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
DEBUT LP RELEASE
Hear Me Ror.
AT NORTHSIDE RECORDS this SATURDAY from 4:30pm, DJ support from MOTLEY (uk)
Next week two MONSTERS of soul music unleash new LPs at The Corner Hotel.
The funky SASKWATCH have just released “Nose Dive” and then you have COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS who releasing “Blind Bet”. Both albums will reach their funky tentacles out to the world. Go to both, or at least go to one. But do not go to nada or you will answer to me…..
The Cookin Show has a massive line up, from BBoys to DJ’s and many surprise vocalists. Get Down to get down.
WHEN FOOTY GOT FUNKY
last weekend was the RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP. Thanks to all who came down it was an awesome day again with Reclink making heaps of money to help fund their programs for the upcoming year. The footy was fun, but the true victory on the day was the unearthing of the photo (seen at the top!) of Nicky “Elvis” Winmar and James Brown. This came from Paul Stewart (singer from the Painters and Dockers) who was working as a journalist at the time and helped persuade James to meet up with Nicky. After telling James about the stand Nicky took at Victoria Park in 1993 against racism he was more than happy to meet with him.
That’s right, another LIVE INSTORE at Northside! In fact, we have several planned for upcoming months so stay tuned. This time Northside Records is proud to host the magic that is REMi. A young Northsider who is making big waves. REMi is about to drop his new album “Raw X Infinity” and will be showcasing the new tunes right here! This will be one of those times as you will be able to say you saw him back when.. .
The instore kicks off around 2pm and will also feature a YOUNG EZY, a prize winner from AFRICA’S GOT TALENT. Young Ezy will be performing the song ‘Aspire’ that made heads turn at AGT. Northside DJs and friends will be keeping it HIP HOP all day long. Word.