Like I said, we are closed for the day on MONDAY the 26th JANUARY, reopen on Tuesday 11am.

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The Public Opinion Six + Emcee 1/6 official record launch

SHADOWELEC-350We love it when our friends put on shows – and this time around  it’s a mad collab between HopeStreet Recordings, Scatter Scatter Tropical Discotheque and Shadow Electric! On Saturday February 7, Shadow Electric will host The Public Opinion Six and the Hope Street gang for the official launch of the ‘sweet sixteenth’ release from HopeStreet recordings (1/6: Cosmetic Love bw. The Public Opinion Six: Jappo). Joining them are Emcee 1/6, DJ Manchild and the Public Opinion Sound System for an action packed night of Afro-Brunswick-trophop, disco and soul.

From the press release: “Another sure-fire, super-heavy afro-dynamite-soul hit from those likely types down at Hope St headquarters!! And yes that’s right, it is the sweet sixteenth 45 released by this Melbourne record label juggernaut and there is only one way to celebrate it – teaming up with those cats from The Scatter Scatter Soundsystem and turning out a huge party down at The Shadow Electric!

Two sides of heat, each fronted by a different vocal weapon from the artillery of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will be translated live for you on Saturday Feb 7th. Rapper One-Sixth and singer/percussionist Lamine Sonko are joined their pals The Public Opinion Six (formerly The Afrobiotics & also the rhythm section behind the POAO) for two sets of afro-funk power. Then later DJ Manchild & the Scatter Scatter Soundsystem take over and turn the volume up to 10 with their massive party blend of tropical beats alongside live percussion and MCs.”


The new 45 is in stock at Northside, along with many other fine releases from HopeStreet Recordings.


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Wed 24th OPEN 11-3pm
Fri  26th – CLOSED
Sat 27th – CLOSED
Sun 28th – CLOSED
Mon 29th – OPEN 11-6
Tues 30th OPEN 11-6
Wed 31st 11-4 NYE
Thurs 1st CLOSED – NYD
Fri 2nd CLOSED
Sat 3rd CLOSED
Sun 4th CLOSED
Mon 5th – OPEN – 11- 6
Tues 6th – OPEN business as usual….

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It’s almost Christmas… RIP James Brown

It’s almost that time of year again. Christmas day will mark eight years since the passing of James Brown, ‘The Godfather of Soul‘. Come pay your respect, and shake your money maker on Christmas night. Get up, get into it and get involved at the John Curtin Hotel in Carlton. Northside DJs will be joined by Karate Boogaloo and surprise special guests for the No. 1 James Brown party in Melbourne. Entry is free. Get down.


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Jordan Rakei at Northside – Thurs. November 27

Northside is hyped to be hosting one Australia’s most exciting new ‘musicians’ Jordan Rakei for a live instore performance on Thursday 27th November. Jordan is an amazing singer and multi-instrumentalist with a sound that transcends modern soul, sitting comfortably alongside the likes of Hiatus Kiayote, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Taylor McFerrin. Jordan’s current EP Groove Curse has been capturing the attention of  a worldwide audience – and has already been stamped a modern classic on the Northside super sellers list! Originally from New Zealand and now residing in Queensland, Jordan calls his sound lo-fi soul – we call it dope. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch Jordan Rakei in the flesh.

Entertainment will start around 6pm with DJs and refreshments, followed Jordan doing a ‘bare bones’ set shortly after.

Check out his sounds here. Check the Soul Has No Tempo label too. Check his facebook for other dates ++ I think I should pimp his Friday night show at Boney too,  where he’ll step it up to his full electronic show – appearing with other soul luminaries including Steve Spacek! Put me on the guest list please JB/JR/SS! 



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HEAVY 45s on the racks

They are new soul 45’s and also some reissues of some classics, but the one things that unites these is that they are all ESSENTIAL.

Pimp 45 $14

Pimp 45

Fuck the Police / Scrabble  $14

Fuck the Police / Scrabble

Thank You / Don't Know What I'd Do $16

Thank You / Don’t Know What I’d Do










from Brooklyn comes the new and super funky steel band, the Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band “Pimp / Laventile Road March” Coming in at $14 this track PIMP is actually a cover of 50 Cent’s track “Pimp”. Many people thought that this was the original that was sampled for it, but alas no. Its fresssshness.  The flip brings a great new track that is a funky upbeat dancer.  $14

Then there is the ORIGINALS reissue. One of the first in this series that matches great hip hop songs with the originals that they sampled for it. This time it is J DILLA and his track “Fuck the police” with the classic an hard to find library tune “Scrabble” by Rene Costy. $14

Dont forget the new PAUL KELLY project that is almost fully released now. The MERRI SOUL SESSIONS is a project that Paul started using his friends to record some soul music that he had hidden away inside. It is inch by inch that it comes out. Infact seven  inches at a time. Part two is with himself and KIRA PURU. $16

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