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KAIIT INSTORE …….

It was a crazy beautiful day last Saturday. Another record was born unto the world and KAIIT was ALL THAT AND MORE! Below is an amazing letter I was sent that really articulated well as to why we would come out to events. Even as a person going alone and why its important to.

 

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The Goods – Live in-store at Northside

This Friday! The Goods turning up the heat for an intimate MPC set at Northside Records. 7PM. Playing songs from the new MAKE YOUR MOVE EP. Out now on Bastard Jazz. DO NOT MISS!

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Record Store Day 2018 at Northside!

Whoa! It’s that time again. Saturday April 21. We have a massive day planned. Bands, DJs, exclusive releases, 45s galore, a ‘FUNK CAVE’*, hobbyists on the cut, giveaways and prizes! 10am-7pm. Even the RSD Tour Bus will be arriving and departing at Northside throughout the day. Live performances from The Bamboos, Jaala, Remi, Plutonic Lab and Natalie Slade, Cool Out Sun + DJs in TWO ROOMS all day long. Your favourite community radio jocks from PBS and RRR will be joined by some of our favourite customers, label owners and the Northside Records soundsystem – dropping knowledge and keeping the vibes rolling until dark.

It’s been our policy in recent years that RSD performers should have a record to present for Record Store Day – and let’s just say this year is an exceptional year! You may want to get out of bed early if you want a piece of Record Store Day history. Every band has a brand new 45 or LP released on the day. Some of these upcoming RSD releases have been previewed on critically acclaimed and internationally renowned community radio shows such as GET DOWN, MYSTIC BREW, THE BREAKDOWN and the THE BLEND. Catch those shows again this week for more tasters.

Full details of Saturday’s action will be available soon. * THE FUNK CAVE: Once again we are able to occupy 238 Gertrude for the day.  We’ll have crates of all-sorts + electronica grab-bags, pop-up DJs, refreshments, lounges, coloured lights and room to dance. If you subscribe to our newsletter you’ll get the scoop at 11am on Thursday. If you don’t subscribe, you should – or watch this space for updates.

And, if that’s not enough – we have a superfine release that comes out on Northside Records’ label, this Friday, April 20. The Seven Ups  return with their third album ‘Commandments’, and they just keep getting better. Rather than describe the music, below is the album artwork that looks a lot like the album sounds! Sadly they can’t be with us on Record Store Day, but we’ll have the record for sale – and more exciting news about their official launch coming soon. Don’t forget – it’s Record Store Day everyday at Northside.

 

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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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INSTORE PERFORMANCE

local legends

COMBAT WOMBAT 

launch their new album “Just Across The Border” – bass driven political hip hop.

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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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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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Silent Jay X Jace XL – Live instore

Damn, shit is blowing up on our door step again. This time it’s Silent Jay and Jace XL, taking the underground by storm with the release of their debut “SACRIFICE” EP on UK based label Rhythm Section. We are lucky enough to have this talented duo appearing live instore on Friday January 15th to celebrate the release of the new EP (that has already sold out worldwide!). Fortunately, we will have exclusive limited stock of the cassette EP available on the night.  Don’t miss your chance to bag one – and more importantly, don’t miss your chance to see Silent Jay X Jace XL live at Northside.

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Cop a listen of the new EP right now. SACRIFICE

From the press release: “Coming straight out of Melbourne with plentiful attitude, Producer/multi-instrumentalist Silentjay teams up with fellow Hiatus Kaiyote backing vocalist, Jace XL to present ‘Sacrifice’, a mini album of epic proportions.
At once sincere and heartfelt, the songs do not shy away from the playful influence of 90s RnB – a sound that is a defining influence on this EP, which despite clocking in at just under 30 minutes, attains a level of artistry and conceptual cohesiveness that many artists could only dream of.  Another VERY serious record from an impossibly fertile Melbourne.

Some things are just meant to go together – peaches & cream, cheese & vegemite, Pete Rock & CL Smooth and so on. Silent Jay X Jace XL are no exception. Spread it thick!

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Stand up and be counted!

HS023-Pack-Shot-A-side-350A lot has happened since Northside opened it’s doors on Gertrude Street around 12 years ago. We’ve seen governments come and go, Prime Ministers challenged and defeated, we’ve heard about ‘the boats being turned back’ and we’ve even seen race riots on Australian streets. Despite all this, undercover racial segregation and prejudice are still rife – perhaps now more than ever. We live in a confused society.

Amidst all this confusion there are always musicians and songwriters who are willing to take a stand and use their music as a weapon against injustice, media control and general stupidity. Here in Melbourne we are lucky enough to have a record label that is prepared to back their musicians, and support both our indigenous and multicultural communities. That label is HopeStreet Recordings.

“This October Emma Donovan & The PutBacks have brought together some very special guests to release a new 7” single featuring two classic Aboriginal Australian songs. Emma is joined by Tim Rogers of You Am I and rapper Joelistics on a version of Warumpi Band’s 1985 anthem Blackfella Whitefella and by Archie Roach on a deep soul rendition of his late partner Ruby Hunter’s heartbreaking hit, Down City Streets.

This release supports the massive grassroots movement led by SOS Blak Australia, an organisation dedicated to supporting Aboriginal communities in remote Western Australia currently under threat of closure.

Earlier this year SOS Blak Australia issued a worldwide call to action to stop these closures occurring. In response to this, Emma and all the artists involved have come together to declare that they stand with the Indigenous people of Australia in support of their right to self-determination on their traditional lands. All involved have donated their time free of charge and all proceeds from the record go to SOS Blak Australia.”

 

 

We currently have the new single in stock at Northside, and every copy includes a yellow 45 adaptor as shown in the pic! Do your thing to support SOS Blak. Coming very soon we also have a special announcement relating to this release… we can’t say too much right now, except watch this space.

OUT NOW: Emma Donovan & The Putbacks feat. Joelistics and Tim Rogers “Blackfella Whitefella” bw. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks feat. Archie Roach “Down City Streets”.

If you’ve just listened to the new tunes and you’re feeling fired up, cop some more heat from the HopeStreet Crew.

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SOUL MUSIC RELEASES……….

One new, one funky and old. Both sweeeeeeeeet. Both essential. 

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JORDAN RAKEI “Groove Curse” (soul has no tempo) 12″ EP $25

– The Brisbane based artist (musician, producer, singer, songwriter), who only began performing for audiences nationwide with his experimental blend of lo-fi soul at the end of 2013, is a raw and rare commodity. Rakei has been making waves internationally with his inventive and refreshing blend of soulful tones, turning everything he touches (from Hip Hop to Dub, Deep House to Reggae) to gold. After starting piano at a young age his love for music intensified, allowing him to translate his ideas and influences into his own music.”His modern take on Soul music (with a dash of Reggae) makes this multi-instrumentalist one of kind. Simply put, that Groove Curse EP sounds super refreshing. I mean who doesn’t love that raw, warm sounding Fender-infused vibe? The first single “Street Light” was off the hook, but ‘She told me add the bassline’…are you kidding me? Man what a freakin’ tune right there! And “A Tribe Called Government” with those drums? Let it be know that this fellow from Brisbane has made it to the top Soul artists in our lil’ book. Right up there with D’Angelo, Bilal and Musiq.”

 

I dare you to check his site and listen to his cover of Fat Freddy’s “Blackbird”

 

LEE FIELDS “Emma Jean” (truth & soul records) LP + download $28
– Soul legend Lee Fields has re-teamed with The Expressions for new album Emma Jean. Coming at a time when many new artists are trying to emulate the soul and swagger of the 1960s, Mr. Fields showers us with authenticity on the 11-track set, highlighted by first single “Magnolia.” Hear the refreshed cover of the JJ Cale track that embodies the late, great American singer-songwriter and the Tulsa Sound he helped create. Since releasing his first album in 1969, Fields has continued to make music for the last 45 years. Lee Fields & The Expressions have forged a distinct soulful sound and a grown style with this album. They’ve pushed their sound in new directions, moving from being content as contemporary soul music royalty and instead delving into and exploring its next steps. Mixing some of it with Dan Auerbach  and having Emma Jean mixed and partially recorded at his Nashville studio, country soul and bluesy rock are immediately noticeable. It brings a different kind of strut to the album, but Fields–born and raised in North Carolina–is right at home with the Southern soul sound. In fact, it feels like a natural progression: an organic, refreshingly pure next step.

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Clairy Browne & The Banging Rackettes: Album Launch

Saturday the 12th of November is the day, and it’s at THE HI-FI.

This promises to be the party of the year where the hair is high, the morals are loose and the music is sleazy!

Seducing you back to the old school dancehall party days of the 60s, Clairy Browne & The Bangin Rackettes seamlessly shake, stir and serve a delectable mixture of jump blues, northern soul, gospel and heartbreaking doo-wop. Joining them on the stage for their Melbourne launch at The Hi-Fi are the five-piece purveyors of country gospel and folk-rock, Little John, the Frowning Clouds with their jangling guitars, matter-of-fact harmonies and jauntily swinging freak beats and Soulgroove ‘66 presenter, Pierre Baroni plus more.

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SUPER HEAVY AFRO FUNK

FRESH TUNES!

Step right up, step right up, soul for sale….

ikebe_shakedown_s1 Here are a couple of amazing new releases that have just hit the shelves.

Outta Brooklyn we have the great IKEBE SHAKEDOWN, heavy and funky this instrumental afrobeat band is ready for the dancefloor. They bring together elements of psyche and soul and put it together just right. From an Isaac Hayes cover to bold as brass originals you need this record for home. Ubiquity Records has released this LP with a copy of a cd in the one package.

Now-Again Records is proud to present Tamanrasset, the sophomore release from the trio of Jay Whitefield,karl_hector_and_the_malcouns-tamanrasset_s Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija – also known as Karl Hector and the MalcounsTamanrasset is a mosaic of Eastern and Northern African folk music, Western psychedelia, jazz and funk. This vinyl-only-EP, packaged in screen printed jackets from Hit & Run with original artwork from Kevin Lyons, is limited to 1000 copies.

There are so many more, but another LP that got me dancing around the store, (it’s not that hard!!) is the 2nd of the West Indies Funk comps! Out on the Trans Air label of Puerto Rico, this compilation of Carribean funk may not be from well known bands but they rock some great cover versions of James Brown (‘The Big Payback’)west-indies-funk-vol-2-hi-res, Sly & The Family Stone (‘Sing A Simple Song’), Charles Wright (‘Express Yourself’) and Young Holt Unlimitied (‘Soulful Strut’). Its nots just the covers but the originals are essential as well. Don’t take my word for it, come into the store and check them out! I gotta dancefloor here now!

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