The Mighty Show Stoppers - "Hippy Skippy Moonstrut"
The Bombay Royale - "Monkey Fight Snake"
Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes - "Love Letter"
Syl Johnson - "Is It Because I'm Black?" (feat The Bamboos)
Chet Faker - "Love & Feeling"
Kylie Auldist - "Changes"
The Putbacks - "Waz That ?"
Gypsy Brown - "Stepping Stones"
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - "Mr Clean Part 2"
Deep Street Soul - "Kick Out The Jams"
Cookin On 3 Burners - "Skeletor"
Menagerie - "The Chosen"
Hiatus Kaiyote - "Nakamarra"
Review: Given the runaway success of Melbourne-based funk and soul musicians in recent years - see the Bamboos, Kylie Audist, Cookin' On 3 Burners etc - it was arguably only a matter of time before some bright spark had the idea of celebrating the city's scene in compilation form. In the end, it's scene stalwarts Chris Gill and Lance Ferguson (the local super-producer behind most of the city's biggest soul hits) who've taken the plunge. Predictably, The Soul of Melbourne is a superb sales pitch for Victoria's funk scene, delivering a sun-flecked blend of deep soul, fuzzy trip-hop, blazing funk and sinewy modern soul, with plenty of little-known gems and quirky curiosities (see The Bombay Royale's Morricone-ish "The Flight Snake") to excite the diggers.