INSTORE SIGNING and Q&A with NORMAN JAY mbe

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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FLYING LOTUS INSTORE SIGNING

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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NORTHSIDE RECORDS TAKEOVER of WHITEHART BAR

FRIDAY 3rd JANUARY.

To mark the start of the year we are getting down with you guys. Take time to come along. WE are on from 4PM going all through to 1am. We will be joined by the legends KARATE BOOGALOO who will be doing their first set at 10pm. Come down to GET DOWN.

Oh yeah and its a FREE SHOW!

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JAMES BROWN XMAS FUNK 45 by KARATE BOOGALOO

Its a gift, its a lift, its a show, its a know. James Brown died on XMAS day in 2006 to save your funky funky soul. Thats a known fact. Join us as we dance for Mr Hot Pants on Wednesday 25th December at THE CURTIN. It is also the day that we launch the latest and greatest tribute 45 to the great man.

DOING IT TO DEATH / BOOGER’S SEASON

Side A features the KB’s take on Doing It To Death, the 1973 James Brown classic featuring the classic Fred Wesley-led JBs band. Side B carries a brand new Karate Boogaloo original, the dark, bubbling instrumental Booger’s Season.

This special release on Fitzroy’s finest Northside Records imprint is the second in a series of Christmas James Brown tribute 45s, following 2016’s These Are The J.B.’s b/w The Joy Of Giving (The Drummer Some).

Doing It To Death b/w Booger’s Season will be available in limited numbers on the hallowed 45rpm 7″ vinyl format, in local Melbourne record stores from Saturday Dec 7th. The release will be available digitally across streaming platforms from Friday Dec 13th. $15 each…..

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James Brown XMAS party

IT WOULDN’T BE CHRISTMAS AT NORTHSIDE WITHOUT OUR ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO SOUL BROTHER NUMBER ONE….MR JAMES BROWN!

IN 2006 JAMES BROWN DIED ON CHRISTMAS DAY TO SAVE YOUR FUNKY, FUNKY SOUL. WE SPEND CHRISTMAS NIGHT REMEMBERING HIS INCREDIBLE IMPACT ON MUSIC BOTH THEN & HIS CONTINUED INFLUENCE IN TODAY’S MUSICAL GENERATION.

JOIN US FROM 8PM ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT AS WE CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF JAMES BROWN WITH LIVE MUSIC FROM KARATE BOOGALOO WHO ARE LAUNCHING A BRAND NEW 45 ON THE NIGHT RELEASED ON NORTHSIDE RECORDS! It will be their second funky XMAS 45! 

DJ SUPPORT FROM PIERRE BARONI, MISS GOLDIE, MR REX, SHIO, MIKE GURRIERI & CHRIS GILL!

ENTRY IS FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!

At THE CURTIN 29 Lygon Street Carlton from 8pm til LATE….

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SUNNYSIDE instore PERFORMANCE

To celebrate the release of the wild new album MOMENTUM by Melbourne jazzy disco clubbed out funk party band we call Sunnyside. Momentum will be their second album after coming off a hot year on Melbourne dancefloors and overseas as well. Slaying their FujiRock show in Japan they also had wild shows at the Night Cat and The Curtin. Very dance focused, the music guides you to the floor. This sort of fun record falls perfectly the day before summer starts down under. Its gonna be a fun summer.

 

Join us at 7pm to get down and get loose for this party band born in Fitzroy and now about to shake on my desk. There will be prizes for the best dancer and of course this gig is FREE and ALL AGES. Bring your friends and make some new ones. 

 

HERE IS A LINK to their Bandcamp page. Check the funk.

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INSTORE ANNOUNCEMENT

its my great pleasure to announce the FIRST ever INSTORE PERFORMANCE by local super heroes

30/70

On Oct 27, a SUNDAY, at 4pm, join BRADLEY ZERO from Rhythm Section as he hosts and toasts the launch of the latest album for future jazz collective 30/70.
Their new album FLUID MOTION is released on Friday 25th October and will make you shake, like an egg flip Big M with an extra scoop of ISCREAM. The Band has been a soundtrack in Fitzroy and surrounds for some time now. With their third album they keep the funk up front, the jazz in the pocket and the soul in your earhole. 30/70 are a family that supports the musicians coming up around them too. Bringing the music up with them on the trip.

 

Like all instores this is FREE and ALL AGES with a prize for the best dancer awarded to the funky……

 

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SAMPA’S INSTORE PERFORMANCE

Big thanks to all of you good good people who made it down to funky town. Sampa sure put on a show! One of the greatest! Here is a review of the show done by our work experience student who wasnt’ there but interviewed Lauren Taylor (RRR) who was! 

Northside Record’s Friday night in-store performance by Sampa the Great was a triumphant occasion. A crowd of 400+ people filled the tight pace store before spilling out onto Gertrude Street. So much so that a caped Chris Gill had to protect the audience from the threat of 60 rhinos on skateboards coming at them along the tram tracks.

Footage of the concert shows Sampa dancing on the desktop overlooking a crowd of wildly moving bodies. The hysteria that came about spread to those who weren’t even at attendance, from word of mouth individuals knew of the magic that Sampa gave off that night. Those who were amidst the madness say it was “one of the best concerts they had ever been to”. With a crowd made up of anyone and everyone, the performance exemplified the power of music and its effect on an audience and a place.

As an artist, Sampa’s new album is a complete elevation to her previous work. Her initial two mixtapes ‘Birds and the BEE9’ and ‘The Great mixtape’ brewed elements of what was coming for the young artist but it seems that with her latest release, she has officially come. Arrived. Not only do audiences love the sound, music videos and overall presentation of the work helps audience understand the underlying notions of identity and home in the album. Combined provides a powerful reappearance into the scene. Fans already wait in anticipation for where she will take her music next.

Northside Records as a performance venue is a central meting hub for music lovers alike to come and share their passion of the genres that they hold dear. When all-inclusive events take place, an audience is provided with active involvement in celebrating the vibrations that they love, an experience that many miss out on. A thriving community scene is also presented in these circumstances and a different buzz fills the crowd to that of a commercial ticketed performance. Aside for the literal connotations, intimate concerts are much more emotionally accessible to a crowd and leave a longer lasting warmth in the crowd. Personal connections are established.         “Seeing a show at Northside Records is like watching your team play at their home ground, it’s that sort of feeling.” A new generation of music lovers and musicians is built in moments like this as tender musical moments stick and influence further listening.

Funky times at a funky place are to follow ‘The Return’ of Sampa the Great.

 

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INSTORE ANNOUNCEMENT

SAMPA THE GREAT “The Return” album launch

 

FRIDAY 13th Sept 7pm

 

Yes, it really is the Return as SAMPA played her second ever gig at NOrthside Records back in 2015 on this very desk I am typing apon. So great to see here rise to a magnificent firey pheonix and take over the world. She is putting her record out on NINJA TUNE! INSANE. So proud. Anyway the INSTORE will be at 7pm. Details to follow.

 

SHUTTING DOWN FITZROY….

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INSTORE ANNOUNCEMENT

INSTORE ANNOUNCEMENT

Next Saturday we have the pleasure and privledge of hosting a great of the local beat scene.

BILLY HOYLE.

he will be releasing his new album, BRUXO released on HOUSE OF BEIGE

As somewhat of a follow up to the “Os Afro Sambas Reworks” project, “Bruxo” is another release inspired by Hoyle’s deep love for Brazilian music. Sampling rich sounds from flutes, Fender Rhodes, guitar and even melodica, it fluctuated between being a completely vocal or instrumental-only album throughout the creative process, eventually leading to a mix of the two with contributions from Tom Scott, Cazeaux O.S.L.O & N’fa Jones. The backbone of these pieces is formed by the world-class Myele Manzanza, who played drums on every track, shifting between boom-bap grooves and also flexing his incredible chops. Damian Smith also adds life to this project with various solos and keyboard parts that colour in the instrumental pieces.

The instore will feature the HOUSE OF BEIGE djs from 3pm before and after the show. The INSTORE will feature the Live drumming of MYELE MANZANZA and some fresh MC’s.

The show will be wild! Can’t wait.

SATURDAY 24th August at 3pm! 

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SUNNY SIDE UP

A compilation of incredible Melbourne music has been released in the UK! Gilles Peterson on his BROWNSWOOD RECORDINGS label has collected 9 amazing artists and their songs to show the world – we got game.

Its not just HIATUS KAIYOTE that shine bright like a diamond but their influence and effect has spread like funky butter.

Featuring ALLYSHA JOY, ZIGGY ZEITGEIST and HORATIO LUNA from the 30/70 music collective and then there’s KUZICH and SILENT JAY and DUFRESNE from the Mandarin Dreams family, plus more – AUDREY POWNE, PHIL STROUD and your friend and mine LANEOUS round it off. Jazzy, soulful and damn funky.

Hopefully it arrives today on gatefold double LP at $45. Digggggg the funk.

For more info check out the article SILENT JAY did for Vinyl Factory here..

 

 

 

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Sat. July 6 – Instore with DRMNGNOW

Instore Performance and 7″ Single Launch Party

 

Lots to celebrate!
Leaps & and Bounds Music Festival, NAIDOC Week and more.
New 45 on sale. Cop it while it’s hot.
AUSTRALIA DOES NOT EXIST bw. ALWAYS REMEMBER
Northside Records NR023S. Ltd. Edition

Neil Morris, or DRMNGNOW, is a Yorta-Yorta man and musician with a purpose. DRMNGNOW (pronounced Dreaming Now) is a project which is firmly focused on raising awareness around Indigenous justice in a post colonial society. This work is complex and is as equal parts system challenging as it is celebratory. 

The single Australia Does Not Exist has been  re-visited featuring Kee’ahn, a proud Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Torres Strait Island woman, exciting emerging artist,  and intergral part of the DRMNGNOW live experience . Her voice as an Indigenous woman speaks powerful volumes on this iteration of DRMNGNOWs debut track first released January last year. 

Always Remember is a new song also ft Kee’ahn and Paul Gorrie adding a soulful touch to this piece on the hook. It is a song about Indigenous resillience in the face of colonial violence. It is a song that reflects on the link to thousands of years of spiritual power that the indigenous experience holds. 

This seven inch release is as part of Naidoc Week and to give eternal life to important local songs. 

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