Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Future Vintage

Kindrid Spirits have released "Witness Future Vintage Vol .2", full of many different soul/hip-hop/jazz/funk sounds coming from different artists off their fantastic label. Here are a couple of the funk tracks on the compilation, which includes another outstanding Nomo tune, and one from Chico Mann, whose album i have since bought but have not yet had a good listen.

Moving In Circles - Nomo
Say What - Chico Mann

Saturday, July 28, 2007


If you are familiar with the label Sonar Kollective, then you no doubt would have seen or heard of Outlines. With a couple of quality 12" releases and subsequently turning up on few compilations, the wait for their first full length album "Our Lives Are Too Short" has finally arrived, and it doesn't disappoint. Here is a couple of their previously unreleased cuts.

Show Me feat. Beat Assailant - http://download.yousendit.com/C840F1624F6C8B32

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Uptown, Downtown

I picked up a nice compilation by the name of Uptown Soul, Downtown Funk(2007) off Emusic last week, and i think it should probably be renamed to Downtown Disco, as most of the tracks are are kind of low key soul disco numbers. I haven't actually heard of most of the artists, but there is some pretty good stuff on there, here are a couple of my favourites.

Say That You Will - Butch Sam & The Central Station Band

The Girl Is Bad - For Love

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Drop It Like A Gum Drop

A couple of tracks off an album they came out last year on Altered Vibes. Gum Drop is the project of London producer Rob Scott, with help from a few other vocalists and musicians.

These two tracks have got both Prince and Bootsy Collins written all over them, and come off the album Hi-Falutin(2006).

Monday, July 23, 2007

New Tones

This album and band isn't so new anymore, as they dropped mid last year. But, as i am on a bit of a funk rampage at the moment, i had to post a couple of tracks from afro funk ensemble Nomo. Not just your straight up deep funk like some of the other stuff i have posted, but if you like your funk a bit more cosmic and worldly, check these guys out.


Divisions - http://download.yousendit.com/7BC61A03109ED664

We Do We Go - http://download.yousendit.com/DA0FD3F47F4DA956

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Return Of The .....The Beatles?

DJ Jazzy Jeff has a new EP called "The Return Of Hip Hop", out on Rapster Records. On it, he teams up with legend Biz Markie to rehash a familiar chorus.

$ Can't Buy Me Love - DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Biz Markie

Thursday, July 19, 2007


If you are looking for something to do in icy, cold Melbourne this Saturday night, get down to Felix Bar in St.Kilda for Sunsets Sounds monthly party "MUSIQUE". Friend of Give Me Aural, Cooper will be spinning everything houselectropopfunk. Get Down.
Get Down Saturday Night - Oilver Cheatham
Boogie Ain't Nuthin(But Gettin' Down)(Part One) - Rufus Thomas

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

On The 1

While i am on a funkin' roll, i thought i would go to the Godfather, and post a couple of tracks off a CD that was released a few months ago, but was just ripped to Emusic this week. James Brown's "Family Affair". Here is a bit about the CD.

"A rare chapter of James Brown's career -- material recorded for producer Henry Stone in the early 90s -- at a time when James himself was without a major record contract! Most of these tracks were recorded by Stone, but unissued for years -- which is a bit of a surprise, as the overall quality is quite good -- very much in the modern funk mode that Brown was forging back in the 80s! And sure, the work here isn't in the same mode as Brown's classics on King or Polydor, but the sound is still pretty great -- with beats and instrumentation that are relatively modern, but an overall groove that's quite tight and right, and plenty of room for James' incredible vocals in the lead! Most tracks feature Brown as the lead singer, but there's also a few with vocals by Venisha Brown or Yamma Brown -- and one track has James singing a duet with Bobby Byrd!" - Dusty Groove America
Funk On Ahh Roll
I Wanna To Be Loved On The " 1"

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Funky Socialite

I have a couple of funky cuts for you out of a label called Social Beats. The compilation i have taken them off is called "Socialized FunkBeats", released earlier this year.

A Taste of Honey (Lack of Afro remix 7" version) - Tim Wood

Bonga Bonga Jazz (AIFF remix) - The Jazzinvaders

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Apricot Morning

In case any of you are either late comers to Quantic(Will Holland), or you have never checked out any of his music, i thought i would give you a couple of tracks of his 2002 album Apricot Morning on Tru Thoughts.

For some reason, i actually thought this was his first full length release, but it turns out he put out The 5th Exotic in 2001. And, if you are familiar with his deep funk band project The Quantic Soul Orchestra, you will know that Will, is not only one the hardest working producers and musicians kickin' at the moment, but all his stuff is top shelf quality. Check out his Quantic volume of work here in just a few short years. Amazing.

Blackstone Rock

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Dead Man Walking

Another embarrassing loss to Iraq last night in the Asian Cup should spell the end of coach Graham Arnold short reign as the Socceroos coach. Let the campaign to get back Guus Hiddink begin!

On a musical note, i posted a track of Andre Zimma's The Turbulence EP a while back, but the track i really like off the release is M.U.S.I.C. (mp3)

Also, here is a little quirky disco number courtesy of Mr.Chin off Rong Music.
Meeceeko From Japan.(mp3)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Digital Underground's 1990 LP "Sex Packets", was very much a high rotation CD in the early 90's amongst all my mates and I, and still gets the odd play these days as well. I can still recite word by word the lyrics to Freaks Of The Industry(mp3). And with my wife recovering still from giving birth, i think i may be needing a hit from the Packet Man.(mp3)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

New Approach

When i started this blog a couple of months ago, i decided that i was going to have a certain structure to it, and i created my regular weekly post like Gearin'up and Loungin'. However, due now being a father of three kids under the age of 4, on top of a full time job, i need a way to keep this blog rolling along without it consuming too much of what little time i have. Therefore, i am going to take a more random approach to my blogging. I am sure none of you who visit could care less, as you are here for some good tunes after all. Needless to say, whatever i post, i deem to be quality. And, don't be a freeloader and go out and buy some good music, preferably not from any of the large chains of music stores(use my links). Cheers.

The pictures are in reference to former Australian Labour Prime Minister Paul Keating, comparing current Prime Minister John Howard to Adolf Hitler. Love your work Paul!!!

Here's a few lush housey sounds for you.
Astro Boogie - Phreek Plus One (Compost Black Label #22)

Stealth 1 - Secret Stealth (Ted Rodgers EP)

Discolexia(John Arnold Remix) - Watch TV & The Primates (Discolexia Remixes)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Cover Me(Come Together)

I was listening to a Brothers Johnson CD the other day when a cover of the Lennon/McCartney penned Beatles tune "Come Together" from Abbey Road(1969), bounced into my headphones. So i thought i would do a bit of searching and find out if anyone else has done a cover of this track, and i found quite a few versions in the Emusic catalogues. I won't post the original, as you would probably all be pretty familiar with it. However, along with The Brothers Johnson, i have an Ike and Tina Turner take which turns up on a couple of their greatest hits. And the other is a live version by a guy out of Boston called Bobby Bell, which is a nice funky cover of the original.

Come Together - The Brothers Johnson

Come Together - Ike & Tina Turner

Come Together - Bobby Bell

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Lougin' with a Soul Investigation

It was not necessarily done by plan that after featuring Jimi Tenor last week that i should now be doing the same to his wife Nicole Willis. However, i had heard a little bit of hype surrounding Willis over a year ago, but never really followed it up until a couple of months ago when i stumbled across Nicole Willis's CD "Soul Makeover"(2000), at a market. I had a couple of listens to it, really couldn't get into it, and forgot about her. But when Emusic released Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigator's "Keep Reachin 'Up"(2005), a couple of weeks ago, i thought i would give her another listen. I am glad i did.

Originally released on Timmion Records, i was blown away by how good this album is. If you are into any kind of 60's soul/RnB sounds, you will really love "Keep Reahin 'Up". You could easily mistake tracks from this album from either of the two major players of US soul/RnB sounds of that era, Motown and Stax. The musicianship by The Soul Investigators is brilliant, and although i don't feel Nicoles voice is one of the most outstanding i have ever heard, she delivers brilliantly here, with her real craft being not to over sing, and just present a perfect blend with her and band.
Needless to say, i highly recommend this album. You can buy it here digitally, or here in copy. It was hard to choose a couple of tracks, due to the quality of them all, but here they are. Enjoy.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Gettin' High with Llorca

Have been buying an increasing number of mixes from an artist known as Llorca. He, along with fellow Parisian David Duriez are responsible for the Brique Rouge label, and have been banging around since the mid-90's french hous explosion. You'll find some of his earlier stuff on Laurent Garnier's F-Comm label (which gives him instant cred in my book). His latest mixes of artists like Art of Tones and Snax have been on heavy rotation. I thought I'd give you a taste of his take on 20:20 Soundsystem's track "High" which he twists into a cool disco-chugger.


Massive thanks to all those that came out last week in support of the MS Society and saw Phil K rip shit up at 8-Track. What a DJ! Tonight we have the return of Jus-G and the ever-impressive Sam Deluxe on the 1's and 2's.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Gearin'up with a Tribute

This week on Gearin'up i have a quality tune for you by a french producer named Erik Rug called "Tribute". The title is alluding to a tribute to the old school hip-hop pioneers of the late 70's, early 80's in this disco mix, under some throwback rhyming done by Dynamax of The Zulu Nation.

As we are on the reworking of the old school tip, i thought i was duty bound to throw in "Talking All That Jazz", by Stetsasonic. This track was brilliantly remixed by Dimitri from Paris a few years back, and was a big hit in both the clubs and on his A Night at the Playboy Mansion mix CD(altough i will be posting a slightly different mix).
Tribute (L'Aroye and Ky Remixes/extended disco mix) - Erik Rug feat. Dynamax (of the Zulu Nation

Talkin All That Jazz (Dim's Respect For The Old School) - Stetsasonic

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Coming From Where I'm From(Regurgitator)

Brisbane band Regurgitator have forged quite a career and following here in Australia. With their ability to cross over between many genres including rock, punk, hip-hop, pop and funk, they managed to maintain quite a good and varied standard of releases from Tu-Plang(1996) through to Mish Mash(2004). Although much of their music is not what i would post here on Give Me Aural, there is one particular track which is not only my favourite from Regurgitator, but one of my favourites of all time.

A homage(and a pisstake) to Prince, most people in Australia would easily recognise !(The Song Formerly Known As), taken off their 1997 LP Unit. But for those of you who are unfamiliar, definitely check it out.
!(The Song Formerly Known As) - Regurgitator

Monday, July 2, 2007

Loungin' with Jimi Tenor

I have selected a couple of tracks from Jimi Tenor's Intervision(1997) for Loungin' this week. Released on Warp Records, i used to love throwing this CD on at the end of a weekend to chillout to, with its cruisy jazzed out vibe. I didn't dig every song on the album, but a couple always found themselves on my chillout compilations i would put together.
I have also added a bonus track from an album he did with West African afro-funksters Kabu Kabu, Joystone(2007) on Ubiquity Records. I have only listened to this album a couple of times, but "Ariane" immediately jumps out at me. Kind of mellow start to it, but

falls into a nice funky groove.
Never Say It Aloud(Intervision)

Can't Stay With You Baby(Intervision)


Sunday, July 1, 2007


Here is a couple of tunes out from a label called Bagpak Solo Series. Available to purchase at my online store links.
"Developed by NYC’s Bagpak Music, BPSS (Bagpak Music Solo Series) was set up to act as a platform for unsigned artists seeking to promote their music worldwide. Carefully selected by Bagpak’s A&R team, BPSS represents some of the finest unsigned talents for all continents covering a wide range of genres and styles."

Everything I Want - Flint

The Way Thatt(Remix) - Mr.Windmill & Jay.Soul