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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 Bru. Unfortunately Mother Earth never released any records, but did record many live performances for ABC’s GTK (Get To Know) music program. 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.

LA SAPE | TOMGIRL | GODTET

 

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Back to the Lab – Book signing

We are excited to have Raph Rashid joining us at Northside Records for a signing and celebration of his new hip hop home studio book, Back to the Lab. Raph’s new book is the follow up to 2005’s Behind the Beat, and much like the first volume is a intimate look into the home studios and creative sanctuaries and of some of today’s favourite hip hop producers. Featuring an array of household names like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Diamond D and Flying Lotus, the book also goes deep underground with lesser known producers like Georgia Anne Muldrow, Mitsu and Oddisee. And ultimate gear porn… keyboards, synths, MPCs, compressors and so much more!

The instore signing on October 28 will also feature a live Beats set from one of Melbourne’s most prolific and revered bedroom producers, Silent Jay. We’ll have books for sale, fresh wax as usual and a couple of surprises. It’s a daily operation. Raph instore from 2-3pm, signing your new book and sharing tales about driving through backstreets and climbing over backyard fences in Atlanta to ‘get the shot’.

Back to the Lab just launched in LA with a show at Rappcats, and Raph also has a print show and official launch coming up at RVCA on Friday Nov 17. + if you’re interstate you can catch Raph signing books and talking hip hop with Hau Latukefa at Canberra National Theatre in Sat. Nov. 18, and then in Sydney at Cake Wines on Sun. Nov. 19. Books available now at Northside for $45 (on Raph’s own publishing imprint ‘Papi Press’). Big up Raph Boogie.

 

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Northside welcomes Lemi Ghariokwu as Inaugural ‘Artist in Residence’


To honour the great and late FELA KUTI, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Stani Goma (Flight 1067 To Africa PBS) combine forces to bring out a legendary Nigerian artist who was responsible for painting 26 of Fela Kuti’s now iconic releases. Next week (Sept. 11-15) Northside Records welcomes LEMI GHARIOKWU to becoming its inaugural artist in residence. Lemi will be at Northside Records for a whole week. His art space will be set up in the front window, basking in the beautiful sunlight. Come down to meet a great man and a great artist and see him creating something new.

It is truly and honour to be able to host an artist who has had a direct impact with his cover art on the power of the music and therefore its message. Fela Kuti’s music was a very important music for his generation and consequent ones as well. It helps people to understand the power of the resistance of solidarity against a force that is seemingly insurmountable. It has been Lemi’s artwork that has helped to explain the music to the masses. (Our ‘artist in residence’ poster created by Rex)

If you can’t make it to Northside, you can see and hear Lemi at various shows, exhibitions and talks during the next two weeks. His schedule looks like this:

7th September: Finding Fela screening at The Africa Hub
9th September: ‘Afro Art Beat’ exhibition at Nicholas Projects
9th September: Beasts of No Nation: A Tribute to Fela Kuti at The Night Cat featuring The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
11-15th September: Artist in Residence at Northside Records
15th September: Panel Discussion at The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas
16th September: ‘Shepparton Afrobeat Celebration’ at St Paul’s African House

Stay tuned for details on all the artwork that is for sale as well as when is the best time to meet Lemi. The inaugural Artist in Residence at Northside has to be someone special, and SPECIAL we have got!  Below is one of Lemi’s great painting for Fela Kuti’s Alagbon Close. Plenty more to see instore.

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Zillanova performing live instore + Rich Medina signing Jump’n’Funk

Friday March 3 at 7pm, Live instore with ZILLANOVA to celebrate the arrival of a brand new 45 on HopeStreet Recordings.

If that’s not enough, legendary DJ/Poet/Producer RICH MEDINA is dropping in to sign copies of his new releases, JUMP n FUNK on BBE records. You can catch Rich Medina do his thing later in the night at Club Coco (richmedina.com). We’ll also have Mr. Rex and the Northside DJs stepping up to to get your Friday night off to a funky start. Get down.

 

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Northside presents The Seven Ups

sevenups-aviator-dingdong-600To celebrate the release of The Seven Ups new single ‘The Aviator‘, Northside Records and Ding Dong Lounge present The Seven Ups live on Friday December 16. The new single has been out for a couple of weeks now and is achieving worldwide radio and dancefloor rotation. The band is also currently deep into their East Coast launch tour, with Melbourne being the final stop on a run of 8+ shows. Fiyah fah sure.

Joining the line-up on the night are local dub/reggae/hip hop outfit Echo Drama, plus shady characters Chris Gill and Mike Gurrieri will bring the heavy afro heat and dirty funk before, between and after the bands.

Doors and DJs from 9pm.
8 Market Lane CBD. No suits (unless you can dance).

Cop a listen/ download now:
The Seven Ups  |  Echo Drama

More info:
The Seven Ups

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Mayfield and Showtime Quintet performing instore

Northside is proud to introduce two fresh bands – MAYFIELD and The SHOWTIME QUINTET feat. 1/6 and Class A. Both line-ups will bring the funk to Northside Records on Saturday October 15th from 2pm, and both bands are lauching new 7″ singles on the day. It’s going to be a fun Saturday afternoon!

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MAYFIELD are a funky soul band headed by soul queen Carla Troiano. She has rocked Women Of Soul before and been singing about for a while now. The girl has skills. Backed by Melbourne toughest funk backbeat, Ivan “CHOI” Katchoyan, these guys are ready to do it to it. New Mayfield 45 out on Choi Records

TOM SHOWTIME has been making the party jump for a while now. Playing sax, making beats and inviting friends to lay down great vocals over his treats is a good recipe. Here he calls on legendary MC from The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra 1/6,  and good friend, female MC Class A to make it all work. And work it does!!! Performing as the Showtime Quintet. New 45 out on Groove Penguin Records

More info: Tom Showtime |  Class A  |  1/6

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The Glyde (Bump n Bounce) – Nap King Cole

Damn, this is worth sharing! New wraptape from Nap King Cole aka. Silent Jay dropping next week, Wednesday Sept. 14 to be exact.

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Find more goodness here napkingcole.bandcamp.com

Currently scheduled as a digital release only, so get on it while it’s hot. Don’t forget the Remi album Divas & Demons also drops next week, and features Silent Jay on numerous tunes.

Get down to Northside on the Friday the 16th and maybe Silent Jay can sign your freshly loaded USB stick.

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Remi instore performance & release party

Northside Records is proud and excited to announce we will be hosting Remi (Remi & Sensible J) for the Official worldwide release party of their new album “Divas & Demons“. Officially out on September 16 – and officially live at Northside from 7pm on Friday September 16. We’ll have ample stocks of the new LP and CD instore for your acquisition – and Remi and J will be signing copies after their performance. Get in early – as it will be a full house, again!

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Two singles from the new album are already out – cop a listen right here: For Good feat. Sampa the Great + Substance Therapy. Other good shit at remikolawole.com

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Mulatu Astatke + Black Jesus Experience – Live Instore

Tuesday 7th June, 2016 – from 7pm

Yes, the LEGEND himself, MULATU ASTATKE will be performing at NORTHSIDE! Together with his band Black Jesus Experience, they have recorded a new album called CRADLE OF HUMANITY. They will be officially releasing and performing the entire album live at Northside Records. They will also have exclusive VINYL copies of the new album available for sale at the show (this will be first time the record will be available).

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This is a unique honour for Northside Records. To have an artist of the calibre of the man who invented the sound ETHIO JAZZ is amazing. And in turn – for you the public to be able to see someone of the stature in such an intimate setting is equally unique. Both his MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL shows have sold out and this could be your last chance to see the master. Not to be missed.

Whilst the official album launch and vinyl release is June 7, we already have copies of the new album available on CD, and you can cop a listen right now on Bandcamp blackjesusexperience.bandcamp.com Damn – the new versions of NETSASET and YEKATIT on here are smokin! Blowin’ up from Mebourne to Addis Ababa.

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