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The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

With the federal budget about to drop like smallpox, make sure you set at least $18 aside until Saturday May 31st so you can dance away the pain with The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra at Howler in Brunswick. The POAO will be joined by Melbourne’s heaviest funk combo Deep Street Soul, plus The Vibraphonic Orkestra who bring a unique blend of afro, electronica & dub. DJ Manchild will be serving up the edutainment between the bands. The POAO are firing on all cylinders and promise a night of fire.

There is currently no tax on having a good time – so get in early. Pre-sale tickets are available.
Don’t sleep… Stand for something!


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Scatter Scatter Tropical Disco is here to stay


Scatter Scatter is back this Saturday night, Feb. 1 – and will become a monthly fixture at Boney on the second Saturday of every month, starting March 8. If you have a taste for the tropics and a passion for the sounds of afro, cumbia, latin, soca and island disco, Scatter Scatter is the only place to be… Non-stop tropical disco from dusk ’til dawn.

This Saturday features live band Jaspora playing their soca-reggae-island sounds, along with Jumps (Cat Empire), DJ Manchild,  Julien MF Love, Medhi (fresh from the steamy tropics of Adelaide), some guy called Jimmy Caution and The Public Opinion Sound System.

The Public Opinion Sound System features DJ Manchild, MC 1/6, N’fa Jones & Future Roots. Turntables, live percussion, chants and rapping will take you on a trip though the tropical and tribal rhythms of Africa and South America, weaving through the hip-hop and beat driven sounds from the blocks of Melbourne.

Doors open around 9pm – band on stage around midnight. Arrive early if you please – or come late and dance until 7am!

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Australia Day Soundclash

soundclash-A6-v3Get ready – It’s almost time! Australia Day 2014 sees the first ever performance in the country by DJ Shacho (Japan). As the front man of Japan’s most adventurous jazz band SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS, Shacho is one of Japan’s most in demand DJs. Shacho has been DJing since 1996 and centres his selection in the same jazz/techno genre mixed with a bag of funk and hip hop. Uplifting dance floors and staging a performance rarely exhibited by contemporary DJs.  An experience not to be missed. Truly one of Japan’s great DJs.

Joining Shacho are an ALL STAR TEAM of Melbourne DJs including:

Kano (Red Bull Music Academy)
JPS (The Operatives)
Ennio Styles (RRR FM)
Matt Radovich (Stable Music)
Mike Gurrieri (Equinox Recordings)
Blair Stafford (Straightup)

Find out more here, including set times and some tasty mixes from the featured DJs : SOUNDCLASH

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Wednesday 8th January –> then the following night

Thursday 9th January 


Make sure you are on the dancefloor next to my freaky self as we get set to welcome in the new year the right way….

Also playing on Wednesday, are the band ZILLANOVA who have NEVER performed live before, just cut only what has been described as one of the best ever Aussie soul 45’s.

Thursday brings out one of the most fun live funk bands you will ever see – MMK! The last time they played they have influenced lots of local bands who have copied a few of their moves and Shin assures me they will be coming with some fresh ones this time. Supported by THE CACTUS CHANNEL this will be a super fun party! See you on the floor freaks!




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There aren’t too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist–or maybe he’s better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it’s mind-blowing that the music he’s making today with Brooklyn’s own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.

With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions–Truth & Soul’s house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group’s sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound.

LEE is in town to play a solo show at THE CORNER hotel on Wed 8th Jan. Do not miss this opportunity to see this man play! He will also be doing the MOSSVALE SUMMER OF SOUL (just outta town). Support comes from incredible local soul outfit, playing their first ever gig! Check out their HOPE STREET RECORDS 45 “Suicide”.

Lee Fields Melbourne_eflier

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There is a new venue on the way in town, from the peoples who bought you Ferdy Durke, Section 8, The B.East among others and their new place is nearly ready. First up we gotta test it out with some serious getting down. African drummers lead by Lamine Sonko, called ONE AFRICA will lay down the groove, to make you move. MC’s, Monk and 1/6 will be there as will the African Dance crew ASANTI DANCE THEATRE.

Northside’s own, Chris Gill, will be spinning platter that matter and YOU will be dancing fools. See you there.


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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble at MIJF


Straightup and Melbourne International Jazz Festival are proud to present for the first time in Australia, quite possibly one of the most important and influential musicians in the United States today, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

Brought to the attention of the international music world in 2009 by his incredible, critically acclaimed, tribute orchestral album for the transcendent modern hip hop producer, J DILLA, “Suite For Ma Dukes” recorded live for album and DVD by Mochilla.

Atwood-Ferguson will be performing works from this album as well as many others in a very special ONE OFF PERFORMANCE. Guest vocalists are Sophia Brous and Ni Palm, with support from Myele Manzanza Trio (NZ), Silentjay (The Operatives), Amin Payne (The Operatives) & Edd Fisher (PBS), not to mention an allstar band (ensemble) featuring Australia’s finest. June 1 at The Hi-Fi . Also appearing in Sydney –> Check the websites for more info

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Record Store Day at Northside – Saturday April 20

From 11am when the doors open Northside will host DJ’s all day, when the doors open, the needle drops. DJ’s Manchild, Mista Rex, Chris Gill, Laim McGory, Lance Ferguson, Ms Butt, will all be playing records. THings you can buy or joints to make you shake.
Then at 2pm we have the privilege of hosting AGAIN a favourite soul band of Northside, THE PUTBACKS. One of the first bands on the Hope Street Record label, these cats have a great groove that WILL make you move. On bass, Mick Meagher is actually one of the inspirations behind this years RSD T-SHIRT, ask him why. Also the keyboard player, Simon Mavin is also in the next band that is playing.

Fresh from performing at SxSW in America, HIATUS KAIYOTE, took their sweet soul sound up to NYC and around that area. They had some incredible shows there and we have to make sure that their home town provides them with the MOST FUN show yet! This could be the last time you see these guys doing a free show. Also they are going back overseas soon, so get in while you can. They will be playing a special show at 3PM on Saturday 20th.

These release are to be sold on Saturday from 11am onwards. One per customer.

ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE: HOMEMADE RECORDS 1958 – 1992 (sinecure books) HARDBACK BOOK + 7″ $90
GZA / GENIUS “Liquid Swords Chess box” (get on down) 4LP $90
BEAT BOX: A DRUM MACHINE OBSESSION (get on down) 2×7″s +booklet $35
NON PHIXION “I Shot Reagan” (uncle howie) 7″ $15
THE XX  “Jamie XX edits” 12′ (young turks) $22
HERMITUDE “Parallel Paradise” 12” (elefant tracks) EP $22
BRIAN ENO, GRIZZLY BEAR & NICOLAS JAAR “Lux / Sleeping Ute” (warp) 12″ $20
IF MUSIC various (ninja tune) 2LP $38
KING MIDAS SOUND “Aroo”  (ninja tune) 12″ $20

NEWS FLASH!!!!! new additions!!!


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whats a PARTY without and AFTERPARTY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!


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Mulatu Astatke returns to Melbourne


Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Mulatu show,  featuring the one and only Mulatu Astatke, backed by Melbourne’s own The Black Jesus Experience.  This time we’re in for a real treat with the tour being billed as ‘RARE GEMS FROM THE ADDIS ABABA CRATES’, hopefully that means all the classics and other masterpieces that we’ve all been hoping he might play during past tours. JOINTS LIKE THIS!

Tickets at Northside $40+BF. Don’t sleep –> and don’t miss Chris Gill bringing mad Ethio-heat, dancefloor action and the usual pulsating primitive rhythms that you be diggin

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Just Announced – James Brown Xmas at Espy

We’re back again this Christmas to pay respect to the Godfather of Soul. December 25th marks the 6th anniversary of James Brown’s passing, and we’ll  be doing it in fine style at the Espy. Bigger and better than last year – with the addition of James Brown-inspired funkateers, KARATE BOOGALOO (Members of The Cactus Channel). Plus, get on the goodfoot with all your favourite funky DJs – Chris Gill, DJ Manchild, Zack Rampage, Johnny Crates and friends.


Nothing but JB all night long – that means Bobby Byrd, Hank Ballard, Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, The JBs, Fred Wesley, The Devils,  Myra Barnes,  Sisters of Righteousness, Bill Doggett, Sweet Charles, Lee Austin, The Believers, Maceo Parker, Shirley Jean & The Relations, The Sons of Funk, The Dapps, The Last Word, The Insiders and so much more. It’s a Mother!

Let’s unite the whole world at Christmas  – THE ESPY, DECEMBER 25 From 8pm
Karate Boogalaoo |  The Espy

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The Soul of Melbourne – Available now

We are very excited to present the second release from Northside Records, “The Soul of Melbourne”. The official release date is November 9, 2012, however copies of 18-track CD have been fast-tracked to Northside to coincide with RRR Album of the Week! Get yours now.


Check the RRR blurb:
This extremely impressive compilation is an acknowledgement and celebration of Melbourne’s vibrant and vital soul music community. Presented by two of the city’s leading champions and proponents of all things soulful (Northside Records’ and Triple R’s Chris Gill and The Bamboo’s Lance Ferguson) the eighteen track collection showcases some key local jazz, funk, R&B and modern beat-based outfits. Recent releases from artists such as Chet Faker and Kylie Auldist are highlighted, and featured alongside rare and unreleased songs from The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and new spiritual jazz group Menagerie.

That’s right! 18 hand-picked tunes (inc. 4 previously-unreleased exclusives) from the cream of the Melbourne soul scene. Featuring THE BAMBOOS, SASKWATCH, THE CACTUS CHANNEL, KYLIE AULDIST, ELECTRIC EMPIRE, CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES, HIATUS KAIYOTE, AKOLOTL, COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS & more. The official website for this record/project will launch on November 9. Stay tuned.

The official “unofficial” release party happens as part of AWME – with a stellar line-up of local artists joining forces with AWME and Northside Records to present what will be once of the most epic nights of Soul and Funk witnessed in Melbourne in recent times. Thursday Nov. 15 at Hi-Fi, Catch The Bamboos, Saskwatch, Electric Empire and more. Full details here. And that’s not all! Friday 16th Nov. sees Deep Street Soul at the Lounge, supported by Sietta and the Northside DJs (Chris Gill Experience, DJ Manchild, Mistarex, & Lewis Can Cut).

“Where’s the vinyl?” I hear you say! It’s coming – delivery of vinyl is expected early December. Vinyl features 12 tracks from the CD – especially all the cuts that have not previously been available on vinyl such as Electric Empire. Vinyl is a strictly limited press. Watch this space for news of its arrival + all Soul of Melbourne related events. We’ve also just sent our second 7″ off to manufacture. A MASSIVE double A-side 45 that is guaranteed to make you shake! More news on that in upcoming posts.

Want more? Tune in GET DOWN on RRR this week to hear Chris Gill dropping heat and chatting with some of the artists from our great new compilation. Chris Gill on RRR

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Joe Bataan is coming to Northside


The King of Latin Soul is coming to Northside! We are honoured to be hosting an INSTORE singing and signing by New York City Latin Soul legend JOE BATAAN. The afrophillipino himself! Bring your friends and bring your soul as Joe tells us intimately about life back in the heyday of the latin soul scene.

He will  be brining his organ and laying down some super soul as well so bring your ears.

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet with Joe Bataan:

INSTORE: THURSDAY OCT. 4 at Northside. 5pm-7pm.

PLUS Joe Bataan will deliver his soul to us at the HI FI bar on Fri Oct 5th. Backed by DEL BARRIO with support from DJs EMMA PEEL and CHRIS GILL!  Read that post >

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