Thanks to everyone who came down to our first Soulclash Party on Sunday night – it was a huge success! Big ups to Remi, Sensible J, Dan Merriweather and the The Seven Ups for making it a party to remember. We already have plans afoot for the next Soulclash in the very near future.
Coming up in April is Record Store Day (Saturday 18.04) and the launch of the 2015 Diggin’ Melbourne map. Northside will again be throwing a massive Record Store Day party with two incredible live bands, DJs, guests, RSD releases and more. We also hosting a Diggin’ Melbourne launch party at Belleville (Thurs. 16.04) featuring some very special guest DJs and all the usual suspects. Full details of both events will be announced soon.
Last but not least - Northside DJs are putting on the gloves and dusting off the classics for MellowDiasThump presents Fela Kuti vs. James Brown at Ferdydurke, Wed. 18 March.
After a weekend of instore madness we’re back with news of more Northside shows! But firstly, a massive thanks to The Seven Ups and The Meltdown, and everyone who came along to support Melbourne soul.
Coming up on Sunday 8th March, Northside and PBS106.7FM presents ‘Soulclash’ – The Underground Showcase. This is something we’ve talked about for a long time, and we’re very excited to see this become a reality. The first Soulclash has been curated by Northside’s and PSB’s own DJ Manchild (The Breakdown) and will take place at Howler in Brunswick. Heading the line up is Melbourne’s underground microphone fiend Remi, supported as always by Sensible J. This will be the final local show before Remi and J set off on their 2015 European Tour.
The Seven Ups will also take the stage for a super-set of funky afro soul fire. The Seven Ups have been playing shows all over and promise to deliver some of that heavy heavy syncopation that only comes with relentless shows, touring and late nights. Look out.
Taking you further underground, deep below mainstream and into the caverns of outernational soul, hip hop, afro, dancehall, tropical and funk are the Northside DJs. Big Bossman Chris Gill brings the ‘Burn City Soul’ and deep funk flavours, Lewis Cancut and Ms. Butt (Congo Tardis #1) serve up the bass-heavy booty-shaking sounds of the club/favela and beyond, and DJ Manchild and Mr. Rex will mash you up with anything + everything soul, and the shit you never heard before. No chin-scratchers – It’s a party from the get go!
Sunday March 8 is Labour Day weekend, and that means no work for some on Monday. Get down. Tickets are $18+bf (see below). We will have tickets available at Northside soon.
Two days – two shows – two smoking hot new releases – too cool…
Get down on Friday night (Feb. 20) with The Seven Ups for the new album launch party, and then on Saturday (Feb. 21) get up to the sounds of The Meltdown, launching their new single “Better Days” on HopeStreet Recordings.
THE SEVEN UPS – After kicking around the Melbourne scene for the last three years, 7-piece Afro-Funk combo, The Seven Ups, will be releasing their debut, self-titled album. Having already released two 7inch singles, the album showcases the breadth of the bands sound through 10-tracks of blistering Afrobeat and Funk, with hints of Soul, Jazz and Rock.Co-produced by Tristan Ludowyk (Bombay Royale, Cactus Channel, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra), this album is old-school gritty-funk, recorded the way it should be. Career highlights for the band so far have included opening for Charles Bradley (USA), Babylon Circus (FRA) and The Bamboos (AUS), as well as a string of raucous residencies at Melbourne venues and a wild set at Folk, Rhythm & Life Festival. LIVE AT NORTHSIDE ON FRIDAY NIGHT 6pm
THE MELTDOWN – There are a lot of soul revival bands around, but the Meltdown’s angle is different – Simon is pretty country and Lachlan is pretty country too. It’s got a bit of that Ray Charles country via gospel thing, and little taste of dirty blues too. Echoes of towns like Euroa and Avenel, where the boys grew up, or just artistic license? It’s a big, bold, brassy band of twangy guitars, bumping backbeats and swinging New Orleans shuffles. Then there’s that voice. As sweet as honey. It’s soul, but it’s country too and something else indefinable; like you heard it before but don’t know where… Introducing “Better Days.” The Meltdown’s first release on HopeStreet Recordings. LIVE AT NORTHSIDE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON at 1pm
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Sydney-based producer Katalyst and the Quakers team (Katalyst, Fuzzface, 7Stu7) but fear not, they are back – with a new Quakers record due in upcoming months and a new Guilty Simpson record (produced by Quakers) due to drop in the very near future. Both releases will be available on Stones Throw. A new Space Invadas (Katalyst/Steve Spacek) record is also rumoured! Watch this space.
As a teaser for the new releases, Katalyst has posted a new mixtape on the Stones Throw website. The mix features some new tracks from Guilty Simpson, Quakers and a couple of secret Katalyst productions. The mix/podcast is a free download and is ready for your perusal right now. Don’t say you didn’t know.
Like I said, we are closed for the day on MONDAY the 26th JANUARY, reopen on Tuesday 11am.
We love it when our friends put on shows – and this time around it’s a mad collab between HopeStreet Recordings, Scatter Scatter Tropical Discotheque and Shadow Electric! On Saturday February 7, Shadow Electric will host The Public Opinion Six and the Hope Street gang for the official launch of the ‘sweet sixteenth’ release from HopeStreet recordings (1/6: Cosmetic Love bw. The Public Opinion Six: Jappo). Joining them are Emcee 1/6, DJ Manchild and the Public Opinion Sound System for an action packed night of Afro-Brunswick-trophop, disco and soul.
From the press release: “Another sure-fire, super-heavy afro-dynamite-soul hit from those likely types down at Hope St headquarters!! And yes that’s right, it is the sweet sixteenth 45 released by this Melbourne record label juggernaut and there is only one way to celebrate it – teaming up with those cats from The Scatter Scatter Soundsystem and turning out a huge party down at The Shadow Electric!
Two sides of heat, each fronted by a different vocal weapon from the artillery of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will be translated live for you on Saturday Feb 7th. Rapper One-Sixth and singer/percussionist Lamine Sonko are joined their pals The Public Opinion Six (formerly The Afrobiotics & also the rhythm section behind the POAO) for two sets of afro-funk power. Then later DJ Manchild & the Scatter Scatter Soundsystem take over and turn the volume up to 10 with their massive party blend of tropical beats alongside live percussion and MCs.”
The new 45 is in stock at Northside, along with many other fine releases from HopeStreet Recordings.