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REMi ‘Unofficial’ Album Launch at Northside

That’s right, another LIVE INSTORE at Northside! In fact, we have several planned for upcoming months so stay tuned. This time Northside Records is proud to host the magic that is REMi. A young Northsider who is making big waves. REMi is about to drop his new album “Raw X Infinity” and will be showcasing the new tunes right here! This will be one of those times as you will be able to say you saw him back when..….

The instore kicks off around 2pm and will also feature a YOUNG EZY, a prize winner from AFRICA’S GOT TALENT. Young Ezy will be performing the song ‘Aspire’ that made heads turn at AGT. Northside DJs and friends will be keeping it HIP HOP all day long. Word.


Raw X Infinity CDs will be available on the day. Can’t wait – Cop some digital action right now.

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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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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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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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Kylie Auldist Single Launch + Instore performance!

Northside is excited to announce an exclusive instore performance from Kylie Auldist to launch her new Single/7-inch ‘Changes‘. Not only will Kylie be performing with her band… there will be NEW 45s available (if they don’t sell out before), plus Kylie will be signing records, posters and stuff! Northside DJs will be providing ear-candy before and after. Dig!

The new ‘Changes’ 45 WILL sell out. Don’t sleep on this one…… Get in touch with the store if you need a copy reserved prior to Saturday. Don’t forget to come down early (before 4.30) so you can peruse the shelves and get your funky fix. Changes out now on Tru-Thoughts. Full length album STILL LIFE dropping November.

Update Oct 24.
Thanks to everybody for coming it was amazing! A perfect soulful spring day.Photography by Rob Steer


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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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RECORD STORE DAY – “Whats Going On”


No, I don’t have Marvin Gaye in store, but I do have THE PUTBACKS and THE PSYDE PROJECTS. Then there is all the DJS playing all day long. Starting from 11am we have ANDRAS FOX, ROLEX, BLAIR STAFFORD, EDD FISHER, REX, LEWIS CAN CUT and MR MOONSHINE. Good times all day long.

There is the T-Shirt SEE POST BELOW and also all of the SATURDAY only record store day VINYL exclusives.

DJ JOHN “Locked Down” (nonesuch) LP plus CD $40 diggin-2012-cover1

PHARCYDE “The Singles Collection” (get on down) boxset $100 7 x 7″s + Double CD + 21″x28″ Poster + 120 piece puzzle

PETER TOSH “Legalize It – Echodelic Remixes” (delicious) 10″ picture disc $35

LEE SCRATCH PERRY “BlackBoard Jungle Dub (2012 record Store Day Deluxe Edition) (get on down) BOXSET  3 x 10″s and 30″ x 30” giant poster. $50

SHABAZZ PALACES “Live at Kexp” (sub pop) 12″ $20

DJ FOOD “The Illectrik Hoak (Amorphous Androgynous remixes)” (ninja Tune) 12″ $20

NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN “The Flip Side Of Stax 1968 – 1974″ Various (light int the attic) 10 7” + 84 page book + download card $110

And don’t forget….

The new 2012 Diggin’ Melbourne Map drops on Record Store Day. 51 stores, maps, detailed listings and more. Get yours!

“Now here we go dropping science / dropping it all over like bumping around the town like when you’re driving a Range Rover / expanding the horizons and expanding the parameters / expanding the collections of beat diggin’ amateurs…”

I don’t want to start rumours, but DE LA SOUL’S – DJ MASEO will be playing at the Espy on Saturday night and is being supported by the Psyde Projects and MIGHT I repeat MIGHT pop in to lend his skills on a verse!

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Record Store Day is comin’


Make this day a day for you to celebrate your local record store. Northside has plans! Always with the plans! Keep your eyes open and keep the day free.  There will be giveaways, live acts and as always releases specific only to record store day. Next week we will start to plug a few things, so pay attention.  And read on…

Holy Funk!

Holy Funk!

THE PUTBACKS will be playing a little set from 1pm. I plan to record the set and then release a 45 for next years RSD.  These guys got the fonk. Also we have the PSYDE PROJECTS rocking out a set in the arfternoon. Funky hip hop for Fitzroy!  Other Mad shit too! Stay tuned.
Northside is doing a collaboration with Blisterfinger & BURN T-shirts to offer  a one-off RSD edition T-shirt. Only 50 will be made. Those of you who saw the JB poster will know whats coming!
It will be $45 and will come with a mystery 45 as well!!! These will only be on sale on the day. Interstaters might be able to put  their hand up, but locals gotta come in! Uh, good god!

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THIS FRIDAY 10th Feb @ the Grace BASEMENT!!!!!!


Scatter Scatter –> Afrofunk / Afrobeat / Island Disco / Cumbia / Outernational Sounds

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