NEW AUSTRALIAN FUNK: B.M.D.S. by Dizzy Dizcipl (Robotek Records) | [Bboy Funk Break]

We are seriously digging the latest cut from the mighty Dizzy Dizcipl (of Universal Zulu Nation – Chapter 61)

This mature, infectious B-boy-breaks is definitely made with a dance-floor in mind & features an dope rework by Sydney’s legendary DJ & producer, Deejay Mathmatics.

Out on very limited 7” vinyl (and digital) this is certainly one for crate-diggers, DJ’s & anyone who digs the raw instrumental funk energy you might expect from the likes of The Bamboos, Greyboy, The Dap Kings or Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro.

About Dizzy Dizcipl
Dizzy Dizcipl has been into music since the age of 15 when his Mum bought him a pair of Turntables which started his journey into the world of Vinyl Digging.

“I started collecting any records I thought sounded cool, anything that had Breaks in them.”

(The “Break” is the part of the record where usually the drummer has a solo with minimal accompaniment, common in 70’s Funk Records)

From that, Diz continued to expand his knowledge and dig for rare and hard to find records. From his influence of 70’s Jazz-Funk records, Dizzy decided to take up learning and playing music, his weapon of choice: The Rhodes Piano.

“The Rhodes is such a timeless instrument, and as soon as I heard it, I was hooked.”

Dizzy has just released his first debut original Funk 7” Single titled “B.M.D.S.” Which stands for “By My Damn Self” (As he played all the instruments on the recording) an homage to groups like M.F.S.B. and the Philly Soul Movement of the 70’s.

Heavily Inspired By bands like “The Bamboos” and Brand New Heavies, Dizzy manages to capture a classic sound while still keeping a modern flavour for the ears of the new generation.

(You can catch Dizzy & Deejay Mathmatics spinning “The Get Down”

“529 Hunter Street NEWCASTLE @ The Terrace Bar on the 25th September 2015)

For More Information or to Purchase a copy of this limited 7” Release. Head on over to:


Randa Khamis & The Soul Kingdom (Live on Vocals) with DJs Gian Arpino and Phil Toke This Saturday 6th Nov @ Tonic Lounge

Tonic Lounge is proud to present the dynamic RANDA KHAMIS From RANDA & THE SOUL KINGDOM.

Randa’s last album was Produced by down under funk supremo Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos/Cookin’ On 3 Burners/Lanu) and was a steamy brew of blistering funk, impassioned soul vocals,  and edgy grittiness. Randa’s high octane vocals urge, push and provoke – so be warned!

Having supported Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Bamboos and Lionel Richie in Australia, Randa WILL have you up and dancing in an instant with her brand of 21st century deep soul.

For more info peep the gig on facebook

Band links on myspace

About Randa in Jordan from Palestinian parents, raised in the working class
suburbs of Perth, Australia, singer Randa Khamis caught the black music bug early. At the age of 12 she was talking her way into local clubs,
desperate to dance to the sounds of James Brown, Parliament, Kurtis
Blow, Ann Sexton and Aretha Franklin.

During her 20’s, Randa took up Belly Dancing and wanted to start
combining the use of Arabic rhythms with soul/funk vocals. She moved to London and began working with Moroccan band MOMO, KINOBE and Sasha Baron Cohens’ brother’s band ‘Zohar’ singing in Arabic. But it was with Leigh Gracie’s deep funk band ‘Speedometer’ that she spent much of her time singing, and after supporting the legend Eddie Bo, began touring with him in New Orleans, where he passed on his vast musical knowledge about performance and song writing. With this priceless experience under her belt, she returned to Perth, ready to harness her writing and recording experiences with her new band ‘Randa & The Soul Kingdom’. Moula Bux is a return to her Middle Eastern roots entwined in her funk/soul vocal influences.

Randa & The Soul Kingdom formed out of a common desire to write and perform in an authentic pledge to their funk/soul roots. A six piece band, consisting of trumpet, sax, drums, guitar, bass and vocals, they imbue a live, classic funk sound with a dynamic fresh edge they can safely call their own striking a balance between talented musicianship and emotional content. Receiving accolades from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings when performing in support, a debut single for sale
around the world, internationally airplay and interest and some stellar live performances to sell-out crowds are just some of the reasons Randa & The Soul Kingdom have been tagged as the next jewel to come from the music womb of Perth. “If Betty Harris, Patti Drew, Donna Hathaway or The Blackbyrds are names that have any meaning to you, proudly add Randa & The Soul Kingdom to your Funk Collection”


The Bamboos are back! Yes, our very own home grown first-class deep funk/soul royals have a new album out aptly named ‘4’. With four studio albums under their belt, The Bamboos have officially declared in an interview on Melbourne’s highly rated 2RRR community radio that this album is far different from the previous albums. This record should sound like a Bamboos record, rather than a deep funk record as such. I just wanted to capture a sound of the band that wasn’t a signature sound…For me it’s the best album we’ve done in terms of the song writing and production we’ve done…” asserts Lance Ferguson on 2RRR, the band’s main producer and guitarist. Niche Production presented The Bamboo’s album launch last Friday at The Manning Bar proving once again why they are Australia’s leading esteemed soul/funk connoisseurs.

Showcasing their distinguished musicianship, loyal fans came armed with their infectious solid dance floor moves, singing lyrics that resonated throughout much of the room and throughout night. The evening started off with Sydney’s sophisticated soul funk trio Ray Mann Three delivering once again quality original and minimal soul funk grooves, establishing the perfect mood for what was yet to come. Sporting a shaved head, Ray Mann with his D’angelo-esque vocals warmed the dancefloor playing tracks off their debut LP of the same name. Watch out for these guys as they soon could possibly be joining the list of Australian royal soul funk aficionados, and that’s definitely not a bad thing for Australia!

As the lights dimmed, each member of the group made their way on stage to a crowded room full of cheers and whistles expressed by dedicated fans. The men walked with ease sporting black and white suits,  with lead singer Kylie Auldist appropriately the last member to join the stage. They opened with ‘Kings Cross’ – a track from the new album which revealed the band’s new influences, introducing the audience to a fierce new Mod Funk sound with hint of rock&roll 60’s Beat persuasion. A perfect opener to exhibit the non-traditional production style of the new album which Lance Ferguson speaks about on 2RRR. Tracks heard on the night were ‘Made of Stone’ from The Bamboo’s presents: Kylie Auldist, their classic track from their 2007 Rawville album ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’, then to the fast paced raw funk/soul groove ‘Got to Get it Over’ found on their fourth album, ‘The Ghost’, ‘Step it Up’, ‘On the Sly’, ‘You ain’t no good’, ‘I Will’, and ‘Typhoon’ just to name a few tracks from their hour long set. It may have been longer, it possibly could’ve been shorter, but who keeps up with time when the only measure of time was to the beat of the music? Although there was very little crowd interaction, one can be forgiven when smiles all round was a testament to a great show experienced.

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Kylie Auldist sung tracks that had featured other artists vocally, but if you weren’t a huge fan to begin with, you wouldn’t know any better. She owned each song she sang leaving a permanent imprint. Stand out tracks were ‘You ain’t no good’ found on their latest album which one could easily be mistaken as being produced by British music producer and singer/songwriter Steve Brooker (who co-produced Duffy’s album). It was catchy live as it is in the studio album version particularly the distinctive drum sound. Another stand out track on the night was ‘Turn it Up’, which got the crowd jumping in an almost frenetic state, as did their classics ‘King of the Rodeo’ and ‘Set it Up!’, and did they ever! Just ask the man beside me screaming lyrics in my ear wearing a huge smile of satisfaction plastered on his face. The kind you get when your jam is on, so you dance like no-one’s watching. His jam was on. I was watching him. He didn’t care. We had a moment.

Let the good times roll! The night was evidently coming to an end as Kylie Auldist thanked the Sydney crowd playing ‘King of the Rodeo’. As the lights dimmed once again signaling the end of their show, the crowd applauded and cheered to a dark empty stage. A couple of minutes pass by when the lights slowly appeared revealing a lone gentleman sitting cross-legged on stage holding a sitar. His name is Kumar Shome hailing from Melbourne, and this particular moment deserves a special mention. He sat on stage to a crowd bewildered, intrigued and appreciative of this unsuspecting moment as silence engulfed the room. Kumar Shome than began to play ‘Up On The Hill’ on his sitar – the first track of a three track encore, captivating the crowd’s curiosity instantly. This was a special moment. Their last two tracks played were from their latest album called ‘Typhoon’ which saw drummer Daniel Farrugia brilliantly show off his tight ability to play drum breaks that got the crowd gyrating, followed by ‘Keep me in mind’. In my opinion, they saved the best for last.

There seems to be something uniquely special about the soul/funk crowd and the synergy exchanged under no false pretenses. Watching people’s faces, their enthusiasm over intrumental solo’s, their knowing smile, their ability to get lost in a moment made me realize that the success of a show not only depends on the band’s sharp ability to lose you in their world, but it also depends on the crowd’s ability to appreciate by giving back. The Bamboo’s have always been quite revered in Sydney, so their album launch was highly anticipated. No matter where I see them perform, they consistently command the attention of audiences effortlessly and we can proudly say they’re Australian!

‘4’ Album is out now on Tru Thoughts!

Niche Presents: The Bamboos + Ray Mann Three, Fri 7th May @ Manning Bar Sydney Uni

Niche Productions, 2ser & 3rrr present:

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The Bamboos 4 Album Launch

Supported by Ray Mann Three

Friday 7 @ Manning Bar

Starting the new year off with a bang including performances at Falls Festival, Days Like This!,Womadelaide and headlining St Kilda Festival, Australian Funk & Soul royalty The Bamboos are hitting the road again to celebrate the launch of their fourth studio album – aptly titled ‘4’. 

Released on U.K’s prestigious Tru Thoughts’ imprint, ‘4’ is one of the most exciting, original, vibrant and downright addictive albums of the coming year, and could easily see The Bamboos catapulted beyond the confines of a niche genre to permeate the international mainstream musical consciousness…The Bamboos have arrived!  

There comes a time in every band when their sound crystallises, and with ‘4’ The Bamboos make a succinct musical statement that distills all their influences, nuances and idiosyncrasies and pushes them into a sonic world all their own. 

One of the hottest bands to come out of Melbourne, The Bamboos were included in The Age’s prestigious ‘Top 100’ list of influential people in Melbourne for 2008, as well as reaching number four in their ‘Australia’s best band poll’ Just behind ACDC in 2009. Their last album ‘Side-Stepper’ reached the Number One position on the Australian iTunes R&B/Soul Chart. Their music has been featured in Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and in the million-selling Nintendo Wii game de Blob.  

The Bamboos have been making waves all over the world with their razor sharp live sets, resulting in several tours of Europe, U.K and throughout Australia.  The Bamboos have played the likes of Byron Bay Bluesfest, Parklife, Meredith Music Festival, Golden Plains, Sydney Festival and Tropfest. 

With lead singles ‘On The Sly’ & ‘You Ain’t No Good’ already receiving rotation on Triple J, ‘4’ will be hitting stores March 22. The Bamboos head to Europe and U.K for a month-long tour in June. 

Info & Links

What they said about The Bamboos

“No doubt in my mind this is the best thing they’ve done! There’s a big challenge facing a lot of Funk bands this year, and that is having explored most avenues of the late 60’s sound where do they go from there? This album in a lot of ways shows them the way to go” CRAIG CHARLES ‘THE FUNK & SOUL SHOW’ BBC6 (U.K)

“The new Bamboos is Huge!” – LAURENT GARNIER (FRANCE) 

“Beautiful examples of killer modern Funk.” – ASHLEY BEEDLE (U.K) 



Days Like This Festival Mix By Soulshaker DJ’s + Set Times,Giveways & After Party

Tickets Available Here
Set Times Here

DLT Festival Mixup, BY Soul Shaker DJ’s

Download Here @ Soul Shaker DJ’s Blog & be sure to catch SoulShaker DJ’s playing the Garden Stage at 12:30 till 1:30

Track List
1. Jungle Juk (TSOP) – JamNowGen
2. The Drop – The Nextmen
3. Maybe So Maybe No – Mayer Hawthorne Continue reading

Days Like This Festival Mix By Soulshaker DJ's + Set Times,Giveways & After Party

Tickets Available Here
Set Times Here

DLT Festival Mixup, BY Soul Shaker DJ’s

Download Here @ Soul Shaker DJ’s Blog & be sure to catch SoulShaker DJ’s playing the Garden Stage at 12:30 till 1:30

Track List
1. Jungle Juk (TSOP) – JamNowGen
2. The Drop – The Nextmen
3. Maybe So Maybe No – Mayer Hawthorne Continue reading