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Had a great time (and amazing brunch) with LANCE FERGUSON (aka LANU) and his family - rapped about his projects THE BAMBOOS, COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS, LANU and his musical life on Tru Thoughts records. Lance is an outrageous guitarist, songwriter, producer and all-around mastermind. Definitely dig his arsenal of sounds.
On top of all those projects, his new outfit called THE FIREMEN will be playing their classic Blue Note and Prestige records-style jazz funk at Northside Records, in celebration of Record Store Day, Saturday 16th April at 2pm.

Had a great time (and amazing brunch) with LANCE FERGUSON (aka LANU) and his family - rapped about his projects THE BAMBOOS, COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS, LANU and his musical life on Tru Thoughts records. Lance is an outrageous guitarist, songwriter, producer and all-around mastermind. Definitely dig his arsenal of sounds.

On top of all those projects, his new outfit called THE FIREMEN will be playing their classic Blue Note and Prestige records-style jazz funk at Northside Records, in celebration of Record Store Day, Saturday 16th April at 2pm.

I got a tip from Chris Gill of Northside Records, that this great youth funk band was about to perform at a fundraiser for the Merri Creek Primary school. I ran there just in time to catch them. I’ll be playing their 7” on the radio show this week!

People, meet 17-year-old 10-piece funk outfit THE CACTUS CHANNEL.

Might as well share another great moment with yall.
…was digging for records at Northside in Melbourne, and these cats were outside having lunch. Chris (owner of Northside) suggested I have a chat with them, and then I realized that it was Lotek, who produced the music for Roots Manuva. Now, these are HUGE records for me, so I was quite excited to meet him. Next to him was Aussie beatboxer and emcee Morganics, fresh as well. We stepped into the alley and recorded this right quick before they left. 

When Tourism Australia first contacted me to start planning the trip, they were used to dealing with reporters in the traditional sense, people who were there to report on a specific event or story. It didn’t take long for them to get on board, and break the mold of past experiences to allow for this musical discovery mission I would be on.

This clip is a prime example of what must happen when dealing in the mystical world of artists. Australia was to be my muse and I, like an artist, had to allow myself to be guided by the moments that happen in between ”plans”.

I was with “Mista” Jake Savona, recording emcee Mantra in a loft-style overdub studio in Brunswick. We were steppin out to go eat and this girl was in the stairwell working on a tune. Jake and I looked at each other at the bottom of the stairs and both thought the same thing. We walked back up and asked if she wouldn’t mind playing for us what she was working on. Brothers and sisters, meet Kiki Wilmot.

So yeah yall, "Mista" Jake Savona and I ran around Fitzroy last night, checking 3 bands at 3 different venues: LANEOUS & THE FAMILY YAH @ Evelyn Hotel, BOMBAY ROYALE @ Bar Open, and COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS (w/ KYLIE AULDIST) @ The Night Cat …whew!

Here’s another one of the acappellas I recorded in last night’s musical haze, this one is a very special and personal tune by Tru Thoughts recording artist KYLIE AULDIST, recorded on the street behind The Night Cat at about 2:30am.

Somebody I was excited to talk with in Australia, I actually met a few weeks ago in Los Angeles. I had Quantic in town from Colombia as my guest DJ at Afro Funké, and I heard that Dereb Desalegn (aka DEREB THE AMBASSADOR) was in town doing some recording. He’s an Ethiopian-born Aussie resident that’s single-handedly resurrecting the otherwise lost sound of 1960’s Ethiopian Soul. Here’s a clip from that night, when Dereb hopped on stage and sang over a couple songs from his brilliant new album.