Sydney Hip Hop: True Vibenation – Soul of Sydney Local Music Profile #014

TRUE VIBETrue Vibenation are a rare talent combining youthful enthusiasm with a mature sound and a strong DIY attitude.

With each member playing horns as well as handling writing and production duties, the trio signals a new generation of hip hop artists who pay homage to the sharp lyricism of the past but enlist an updated production aesthetic combining synths, warm samples and live instruments with banging 808 drums and unique rhythms.

Made up of African/Australian twins Verbaleyes and Native Wit and childhood friend Klue, the trio hailing from Sydney’s inner-west, has developed a solid reputation for an electric live show and sound which is just as comfortable alongside a live band as it is in an electronic setting.

Since releasing their debut album ‘The Sunshower Phenomenon’ through Big Village Records, True Vibenation has been going from strength to strength. The album was named as the Triple J Hip Hop show’s ‘Album of the Week’ and snapped up for rotation. On the back of the album’s success and reputation for their live performance, True Vibenation sold out their album launch at Sydney’s iconic Annandale Hotel and toured the country twice, wowing audiences with their infectious energy and a live show which sees them go beyond the traditional hip hop format of two turntables and a microphone and transform into a blasting horn section and live beat making band.

‘The Sunshower Phenomenon’ brings a fresh approach to hip hop, blending elements of Afro-beat, jazz, dubstep, soul and latin music to create a sound that could have come out of anywhere in the world, yet is distinctly Australian.

True Vibenation has always been a group to embrace the live format honing their skills over the years playing hundreds of shows, festivals such as Sydney Festival, Peats Ridge, Future Music, Woodford and Changing Lanes and support slots with Chali 2na, Dead Prez, Das Racist, Foreign Beggars, DJ Kentaro, Horrorshow and many more.

With their diverse sound, natural stage presence and killer live show audiences are in for a taste of a group really starting to come into their own with a growing buzz and fan base.


ALPHAMAMA | Soul of Sydney Local Music Profile #013

ALPHAMAMA | Soul of Sydney Local Music Profile #013 (June 2015)

Among the vast ocean of mainstream, middle of the road personalities there stands one woman: a fearless creative force who is passionate about music, life and people.

ALPHAMAMA is not your run of the mill singer. She is a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial artist who is dedicated to growing not only her own profile, but also the urban music scene in Australia. Her sound is soulful but hard-hitting, fused with the best of reggae, funk, hip hop and the 90’s flavour she grew up with. All of these elements have been major influences on her stylings along with New Jack Swing, Jazz and World Music!

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VIDEO: Sydney’s Friendliest dance-floor : Soul of Sydney Frankie Knuckles tribute party highlight by Billy Kid Creative Family | Funk Soul Bboy Breaks Hip Hop Popping Locking Breakin Dance

Our good friends at Billy Kid Creative put together this dope promo highlights video taken from our Frankie Knuckles tribute party back in April 19th. Check out some of the fun that went down that really had us saying this could seriously be Sydney’s friendliest dance-floor with our the world famous SOUL PATROL dancers looking after everything from Limbo, Soul Train, Wobble Dance vibes the parties have become so so well known for.

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A4 FLYER Soul of Sydney Vivid Block Party

Soul Of Sydney presents as part of Vivid Festival 2015

Melbourne Afro-Beat Powerhouse


Sunday May 24 / 1pm  | at as Secret funk oasis (very close to Sydney CBD)

An afternoon of afro inspired FUNK, SOUL, DISCO, BOOGIE, BREAKS & BEYOND.

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Live Music & DJ’s | Sunday Afternoon / Evening Party |  Live Soul Train & Dance Showcases | Live Hair Braiding & more

NEW SYDNEY HIP HOP / SOUL | Yum Yum release debut video ‘Just Friends’ (Produced and directed by Bryce Hooper)

New Sydney music courtesy of our good friends YUM YUM.

Sydney based soul, hip hop, dub and delta blues duo Yum Yum are proud to announce the release their debut video clip Just Friends today! Just Friends is a track found off their debut EP ‘Slade Meets Jayo’ released in August 2014.

Produced and directed by Sydney videographer Bryce Hooper whose expertise extends to other local hip hop artists such as Chasm, B-Wise, Sky High featuring David Dallas and has collaborated with established director, producer and photographer Tristan Stefan Edouard on a number of projects.

Filmed in the back streets of Inner West – Marrickville – where love experienced in various manifestations is set as our backdrop for Just Friends. If you listen to the words, it is self explanatory. The idea of developing feelings beyond a friendship is something we all can relate to at some point in our lives. The music itself adds the element of questioning; slowly unveiling desires curdling beneath the surface.

“The beat that Jayo wrote was called ‘Best friends’’, yet the beat was so sultry and sexy, it had to be more than just a friendship! It’s about admiring a friend at a distance and then she’s either thinking to herself or saying out loud ‘will we ever be? I think the video captures this wondering.” explains vocalist and one half of Yum Yum, Natalie Slade.

Slade Meets Jayo EP is available now.

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SYDNEY HIP HOP: APATHY ‘The 45 killer’ 7″ Vinyl Launch feat. DJ Force, Waza (Live), Raine Supreme, Benny Hinn

We Play! Records, The Chop & Play Bar Present



This is the second release from boutique Australian label, We Play! Records. With their first release featuring O.C selling out completely, the label is back with their follow up featuring the almighty Apathy (Demigodz/AOTP).
The release is limited to 500 copies world wide and is being released on blue vinyl. With sales on the night it’s must have for all heads.

We Play! Records are a small, but dedicated label based on the East Coast of Australia.
Their aim is to release original, limited edition vinyl with a focus on 7” pressings.
We Play! Records was created to produce music for the diehard fan – with a history as hip hop fans spanning over 25 years, the label is all about releasing music they want to hear, by artist they respect and who they believe represent the true essence of hip hop.
We Play! Records have a release schedule of high profile international artists for 2014 – no ego’s, no rock stars, just a return to that ol’ boom-bap.

The Chop is an evening dedicated to showcasing the talents beat makers/producers.
The Chop is a producer/beat maker community & night being held at Play bar in Sydney’s design, music and fashion hub of Surry Hills on a monthly basis. The Chop is an evening dedicated to showcasing the talents of up and coming, as well as already established beat makers/producers. The call has been sent out to all bedroom bangers, mpc masters, beat junkies and production prodigies to bring their finest cuts of A grade beat and they have answered with cleavers in tow.
All performances will be live and butchered to order for your audio taste buds.
Along with show casing these talented artists, The Chop will be supported by some of Sydney’s finest DJ’s. They will spinning the most mouth watering assortment of funk, soul, boogie and hip hop to accompany these talented purveyors of cold cuts and dope beats.
Play bar is an underground urban speak easy in Surry Hills frequented by everyone from corporate city slickers looking for a street style getaway to the cool kids of inner Sydney, which makes it the perfect venue for The Chop.
This is a free event designed to promote the little known beat scene in Sydney and it is well worth stepping into this musical meat market to see the range of produce.

Falling off the bone every last Saturday of the month.

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

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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.

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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.

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