We love it when we hear such talent so close to home! Support Sydney Music !

Bondi based ROOTS, Funk outfit Kind Tide have launched a new Website are showing off stack of their work for all to enjoy! love when our favorite bands send us more music! Get on King Tide HERE at their page & be sure to check out a show around town too!

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There is much to marvel at when rock steady royalty King Tide take the stage.
Brett Winterford Sydney Morning Herald

Infectious melody welded to sinuous rock-steady dance rhythms”
Anthony O’Grady “The Australian

When the first song. The catchy “Atomised” bounces into life. You know you are in safe rock steady hands .
Martin Jones Rhythm Magazine

Simply, and I have written this before. King Tide is one of the best live acts in this country
Paul Busch Faster Louder

King Tide’s third album “Roots pop Reggae” is  a wonderful reason to seek this band out in the flesh.
Niel Kerrigan MX mag 4 ****

AUDIO-SOUL FUNK: Prince + NPG In Rehearsal Recording for Australian Concert: Listen Now! @


Wow.  PRINCE and the NPG are in rehearsal for the Welcome 2 Australia tour!!!  Ticket sales are BLAZING.  What started as 3 shows is now up to 6.  Australia, how many shows can U handle?


To begin every week of rehearsal, to get the rust off, PRINCE and the band jam one song for 30-45 minutes.


“The Dance Electric” in its original form with vocals will be one of the featured encore songs for the Welcome 2 Australia tour.


Get ready to DANCE!!!

Prince & NPG In Rehearsal 4 Australia…”Jam The DancElectric” Listen HERE

+ look out for the Prince Australian Tour Tribute Mixtape dropping soon.. –>HERE



Our friends at Never Mind The Balearics! are kindly offering Our House Sydney and Soul Of Sydney members a special $10 discount for their all-day party on April 28th at The Island.

If you’ve not been to The Island before, it’s Sydney’s only floating beach club on the harbour, and you get free water taxi transfers there and back included in the ticket price. The Island’s location is decided on the day, but it’s always somewhere in the harbour bordered by bushland with epic views of the City.

There’s a full Funktion One sound system and a guaranteed day of sunshine tunes across the whole spectrum of reggae, soul, funk, balearic, boogie and disco with a bit of house for good measure. It runs from 2pm through the sunset and on til 10pm.

Check out the FB invite for more details and pics from the previous 2 events –>

AUSTRALIAN AFRO-BEAT: The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra launch This Saturday @ Oxford Arts Factory Feat. The Liberators & Gian Arpino + Free Album Download

Friday 16th Sept – Gearins Hotel, Katoomba
Saturday 17th Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Fri 23rd Sept @ The Corner, Melbourne

“I love good afrobeat stuff. I love this” Richard Kingsmill, triple j

“Close your eyes and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were hearing and all-black group from Nigeria ” – Lynden Barber, The Australian

One of Australia’s most exciting (and largest) bands, Melbourne’s Public Opinion Afro Orchestra are hitting the road to launch their new 7” single ‘Mr Clean (Pts 1 & 2),’ available in September on Hope Street Recordings through all good record stores.

2010 proved a watershed year for the seventeen strong ensemble, with breakthrough performances at WOMADelaide which resulted in worldwide support through Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 1 program. Their debut album “Do Anything, Go Anywhere’ was also nominated for an ARIA Award. The group returned to the studio before emerging triumphantly for a set at the 2011 Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, which you can download at the groups website for nix

With a unique understanding of Afrobeat, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra trace elements of the genre created by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen, an add modern elements like MCs and turntablism all with a definitive world perspective stemming from the lineage of the groups members, which comes from all corners of the globe.

Melbourne is in for a bit of a Hope Street Recordings family affair with labelmates The Bombay Royale also launching their new 7” and high school super band The Cactus Channel (recently featured on an EPK by Los Angeles tastemaker Jeremy Sole) plus radio personality and POAO member DJ Manchild in support.

Sydney and Katoomba stages will see The Liberators in equally funky and appropriate support. The group recently released their debut self titled album on Italian based label Record Kicks to worldwide acclaim, including a plug in Rolling Stone Magazine.

The spirit of Fela is alive and well and with Australia one of the most unexpected places to find it, you can expect to be blown away when these guys touch down in your town.

Saturday 17th Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney w/ The Liberators and DJ Gian Arpino

Also for fans of FELA & fans of the Afro-Funk sounds we will be on FUNK patrol at the first local African Film Festival Film showcase on Oct 27th @ Red Rattler Warehouse Space.

The night will feature a special screening of the 1982 FELA documentary “Music Is The Weapon”  followed by live african bands & Soul Of Sydney DJ‘s + Friends paying special tribute with a solid dose of Afro-beat & Afro-Funk sounds to close off the night.

More Info

RARE Concert Recording : Gil Scott Heron Live in Australia 1995 (Adelaide, South Australia)

Thanks for our man our man Dave @ Dig Deeper, Check out the site for exclusive interviews with DJ Krush, Norman Jay, Gil Scott-Heron & more from his archive of  community TV show he ran in 1994/1995 called Frequency Response TV in Adelaide, South Australia.

Neo-Soul: Ladi6 & Electric Wire Hustle live @ The Gaelic Club

Continuing on from their exciting summer tours including DaM-FunK, Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme, Mayer Hawthorne & The County and Roy AyersNiche Productions presents Ladi6 joining forces with Electric Wire Hustle for an Australian tour, April 2011.

Getting her start with seminal all-girl crew Sheelahroc, Ladi6 is New Zealand’s first lady of hip-hop. Releasing her debut solo album Time Is Not Much (produced by Fat Freddy’s Dro…p’s DJ Mu and later released by UK label BBE) in 2008, Ladi along with her musical partner/producer DJ Parks have been on a whirlwind advernture over the past 12 months including relocating to Berlin for sixty tour dates across Europe supporting the likes of Gil-Scott Heron, Masta Ace and Mayer Hawthorne.

Amongst all this touring, Ladi was busy working on her follow up offeringThe Liberation Of… which showcases her maturity as an artist and songwriter, gaining rave reviews all across New Zealand and now set for release in Australia in May. Since returning from Europe late last year, Ladi’s live show has expanded to feature dynamic New Zealand DJ/producer Julien Dyne as well as DJ Parks.

Fellow countrymen Electric Wire Hustle are one of New Zealand’s newest offerings, featuring a fresh combination of modern hip-hop, psychedelia and soul. Forming in 2007, they released their self titled debut album through BBE in 2010 as well as touring Europe and the US to make their mark and share their unique sound which features the unmistakable vocals of Mara TK who has been compared to Marvin Gaye.

Collaborating with the likes of Georgia Anne Muldrow, Steve Spacek and NZ Blues legend Billy TK on their album, EWH have also supported Shapeshifter, DaM-FunK, Talib Kweli and Peanut Butter Wolf whilst garnering a lot of support from BBC Radio 1 jocks Gilles Peterson and Benji B. Transfixing audiences with their live shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney last year, EWH return to Australia in 2011 with plans for a new album and more shows around the globe.

Ladi6 and Electric Wire Hustle, touring April 2011with special guests to be announced.

Show info:


Sydney – Gaelic Club – 16th April

Ladi6 – The Liberation Of… available online and in all good music
stores from May 2011


Bill Withers : Lean On Me A Tribute to the those affected New Zealand Earthquake (DONATE NOW)

Our thoughts & prayers are going out to those affected by the latest earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand..

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So this review has taken a while to write due to personal issues I had to ride out… Alas…

That’s all we wanted. ONE. MORE. SONG. Just one more….

When one talks about ‘pushing boundaries’, this entails a level of thinking that differs from the average person, an execution of this thought pattern that challenges the existing modes of thinking, unlocking a part of one’s mind to the possibility that there is more to experience, more to learn, more to express and more to feel. Tone Bar experienced this level of exertion when Electric Wire Hustle stepped foot on stage for their debut album launch performance in Australia. It has been a while since I’ve wanted a live act to play one more song. It wasn’t just a plea of my own, but a collective  of EWH fans bellowing from sporadic parts of the dance floor, encouraging New Zealand’s next level artists to play just one more song. It didn’t happen, but what did happen that night showed Sydney fans that EWH have what it takes to take the music industry up another notch. Their unique form of sonic self expression is something unlike I’ve heard in the last 10 years, so to see them before my own eyes with adoring fans was indeed one of the highlights of 2010.

Wearing a brown leather jacket and a black hoodie underneath, lead singer MARA TK took to the stage armed with his unique soulful vocals, his electric and bass guitar,with a chilled attitude that the rest of the band seemed to naturally ooze. An attitude that set the right ‘tone’ for the rest of the night. They were just three unassuming musicians playing because they love it. Keyboardist David “TaayNinh” Wright played every note with a head nod that was contagious. Their set list comprised of most tracks from their album and a surprise performance cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move on Up’ with New Zealand’s Isaac Aesili on the trumpet, Rachel Fraser singing backing vocals, and Sydney sider Simon Kaye on the flugal horn. That in itself was a supreme highlight of the night, with each musician showcasing their skills on each instrument.

As much as I dislike focusing on one individual, particularly when the quality of performance on a whole was of high quality standards, special mention has to go to EWH’s drummer, classically jazzed trained Myele Manzanza. I’m not a drummer so excuse the lack of cohesive terminology, but Myele played off beat, on beat, triplets, grabs, with a solo moment showcasing his high skills – he teased the crowd. Myele played as you would expect a free jazz improv drummer to, with just the right quietness to allow the others members to shine. If it’s not the melody that captures my attention, it has to be the beat and Myele’s drumming moved me to do my infamous air drumming through-out the entire night.

Once again, thank you to Niche Productions for pushing the envelope, knowing what real music is and sharing it with us all. Log on to their website for new sohws in the new year! Next year will be a huge one for live music! HUGE!

If you get the chance to see Electric Wire Hustle live at some point in your life, do it! Many blogs on line have praised this New Zealand band including Okay Player having given this album 91 out of 100. I can’t stress enough how much this band will explode on to the international music scene. It’s better than Kanye West’s recent album. There. I said it.

Happy Christmas and don’t drink AND drive!