We thought it would be a good idea to shine some light on some of the records currently in-stock for people who don’t get to come through the shop that often. Starting where it all began….in Africa. Check our selection of new & reissued African records. Plenty of heat here! Stock is added to daily….


ALI BIRRA ‘Ammalele’ (Domino Sound) LP $28

AMADOU BINTA KONTE & TIDIANE THIAM ‘Waande Kadde’ (Sahel Sounds) LP $35

AWALOM GEBRENARIAM ‘Desdes’ (Awesome Tapes From Africa) LP $38

BLACK SAVAGE ‘Something For Someone’ (Afro7) LP $40

DJ CALL ME ‘Dictionary / Marry Me’ (Highlife) 12” $20

EBO TAYLOR ‘Yen Ara’ (Mr Bongo) LP $48

EKO ‘Funky Disco Music’ (Africa 7) LP $34

ENNANGA ‘Vision’ (Soundway) 2LP $40

GUY ONE ‘#1’ (Philophon) LP $36

HAILU MERGIA & THE WALIAS ‘Tche Belew’ (Awesome Tapes From Africa) LP $36

HAILU MERGIA ’Shemonmuanaye’ (Awesome Tapes From Africa) 2LP $42

HOTLINE ‘You Are Mine’ (Soundway) LP $36

ITADI K BONNEY ‘Inye’ (Hot Casa) LP $55

JACOB MAFULENI & GARY GRITNESS ‘Batanidzo’ (Nyami Nyami Records) LP $

JAY U EXPERIENCE ‘Enough Is Enough’ (Soundway) LP $40

KATAPILA ‘Trotro’ (Awesome Tapes From Africa) LP $36

KINGSLEY BUCKNOR ‘Just U And Me’ (Left Ear Records) LP $35

LOS CAMAROES ‘Ressurection Los’ (Analog Africa) LP $45

MAIA & THE BIG SKY ‘Maia & The Big Sky’ (Boundary Records) LP $35

MOMBASA ROOTS ‘EP’ (Afro7) 12” $30

MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA ‘Genes And Spirits’ (Matsuli Music) 2LP $60

MOVERS, THE ‘Kansas City’ (Soundway) LP $42


OM ALEC KHAOLI ‘Say You Love Me’ (Awesome Tapes From Africa) 12” $26

PASTEUR LAPPE ‘We The People’ (Africa 7) LP $36

PAT THOMAS “Marijata’ (Mr Bongo) LP $48

SUPER DJATA ‘De Bamako’ (Kindred Spirits) LP $26

SUPER MAMA DJOMBO ‘Super Mama Djombo’ (New Dawn) LP $32

SWAZI MESSAGE / BIG BAND BASH ‘Music From Africa Vol 1’ (Nyami Nyami Records) LP $30

SWAZI MESSAGE / BIG BAND BASH ‘Music From Africa Vol 2’ (Nyami Nyami Records) LP $30

TONY ALLEN ‘The Source’ (Blue Note) 2LP $55

VARIOUS ‘African Scream Contest 2’ (Analog Africa) 2LP $54

VARIOUS ‘Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth Disco 1980-1984’ (Cultures Of Soul) 2LP $48

VARIOUS ‘Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa’ (Soundway) 2LP $44

VARIOUS ’Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa’ (Ostinato) 2LP $48

YORUBA ’Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria’ (Soul Jazz) 2LP $44



This week our focus is on the sounds of Jamaica. Reggae is a loose term because you can also find dub, rocksteady & all the goodness which comes from Jamaica & even some Aussie ones in these selections!

AUGUSTUS PABLO ‘Eastman Dub’ (VP) LP $32
AUGUSTUS PABLO ‘Rockers International’ (Greensleeves) LP $30
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS ‘Jamaican Storm’ (Accord) LP $25
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS ‘Kaya’ (Back To Black) LP $30
COOZIE MELLERS WACKIES RHYTHM FORCE ‘Easy / You Move’ (Wackies) 10″ $30
IMPACT ALL STARS ‘Java Java Java Java – Instrumental Dubwise Versions’ (Get On Down) LP $42
KEITH & TEX ‘Same Old Story’ (Liquidator Music) LP $32
LEE PERRY ‘Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread’ (VP) LP $36
MONKEY MARC ‘No Surrender Riddim’ (Digi Killaz) 10″ $20
MONKEY MARC vs THE PLANET SMASHERS ‘Monkey Marc vs The Planet Smashers’ (Jahtari) LP $25
PROTOJE ‘Ancient Future’ (Overstand) 2LP $30
REVOLUTIONAIRS ‘Dub Expression’ (Dub Store) LP $38
RHODA DAKAR ‘Sings The Bodysnatchers’ (VOR) LP $35
SCIENTIST MEEDS TED SIROTA ‘Heavyweight Dub’ (Dub MNP) 2LP $25
THE LAST POETS ‘Understand What Black Is’ (Studio Rockers) 2LP $52
VARIOUS ‘Africa Iron Gate Showcase’ (Dub Store) LP $44
VARIOUS ‘Studio One Rocksteady Vol 1’ (Soul Jazz) 2LP $46
VARIOUS ‘Studio One Rocksteady Vol 2’ (Soul Jazz) 2LP $48
VARIOUS ‘Studio One Ska’ (Soul Jazz) 2LP $32
WALLY BADAROU ‘Back To Scales To Night’ (Love Vinyl) LP $30
WRONGTOM ‘Possessed EP’ (Tru Thoughts) 12″ $25


+ We also have a tasty second hand section featuring many more titles worth checking.


This week our focus is on the sounds of the world around us! Out side our shores….. We have some incredible reissues & compilations from the golden seas of OUTERNATIONAL MUSIC



DEEPCOUNT ‘No Dead End’ (Deepcount) LP $35

HIROSHI YOSHIMURA ‘Pier & Loft’ (17853) LP $45

HINORU ‘HOODOO’ FUSHIMI ‘In Praise Of Mitochondria’ (Left Ear) LP $42

LUKA PRODUCTIONS ‘Fasokan’ (Sahel Sounds) LP $44

JEAN-JACQUES PERREY ‘Et Son Ondiline’ (Forgotten Futures) LP $40

JACOB MAFULENI & GARY GRITNESS ‘Batanidzo’ (Nyami Nyami) LP $36

JAAK JURISSON ‘Jaak Jurisson’ (Frotee) LP $30

LARAAJI ‘Vision Songs’ (Numero) LP $42

MUSTAPHA ’Skandrani’ (Em) LP $38

MUGWISA INTERNATIONAL XYLOPHONE GROUP ‘Santuri’s Embaire Umeme EP’ (On The Corner) LP $28


PENYA ‘Super Liminal’ (On The Corner) LP $35

RESPUESTA ALTERNATIVA ‘Grata Compania’ (Left Ear) LP $25

TEISCO ‘Tuscan Caslte And Country Seat (Colonna Sonora Originale Dei Filmati Televisivi) LP $30

VARIOUS ‘Agrim Agadez – Musique Guitare De La Republique Du Niger’ (Sahel Sounds) LP $42

VARIOUS ‘Sounds From The Archipelago’ (Shiok) LP $40

VARIOUS ‘Music Of The Bahnar People From The Central Highlands of Vietnam’ (Sublime Frequencies) LP $40


+ We also have a tasty second hand OUTERNATIONAL section featuring many more titles worth checking.


This week our focus is on the sounds of Brazil! We have some incredible reissues & compilations from the golden era of Brazilian music.


AIRTO ‘Free’ (CTI) LP $25

ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM & LUIS BONFA ‘Orfeu Negro – Original Soundtrack’ (Doxy) LP $25

BAIANO & OS NOVOS CAETANOS ‘Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos’ (Far Out) LP $38

EDU PASSETO & GUI TAVARES ’Noite Que Brincou De Lua’ (Far Out) LP $38

HERMETO PASCOAL & GRUPO VICE VERSA ‘Viajando Com O Som’ (Far Out) LP $30

MILTINHO ‘Miltinho E Samba’ (Doxy) LP $25

SEU JORGE & ALMAZ ‘Seu Jorge And Almaz’ (Now Again) LP $38

TAMIL ROGEON ’24 Hours In Lapa’ (Heard & Felt)

TIM MAIA ’1973’ (Oficial Arquivos) LP $30

TOM ZE ‘The Hips Of Tradition’ (Luaka Bop) LP $32

VARIOUS ‘Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were 1984-1994’ (Soundway) 2LP $44

VARIOUS ‘Too Slow To Disco Brasil compiled by Ed Motta’ (How Do You Do Are) 2LP $48

VICTOR ASSIS BRASIL ‘Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim’ (Far Out) LP $32

+ we also have a tasty second hand Brazilian section featuring many more titles worth checking.


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It was a crazy beautiful day last Saturday. Another record was born unto the world and KAIIT was ALL THAT AND MORE! Below is an amazing letter I was sent that really articulated well as to why we would come out to events. Even as a person going alone and why its important to.


Some snaps….

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The Goods – Live in-store at Northside

This Friday! The Goods turning up the heat for an intimate MPC set at Northside Records. 7PM. Playing songs from the new MAKE YOUR MOVE EP. Out now on Bastard Jazz. DO NOT MISS!

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Northside Records is proud to present the first physical release of Melbourne’s rising soul star


 “Natural Woman / OG Luv Kush Pt 2”

Kaiit burst onto the scene 15 months ago with her jaw-dropping debut single ‘Natural Woman’. After selling out her single launch she went on to perform at the highly regarded Golden Plains Festival, all on the back of a single track! This tune is a local anthem. 

The 20 year old, Paupa New Guinean born, Melbourne based singer is now back with another slice of soul goodness with ‘OG Love Kush Part 2’ so we at Northside decided to do the right thing and press these gems to a piece of 7” vinyl.


Limited to 400 copies worldwide.

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Record Store Day 2018 at Northside!

Whoa! It’s that time again. Saturday April 21. We have a massive day planned. Bands, DJs, exclusive releases, 45s galore, a ‘FUNK CAVE’*, hobbyists on the cut, giveaways and prizes! 10am-7pm. Even the RSD Tour Bus will be arriving and departing at Northside throughout the day. Live performances from The Bamboos, Jaala, Remi, Plutonic Lab and Natalie Slade, Cool Out Sun + DJs in TWO ROOMS all day long. Your favourite community radio jocks from PBS and RRR will be joined by some of our favourite customers, label owners and the Northside Records soundsystem – dropping knowledge and keeping the vibes rolling until dark.

It’s been our policy in recent years that RSD performers should have a record to present for Record Store Day – and let’s just say this year is an exceptional year! You may want to get out of bed early if you want a piece of Record Store Day history. Every band has a brand new 45 or LP released on the day. Some of these upcoming RSD releases have been previewed on critically acclaimed and internationally renowned community radio shows such as GET DOWN, MYSTIC BREW, THE BREAKDOWN and the THE BLEND. Catch those shows again this week for more tasters.

Full details of Saturday’s action will be available soon. * THE FUNK CAVE: Once again we are able to occupy 238 Gertrude for the day.  We’ll have crates of all-sorts + electronica grab-bags, pop-up DJs, refreshments, lounges, coloured lights and room to dance. If you subscribe to our newsletter you’ll get the scoop at 11am on Thursday. If you don’t subscribe, you should – or watch this space for updates.

And, if that’s not enough – we have a superfine release that comes out on Northside Records’ label, this Friday, April 20. The Seven Ups  return with their third album ‘Commandments’, and they just keep getting better. Rather than describe the music, below is the album artwork that looks a lot like the album sounds! Sadly they can’t be with us on Record Store Day, but we’ll have the record for sale – and more exciting news about their official launch coming soon. Don’t forget – it’s Record Store Day everyday at Northside.


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The Harpoons – Live Instore 13.04.18

On Friday 13th April The Harpoons will be launching their new album ‘AMARO’  with a live in-store performace at Northside Records. Shoes off from 7pm. Check the album preview here: THE HARPOONS: AMARO

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from KENYA


vinyl release party! Maia Von Lekow has come a long way, I really mean it.

Her magnetic vocals, both in kiswahili and english, weave together African polyrhythms with soul and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents.

Daughter of Kenyan musical legend Sal Davis, Maia has earned herself a formidable reputation as one of Kenya’s most explosive live performers, gracing the stages of prominent festivals such as Africa Utopia (UK), HIFA (Zimbabwe), Kigali UP (Rwanda), Sauti za Busara (Zanzibar), The Great Rift Valley Festival and Blankets & Wine (Kenya).
MAIA will be playing with her full band here in MELBOURNE. Experience the magic live in the store this SUNDAY.

FREE and ALL AGES from 3pm.

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Friday 23rd February 2018


Mildlife take the musical canvas, rip the lids off the paint tins, and throw vibrant splashes of colour into kaleidoscopic jams. Old friends, the Australian four-piece bonded over the desire to push musical boundaries, developing tight live shows bolstered by wild improvisation and a debut record that mines jazz, psych and disco for its irresistible groove. A melting pot of musical sensations, Mildlife combine progressive 70s sounds with electronic krautrock, backed by a mixture of rhythmic funk, house, and dream-pop, to create an addictive atmosphere that is captured in their debut album PHASE. Come down to celebrate the launch of their first ever album. A stalwart on the Fitzroy band scene, these guys will make the foundations shake! 


FREE – all ages……

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History Lesson: Mother Earth

The year is 1973, and the singer is Renee Geyer. Band members include Jim Kelly, Mark Punch, Russell Dunlop and Harry Brus. Unfortunately Mother Earth never released any records, but did record many live performances for ABC’s GTK (Get To Know) music program. The program often featured Melbourne and Sydney’s finest players covering Motown hits and soul classics. Many of the musicians featured here went on to become The Renee Geyer Band and also featured in noteable Australian bands like Johnny Rocco Band and Jeff St John – as well as playing with the likes of Judy Bailey and Sven Libaek. If you like this check out bassist Harry Brus’ YouTube channel.

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So.Crates – Album Launch & Instore Performance

So.Crates (aka. Skomes and Cazeaux Oslo) are  launching their amazing LP “Static Methods” on Saturday 17th February from 3pm. Joining them will be Pataphysics who also released a incredible album recently. Instore, FREE and ALL AGES.

The album is actually released today (27.01.18) with help of our friends at Foreign Brothers. It’s a beautifully packaged gatefold double LP, and comes with bonus download. Don’t sleep on this local monster! You get the mighty So.Crates along with replays from 30/70, Laneous, Chicken Wishbone, Billy Davis + guests include Matt on The Moon, Allysha Joy, Mike Thesis and more. A stellar release, and a real showcase of our thriving underground soul/hip-hop scene.

Static Methods out now!
Foreign Brothers | So.Crates | Pataphysics

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December 25 is for dancing! J.B. R.I.P.

It’s on again. Christmas night at The John Curtin Hotel. It’s an all DJ lineup this year, promising an intimate night of dynamite soul, new new super heavy funk, classic JB-inspired hip hop and fever inducing disco. We have the cream of Melbourne’s funk and soul DJs bringing the finest, rarest, illest and most obscure JB-produced 45s you’ll ever hear! Plus Afro-JB covers, and all the gang of course – Marva Whitney, Lyn Collins, Vicki Anderson, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, The JBs, The Devils, Sweet Charles, Bobby Byrd, Hand Ballard, Bill Doggett, Shirley Jean and The Relations, Lee Austin, The Famous Flames, The Above Average Black Band, Beau Dollar, The Dee Felice Trio and more… Check the poster for the full lineup. 8pm – 1am. Get Down.

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TomGirl + GODTET live instore!

On Saturday 11th of November Northside Records presents TomGirl and GODTET live instore. Both bands are launching their highly anticipated debut releases – on Northside Records and La Sape Records respectively.

TomGirl’s debut release in yet another soul-hybrid from Melbourne’s inner-North. The new single ‘My lovers’ is a little anthem for love that isn’t finite – it is formless and free. The flipside ‘Dunes’ is a mostly instrumental tune reminiscent of 60’s psych-lounge, 70’s surf soundtracks and urban noir, with a touch of the ‘doo-wops’…. totally unique and beyond classification. TomGirl is an all-female five piece comprising Anita Chorowicz, Danika Smith, Harmony Byrne, Laura Clinch and Shanti Lane. Live at Northside from 3pm.

GODTET is a new band put together by Sydney-based guitarist/producer Godriguez. Dave ‘Godriguez’ burst on the scene in 2015 as the producer for Sampa the Great’s ‘Great Mixtape’, making waves both here and all over the world. Whilst the players here are from a jazz background and the instrumentation is undoubtably jazz, the music pushes into other territories. The debut release is out now and available at Northside and all good record stores. Cop a listen here – and you’ll know why you need to be at Northside to seeGODTET performing live instore.



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