EVENT- NEO SOUL: Eric Lau @ The Burdiken 26th May 2012!

ERIC LAU“..There’s beauty everywhere, from the smallest things, to the largest things in the universe. I feel, when I make music, it just comes through me. I’m just trying to be a part of everything else.” ERIC LAU ON MAKING MUSIC (Excerpt taken from The making of QUADRIVIUM2011)

RETURNING to Sydney for one night only is one of hip hop’s fastest rising and critically acclaimed producers – ERIC LAU (UK)! Grindin Music and Funkdafied have teamed up once again to host the return of Eric Lau who will be providing nu soul, jazz and hip hop revelers with a DJ set at The Burdekin (1st Level) on MAY 26TH, 2012.

Supporting DJ’s on the night will showcase a talented pool of music aficionados who have worked tirelessly over the years by their own merits, developing and cultivating Sydney’s niche music community with a strong thread of music parties and events for us to enjoy.

The night will feature DJ’s FRENZIE, HUWSTON, JC (FUNKDAFIED) and CMAN for a night of quality music one searches the depths of dusty basements, locked in vaults that are only stumbled upon through endless digging in crates.

Join us for an education into the trajectory of music from the past, present and future.

WHEN:   26th of May 2012

TIME:      9pm til late

WHERE: The Burdekin (1st level) 2 Oxford Street

COST:   $ 15.00 through Moshtix Or $20.00 at the door

BUY TIX HERE: http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=56769

OR EMAIL:        info@funkdafied.com.au for printed $15 Tickets

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Who is ERIC LAU?

London beat-maker ERIC LAU needs no introduction amongst producers worldwide. With a number of international artists under his belt on collaborative projects from Georgia Anne Muldrow, Guilty Simpson, Lupe Fiasco, Oddisee, Tanya Morgan, Muhsinah, Chris “Daddy” Dave, Dudley Perkins and a host of others, it’s not that often relatively unknown beat producers get to collaborate with a stunning array of artists early on in their careers.

Furthermore to his production work, Eric Lau is also a well sought after DJ contributing mixtapes on various distinguished music platforms which include legendary Gilles Peterson WorldWide, Red Bull Music Academy, BTS Radio, and Put Me On It to name a few. His DJ career has provided him the opportunity to support high profile artists such as Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, and Questlove – all within a few short years.

Released through UBIQUITY RECORDS in 2008, Eric Lau’s debut album “New Territories” generated worldwide recognition landing him a spot in Gilles Peterson’s Top Albums of 2008 and additional support from music lovers, grounding his position in the music industry as a talented producer. With a string of instrumental albums that followed suit released through KILAWATT MUSIC, 2012 will see Eric Lau release a full length album entitled ‘One of Many’ amongst a host of other collaborative and instrumental production albums in the works.

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.


“Sometimes, you just know it’s the right thing to do.” – PEANUT BUTTER WOLF ON SIGNING MAYER HAWTHORNE TO STONES THROW LABEL (Stones Throw Biography.)

Mayer Hawthorne’s debut album released in 2009 titled “A Strange Arrangement” had me thinking  from a musical and cultural point of view. What constitutes ‘a strange arrangement’, or more to the point, what constitutes his strange arrangement? One can only assume having not heard the answer from the blue-eyed multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer/song writer, audio engineer and DJ himself. Is it the falsetto melody and harmonies far removed from the fixed paradigms of commercial radio appeal? Is it the much talked about white boy emulating the sounds of a bygone era dominated by a rich Black culture? Could it be the guileless, wide-eyed innocence of his lyrical content juxtaposed to the lyrical emptiness heard in generic radio culture we are submerged in? I may be thinking far too much into this, but his strange arrangement comes at a time when the likes of Mark Ronson, Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo, Duffy, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Jamie Lidell, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (to name but a few) are bringing back the Motown sound to a wider audience, deconstructing the soul sound and injecting their own adaptation of soul music into the industry.


Back in Australia to tour as part of Niche Productions next line of superb musical outfits, Mayer Hawthorne and the County will be gracing our shores on the 19th of February, 2011 at the Manning Bar in Sydney. Hawthorne is one of the most refreshing artists to come from the prestigious Stones Throw label and it’s no surprise when his production keeps in essence the spirit of soul music, paying respect to original mentors of this sound. His debut album ‘A Strange Arrangement’  is stripped back, uncomplicated, warm and infectious. Hawthorne has openly confessed original soul musicians such as Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, Barry White, Isaac Hayes as his strong influences which are apparent on this album, with a strong affinity and respect for the late great Hip Hop producer J DILLA.


I was privileged to attend last years Basement gig which saw Mayer Hawthorne and Theo Parrish on the same bill in January, 2010. The room peaked full capacity before Hawthorne entered the stage, and to my surprise, the crowd dissipated revealing a handful of Theo Parrish devotees. Sydney was in love with Mayer Hawthorne. His stage presence was cheeky, vocally on point and as a band, The County were incredibly tight! Hawthorne was but a whisper on people’s lips at that point in time only having heard of Mayer Hawthorne’s album at the tail end of 2009. There were heavy murmurs amongst many industry folks regarding this artist, and with the help of the internet buzz surrounding Hawthorne’s successful debut album, his first single “Just ain’t gonna work out/When I said Goodbye” seemed to pop up on facebook and music blogs around the world.

Mayer lives and breathes music producing and performing hip hop under the moniker HAIRCUT, is one third of LA experimental melody driven hip hop outfit NOW ON,  and a member ATHLETIC MIC LEAGUE – a hip hop crew of six Mc’s and one DJ. The task of creating his own album as ‘Mayer Hawthorne’ is not just an impressive feat amongst a busy schedule of DJ gigs and performances, but this blue -eyed crooner took on the task of playing most of the instruments on ‘A Strange Arrangement’.

This is going to be one VERY special night of nu soul music with support acts from Melbourne’s phenomenal soul act ELECTRIC EMPIRE, with DJ’s Mike Corbett and Miss Micah (inertia) spinning for the masses!

Tickets available through moshtix!!













It’s time to make some noise for one of the pioneers of the Neo Soul movement – ERYKAH BADU! From the lady that brought us classics like “Didn’t Cha Know”, “Bag Lady”, “I Want You”, “Ye-Yo”, “On&On”, “Tyrone” and “Love of My Life (Hip Hop)”, Erykah Badu has made an indelible mark in the music industry not only as a creative genius, but as an original artist in a league of her own.  Badu seamlessly fuses organic sounds of  African rhythms, to Hip Hop, to Jazz, Soul to Funk. As a mother, singer/songwriter, producer and entertainer she can hypnotize an audience without the overbearing  trait of preaching a movement – she just lives it.

After rumours of having been denied to perform for Peats Ridge Festival 09/10, a petition has been created via Facebook to let major promoters know that there is a fanbase in Australia. The petition aims to make some waves in the industry with the desired outcome of a future Australian tour! Her new album NEW AMERYKAH Pt.II: Return of the Ankh will be released on the 25th of February, 2010 which sees her collaborate with multiple artists from Jay Electronica, 9th Wonder, Shafiq Husayn of SA RA, Madlib, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Lil Wayne and Bilal to name a few. Honorable mention goes to J DILLA for the use of his production  beyond the grave in the collaboration track entitled ‘LOVE’.

The Erykah Badu petition in essence is all about music – her music, and the heart of the petition is YOU – her fans. Music is our universal language. You know it. I know it. It’s that knowing smile we’ve all experienced. Sometimes we wish the world could take it’s time with us. But it doesn’t. Music is the only thing that can make us take control and say ‘world, you gotta wait…cos my jams on!’

It’s the tingles, the goosebumps, it’s the headnod, it’s the smile….it’s losing ourselves in the moment….it just is.

Music speaks, moves, inspires, instills faith, HEALS and encourages strength through boldness!!


Join the Facebook petition by clicking on the link below and help make some noise by being apart of this cause:


Our efforts combined can make it happen – this is not possible without YOU! Let’s make some noise!!

Download the mixtape below!

Soul Symphony II: An Ode to Erykah Badu mixed by Kavi-R

Download Part 1

Download Part 2

Mixed simply for the love of Good Music and BADUIZM!

Excerpt from Kavi R’s website: This mix was crafted with love and respect for the artist. All songs are played at their original tempo. “I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit”! Ditto! if you’re digging my mixes, positive feedback is warmly received. I’m extremely passionate about exploring and exposing uncommon underground quality music. I rarely hear this music on the radio, in the clubs or see it on tv. It’s up to us individuals to keep the Funk alive!

Why I mix the way I do…I’m an old school DJ that believes in utilizing every feature of the “1s & 2s”, “Wheels Of Steel”…Turntables! Mixing, remixing, scratching and juggling two copies are all part of the DJ / Hip Hop art form and culture that I grew up with.

Download Part 1

Track Listing:

1. The Healer – Erykah Badu
2. Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop) – ft. Common
3. Think Twice – Erykah Badu
4. Sometimes – Erykah Badu
5. Sometimes (Mix #9) – Erykah Badu

6. Back In The Day (Puff) – Erykah Badu
7. Soldier – Erykah Badu
8. Erykah Badu – Apple Tree
9. Erykah Badu – I Want You

Download Part 2

Part #2 Track Listing:

1. Southern Girl – Erykah Badu ft. Rahzel
2. Southern Girl – Kavi-R remix
3. Danger – Erykah Badu ft. China Black
4. Real Thang – Erykah Badu
5. Drama – Erykah Badu
6. On & On – Erykah Badu
7. You Got Me – The Roots ft. Erykah Badu
8. Otherside Of The Game – Erykah Badu
9. Time’s a Waistin’ – Erykah Badu
10. Certainly – Erykah Badu

Check out more Soul & Hip Hop mixes by Kavi-R at myspace, facebook or at his website

And on a side note….

There’s an interesting buzz now here in Sydney with the Place of Public Entertainment law (PoPE) finally being abolished. Do yourself a favour and be aware just how much our city will awaken from its slumber in the next couple of months. Walking around town Sunday evening past several cafes and pubs along Broadway, I found more live music on street corners than I had seen in a long while. There was an air of vibrancy that seemed to lightly hang upon the stillness of our sleeping streets. I felt the city had held its tired breath and finally exhaled this thick air of  inspiration that seemed to linger, where all I could hear and see were smiling faces appreciative of being in the presence of live music again. It felt good! Why? Our musical culture is back!

This is what it’s all about – a culture! Sydney is changing and it’s changing for the better and it’s up to you – the person, to maintain this culture. In order to cultivate this live culture, we must be steadfast at supporting local artists and live bands, spreading the word by mouth, supporting your scene and supporting venues and promoters that make it all possible for our enjoyment.

A change soon come…..