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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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Scatter Scatter + Gentlemen of Leisure


There’s no rest for the wicked! Coming up this weekend is the highly anticipated Scatter Scatter Party at the Prince of Wales / POW Bandroom (St. Kilda), featuring Live performances by The Shaolin Afronauts and Papa Chango, with support for Public Opinion Sound System, plus DJs Manchild and Jumps. This will be the official album launch party for Shaolin Afronauts new album – don’t miss it.

Following up Friday night’s SOUTHSIDE afro-experience, the funk will return to it’s natural habitat on the Northside on Saturday, with DJ Manchild and his Gentlemen of Leisure collective pumpin’ the funk in the Grace Darling Basement. With t-t-t-turntable assistance and the tightest and most righteous selections from DJ Jumps and super-digger DJ Arks, it promises to be a butt-shakin’ night of the deepest, hardest, rawest dancefloor funk and soul this city has to offer. Expect a healthy dose of Afrofunk and Ghetto Boogie in the mix – along with a few of those secret ‘rare as rocking-horse shit’ records the Gentlement of Leisure have been saving up for this auspicious occasion. And heads-up – it’s lights on at 1am – so get in early to get your groove on.

Want more? Scatter Scatter is back at the Prince of Wales again at the end of the month (Aug. 31), featuring the one and only Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, who are rumoured to have a big-arse bag of new material. Joining POAO on the night are 8-bit champions, Cumbia Cosmonauts, along with Manchild and Jumps. Sensible shoes is a must!

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SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS have taken off!

shaolinLocal Australian afrobeat prodigies have lifted the bar again. Following on from the runaway critical and financial success of their first album “Journey Through Time”t they have released their second album “Quest Under Capricorn”. This time the album is injected with a loving dose of spiritual jazz. Keeping the afrobeat base the cats from Adelaide have laid a groove that will make you move and also look deep into your soul! From modal moments to banging lagos headnodding hits to ethio delights this album is a great listen. Check out this short 25 minute doco on the making of it

Shaolin Afronauts – The making of Quest under Capricorn from Ross McHenry on Vimeo.

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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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