FUNK: The Pimps of Joytime – Take The L-Train

This is some killer live FUNK shite from Brooklyn based FUNK crew The Pimps of Joytime.

I would love to see these cats playing a summer time shows in Australia sometime soon, if this clip is anything to go by the shows would be off the chain! so hopefully someone like NICHE is already working on it.


REVIEW: Kon and The Transatlantics at The Basement [21.8.2010]

Thanks to Niche Productions, The Basement hosted a night of great live soul music from Adelaide band The Transatlantics on the 21st of August, later to boogie down to the disco sounds of Kon, one half of Brooklyn based highly esteemed internationally renowned vinyl connoisseurs Kon and Amir.

Adelaide 8 piece The Transatlantics

The night began with live music from the 10 piece band The Transatlantics who are essentially an 8 piece band. Visually, you would expect a thunderous sound with two guitarists, bass player, drummer, trumpeter, trombonist, a baritone saxophonist, vocalist and two backup singers. To my surprise, their sound was incredibly tight  and powerful in a self contained manner.  It wasn’t about ostentatious solo’s or belting out tunes, rather the finer details, accents and the subtle call-and-responses that could have easily  been dismissed as repetitive nuances. I couldn’t help but be transported into a different epoch – the late 50’s and 60’s.  Their sound not only transported me to a different era, but it was like soaking in southern American heat (I used to live in Texas), waiting for the cool change of breeze, when all you could do was play by the river till late in the evening without a damn care – youthful bliss . In other words, their dynamic sound makes you feel carefree!

No doubt you’ll be hearing more of this band leading into summer festivals. Keep a good ear out for them!

And then there was Kon…

The night follwed by a DJ set from Kon of  legendary duo Kon and Amir. Kon’s musical background is deep, knowledgable in multiple genres, with vast expertise in the world of vinyl ‘diggin’ and production. Some claim his DJ sets are an historical musical journey from beginning to present, seamless and rare. It was good to see a crowd had remained to hear Kon’s set albiet increasingly drunk the crowd came to be and not what I had expected Kon’s crowd to attract.  Kon started on shakey ground that evening playing tracks to a room full of music lovers set to hear the DJ play rare disco boogie/soul tracks, instead with difficulty mixing one track into the other, he started off with electro hip hop, to radio disco bangers, dropping tracks that you wouldn’t expect a man with such musical depth and knowledge to drop.

My eyebrows were slightly raised at his musical selection, nonetheless as the night advanced, so did his musical crate and skills. Let’s just say it was a smart move on my part to espouse patience and stay past 1am. It did take him a while to warm up to the crowd, dropping classic tracks like “Candy Girl” by New Edition,  De La Soul’s ‘Me, Myself and I’, Michael Jackson, Four Tops’ “Reach Out”, then flawlessly beat juggling a number of times throughout his set, scratching in between tracks, then finally sticking to rare ghetto disco, to soul and african boogie.

He eased into his role as the boucing musical conductor, orchestrating an unrivalled disco boogie set with a dash of rare soul. This was what I had been waiting for – the commanding conductor. His known reputation as a fierce crate diggin’ aficionado was well put to the test with grooves that took us all to –  yet again, another era. That evening proved that music can make you travel through time. I felt I had traveled through  4 decades of music to come back on the other end in of the present time scale, only wanting more of the nostalgia.

Music was better back then. With the help of DJ’s and producers such as Kon, it’s longevity will remain in the hands of those who have an insatiable hunger to protect it’s genre from becoming extinct, protecting it by means of playing the genre out to the masses, travelling oceans, hand-to-hand, fibre optics and cables to keep the genre alive.

Definitely worth the wait….

Off Track Vol III ” by Kon and Amir is out now through BBE records.

Click play below to give it a listen or find it on mixcloud.

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Kon interview press image.

Nickodemus (Turntables On The Hudson) @ JembeMusic 3rd Bday + Oz Tour Promo Mix &; Departure Lounge Mix


Friday January 15

@ Melt (12 Kellet St Kings Cross)

Nickodemus (Turntables On The Hudson & Wonderwheel NYC)

Karsten John (Vinyl Vibes Ger)

Huwston (Knowfool)

James Locksmith

Grant Naylor on percussion


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  1. Nickodemus On Departure Lounge Radio (Sat 9th Jan 2010)
  2. Nickodemus Australian Tour Promo


After 3 years of specialist music services, unique events, album launches, soundsystems, and now also a resourceful blog. The independent JembeMusic is turning a big 3 years old. Celebrating in style, we have two special globe trotters coming to the party. From Brooklyn NYC, legendary DJ Nickodemus returns to the heat of the Australian summer for his “Sun People” tour (how appropriate).

Come along, dance and enjoy a unique intimate show, bringing his funk, soul, hip hop, house, disco, and global beats signature, together with the eclectic dancefloor jazz selector, direct from Germany’s Vinyl Vibes party and label, Karsten John. Also spinning, are music addicts and pushers, James Locksmith and Huwston and we have one of Australia’s most sought after percussionists, Grant Naylor hitting the skins (no pun intended). This is a birthday party that everyone is invited to and certainly one not to be missed!

Limited capacity, $15 on the door, no presales!

Doors open 10pm, close 5am, no lockout

12 Kellet St Kings Cross

Nickodemus Mixes

#1 Nickodemus Australian Promo Mix

  1. “Gimme the Sunshine” by Sunshipp

  2. “Nao Posso Demorar (Dubben Remix) JuJu Orchestra by Solaris
  3. “Son Montuno” Una Mas Trio
  4. “Brookarest” by Nickodemus feat Taraf de Haidouks (The Pimps of Joytime Remix)
  5. “Gosalo” by The Pimps of Joytime
  6. “Disco Trippin” by Amplified Orchestra
  7. “N’Dini” by NIckodemus (Tal M Klein Remix)
  8. “Jennaty” by The Spy from Cairo feat Ghalia Benali
  9. “Tropical Treats Cumbia Re-edit”
  10. “Conmigo” by Nickodemus feat Sammy Ayala
  11. “Soy Del Valle” by Quantic y Su Combo Barbaro feat by Shantel
  12. “Sun Children” by Nickodemus feat The Real Live Show (Pablo Sanchez Remix)
  13. “Ala Shan” by The Spy from Cairo

#2 Nickodemus On Departure Lounge Radio, Flight #9010

Radio 2SER (107.3) Saturday, 9th January, 2010

Flight Over the Hudson with Nickodemus

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Check out Departure Lounge on Radio 2ser 107.3 or streamed @ Saturdays 3-5pm with El Chino for weekly Nu-Jazz, Funk, & Soul

Facebook fan page Here & previous show podcasts/tracklisting Here

Sun Children by Nickodemus feat The Real Live Show

Nickodemus – Funky In The Middle

Pase Rock (Spank Rock) Plays @ Oxford Art Factory (Fri 16th Oct) + Free Ticket Giveaways

We have double passes available to anyone who emails us here at ( asking for them

Event Details:  Friday 16 October 11:30pm @ Oxford Art Factory (38 Oxford St Sydney)

Feat: Pase Rock (Spank Rock),+ Dangerous Dan, Tha Fizz, Mirror Mirror,Mik Menace,Cassettezz

Tickets: $16 @  Moshtix Info : E-mail : Phone: (02) 9211-1610

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