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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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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.


Find more goodness here

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.




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


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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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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Live Instore
Cactus Channel
Saturday Jan. 29

Debut 7 inch release
Pepper Snake bw. The Dap (Hope Street)

Cactus Channel are a dynamic 10-piece high school band outta Melbourne. They’ve been gigging around town for a while now and have recently appeared alongside the likes of Charles Walker and the Dynamites. The band’s new single “Pepper Snake” is out on Hope Street Recordings, and much like stablemates The Putbacks, Cactus Channel are laying down no-nonsense heavy funk. There’s plenty of heat coming off the new Cactus Channel 7 inch; The record made it’s debut last week and is getting a great response from everyone.

Northside Records is excited to welcome Cactus Channel for an instore appearance and the official launch of the new single on Saturday January 29. The full 10-piece band will be instore along with DJ Manchild spinning some warm-up tunes and dropping science. It promises to be an exciting and very busy afternoon, so get in early to get your copy of the single and claim your spot on the dancefloor. The band will play at approximately 3pm, with Manchild getting busy on either side.

SAT. JAN 29 – 3PM. 236 Gertrude St. Fitzroy. Free!

There’s more about the band on their myspace: Cactus Channel

Expect a more detailed post about the new 45 (Cactus Channel: Pepper Snake bw. The Dap. Hope Street Recordings. 7-inch. 500 copies only) in the next couple of days. Copies are available now – and are strictly limited, so if you think you want one of these hot 45’s, do it now before it’s too late.

“The Cactus Channel hit you with a hard funk groove to rival the likes of James Brown or The Meters and you find you just can’t stop moving. But what’s that? They’re still high school?! With a musical maturity beyond their years you know that this 10 piece collective will go far. And that they’ll get a whole lotta rumps shaking along the way” DJ Manchild (PBS 106.7 ‘The Breakdown’)

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Record of the Month: John Sangster

once_lpOnce Around the Sun:
Music by John Sangster

Roundtable & Votary Records are known for their attention to detail and this new release from the Roundtable team is no exception.

“The greatest ever Australian record never released – until NOW!!! The amazing soundtrack to a super dope movie (documentary) of the Ourimbah Festival held in January 1970. This movie nor the soundtrack were ever released. Dubbed as Australia’s own Woodstock, this festival was a brave and furry freak brother explosion. In contrast to the Aussie Rock and folk sounds of the festival, Sangster delivers an expansive orchestral space jazz masterpiece. Likened to Jean-Claude Vannier’s ‘L’enfant assassin Des Mouches’, OATS is a uniquely orchestrated score where passages of avant garde incidental music sit along side thumping bass heavy psych. Featuring members of the Don Burrows Quartet, SCRA, Galapagos Duck plus the Sydney Philharmonic.”

“Not for the club. This is a definite sit-down record. Reminiscent of  Roy Budd’s finest soundtrack work (Stone Killer, Final Option, Get Carter etc), with hints of Axelrod and a spattering of Herbie Hancock’s Death Wish. Check “Into the Atom”…. destined to be sampled and make this record some sought after shiz. Chris is on the money calling this The greatest Australian record never released.

A PRESSING OF 500 COPIES ONLY. If you collect records you will need this piece of Aussie history for your mantlepiece, for the kitchen and the bedroom and the back shed. Maybe even one for the neighbour.

Props to James Pianta (from Votary Records) and Jeff Wybrow, these boys are making the world a much more interesting place!

If you get excited by oddities like this record, check out the full catalogue at Roundtable and Votary
Numerous titles in stock now at Northside, including Sven Libaek’s ‘Misty Canyon’

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While you were sleeping…

Records of the Month

Lee Fields: My World

Kings Go Forth:
The Outsiders Are Back

I love these records, my 4 year old daughter loves these records, my 62 year old mother loves these records, and even my friends in Sydney like these records! Pretty much says it all if you ask me.

Neither are actually new releases – BUT, both have dropped recently and are available at Northside. This is some heavy heavy shit. They’ll tear out your heart and soul – and then they’ll do it again. This is the kind of music that is dangerous to listen to while driving – it will have you zoning out; missing turn-offs, running red lights and exceeding the speed limit. They are so f*cking good I just can’t find words to describe… but let me try…

My World is amazing! Lee Fields and the Expressions take soul above and beyond all previous attempts of the new millenium. This is serious soul music with a healthy does of funk nastiness to boot. Tunes like ‘My World’ and ‘Honey Dove’ are beautiful; rich and lush like classic Philly and Chicago Soul, raw and lean like the best James Brown, and heart wrenching like Otis Redding or the deepest funk 45’s. Then – you have tunes like ‘Money is King’ – still soul, but with a funk edge that just makes you wanna smash some fool. The Expressions are an all-star line up that features Leon Michels (El Michels Affair), Homer Steinweiss  + Tommy TNT Brenneck  (The Dap Kings),  Toby Pazner (The Olympians), Michael Leonhart (The Avrimina 7). Damn, Enough talk – buy this record today.

KIngs Go Forth follow up their succession of amazing 7-inch releases with what is perhaps the greatest funk record of the decade. The Outsiders Are Back is definitely an apt title for this incredible album. This Milwaukee-based group serves up heady mix of funk, soul and RnB with a spoon full of disco and pinch of reggae.  Every cut is a stone-cold monster. Just ask the heads around town like Miss Goldie, Callum Flack or DJ Manchild – this shit is the shit. It’s hard to pick a favourite from this record (CD), but the instant-classic ‘One Day’ and latest single ‘I Don’t Love You No More’ are definite stand outs. Other tunes like ‘Now We’re Gone’ have become standards at nights like Soul A Go Go and every other credible soul night in the world. Get up, get in to it, get involved! This is an album that anyone with any inclination towards soul or funk music should own.

The vinyl release of the KGF album is not out yet, but we should have it really soon. In the meantime we have the CD and some of the singles (on Mr. C’s).  Don’t sleep any longer – and take care when driving.

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