New Melbourne Soul Music: EMRSN – Down (Prod. By Jarreau Vandal)


A few weeks back we were lucky enough to catch Melbourne’s Future Soul artist EMRSN live a when he was performing before TUXEDO & honestly, we were totally blown away by the richness of his vocals and the warmth of the production from the second we heard his sound.

We are continually in awe of the amount of the world class Australian artists who are really flying the flag for our scene. EMRSN is one of the new breed of local Future Soul acts we very much recommend you check out.

His latest releases “Down” sees EMRSN join forces with Jarreau Vandal – producer for international music collective Soulection.  Teeming with his soulful vocals and dance floor feeling this is without doubt a jam you will hear us dropping in mixes and live sets.

“Down” is taken from EMRSN’s forthcoming debut album “TMRW” scheduled for release in early 2016.

Look out for more from him below/

SoundCloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/iamemrsn/down

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MIXTAPE: Hip Hop, Funk, Soul: Ghetto Discotheque Vol 1 – DJ HUDGE + High Flyers Warehouse Party Updated



This is the first in a series called the Ghetto Discotheque. The plan was to do a mix of tunes I love both old and new with a focus firmly on the Funk. Enjoy…

Massive thanks to Big Ted for the vocal drops and to Prodigal Youth for the artwork. Nuff respect fellas…

Recorded live, Boogie Down Penge, 1 Dec 2011

GOING TO BE ONE KILLER PARTY THIS SATURDAY @ THE HIGH FLYERS / FUNKDAFIED  WAREHOUSE PARTY, HERE ARE THE SET TIMES WITH SOUL OF SYDNEY’S OWN PHIL TOKE DROPPING SOME DISCO LOVE FROM 12-1AM IN THE DISCO CLOAK ROOM!

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR HIGH FLYERS LITTLE SECRET #5 This Saturday With just over 2 days to go until our “High Flyers Little Secret” warehouse event kicks off we have some exciting news…With the sunshine out and due to the overwhelming demand we have now decided to open another room and release a further 100 tickets!We have opened up a 4th room with DJs playing Disco all night!, with the following line up JC, (FUNKDAFIED) & GRAHAM MANDROULES Back to Back 3 Hour Set! SANI DEEJAY PHIL TOKE, (Soul of Sydney DJs) DEAN DIXON, (Motion DJs) FRENZIE ****AFTER PARTY INFO***** We are also very excited to announce our “SECRET” after party, this event will be free for all warehouse patrons, we have been gently twisting Tom Middleton & Graeme Parks arms to play intimate sets starting straight after the warehouse. Details Below: Venue – Burdekin Hotel (2-4 Oxford St, Darlinghurst) Time – 3am-very late! Line up: Ollie Brooke DJ Emme RussTee GRAEME PARK TOM MIDDLETON Paul Freeman, (Motion) DJ Hudge JC, (Funkdafied) People without a warehouse part wristband are welcome and there will be a $15.00 cover charge. To purchase the final handful of tickets visit:http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=56504&ref=moshtix&skin Or email info@funkdafied.com.au We look forward to seeing you all on the Dance Floor!! http://www.funkdafied.com.au/

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR HIGH FLYERS LITTLE SECRET #5 This Saturday

With just over 3 days to go until our “High Flyers Little Secret” warehouse event kicks off we have some exciting news…

With the sunshine out and due to the overwhelming demand we have now decided to open another room and release a further 100 tickets!

We have opened up a 4th room with DJs playing Disco all night!, with the following line up;

JC, (FUNKDAFIED) & GRAHAM MANDROULES Back to Back 3 Hour Set!
SANI DEEJAY
PHIL TOKE, (Soul of Sydney DJs)
DEAN DIXON, (Motion DJs)
FRENZIE

We also have a massive production planned for this party, our biggest to date!

*****IMPORTANT NEWS*****

– There will be no ATM’s at the venue, please come prepared

– We have 3 licensed bars so No BYO

– Wrap up it is winter & we will have a cloakroom

SET TIMES;

******AFTER PARTY INFO*****

We are also very excited to announce our “SECRET” after party, this event will be free for all warehouse patrons, we have been gently twisting Tom Middleton & Graeme Parks arms to play intimate sets starting straight after the warehouse.

Details Below:

Venue – Burdekin Hotel (2-4 Oxford St, Darlinghurst)

Time – 3am-very late!

Line up:

Ollie Brooke

DJ Emme

RussTee

GRAEME PARK

TOM MIDDLETON

Paul Freeman, (Motion)

DJ Hudge

JC, (Funkdafied)

People without a warehouse part wristband are welcome and there will be a $15.00 cover charge.

To purchase the final handful of tickets visit:

http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=56504&ref=moshtix&skin

Or email info@funkdafied.com.au

We look forward to seeing you all on the Dance Floor!!

http://www.funkdafied.com.au/

 

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SYDNEY STREET ART PROJECT: Melbourne Tour Highlights + Photography


Take a look at some of the recent photo highlights of our Sydney Street Art Project tour of Melbourne taken by our man Devlin who has been drifting around documenting Sydney’s (and Melbournes) street-art and street scape photography over the last few years,

Check out more of his work for our new collab. Sydney Street Art Project on  Facebook & Twitter

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Melbourne Street Art starts here! Sensory overload! #stickers #melbournestreetart ” Continue reading

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

LIVE FEED: RED BULL BEAT-SUITE MELBOURNE – STREAMING LIVE ! FEAT. Aloe Blacc, Ladi6, Australian Youth Orchestra, Galapagoose Monome, Amin Payne, DJ Perplex, Scratch22


RED BULL BEAT SUITE MELBOURNE – STREAMING ! FEAT. Aloe Blacc (US)  vocals Ladi6 (NZ)  vocals / MC Tamil Rogeon  composer  Members of The Australian Youth Orchestra  strings Galapagoose  Monome, sampling drum machine Amin Payne  sampler, drum machine DJ Perplex (3 x Aus DMC Champion)  turntables, effects Scratch22 (NZ)  turntables, samplers, effects

Red Bull Beat Suite is set to smash every conceived musical boundary – creating an entirely original, never-before-heard musical exploration, mixing together the nation’s best beat makers, musicians from the Australian Youth Orchestra as well as special guest vocalists including US soul singer, Aloe Blacc who will all feature on the same stage for two shows only on Saturday 12th May, at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

This very special event will be an orchestral exploration of the last 20 years of electronic and beat music combining two diverse musical worlds, setting a musical precedent by bringing the contemporary and classical worlds together on the one stage for the very first time in Australia.

Fans can expect to hear Australia’s best beat makers including two turntablists, a 15 piece orchestra, bass player, percussionist plus the hottest guest vocalists to produce a show like never before. The show will feature the talent of Ladi6, DJ Perplex, Amin Payne, Scratch 22 and Galapagoose. This innovative musical mash up will be cast under the intrepid direction of Australia’s own maestro and composer, Tamil Rogeon, who is charged with conducting a bunch of people who quite frankly, don’t belong in the same room – let alone the same stage! Red Bull Beat Suite is the creation of curator and creative director of the event, Kano Hollamby.

Red Bull Beat Suite is a rare opportunity to push the envelope and drive forth innovation by fusing together cultures that would normally play in very different playgrounds. The event will provide opportunities for the young guns of classical music to work with those from a hip hop and electronic music background – an unexpected collaboration with mind-blowing results.

Utilising their own award winning 3d projection mapping technologies, Melbourne’s own and world renown ENESS studios will create a never before seen interactive visual display to accompany this cutting edge performance.

Red Bull Beat Suite will debut at the stunning and musically paramount Melbourne Recital Centre, which is excited to be part of this exciting fusion – be the first to witness this cutting edge musical experiment.

Artist(s)

Aloe Blacc (US)  vocals
Ladi6 (NZ)  vocals / MC
Tamil Rogeon  composer

Members of The Australian Youth Orchestra  strings
Galapagoose  Monome, sampling drum machine
Amin Payne  sampler, drum machine
DJ Perplex (3 x Aus DMC Champion)  turntables, effects
Scratch22 (NZ)  turntables, samplers, effects

Javier Fredes  percussion
Ryan Richie  vocals

Lance Ferguson  guitar

Kano Hollamby  creative director / music co-director
eness  video mapping & visuals

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Red Bull Beat Suite is a drawing together of cultures which is as ambitious as it is thrilling. Take the nation’s best beat makers, put them on stage with the Australian Youth Orchestra, throw in US soul singer and hip hop luminary Aloe Blacc plus special guest singers and musicians, and cast them under the intrepid direction of The Raah Project’s Tamil Rogeon.

Red Bull Beat Suite is homage to the last 20 years of urban beats and electronic music genres, told by Australia’s and the world’s most cutting edge musicians, producers and vocalists through a ‘mix tape’ of orchestra, turntables and live beats.

Adding to the experience, Melbourne’s own and world renown ENESS will create a never before seen interactive visual display, utilising their own award winning 3D projection mapping technologies.

Click here for more information on Red Bull Beat Suite.

RED BULL BEAT SUITE ALOE BLACC TO HEADLINE A MUSICAL REVOLUTION


Red Bull Beat Suite is set to smash every conceived musical boundary – creating an entirely original, never-before-heard musical exploration, mixing together the nation’s best beat makers, musicians from the Australian Youth Orchestra as well as special guest vocalists including US soul singer, Aloe Blacc who will all feature on the same stage for two shows only on Saturday 12th May, at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

This very special event will be an orchestral exploration of the last 20 years of electronic and beat music combining two diverse musical worlds, setting a musical precedent by bringing the contemporary and classical worlds together on the one stage for the very first time in Australia.

Fans can expect to hear Australia’s best beat makers including two turntablists, a 15 piece orchestra, bass player, percussionist plus the hottest guest vocalists to produce a show like never before. The show will feature the talent of Ladi6, DJ Perplex, Amin Payne, Scratch 22 and Galapagoose. This innovative musical mash up will be cast under the intrepid direction of Australia’s own maestro and composer, Tamil Rogeon, who is charged with conducting a bunch of people who quite frankly, don’t belong in the same room – let alone the same stage! Red Bull Beat Suite is the creation of curator and creative director of the event, Kano Hollamby.

Red Bull Beat Suite is a rare opportunity to push the envelope and drive forth innovation by fusing together cultures that would normally play in very different playgrounds. The event will provide opportunities for the young guns of classical music to work with those from a hip hop and electronic music background – an unexpected collaboration with mind-blowing results.

Utilising their own award winning 3d projection mapping technologies, Melbourne’s own and world renown ENESS studios will create a never before seen interactive visual display to accompany this cutting edge performance.

Red Bull Beat Suite will debut at the stunning and musically paramount Melbourne Recital Centre, which is excited to be part of this exciting fusion – be the first to witness this cutting edge musical experiment.

Artist(s)

Aloe Blacc (US)  vocals
Ladi6 (NZ)  vocals / MC
Tamil Rogeon  composer

Members of The Australian Youth Orchestra  strings
Galapagoose  Monome, sampling drum machine
Amin Payne  sampler, drum machine
DJ Perplex (3 x Aus DMC Champion)  turntables, effects
Scratch22 (NZ)  turntables, samplers, effects

Javier Fredes  percussion
Ryan Richie  vocals

Lance Ferguson  guitar

Kano Hollamby  creative director / music co-director
eness  video mapping & visuals

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Red Bull Beat Suite is a drawing together of cultures which is as ambitious as it is thrilling. Take the nation’s best beat makers, put them on stage with the Australian Youth Orchestra, throw in US soul singer and hip hop luminary Aloe Blacc plus special guest singers and musicians, and cast them under the intrepid direction of The Raah Project’s Tamil Rogeon.

Red Bull Beat Suite is homage to the last 20 years of urban beats and electronic music genres, told by Australia’s and the world’s most cutting edge musicians, producers and vocalists through a ‘mix tape’ of orchestra, turntables and live beats.

Adding to the experience, Melbourne’s own and world renown ENESS will create a never before seen interactive visual display, utilising their own award winning 3D projection mapping technologies.

Click here for more information on Red Bull Beat Suite.

TICKET PRICES

A reserve $55
B reserve $45

Performance Dates


Jess Harlen – Park Yard Slang (2012 LP)


She’s toured worldwide with renowned Australian roots reggae band Blue King Brown (as their former backing singer) but this year Jess Harlen has decided to focus on her own music, cooking up some fresh new tracks.

Park Yard Slang is the second album by the Melbourne based artist which was released on March 30, 2012 through Obese Records. It is evident that there has been a significant shift of events in Harlen’s music since the release of Neon Heartache, 2011 LP (through Plethora Records).

Both albums were produced by renowned award-winning producer, Plutonic Lab. Therefore with the collaboration of two talented musicians bringing out a string of various skills – not to mention Harlen’s sweet and soothing voice, it was anticipated that we’d have sheer quality. And that’s what we got!

The opening and aptly titled track “Get Ready” is an appropriate introductory song to the album. With enticing vocals and the catchy beat it is already ample to draw the listener into further exploration of Park Yard Slang. Title track “Park Yard Slang” is a nice transition maintaining the slow tempo before “Weaving”. Here the tempo slightly builds up leading into jaunty, upbeat rock style track “Let You Down”, the first single released off the album. Reggae, dancehall influenced “Plantation” features Melbourne based reggae artist RuCL.

“Colliding” is a romanticised ‘feel good’ song that seems to depict the themes of patience and beauty. “Reach Home” is an emotive; melancholic yet encouraging and promising song about being courageous, facing present fears and of the past, insecurities and worries in order to overcome them. Harlen switches to the ukulele where the listener is gently lullabied with “Day Dreamer”, followed by another encouraging and humbling track, “Up To Me”.

Then follows “Beautiful Struggle” which illustrate life as full of love, pain, disappointment and change but also encourages the listener to accept it as inevitable as it is – a beautiful struggle. One is encouraged to take the responsibility of moving forward. Finally, one could say that “Silence” is another aptly titled track to top off the album.

Overall, Harlen maintains humility in her songwriting, which are personal reflections that people can relate to. It’s a courageous and great thing to see that there is more experimentation with the incorporation of different instruments and a variety of genres including soul, acoustic, reggae, dancehall and rock influences, producing something fresh and versatile to listen to. Harlen is definitely an artist to look out for this year!

Park Yard Slang is available on iTunes, JB Hi-Fi stores and other good music stores.

Review Score: 9 out of 10


Jess Harlen’s ‘Park Yard Slang’ Tour 2012

For more information visit www.facebook.com/JessHarlenMusic

*As originally appeared on The AU Review.