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Presented by FreshIn and Stick Up Kids: ANTE UP!!

Oh My God! This is going to be fully sick brah…….

This Saturday night is gonna be a big one for Sydney folks! The kids from FreshIn and Stick Up kids are proud to present the 2nd installment of ANTE UP!! ANTE UP is all about current hip hop jams, new jack swing, 90’s hip hop anthems and good non pretentious peoples out to have a good time. That’s all. The concept behind Ante Up is simple – to get down to dope music minus the posers!

Special DJ on the night will be lady DJ M.A.F.I.A from Melbourne and of course, ANTE UP’S family DJ’s – Senyo, Kase, Lo D and DLect!

This is not to be missed!!

77 Oxford Street @ Brighton Up Bar from 9pm onwards!

On another note:

FreshIn have huge things happening on Saturday day in conjunction with Acclaim Mag, Thirteen Itches, Mishka and Well Dressed Vandals, hosting a day of fashion, street culture and music leading up to ANTE UP! From BBQ’s (BYO), Mishka warehouse sale, Acclaim Mag (Japan Issue) photography exhibitions, FIFA World Cup PS3 competition and LOADS more, just click for more information on FreshIn and their Saturday extravaganza!

The day kicks off at 11am and as follows:

11am – Mishka Warehouse Sale
FreshIn and Well Dressed Vandals T-Shirt release
Thirteen Itches Vol. 2 Collection Release
Dirtyrich Pop Up Store

1pm – BBQ hosted by Itches Crew (Food Supplied- BYO)

4pm – FreshIn x Thirteen Itches Langley F.C. collection release
FIFA World Cup 2010 PS3 Tournament


9pm – ANTE UP 2 featuring the world famous DJ M.A.F.I.A. and residents killing the dance floor!!

FreshIn is located on 17a Langley Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

Whoop!! Whoop!!

I love this song! play it 🙂



SO…I’ve been told that my blogs are quite epic – length wise. I’ll try to keep it short and snappy! Just don’t expect a lady to change over night!

You need to get familiar with this 29 year old producer who hails from Switzerland: CHIEF THE BEATMAKER! As a producer, his production is hip hop of the off beat kind, with a good splash of jazz, soul and electronica. I can’t remember how I came across this producer last year, but I remember really vibing to his production from the moment I logged on to his myspace page. I recently (as in two minutes ago) became alarmed at the fact that on his myspace page it reads CHIEF MYSPACE RIP. What does this mean? I don’t know. I’ve tried googling what the deal is, whether RIP is a reference to a new production, fearing it may be what it means. Last time Chief logged on to his myspace was  on the 11th of June, 2010, therefore I am going to dismiss the RIP since the internet has not released anything of the sort. I really fear to speculate the worst so let’s move on…

Many in the industry would consider him an up and coming producer and for a newbie, he certainly has an envious list of artists he has collaborated with. Chief has worked beat production for artists such as Blu, Sene, Abstract Rude, Kenn Starr, El Da Sensai, Kay – Dee, Moka Only from Swollen Members and Les Nubians to name a few. In 2005, he teamed with a friend creating the independent Swiss label Feelin’ Music which was then launched in 2009, opening the flood gates of international collaborations and international attention especially from the well respected and admired Shaman Works label, providing beats for  the highly anticipated compilation CD “Shaman Work Retrospective” released in 2007. Cut to 2010, Feelin’ Music is not only being distributed worldwide by Traffic Entertainment Group, but is also now seeing an influx in high quality collabs which have yet to be released.

Chief has recently  remixed the workings of internationally revered and legendary jazz pianist and multi-instrumentalist Chick Corea.

Chief is living and breathing music not only as a producer but is also member of the Swiss production duo team “Sushie F’lan” with female DJ/producer Ngoc Lan, has released two full length albums under his belt, with a vast list of premier collaborations to date.

Chief beatmaker is one boom bap producer you need to get familiar with!

Album trailer:

Isaac Hayes “I’m talking about the power of love”

Chief Instrumental Version of Pavement Special – Juss Yesterday


Signed to the Californian soul and rare groove label Ubiquity Records, Eric Lau is finally hitting Australia thanks to Grindin’ Music, a tour hitting Melbourne and Sydney only. It has been a while since I’ve heard from one of London’s groundbreaking producer of soul, hip hop and rare groove music. His debut album ‘New Territories’ was given by  a DJ friend of mine, whose musical knowledge far surpassed anyone I had ever met or have yet to meet. I can’t recall in detail how this exchange was made, but once I had bumped that CD in my car, I began to obsess over his production without knowing a thing about him. Soon this obsession seeped into my social realm, playing his album at various social gatherings, at home, in the car – as long as there was a CD player, it was HIGH on rotation.


If you close your eyes and listen, his music production is reminiscent of  smooth soulful hip hop grooves heard from producers like J Dilla, SaRa or Pete Rock. It comes as no surprise when his influences stem from musical greats such as James Poyser, Shuggie Otis, Jay Dee, D’angelo and Roy Ayers. His blend of Soul samples fused with off beat drum production has him being admired from all corners of the globe from DJ’s to producers to musicians, to music lovers of all kind. Stonesthrow artist Dam Funk describes Eric Lau as being “In his top 5 artists”, Jay Electronica is quoted saying “when I talk with people about London, we talk Eric Lau”, Foreign Exchanges’ frontman Phonte labels him as “one of the illest beatmakers”.

There’s no denying this man’s potential of becoming one of music’s finest producer’s already having worked with artists from Dudley Perkins aka Declaime, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Lupe Fiasco, Guilty Simpson, and Tanya Morgan whilst producing quality soul hip hop within his more intimate family of musicians heard on his debut album. His family of talented musicians comprise of vocalists Rahel, Tawiah, Sarina Leah, Meshach Brown, and Tosin. Each vocalist is worth listening to on their own merits, so when you have the time, I IMPLORE you to check them out individually.


With the release of Kilawatt Volume 2 earlier in March of this year, you can be sure to know that this feel good EP is as he mentions in a recent interview on Soul Glow 2SER with Huwston,”an extension of his LP” . This 6 track EP is just a little taste on what is yet to come from Eric Lau. This EP features soul singer Muhsinah most notably known for her vocal work with Foreign Exchange, Kaidi Tatham from Bugs in the Attic and Oddissee.

During his formative years, Eric Lau had no intentions of pursuing music as a career, nor was he an avid listener as one would assume a producer to be, until the suicide of a close friend at university deeply affected him. From there,  his outlook and expectations shifted dramatically. There are a handful of artists that make you feel good. There are those that know a whisper is as good if not better than a grandiose note sung in one breath. At any given moment, whether it’s a stroke of a brush or a melody line, you can always refer back to those artists to make you feel good. That is all. Eric Lau’s music makes you feel good, it is light and airy enough for sounds to dance in and around each other, and heavy enough for basslines to take you for a walk.

He knows that less is more.

Audio Track from Kilawatt Volume 2:

ALWAYS WILL Ft. Muhsinah and Kaidi Tatham

NO REGRETS Ft. Oddissee

If you’re in Sydney, “RETURN OF THE REAL” Eric Lau will be at Melt Bar 12 Kellet St. Kings Cross featuring live performances by 13th Son with DJ Sandro, hot new Soul/Hip Hop/Reggae outfit 5 Coffees, and DJ’s Trey, JC Fundafied, Huwston and ERIC LAU. Don’t miss out!


Melbourne sees a double EP launch featuring Eric Lau (Ubiquity/UK) and Frank Booker (Wonderful Noise) in this all star DJ line up:


Catch Eric Lau being interviewed on Fbi 94.5 Stolen Records with Shantan, Wednesday evening from 6pm. You can find the stream link on the Stolen Records website. Just click image:

SOUL GLOW 2SER 107.3 Interview with DJ Huwston found on Spare Hands blog

Grindin’ Music has officially launched its highly anticipated new website which features up-to-date information on tours, music and events.


It’s hard to find sisters representing their own uniqueness especially as a producer in an industry dominated by men. We see more and more female emcees rockin’ mics, female DJ’s taking on the profession, female entrepreneurs, but what about producers? I can think of a handful of female producers from Lauryn Hill, Nigerian artist Nneka, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Missy Elliot to name a few. Beats I love, more so than lyrics depending on what I hear, one always out weighs the other when listening to music.

I came across this composer of all things rhythmical, lyrical and visual (yes, she’s an artist too!) whilst randomly checking out blogs in the wee hours of the morning last week sometime. One name kept popping up: PURSUIT GROOVES. I read blog after blog, short blurb after blurb, then decided to investigate this producer from downloading mixtapes, listening to releases, albums and watching youtubes interviews. I came to one conclusion: Vanessa Smith aka Pursuit Grooves can hold her own!

Being in the game for over 15 years, this Brooklyn native beat maker, DJ, singer/rapper is definitely one we’ll be hearing more from. Pursuit Grooves produces music that stretches over several genres from broken beat, dubstep, experimental hip hop to down tempo groove. It’s soulful, melody driven, atmospheric, sweet, mechanical, broken, dirty and heavy depending on which track you listen to. It’s music that you can use as a musical landscape to a movie scene in your head. I like that. Live performances often entail her behind turntables, a mic, banging on an MPC and on a loop machine – I won’t even pretend to know what kind!

Pursuit Grooves makes noise like her life depended on it.



I may be very late with this discovery, but I came across this dope ass track on youtube couple of days ago by a Canadian rapper who calls himself SHAD. This track posted below is off his new album released through independent Black Box Recording (May  2010). Little did I know that this 28 year old rapper already had a strong following around the world since his debut album in 2005 entitled ‘When this is Over’.

Bi-lingual Shad Kabango was born to Rwandan parents in the city of Kenya, then moved to London, Ontario. His first album was self made which gained him immediate respect and notoriety for his intensely politically charged lyrics. He featured his mother’s poetry which graphically depicts personal accounts of the political climate during the Rwandan genocide, in a track called ‘I’ll never understand’. It’s moving. Intense. Powerful.

His second album released in 2007 entitled ‘The Old Prince’ saw him receive two nominations  – one for a Juno Award and the other for the 2008 Polarize Music Prize award. Exclaim magazine picked his 2nd album in the top ten albums of 2007 whilst The National Post favoured him as ‘Canada’s best rapper’. If you’re looking for a conscious fresh mind, with phat beats and great word play than make sure you peep this fellow. I realized a consistent trait whilst listening to the last two albums of Shad – his humility. He’s definitely not prone to talking himself up, or bathing his witty antics in egotistical bravado – he’s real. He raps about what’s real to him, and if people don’t like it, he’s quick to respond with a ‘Meh’…

His upcoming 2010 album release called TSOL will feature this banging new single below. I lost my shit when I heard this: