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Salmonella Dub
Written by Funky J   
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Salmonella Dub are incredibly popular in their home country of New Zealand. They’ve won countless awards and have become one of NZ’s most successful musical exports since Crowded House. They’re also insanely popular here, with their shows constantly selling out. It’s a wonder that Australia hasn’t claimed them as our own yet, especially considering Peter Wood, long time member, splits his time between NZ and QLD.
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Roots Manuva
Written by Funky J   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009

Roots Manuva is one of those artists who was at the forefront of the burgeoning UK hiphop music scene in the 90s, kicking at the doors of the establishment demanding to be heard. The Jamaican born UK rapper pushed at the boundaries of UK hiphop in the mid 90s, and commands respect even to this day. “It was most frustrating being a fan of British hiphop artists” he tells me of his origins. “The initial impetus when I started was there wasn’t a readymade platform for British artists. The core drive was to create something out of nothing and there were no rules, no guidelines to follow.” This, he believes, is why his almost unclassifiable, genre spaning and genre expanding albums and singles do quite well in the British charts.

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NAPT
Written by Funky J   
Monday, 21 December 2009

NAPT have had a dream ride into the world of breaks. Their first single was pushed by the Freestylers on their Fabric mix, and with it they had almost immediate support from the likes of Stanton Warriors and Deekline and Wizard, whom they beat to the top this year in the 2009 Breakspoll awards as best producers. Being picked up by Funkatech records, Tomek Naden and Ashley Pope have gone from strength to strength in a genre considered by many to be dying, and proving there is life in the breaks genre yet.

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Portishead
Written by Funky J   
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Portishead were one of those amazing 90s bands that managed the strange feat of crossing over into the mainstream, although technically they are the antithesis of everything that is mainstream pop music. Geoff Barrow is a triphop producer who’s not shy of using samples and beats from weird and wonderful sources. Adrian Utley is a jazz guitarist who has performed with Art Blakey, a performer held in the same regard as Miles Davis. And Beth Gibbons, whose distinctive voice is recognised the instant she sings her first note on any recording is notoriously media shy in a world full of media whores. Their unlikely union created music that was esoteric, moody, dark and deep, yet strangely compelling. Ten years after their last album, Portishead return with a third album, somewhat unimaginatively called Third, but nonetheless a striking musical masterpiece that is anything but unimaginative.
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Ten Years of Finger Lickin'
Written by Funky J   
Monday, 01 December 2008

Ten years is a long time in any job, but Justin Rushmore of Soul Of Man is proud of his illustrious career as head honcho of Finger Lickin’ Records. Along with Jem Panufnik they’ve grown from being the only people on the label to a tour-de-force in the music world. Their first record was Love and Hate, and Justin explains how they went from recording a single to running a record label. “We took it to a few promotions companies and they said ‘look, if you’re really going to set up a label, you’re going to need 3 or 4 records to release,’” he explains. “So we went back to the studio for another few months and made 3 or 4 more tracks, some of which we put under different names – 2 Inda Bush, Osmosis and Soul Of Man.”

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DJ Food
Written by Funky J   
Friday, 11 May 2007
Considering DJ Food isn’t one individual but rather an amorphous beast created to get around record label restrictions but now spawned a life of its own, it’s no surprise that they only have one full studio album to their credit. Sure, they have mix albums, remix albums, and 12 inches everywhere, but Strictly Kev, the main man behind the moniker says the monster’s tentacles are in everything at the moment and it’s hard to find time to concentrate on one thing, but that’s the way he seems to like it.
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Steinski
Written by Funky J   
Thursday, 28 October 2004
Winning the Tommy Boy remix competition with their “Payoff Mix” of G.L.O.B.E & Whizkid’s Play That Beat Mr DJ in 1983, little did Steven Stein and Doug DiFranco realise they would become two of the most important names in hiphop, whose production techniques would span all genres of popular music. “I was fairly old… early 30s I guess maybe,” Stein begins. “We didn’t know if everybody made mixes like that, and we didn’t know if it was anything special. We just did it in a weekend, we liked it and said ‘OK, lets send it in’. It was a contest, and we hoped we would win, obviously,” he says humbly, “but we didn’t know. As it turns out they knew heard once they heard it!” In fact, the organisers left it for the judges to hear last, and they broke out in spontaneous applause once it was played. Steinski and Double Dee became an instant hit on urban radio.
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Jamie Messenger
Written by Funky J   
Sunday, 19 August 2007

When your knowledge of classical music comes from Disney and Warner Brother Cartoons, it’s hard to conceive questions for one of Adelaide’s foremost classical composers. However, Jamie Messenger doesn’t fit the mould usually conjured up by the words “classical composer.” He plays keyboards, guitars and sings in bands, has produced and arranged numerous pieces for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO), including shows ‘All You Need Is Beatles’, ‘Zeppelin Flies Again’ and ‘Orchestral Pink Floyd’, and of course is the composer behind the incredibly successful 'Hard Road Restrung' album with the Hilltop Hoods.

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