This is the 25th release on the label. A great moment to share with the man who made me start the label Liam McGorry.

Ex-Olympian is the new musical vessel for Liam McGorry – songwriter & musician for SASKWATCH, the band that launched the label and also the dreams of so many young KIDS in town who loved to get down. Named after the neon sign that adorns ‘Borsari’s Corner’ in Melbourne’s Lygon St, Ex-Olympian reflects the times we all need to shift things forward into a new phase. Musically, things are shifting gears too.

Liam McGorry has always made sure things are in the right pocket, I mean in the groove. And this project EX OLYMPIAN brings together so many of his great elements to create a new sound. A fresh sound. Welcome people to DREAM FUNK. Using Graeme Pogson on the drums means that its got the sweet beat, with Liam using his trumpet and on the track “Voices In My Head” its Liam’s first recording of him signing on a track too! Sound wild! The B side Liam enlists the help of his old friend NKECHE ANELE (Saskwatch) to sing the dreamy sounds on the b side, “LILAC YOUTH”, the next hot single coming off the debut album. 

Liam’s new music has been warmly received especially in his home town of Melbourne where Community radio has embraced it as another McGorry sureshot! 



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LOCKDOWN STAGE 4 – we are OPEN for online trading


We are offering FREE FUNK DELIVERIES for all orders $50+ within 15km of FUNK HQ! 

You can order via email, phone or Discogs

Please reply to this email with what records you’d like to purchase or call us on

(03) 9417 7557.

If there’s a record you don’t see here but you are interested in and see if we can do some funk investigating & sourcing of it for you. 

Our lifelong offer of free shipping nation-wide for all orders of $100 or more continues!

We’re still trading online on Discogs HERE

If you’re looking to sell or trade used records, email or call us to arrange an appointment.

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The Shop is open!

Thanks to everybody who supported us though the last 10 weeks.

The funk deliveries that have been keeping me so happy over the last little while will continue but with some funk conditions. In order to keep safe AND funky we are extending the free postage deal with a local funk delivery within a couple of days of the sugar……*

OPENING MONDAY 1st JUNE 2020 with reduced hours.

12 – 5pm 



The shop has been cleaned, preened, gleamed,and steamed. Step inside, you wont believe your eyes, nose, ears, and even tears. We went deeper than Bernard Purdie’s back catalog.
We have hand sanitizer and diggin’ gloves on entry. All records are sleeved.

Please stay home if you feel unfunky. Remember we can funk deliver to you.
Stay safe and funky. 

We have put out the first crate of SECOND HAND records since the lockdown, come and admire the view. These will be written out by Thursdays VIEW FROM THE NORTHSIDE email.

 * spend over $100 and receive FREE POSTAGE all over AUSTRALIA and or free delivery within 15kms of FUNK HQ.

See you SOOOOOON. 

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Northside Records: The Soul of Melbourne

Photo Credit: The Vinyl Factory

Photo Credit: The Vinyl Factory

Nestled in the bend of the vibrant Gertrude Street precinct there’s a particularly distinctive record store, unique in both looks and personality. In appearance, it’s hard to miss – swathed in an incandescent sky blue, Northside Records sticks out like a beacon. The store has been an important nexus for the Melbourne music community since 2002, championing funk, soul, jazz, reggae and underground dance music in a city that has not always held a reputation as an epicentre for soul and funk music. A few months ago, Questlove nominated Melbourne as the soul and funk capital of the world, Chris Gill’s Northside Records has been central to the reputation….

to read on CLICK HERE!!!!!


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We normally don’t do PRE-ORDERS because we are a local SOUL SHOP that ALWAYS get in all local SOUL releases. But we will do it for the Teskey kids, because they asked nicely. Album out on MAY 15th. The Teskeys have been doing SO MANY live shows lately that it was an easy decision to put out this live album, performed at the magical Melbourne venue, THE FORUM.

TO pre-ORDER the record please email me at

two different covers. So much sweet sweet soul music. Melbourne’s music, Warrandytes music. Your music……


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Even though you can’t make it down to Northside this Saturday to catch the funky bands we always have on during Record Store Day, we are bringing the funk to your living room! YES! Live streaming from the Northside Records Instagram Page in conjunction with Isol-Aid from 7-8pm featuring LOCAL LEGENDS:

LANEOUS (solo) 2pm

EX-OLYMPIAN (Northside’s own Liam McGorry) 2:20pm

THE BAMBOOS (duo set from Lance Ferguson & Kylie Auldist) 2:40pm

Live & direct from their funky abodes!

yes, of course we will be doing a PRIZE for the best dancer. We always do. Just put up on your INSTAGRAM STORY evidence of the get down, make sure you tag us so we can pimp out your moves later!  The winner will receive a super limited copy of the RSD LANEOUS 45. 

We have a select handful of LANEOUS’ brand new single to give away after his performance on RSD this year. 

These will be on sale after Laneous’ performance. Just email me at to get one. 

Also don’t forget about the GREAT AUSTRALIAN WAREHOUSE SALE that will be happening at Northside on Saturday as well, grab yourself a bargain!!!!! Get in contact. 

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Free shipping for local orders and for orders over $100 interstate. INternational shipping is available too!


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Storefront temporary closure

time to chill, time to listen to the records on your rack. Northside Records has closed the shop for a week or two. Great time for me to freshen up the funk! Come back fresher than Eva! Keep your eyes on the socials and check out our DISCOGS page (seller: northsidechris)


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the very next night FRIDAY 6th March 7pm


perform live at 7pm

celebrating the launch of their DEBUT ALBUM “NO!” out on RESEARCH RECORDS

MC action from Chris Gill to compliment a special sweaty live in-store performance by Big Yawn 💦Sythns, drum machines, REAL drums, dancers and good times. Thats what will be going down this FRIDAY at Northside Records. Of course it will be FREE and ALL AGES

LP’s and a new tee will be available for purchase. Limited space and stock so get down early to avoid disappointment.

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Good Manners Music and Music in Exile present


Thursday 5th March 6pm



live INSTORE PERFORMANCES, from the UKs hottest jazz band. London 5-piece Ezra Collective are proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force. Their sound nods respectfully to a classic jazz footprint, celebrating the originators whilst also carving a path solely their own. They marry the delicate technicalities of jazz with afrobeat & hip hop, tied together by a sound that’s unmistakably London. Celebrating their debut album YOU CANT STEAL MY JOY its gonna be a PARTY IN FITRZOY. Come and sample this band with an intimate taste of their show before their big gig at THE CORNER HOTEL on FRIDAY 6th MARCH.

Warming up the spot will be local legends AUSECUMA BEATS who make music to make you dance, they will make you put your hand up early for the best dancer prize! Born of the fusion Australia, Senegal, Cuba and Mali, AUSECUMA BEATS as a band stands for unity among diverse peoples, and it shows through their combines influences from Africa, Cuba and Australia. We get to rejoice in their debut 4 track 12” release out now on MUSIC IN EXILE.

Fitzroy loves to dance and THURSDAY night is gonna be super fun. All gigs at Northside Records are free and ALL AGES.

music from 6pm!!!! 

Get Down to GET DOWN!

This marks the first of a super funky double header with BIG YAWN launching their debut album the next night on FRIDAY March 6th 7pm – Live at Northside.


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Yes, yes ya’ll. One of the most legendary UK DJ’s who helped coin the term RARE GROOVE. A term that is really the basis for this record store, and many others.

An artist who has had  a defining effect in bringing together the world of groove under one big happy umbrella. It wasn’t happy in the beginning but now it is – thank the lord! He now has a book out that will guide you through the trip that his life has been, always with THE GOOD TIMES! aka Mr Good Times. Get down early and groove to the sounds of Northside DJs who get the space ready. 

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WOW. What a day. We only got two days heads up that this was going to happen. So happy it did! Fly Lo signed for TWO HOURS straight. The queue stretched PAST the RAINBOW and around the corner of Gertrude Street to Smith Street! DJ’s MIKE GURRIERI and EMELYNE set the mood all night just right. The funky drummer, Paul Gorrie gave us an Acknowledgment of Country and FLY LO started his odyssey! As he finished the signing we played a few unreleased THUNDERCAT joints and got the dancing competition underway. Big thanks to Fly Lo and also to THE OPERATIVES and WARP RECORDS.



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