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After an epic 14 years ,GP has moved on to a new home at Radio 6 – playing 3-6pm Saturday afternoons. Which translates to 12 – 3 am in Australia, which is good news my pedigree chums. Anyway, a massive hat-tip as usual to Gilles Peterson and enjoy playing to the masses on a Saturday arvo. Download a recording of the last show here while it lasts..

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I really like these guys, and they’re from Sydney which makes it twice as good! Check out the new songs and cop the album – only 6 euro for a download, get involved!

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This is reggae music with lots of extra groove, more like a rich blend of reggae, afro beat, funk and also some hip hop vibes. The Strides comprise a full band of ten which may explain the quality and depth of the music. From chilled head nodders through to dancefloor skank they offer a bit of everything, a great blend of styles. Australia has this beautiful output of great afro beat (Liberators, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra) and the Strides are here with their second offering. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lance Ferguson has produced and written 4 albums for the Bamboos and the song writing has grown with each, this one is under his Lanu solo guise . It features Megan Washington on five tracks compared to the last Lanu album being mostly instrumental. He’s clearly grown as he’s worked so much and  perhaps Washington’s deserved success in Australia has helped open him to a broader sound. This is great for all parties. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lack of Afro takes no prisoners. If you’re not familiar with his work and you are a funk, soul or hip hop fan, best get with the program! This is album number 3 and it’s very good. If you’re not familiar think a Quantic/Mr Scruff/New MasterSounds sandwich, but sounding original – not reworked. Read the rest of this entry »

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A funky-ass London brass band playing covers of soul, hip hop & rock songs & more, and all with a heavy funk lilt! Read the rest of this entry »

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Finest Hour – if you haven’t got any decent bass in your listening device, wait until you have. The clue is in the name. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sirens Big Band are a 17 piece all girl ensemble based in Sydney. They play jazz on an ethnic music slant, quoting latin, african, tropical as possible genres.They are playing the Macquarie Hotel every Thursday in May. Check out the clip below – the Thomas the Tank Engine theme -  I want a copy! Genius interpretation of a childhood classic. Check out their Myspace for more tracks & their EP, all of which are very nice.

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More free DJ mixes from Quantic, something I’m always happy about. Usually released sporadically, there have been 4 in the last few weeks available for download from his site. Think this is reflected in his recent tours, seems to be all over the place at the moment, so clearly not recording material right now.

Check out Quantic.org for new mixes- a DJ set recorded in Brussels, ‘Me Gusta Cali’ – his pick of  new music from Cali Colombia, a Quantic & Sabo DJ mix & an Ethiopian traditional selection mix. There are heaps more to choose from here if you’re not all over them already. Sydney promoters, sometime again soon?! Guernsey crew, jealous as hell! 2 months to go..

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Modern soul done very well. Formally of the hip hop crew Emanon, with his second solo album Aloe Blacc has recorded an album which is standout quality. Riding off the back of the memorable ‘I Need a Dollar’ single this release has attracted critical acclaim and deservedly so. Poignant song writing in the post US financial fall out combined with great story telling over simple backing make this is an essential purchase. Have a listen

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