One new, one funky and old. Both sweeeeeeeeet. Both essential.
JORDAN RAKEI “Groove Curse” (soul has no tempo) 12″ EP $25
- The Brisbane based artist (musician, producer, singer, songwriter), who only began performing for audiences nationwide with his experimental blend of lo-fi soul at the end of 2013, is a raw and rare commodity. Rakei has been making waves internationally with his inventive and refreshing blend of soulful tones, turning everything he touches (from Hip Hop to Dub, Deep House to Reggae) to gold. After starting piano at a young age his love for music intensified, allowing him to translate his ideas and influences into his own music.”His modern take on Soul music (with a dash of Reggae) makes this multi-instrumentalist one of kind. Simply put, that Groove Curse EP sounds super refreshing. I mean who doesn’t love that raw, warm sounding Fender-infused vibe? The first single “Street Light” was off the hook, but ‘She told me add the bassline’…are you kidding me? Man what a freakin’ tune right there! And “A Tribe Called Government” with those drums? Let it be know that this fellow from Brisbane has made it to the top Soul artists in our lil’ book. Right up there with D’Angelo, Bilal and Musiq.”
LEE FIELDS “Emma Jean” (truth & soul records) LP + download $28
- Soul legend Lee Fields has re-teamed with The Expressions for new album Emma Jean. Coming at a time when many new artists are trying to emulate the soul and swagger of the 1960s, Mr. Fields showers us with authenticity on the 11-track set, highlighted by first single “Magnolia.” Hear the refreshed cover of the JJ Cale track that embodies the late, great American singer-songwriter and the Tulsa Sound he helped create. Since releasing his first album in 1969, Fields has continued to make music for the last 45 years. Lee Fields & The Expressions have forged a distinct soulful sound and a grown style with this album. They’ve pushed their sound in new directions, moving from being content as contemporary soul music royalty and instead delving into and exploring its next steps. Mixing some of it with Dan Auerbach and having Emma Jean mixed and partially recorded at his Nashville studio, country soul and bluesy rock are immediately noticeable. It brings a different kind of strut to the album, but Fields–born and raised in North Carolina–is right at home with the Southern soul sound. In fact, it feels like a natural progression: an organic, refreshingly pure next step.
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NAOMI SHELTON AND THE GOSPEL QUEENS “Cold World” LP (+ download) $25
- With Gabriel (Bosco Mann) Roth at the helm, Naomi and company went into the studio Summer 2013, and cut onto tape what can only be described as bonafide Soul Excitement of the highest order! At the heart of it, Cold World is a Soul record but the cross section of sub-genres the album weaves through makes it difficult to label it plainly as such. There are tracks like ‘Sinner’, ‘Heaven Is Mine’, and ‘Humble Me’ that capture the group’s penchant for Soul grooves, seasoned with Naomi’s tough vocal delivery, and the Queens melodic interplay, which captures perhaps better than any of the other tracks, NSGQ’s live show. Then there’s some hard funk by way of ‘Bound for the Promised Land’, ‘Cold World’, and ‘Thank You Lord’ – the percolating church rave-up of ‘Get Up, Child’, the country heavy ‘One Day’, and ‘I Earned Mine’, and the bouncing rumba of ‘Everybody Knows.’ This album is a menagerie of Soul music at its finest, untied by the strong message-laden lyrics. Trust us, the wait was worth it.
ANTIBALAS “Tattletale” (daptone) 7″ $10
-Composed by the prolific keyboardist/producer Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah, “Tattletale” has been a sinister, funky flute-driven live staple for Antibalas for many years, drawing from musical inspirations of Ethiopian funk and jazz masters Mulatu Astatqe, Wallias Band and Mahmoud Ahmed of the the mid-1970s. After years of performing it to audiences across the globe, the band recorded “Tattletale” at the Daptone House of Soul during the album sessions for their self-titled 2012 LP. Since then, like a trove of military secrets, the song has sat marinating in the Daptone archives, waiting for just the right time to expose the dark, sinister side of Antibalas.”
THE COMO MAMAS “Out Of The Wilderness / Well, Well Don’t Worry ’bout Me” (daptone) 7″ $10
- Led by Ester Mae Smith’s unmistakeable voice, the Como Mama’s have found their place at the gospel end of the Daptone table alongside a legendary stable of soulful musicians. However, as stirring as their music is, up to now, all of their recordings have been a capella. With this record they join forces with the boys of the Menahan Street Band (billed pseudonymously here as The Radiant Rhythm Band) to lay bare the funkier side of gospel music. “The rhythms we all play were already right there in their vocals,” explains drummer Homer Steinweiss, “so it felt natural to lay down the grooves behind them.” Thomas “T-N-T” Brenneck, the up-and-coming producer who brought us both Menahan Street Band and Charles Bradley, presided over the collaboration, which took place in the old Dunham Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Its great when there is a real language between local bands. Animaux got The Cactus Channel to remix one of their songs. “Alaska” gets the re-rub and Cactus do it SpoooOOOoooky styles…
Come down for the gig on Friday. It will be a funkadelic experience. Its pretty much 2 10 piece bands which will probably end up being a 20 piece funk extravaganza. Don’t quote me though…
Sometimes billed as the Malaysian Elvis, Leong Lau looked more like Jimi Hendrix.
Leong Lau arrived in Adelaide at the end if the 60′s to study engineering and ended up cutting three great jazz/funk albums in the mid 1970′s.
His final LP “That Rongeng Sound has now been reissued by a new local re-issue label called Left Ear Records. There are not many / any Malaysian Australian groove records that I know of and this is a great project to bring to the light. It holds some sounds that hark back to the Malay jungles but is based in a steep groove that has spacey keys and tight drums holding it down. Leong’s vocals are great, half sung half spoken that leave everybody feeling relaxed!
Below is some amazing documentary footage of the man that has been unearthed. Check it out!
Its time to DANCE like you want to….
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Give The People What They Want!
Australian Tour 2014
Billions Australia is chuffed to announce that Sharon Jones is back – better than ever – and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are coming back to Australia with the most monumental and explosive soul live show they have ever toured.
Last year, Daptone Records had just announced the August release of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ Give the People What They Want album when Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer. The scheduled release and touring were immediately put on hold and all efforts were quickly shifted to her treatment and recovery. Thanks to an extremely gifted medical staff, several months of recovery and the infinite love and support from friends, family and fans, Sharon is back, and was ready to once again join her Dap-Kings as they share their music with people around the globe.
“My fans are what kept me fighting, and kept me focused on getting better”, Jones says. “Everything I love can be summed up by the moment I get on stage, and start giving the people what they want. That’s real love. That’s real music.”
On this tour they’ll play some very special old school dancehall type shows in iconic theatres and town halls in major cities across the country where there’ll be some electrifying soul, deep dating and heavy gyrating on the dance floors with seats upstairs for those who like to watch. To make things even sweeter and to bring more heat to the dance floor the national tour will also feature Bollywood/Surf/Soul/Funk big band The Bombay Royale direct from Melbourne celebrating their new LP release “The Island of Dr Electrico” and right before the main act and with the aid of the Dap-Kings the debut Australian appearances for dynamic Dapettes soul duo Saun & Starr celebrating the release of their new 7” 45rpm single “Hot Shot b/w Gonna Make Time” out now on Daptone.
Feel free to dress funky and/or formal and be ready to get down at each and every one of these shows.
Hear the magic here and see it to believe it at the dates and venues below
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS “Stranger to my Happiness” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlPE1rEdAdI
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS “100 Days 100 Nights” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ouI5KcyHfE
SAUN & STARR “Hot Shot” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dJygJf0w28
THE BOMBAY ROYALE “You Me Bullets Love” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhePjBKX2wA
Wed 17 Sep | MEENIYAN TOWN HALL Meeniyan, VIC*
Fri 19 Sep | MELBOURNE TOWN HALL Melbourne, VIC
GENERAL ADMISSION/STANDING GROUND FLOOR DANCEHALL or RESERVED SEATING BALCONY SEATING TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE