnight Swim).

New Zealand natives Electric Wire Hustle return with their 3rd studio album ‘The 11th Sky’ delivering one of their best soul driven works to date. Frontman and producer for the band Mara TK describes their new LP as “David Lynch meets Motown” which is due out September 30th.

Electric Wire Hustle’s critically acclaimed self-titled album achieved formidable cult status in 2010 amongst international peers and esteemedpublications, cementing their cult status the world over.

Their sophomore ‘Prevail’ album found support from The New York Times, BBC Radio and Wax Poetics , continuing a track record of critical acclaim. Demand for their live show has seen EWH perform in 18 countries, appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Dour, Sonar, Sziget, SXSW, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide, New York’s CMJ and The Roots Picnic.

‘The 11th Sky’ stays true to their impressive musicality being a culmination of the two previous albums,experimenting with sounds, yet distinctly emotive, moody, optimistic, swirling in thick soul textures, subdued choir-like harmonies and head nodding crisp snares. Mara TK’s butter-like vocals stands out as a dominant instrument on its own, swimming amongst the deep current of capacious sounds, vocally walking hand in hand with the direction of each song.

Notable mention goes to the collaborative production elements from Just Blaze as found on their current single ‘Go Slow’ and Maahuia B-C providing strings on ‘Go Slow’, ‘Troublemakers’ and ‘I Light a Candle’. Maahuia is a string arranger and composer for film, adding a cinematic element to the overall production of the album.

Mara TK reveals the meaning of ‘The 11th Sky’ as “There are 12 skies in Maori mythology and the name is based on the idea of human beings being on the verge of getting our act together and being nice to each other – I really think we can get there eventually; to the 12th sky".


*** REVIEW ***
“Already given the coveted Gilles Peterson seal of approval, and having toured the states, Electric Wire Hustle are on their way to groundbreaking status.” – Okayplayer

“A great blend of forward thinking hip hop, jazz and soul.” – Waajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers, Bling47, Ubiquity)

“Electric Wire Hustle have fulfilled their early promise by crafting a dynamic album to woo both the songwriters and beat junkies.” Straight No Chaser ‘Electric Wire Hustle’s debut album selected as number 1 album of Top 10 albums of 2009’ –
Aaron Byrd & Anthony Valadez (Radio KCRW Los Angeles)