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It was a crazy beautiful day last Saturday. Another record was born unto the world and KAIIT was ALL THAT AND MORE! Below is an amazing letter I was sent that really articulated well as to why we would come out to events. Even as a person going alone and why its important to.


Some snaps….

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There is a lot out at the moment, a lot of good local records. From all styles of music, there is HEAT. Here are just a few you should check, but of course, there are many more.

THE CACTUS CHANNEL featuring CHET FAKER  “Kill The Doubt / Sleeping Alone” (hope street records) 7″ $14 – instrumental funk band bring in the kid called CHET to lay down some sweet soul vocals on this great groove!


ISHAN COOPER “CoopDeVille presents BAT FUNK CRAZY” LP + Download $25 – amazing red slice of licorice pie that is pure P FUNK. Made in Melbourne with the members of PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC (incl GEORGE CLINTON!)


SKOMES “Mindloops Ona Heartbeat” (groove penguin records) LP $20 – 15 tracks of sample based instrumental hip hop. Dusty bumps to make you happy..





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DAPlicious week!

They are falling from the skies!!!!


DAPTONE RECORDS new releases.

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NAOMI SHELTON AND THE GOSPEL QUEENS “Cold World” LP (+ download) $25
– With Gabriel (Bosco Mann) Roth at the helm, Naomi and company went into the studio Summer 2013, and cut onto tape what can only be described as bonafide Soul Excitement of the highest order!  At the heart of it, Cold World is a Soul record but the cross section of sub-genres the album weaves through makes it difficult to label it plainly as such.  There are tracks like ‘Sinner’, ‘Heaven Is Mine’, and ‘Humble Me’ that capture the group’s penchant for Soul grooves, seasoned with Naomi’s tough vocal delivery, and the Queens melodic interplay, which captures perhaps better than any of the other tracks, NSGQ’s live show.  Then there’s some hard funk by way of ‘Bound for the Promised Land’, ‘Cold World’, and ‘Thank You Lord’ – the percolating church rave-up of ‘Get Up, Child’, the country heavy ‘One Day’, and ‘I Earned Mine’, and the bouncing rumba of ‘Everybody Knows.’  This album is a menagerie of Soul music at its finest, untied by the strong message-laden lyrics. Trust us, the wait was worth it.

ANTIBALAS “Tattletale” (daptone) 7″ $10
-Composed by the prolific keyboardist/producer Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah, “Tattletale” has been a sinister, funky flute-driven live staple for Antibalas for many years, drawing from musical inspirations of Ethiopian funk and jazz masters Mulatu Astatqe, Wallias Band and Mahmoud Ahmed of the the mid-1970s. After years of performing it to audiences across the globe, the band recorded “Tattletale” at the Daptone House of Soul during the album sessions for their self-titled 2012 LP. Since then, like a trove of military secrets, the song has sat marinating in the Daptone archives, waiting for just the right time to expose the dark, sinister side of Antibalas.”

THE COMO MAMAS “Out Of The Wilderness / Well, Well Don’t Worry ’bout Me” (daptone) 7″ $10
– Led by Ester Mae Smith’s unmistakeable voice, the Como Mama’s have found their place at the gospel end of the Daptone table alongside a legendary stable of soulful musicians. However, as stirring as their music is, up to now, all of their recordings have been a capella. With this record they join forces with the boys of the Menahan Street Band (billed pseudonymously here as The Radiant Rhythm Band) to lay bare the funkier side of gospel music. “The rhythms we all play were already right there in their vocals,” explains drummer Homer Steinweiss, “so it felt natural to lay down the grooves behind them.” Thomas “T-N-T” Brenneck, the up-and-coming producer who brought us both Menahan Street Band and Charles Bradley, presided over the collaboration, which took place in the old Dunham Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Dont forget the SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS show this month on the 18th and 19th!

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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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I don’t mean Camberwell Carrots, I am talking about some great recent releases to come out on 7″ vinyl. Or you might know them as 45’s. These are some heavy hitters from around the world. Starting with THE  TRANSGRESSORS, this is an unreleased track from the POETS OF RHYTHM or you might know them as THE WHITEFILED BROTHERS. Whatever, these German cats have been doing it for longer than the Dap Kings and hit harder than the taxman.

Then we have the QUANTIC and ALICE RUSSELL direct to disc recording of the two beautiful soul tracks from their latest album. Originally for record store day these babies got held up in shpiping delays. They are here now though. Recorded during the London Riots they have an amazing soulful calm about them.

Then don’t forget RICKEY CALLOWAY outta Florida, who teams up with his favourite band WILL SESSIONS from Detroit. This is some heavy and cold american A grade funk. Aso check the dope instrumental on the flip!



QUANTIC AND ALICE RUSSELL "Look Around the Corner"

QUANTIC AND ALICE RUSSELL "Look Around the Corner"



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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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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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Lagos Disco Inferno

Believe the Hype

WOW! This record and the dedication that has gone into making it happen is amazing. In doing a little research for this release, I’ve found one of the best things on the web! Check out the VOODOO FUNK blog. The info, pics and love here is hard to beat.

From the press release:

Compiled by Frank Gossner of, this record contains 12 tracks that represent the sound of Lagos in the late 1970s.

Dean Disi (Music Journalist and formerly Director of Lagos based label TYC Records) wrote the liner notes for this album: “It was the era of sheer ecstasy. The music not only represents the vibrancy of youthful expressionism of the time but is also deeply rooted in African rhythm though not traditional in phraseology… This collection of songs marks the development of Nigerian urban pop culture… There was diametric difference in the music of the discos and the music play by the groups. Disco music as played by the DJs was essentially western. The fans could connect with this easily. It was hip, urban and stimulating. The young Nigerian groups were hooked on it and tried to play it but with a distinctive African stamp of their own.”

Some of the artists on this record were stars of their times while others remained in obscurity.

And here is what makes Nigerian Disco so special:

Lagos by the 1970s was a huge metropolitan city. Due to the oil boom, there was money to be made with music and nightlife and big international record labels like EMI, Decca and Philips had set up their recording studios that for a big part got equipped with vintage hardware handed down from their European franchises. So as the sound of the late 70s and early 80s in Europe and in the US got more and more modern and from todays point of view just plain shitty, overloaded with ugly sounding Roland keyboards, the sound of Lagos was dominated by powerful horn sections, heavy drums and percussion instruments. There’s plenty of early Moog synthesizers but no synth-generated strings or fake horns.

EMI’s house producer Emmanuel Odenusi had worked with Fela for many years, defining the sound of Afrobeat. Kayode Salami who produced another couple of tracks on this album also was responsible for the incredible sound of the famous debut LP by Psych-Rock group Ofege.

Lagos, a uniquely vibrant, gritty, energetic and sometimes quite dangerous tropical metropolis has always been much more than just a city. A state of mind where third world poverty met the oil boom, where African traditions clashed with Western decadence.

Make no mistake, this stuff will have you dance in a feverish rush in no time.

Side 1: DORIS EBONG – Boogie Trip 5:28  GEALDO PINO – African Hustle 5:25  GROTTO – Bad City Girl 5:34

Side 2:  POGO LTD. – Don’t Put Me Down 4:37  ASIKO ROCK GROUP – Everybody Get Down 8:17  PARADISE STARS – Boogie Train 5:31

Side 3:  DORGU – Rover Man 4:37 MFB – Boredom Pain 5:06  ESSIEN – Take Life Easy 4:14  TIROGO – Dancing Machine 4:03

Side 4:  BLO – Root 3:24  NANA LOVE – Hang On 14:45

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“Do Anything Go Anywhere”

I’m a little slow getting to the new releases lately. Here’s one that dropped a couple of weeks ago. It’s the hip new thing after they amazed everyone at WOMADELAIDE.

An incredible debut album from this perfect Melbourne afrobeat collective. Hot on the heels of their impeccable vinyl-only release Two Sides of the Truth/Do Anything Go Anywhere, (picttured right) The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra have made an album to command the attention of world music fans, hip hop aficionados, jazz cats, funk and soul freaks and indie hipsters alike. There are strong echoes of the Afrobeat movement from the 1960s-70s, as well as the influences of the African diaspora in Australia over the past decade, yet this is boundary free, totally modern music that sounds as fresh in the clubs as on the streets of Melbourne where it was born.

Do Anything Go Anywhere delivers seven irresistibly loose-limbed, exotic jams which resonate with ferocious grooves, positive messages, conscious hip hop and gutsy soul. Lyrical odes to the power of resistance and the spirit of the African and Australian people hit home with smoking hot sing song vocals, heavy duty horns, gritty guitar grooves, jazzy solos, all snaking out on top of the infectious polyrhythms of the percussion section. EXTREME LOCAL PRIDE

12″ Cover artwork is crazy. Props to Suzie Bates. I haven’t seen the CD cover yet, but I’ll insert it into the blog once I get my hands on it.

Limited Edition 12″ still available in strictly limited quantities. Includes instrumental versions… nice.

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Daptone Gold!

On November 24th Daptone Records will release DAPTONE GOLD a collection of some of the label’s rarest and most favorite singles and deep cuts on CD and a lovingly packaged double LP, which includes a poster, a sticker and some amount of gold foil. The always fiery Lee Fields appears three times: once on a duet with Sharon Jones, again on his own “Could Have Been”, and on “Stand Up,” previously only available as a 45 RPM single.

Thanks to Daptone & Reverberation we’re proud to you you offer a little taste right here. Available as downloadable MP3, it’s the full unadulterated version of Lee Fields “Stand Up”. Surely one of the dopest 45’s to come out Daptone HQ over recent years, this Lee Fields tune is a future soul monster. Press PLAY, don’t delay, DO IT TODAY!

STAND UP: Lee Fields

Hopefully we’ll have this instore real soon CD & vinyl of course. Watch the newsletter and website for more updates. This LP set is sure to be an invaluable DJ tool for years to come. Don’t let it pass you by – every tune here is a winner – just like we’ve been trying to tell you all along. S.O.U.L.
You listened to the tune yet?

Features: Introduction by Binky Griptite ● Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “I’m Not Gonna Cry” ● The Budos Band “Up From The South” ● Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens “What Have You Done” ● Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?” ● Lee Fields “Could Have Been” ● Antibalas featuring Mayra Vega “Che Che Cole Makossa” ● The Budos Band “Budos Rising” ● Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Got A Thing On My Mind” ● Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band “The World” ● Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Make It Good To Me” ● Lee Fields and Sugarman & Co. “Stand Up” ● Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens “What Is This” ● Binky Griptite with the Sugarman Three “A Lover Like Me” ● Menahan Street Band “Make the Road by Walking” ● Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Tell Me” ● Sugarman & Co. “Down To It” ● The Dap-Kings “Nervous Like Me” ● Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Giving Up” ● The Budos Band “Ghostwalk” ● The Gospel Queens feat. Cynthia Langston “I Need You To Hold My Hand” ● Binky Griptite & the Mellomatics “The Stroll Pt. 2” ● Sharon Jones & Lee Fields “Stranded In Your Love”.
Holy Cow!

Like it says in the tags for this post ——> RECORD OF THE MONTH. Certified goodness.

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Record of the Month

JUNE 2009:
“Enter The 37th Chamber”
Music Inspired By The Wu Tang (t&s)

There’s not a lot we can say about this release that hasn’t already been said. We have more stock at Northside after selling more than 40 copies in 2 days!!! If that’s not an indication of a good record I don’t know what is. Don’t sleep on this amazing piece of cinematic soul/hip hop. Anyone who doesn’t rate this record is probably into shit like Buena Vista Social Club or Earth Wind and Fire – and I should probably stop there. Real music for REAL people.

The CD release includes a bonus track (PJs) not featured on the LP – but if you’re on the case when it comes to Truth & Soul, you probably already have the 12″ release of the PJ’s… from afar, featuring Raekwon from 2007. (TS-015)

Check out more on the El Michels Affair at the Truth & Soul website — cop a listen + check the word on Quincy Bright, The Olympians and The Phenomenal Handclap Band.

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