Northside Records: The Soul of Melbourne

Photo Credit: The Vinyl Factory

Photo Credit: The Vinyl Factory

Nestled in the bend of the vibrant Gertrude Street precinct there’s a particularly distinctive record store, unique in both looks and personality. In appearance, it’s hard to miss – swathed in an incandescent sky blue, Northside Records sticks out like a beacon. The store has been an important nexus for the Melbourne music community since 2002, championing funk, soul, jazz, reggae and underground dance music in a city that has not always held a reputation as an epicentre for soul and funk music. A few months ago, Questlove nominated Melbourne as the soul and funk capital of the world, Chris Gill’s Northside Records has been central to the reputation….

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