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You might think its easy running a soul record store. Well, think again. Sometimes the job entails that you must travel the world spreading the soul word like cultured butter. That is just what we are doing! Incredible bands like THE BAMBOOS, SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS, OSCAR KEY SUNG and JONES JNR are going over to TOKYO this weekend to show the Japanese how we get down – down under.

Joining them will be two DJ’s JUMPS and myself, CHRIS GILL. We will be playing all local goodness and keeping the vibe alive. If you are in TOKYO – come and see what we got. japanese gigThere will be other events around this as well, with THURSDAY night there being an internet show. Log into on thursday to check it!

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Saturday the 2nd of November sees a super-charged night of music at The Shadow Electric with freakadelic Bollywood goodness from The Bombay Royale, hot salsa and Latin funk from San Lazaro and a selection of rarities, versions and remixes from the funk and soul closet with Karate Boogaloo – the Cactus Channel rhythm section and their guests. It’s all in aid of launching HopeStreet’s Tropical Brunswick Mixtape, mixed by DJ Jumps.

What does Tropical Brunswick sound like? Don’t wait for global warming to find out. Unreleased gold from HopeStreet Recordings’ 2014 release schedule and hits and obscurities from the back catalog rub shoulders in the mix under the deft hands of DJ Jumps. Latin and afro bump up against funk, soul and spaghetti cinematica. It’s that hot analog sound you love, but you can get it on the interweb! The first 50 through the door receive a Hopestreet showbag containing the mixtape by DJ Jumps and a free 7″ vinyl from the catalog. TIX SELLING FAST!



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GIGS…this weekend..

Here’s a fun one this weekend! Local tuff funk outfit ULTRAVIBRALUX are finally launching their 10″ ep on Sunday at the WORKERS club. Supported by another upcoming young funk band THE SEVEN UP’S and Chris Gill DJ’ing, this will turn out be be a fun day. Yes, it is held during the day. A good chance to bring some younguns though and see some live FUNKY music! launch-poster-web

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Mulatu Astatke returns to Melbourne


Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Mulatu show,  featuring the one and only Mulatu Astatke, backed by Melbourne’s own The Black Jesus Experience.  This time we’re in for a real treat with the tour being billed as ‘RARE GEMS FROM THE ADDIS ABABA CRATES’, hopefully that means all the classics and other masterpieces that we’ve all been hoping he might play during past tours. JOINTS LIKE THIS!

Tickets at Northside $40+BF. Don’t sleep –> and don’t miss Chris Gill bringing mad Ethio-heat, dancefloor action and the usual pulsating primitive rhythms that you be diggin

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this saturday! CACTUS CHANNEL launch

make sure you are there! This is history in the making. The funkiest instrumental band in the world just so happen to be the youngest instrumental band in the world.
Many years in the making, many many grooves were laid down to get their sound. The launch is going to be a great night. Doors open at 8pm and the whole things wraps up at 11pm, so get in early start dancing and don’t stop. I am VERY excited about this record release. posterv1-20

same night MORE funk…..

after the Cactus Channel the SASKWATCH kids play at the john Curtain hotel in Carlton (Across the road from Soul A Go Go) – thats right a LOOOOOOONG night of funky soul baby!


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A new venue lurks in the inner North. Where once stood Baba, now glows a new animal – the B.EAST. It’s a licensed band venue that will be bringing the funk. Lauching this new monthly dirty funky soul night, VOODOO SHAKE!, are the local afrobeat magnates, THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA. I will be dj’ing alongside Mr Future Roots. The night looks like it might be free. DO NOT MISS THIS!

if you can’t wait and need some more funk. Check out the legendary DJ DEXTER (of the Avalanches) Fridays in JULY and Thursdays in AUGUST

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Sunday 18th March will go down as the day of the INAUGURAL Sydney Community Cup. After two decades as an institutional spot on Melbourne’s sport calender, Reclink have expanded the footy love up to Sydney.

The day was great and the only real injury happened during the kick to kick at the start with a dad and his son.  (broken shoulder!!)

The big winner on the day was THE SYDNEY SAILORS, the team made up of media peoples, defeating the WESTERN WAILERS (musicians). 7.4.46 to 5.7.37.

I went down to represent with a few Melbourne lads and we all had a great day! See some happy snaps….footyphoto

keeping-it-friendlysailors-and-adam2more pics later!

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This Saturday US band THE STEPKIDS come to Australia for the first time. nip0088-sk-eflyer-mel1

The Stepkids are three singer/songwriters. “A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself,” says bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg. “It’s not either of us; it’s about creating an entity where the entity itself is what’s important.” As a result, every song on the Stepkids self-titled debut album is written with equal input from each member.

“All three of us write and all three of us sing,” says Jeff Gitelman, who resigned from touring as Alicia Keys’ guitarist to concentrate full-time on recording the Stepkids self-titled debut album. Drummer Tim Walsh continues, “There’s an equal split in the creative process. Any lyric, any melody, any idea could have been done by any of us.”

This approach comes from more than a decade of musical experimentation and experience.  Raised on the East Coast jazz and R&B circuit, individual band members went on to share stages with 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill, tour internationally with indie punk band Zox, score movies and commercials and produce solo albums.

The Stepkids groove is a fusion of punk and jazz, West African and 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical. The band produce, engineer and record themselves on a reel-to-reel.

There’s no singular icon, no singular sound, and no singular way of making it happen for the Stepkids. It’s psychedelia for the 21st century, where the focus is on the whole.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Incredible afro force that flies in from Adelaide will land at The Laundry Bar this friday to launch their incredible debut LP “Flight Of The Ancients”. Do yourself a favour and be there for the fantastic night that will blow your mind! afrolp2

The mysterious afro-soul of The Shaolin Afronauts first echoed across the dance floors of Australia in late early 2008. Heavily inspired by the sounds of 1970’s West Africa, Ethiopia and the pioneering avant-garde jazz artists of the same period the Shaolin Afronauts draw on the this highly innovative and sometimes volatile era in music, using it as inspiration to create music with the same fire and intensity. Their spirited performances have fast gained a reputation as some of the most exciting live shows around. Though there is something refreshing and original about the Afronauts, their music could be described as somewhere in between the heavy Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Ethio-Jazz of Mulatu Astatke.


supports on the night come from me, KANO, Tom Noonan and Melbourne funk sensations SASKWATCH. Now last time Saskwatch played there were no red cardigans! Is there a funk revolution or is Liam doing the dry cleaning? Do not miss this gig as it will blow your mind, my mind and potentially get you some fresh moves for the Syl Johnson show the next night! and then the TRANSATLANTICS show at BAR OPEN…its free and SYL will finish at midnight, so hurry over to Fitzroy!!

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