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#GenerationNuSoul

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Innersoul Live has been one of Sydney’s most righteous cap-S Soul experiences for a good while now. Keeping the standard sharp and high – ensuring knockout performances by the crème of the is City’s soul artists (and peppered by international guests) – has made it  an essential if you like your music deep, soulful and real. […]

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Bridie O’Brien – The Caribbean Sessions

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The sun has come out for Bridie O’Brien. After the darkness and troubled, obsessive themes of 2011’s Highway Heart, O’Brien’s new album, The Caribbean Sessions is as sun-dappled and lanquid as the island of Anguilla, where it was recorded. The album was created by O’Brien and drummer, producer and enabler Syd Green – the same […]

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Jeff Lang – I Live in My Head a Lot These Days

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There is a nagging paradox in roots and blues music – how can an artist develop and evolve in a genre that, by its own definition, is largely about preserving the spirit and sounds of the past. Any reaching for the unknowns of the future immediately confuses a style that is beloved by millions for […]

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Maxine Kauter Band – Ghost In Love

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The first thing I notice is the reverb. I have played The Maxine Kauter Band‘s previous release – 2011′s Alibech The Hermit – so often that my ear has become accustomed to its soundspace: acoustic-intimate, conversational, with even the more rockin’ tracks played as if from a smaller (albeit packed) inner-city music room. The new […]

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Blues Deluxe: Robben Ford and Walter Trout

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This year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest, among it’s usual (and by now, expected) embarrassment of riches, will be a World Blues Guitar Summit, with iconic artists such as Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck heading the charge. Blues guitar – one of the most equally thrilling and reviled sub-subgenres in modern music – has retained its popularity […]

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Andy Gordon – Black Sea

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Andy Gordon‘s follow up to 2013′s The Reverent Jorfy (see ‘Breelong Black’ here)  is a dark and calmly stormy affair. Whereas Jorfy dealt with dark historical themes but in a life affirming way – ebullient and country sweet, with the humanity of Gordon’s  voice and story-telling delivery pulling you into each song – Black Sea […]

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Q&A: Akouo

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After a successful 2013 with a number of releases, remixes, tours and worldwide exposure, Tasmania-based producer Akouo seems to be going from strength to strength. We recently caught up with the man behind the buttons to chat about early career aspirations and influences, all things  production and how he likes his eggs cooked in the mornings.   OP: […]

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Tycho has released a second track, Montana from the project’s anticipated forth album entitled ‘Awake’. For this latest LP, Tycho aka Scott Hansen in the singular form, has adapted his solo project into a three piece, mirroring his live persona including drummer Rory O’Connor, who also performs with electronic act Com Truise. This shift in line up gives Tycho’s sound a more post-rock sound […]

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Beds beats – They Walk Among Us (Bedstrumental)

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Fresh from the fertile mind of Sydney breaks bod Rephrase, is his new project, Beds beats. Nice and slinky, swinging for the win, impeccable execution of grin inducing grooves. Word. Here’s a few bonus tunes…

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Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul (Klue Remix)

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This is real nice. The bro Klue from Big Village rap crew True Vibenation has just dropped this slice of 2 Step infused bangerisms. Ouch, shits hot. It’s of local studio bros Sticky Fingers, whose original was a killer number in its own right, and has seen the band touring Europe and smashing it locally. […]

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HWLS – 002 (Ta-ku x Kitpop)

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Boss beatsmith Ta-ku and his Perth buddy Kitpop have teamed up to make some bad bass business. This is the second tune released, as denoted by the name ’002.’ Here’s their [previous effort ’001.’ Heaviness. We wait with bated breath for ’003.’

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Thundamentals – Noodle Soup

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Yeah so this is heaps late, released way back in November while I was hitting up Japan. Now, I did tell you these guys were gonna smash through with their upcoming album So I Can Remember. Thundamentals owning the zone.

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Mansionair – Hold Me Down (feat. Revier)

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Mansionair is a production duo who abjure genre by taking their music in what ever direction they see fit. Moving between a raw compound of Flume, The XX and James Blake, début single ‘Hold Me Down’ makes the outfit’s own sound quite challenging to discern. The sublime vocals are handled by Sydney newcomer Jack Froggat (Revier). Adjusting […]

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Outkast to reunite and headline Coachella 2014

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Andre 3000 & Big Boi aka Outkast have announced via Big Boi’s blog that the duo will reunite to headline the Coachella Music Festival in 2014. “Outkast will be Headlining #Coachella 2014 ! Stank You Smelly Much ! And stay Tuned !!!” -Big Boi Joining the dons of Southern rap on the always huge lineup will be Arcade Fire, […]

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Jonwayne- The Come Up

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LA based rapper/producer Jonwayne has released his first video from his recent album Rap Album One for the tune ‘The Come Up’. The black and white video directed by Henry DeMaio features images of childhood and innocence and stars a cameo from guest rapper on the track Scoop DeVille. Continuing in true don’t-give-a-fuck Jonwayne style, he appears in the […]

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Kelis Signs With Ninja Tune

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In a move I didn’t see coming, legendary/contrary singer Kelis has signed up with equally legendary beats innovators/label Ninja Tune. Nice connect. They both arguably hit their peaks at the same time, with Kelis’ ‘Trick Me’ and ‘Milkshake’ getting blasted by the same DJs that were spinning Ninja Tune classics, way back in the mid […]

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David Ryan Harris to tour Australia

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  David Ryan Harris will return to our shores this week and bringing with his his newest album “Lightyears”. If you were lucky, then you might have seen Harris when he was in Australia, his home away from home as he calls our beautiful country, earlier this year.   Harris is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California, but […]

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Frankie Rose – Herein Wild

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  By and large, I’m not a fan of the current music era and the sound of default independent music. It’s become too safe; everything soaked with reverb and buried under a horde of keyboards, and heaven forbid if there isn’t a faint beat underneath it to give the kids something to dance to. That’s not […]

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Q&A: Skeewiff

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Wow. Skeewiff are awesome. How awesome? Just press play, then read… Tell us in your own words what your sound is. Wow! No pressure on the first question then. Well… originally we were known as funky breaks act. Which kind of works. There is definitely some funk going on, and plenty of breaks. But then […]

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The Crooked Fiddle Band – Vanishing Shapes (Ribongia Remix)

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So this track has managed something fairly unusual, that of being stuck in my head, despite being an instrumental. Instrumental earworms are a rare breed. It’s the latest release from Sydney beat alchemist Ribongia, a remix of a tune by freaky folksters The Crooked Fiddle Band, from their just released Moving Pieces Of the Sea […]