EVENT: Danny Brown + MED Tour This Week – Win Tix


Danny Brown & MED – Win Tickets For your chance to win tickets to either the Brisbane show tonight or the Melbourne show tomorrow night email us here and let us know your favourite MED or Danny Brown track – it’s that simple! We’ll get back to winners a few hours before the show, so don’t be shy. The tour kicks off in Brisbane tonight!!! Wednesday 23rd May – The Zoo – Brisbane – with special guest Sampology DJ Set Tickets: www.oztix.com.au (direct link) – tickets on sale now Thursday 24th May – Prince Bandroom – Melbourne with sepcial guest REMi Tickets: www.princebandroom.com.au (direct link) – tickets on sale now Friday 25th May – Vivid Live at The Studio (Sydney Opera House) – Sydney with special guests Halfway Crooks DJs and Ellesquire Tickets: www.sydneyoperahouse.com – tickets on sale NOW

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COSMIC BOOGIE|FUNK|DISCO: Rotating Soul Records – The East Liberty Quarters EP


It always puts a smile on my face whenever QUALITY MUSIC comes our way & this one, did just that with the Super-Fresh Intergalactic Boogie sounds running right through this 6 track EP from Pittsburgh-based trio Rotating Souls. The EP came through as an email just this morning so I don’t  know much about them, but by listening through I would say they are deeply influenced by Giorgio Moroder, as you can hear that classic funky 80’s Synth-Bass vibes running right through the release.

Really digging this and can’t wait to hear more of Rotating Souls.. & props to them for still putting good music like this on on Vinyl too.

The EP is out on Vinyl! & Digital, click for more info:

OUR HOUSE NYD SPECIAL – SECRET LOCATION REVEALED


A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS FOR OUR NEW YEARS DAY CELEBRATION!! THE LAST FEW REMAINING TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM www.ourhousesydney.com. THE VENUE LOCATION IS ALSO UP ON THE WEBSITE. WE WILL ALSO BE GOING PAST 1AM, SO ANYONE LOOKING TO KICK ON AFTER THE FESTIVALS HAVE FINISHED CAN CALL PHIL ON 0415 164 425 OR EMAIL ourhouse_sydney@optusnet.com.au

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Our House returns this NYD to celebrate the new year – underground style.

Join us in our indoor/outdoor sanctuary as we delve deep into our record collections for the finest House, Garage, and Disco gems.

Music selectors include James Bucknell, Gian Arpino, Phil Hudson, Phil Toke, Michael Zac, Eadie Ramia, Toby Wilson, and The Latin Jam Crew (Live).

Tickets are $20 from www.ourhousesydney.com.

Presale tickets only. Strictly limited capacity. BYO

*This party is proudly supported by Soul Of Sydney – Funk, Disco, and House music Blog.

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.

Australian Music Tribute # 1: Classic Australian Funk, Hip Hop & Soul Music Videos


With Australia day just gone we though we should do our bit for the country &  put together a mix-tape of our favorite home grown music videos. Here is our selection of local Hip Hop, Soul & Funk videos that would go rock any Australia Day BBQ.

Ray Mann Three- Smile

Music video by The Ray Mann Three performing “Smile”. Directed by Louis Westgarth and Ray Mann. (C) 2008 Ray Mann. From the album “The Ray Mann Three”

The Avalanches – Since I Left You

Directed by Rob Leggatt and Leigh Marling.

The Cat Empire – Days Like These

Pnau ‘Journey Agent’

Pnau’s classic adventure in 50’s style and attempted substance. Directed by James Littlemore and art directed/illustrated by Stepahnie Anderson

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Danks St Festival (Sun 25th Oct) 11am-4pm


DANKS STREET FESTIVAL

Sunday 25 October, 11am – 4pm
Danks Street, Waterloo

Live entertainment, fabulous food, exhibitions, markets and so much more, Danks Street Festival has become a much loved event on Sydney’s calendar. Making its first appearance at the Festival this year is the Live Green Kitchen hosted by Lyndey Milan, with leading local chefs including Jared Ingersoll, Kylie Kwong, Alex Herbert, Dave Campbell and Ashley Hughes demonstrating cooking techniques that focus on sustainable food.

Also new for 2009 is a “Handmade Market” selling all the things you love about your local fete – everything from handcrafts to sweet treats, supporting local artists and charities.

There will be more performers than ever before in some surprise shows you’ll never forget and a great music line up that is guaranteed to have you cruising on a Sunday afternoon. Performers include The Donovans, Dimity Claire & The Bleeding Hearts, Danny & the Cosmic Tremors, EON Beats Project and DJ Suzie Q. Festival favourites return such as the Produce Market, PYD Design Market, bar and “Arty Pants” – interactive art for kids.

Program

Main Stage – MC Miriam Corowa
11:00am         The Donovans
12:15pm         Dimity Claire & the Bleeding Hearts
1:00pm          Speeches
1:40pm          Danny & The Cosmic Tremors
3:00pm          EON Beats Project

DJ Stage
11:00am         DJ Marc Us
1:15pm          DJ Suzie Q

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