UK FUNK: FLEVANS (aka Nigel Evans) – Mr. Right feat. Laura Vane (Jalapeno Records)

Totally loving this new UK dancefloor heat by Brighton’s Multi-instrumentalist and producer Flevans.

Teaming up once again with soul songstress Laura Vane the pair offer a little nod to Chaka Khan for the bouncing and groove infused pop bubble of “Mr Right“. Prince-style harmonies weave between spoken word sections and a sensational top line from Ms. Vane, as Flevans plies his playful and funky production style expertly as always. Electro influences and dancefloor synths line up alongside horns and slap bass to create a jam that everyone can’t help but bump to. Adding more bounce to the ounce the single also includes a brand new, killer instrumental track “Speculate” – Flevans goes back to basics, mixing up gritty percussion, drums loops and vocal samples over a four to floor groove – guaranteed dance-floor heat! If you’re already salivating best to prepare a bib, this is just the entree!

More Info:
Flevans’ website
Flevans on facebook
Flevans on twitter
Flevans on bandcamp

About :

Flevans aka Nigel Evans is a multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer based in Brighton, UK, with an eclectic yet accessible style that straddles the genres of funk, breaks, soul and electronica. Known to all the big guns in funk and soul circles, Flevans is a specialist at expertly fusing an encyclopaedic knowledge of samples and breaks with a natural talent for playing multiple instruments, resulting in killer musical concoctions that make you want to move.

Flevans‘ early work showcased a love of classic funk and soul, contemporary beats and an ear for sunny, uplifting samples. The young Flevans rolled into Brighton in the early noughties with nothing to his name but a crudely produced demo tape, lovingly assembled on a battered four-track while he should have been attending lectures at veterinary college. This tape made its way to Rob Luis who immediately signed the project up to the renowned Tru Thoughts imprint for a string of EPs. Settling in alongside label mates Bonobo and Quantic, our young Flevans found his feet quickly with his first three 12” releases on the label selling out in record time. Collecting the standout tracks of these EPs into one glorious studio album, his first LP “Make New Friends” debuted on the Brighton imprint to critical acclaim in 2004.

Flevans rode the momentum into a globe-straddling maelstrom of DJing that took him to Australia, the USA, the Cannes film festival and too many sweaty basements full of wig-flipping funk’n’breaks cognoscenti to accurately remember. The learnings and yearnings of those adventures were poured into “Unfabulous”, his 2007 release on London’s Jack to Phono label. Keeping the same focus on clever use of samples, the album demonstrated a more diverse mix of styles and started incorporating more of Flevans‘ musicianship, giving the record a more live and polished sound.

Taking a break from production duties, Flevans picked up his bass guitar and joined the Steve Lamacq-championed downtempo band Backini for a whirlwind few months of touring. Chalking up gigs at high profile venues and festivals he played Glastonbury and The Big Chill as well as recorded live sessions at Abbey Road and Maida Vale. This further encouraged a shift towards a more organic, song-based dynamic in his own work and led to Flevans’ third studio album “27 Devils” being his first totally sample-free LP. Here Flevans plays keys, bass, guitars, percussion and even lent a few vocal snippets and it’s also his first work collaborating with vocalists Sarah Scott and Shona Foster. The album was quickly snapped up by Tru Thoughts who soon after released an accompanying remix LP which featured reworks from the likes of Lack Of Afro and Regal.

2016 saw the release of “A Distant View” on LOA Records, a return to the uplifting funk and soul rhythms and hooks that made Flevans’ name. It shares a heartfelt and uninhibited approach with his earliest releases but struts and swings with a compositional and multi-instrumental confidence that has been honed over many years. Featuring contributions from keys specialist and regular Lack Of Afro collaborator George Cooper and the lithe bass playing of Greg Houghton, the new LP offers up a crisp warm sound and production finesse sharpened to a gleam by recent genre-wanderings and mastering work.

Long considered a member of the extended family, 2018 saw Flevans arrive at his spiritual home of Jalapeno Records, where he releases his 5th album Part-Time Millionaire. This release sees him furthering his trajectory of song-led compositions, including more collaborations than ever with the talented Elliott ColeLaura VaneSarah Scott and Izo FitzRoy all lending their vocals to the record.

With 5 studio albums under his belt, countless tours throughout the world as a DJ and music placements in high profile adverts for the likes of NokiaBSkyB & ESPN, it’s safe to say Flevans is no tenderfoot. And you can hear all his experience distilled into a finely blended brew of funk-inspired tunes on his 6th full-length “Accumulate” out May 1st 2020 on Jalapeno Records

Soul of Sydney LOVES DIVA Vocals.. Danny Krivit Dropping Whitney Houston Acapella in 2016 at Soul of Sydney

Danny Krivit in Sydney about this time 4 years ago.. What a magical moment seeing him drop this killer 3min acapella under purple lights.. This still gives me goosebumps..

We cant wait to do this again soon.. stay safe 

Erykah Badu & Jill Scott IG Battle – [Full Video 2.5 Hours]

SOUL POWER: Erykah Badu & Miss Jill Scott filled us with love this morning with their all queen’s IG Battle. Love it when good music brings the world together.

A little moment in music when two QUEENS came together to show the world how it should be done. The music was amazing, but it was their interactions between each other that put the biggest smile on our faces, loved how close they are & how much positivity they give each other.

  1. Round 1: You Got Me & You Got Me (Live)
  2. Round 2: On & On & Getting In The Way
  3. Round 3: Didn’t Cha Know &. Rolling Hills
  4. Round 4: Back In The Day & Slowly Surely
  5. Round 5: Other Side Of The Game & Calls
  6. Round 6: Appletree & Whenever You’re Around
  7. Round 7: Time’s A Wastin’ & Can’t Wait
  8. Round 8: Cleva & Watchin’ Me
  9. Round 9: Danger & Fool’s Gold
  10. Round 10: Next Lifetime & Honey Molasses
  11. Round 11: Smile Today & Jahraymecofasola
  12. Round 12: I Want You & Love Rain
  13. Round 13: Love Of My Life & So In Love
  14. Round 14: The Healer & Crown Royal
  15. Round 15: Honey & A Long Walk
  16. Round 16: Bag Lady (Radio Edit) & Blessed
  17. Round 17: Window Seat & The Way
  18. Round 18: Tyrone (Live) & He Loves Me (Live)
  19. Round 19: Green Eyes & Cross My Mind

This was pure magic, Jill Scott was scheduled to play later this month at Jill Scott | Vivid LIVE – 22, 23 & 25, 26 May. I only hope this gets rescheduled once things get back to normality.

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

Sydney Music: MIKE CHAMPION drops new Lockdown Video with COTTONBRO

Sydney soul artist MIKE CHAMPION used some of this time in lockdown to put together this crafty new video release.

LONG STATUS ALERT🚨🙏🏾 Are we losing our minds in Lockdown? If I completely lose my mind I‘ll be more then grateful for the opportunity God has given me to create a new better, bolder, more committed, more selfless mind to explore the new world with! Here’s sending my people more life, more power.

I don’t know what compelled me to write and record a rap verse. I’m not a rapper. Something about those Kaytranada drums brought out the bars in me 😆 (This is his beat I just borrowed it🙌🏾). Or maybe it was hearing these remarkable words from the forever inspiring Russell Brand while scrolling through the gram.🤯🙌🏾

Big Up the CottonBro fam for the collabo as well📹🔥. If this time has taught me anything thus far, it’s that we shouldn’t be afraid to be who we truly are in every situation life brings our way. The World as we’ve known it is ending because a New World is what we need. A world of love and patience and gratitude for the things that really matter. It’s important this approach stems from the bottom up and not the other way around. The Power is with we the people. 

I’m striving to believe in my own power from this point on in and If I happen to slip back into to old ways of thinking, please somebody hold me accountable! 🙏🏾 2020. Has been a much needed lesson for me, for us, for humanity. I know many people have lost lives, loved ones, lost jobs and income, lost out on opportunities to travel (me and my family included). It’s clear we have experienced great loss as a people. But with great loss there is always greatness to be gained moving forward. Great struggle creates even greater strength. I know we will be better because of this. We can only move towards being more together as a people of the Earth coming out of this. This is why for me holistically 2020 has been a Great Year! Let me know in the comments what’s been great about 2020 for you fam? “ILY❤️.Yours Sincerely,

Young Boy🤘🏾

Sydney Funk + Hip Hop collective RENEGADE FUNKTRAIN live on Recovery (1996)

Sydney Funk & Hip Hop collective RENEGADE FUNKTRAIN formed back in 1994 and made pretty dope music for the short time they were around infusing heavy live grooves with the full band & live scratching & MC’s like no not many others were doing at the time. We loved this band back in the high-school days, wish they put out a few more releases.

From memory only released one self-titled album in 1995 & a couple of singles, some of which we still play at our parties today.

This is a clip of them doing their it large with the full band live on Recovery on a Saturday morning back in 1996. You can see brother and sister Rosano & Tina Martinez up front on vocals, DJ ASK adding cuts and the band Dereck Antunes (on drums) alongside Juan Gonzalez (keyboard) and Adam Dehnem on Bass.

We found this & a stack of killer local Sydney music from the likes of King Farook, Good BuddhaSKUNKHOURDIG Directions In GrooveThe Ray Mann ThreeDojo CutsFonke Knomaads, DJ Soup, MC Kye / Budspells, Atone, Wicked Beat Sound System, Ali Omar & more.

We cant wait to put it in a podcast and share in the next few weeks.

We will be dropping something on our Soundcloud page soon HERE

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Mixtape: Regal, Blaze & Nick Toth – Boogie Down Mix 2005

We were so happy to find this promo mix on Mixcloud. Back in 2005, Nick Toth threw this killer club night at Candys Apartment in Kings Cross which was focused on playing a bit more 1980’s inspired boogie sound. It was so dope, I was lucky enough to find it by chance and was so blown away hearing that boogie sound on a proper sound system. We were always into funk and disco, but it was pretty rare to hear Boogie stuff in Sydney, especially in a dancefloor setting. This is a promo mix NICK TOTH, REGAL & BLAZE put together for this show which features a stack of disco-rap, boogie & funk joints that are still personal favourites.

Check it out and more mixes at link below

Sydney Hip Hop – DROPPIN’ SCIENCE Radio Show – May 24 1999 (2ser 107.3 FM) | Blaze, Dr. Phibes, Jade Nemisis

droppin-scienceLISTEN – HERE

Track List (courtesy of Hip Hop Radio Archive – HERE)

  1. Don’t Let Your Mouth Write A Check That Your Ass Can’t Cash by Stetsasonic
  2. These Dreams by Defari
  3. Underground by Foreign Legion Featuring Natural Fact
  4. Kaos by Godfather Don
  5. The Rep Grows Bigga by Gang Starr
  6. Clown Syndrome by Mass Influence ‎
  7. ’97 Bonnie & Clyde by Eminem
  8. The Spark by The Roots
  9. Oh Yeah… by Roots Manuva ‎
  10. Cali Kings (Fresh Out The Box) by The Cali Kings ‎Featuring Tha Likwit Allstars
  11. Hard Timez by Black Radical MKII Featuring Blacktip & DJ Cel
  12. Talking Outa My Head by The Twilight Firm
  13. Guillotine by Drunken Master
  14. Freedom Of Expression by Flintstone
  15. London Posse by London Posse
  16. Firm Stance by Mell ‘O’
  17. Mad Machine by First Down
  18. Un-United Kingdom by Killa Instinct
  19. Bomb Diffusal by Unanimous Decision
  20. Flatline by Gutter Snypes
  21. Three Kryed Rape by 3:6 Philly

Droppin’ Science Radio Show (2ser 107.3 FM) 1999 | Funk 45’s, Beats & Breaks

A classic recording from the archives of ground breaking Hip Hop radio show DROPPIN’ SCIENCE which was on 2ser (107.3 FM) back in the late ’90s. This one is a dope high-powered funk mix from PABLO of The Psychonauts (UK), recorded back in March 1999.