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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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RRR Radiothon is Alive!

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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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RECORD STORE DAY 2017

 

this is FOR REAL! 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day, and we do it with a BANG! Add to this list of GREATNESS ABOVE this list of DJ’s that will be playing throughout the day at Northside!

 

MZ RIZK 9-10

EMMA PEEL   10-11

PREQUEL 11-12

PERIL  12-1

LANCE FERGUSON 1-2

REMI 2-2:45

SENSIBLE J 2:45 – 3:30

LIVE BANDS PERFORMING……

DJ MANCHILD & REX to fill between bands

MISS GOLDIE 5:30 – 6pm

Not to mention lots of great records as well.

HIROSHI & CLAUDIA “Six To Six” (atom / Northside Records)

A session recorded in Sydney in 1979 by a group of touring Japanese jazz musicians led by guitarist Hiroshi Yasukawa, and a forgotten and still undocumented Mauritian cabaret singer performing under the alias ‘Claudia’. Sitting somewhere between spacey Balearic disco, haunting soul and hectic funk reminiscent of electric Miles Davis, the Six To Six LP is a curious beast to say the least.

Northside will also be issuing the FIRST SOLO RECORDING of local SOUL SUPERSTAR

ALLYSHA JOY “Fnfl / Akala” on Northside Records.

The single, FNFL lends a voice to Indigenous Australians, reflecting upon their ongoing battle for custody of their land, custody of their children and open expression of their culture. The B side, Akala was inspired by the UK rapper and humanitarian of the same name, it is a song to incite change for those people seeking asylum, and to encourage rightful news broadcasting of this matter and many others.

Come down to the store it will be a fun day.

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DIGGIN MELBOURNE MAPS edition #8 HAS ARRIVED!

 

the new MAP of all of Melbourne’s INDEPENDENT RECORDS stores has now been updated.

The eighth edition of this essential guide to all of Melbourne’s culture pushers. From stores that only deal in Second Hand weirdness to ones that only deal in new vinyl, there is something for everyone.

We will be launching this new map, released just in time so that you know where to go on Record Store Day, on Wednesday The 19th. Come and see real life VINYL STORE CLERKS dj’ing RECORDS at SECTION 8 in the city.

We have an amazing pair of HEADPHONES kindly donated by our friends at Audio Technica to giveaway on the night. The night is free and easy, come down and pick up a map.

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SEVEN UPS release new LP called DRINKING WATER

Local Melbourne 9 piece afro funk heroes THE SEVEN UPS have now released their second album DRINKING WATER on the magnificent Northside Records label.

Proudly displaying this Melbourne groove, Northside is very happy to showcase what we have in this town with this super funky sound.

Its  follow up to 2015’s self-titled, the new record steps things up a notch with faster tunes, deeper grooves and just a bit more crunch.
The self-produced batch of 7 new tracks holds on to the bands established
sound of improvised solos over afro grooves, but this time there’s a shift in
focus to more complex arrangements and a tighter interplay between the
rhythm section.
The album kicks off with an extended, unaccompanied sax solo (an
undeniable homage to Fela) played by the tracks namesake, Harry Cooper.
Tracks like The Aviator and 17hr Trip roll along at breakneck speed while Bello at Night is reminiscent of one of Fela’s slow jams, and Through the Dust explores the darker side of heavy groove. The album then closes with the 10 minute epic title track.
The album features original artwork by Bjenny Montero (Pond, Gum, Kurt Vile) and will be available on Vinyl, CD and digitally.
Catch them here…
Apr 7 – Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy VIC
Apr 21 – Boundary Hotel, Brisbane
Apr 22 – Queen St Mall, Brisbane
Apr 22 – The Night Quarter, Gold Coast QLD
May 19 – Lazy Bones, Sydney
May 20 – Hotel Gearin, Katoomba NSW

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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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LAUNCHING new 45 TONIGHT! the LET YOUR HAIR DOWN GIRLS.

Melbourne’s famed original rhythm section from the band SASKWATCH finally release their debut tune.

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Two tracks ABUJA DEATH CAB and SNAG. Two super heavy afro / doom / soul jamsthat are aimed at the floor but hit you in the hips.

Abruja is a pulsing and driving song with great horn stabs and dreamy piano lines. 
Snag is a lot slower with big fat wobbly bass. then halfway through the distortion pedal kicks the bass and it gets even heavier.

With amazing artwork on the 7 inch this is a beautiful slice of Melbourne flavoured licorice pie.

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The SEVEN INCH is out now and available in STORE or on the night for $10.

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