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The Basics - Land of 1000 Dances     Soul, R&B, Indie 20/12/2019
The Basics like music a lot more than biographies, and fortunately (or not), this would appear to manifest in their writing. Music = good, bios = not very good.
First written and recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962, the song "Land of 1000 Dances" became Wilson Pickett's biggest hit in 1966.

The "na na na na na" hook happened by accident when Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, lead singer of Cannibal and the Headhunters, forgot the lyrics.

The Basics has been performing it since 2006 and do it pretty well.

Karate Boogaloo - Doing It To Death     Soul, Instrumental, Indie 17/12/2019
Making up the rhythm section of long-time Melbourne soul favourites The Cactus Channel, Karate Boogaloo remind us of the beauty of colouring outside the lines.
Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings from KB. We landed on ‘Doing It To Death’ pretty naturally. It got thrown up with a heap of other stompers and in retrospect we chose this because it is emblematic of The JB’s beautifully considered simplicity, and James Brown at almost his most outrageous, evidenced in the key change halfway through.

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Other tracks by Karate Boogaloo:  Booger's Season
Desmond Cheese - Storm's Coming ft. Roman MC     Soul, R&B, Electronic / Beats / Industrial 06/12/2019
Critically acclaimed, infamously reclusive lo-fi soul/electronic duo Desmond Cheese is the "pungent product" of a decade-long collaboration, with influences from Zappa to Boards of Canada, Dilla to Debussy, Marley to Madlib.
Featuring vocals and a smooth flow from Brisbane/Meanjin local legend Roman MC and soul clarinet from Katie Jane, 'Storm's Coming' is a lilting, ambient slice of R&B/hip-hop/electronica.

Other tracks by Desmond Cheese:  I Was There ft. Ofa Fanaika
Sally Sa - Hip Hop Lover     Soul, Roots, Reggae / Dub 06/12/2019
Sally Sa, the singer/songwriter from the East Coast of Australia has followed up on her recent singles "Mama" and "Hourglass" to announce her debut album Speaking My Mind.
A brilliant example of what to expect from the album can be seen through the track "Hip Hop Lover!". "I wanted to write an ironic song about hip hop, but not a hip hop song-written purely in the influence of jazz. Even Glenn Bloomfield (who plays most instruments on the album) didn’t know what I was doing in the studio.

Shelly Brown - Follow The Blackbird     Soul, World, Folk, Easy Listening 04/12/2019
Shelly Brown Announces Her New Album “Focus”. “TENDRILS OF LOVE” - Song of the Year. “BURNIN’ FOR A LONG TIME” - Soul Category – NCEIA DOLPHIN AWARDS
The storm has passed over, it's all fallen to the ground,
there's jet's flying past your life,
and you're looking to the sky.
But don't feel cold,
and don't feel lost,
follow the blackbird of hope

Other tracks by Shelly Brown:  Burnin' For a Long Time  -  Tendrils of Love
Jacki Tut - Good For Now     Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz 29/11/2019
Jacki Tut is a South-Sudanese Australian artist from deep in Melbourne’s South-East. Moving through RnB, Soul and Hip-Hop to cultivate her sound, Jacki draws inspiration from navigating young adulthood.
Tut’s vocal style is fluid, she makes it seem so easy but the kick to her lyrical delivery at times draws a line in the sand and warning us not to fuck with her. Good For Now is compelling and Tut’s rich vocals, while easily reminiscent of the likes of Solange and NoName, are entirely her own.

Abigail Alexander - Heart and Soul     Soul, Pop, Alternative, Easy Listening 28/11/2019
I show my vulnerability through my songs, I want to let people know it’s okay not to be okay. I'm not perfect, but I got through it.
When I wrote this song I had come to accept wholeheartedly, who I am as a person. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am today, I wanted to say to others “you are not alone”.

Other tracks by Abigail Alexander:  Just Decide  -  Eye of Insanity
Amritha Shakti - Sweet Kind of Sadness     Soul, Easy Listening, Jazz, R&B 28/11/2019
Amritha Shakti is an Indian-Aussie soul and RnB singer songwriter, who loves weaving her roots into her music. Think Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse, meets India.
A soulful and dreamy track, just vocals and a beautiful acoustic jazz guitar. The song explores Amritha's journey to accepting her own past pain and disappointments, to finally feel whole again, heal and be open to love and peace. Amritha's soft, velvety vocals are reminiscent of Norah Jones, and transport the listener into an introspective and meditative state.

Over Under Away (Volume I) - Emma Donovan & The Putbacks - My Goodness     Soul, First Nations, R&B 21/11/2019
Over Under Away - Volume I is the first compilation LP from Melbourne independent label ​Hopestreet Recordings and is released to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Lifted from Over Under Away - Volume I, the first compilation LP from Melbourne independent label ​Hopestreet Recordings, released to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Other tracks by Over Under Away (Volume I):  The Putbacks - The Worm  -  The Cactus Channel - The Colour Of Don Don
Jane McArthur - Old Soul Stuff     Soul, Blues, Easy Listening, Indie 21/11/2019
After a three-year hiatus from recording her own music, singer-songwriter-guitarist Jane McArthur is launching a new single ‘Old Soul Stuff’ on 20th November 2019
The soul piece showcases McArthur’s trademark smokey vocals with an uplifting take on that ‘old soul’ feeling you can get on meeting a stranger. It’s an early-release track from a new album scheduled for recording in 2020. A Pozible campaign – where people can pre-purchase the album to help raise funds for the recording - is currently running

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Big Words - Cicada     Soul, Hip Hop, Roots, Electronic / Beats / Industrial 15/11/2019
Lead by creative duo and childhood friends Will Scullin and Kieren Lee, Big Words create self-reflective, tender music that is a Hip-Hop inspired hybrid of Soul and R&B.
Following the success of acclaimed single TTYDTM, Melbourne band Big Words are back with Cicada, a track just oozing springtime energy. With flickering chirps of cicadas appearing throughout, Big Words experiment with fresh, warm sounds on this track, evoking feelings of optimism similar to those felt when the weather heats up.

Bumpy - Morning Sun (live)     Soul 15/11/2019
Emerging with her own independent artistry, BUMPY delves into a world of vulnerability as power.
Recorded live in the Triple R Performance Space, 7th July 2019.

Elsa Marilyn - Dancing in the Rain     Soul, Pop, Easy Listening, R&B 15/11/2019
Elsa Marilyn, is a 14 year old singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia. With a passion beyond her years for sweet soul music by legends like Aretha Franklin.
Dancing in the Rain is a sweet soulful song written by Elsa as a bit of a Rain Dance for the drought.

The mood is bright, positive vibes with piano and gorgeous vocals.

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Mojo Juju - Don't Stop Me Now (live)     Soul 15/11/2019
The fiercely strong and flawlessly honest songwriting of Melbourne’s Mojo Juju draws upon eclectic influences to create a seamless and authentically original sound, bending genres and doing her own thing.
Recorded live in the Triple R Performance Space, 25th October, 2018.

The Bamboos - Lit Up (live)     Soul, R&B 15/11/2019
The Bamboos are an Australian funk and soul band from Melbourne. Formed in 2000, they quickly became one of the greatest funk and soul bands of our time.
Recorded live in the Triple R Performance Space, 19th July 2018.

Other tracks by The Bamboos:  Nighttime People (live)
Tiana Khasi - Bitterness (live)     Soul, R&B, Jazz 15/11/2019
Tiana Khasi is a Brisbane-based jazz/soul artist who has featured on tracks with The Kite String Tangle, Golden Vessel, Sampology. Her debut EP, MEGHALAYA, release 29 March 2019.
Recorded live in the Triple R Performance Space, 21st June, 2019.

Other tracks by Tiana Khasi:  Nuketown (live)  -  Meghalaya (live)
Ripley Anderson - Funk Souls     Soul, Electronic / Beats / Industrial, Folk, Indie 14/11/2019
Ripley Anderson combines Adelaide singer Joe Braithwaite's trademark soul vocals with a mashup of synth and acoustic guitar to make tasty ear candy that crosses musical divides.
Funk Souls developed over a year of performing mashups live into its final form, which takes 80s synth and adds rich soul vocals and a sprinkling of acoustiic guitar.

Other tracks by Ripley Anderson:  Baggage
Fossey - Be You     Soul, Electronic / Beats / Industrial 08/11/2019
Fossey's first solo release is an expression of soul, funk and jazz through the lens of Fossey.
A mid tempo rare groove inspired track by Fossey

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Other tracks by Fossey:  Fossey's Theme
Hot Potato Band - Positive Vibrations     Soul, Pop, Jazz, Roots 08/11/2019
HPB’s unique sound is built on the backs of three drummers and a sousaphone, with an array of horns covering catchy lines and providing a harmonic cloud for Ben (vocalist).
Although a happy and upbeat tune, this song focuses on deeper issues surrounding the subject of depression and the two way street of helping and accepting help from others. This is a tough but incredibly important issue everywhere, including within our greater musical community.

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Kate Grealy - Not My Job To Make You Happy (feat. Candice Monique)     Soul, Roots, R&B, Blues 08/11/2019
Melbourne based singer songwriter
A jazzy, soul record that is about how I took my power back by moving on from the need to try and please everyone.

This need arose from my tendency to diffuse social confrontation by just swaying to other people’s needs. Which I recently learned isn’t really healthy.