BLOG [audio] DJ SEB 1 at SOUL OF SYDNEY Secret NYD JAM 2023

Our brother DJ SEB 1 laying down a perfect selection of solar-powered SOUL, RARE GROOVE, R&B vibes to open up a very special afternoon of music that was our secret NYD jam on January the 1st.

Our first NYD jam in a couple of years after a few cancelled gigs.

This guy has become such a dope music selector, setting the mood for us perfectly from speak easy opening warm up to dancefloor within 60 minutes.

Music by
Shalamar This is for the lover in you
James Ingram & Quincy Jones One Hundred Ways
Bobby Caldwell Open Your Eyes
Marc Hannibal Forever Is a Long Time
Stan Getz Saudede Vem Correndo
The Main Ingredient Prove My Love To You
Alicia Keys You Don’t Know My Name
Mary Jane Girls All Night Long
The Brand New Heavies You’ve Got A Friend (Brooklyn Funk R&B Remix)
Craig David Rendezvous (Blacksmith R&B Remix)
Janet Jackson Together Again (DJ Premier 100 in a 50 Remix)
Groove Theory Tell Me (Cut-father & Joe Master Mix)
Toni Braxton You’re Making Me High ft. Foxy Brown
Babyface This Is For The Lover In You (Jon-John Mix) feat. LL Cool J, Jody Watley, Howard Hewett & Jeffrey Daniels
Lalah Hathaway Let Me Love You Bounce Club Mix ft Freckles
Mary J Blige Real Love Hiphop remix
SWV Right Here (Demolition Dub)
LSG Curious
Frankie Beverly and Maze Before I Let Go (Original)
Carrie Lucas Show Me Where You’re Coming From (Extended 12” Mix)
Whatnauts Help Is On The Way
Deni Hines It’s Alright (D-Influence Full Length)
Tina Moore Never Gonna Let You Go
Bon Garcon If You Need a Man
Teena Marie I Need Your Lovin’
Michael Jackson Remember the Time (Shash’u remix)
Michael Jackson Rock With You (Maple Syrup EDIT) (Acapella OUT)
Michael Jackson Rock With You (Masters At Work Remix)
Level 42 Starchild
Patrice Rushen Number One (Instrumental)
Bamboos Keep Me In Mind
Jack & Juke Ain’t Nobody Feat. Sharlene Hector
Nate James Give Me The Night


UK Soul Jazz – Sooner of Later – Nyah Grace


Sooner or Later from Nyah Grace’s debut album titled HONEY-COLOURED which is due out very soon.

Originally from the depths of rural Oregon, Nyah grew up listening to Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo and Estelle, artists whose neo-soul sound echoes the jazzy chord progressions of those early icons she admired, like Billie Holiday.

Nyah wanted to be a singer “but didn’t think it was a rational dream” until her Manager came on-board and introduced her to Steve Chrisanthou, the Grammy, Ivor Novello, BRIT and MOBO nominated producer/songwriter who is best known for his work with Corinne Bailey Rae and Lianne La Havas.

Now residing in the UK, she has found her musical home, and with her debut album “HONEY-COLOURED” Ms Grace with her young band are ready to take the stage. A cool, subtle Neo-soul vibe with delicious hints of jazz is awash with hooks destined to capture ears eager to hear some fresh new sounds.

Check out more via links below

SOUL JAZZ Gigs at FOUNDRY 616 | Minton’s Playhouse: The BeBop Sessions, Sydney Jazz Orchestra, Righteous Voodoo, Jazz Hip Hop Sessions


Jazz gig news just in from new Jazz joint Foundry 616 on Harris St Ultimo.
Here is a small selection of some of the live SOUL, JAZZ & HIP HOP inspired gigs we recommend

Check out their website for more info HERE for updates on everything else going on at the club.

A Night at Minton’s Playhouse: The BeBop Sessions

// Fri 27 Feb, 8.30pm

Info /

With swing still dominating American music in the 1940’s, MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE Harlem NY became home to musicians experimenting with a whole new sound that would eventually flip music over its head, led by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell and others.

Sydney musicians tonight pay homage to the legendary, controversial and iconic BEBOP SESSIONS, with Kevin Camrass on sax and Matthew Collins on trumpet accompanied by a rhythm section of Casper Tromp on piano, Hamish Gullick on bass and Philip Lombardo on drums.

Expect many of the most loved and studied compositions of Billies Bounce, Blue Monk, Bouncing with Bud, Salt Peanuts and more…

Sydney Jazz Orchestra //  Weds 4 March, 8.00pm Tix $10!

The Sydney Jazz Orchestra is back in the swing, for 2015 continuing the high level of musicianship, creativity and dedication to excellence in performance, that has become the band’s trademark.

Fabulous writing and arrangement from Sydney multi instrumentalists Richard Percival and Tim Oram will be also be featured. Both artists are recognised for their depth of experience skill and vision in producing exciting compositions, especially created for the big band genre.

Righteous Voodoo // Thurs 5 March, 8.30pm Tix $15


Righteous Voodoo is a Soul-infused, extravaganza of sound, who are sure to get even the most conservative toes tapping. Their sound is forged in groove and founded in Roots music – Real music, played by real musicians.

The independent band has enjoyed great success in 2014 releasing their first single, ‘Bygone’, which shot to #1 on the iTunes Blues Charts! If you haven’t caught them yet, check them out; your groove shoes will thank you later.

JAZZ HIP HOP FREESTYLE SESSIONS | EVERY FRIDAY from 11:30 pmf038b8_27daccca402d42fa8c5784e0ce6efd3f.png_srz_p_768_380_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz

Also check out their regular Jazz Hip Hop Freestyle Sessions every Friday from 11:30pm for only $5 featuring a rotating band of local jazz musicians and guest MC’s, Poets, Singers adding.

Info /

LIVE SOUL MUSIC / #GenerationNuSoul – This Thursday at Foundry616 feat. Sarsha Simone, Thando Sikwila & Rosie Henshaw

Sarsha Simone, Thando & Rosie + The Bees at Foundry616 this Thursday July 24th!

Generation Nu Soul presents a night where R&B, jazz and future soul music will collide, shattering your perception of Australian soul music.

“With Simone’s comparatively upbeat vibe, Thando’s hypnotic grooves, and the mellow bliss of Rosie Henshaw, resistance is futile.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Generation Nu Soul presents a night of incredible original music from three of Australia’s most unique emerging artists, each with their own compelling musicality. For one night only at Foundry 616 on the 24th July, 2014, Sarsha Simone, Thando (Melb), and Rosie + The Bees will take to the stage with their bands, in an intimate setting where R&B, jazz and future soul music will collide.

All three powerhouse women have developed their own sound with an approach that ultimately has set them in a league of their own. Generation Nu Soul is special pop up event that highlights unique musicians with a flair for individuality, substance and raw musicality.

Where: Foundry 616 | 616 Harris St, Ultimo

Time: Dinner 630pm | Show starts at 830pm

Cost: $20.00 + b.f | $25.00 at the door


Get to know the artists//


Rosie & The Bees almost mischievously draw on a myriad of musical genres to present something that sounds like nothing else.”– Lloyd Bradford-skye, The Australian Stage



Thando and her band have created a sound that can only be described as slick, sexy soul.”



“Although she is a newcomer, she has the type of voice that sounds as if it’s been here before.” – Lady J, SoulBounce on Sarsha Simone


NEW MUSIC: Sydney Vocalist THAVY drops ‘For Your Ears Only’ EP (on Hydrofunk Records) | Soul, Hip Hop, Beats

For Your Ears Only cover art

Thavy Ear is one of the most diverse female vocalists and songwriters to emerge from the Australian music scene having work with an array of artist both in Australia and abroad include: Brian Campeau (Inertia) – DeeJaye Katch (Resin Dogs /2Dogs/Hydrofunk) – David Atkins (2Dogs/Wolfmother) – Resin Dogs (Hydrofunk) – Sereck (Def Wish Cast/Celsius) – Def Wish Cast – Lance Willson – Royalston (Hospital/Med School) – Greg Packer (Interphase/Good Looking) – Ian Peres (Wolfmother) – Alan Mawdsley – HauLatukefu (Koolism) – Abstract Rude (ATU)- Bradford Ellis (The Nextmen) – DJ JS-1 (Rock Steady Crew) – Mark Walton (Fretless) – Will Styles (DubRave) – Avene – Scotty B (DigitalAssassin) – MC Shureshock (The Shureshock Project/Klub Kids) – Midnite Sleaze (Stealth/Vicious) – Danny Merx – Miami Husslers (Housession/Nervous) – Bernardo Garcia..and many more . She has chosen to share her creative energy across the urban and electronic landscapes, equally comfortable on a soulful lounge rhythm as she is on a seductive dance anthem. While the young songstress is not easily comparable, her broad musical horizons take influence from most genres across the modern musical spectrum. “For Your Ears Only“ the EP captures Thavy at her best and comprises 5 outstanding works which were brought to life with the help of David “Acosta” Atkins ( Resin Dogs, Wolfmother) on production duties. “For Your Ears Only“ is set to broaden the appeal for this young artist with amazing production that is sure to please her listening audience. Thavy’s formative years were anything but easy and whilst permanently altered by her upbringing, she refused to become a product of her environment. Instead, she took a background of hardship and used it to inspire some truly remarkable music that is only now reaching full bloom and catching the attention of the Music Industry and music lovers alike. Born to Cambodian parents, Thavy’s love of music began from a young age (her solo album features “Believe” which she wrote at age 13) and was a passion that she pursued throughout her education, culminating with her completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business/Performance at RMIT University. Today Thavy divides her limited time between her job at a major music organisation and the studio where she has worked with an impressive and broad variety of producers and performance acts. While Thavy enjoys working in the corporate side of the music business, her heart is set on writing, performing and dazzling with her own music.


released 12 July 2013
All Lyrics & Melodies witten/performed by Tavy Ear
produced/written/mixed/mastered by David “Acosta” Atkins
Track 5 produced by Brian Canpeau
Co produced by / Co engineered by Justin Tressidder, Alan Mawdsley and Thavy Ear
Additional Musicians : Ian Peres and Clint Allen
Mixed and Mastered @ Hydrofunk Headquarters
Recorded @ Hydrofunk HeadQuartes/The Plex recording Studio
Label Hydrofunk Records Kool Von DeeJaye Katch / Zsolt Reggel


SOUL MUSIC FROM THE GODS! Fire We Make – Alicia Keys ft. Maxwell

Such a beautiful musical collaboration between two of our era’s finest..





FULL CONCERT: Bill Withers – 1973 BBC (Soul, Jazz, Blues)

or watch

Bill Withers is one THE story tellers, check this short BBC live concert originally broadcast from 1973.

An absolutely beautiful

Both audio and video are as broadcast by the BBC.


00:00:00:00 Ain`t No Sunshine
00:03:18:11 Lonely Town, Lonely Street
00:09:14:16 Grandma`s Hands
00:11:40:18 Use Me
00:16:01:00 Let Me In Your Life
00:20:15:18 Lean On Me
00:24:47:08 Harlem
00:29:19:00 end

SYDNEY SOUL & FUNK: Dojo Cuts feat. Roxie Ray – Take From Me (NEW RELEASE)

Sydney soul/funk outfit DOJO CUTS return with a super soulful second album entitled “Take From Me”, once again featuring the sizzling, smoky vocals of Miss Roxie Ray. This much anticipated follow-up to their debut full-length sees the band taking it back to the roots of soul, but at the same time giving a nod to contemporary funk. With the liner notes written by Russ Dewbury (A Night At The Jazz Rooms) and the support of the entire Daptone Records family aka Gabriel Roth, Neal Sugarman and Homer Steinwess, this Aussie outfit prepares for what is without a doubt a significant step forward in the band’s musical journey.

This is the album where all of Dojo Cuts’ experience and hard work reaches its deeply soulful zenith, with mellow moments – such as in “I’d Rather Go Blind”, “I Can Give” and title track “Take From Me”, as well as gritty straight-up funk pieces like “Mamacita”, “Sonny’s Strut” or the Marva Whitney & James Brown classic “What Do I Have To Do”. Add to that some slices of feel-good crossover soul such as in “My Lovin’ Is All About You” and first single “Easy To Come Home”, and the result is a guaranteed instant classic! The secret is out indeed, Dojo Cuts are ready to rock your world!