Sunday, 19 April 2015

Pics: The NZ Soul All Dayer #7 - The Wahine Edition

Team Wahine

Kirsty Hargreaves

Rose Alice

Wendy Douglas

Rachael Sabin, Lanz and Kirsty

Nyntee and Gene Rivers

Kirk James

Jay Jeffrey

Pics: The Hump Live #6 with Lewis McCallum

Kaos Pad Bizzo with Lewis McCallum at The Hump Live #6

DJ Lo Key at The Hump Live #6

Chris Melville (vox) and Lewis McCallum (everything else) at The Hump Live #6

Lewis McCallum at The Hump Live #6

Chris Melville at The Hump Live #6

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Soultearoa Shakedown Issue #7: The Wahine Edition

Soultearoa Shakedown Issue #7: The Wahine Edition

The latest edition of the official fanzine of the NZ Soul All Dayer is now available for online viewing right here. Please pass on the link, share the love around the world, and show your support for all the wonderful women who contributed their time and content for this issue.

And remember - soul music's not a genre, it's a feeling!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Pics: The Hump Live #5 with Leonard Charles

Custom made Gameboy beats at The Hump Live #5

Mustang amp #gearporn at the Hump Live #5

DJ Kirk James at The Hump Live #5
Leonard Charles at the controls at The Hump Live #5

Leonard Charles at The Hump Live #5

Leonard Charles aka Jeremy Toy at The Hump Live #5

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Pics: The Hump Live #4 with The Side Steps Quintet

DJ Sal Valentine at The Hump Live #4

Si Res and Hone Be Good of The Side Steps Quintet at The Hump Live #4

Hone Be Good of The Side Steps Quintet at The Hump Live #4

Si Res of The Side Steps Quintet at The Hump Live #4

Hone Be Good of The Side Steps Quintet at The Hump Live #4

Si Res, Hone Be Good and Tonga Vaea of The Side Steps Quintet at The Hump Live #4

C'est la vie at Neck of the Woods, home of The Hump Live

Monday, 16 March 2015

Pics: The Hump Live Sessions #3 with The Boom Cat

DJ Gene Rivers at The Hump Live #3

The Boom Cat at The Hump Live #3

The Boom Cat at The Hump Live #3

The Boom Cat at The Hump Live #3

Check out The Hump Live Sessions on fb for more pics and forthcoming show info...

Pics: The Hump Live Sessions #2 with New Farben

DJ Jay Jeffrey at The Hump Live #2

New Farben at The Hump Live #2

Julien Dyne and Chris O'Connor of New Farben at The Hump Live #2

New Farben at The Hump Live #2

Check out The Hump Live on fb for more pics and forthcoming show details...

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Live: The NZ Soul All Dayer #7

Live: The Hump Live Sessions "March Calendar"

The NZ Soul All Dayer presents
March Calendar

Wed 11 Mar
With DJs Gene Rivers & Nyntee

Wed 25 Mar
SI RES, HONE BE GOOD, DANDRUFF DICKY & TONGA VAEA (of The Side Steps Quintet) (live)
With DJs Sal Valentine & Nyntee

8pmish, Every Other Wednesday
Neck Of The Woods
155b Uptown K' Rd

Live: The Hump Live Sessions with New Farben

The NZ Soul All Dayer presents

With New Farben (Julien Dyne, Chris O'Connor & Parks) (live)
Plus DJs Jay Jeffrey & Nyntee

8pmish, Wed 25 Feb
Neck Of The Woods
155b Uptown K' Rd

Live: The Hump Live Sessions "Launch Party" with Bailey Wiley & Yoko Zuna

The NZ Soul All Dayer presents
"Launch Party"

With Bailey Wiley & Yoko Zuna (live)
Plus DJs Selecta Sam & Nyntee

8pmish, Wed 11 Feb
Neck Of The Woods
155b Uptown K' Rd

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Introducing: The Hump Live Sessions

The Hump Live Sessions

A fresh new fortnightly for those of you with ears who appreciate live performances and soulful music without boundaries.

Hosted by Base FM Breakfast's Nyntee, at K' Rd's newest joint, Neck Of The Woods, The Hump Live Sessions features a different live act and guest DJ every other Wednesday.

Come and join a loose collective of like-minded folks and a likely bunch of loose-minded locals committed to exposing and enjoying the many shades of soul music while promoting live flavours and an inclusive spirit and vibe.

Bringing mau wairua to your Wenerei - The Hump Live Sessions.

7pmish, Every Other Wednesday
Neck Of The Woods
155b K' Rd

Brought to you by the NZ Soul All Dayer and It's All Good.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine 'Issue #5: Spring 2014'

'Issue #5: Spring 2014' is the fifth edition of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine, which was lovingly assembled to coincide with the NZ Soul All Dayer event at Golden Dawn on Saturday 13th September 2014.

It's now available onlineright here, so check it, pass it on and celebrate the community!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Top Fives: Kris Holmes, Toni Cooper, Campbell Ngata, Pete Nice and Gin

Five Top Fives with Kris Holmes, TC, Campbell Ngata, Pete Nice and Gin

Top 5: Sweet Soul Jams You Should Know But Probably Don't (Youtube them!)
1. Fuller Brothers - Stranger At My Door (GD&L)
This is a West Coast record but damn it sounds like Chicago! Hands down one of the greatest sweet group soul tracks ever, it's really hard to track down an original of this record and when you hear its beauty you'll understand why - it's one that appeals to everyone. The Fuller Brothers have other 45s on several other labels and they're all worthwhile. They even re-recorded this track a few years later for a different label. It's nice enough but unsurprisingly it didn't recapture the perfection of the original.
2. The Exits - Under The Street Lamp (Gemini)
This 45 got played back in the day, so it's nearly impossible to run across one in the wild which isn't thrashed. Another West Coast group but their discography is even shorter than the Fuller Brothers: only three 45s on these guys and this, their debut, was their biggest "hit" - it even got covered by Joe Bataan. When they hit into the bridge, wow! Makes the hairs on the back of your neck stick up. An asbolute stunner and easier to find than the Fuller Brothers 45, at least.
3. New Holidays - Maybe So Maybe No (Soulhawk/Westbound)
Detroit brings it on this one. You might know this from Mayer Hawthorne covering it recently but this has always been a great 45. The Holidays were a long-standing vocal group with a fairly fluid membership, and they have a bunch of other great 45s. On this though, Popcorn Wylie and Tony Hestor come correct with the writing and arrangement - the initial Harp run and then when the drums kick in? So good. Initially released on the small local Soulhawk label it was then scooped up for wider release on Westbound. Thanks to Hawthorne reviving this it's now driven the price up and unfortunately it's another 45 where most copies one finds are hammered.
4. Steve Parks - Still Thinking Of You (Reynolds)
Some days I think this is the best 45 of all time. Then I think it can't be since that's such a huge call, but more often than not I'll come back to it. Such a sparse arrangement, understated and just carried perfectly by the flute and the absolute fragility in his voice. Another West Coast 45, there was so much stock of this around last decade it must have sold next to no copies on release. All those have pretty much been blown out and snapped up by collectors now and the price continues to rise on the originals. I still think it's worth whatever you pay for it. You might know of Steve Parks from his later modern stuff but the falsettos on this will win you over, trust me.
5. The Intentions - Blowing With The Wind (Tiki)
A Chicago mega-rarity which was reissued as part of Numero's "Eccentric Soul Omnibus". Only a handful of original copies have ever surfaced and it's a record which just doesn't leave collections - if you can ever find a copy. Good luck. The other side is a killer Funk bomb but this sweet side just slays with the flute lead and sublime group vocals. This is the only 45 they cut but the backing band was The Pharoahs who have much easier to find records (which are all great too), and included members who would go on to form Earth, Wind and Fire. The only reason this 45 wasn't better known before now is that only a few people knew it even existed. and 'The Boil Up', 8pm Thursdays, Base FM


Top 5: Current Favorites
1. Bernard Wright - Bread Sandwiches (GRP, 1981)
Happylil' number always sets the tone early evening, anywhere. Now's the rolling drums!?
2. Pamoja - Oooh Baby (Lotus Land, 2005)
Originally released on 7" on Keiper Productions this is not a cheap 7". Was happy on the repress in 2005 as this is a wedding gig favourite.
3. Willie West - Did You Have Fun (Deesu, 1967)
What can you say about this New Orleans Soul Survivor? Heartbreaker joint and this is just one of many during his '60s production.
4. Caprice - Candyman (PPU, 2006 re-issue)
Another re-issue originally from the flipside 7" of 'Missing You' from the '80s. This is the joint your lady should jame for you! Very special ;)
5. Charles Bradley - Where Do We Go From Here (Dunham, 2013)
My all-time favourite Soul Singer of late - he's been through a journey and you feel that with every tune he puts together. Not necessarily for the dance floor, but certainly will suffice for the soul searcher.


Top 5: August/September 2014
1. Pan Assembly - Mr Magic (Carotte, 1986)
Cover of the Grover classic, steel drum style.
2. Quickest Way Out - Hello Stranger (Karen, 1974)
Barbara Lewis cover, sweet down-tempo jam.
3. Nightwind - Why Can't We (Star City/Sound Boutique, 1982/2013)
Down-tempo soulful '80s boogie out of St. Peters, Missouri.
4. Candy Bowman - Since I Found You (RCA, 1981)
Sweetest groove. Mtume/Lucas production. Killer boogie on the flip of this 12" too.
5. Dr Tree - Euginio D (EMI, 1975)
Steel drums, jazz-funk revival, killer Kiwi jam. This needs to be played more. And loudly.


High-flying lawyer by day, low-down music fiend by night...
Top 5: Favourite Tracks
1. Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions
I first heard this in the early '80s and it stopped me dead in my tracks. It still has that effect all these years later. SImply one of the best jazz funk classics of all time.
2. Eddie Russ - Zaius
Another one I first heard in the early '80s. To buy it I had to post a money order to a record dealer in the US and face a long uncertain wait for something to come back! This is another stone cold classic and anthem on the '80s jazz dance scene - definitely one of the best tracks ever made.
3. James Mason - Sweet Power Your Embrace
I first heard this when Patrick Forge played it after 'Expansions' at Dingwalls one summer Sunday afternoon in 1989. It brought the house down and I thought my life had peaked right then and there.
4. Tommy Stewart - Bump and Hustle Music
Massive i the late '80s Rare Groove scene in London, and a stalwart tune at Norman Jay's 'Shake and Fingerpop' parties. The original cost shedloads of dosh - lucky I got my copy on a cheeky bootleg from the legendary Groove Records in Soho.
5. Beau Dollar - Who Knows
Beau Dollar is the stage name of William Bowman Jr. - drummer with the Dapps, James Brow's backing band before he replaced them with the JBs. This tune is a triumph of funky drum and bass. Never mind Shapeshifter - this is the real DnB deal!


Top 5: Most Played Tunes
1. Dorothy Ashby - Soul Vibrations (from Afro Harping)
I love the Harp because it's such a physically imposing instrument yet it often transmits the most delicate of sounds. In Ashby's hands it's true bliss, as evidenced on this psychedelic jam from 1968.
2. Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (from Maggot Brain)
Ten minnutes of pure emotion from the hands of Eddie Hazel, illustrating that he truly was one of the great guitar players of the late twentieth century. To think that he supposedly recorded it in one take just blows my mind.
3. Prince - Erotic City (from Let's Go Crazy 12")
According to Mr Rogers Nelson he recorded this immediately after seeing Parliament / Funkadelic perform in 1983. The sexually charged lyrics and interplay between Prince and Sheila E meant this track would never gain commercial radio play. Who cares. It's Prince.
4. Parallel Dance Ensemble - Run (from Run 7")
Robin Hannibal's sweet falsetto vocals and Coco Solid's top-shelf raps combined with synth-driven funk ensure this tune gets a regular workout on my turntable. Instant classic upon release.
5. Julien Dyne with Parks - December (from December)
The title track from one of my favourite releases of 2013. Multi-instrumentalist, beat maker, visual artist - is there anything this man can't do? Add Parks to the mix and you just can't lose. Perfection.
Listen to Gin, 1pm Tuesdays, 95bFM

All excerpts taken from Issue #5 of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine. Check out the full issue, and all the back issues, here.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Feature: Soul Trippin' California Style

Written By Murray Cammick

I managed to see about fifteen soul/funk acts in about eight Los Angeles August evenings. They were not "hot August nights", evenings are chilly in LA. The sunny days were largely spent inside vinyl record stores, art galleries or boutique breweries.

~ Have I ever seen anything funkier than Lakeside (five band members, four vocalists) blast through 'All The Way Live' and 'Fantastic Voyage'?

~ Bettye LaVette delivered good humour, funky anecdotes and great voice at the tiny Viper Room.

~ The Gladys Knight voice is still 200% and on her arrival on stage, the lady seated behind me announced - "She just got off the train!" - "From Georgia!". Lots of folks were there for openers Kool and The Gang. They did not disappoint.

~ At 73, Darlene Love, free in a San Francisco Park, still sings 'River Deep, Mountain High' like it should have been hers, and took on 'What's Going On', her Spector classics and a Motown medley. Her opening act, The Monophonics with French guest Ben L'Oncle Soul, were also very fine.

~ The Time's Morris Day with his mirror-carrying assistant schtick is still funny. Mr Day explained that he is still cool and has not had it despite the appearance that he was perspiring. He clarified that "Like fine French champagne, as you take it from the fridge, Mr Day does not sweat, Mr Day condensates!".

~ On a very hot Friday lunchtime, DJ Nu-Mark entertained office workers, food hall diners and school children in the Downtown California Plaza outdoor concert area. After a crowd-pleasing funky set DJ Nu-Mark kept the beat with his toys. I loved the squirrel who sang "And we were Kung Fu fighting" but Maurice the Monkey holding down the beat was the crowd favourite.

~ Angelique Kidjo ruled, fronting the James Brown band (Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Clyde Stubblefield, emcee Danny Ray, etc.) for three songs at the Hollywood Bowl - but Aloe Blacc, D'Angelo and Bettye LaVette were also amazingly into it. D'Angelo was the final singer - he has misplaced his six-pack but not his vocal power on uptempo JB songs including 'Soul Power'. Kidjo said that as a child she told her Mum "I'm going to be James Brown when I grow up." Her Mum replied, "No you're not." Kidjo said to the Bowl crowd, "So what am I doing now?" She really got that band working.

~ Low point: Smokey Robinson at the Greek Theatre - he can still sing but his band was lightweight. I don't like 74yr old singers showing their pelvic thrusts and wasting time with a log, competitive sing-a-long to 'Cruising' - and then no encore. Berry Gordy was in the audience. Too much talk and not enough classic Motown tunes. Could do a lot better!

Photos above of the Gladys Knight and Kool and The Gang show at the Hollywood Bowl; and DJ Nu-Mark, the Kung Fu squirrel and Maurice the Monkey at the Downtown California Plaza, both courtesy of Murray Cammick.

Listen to Murray on your radio: 'Land of the Good Groove', 1pm Fridays, 95bFM

This feature taken from Issue #5 of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine. The rest of the issue and all of the back issues, can be viewed online here.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Feature: Do The Creep!


Written by Peter McLennan

Jay Epae wrote 'Tumblin' Down' for Maria Dallas, had a top 5 hit in Sweden, and created a magnificent Kiwi dance craze with a swinging little number called 'The Creep'.

Born in Manaia, Taranaki, Epae made his way in the local music scene, eventually shifting to the USA in 1957, to further his career. Signed initially to Mercury Records, then to Capitol, he cut a handful of groovy pop singles, including 'Putti Putti', which hit big in Sweden. It got picked up by Radio Nord, a Swedish pirate radio station broadcasting offshore from a ship (a-la Radio Hauraki). It hit the top 5 on the Swedish charts, selling over 50,000 copies, leading Epae to tour there.

Epae came home and released his one and only solo album Hold On Tight! It's Jay Epae in 1966 on Viking Records, the same year he penned the pop hit 'Tumblin' Down' for Maria Dallas. Author Chris Bourke describes Epae's album as "an eclectic showcase of R&B, country and pop styles, showing how adept Epae could be at emulating Arthur Alexander, Fats Domino, Bobby Charles as well as Dean Martin and - on 'The Creep', an Epae original - James Brown." 

'The Creep' is arguably his greatest musical contribution. A fantastic dance number, it's a wickedly slinky slab of R&B. The cover of the original single even has a handy diagram of the dance moves. The song got rediscovered when John Baker included it on his Kiwi garage punk compilation Wild Things Vol. 2, in 1995. Epae's album got a digital reissue in 2012.

TRIVIA: Jay Epae's brother Wes was a member of the Maori Hi Five. They topped the charts in Sweden for several weeks in 1963 with their song 'Poi Poi' and toured there as well, alongside Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Images courtesy of Chris Bourke's excellent Blue Smoke blog. Treat yourself!

This feature taken from Issue #5 of the Soultearoa Shakedown fanzine. Check out the full issue and all of our back issues here.