Australian Afro Beat, Roots, Reggae, Funk – The Strides – Reclamation (Full Album Download)

With their explosive melting pot of Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Dancefloor jazz, 10-piece ensemble THE STRIDES has already won over a steadfast following in Australia. After a lengthy series of gigs that includes supporting afrobeat legend Tony Allen and becoming a headline act at both the Bellingen Global Carnival and Peats Ridge Festival, this dynamic outfit is ready to launch its new album “Reclamation” on Record Kicks. With a heavy rhythm section and a powerful 3-piece horn section, The Strides deliver a captivating blend of funky afrobeat, roots reggae, hip hop grooves, dubbed out beats, and hypnotic rhythms.

Featuring vocals by reggae master Ras Roni from Trinidad via London and rising hip hop star from Fiji MC Lil Gzeus (Little Jesus) over the super skanky, infectious, horn-heavy grooves of the band, “Reclamation” perfectly showcases the mighty force of The Strides’ innovative sound. From afrobeat-infused instrumental romps such as “Umbi Gumbi” and “Well Hung Parliament” to hip hop stormers such as first single “Reclamation”, to hints of roots reggae on “Storm Cloud” and “Fresh Lady”, Australia’s best kept secret The Strides impressively mix and combine a series of genres, and the result is something special, indeed!

About The Strides:

With a calling card of powerfully melodic horns, heavy rhythms, infectious bass lines, and the easy musings of Reggae master Ras Roni, from Barbados via London, and Fijian MC LTL Gzeus (Little Jesus), The Strides faithfully channel the sounds of Bob and Damien Marley, Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Barrington Levy and Mos Def. less

MIXTAPE: Okayplayer Presents The Official ROOTS PICNIC MIXTAPE 2012 By DJ Low Budget

2012 Roots Picnic Mixtape by DJ Low BudgetOkayplayer Presents: The Official Roots Picnic 2012 Mixtape!

mixed by:

DJ Low Budget

Featuring: The Roots, De La Soul, Kid Cudi, Rakim, Major Lazer, Shabazz Palaces, Danny Brown, James Murphy, Wale, Tune-Yards + more! (full tracklist below)

Purchase tickets (or enter to win FREE) at Okayplayer:

The Lesson Part III/Paid In Full blend – The Roots/Eric B & Rakim
The Next Movement- The Roots
Ego Trippin-De La Soul
Paid In Full b/w Stay cool – Eric B & Rakim
It Ain’t All Good b/w Don’t Look any Further (Low B Blend Up)- De la Soul/Dennis Edwards
Adenaline (Beanie’s Verse) – The Roots
That Tree (Low Beezy’s Midnight Mona Lisa Mix)- Kid Cudi
I Know You Got Soul b/w Slight Work (Low B Blend Up) – Eric B & Rakim/Wale/Diplo
That’s The Way – Wale & Dorrough
Express Yourself – DIplo Feat. Nicky B
Danger – Major Lazer Feat. The Beastie Boys & Santigold
Gangsta _ The TuneYards
Galactus (Emynd Remix) – Mr MF’n Exsquire
Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding) -Shabazz Palaces
My Melody b/w Clones (Low B Blend Up) – Eric B. & Rakim/The Roots
Oooh b/w Sister Wife Star Slinger Remix (Low B Blend Up) – De La Soul feat Redman/ Alex Winston
Freaks N’ Geeks (Star Slinger Remix) – Childish Gambino
Get Free (Why So Not Remix) w/Die Like a Rockstar (Low B Blend Up) -Major Lazer Feat Amber/Danny Brown
Wit It/Harlem Shake (Low B Blendup) – Danny Brown/Baauerr
Piss Test – A-Track, Juicy J, &Danny Brown
All Tonight – Chill Moody
City Luuks (Kid Sister x Flosstradamus x Symmetry) – The Hood Internet
Luuk Out Girl – Flosstradamus feat. Kid Sister
Horsey (Diplo) – SwizzyMack (Philly Club remix)
Hood Fantasy – Flosstradamus
Original Don (Major Lazer) – Dj Sliink (Jersey Club Remix)
Yeah (Clap-a-Pella)- LCD Soundsystem
Yeah – LCD Soundsystem
Dr. Pill – WZRD (Kid Cudi)
Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood – St. Vincent
Powa b/w Purple Swag (Low B Blendup) – The Tuneyards/ASAP Rocky

EVENT: Jess Harlen “Park Yard Slang” Album Launch @ Notes Live (thurs may 17)

Melbourne-based soul artist Jess Harlen debuts the breakthrough single from her anticipated full length album Neon Heartache, the initial release from the freshly launched Plethora Records. Titled “Watch The Water”, the song is the first sample of music from the heralded musical collaboration between Harlen (named ‘Best Unsigned Artist‘ at the 2007 Urban Music Awards) and 2008 ARIA Nominee and 2009 Mercury Prize Winner (for his work with Speech Debelle) Plutonic Lab.

“Watch The Water” combines the grace of acoustic melodies with solid rhythms and soulful introspection- a small teaser into Neon Heartache’s depth and poise. Included with the lead single is the album track “Diamond”, a gritty bass-driven blues number backed by midnight reflection and heartbeat tempos- a beautiful contrast to “Watch The Water.”

Produced by Plutonic Lab, Neon Heartache showcases the incredible musical talent Harlen has been harnessing for years – touring the globe with roots giants Blue King Brown as well as guesting on Muph & Plutonic‘s acclaimed 2008 album, …And Then Tomorrow Came.

Jess Harlen “Park Yard Slang” Album Launch @ Notes Live, Newtown

This Thursday, 17 May 2012. Doors open 7pm

With Supports by LISSA and Anthony Ousback

More info is on the Event invitation link here:

Links to her videos:


When Jimmy talks to the UNC audience about student loans, he decides a slow jam with President Obama and The Roots is appropriate.

Author - Ryan Harris

Author - Ryan Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bell Biv DeVoe & The Roots – Remake Poison (Live)

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Video: Bell Biv DeVoe Reunites on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

Bell Biv DeVoeThey’re back! Bell Biv DeVoe reunited on Wednesday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” performing two of their biggest hits with house band The Roots. Wearing green leather vests and jeans, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe took it back to the ’90s on air with “Poison” and the web bonus “Do Me!” They received a warm welcome, as the crowd stood on its feet while they busted old school moves. Get back into the swing of things with BBD.


Annie McKinnon.

Okay this may not necessarily fit into the soul/hip-hop/funk genre per se. But I am keen on introducing this sister, Annie McKinnon. She is an emerging Sydney-based (originally from Coonabarabran, New South Wales) singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist (and perhaps other things too!)
 I only discovered this precious gem earlier in the year as she          supported Jess Harlen on her Neon Heartache album launch at the Supper Club, Darlinghurst. As the audience were waiting, drinking a few beers and cocktails over a chat. Entered Annie. Jess introduced her as her ‘friend’. Honestly, didn’t know what to expect however, my ears and eyes were peeled. The moment Annie started strumming the guitar, the surrounding conversation slowly began to phase out. Eyes and ears shifted towards the stage, listening intently to the progression of her narrative throughout her songs. 
Her tunes could be described as having a smooth, soulful, acoustic, raw and lyrical sound. Great for chillin’.  Each venue had a unique character about them and a chilled-out ambiance. It was rockin’ like Robin! Speaking of which, one of Annie songs is called Robin Hood. One of the most catchiest lines in my opinion are: “I wish, I was, Robin Hood. Fighting the rich for the poor, and doing a bit of good”.
 Since the first gig I was able to watch two of her more recent gigs at Notes in Newtown in support of Francesca Sidoti and at the Clarendon Hotel in Surry Hills (where she gave out freebies – Plug It CD). Recently Annie has released two singles On Top Of The Hill and Plug It which are currently the top 2 songs on Triple J’s Unearthed Roots charts! Believe it or not. Everybody loves a freebie! So go fetch these tunes and rate them on Triple J’s Unearthed (see links below).
Annie is also currently working on her EP “The Endless Run” so keep your eyes and ears peeled for this sista!


You can find more of Annie McKinnon below:


Free download and Rate Plug It and On Top Of The Hill at



If you are in need of some fresh tunes, check out Blue King Brown’s latest album released in Augsut, “Worldwize: Part 1 – North & South” which was released in August. It comes as a two-disc album ‘North’ & ‘South’ and their band’s official flag! So dope.

Southside consists of tracks that are a blend of roots, reggae, funk and soul. Northside has a blend of remixes of previous singles and dub-style tracks. BKB are a Melbourne-based band who derives from diverse multicultural backgrounds which contributes to their unique sounds.

Not only do they have the capacity to get the crowd rockin but their music is all about being socially aware in regards to human rights, social justice and political issues throughout the world including Australia. Their message is that ‘being aware is one thing, but the people have the power to make a difference in the world’. To be the change. Blue King Brown has been involved in the change process throughout their music and works of activism. More recently BKB have teamed up with THE BODY SHOP and CHILDWISE to help fight against the child sex trafficking and slave industry. It is a massive human rights abuse that needs to be (and can be) prevented.

BKB have recently returned from their European tour and about to do some Australian gigs. They’ve also just finished their tour with John Butler Trio which I am very sad to have missed out.
BKB have played at some of the world’s biggest music festivals such as:
Live Earth 2007
East Coast Blues & Roots festival 2006, 2007, 2010 (Australia)
West Coast Blues & Roots festival 2006, 2007 (Australia)
Reggae Town 2007
Womadelaide 2007 (Australia)
Falls festival 2006 (Australia)
Southbound 2007(Australia)
Homebake 2007(Australia)
Woodford folk fest 2005 2006 2007(Australia)
JJJ AWOL SERIES 2007(Australia)
Summer Sonic 2007(Japan)
Green Room festival 2006 2007 2010(Japan)
Fiji’s World Music Festival 2006 (Fiji)
just to name a few…”*
They have also opened for:
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
John Butler Trio
The Cat Empire
Cody Chesnutt
Amongst others…”*
If you ever get a chance to go to one of their gigs, do so! Personally I was hooked since I saw them play live at Raggamuffin in Brisbane earlier this year.
For more information check out
C’mon chicken!

Never Fade Away (latest single)

Blue King Brown, THE BODY SHOP & CHILDWISE Video blog

* Quotes from the official Blue King Brown website.