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THE MELTDOWN: Side By SideRight, here’s The Meltdown. What? Not again! You’re such a catastrophist – every silver lining’s got a cloud; there’s no problem too small to become a massive…what? Oh right, Melbourne band The Meltdown. Well why didn’t you say so?  Oh and their new single Side By Side too. About as far from a raging musical meltdown as you could imagine and rather more soulful balm for a


EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS:  Pink SkirtHard to believe the last time the monkey covered a joint Emma Donovan & The Putbacks’ release before new single Pink Skirt, was the Dawn LP six years ago, but six years it certainly was. Fast forward to the present and the new single shows that things have matured nicely over the intervening period with Pink Skirt – a richly evocative slice of elegiac soul. Lyrically it pays

THE PUTBACKS: The Putbacks

THE PUTBACKS albumArguably the most leftfield of all the big Oz funk-soul outfits, The Putbacks follow-up the heavy soul of Dawn, their 2014 debut (a collab. with vocalist Emma Donovan) with this new self-titled effort. If you caught previous singles The Way (the LP’s only vocal cut) featuring neo-soul man Bilal or the more recent Oranges, you’ll know that things have now headed in directions both ‘cinematic’ and


THE PUTBACKS:  The Ways (with BILAL)A fairly heavyweight score for Melbourne’s The Putback’s here on the lead single and title track from their forthcoming album, The Ways, as they’ve only gone and landed neo-soul man Bilal for mic duties. Blimey. Not that this is neo-soul though – far from it. No, The Way finds The Putbacks drive a smouldering path through the darkest realms of psychedelic soul as menacing

THE MELTDOWN: The Meltdown (2017)

Looks like Melbourne outfit The Meltdown are all set to do for country soul what Smoove & Turrell are doing for disco and northern soul and Ephemerals are doing for soul, which is to say side-stepping the temptations of the retro-authentic route and putting a twenty-first spin on their chosen genre without losing a sense of the sixties and seventies roots of the music. Also, as in


Dawn Emma Donovan The PutbacksIf your only experience of indigenous Australian soul vocals up until now has been the Motown sound of fluffy feelgood flick The Sapphires then the rock and even country-tinged Emma Donovan & The Putbacks‘ new LP Dawn may come as something of a surprise. There’s certainly nothing fluffy about this as the almost Hendrix-like guitar licks at the start of opener Black Woman