Deep House: Simon Caldwell @ Boiler Room (Sydney) Full Set


Sydney underground don & Soul of Sydney favorite DJ Simon Caldwell playing live at Boiler Room balcony jam a few weeks back, warming it for Chicago Derrick Carter.

Watch HERE 

Classic Mix: Larry Levan Final Night @ Paradise Garage (Disco, Soul, Early House) + SPIRIT OF HOUSE PICNIC DETAILS


So it looks like we will be teaming up with our good friends at OUR HOUSE & doing another Spirit of House event in JUNE to pay tribute to that REAL HOUSE SOUND.

This time we have a great indoor/outdoor innercity warehouse space with a courtyard and BBQ.

An afternoon of 30 Years of House music and its DISCO FUNK ROOTS.. with music by OUR HOUSE / SOUL OF SYDNEY DJ’S & Friends.

Look out for details coming soon or email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com for info.

LARRY LEVAN LIVE @ PARADISE GARAGE CLOSING NIGHT

Tracklist:
1) Jocelyn BrownSomebody Else’s GuyLive PA
2) T.C. Curtis – You Should Have Known Better (Dub Mix)
3) NYC Peech BoysCome On, Come On (Don’t Say Maybe)
4) Cheyne – Call Me Mr. Telephone
5) Man Friday – Love Honey, Love Heartache
6) Serious Intention – You Don’t Know (Paul Simpson Limited Edition Special Remix)
7) Tony Paris – Electric Automan
8) Black Mamba ‘Vicious’ (A Cappella)
9) Man Friday – Jump (Garage Version) / Gunshots
10) Aretha FranklinJump To It

CLASSIC DISCO HOUSE MIX: LARRY LEVAN LIVE @ MINISTRY OF SOUND1991 PART 2


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My Boo (CeCe Peniston song)

My Boo (CeCe Peniston song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Playlist :
Ce Ce Peniston – Finally
Rare Earth – Happy Song Or Dance (Edit)/Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Victor Rosado Tracks Live Mix)
Virgo – Mechanically Replayed
Mission Control – Outer Limits
PM Dawn – Watcher’s Point of View (Todd Terry Mix)
Voyage – Lady America
The Prince Of Dance Presents Sunday Adams – (Oohh Ohh Ah Ha) I Wanna Feel It!
Petra & Co – Just Let Go (Dub)
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Moby – Go
Moby – Mobility
Adamski – Killer
Urban Soul – Alright
Toxic Two – Rave Generator
Smallage – Together

Shaken <> Stirred @ the Whitehorse (Zac & Caratgold)


A new night is being hosted at the Whitehorse in Surry Hills

Downtempo, Chill sexy beats brought to you each week by myself (DJ Zac – Seattle, Sydney) and stellar guest DJ’s that play something a little different from their collections. This night is for the music lovers and a great way to hang out and still make it to work the next day (or not).

This night came from my desire to provide a weekly platform in Sydney, like I did in Seattle that offers Downtempo, Rare Grooves and Beats that you just can’t hear at the clubs on the weekend.

I would like to thank the Soul Of Sydney people for putting on the Block parties and other events. The love for music and the great friendly vibe carries on every Thursday night at the Whitehorse.

Most of you have been there or know of the space, it’s gorgeous with tons of room, great mix of people, food and a place you can chill and hear some great beats. Hope to see you all for Nick ‘Caratgold’ Gilmore (Soul of Sydney) and myself.

Check out the Facebook invite and come along. https://www.facebook.com/events/288632884548545/

This Thursday,
12 April 8-12

DJ Zac

R.I.P ETTA JAMES: Tribute Mixtape Hoochie Coochie Gal by Wildwood


RIP Etta James. 1938 – 2012.

Do Wop, Blues, Soul, R&B, Ballard’s and an all round entertainer with a distinctive voice. A troubled genius who made any song she sang her own.

“Everything she sings – you believe her…” Adele 2010.

Hoochie Coochie Gal: An Etta James Tribute Mixtape by Wildwood

Listen

Hoochie Coochie Gal By  Etta James 1
‘That’S All’ By  Etta James 2
Somethings Got A Hold Of Me. By  Etta James 3
Sunday Kind Of Love By  Etta James 4
I’D Rather Go Blind By  Etta James 5
If I Can’t Have You By  Etta James & Harvey Fuqua 6
Summer Time By  Etta James & Louis Armstrong 7
Light My Fire By  Etta James 8
Lovesick Blues By  Etta James 9
I’M A King Bee By  Etta James & Bob Dylan 10
Hard To Handle – Just One More Day By  Etta James, Otis Redding & The Blues Brothers 11
Lil’ Red Rooster By  Etta James 12

JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN: DJ Maestro’s Mixtape + Final Sydney Show at Hunky Dory Social Club Info


Special Guest DJ Maestro (Blue Note Records, Verve)
Playing his final Sydney show at Hunky Dory Social Club
This Wed 11th Jan.
Free Entry, from 8pm till late.

This will be the final DJ set in Sydney for ”Dancefloor-Jazz’  legend DJ Maestro. He will be playing an extended 4 hour set from 8pm.

If you haven’t managed to catch DJ Maestro during his recent tour then you won’t want to miss this. Come along and listen to the finest Jazz, Latin, soul, Funk and much more…..

Check out the FB Event HERE for more info

Definitely one we will be getting down to, big ups to JC @ Funkdafied for making this happen. Check out these Maestro Mixtapes to give you Soul Peeps an idea of what to expect from one of the finest selectors of eclectic Jazz sounds around.

Maestro Links

About DJ Maestro:

There is a doll in the Amsterdam apartment of Martijn Barkhuis: it’s a DJ Maestro Action Figure. The box proudly mentions: ‘It really DJ’s, drinks and smokes!’ “That’s slightly exaggerated,” the real-life version says with a husky voice, while putting his Davidoff cigarette in the ashtray to fill our glasses with pinot grigio. “That doll doesn’t DJ at all.” At least, not like the human version of DJ Maestro, as many, many international dance full of sweaty and cramped calves can attest to. Mesmerize, DJ Maestro’s debut album, following the compilations he did for legendary jazz labels Blue Note (Blue Note Trip, three editions) and Verve (Delicious Jazz), is made for exactly those dance floors. “The music was inspired by the records I play and by the reactions of people who dance to those records. Some of the songs on Mesmerize are more than a year old, others I wrote only two months ago. But they have all been tested on the dance floor. When something didn’t work, we improved it.”

‘We’, in this case, are Maestro and producers Mark van de Bergh and Maarten Helsloot, aka JAAN and Marty Belmondo. They are the owners of a studio in the mundane outskirts of Amsterdam, are blessed with a good ear and the ability to transform Maestro’s ideas into beats, grooves and bass lines. “Sometimes, I hummed them a song, or described a certain feeling or vibe. I put dozens of my favourite songs on mini disc for Mark and Maarten, so they would understand what I was looking for.”

Mesmerize was born out of pure necessity. While the record collection stacked behind him almost crumbles under its weight, the DJ explains: “It’s getting harder and harder to find records I want to play. They often lack a certain atmosphere or groove. So when I was given the opportunity to record my own album, I took it with both hands.” We will get back to the hands in a second.

His record deal enabled Maestro to work with a bunch of talented musicians he often performs with: renowned saxophone player Benjamin Herman, flute player Magnus Lindgren (who also worked with Koop), Zuco 103-singer Lilian Vieira, Carl Young (bass player in Michael Franti’s Spearhead), keyboard player Sven Figee (with whom Maestro co-wrote two songs), soul singer Forrest (known for his hit ‘Rock the Boat’) and saxophone player Tineke Postma. “In general, we invited them to the studio once we finished the basis. All we told them was to do whatever they’re good at. Benjamin Herman did his thing in just half an hour.” As a result, the lazy track ‘Spring Street’ has a real ‘neon light in a wet street’ vibe, while the sax in the spicy latin song ‘En Orbita’ is like an exquisite sauce poured over the groove.

Funk, jazz, latin: the DJ seems to have been raised on soul food and hot peppers, but actually comes from a family where everybody listened to classical music in appropriate silence and played the piano and the cello considerably well. Maestro himself played the violin “quite well”, but he feels that “if somebody else is more talented, you should let that person play for you.” But clapping his hands is certainly not a problem for the DJ: just listen to ‘Rainy Day’.

As a teenager, Maestro was mesmerized by the turntables, mixers, headphones and vinyl albums of his friends, who took their drive-in show to hockey parties and school parties. It left him with an insatiable hunger for albums, and an incredible disgust for dance classics: “One of the highlights in my career was the moment somebody requested ‘Relight My Fire’ for the umpteenth time. ‘I’ve got that one,’ I said, pulled the record from my bag and broke it in two right before his very eyes.”

That doesn’t mean the DJ doesn’t know how to please the crowd: his Blue Note Trip-nights in clubs, nationwide attract many dance lovers, who love to work up a sweat on the amazing mix of modern and vintage from the Maestro’s record cases, which he carries with him to Indonesia, Japan, New York and most European countries.

With his own record label (Dig This!), being programdirector of the IJazz Amsterdam festival, booker for the new Amsterdam club “Jazz on the Riverbank” and founder of the dutch station Radio Jazz, Maestro has a big hold on everything that has to do with funk, latin and jazz in the Netherlands. “It’s killing sometimes, all those long nights with too much cigarettes and drinks,” he tries to put his fabulous life somewhat into perspective. But isn’t that a very big grin we see on the face of the DJ Maestro Action Figure?

 

THE BEIRUT GROOVE COLLECTIVE presents: Black Christmas ‘James Brown Tribute’ Feat James Locksmith (JembeMusic)


Its official, REAL MUSIC IS UNIVERSAL!

Our good mate James Locksmith of JembeMusic put me on to this dope event on this weekend in Beirut where a posse of SOUL, FUNK & Rare Groove fans are throwing it down in homage to the musical legacy of James Brown at the annualBlack Christmas‘.

THE BEIRUT GROOVE COLLECTIVE presents ‘THE BLACK CHRISTMAS’ (THIRD EDITION)

(In Memory of the Fifth Anniversary of JAMES BROWN’s Death)

For the third X-mas in a row THE BEIRUT GROOVE COLLECTIVE keeps the tradition of funk, soul, rare groove and breaks in this city and the Middle East, alive. However this time we are getting closer to the heart of the action by taking over the former infamous CLUB SOCIAL where three of THE BGC DJs used to spin regularly (DJ Stickfiggr, Ernesto and Ramsay Short).
This time THE BEIRUT GROOVE COLLECTIVE commemorate the fifth anniversary of James Brown’s death, with long list of DJs, artists and visual artists. To top it all off, this year Supreme Sandwiches and Samosas will be on sale from Firas Yatbokh!

  • Natalie “Baby” Shooter (Opening act)
  • Brother Jackson ( afro-funk/hip-hop) + Heavy G (Hard funk)
  • Chris Bail (dance music)
  • DJ Spindle aka Ernesto ( rare groove,deep funk, breaks)
  • James Locksmith (nu-disco, afrobeat)
  • DJ Wah ( Italo-Disco)

Visuals by Nadim Saoma

“In Memory of James Brown” an art project by Tom Bone,Jeanne Fouchet, Semaan Khawam, Lilly in the rain aka Nanou, Ernesto and short fuse.

Shortfuse Film will be releasing their music video for BGC collaborator Wriggly Scott aka DJ Solo’s new single entitled “Hierarchy/Anachy”.

BGC Links: