RO SHAM BO: THE REUNION

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One of my favourite things I’ve ever written is this RO SHAM BO: 5 YEARS OF DANCE CONFUSION post, a wrap up of the history of Ro Sham Bo, a DJ team that I started with some of my best mates in 2006. We threw a retirement party when Ryan moved to London in 2011, claiming that his absence would make it impossible to stay together as group, but to be honest Ro Sham Bo had naturally run its course by then, the up-tempo multi genre club music sounds that we’d fallen in love with had morphed into weird EDM off-shoots that we’d grown too old to keep up with.

The four of us obviously stayed close friends – Elston was my best man at my wedding two years ago, Ryan and I became dadbros after we both had kids within a week of each other and Jimmy and I still work together almost every week at Goodgod. We also kept fond memories of our old parties, and the music we used to play at them, getting nostalgic about old tracks whenever we saw each other. Jimmy and I decided it was time for a reunion and got Ro Sham Bo back together for a celebration of late noughties club music with some of our other club buddies who were playing the best shit back then too.

Tomorrow night Goodgod becomes a celebration of 2007 (a decidedly less retro era than my all 90’s dance Rhythm of the Night parties!), with sets from Ro Sham Bo, Disco Punx, Catcall, Jaime Doom, Kato, Gregg Sandwich and Shantan Wantan Ichiban. You can find all the details (and make a request!) here.

I’ve been putting together a few articles for various sites that highlight some of the best tracks and moments from eight years ago, have a trawl through them below and hopefully I’ll see you getting nostalgic on the dancefloor tomorrow night!

Sydney DJs: Then and Now, 2007 – 2015 on Stoney Roads

“In 2007, nothing sounded hotter than 96kbp MP3 that you’d ripped from some French cunt’s MySpace page.”

Goodgod’s REUNION DJs pick the forgotten hits of 2007 on TwoThousand

“Goodgod got a ahold of everyone’s number and organised an eight year reunion for 2007’s hottest DJs. Instead of serving frozen spring rolls at the local RSL they’ll be serving up forgotten bangers in the Goodgod Danceteria.”

RO SHAM BO: 5 YEARS OF DANCE CONFUSION

“The worst Ro Sham Bo set ever was us playing after Spank Rock in 2008 at Becks Festival Bar. While Spank Rock were playing the greatest set ever, Ro Sham Bo thieved everybody’s rider and stumbled onto the stage with bottles of wine in our hands and promptly forgot how to mix in front of a crowd that had just been told that the afterparty was elsewhere and were desperate to leave.”

Ro Sham Bo Survivor Mix – a mix Moriarty and I made in 2009, probably my favourite RSB mix from start to finish.

I’m now about to run out the door to host FBi Radio‘s Midday Mix with Moriarty, the first Ro Sham Bo set in years!

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NEW MIX! CASH MONEY BOUNCE

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I finally finished a mix that I’ve been working on little by little over the last year, exclusively after 2am. Blame the stupid working hours on the fun of becoming a dad – each night I was volunteering to stay up all night to look after my son’s night feeds and would spend my new nocturnal spare time answering questions like “I wonder how many gigabytes the entire No Limit discography will take up on my laptop” (the answer is 12.17). I became addicted to staying up late and delving deep into the back catalogues of my favourite artists, producers and record labels; my downloading marathons interrupted by the cries of a hungry baby, who would be fed with one hand as I spent way too much money on the eBay app with the other, bidding on old tapes and CDs with a recklessness not usually associated with new parents.

A mission I accepted early into my night rap crusade was to fill the gaps in my Cash Money discography. Cash Money has always been the label I’m quick to blurt out whenever someone asks what my favourite rap label is – but it’s always immediately followed by “until 2005!”. That’s the year Mannie Fresh left the label, the best rap producer of all time and the heart and soul of Cash Money during their best years. It was crazy to me how different the early Cash Money releases were to what they put out these days and I wanted to hear the progression of Mannie Fresh as a producer, of Cash Money as a label and of Cash Money’s influence on the sound of New Orleans hip hop. I’d become fascinated with the history of New Orleans rap scene in the 90s (spending as much money on old No Limit albums and the odd overpriced bounce 12″ as I was on Cash Money releases) so I bought a few books documenting the bounce movement, most of which were useless and referenced the articles I was finding online anyway (Matt Miller’s Bounce is a great read though). For the purpose of this mix, the best article I found was this fantastic history of Cash Money’s independent years on the Amoeba Records blog, which the perfect introduction to the labels beginnings and the characters involved in their long story. (Sidenote: last year I found Lil Wayne’s 500 Degreez on vinyl at Amoeba Records in LA for $1 but I’d parked illegally in the Jack In A Box across the road. My car was towed and I had to pay $250 to get it released. Bargain!)

A weeks worth of Paypal transactions and illegal downloads of hard to find tape rips was all it took to complete my collection and soon my iTunes library contained every single record released on Cash Money from 1992 until 2004 (even the Teena Marie album). As my son slept, I immersed myself in the back catalogue, burning dozens of comps of my favourite tracks for the car and whittling it down to the essentials. I was immediately drawn to the bounce stuff as that’s where Mannie Fresh’s roots with Cash Money are. The beats on the first few releases are rawww (especially when heard as a low quality mp3 ripped from a cassette), with fairly primitive drum machine loops and recognisable samples. With each release Mannie builds on the bounce framework more and more, adding live instrumentation and relying less on loops, eventually removing the tell-tale bounce samples and producing his more hip hoppy (but still clearly bounce influenced) signature sound.

Originally this mix was gonna just collect the bounce tracks produced while Cash Money was an independent label (until 1998) but it made sense to include the last two proper bounce tracks Fresh produced, the mega hits ‘Back That Azz Up’ (from Juvenile’s 400 Degreez) and ‘I Need a Hot Girl’ (off the Hot Boys’ Guerilla Warfare) to show how he brought the sound of New Orleans bounce into the mainstream rap charts. Plus, they’re fucking awesome songs.

At some point I’ll make a mix of all of the more straight rap stuff Cash Money put out, from the Pimp C produced Kilo G tracks, to seriously half the songs on B.G.’s two part album It’s All On U. Even if I stuck to the independent years there’s enough gold to warrant another two mixes, showcasing one of the best labels and eras in the history of raps. Until then, here’s Cash Money Bounce.

Tracklist:

LIL’ SLIM bounce slide ride
B-32 shake that ass like a salt shaker
MC HEAVY gangster walk
PIMP DADDY got 2 be real (remix)
PxMxWx mo bounce
U.N.L.V. get into it with a nigger
U.N.L.V. eddie bow
PxMxWx still smokin’
PxMxWx splift out
PIMP DADDY keep on kick it
B.G.’z true story
B-32 feat MS. TEE i need a bag of dope
U.N.L.V. 6th & baronne
PIMP DADDY god bless the dead (rip)
LIL’ SLIM feat PxMxWx blunt after blunt
LIL’ SLIM feat B-32 ho’s i used 2 sweat II
PxMxWx feat LIL’ SLIM big man got hoes
U.N.L.V. pussy c’mon to me!
MS. TEE let’s get high
U.N.L.V. jazzy bitch
MAGNOLIA SHORTY monkey on tha dick
JUVENILE feat BIG TYMERS & MAGNOLIA SHORTY 3rd ward soulja
MS. TEE i like it (MANNIE FRESH style)
JUVENILE feat LIL’ WAYNE & MANNIE FRESH back that azz up
HOT BOYS feat BIG TYMERS i need a hot girl

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I’ll be playing a shitload of bounce hits this Saturday night in Sydney at Goodgod Small Club for Halfway Crooks. It’s Mardi Gras night and every year we do a New Orleans Mardi Gras Party which is always my favourite party of the year. Huge lineup, free beads and a solid three hours of triggaman samples. Come dance. RSVP here.

Artwork by Daniel McKinley.

HOTTEST 100… LEAKED!

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After weeks of what I assumed was a joke campaign to vote Taylor Swift into triple j’s Hottest 100, it turns out everyone’s fears were completely valid. I thought for sure that those suits upstairs at ABC would never let Taylor get past 50, let alone into the top 10. But then I saw this leaked Hottest 100 and my world turned upside down. I mean sure, she definitely has a lot of fans, but I would put good money on that NOBODY saw this coming! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to listen to music again.

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What a result huh? Talk about a “shake” up! Sorry to make a joke during this hard time for our country. RIP MUSIC.

MY FAV RAP SONGS ATM

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Originally posted on Goodgodgoodgod.com

Halfway Crooks makes its Goodgod debut this Saturday and we couldn’t be more psyched. Captain Franco and Levins will be bringing their magical rap party to the Danceteria, playing nothing but rap hits as they’ve been doing for the past five years. You can hear Captain Franco’s fav songs of the month every time he puts out a new mix for Acclaim (October mix dropping tomorrow!), so we asked Levins what his favourite new rap songs are at the moment…

Rich Gang – Tell Em (Lies)

We have been listening to the Rich Gang tape non-stop since it came out. Before that we were listening to Lifestyle every single day. Tell Em (Lies) is like a weird sequel to Lifestyle. Same tempo, that similar piano beat, Thugga and Quan both passionately crooning about things that I’ll never understand. That’s the blueprint to a hit in 2014.

Yung Lean feat Travis Scott – Ghosttown

When I first saw the name of this track I thought Yung Lean had covered The Specials and was immediately disappointed. Disappointment quickly turned into fistpumping though as I heard the best track that the Swedish sad boy has made so far.

Kari Faux – No Small Talk

This one is so cool. Her voice is the best and the beat is a reprise of one of the best Three 6 Mafia songs. Her clip is cool too but nowhere near as cool as that Three 6 Mafia one – probably because they spent at least a billion dollars on theirs.

Gucci Mane – Swole Pocket Shorty

Somehow Gucci released his tenth album from jail after being locked up for just over a year. In this one he raps about relatable subjects like watching The Simpsons and rolling joints on top of shitty albums that his rivals put out.

Tre Capital feat Sean Leon – Prestige

I heard this on Xzibit’s radio show when I was in LA last month. Why was I listening to Xzibit’s radio show? I have no idea. This Tre Capital bloke is his nephew or something and his rapping is a happy balance between not that good and easy to ignore. I love that weird hook but most of all I love that weird beat that WondaGurl made. She’s great.

Future – Codeine Crazy

Future’s most recent tape is unfortunately garbage but this track is the saving grace at the end. Equal parts gloomy and triumphant, Codeine Crazy will either have you terrified of drinking lean or more excited to hit it than ever.

New Ara – KMA

I put this bro from Chicago on the last tape I made and here he is again with another weird banger that nobody will care about except you and me. I’ve never heard someone ask his listeners to kiss his ass so gloriously.

Halfway Crooks comes to the Danceteria this Saturday night from 11pm. Get the full info here!

UPDATE: Listen to Franco’s OCTOBER mix for Acclaim!

HALFWAY CROOKS MOVES TO GOODGOD

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Thanks to everyone who came to the last Crooks at Phoenix last month – and thanks even more to Phoenix for having us for the last 5 years! Cheers to 49 amazing parties!

We’re stoked – seriously so stoked, typing one handed while the other hand is shaka-ing above our heads – to announce that the new home of Halfway Crooks will be our favourite club in Sydney, the incredible funhouse that is Goodgod Small Club. No huge surprise there right? We can be found at Goodgod almost every other weekend and have run some great special Crooks parties there but we’ve always wanted to run a monthly party there. The sound system is great, the staff are the friendliest and the vibe is just unbeatable. We hope you’re as stoked as we are about this and we’ll see you on the 8th of November for the first Halfway Crooks at Goodgod – with special guests Nes and Liz Bird aka Lazer Gunne Funke!

RSVP on Facebook.

 

 

PHOTOBOMBS IN THE GRASS

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I played at Splendour In The Grass on the weekend with Halfway Crooks. In between watching Outkast play the most perfect set ever and eating 50 organic donuts (how the fuck are they that good?), I managed to ruin 30 photos – making this the first proper photobomb gallery I’ve done since 2011! Enjoy!

Originally posted on Channel V. Photos taken by Oliver Minnett

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SOME PHOTOBOMBS I FORGOT ABOUT

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Stop the fucking press! I just remembered some photobombs from last year that I never put up! Maybe you were lucky enough to catch these on Two Thousand last year. The visionary Hayley Morgan took them on the last day of Splendour In The Grass 2013.

I’m gonna be at Splendour again tomorrow, DJing on the Smirnoff stage with my Halfway Crooks buds Franco, Elston, Ezzy and Joyride. Might ruin a few photos while I’m up there too.

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All my old photobombs can be found here.

THE DIP’S LAST WEEK

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Welcome to the last week of The Dip. Don’t be sad – be organised! Get your crew together and make a booking for one last Dip trip before it’s too late.

We’re keeping it simple all week. Only a few specials – we’re mainly focusing on our regular menu. It’s all about that last plate of Pulled Pork Nachos, that last Lev’s Dawg and that last Young Cheezy.

Here’s some of the awesome things you can be a part of during our last week!

WEDNESDAY – GAME OF THRONES TRIVIA

Join Nick Coyle for an evening exploring George R. R. Martin’s world, covering all four seasons of the HBO show. Free and first in, best dressed. Kicking off at 8pm but be early – this one will be big!

THURSDAY – ONE LAST DIP HOP

Remember Dip Hop? We’re bringing back The Dip’s weekly Front Bar party for one last dance, with Head Chef Levins, Dip Hop regular Leon Smith and Dip legends Batesy & McKinley!

To make it a proper Dip Hop, we’re bringing back The Juicy J for one night only! It’s The Dip’s take on a ‘Juicy Lucy’ burger – the beef patty is filled with gooey American cheese and served with onions, pickles, tomato, lettuce and TRIPPY SAUCE.

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Enjoy rap and enjoy burgers. It’s a no-brainer. Free from 9pm.

FRIDAY – TEARS

Come watch our kitchen staff cry as they work through what is sure to be our busiest night ever.

SATURDAY – OUR LAST NIGHT & THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT

It’s our last night ever – and your last chance to eat your Dip favourites! Come enjoy our menu for the last time, and then join us for a huge party out the back with our head chef Levins DJing nothing but nostalgic 90s dance BANGERS until late into the night!

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One week to go! We hope we see all of you at some point!

THE END OF AN ERA

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We’re closing The Dip in four weeks.

At the beginning of this year our son Archie was born. You’ve probably seen him all over Instagram. Having a kid changes your life – mostly it meant that Bianca needed to be at home with him almost every day, keeping her from The Dip. We have been blessed with incredible staff who were more than capable of running The Dip without B – even without me – but The Dip was something that B and I started together, and the idea of it existing without both of us just didn’t seem right.

So rather than The Dip morphing into something less like the restaurant we opened together three years ago (potentially better, potentially worse, we’ll never know!) we’re gonna go out on a high note. The Dip’s last night of trade will be Saturday the 12th of July.

Needless to say Goodgod Small Club isn’t going anywhere and I’m looking forward to throwing more parties with them into the future.

It’s hard to believe that we even got The Dip up and running. Between Bianca and myself we had a total of 0 years experience in the restuarant industry, but with a bit of help The Dip opened for business in May 2011 and since then we have enjoyed three awesome years of serving the food we love to eat to thousands of happy faces. We’ve worked with a few of our food heroes and have been honoured to be a part of the amazing funhouse that is Goodgod Small Club.

There are so many people we need to thank for making those 3 years great – and we’ll get to that over the next 4 weeks – but first and foremost we need to thank Jimmy and Hana from Goodgod Small Club for choosing us to fill their kitchen space in 2011. It’s been such a thrill to follow in their inspiring footsteps and open our own business, and even more of thrill to work with them on so many exciting events. Jimmy is currently talking with potential food collaborators to take advantage of the soon-to-be available kitchen opportunity. So if you think you’ve got what it takes, or if you’re just interested in what the next incarnation is, you should send Jimmy an email – jimmy@goodgodgoodgod.com.

As for me and what I’ll be doing next, everybody who knows me knows that I’ve been working on ten different things as well as The Dip over the last few years. I’ll be focusing more of my time on Heaps Decent, Halfway Crooks, DJing, running parties at Goodgod, being a kool dad and will probably start ten new things by the end of the year.

The most important thing for you to take from this is that there are only four weeks left for you to eat a Lev’s Dawg. Or a Young Cheezy with a side of Pulled Pork Nachos. In fact, we’ll be bringing back all of the most beloved specials, so if you never got to try a Ribwich or a Watermelon & Bacon Burger, you’ve got four weeks to come down and try those too.

I’ll be in Wilcannia all week with Heaps Decent but once I’m back I’ll be working at The Dip every night and I look forward to seeing all of you there for one last Dip feast!

Thanks so much,

Levins

The Dip

NEW MIX! LOVE KINGS: THE RETURN

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Remember last year when I made that mix called THE LAST LOVE KINGS MIX? I lied! That party we put on called THE LAST LOVE KINGS was a lie too! Let’s hear it for lying!

My R&B party with the extremely sensual Radge is coming back after the most part of a year off. We thought Radge was moving away forever but he only moved away for a while. Now he’s back so Love Kings is back too!

I made a mix to celebrate our grand return. Radge is dropping a mix later in the week too. This is a sensual selection of some R&B tracks that I loved over the last 6 months. If you liked Crisp Forever or either of the previous Love Kings mixes this’ll be right up your alley.

Come grind with Radge and I this Saturday night at Love Kings, from 11pm at Goodgod Small Club. Event info is here!

LOVE KINGS: THE RETURN (Hosted by DJ Kharide)

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KEVIN GATES stop lyin

BANDO JONEZ sex you

TINK feat JEREMIH don’t tell nobody

TEEFLII feat SNOOP DOGG & WARREN G that’s how we livin’

JHENE AIKO the worst

KELELA & TINK want it

BOBBY BRACKINS zilla

ADRIAN MARCEL feat SAGE THE GEMINI 2am (YOUNG CALIFORNIA remix)

TEEFLII 24 hours

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RICO LOVE they don’t know

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MIXED WITH ASSISTANCE FROM ARCHIE LEVINS