Many many years ago in Sydney, we bumped into a local DJ, CRATE DIGGER & all-around good bloke GIAN ARPINO warming things up for DAM FUNK tour. On that night he dropped some of the finest 1980s-inspired boogie funk we had heard at the time.

Has been sending us dope mixes, podcasts & wine recommendations for the best part of 15 years now since we hand this FUNK blog. We connected then & he introduced & educated us to so much of the music that has formed the foundation of pretty much everything we do today. This latest mix is a special one for us being massive fans of GOSPEL, it is an Easter mix showcasing some of the rare GOSPEL DISCO goodness in his record collection under his new project COLLECTED RHYTHMS.

Check him out on socials for more info on any releases, podcasts & gigs around town & wine recommendations.


Friday Mixtape: Strictly Soul Warm UP Radio feat. Phil Toke & Kate Munroe | Funk, Disco, Garage, Soulful House, VIbes

Friday soundtrack courtesy of Sydney House Queen KATE MUNROE and SOUL OF SYDNEY’s PHIL TOKE warming this up for the STRICTLY SOUL club night happening THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.

Check out some of the hands in the air DISCO, GARAGE, GOSPEL & SOULFUL HOUSE HEAT you can expect to hear at this infamous club night.


This Saturday ! Soul Of Sydney’s own DJ Phil Toke will be warming things up at ANDREW BUKENYA’s infamous STRICTLY SOUL club night along side SYDNEY HOUSE QUEEN & local legends DJ KATE MUNROE and the mighty GARRY TEE.

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A special night DANCE FLOOR HEAT we recommend for anybody looking to get down to serious quality black music VIBES. You can expect everything from Gospel House, New York Disco, Funk, Garage, 90’s House vibes, Afro-Latin Jams & and beyond.

This Saturday Feb 14 2015 | 9pm – 3am at Oxford Hotel

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Live Recording: Aretha Franklin “Amazing Grace” 1972 (Gospel, Soul, Funk,Jazz,R&B)

Aretha Now

Aretha Now (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our Easter Message via THE VOICE doing her thing in this special live Gospel recording.


You have been blessed by Aretha ! Wishing you all the best over Easter.

DEEP HOUSE SYDNEY: Phil Toke (Our House Sydney- Sylvester-Dance(Disco Heat) (1978) Vs Byron Stingily-Get up (Everybody) (1996) (soulful house classic)

Sampled Tracks of the day Phil Toke (Our House Sydney)


Here is a rare live video clip from ‘Sylvester’ performing ‘Dance(Disco Heat)in 1978 during the apex of New York‘s Disco era, the song was sampled nearly 20 years after in 1996 by Gospel/Vocal-House legend ‘BYRON STINGILY’ in the classic dance-floor warmer ‘Get Up (Everybody)’.

Sylverster-Dance(Disco Heat)

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Byron Stingily – Get Up (Everybody)


Also for anyone into classic Chicago House & Disco stuff like this come check out the RESPECT warehouse party this Sat 20th March

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Venue Details:

Loft/Warehouse Space in Sydney CBD, 5 mins from central station, Check here on the week for venue details

Mar 20th 2009

Music: Soul, Disco, Classic Chicago House & Detroit Techno

Tickets: $10 Here or or email us here for more info :


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