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Allysha Joy’s debut 45 – FNFL / Akala

Northside Records is very excited about the New Allysha Joy 45, out now on our own Northside Records label. With all the hype about Record Store Day over the last couple of weeks we haven’t really had a chance to shine the light on this release yet. For those who were lucky enough to witness Allysha and her band performing at the store on Saturday for RSD, you’ll understand why we are excited. For those who don’t know, Allysha is part of Melbourne soul collective, 30/70, who released their own underground classic “Cold Radish Coma” in 2015. Since then Allysha and co. have been relentlessly performing and and pushing the boundaries of the ever expanding Melbourne’s soul, hip hop and jazz scenes.

Call it whatever you want, we call it fire. The proof is in the listening. We have limited numbers of the 45 remaining at Northside, and you can possibly still find it around town at our favourite record stores. Available as audio-download sometime soon.

The other treat we dropped on Record Store Day is this: Six to Six by Hiroshio and Claudia. Originally released in 1979, this Sydney/Tokyo recording really defies description. There are elements of jazz, soul, disco along with atmospheric soundscapes and fat drum breaks that have deservedly turned this into one of the most sought-after vinyl rarities ever to come out of Australia. The new reissue recording was painstakingly restored and remastered by Dan Elleson, and sounds every bit as good as the original, if not better! This release is in conjunction with The Roundtable, and you can get the full story and a taste of this record over at Light In The Attic, who’ve trumped us all and have a great page dedicated to this release. Thanks Light In The Attic!

Finally, a quick thanks to everyone who came through Northside on Saturday. What a day! A full round-up will follow as soon as Chris cleans the shop 😉 Big ups to Chris as well, a massive effort on his behalf. Every day is Record Store Day at Northside.

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Northside Records: Our label

2014 is here – and it’s almost February! We have exciting new releases coming in 2014 – including new singles and album from Saskwatch, a very special Record Store Day release (vinyl only of course) and a few more surprises you’ll here about in upcoming weeks. Stay tuned –> get the latest news and new stock listings by subscribing to our weekly newsletter. It doesn’t matter if you’re not in Melbourne – we’ll ship the records to you, and we’ll send them for FREE if you spend $100 or more. SUBSCRIBE for the newsletter now.
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Community service announcement

We keep hearing “Vinyl is back”…. The truth is that it never went away. If you are a newbie however, there are some other important things you need to know. Whilst digging through my records recently I found this important note from Festival Records. A lot of you will be familiar with this classic insert, but for those who aren’t – take note.

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This is from an early 70’s Australian release – The flipside of this note reads: Free Festival LP Catalogue… Affix a 12¢ stamp where indicated, place in an envelope and post it to Festival Catalogue…
Wow, 12¢ stamps! Anyways – go buy a new needles today and protect your records from the evil blunted stylus.

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Record Store Day at Northside – Saturday April 20

INSTORE PERFORMANCE
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.

RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES
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!!!

ALICE RUSSELL + DORONDO  / HOT 8 BRASS BAND / NATURAL SELF (tru thoughts) RSD 12″ $20
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whats a PARTY without and AFTERPARTY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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SMOKING 7″s

I don’t mean Camberwell Carrots, I am talking about some great recent releases to come out on 7″ vinyl. Or you might know them as 45’s. These are some heavy hitters from around the world. Starting with THE  TRANSGRESSORS, this is an unreleased track from the POETS OF RHYTHM or you might know them as THE WHITEFILED BROTHERS. Whatever, these German cats have been doing it for longer than the Dap Kings and hit harder than the taxman.

Then we have the QUANTIC and ALICE RUSSELL direct to disc recording of the two beautiful soul tracks from their latest album. Originally for record store day these babies got held up in shpiping delays. They are here now though. Recorded during the London Riots they have an amazing soulful calm about them.

Then don’t forget RICKEY CALLOWAY outta Florida, who teams up with his favourite band WILL SESSIONS from Detroit. This is some heavy and cold american A grade funk. Aso check the dope instrumental on the flip!

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THE TRANSGRESSORS "Will Power"

QUANTIC AND ALICE RUSSELL "Look Around the Corner"

QUANTIC AND ALICE RUSSELL "Look Around the Corner"

RICKEY CALLOWAY "Work It"

RICKEY CALLOWAY "Work It"

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Rappin’ for Rolex

What’s new at Northside?


Last weekend I was down at the Croft Institute for the Kon & Danielsan show (aka Wax Museum Jam) and I ran into one of Melbourne’s most prolific gig-goers and certified hip hop head, Rolex. He told me this blog was getting a little tired at times, so here’s some news to keep him happy!

FRESHNESS:
Chris has just put out a bunch of Funk+Soul 7’s. Stay tuned for the email-out or call Chris or Elle at the shop to get the jump on super digger Arks!

Plus, there is an insane amount of good second-hand hip hop falling from the sky at the moment. Get in quick to check the crate upon crate upon crate of classics. I’m not usually a fan of Serato or any other digital-based DJ system – but you have to love it when peeps are selling the records they’ve been collecting for the last 25 years. Keep it coming!

FEATURED NEW RELEASES:
KOOLISM “The Umu”
Oz hip hop is back on the map with the best release for a long time. Hau and Danielsan raise the bar (again) with a solid album.
Thankfully – this doesn’t fall into the narrow cliched sound and content that is oz hip hop; it’s another world class release from the the ex-Canberra duo. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s def worth the wait. The beats are great and Hau is on point as usual. Some seriously good tunes on here – and a little taste of what Daniel is cooking up in his lab for future releases.

HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE “Heritage”
This is a dope arse 12″! It features a tasteful selection of tunes – the highlight of which is Fela’s Water Get No Enemy. Plus covers of Art of Noise, Jay Z, Doom+Madlib and more. Cover pictured here. Don’t sleep on this.

SEU JORGE AND ALMAZ s/t
Seu Jorge? It’s that dude from the movie “The Life Aquatic” who does Bowie covers… Almaz is his band. Produced by Mario C (Beastie Boys/Jon Spencer etc). Their album is both warm and dark; psychedelic and yet grounded, uplifting but at times somber. Nice artwork, Sure to be a classic.

THE WORLD ENDS (Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970’s Nigeria) VOLUMES 1 + 2
They never sleep at Soundway Records. The is a monster set of funky afro madness. The World Ends is the latest title from Soundway Records showcasing a wave of guitar driven and psychedelic groups that sprung up in Nigeria during the early 1970s. Featuring electrifying and funk laden grooves, this is the sound of a generation attempting to pick up the pieces after the devastation of the Nigerian civil war. CD and LP.

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CHICO MANN: WED 22 SEPT. TOFF IN TOWN

From Antibalas and direct from New York City, the undisputed James Brown of the Casio…CHICO MANN. 
Live Electro, Afro-beat, Afro-Cuban and more! Marcos Garcia aka Chico Mann grew up in a musical family in New York and New Jersey. His father was the owner of a Latin record label based in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City and a young Chico observed the ins & outs of the biz while practicing his guitar and piano. It was then that he began to propagate his deep musical roots with such influences as Afrika Bambaataa, Lisa Lisa, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz and Fela Kuti.
Last in Australia as one of the key collaborators and musicians in the worlds finest Afrobeat band ANTIBALAS. Chico has also worked his magic with such artists as TONY ALLEN, THE ROOTS, RAEKWON,  MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD, DAM FUNK, DJ SPINNA, TROUBLE FUNK, BRAND NUBIAN, RICH MEDINA, TICKLAH, NICODEMUS, THE BUDOS BAND and many more.
This is Chicos first trip to Australia with his acclaimed three piece live act.
If you want a taste of the richness of New Yorks musical underbelly then come down and feast on this super funky show.
Support from the undisputed James Brown of the Dunlop Volley, Chris Gill. Sho’ is funky in Chris’ shoes! More guests to be announced. Get the lowdown at chicomann.com

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
I see Chris added a Thought for the Day to the View from the Northside. Just to stick with the program, here’s a quote of the week from one of Melbourne’s finest wordsmiths!

“Remember Breaks? They used to be so good before all the trance / prog people got involved and neutered the sound, really, one minute it’s Raw on 45 with a jamaican style sub bass and some Yardi yelling stuff on top then you turn around and it’s asshats like Sasha and Digweed claiming the sound, fuck was that? DJ Ransom

More magic words from Ransom and the Late Show crew here: late-show.blogspot
I just read the latest addition to this blog – I’m in tears after checking what DJ Stiffy had to say about Ben Cousins!

OTHER NEWS:
I’m tired after trying to excite Rolex. Stay tuned for attempted weekly updates of Rappin’ for Rolex. ALWAYS OPINIONATED, SELDOM INFORMATIVE, OFTEN ENTERTAINING!

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Diggin’ up the Tasman

Sure Be Nice
To Make Some Money
A Mixtape thing in 3 parts


Dig this ~ Here’s a pretty loose mix of tracks that I made for the shop (Northside) a couple of years back. It’s a collection of obscure and lesser known Australian and New Zealand records that I’ve found in my travels. It’s a mixed bag of jazz, blues/rock, funk, soul and more. Although some compositions are not necessarily originals – the interpretations of these classic tunes and ‘breakbeat standards’ are def worth checking out.

Strictly Australian and New Zealand artists. Some of these records are in pretty rough condition, so apologies for any background noise – at least you know it’s the real deal. The aim here was to compile some local tunes that have been overlooked on the ‘Heading in The Right Direction‘ and ‘Respect Overdue‘ Series’. Hopefully there are some tunes here you have never heard before…? A couple of these have been comped elsewhere since I recorded this mix, but there are still some extra tasteful moments within that will have you scratching your head. Enjoy!

There’s more than 85 minutes of audio here so it has been chopped it into 3 parts to make it a little easier to download. Click on the links (parts 1, 2 & 3) to listen and download.

Part 1.
1. METAPHYSICAL BREAK (EDIT): PETER O’MARA
2. A MESSAGE FROM THE REBELS

3. 3500: TODAY THIS WAY
4. SURVIVOR: RON BARRY EXPRESS
5. WORLD IS A GHETTO: ALAN LEE QUINTET
6. WORK SONG: THE DYNAMIC JUNE SMITH
7. THE GHETTO: SKYLIGHT

Part 2.
8. BACK ON THE STREETS AGAIN: BILLY THORPE
9. LOVE IS FOREVER: JEFF ST. JOHN
10. BRAND NEW BAG: THE ID
11. ODE TO BILLIE JOE: MARGARET ROADKNIGHT
12. ALL RIGHT IN THE CITY: QUINCY CONSERVE
13. IT’S JUST BEGUN: HOT CITY BUMP BAND
14. MOVE ON UP: QUINCY CONSERVE
15. MAXIMUM LOAD: MAXIMUM LOAD (aka JUNE SMITH)

Part 3.
16. THEM CHANGES: MISS RENEE
17. DJERBA (EDIT): LEEK SOUP
18. I FEEL GOOD: THE QUINCY CONSERVE
19. SPINNING WHEEL: WILLPOWER
20. ONLY TIME WILL TELL: JEANNIE LEWIS
21. ESPY SOUL STEW: DIANNA KISS*

* Never released on vinyl. CD release only

I’ve not supplied 100% accurate info in this tracklist for the obvious reasons. If you want to know anymore about any of these tunes,  just hit us up and we can shed some light on some of the more mysterious artsits and tunes here. Hope you enjoy.  If you’re feeling it – send donations to me (Rex) care of Northside records. Trying to raise $1,000,000.00 for ongoing vinyl research (and to pay the artists).

Shout outs to Johnny Topper, Takse, DJ Sheep (Tasman Connection), James ‘Votary’ Pianta, Dave Reitman, Katalyst, Vinko, Idem, Arks, Roger at Mainly Jazz and the rest of you (us) freaks. There are still more records out there…

Pictured right: just some records – not necessarily from this mix, but made in the same 2 countries.

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Library / Production LP Sale – NOW!!!

SALE – ONE WEEK ONLY (Ends Sunday July 19 5pm)
KPM, Bruton, Chappell, de Wolfe, Sonoton + many more

Sale crates : LPs ONLY $2

8 Crates of GOLD!
A huge selection of secondhand production records. Heaps of great titles still available at the right price.

PRODUCERS LOOK !!!
Heaps of 80’s sounds – Synth, percussion, effects, jingles, strings and more. Plenty of 70’s and some 60’s. Rock, moog, jazz, funk, cinematic, classical, pastoral, cheese. Condition varies – items priced righteously. Call the store for more info 03 9417 7557.

Donuts for days!!


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Afro/Reggae/Soca Drop

Fresh batch of second-hand just out. Afro disco – Afro funk – Soca – High Life disco – reggae and more. All in as-new condition. The highlight of the stash is a super rare Horace Andy 12″ – Get Down on Rough Trade.

Check the Rare and Hard-to-find pages of this site – or click here

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Collectable OZ + NZ Jazz Funk

DIGGIN’ UP YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Since Northside’s inception, one of our specialties has been Australian and NZ funk. We constantly have a comprehensive selection of some of the most sought after LPs from around Australia and New Zealand, along with the occassional OZ/NZ funk 45. The selection features seminal Australian jazz artists such as Brian Brown, Judy Bailey, Allan Lee, Col Nolan, George Golla, Bruce Clarke, John Sangster and more. Plus, there is a tasty selection of funk from the likes of Quincy Conserve, Daly Wilson Big Band, Galapagos Duck, Hot City Bump Band — and of course Melbourne’s own Bamboos and Cookin’ on 3 Burners.

If you’re familiar with compilations such as Respect Overdue and Heading in the Right Direction (Topper!) then you’ll know that there is some incredible music to be found right here in Melbourne and all over Australia — and the well hasn’t dried up yet… Come down and browse the selection for a taste of what’s on offer.

Here’s a  mixtape selection of Oz Funk & shiz that one of our friends put together. Hopefully over the next couple of weeks we’ll enable audio downloads from the Northside site so you will be able to download this mix, and hopefully many more DJ mixes from the Northside Friends & Family Collective. Stay tuned.

SURE BE NICE TO MAKE SOME MONEY (MIXTAPE)
– METAPHYSICAL BREAK: PETER O’MARA
– INTERLUDE: MESSAGE FROM THE REBELS
– 3500: TODAY THIS WAY
– SURVIVOR: RON BARRY EXPRESS
– WORLD IS A GHETTO: ALAN LEE QUINTET
– WORK SONG: THE DYNAMIC JUNE SMITH
– THE GHETTO: SKYLIGHT
– BACK ON THE STREETS AGAIN: BILLY THORPE
– LOVE IS FOREVER: JEFF ST. JOHN
– BRAND NEW BAG: THE ID
– ODE TO BILLIE JOE: MARGARET ROADKNIGHT
– ALL RIGHT IN THE CITY: QUINCY CONSERVE
– IT’S JUST BEGUN: HOT CITY BUMP BAND
– MOVE ON UP: QUINCY CONSERVE
– MAXIMUM LOAD: MAXIMUM LOAD (aka JUNE SMITH)
– THEM CHANGES: RENEE
– DJERBA: BRUCE CLARKE
–  I FEEL GOOD: THE QUINCY CONSERVE
– SPINNING WHEEL: WILLPOWER
– ONLY TIME WILL TELL: JEANNIE LEWIS
– ESPY SOUL STEW: DIANNA KISS

Audio download not yet available. Watch this space.

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