Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Paper Plane Project supporting DJ Premier on Australian Tour

Its not everyday you get an opportunity to support one of hip hop's most influential figures. DJ Premier, arguably the best hip hop producer of all time, will be performing a one off show at Shape Nightclub in East Perth this Friday 18 June. I am fortunate enough, along with Perth DJ / Producer Taku and DJ Headayke, to be supporting DJ Premier. Tickets are sold out with a few available on the door.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bonobo does it again

An album I cannot get enough of lately is Bonobo's latest record "Black Sands". A range of different sounds creating different moods, this is a must have for any record collection. Check the song Kiara from the album, its amazing.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mixing At The Studio

Here's a quick video from a mixing session I did in Sydney at a studio fitted with classic 70's vintage gear. In the background is a snippet of our new track featuring Aloe Blacc on vocals.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Paper Plane Project @ Funk Club (Soulaverse 3)

Friday May 7, Nick from Paper Plane Project will be spinning beats at the third installment of Soulaverse, a night dedicated to the finest in groove based music. Also performing on the night will be Accumulated Gestures who will be releasing their EP "Get Together" as well as Shameem with a live band alongside Nat from the Typhoons performing with MC Rae. This should be a great night so get down to the Funk Club upstairs at the Leederville Hotel, Perth WA.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Paper Plane Project @ The Jazz Rooms


If you're in Sydney, make sure you come down and check out Jazz Rooms, featuring Mason on the decks alongside Mark Pritchard, Russ Dewbury and Deep Street Soul. It's gonna be a killer night of funk, soul, hip hop and latin beats. If you're not familair with Jazz Rooms, it's considered the longest running club night in the world! Head over to www.jazzrooms.com.au to buy a ticket.

Really looking forward to this one.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

RIP Guru

Just heard the sad news of Guru's passing. The influence that Gangstarr had on the hip hop community cannot be explained in words. RIP Guru.

Monday, April 19, 2010

I Learned The Hard Way

Now THIS is a filmclip! The guys over at Daptone have always kept it true to the funk, and this clip oozes with that 70's flavor. A perfect video to a perfect song.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Rolling Stone + Paper Plane Project!


The latest issue of Rolling Stone Australia has named Paper Plane Project as one of their 'artists to watch'! Buy the mag and receive a free download link to our new track called "Daybreak".

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hocus Pocus - Beautiful Losers

Hocus Pocus "Beautiful losers" feat. Alice Russell
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Hip Hop is not dead...it just moved to France! The filmclip for this new track, featuring the unmistakable sounds of Alice Russell, is nothing short of amazing.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Erykah Badu & Notorious B.I.G.

Erykah Badu - Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY)

Well not quite, but this new version is dope! I've been bumping this all day in the apartment. Looks like Erykah's new album is going to be a classic. One of those rare artists that just keeps growing and getting better with age. New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) is out now on Universal Motown.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bonobo - The Keeper

Bonobo - The Keeper featuring Andreya Triana from Ninja Tune on Vimeo.

Loving the new album 'Black Sands' by Ninja Tune artist Bonobo. Here's a wicked video for the track ' The Keeper' with smooth vocals from Andreya Triana, which is available on a 12".

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yosaku - Rehashed


Yosaku - Valdez

Just found this new album by California producer Yosaku, released on DJ Tonk's Milkdipper label in late 2009. I hope this gets some awareness outside of Japan, because this album is fresh! The beats are mostly edits of 70's brazilian samba/funk/soul tunes, and are perfect for a summer afternoon. The album is available now on CD and for digital download through itunes.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


My man Fella Vaughn just sent over this crazy beat tape of re-edits and instrumentals, in collaboration with Tobrock, based on samples from the funk, boogie and italo disco era. This album is just as much suited to a car stereo as it is to a banging club sound system!

Click the link below and download the whole thing for free.

Rockafella play at the next HiHat Club gig in Berlin, Germany on April 2nd.
Watch out for more stuff to come from these guys...

<a href="http://rockafella.bandcamp.com/track/breath-stop">Breath &amp; Stop by R/O/C/K/A/F/E/L/L/A</a>

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Here's a demo of a new track by us called 'Daybreak'. An instrumental track that was made with the vision of relaxing on a tropical beach.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hocus Pocus - 16 Pieces

Both Nick and I agree that this is the most highly anticipated album we've come across in a long time. French hop hop/jazz/soul outfit 'Hocus Pocus' plan to release their new LP called '16 Pieces' very soon, and from what I've heard so far it looks to be incredible. Their sound is the perfect balance between laid back chords and knocking beats, and it doesn't bother me at all that 20Syl's rhymes are in French, because the music is just so melodic. I'm considering traveling to France just to see these guys perform live!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dam-Funk Advice @ RBMA

This is probably the best advice i've heard from anyone in the music industry! Dam-Funk sets is straight for all those producers who make 'beats' instead of actual 'songs'.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Disco Brazil

If you're in town, come check out 'Disco Brazil' Sat night the 6th March at deville's pad in Aberdeen st Perth. I'll be doing a 2hr DJ set of (mostly) vinyl Brazilian disco/groove. Entry is $10. More info at www.devillespad.com.

Expect to hear tracks like this...


Banda Black Rio - Zumbi

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What You Want + Surf

New song 'What You Want ft. Raashan Ahmad was recently used as the backdrop to a local junior surfing comp filmed at Trigg beach. Our music has always been made with the vision of playing it on a summer afternoon, and it's really cool to see it alongside images of Australian surf culture.

Go here to check it out: http://vimeo.com/9850340

Big ups to Daz from Spektrum for promoting our music to the surf community!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Julien Dyne

Just stumbled upon this track by a new producer named Julien Dyne hailing from New Zealand. All I can say is WOW!!
This inspires me to go back to the studio and make more music.

Inside Vibe


If you get the chance, check out Blair Stafford's awesome 'Inside Vibe' radio program, where he premiers a new track from us called 'Don't Hold Back'. His show is a mix of soulful, jazz filled underground beats and airs tuesday mornings on melbourne radio station PBS, but you can re-stream it here: http://www.straightup.com.au/page?n=1676

1. I.F.M. Yes We Are (Det-Riot Mix) [ Drumpoet Records ]
2. Marco Di Marco feat. Nathan Haines Brazilian Waltz [ Arision ]
3. The Souljazz Orchestra Lotus Flower [ Strut ]
4. Skeletons Gravel [ Tru Thoughts ]
5. Eru Dangerspiel The Hold Up [ Rhythm Method ]
6. Lewis McCallum Syntheology feat. Esther Stephens [ Rhythm Method ]
7. Lewis McCallum New Someone feat. Tama Waipara [ Rhythm Method ]
8. Erykah Badu Jump Up In The Air feat. Lil Wayne [ CDR ]
9. 3 Titans College [ Daptone Records ]
10. Paper Plane Project Don't Hold Back [ CDR ]
11. Gizelle Smith June (TM Juke Remix) [ Record Kicks ]
12. Freepoint Crew My Dedication [ Dopeness Group ]
13. Garrincha Chile [ Far Out Recordings ]
14. Garrincha Apito no Samba [ Far Out Recordings ]
15. Cobblestone Jazz Cromagnon Man [ !K7 ]
16. Georg Levin The Better Life [ BBE ]
17. Yolanda Afro Rat [ Amfibia ]
18. Kumar Acompananos [ Brownswood Recordings ]
19. Mayra Caridad Valdes Roforofo Fight [ Brownswood Recordings ]
20. Los Aldeanos Pasa El Borrador [ Brownswood Recordings ]
21. Antibalas Obanla'e [ Ropeadope ]
22. El Guincho Costa Paraiso [ Young Turks ]
23. Cobblestone Jazz Fiesta [ !K7]

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

3 Titans

Daptone records have done it again! DOPE!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Aloe Blacc


This track is a modern day classic. After seeing Aloe Blacc perform this song last year at the Lee Fields album launch in Brooklyn, i've been waiting patiently to hear it in its entirety. Then I just found out it has been used for the intro theme song for HBO's new series 'How To Make It In America'!

It feels good that people are finally recognizing Aloe's immense talent as a singer/songwriter/MC, and this track proves all that. Recorded at the Truth and Soul studios - a few blocks away from my old apartment in Williamsburg - it definitely has that 70's New York feel, but with a modern touch. Check it out below.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pela Manha

A long time between posts! In Tokyo at the moment soaking up the culture and of course diggin for some Japanese vinyl.
We've been busily working on a new album of songs and they are FINISHED! You can hear our new track with Raashan Ahmad called 'What You Want' on our myspace.
Here's a short video we did in Brasil for a new track called 'Pela Manha' - which in English roughly translates to 'in the morning'.
It features percussion done in Rio by Thiago Martins, son of legendary Azymuth drummer 'Mamao'. Also on the track are the lush harp sounds recorded live back in Perth, AUS by local jazz harpist Michelle Smith. Other instruments like horns and guitar were recorded in our apartment in Brooklyn.