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Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B – nominees for THE AGE MUSIC VICTORIA GENRE AWARDS 2014

Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album – presented by Plakkit

According to the Age the below artists albums are the top 5 artists in the Australian Soul, Funk, RnB and Gospel category

Chelsea Wilson – I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me
Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Blind Bet
Oscar Key Sung – Holograms
Saskwatch – Nose Dive
The Bamboos – Fever In The Road

Chelsea Wilson – I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me

Over two years in the making, I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me contains ten new tracks inspired by seventies afrobeat, blacksploitation soundtracks, sixties Motown and soul jazz. The album features eight of Chelsea’s original compositions, plus her unique funk arrangement of  Neyo’s pop hit Closer and an Esther Phillips tribute, the title track of the album. The single ‘Through With Lovin’ You” was released digitally and on limited edition 45rpm vinyl with launch shows in Brisbane and Melbourne and an accompanying film clip premiered on themusic.com.au.

Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Blind Bet

Cookin’ On 3 Burners are Australia’s hardest hitting Hammond Organ Trio – joining the dots between Deep Funk, Raw Soul, Organ Jazz & Boogaloo.

Listening to Cookin’ On 3 Burners is like poking your head through a time portal that stretches between the year you were born and the middle of next week.

On one hand there are clues to a spiritual home that’s situated somewhere in the back streets of 1966, but on the other is a reinvented soul stew that’s very much a product of the 21st Century.

Formed in 1997, Cookin’ On 3 Burners was always meant to be an experiment in sound. Drenched in the bluesy soulful influence of the late 60?s/early 70?s output of labels such as Prestige, Bluenote & Groove Merchant, these Melbourne music stalwarts began serving up a feast of tasty funk on a bed of Hammond soul, creating a flavour that gets better with every lick of the spoon.

Oscar Key Sung – Holograms

At 23 years of age, Melbourne-based singer / songwriter / producer Oscar Key Sung has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prodigious new talents in Australia’s vibrant indie music landscape.

Since exploding out of the scene-defining Two Bright Lakes community as one half of Oscar + Martin in 2010, Oscar has received international acclaim for his refreshingly spacious productions, buoyant performances, and a sumptuous voice that harkens back to a classic lineage of heart-on-sleeve r ‘n’ b frontmen.

Saskwatch – Nose Dive

Saskwatch return after 2012’s universally acclaimed debut Leave it All Behind with their richer and more diverse sophomore record Nose Dive.

Counter-intuitive to the band’s trajectory, the title serves as a commentary on life’s highs and lows – themes which are continuously explored throughout the record. Nose Dive encapsulates Saskwatch’s scintillating live show whilst further refining their sound through building ballads and heart-wrenching lyricism. With this release, the Melbourne nine-piece will shake the tag of ‘promising young act’ and redefine themselves as a whole.


The Bamboos – Fever In The Road

Bandleader Lance Ferguson and his nine piece Melbourne outfit The Bamboos have come a long way since forming in 2001. Initially inspired by the instrumental raw funk of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, they made waves internationally and were quickly labelled as one of the greatest funk and soul bands of our time. But while many would be happy to simply soak up the praise and keep on keeping on, The Bamboos have proven that they are more than meets the eye; over five acclaimed albums, their evolution in sound and style has consistently confounded and exceeded expectations, pulling the rug from under the feet of those who like to pigeonhole.

And if your interested…the other genre nominees are


Best Blues Album – presented by Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Dreamboogie – Ain’t Nobody’s Business
Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men – 3am Blues Live
Ian Collard – Swamp, Stomp & Boogie
Kerri Simpson – 4am
Shaun Kirk – Steer The Wheel

Best Country Album – presented by Out On The Weekend
Eaten By Dogs – Eaten By Dogs
Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes – Black Coffee
T-Bones – A Long Time Coming
Tracy McNeil – Nobody Ever Leaves
Wagons – Acid Rain & Sugar Cane

Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album – presented by Plakkit
Chelsea Wilson – I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me
Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Blind Bet
Oscar Key Sung – Holograms
Saskwatch – Nose Dive
The Bamboos – Fever In The Road 

Best Jazz Album – presented by Dixons Creek Estate
Andrea Keller Quartet with Strings – Wave Rider
Anton Delecca Quartet – The Healer
Black Jesus Experience – Migration
Julien Wilson Trio – Swailing
Tilman Robinson – Network of Lines

Best Hip Hop Album – presented by PBS
Briggs – Shep Life
Geko – Real Heads Don’t Listen
L-Fresh the Lion – One
Remi – Raw x Infinity
Tornts – Street Visions

Best Electronic Act – presented by Select AV
Andras Fox
Chet Faker
Client Liaison
Will Sparks

Best Heavy Album – presented by Sailor Jerry
Ausmuteants – Amusements
Ceres – I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here
Closure In Moscow – Pink Lemonade
Iron Mind – Iron Mind
The Bennies – Rainbows In Space

Best Indigenous Act – presented by Songlines
Deline Briscoe
Kutcha Edwards
Skin Choir
The Deans

Best Global or Reggae Album – presented by Crumpler
Black Jesus Experience – Migration
Coloured Stone – Dance To the Sun
Tek Tek Ensemble – Terror in the Jungle
The Bombay Royale – The Island of Dr Electrico
The Chosen Ones – Self Titled

Best Folk Roots Album – presented by White Sky
Charles Jenkins – Too Much Water In The Boat
Laura Jean – Laura Jean
Oh Pep – II
Tobias Hengeveld – The Daylight Express
Tracy McNeil – Nobody Ever Leaves

Best Experimental/Avant-Garde Act – presented by Implant Media
Evelyn Morris
Joel Stern
Nik Kennedy
Ren Walters
Rosalind Hal

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