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Caught up with Melbourne-based emcee MANTRA recording vocals for his next record. We stepped outside the studio for a chat, and this acappella.

Melbourne-based DJ/Producer JULES INKSWEL booked me to mix with him at The Croft Institute last Saturday night. I could tell by their website that it would be an adventure to find it, so I filmed the search.

'Twas a great night, indeed - people were packed in there (on every floor), with Inkswel getting them sweaty to some Disco, Boogie and whatnot. I matched his style and then went to some Latin, Brazilian, Funk, Disco… then from 2-3am we went back and forth every other record. #classic

Some of the tracks he played that I liked the most were his own productions, and those of his friends. This backing track is “Marmalade Jam” by FlowerPot (Cuckoo Music).

Chris Gill of Northside records was kind enough to keep the store open a bit longer on Sunday so I could finish record shopping on my last day in Melbourne. He and Jake Savona were hanging out waiting for me, and Jake pulled out his melodica…

On my way to VIVA VICTORIA, the 1-day festival at Federation Square to kick off Cultural Diversity Week.
This year’s festival features three stages and a stellar line up of some of Australia’s finest multicultural acts. Enjoy a performance of Ethiopian funk from Dereb & The Ambassadors (NSW) plus sets from popular local acts including Bombay Royale, Vulgergrad, Lady Lash, and Afro Mandinko. There will be spectacular dance performances, extravagant costumes, energetic drumming, Don’t forget to head to the youth stage, Ubuntu, and hear comedy, spoken word poetry, and so much more.

On my way to VIVA VICTORIA, the 1-day festival at Federation Square to kick off Cultural Diversity Week.

This year’s festival features three stages and a stellar line up of some of Australia’s finest multicultural acts. Enjoy a performance of Ethiopian funk from Dereb & The Ambassadors (NSW) plus sets from popular local acts including Bombay RoyaleVulgergradLady Lash, and Afro Mandinko. There will be spectacular dance performances, extravagant costumes, energetic drumming, Don’t forget to head to the youth stage, Ubuntu, and hear comedy, spoken word poetry, and so much more.

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.

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A friend of Moses Iten (Cumbia Cosmonauts), Melbourne-based beatmaker MonkeyMarc. Dig if you will: "What Can I Do?" (Omelette Records)

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.

LANEOUS & THE FAMILY YAH - “Damn (I Don’t Know If I)”
Drank too much last night, must eat, now. more to post soon. here’s one of the clips from last night. frrrresh.

An exclusive living room acappella by THE RED EYES

I managed to convince them to do this acappella for my radio show, but much more of this session to come. (Video courtesy of Nayomi Apsara Wijeratne)