Monthly Archives: August 2011

We Love Ennio




Immense 3CD Free download from one of the world’s greatest pairs of ears in celebration of 10 years of Ennio Styles’ ‘Stylin’ radio program on Melbourne’s 3RRR Radio station. Tracklist after the lovely dedication from International Pony (for the other Ennio).

Stylin’ 500
10 years of soul, science and spirit on 3RRR-FM. Presented by Ennio Styles.
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Part 1 presents the soulful side of hip hop, jazz, boogie and, er, soul. Native American/black singer Kyra Climbingbear gets things started with the anthemic rock-tinged ‘Champion’ featuring a verse from John Robinson (Scienz of Life). Micah St James and Imani (of The Pharcyde) represent the LA hip hop scene, with Imani riding a smooth Spaceboy Boogie X production previously only available in Japan. Amin PaYnE and Andras Fox are two upcoming Melbourne beatmakers, here demonstrating their soul-chopping skills. Atlanta jazz/soul vocalist Nonameko lays it down over a sweet production from Tanya Morgan‘s Von Pea. Monica Blaire (who has sung for Waajeed/PPP, Andres and Black Milk) teams up with her Detroit-based Silent Riot crew for a nearly acappella version of Zapp. US vocalist Olivier Daysoul has collaborated with Hudson Mohawke, Onra and Oddisee and teams up here with London’s Andre January for an unreleased uptempo jam that should appeal to fans of Prince and Outkast‘s Andre 3000. Lanu and Mark de Clive-Lowe (half of The Politik with Bembe Segue) have been friends of Stylin’ since the beginning and explore the space between jazz, soul and club music. The late Abby Joyce delivers a killer vocal on Lanu’s tune. Germany’s First Touch stay true to the 80s boogie sound in all but the title’s reference to ‘2011 Mix’! Four emotional vocal jazz tunes round out Part 1. John Ellis is a Mancunian keyboardist who has played with Cinematic Orchestra and DJ Vadim. ‘He Speaks (Live)’ by LA’s Nailah was first played on Stylin’ in 2009, setting off a chain of events that led to Gilles Peterson airplay and gigs, collaborations with Robert Glasper, Nicola Conte and Jose James and a record deal with Universal (as Nailah Porter). Since then this song has been unavailable and Ennio Styles’ edit (which includes three minutes of additional material from the original performance) is released here for the first time. The WES Group hail from Washington DC and here offer some gospel-tinged jazz with shades of their Baltimore friends Fertile Ground. Versatile NYC-based trumpeter and vocalist Leron Thomas closes Part 1 on a reflective note with a jazz ballad reminiscent of Tribe’s Doug Hammond.


1. Kyra Climbingbear feat. John Robinson – Champion

2. Micah St James feat. Bobby, Free Speech & Ro Blvd – Dream

3. Amin PaYne – Where U R

4. Andras Fox – Heart

5. Nonameko – Brotha

6. Monica Blaire, Maestro and MJ Robinson – Computer Luv

7. Andre January feat. Olivier Daysoul – If You

8. Lanu feat. Abby Joyce & Simon Grey – Rise

9. First Touch – It’s Yours (2011 Mix)

10. Imani – Dosier Goes Off

11. The Politik – Saturn

12. John Ellis and The Big Bang – People that I Love (Stylin’ 500 Version)

13. Nailah Porter – He Speaks (Live) (Ennio Styles Edit)

14. The W.E.S. Group – Kyrie

15. Leron Thomas – Love for Life




Part 2 explores the electronic side of Stylin’ with techno, dubstep, broken beat, future beat science and other synth-heavy hybrids. Canada’s Sekoya kick it off with an ambitious tune that sounds like Weather Report remixed by IG Culture, with Laurie Anderson on jazz vocals. Sekoya’s vocalist Amalia recently released her solo album on Tokyo Dawn Records. Crumbs, Electric Sea Spider, Plutonic Lab and Indelible are Australian beatmakers who rise above a crowded and mediocre beat scene with creativity and depth. Parisian MPC-whiz Fulgeance has long been a Stylin’ staple with his ‘smartbanging’ mix of club-friendly energy, hooks and synths with intricate compositional and production twists. Tempo Perdido is RRR-fam Rambl and Declan Kelly teaming up with James Cecil (Super Melody) for a unique tune that somehow manages to combine blaxploitation funk, techno and bossa nova! Komarken Electronics (Sweden) and Arcanoid (Spain) are two of Stylin’s favourite recent techno producers. The former ventures into cosmic Drexciyan territory while the latter sounds here like a lost piece from Carl Craig‘s Landcruising album. With ‘Fly or Die’, NZ saxophonist and syntheologist Lewis McCallum channels P-Funk and Sa-Ra Creative Partners. Salva gives a San Franciscan translation of Joker‘s synthy ‘purple’ dubstep sound. Ex-drum & bass producer Motive’s unreleased track sounds like Seiji doing a midtempo double bass jam. Meitz and Opolopo are two of Europe’s answers to Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock, and here they get into the more electronic side of nu jazz and broken beat, the latter coming off like Azymuth on crack. Melbourne’s Harmon and synth collector Hanna Silver close things on a dreamy note, with touches of Air and Stereolab.


1. Sekoya – Introducing the Highlife

2. Crumbs – Pigeons Kissing

3. Electric Sea Spider – Milk Bar

4. Fulgeance – Tribute to Masekela (Fulgeance’s Bicoquet Edit)

5. Plutonic Lab – Livications

6. Indelible feat. David Holness – Refuge

7. Tempo Perdido – Theme from Juan

8. Komarken Electronics – Chandra X-Ray Observatory 1

9. Lewis McCallum – Fly or Die

10. Salva – Wake Ups

11. Motive – Speakeasy

12. Meitz – Phasen

13. Sugar Beats – Tickled Zinc (Opolopo Remix)

14. Arcanoid – Old Memories

15. Harmon – Thunderstorm (Hanna Silver Remix)




Part 3 is about music with flavour, covering funk, boogie, jazz, hip hop and even some reggae, Bollywood and brass band elements. Ennio Styles & Spray Tandoori add some Bollywood spice to the orchestral hip hop grandeur of The RAah Project, while related group True Live provide an unreleased instrumental version which could have come from the RAah album. More authentic Bollywood sounds come from The Bombay Royale, a new Melbourne band specialising in recreating the funk and surf sounds of 60s and 70s Bollywood. Kiwi drummer/producer Julien Dyne manages to cram a hip hop lean, reggae skank, funk strut and even latin clave into a single tune not on his recent album licensed to BBE Records. Cy Gorman (formerly known as Soul Mirage) is a Melbourne producer and multi-instrumentalist who has been close to Stylin’ for the duration, and he teams up with late keyboard maestro Will Poskitt for an unreleased feelgood headnodder. We get another unreleased instrumental from Billy Hoyle, a Melbourne beatmaker for whom samba is as important as hip hop. Jowin is a new MC from Macon, Georgia who has a funky fresh style and loves The Pharcyde too. Reggae is not a big part of Stylin’, but if more of it sounded like Mista Savona’s instrumentals, that could change. Despite the recent resurgence of interest in brass bands like Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Hot 8 Brass Band and The Hackney Colliery Band, this amazing jazz funk piece from Virginia’s No BS! Brass seems to flown under the radar. Led by Melbourne percussionist Elvis Aljus, Gypsy Brown have releases on Freestyle Records and smash ‘Stepping Stones’ here with furious flute and percussion doing battle on this unreleased tune. Also known as Spruce Lee, Sydney DJ and producer Toni Toni Lee has made a tune that could sit equally well in a funk, disco, house or breaks set. From Melbourne via Adelaide, Inkswel is on the rise with his boogie and hip hop influenced productions, making links with US and European labels like Rush Hour, Project Mooncircle, Faces and Superior Elevation. California’s The Samps go disco funk with a tune that sounds like Letherette cutting up some old Chic. Which leaves Manchester bassist and regular Lamb collaborator Jon Thorne, with a jazz funk cut worthy of the Groove Merchant label.


1. The RAah Project – Space Between Thoughts (Ennio Styles & Spray Tandoori Remix)

2. Julien Dyne – Maddingos

3. Cy Gorman feat. Will Poskitt – Cool Change (Instrumental)

4. Billy Hoyle – New Day (Instrumental)

5. Jowin – Super-Cool-Action

6. Mista Savona – Ruckers Hill

7. No BS! Brass – Hoodie

8. The Bombay Royale – Theme from Don

9. Gypsy Brown – Stepping Stones

10. Toni Toni Lee – Drumtrax

11. Inkswel & The Uhoh Orchestra – Everyoneislistening

12. The Samps – Peppergood

13. Jon Thorne’s Oedipus Complex – Manchester Road

14. True Live – Need to be Now (Instrumental)





It’s Been A Minute

Hey up gang. I haven’t written on here for weeks. Life gets in the way, unfortunately but that shouldn’t stop me from sharing some of the most amazing music I’ve heard in a long time. And it’s all hitting me at a very rapid pace. Click the pictures below to go to more information.

This one’s also nice…