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


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.


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

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Thats right this year on December 25th marks the 10 year anniversary of James Browns death. The man who is responsible for this thing we call the FUNK. We have been having this party for the last NINE years on XMAS NIGHT to dance the blues away. Celebrate what he left the world.
Well it’s that time of year again, lights, trees and The KBs. As always The Curtin is where we do, Christmas night is when we do and The Godfather of Soul is who we do it for. It’s been a whole decade since Brother Number One passed away, saving all our Souls. How in the world can we pay proper homage to The Hardest Working Man In Show Business on the funkiest of day of the festive season? Dutifully play the 1971 Olympia, Paris set as close as we are humanly possible of doing of course. The Phelps brothers were in the fold, Cheese Martin scratchin the guitar, Jabo on drums, St Claire Pinckney and Fred Wesley leading the horn section, Bobby Byrd doing his good, good thing on whatever was required and Mr. Dynamite up there with his bad, bad self. It’s a historical set they put down on March 8th, it deserves a World-Wide holiday itself but it just gets Christmas night this year. The KBs feature members of The Cactus Channel, Karate Boogaloo, Sex On Toast, Copperhead Brass Band and other funky Melbourne groups, if you’ve seen them before, you know you can’t miss it. With DJs in full effect The K.B.’s paying respect to Mr. Please Please Please, you know what you gotta do to save your Soul.

DOORS open at 8pm. FREE ENTRY



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XMAS trading hours

WEDNESDAY 21st   11 – 6pm

THURSDAY 22nd  11 – 7pm

FRIDAY 23rd  11 – 7pm

SATURDAY 24th 11  – 6pm

SUNDAY 25th  CLOSED out of respect for JAMES BROWN’S passing 

MONDAY 26th closed

TUESDAY 27th OPEN 11-6pm

WEDNESDAY 28th 11 – 6pm

THURSDAY 29th 11 – 6pm

FRIDAY 30th 11 – 6pm


SUN 1st January 2017 CLOSED




THURSDAY 5th 11 – 6pm

FRIDAY 6th 11 – 6pm 

SAT 7th open as per usual…

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Australia’s FIRST ever XMAS funk 45! OUT NOW!!!

Australia’s first ever XMAS FUNK 45. In keeping with the classic tradition of rocking the funk over X-MAS we get to release a tribute to James Brown on the 10th Anniversary of his death. The first ever release from KARATE BOOGALOO (The Rhythm Section of the Cactus Channel) is set to scorch your speakers. With a respectful cover of the song that would introduce James and the band the boys make is super funky! Recoded in front of a live crowd this is the bomb!! The b side features an orginial song about giving! Nows the time!!! The tracks pops off on a super fun bass line. Then Hudson stretched out on the drums at the end in a Clyde show of respect. A piece of soulful Australian history. Look forward to more heat from the KB’s soon!

In order to help you feel the Joy Of Giving we will sell them for $14 each or you can get 5 for $50 to help spread XMAS soulful joy. The first 150 will come with a commemorative sleeve. This is a release I am PROUD of….


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Northside presents The Seven Ups

sevenups-aviator-dingdong-600To celebrate the release of The Seven Ups new single ‘The Aviator‘, Northside Records and Ding Dong Lounge present The Seven Ups live on Friday December 16. The new single has been out for a couple of weeks now and is achieving worldwide radio and dancefloor rotation. The band is also currently deep into their East Coast launch tour, with Melbourne being the final stop on a run of 8+ shows. Fiyah fah sure.

Joining the line-up on the night are local dub/reggae/hip hop outfit Echo Drama, plus shady characters Chris Gill and Mike Gurrieri will bring the heavy afro heat and dirty funk before, between and after the bands.

Doors and DJs from 9pm.
8 Market Lane CBD. No suits (unless you can dance).

Cop a listen/ download now:
The Seven Ups  |  Echo Drama

More info:
The Seven Ups

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Thats right. We are on the front foot with the great local funk!

The latest 45 from Melbourne’s The Seven Ups, sees the band stepping up into the producer’s chair to push the boundaries like never before. The result is faster, dirtier and a whole lot meaner.

Lead track, The Aviator, is the quintessential Seven Ups, afro-groove jam. Paying undeniable homage to Fela, the tune is driven by an unrelenting rhythm section that won’t stop for anything, and laced with super lo-fi horns that bubble and squawk like it’s their last day on earth.

Sitting outside of the boundaries of Afro-Funk, Dash Tapper is the ultimate B-side. This is Afro-Fuzz! Different to anything the band has done to date, the track draws the listener in with a heavy car-chase groove then decimates with big-muffed, freaky-nasty guitar.

Released on Northside Records, the 45 has been pressed in a limited run of 300.

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Mayfield and Showtime Quintet performing instore

Northside is proud to introduce two fresh bands – MAYFIELD and The SHOWTIME QUINTET feat. 1/6 and Class A. Both line-ups will bring the funk to Northside Records on Saturday October 15th from 2pm, and both bands are lauching new 7″ singles on the day. It’s going to be a fun Saturday afternoon!


MAYFIELD are a funky soul band headed by soul queen Carla Troiano. She has rocked Women Of Soul before and been singing about for a while now. The girl has skills. Backed by Melbourne toughest funk backbeat, Ivan “CHOI” Katchoyan, these guys are ready to do it to it. New Mayfield 45 out on Choi Records

TOM SHOWTIME has been making the party jump for a while now. Playing sax, making beats and inviting friends to lay down great vocals over his treats is a good recipe. Here he calls on legendary MC from The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra 1/6,  and good friend, female MC Class A to make it all work. And work it does!!! Performing as the Showtime Quintet. New 45 out on Groove Penguin Records

More info: Tom Showtime |  Class A  |  1/6

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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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Remi instore performance & release party

Northside Records is proud and excited to announce we will be hosting Remi (Remi & Sensible J) for the Official worldwide release party of their new album “Divas & Demons“. Officially out on September 16 – and officially live at Northside from 7pm on Friday September 16. We’ll have ample stocks of the new LP and CD instore for your acquisition – and Remi and J will be signing copies after their performance. Get in early – as it will be a full house, again!


Two singles from the new album are already out – cop a listen right here: For Good feat. Sampa the Great + Substance Therapy. Other good shit at

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billy davis slider

We are proud to present an INSTORE PERFORMANCE by new local soul cats….



Northside Records is proud to press a 7″ with these guys. The two tracks “PRESSURE” featuring JACE XL and “PROBLEM” featuring ALLYSHA JOY. These two sweet soul sensations will be put out on a doubleAA sider. Led by the keys from the front, this band is great new shooting star….

Big things are happening in Melbourne Music, and Musician Billy Davis is no exception with his debut EP ‘Bad Ending’ dropping on June 21st 2016. The 10-Track Soul EP is a fusion of Neo-Jazz and Hip Hop, providing a snapshot into Melbourne’s music scene highlighting collaborations with artists Cazeaux OSLO, Tanya George, Allysha Joy, Ceeko, Big Words, TRQS, Jace XL, Blasko, and Jwils.

Join the band  as they launch this single  at Northside Records on


SATURDAY 16th July @ 6pm.


Starting at the same time as the Gertrude Street Projection Festival come down for an amazing night as all your senses will be flipping!


Remember as all instores are FREE and always ALL AGES EVENTS.

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Mulatu Astatke + Black Jesus Experience – Live Instore

Tuesday 7th June, 2016 – from 7pm

Yes, the LEGEND himself, MULATU ASTATKE will be performing at NORTHSIDE! Together with his band Black Jesus Experience, they have recorded a new album called CRADLE OF HUMANITY. They will be officially releasing and performing the entire album live at Northside Records. They will also have exclusive VINYL copies of the new album available for sale at the show (this will be first time the record will be available).


This is a unique honour for Northside Records. To have an artist of the calibre of the man who invented the sound ETHIO JAZZ is amazing. And in turn – for you the public to be able to see someone of the stature in such an intimate setting is equally unique. Both his MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL shows have sold out and this could be your last chance to see the master. Not to be missed.

Whilst the official album launch and vinyl release is June 7, we already have copies of the new album available on CD, and you can cop a listen right now on Bandcamp Damn – the new versions of NETSASET and YEKATIT on here are smokin! Blowin’ up from Mebourne to Addis Ababa.

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Arena LP out now

Arena-LP-front-350pxARENA: Self tilted

The Roundtable & Northside Records are proud to present this long awaited and special Record Store Day reissue of this highly collectible Australian rare groove LP. Many of you will be familiar with the classic tune “The Long One” featured on Ubiquity’s “Heading in the right direction” compilation – and for those who aren’t, here’s the rundown…

If you can imagine the gathering of a group of Australian session musicians channelling the sounds of Herbie Hancock Headhunter’s and Marc Moulin’s Placebo, recording an album out of hours at a TV studio and then releasing a privately pressed hard hitting jazz funk record then what you have is Arena, one of Australia’s most revered and scarce rare groove records.

This was the name given to a pick-up group of session players led by Ted White, a veteran of the British big band jazz scene (an associate of Ted Heath and Basil Kirchin) who had immigrated to Australia in the 1960s to work in the burgeoning television industry. This one-time studio project (recorded only to test out the facilities for a new studio) barely yet thankfully saw an LP release in 1975. Pressed in minute quantities only with limited distribution, the album was subsequently forgotten and obscured by time, only to be resurrected in the 90s by DJs and collectors seeking out lost and rare records.

The album has since become one of the country’s most celebrated and collectible jazz funk recordings and has proved to be a pivotal point in Australian jazz, marking a shift from the modern jazz and R&B sounds of the previous decades to the cross pollinating electric jazz funk of the 70s. Characterised by the heavy use of electronically treated saxophone, psychedelic guitar, Moog and spacey Fender Rhodes, the album is a classic of the genre.

While acknowledging the often compiled and sampled breaks track, The Long One, the complete album offers much more, exemplified by its complicated and obsessive jazz rhythms, abstract and middle-eastern horn lines and pulsing electric funk.

We have copies of this available now at Northside Records, and it will soon be available at other good record stores throughout Australia and the world. It’s already moving fast – so don’t miss you chance to own one of these sought after gems for only $30 (to cherish until you find the OG!).


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