Various Artists

Sunny Side Up

  • LP-BWOOD-0205
  • Black Vinyl.
  • Release Date: July 19th 2019
  • $21.99

A heavy new compilation from Brownswood shines a light on the independent underground in Melbourne, where a close-knit collection of artists have taken cues from soul, jazz and club culture to carve out a fresh Melbournian sound. Featuring nine different groups, many of them sharing members and studios, the record surveys the musical contours of this bubbling scene, nodding to house, broken beat, samba, p-funk and soul.

Recorded over a week at The Grove, a fabled house-cum-studio in the North Melbourne suburb of Coburg, it’s home to the record’s engineer, Nick Herrera, and two members of Hiatus Kaiyote, the city’s breakout gangster-soul dons with whom many of the record’s personnel have collaborated. Silentjay was musical director, the Rhythm Section-affiliated multi-instrumentalist and producer (who’s played with Joey Bada$$ and Flying Lotus) marshalling together the album’s different players, many of them part of influential collectives 30/70 and Mandarin Dreams.

Nurtured in the city’s collaborative, close-knit confines, the scene has been bubbling up under the radar of Australian music institutions, in the garages and makeshift studios of Melbourne’s suburban sprawl. Sunny Side Up is a colourful portrait of the scene’s potential, exploring the story behind this flourishing period and shining light on some of its most compelling figures.

1. Phil Stroud - Banksia

2. Dufresne - Pick Up / Galaxy

3. Kuzich - There Is No Time

4. Audrey Powne - Bleeding Hearts

5. Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange - Powers 2 (The People)

6. Laneous - Nice To See You

7. Silentjay - Eternal / Internal Peace

8. Horatio Luna -The Wake-Up

9. Allysha Joy - Orbit

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