Do You Like Good Music? That Sweet Soul Music?

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Do You Like Good Music? That Sweet Soul Music?

Posted 6 Apr 2017


Hands up who likes a bit of classic ‘60s and 70s soul? Maybe a bit of funk thrown in for good measure? Booker T & the MG’s, James Brown, that kind of stuff. Maybe you’re into some of the newer stuff coming out of the States in the same style too, like the now sadly departed Sharon Jones & The Dapkings and the much-feted Charles Bradley, and even some of the local stuff that’s been coming out of the hotbed of soul that is Melbourne these days, like the Bamboos or Emma Donovan & The Putbacks? 

That’s all great stuff, but what would you say if we told you there was a band from Melbourne who’s been doing this sort of stuff for years now in the local clubs and bars, and who, over the last 12 months or so, has had a massive worldwide impact thanks to an indie single from 2009 and an influential French DJ?

We reckon you probably won’t have any idea what we’ve been talking about. While it’s not exactly a secret outside of music insider circles, it’s certainly not the massive news it should be. The band in question is Cookin’ On 3 Burners, and the song is "This Girl". The DJ in question is named Kungs.

Kungs apparently happened upon the track, gave it a quick remix, and all of a sudden opened the floodgates for CO3B. The Kungs vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners remix was an instant crossover hit, hitting #1 on the Worldwide Shazam chart and clocking up over 211 million YouTube views and 365 million streams on Spotify, Not too shabby, heh? It’s a great story and it’s a great record; two great records actually – the original and the remix. We’ll have a listen to them both shortly.

The singer on "This Girl", by the way, is Kylie Auldist, who has been a mainstay of the Melbourne soul scene for years and who, until over half a billion people heard her with this track, was best known as the vocalist for the Bamboos, the band who have always set the bar for the local scene. Kylie has also released four solo albums and you may have seen her on Rockwiz. She’s fabulous.

Anyway, the massive success of the track has sparked a new project for CO3B, and the group released a new album called VS. just last month.

“It really worked with Kungs, so we thought, let’s do some more,” says CO3B organist Jake Mason. “We wanted to find songs in our catalogue that would fit in that remix mould. Dance music is often computer or synthesiser based, so to have that ‘live’ element in the remixes brings a real freshness.”

"Settle The Score" kicks things off with a remix from Germany’s Niklas Ibach, whilst Australian club legend Yolanda Be Cool toughens up "Losin’ Streak". German DJ Stereofunk brings Fallon Williams’ James Brown-esque vocal on "Cook It" to the fore, whiile San Francisco’s Funk Leblanc slick things up with a tasty disco re-lick of "Push It Up". The album includes "This Girl" and the follow-up single "Mind Made Up", which was remixed by young Finnish up’n’comer Lenno.

In addition to the line-up of remixes, VS. also brings together the six original versions of these CO3B‘s vocal tracks which highlight how great this band has always been.

Let’s have a listen to the original of "This Girl" as well as the smash Kungs vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners remix. If you like what you hear you can pick up the album here.

And for fun, let’s have a listen also to CO3B’s super instrumental version of Gary Numan’s "Cars", from 2009. Nope, no one ever thought of Gary Numan as funky before, but this will change your mind for sure.

Kungs vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl

Cookin’ On 3 Burners - This Girl (original)


Cookin’ on 3 Burners’ - Cars

- DL

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