The darker side of funk

After a four-year hiatus, Scissor Sisters are back with Night Work, a mix of disco, electro-pop and alternative - an acquired taste. The album sees the band refining their sound and edging away from their earlier style.

Sunday, 25 July, 2010, 12:00am

Plastic Beach Gorillaz (CD)

Gorillaz is the hottest, most popular virtual band, and the group that popularised the concept. Their latest album, Plastic Beach, is a great selection of tunes that also encourages critical thinking about social problems.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Blue notes

This is a lively week for jazz gigs, including three noteworthy programmes at the Fringe Club forming part of the City Festival 2010, for all of which accompaniment is provided by British-based Australian pianist Warren Wills.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am



Yosuke Onuma and the Youn Sun Nah Quartet with Eugene Pao

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

A, Domo. Hajimemasite Greeeen (CD)

Japanese rock band Greeeen do several things to raise eyebrows - the four members are dentistry students and have never made public appearances, not even after releasing six singles and an album. Their faces are covered on photos they post on their blogs.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Secret band doesn't need faces

Japanese rock band Greeeen does several things to raise eyebrows - the four members are students of dentistry and have never made public appearances, not even after releasing six singles and an album. Their faces are covered on photos they post on their blogs.

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Feast of Latin beats

At the age of 19, he was the youngest male solo artist to reach No.1 in the UK charts with his debut single Fill Me In. Seven years later, Craig David, or the British R&B prince, is back with his fourth album Trust Me.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Second movie full of fun pop tunes

Fans of High School Musical will be relieved to know that the newly released sequel is full of the same sort of tunes as the first one - catchy, bouncy and clean dance-pop.

Following the huge success last year of its predecessor, High School Musical 2 was watched by more than 17 million viewers when it aired on the US Disney Channel last month.

9 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Funk's corner: CIS rocks the stadium

The Canadian International School band was back for the fourth year in a row and rocking it up for rugby fans. The 17-strong band, led by teacher Robert Dacho, played jazz and swing numbers, while the Grade 11 and 12 students played rock, Motown, disco, funk and Latin songs. 'We've been preparing on and off since September.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Sunny sounds

Don't be misled by their name. Animal Liberation Orchestra isn't an orchestral group playing classical music.

The group is a quartet of funkateers from California that play sunny, uplifting music. Their latest album, Fly Between Falls, is a concoction of funk and country vibes and comes just in time to kick off the summer.

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Blast of funky grooves

Dynamite is the new album by funk outfit Jamiroquai. Its string of feel-good vibes, laced with 1970s retro flare, has danceable grooves which won't disappoint fans of the British band.

3 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

DJ Derald's Top 10

1. Baby Boy by Beyounce. 'This song has a Middle-Eastern sense of flavour and I really love Arabic tracks. It's just sheer sexy R&B.'

2. Fighting Temptation by Missy Elliot. 'This tune hits you in the face with a cool bass line accompanied by refreshing vocals.'

5 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

DJ Inti Kwong's Top 10

1. Inti Band Debut Compilation 'It was the first time I organised such a big project, and also the debut recording for 10 indie bands.'

2. Lazymuthaf**ka by LMF 'This is LMF's debut before they were signed to any record companies. Watching them from being amateurs jamming for fun to having their own studio and album, I'm really happy for them.'

27 Jul 2003 - 12:00am


A Funk Odyssey


Jamiroquai, fronted by Jay Kay, the white kid making black music from London who gained fame in a buffalo hat (looking like an escapee gone mad from some kind of 'Loyal Order of the Moose' lodge), should more than ever be heralded as musical prophets rather than lost souls.

21 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Retro funk comes alive

No matter how gaudy they may seem today, the 1970s are still regarded by many as the epitome of cool. From movies to music to fashion, retro is trendy again, and according to one local DJ, the sounds of that decade have the ability to attract fans anywhere.

30 Apr 1999 - 12:00am