16441 bFresh on the scene and fresh to our ears comes smooth soulful sensation Thandi Phoenix. With a sound that is equal parts raw and enchanting, this sultry Sydney songstress is set to carve a path for herself as one of Australia’s most promising new female RnB/soul vocalists.

Following collaborations with the likes of Ta-ku, B-Wise and Coin Banks who both featured Thandi on vocal duties for their respective ‘Songs To Break Up To’/’ ‘Heads’ & ‘Tails’ EPs in 2014 – Thandi’s talent was never going to be left untapped for long.

2014 proved to be a successful year in many ways for Thandi, signed on the spot by Melbourne-based management stable Twisted Kids, playing Bluesfest as a guest for Seun & Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80, not to mention playing in between Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone at this year’s Soulfest – a dream come true. Not one to rest on her laurels, this ambitious young woman has spent the past 18 months crafting her sound; studying music and spending time in writing camps – refining a skill that comes so naturally to the talented singer/songwriter – albeit, not a passion she had always envisioned herself pursuing.

thandi promo pic for featureDuring a visit to Africa early last year, Thandi experienced an epiphany, after which she returned to Australia with a raging fire in her belly – ready to explore other avenues, resulting in a new, improved artist and version of herself.

With a debut solo EP in the pipeline, a string of collaborations with Club Feet, B-Wise and Sid Pattni in the works and a national headline tour supporting US RnB princess Tinashe on the cards, 2015 looks to be the year that will catapult Thandi into the waiting arms of the Australian public – as a sure fire one to watch.

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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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Live Mix: Le Garage Hair & Records live Soul Jazz Sessions by DJ Makoto |

Episode #001 features a dope SUMMER SOUL & JAZZ vibes thanks to Sydney’s Japanese wax assassin DJ MAKOTO.

Time: 60+ Mins
DJ: Makoto
Genre: Soul, Jazz

1. Quincy Jones – Mellow Madness
2. Zerosen – Sunrise
3. Cannonball Adderley – Capricorn
4. The Blackbyrds – Wilford’s Gone
5. Galt Macdermot – Ripped Open By Metal Explosions
6. Jimmy McGriff – Back On The Track
7. Monk Higgins – Little Green Apples
8. Blue Mitchell – Melody for Thelma
9. Sammy Nestico – Shoreline Drive
10. Harold Wheeler – Black Cream
11. Young-Holt Unlimited – Wah-Wah Man
12. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – The Black Five
13. Jonny Miller – Everyday
14. Gary Bartz – Gentle Smiles
15. Faze-O – Riding High
16. Cortex – La Rue
17. John Klemmer – Free Soul
18. Idris Muhammad – Crab Apple
19. Ju-Par Universal Orchestra – Time
20. Frank Cunimondo Trio Introducing Lynn Marino – Feeling Good
21. Fred Johnson – A Child Runs Free
22. Donny Hathaway – Valdez In The Country
23. Pasquale Castiglione & Paola Casa – Chase
24. Unknown
25. J.A.M. – Jazzy Joint (feat. Jose James)
26. Marc Mac – Smoker