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Even though you can’t make it down to Northside this Saturday to catch the funky bands we always have on during Record Store Day, we are bringing the funk to your living room! YES! Live streaming from the Northside Records Instagram Page in conjunction with Isol-Aid from 7-8pm featuring LOCAL LEGENDS:

LANEOUS (solo) 2pm

EX-OLYMPIAN (Northside’s own Liam McGorry) 2:20pm

THE BAMBOOS (duo set from Lance Ferguson & Kylie Auldist) 2:40pm

Live & direct from their funky abodes!

yes, of course we will be doing a PRIZE for the best dancer. We always do. Just put up on your INSTAGRAM STORY evidence of the get down, make sure you tag us so we can pimp out your moves later!  The winner will receive a super limited copy of the RSD LANEOUS 45. 

We have a select handful of LANEOUS’ brand new single to give away after his performance on RSD this year. 

These will be on sale after Laneous’ performance. Just email me at to get one. 

Also don’t forget about the GREAT AUSTRALIAN WAREHOUSE SALE that will be happening at Northside on Saturday as well, grab yourself a bargain!!!!! Get in contact. 

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SAT 7th Dec – big LOCAL soul night!!!!!

Saskwatch at the Corner!

The Bamboos at The Forum

Last Saturday two of Australia’s biggest and best soul bands socked it to Melbourne. SASKWATCH played to a packed out sweaty Corner Hotel and the mighty BAMBOOS stepped up their game and rocked The Forum.

Doing it bigtime!

The other news that emerged that day was the announcement that local Melbourne Soul band – HIATUS KAIYOTE have been nominated for a GRAMMY Yes, I think this is the first time an Australian soul act has been acknowledged by the Grammys.

CONGRATULATIONS to Hiatus Kaiyote on behalf of NORTHSIDE RECORDS and all soul fans in Australia. Now, I don’t want to say who won, but the Grammy awards are given out on January 26th, thats right – AUSTRALIA DAY.

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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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SASKWATCH sell out the Corner

thats my boys AND GIRL! This Friday’s album launch at the Corner has SOLD OUT!

If you were thinking of going wait out the front and get scalped OR you could check them out at the next couple of gigs. On Sunday they play up in BALLARAT on Sat afternoon at Karova Lounge and then on Sunday at DAYLESFORD at tThe Palais in the afternoon. Then there is the big show. THe opening night of AWME aat the HIFI Bar. Its with THE BAMBOOS, ELECTRIC EMPIRE and more local goodness. bamboos

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SYL JOHNSON is OK, but has suffered a heart attack this week. He is OK. It was after the Brisbane show. See below for the full press release. He is happy and still funky! The show (and subsequent interviews and signings) have been postponed for a week. The show WILL go on! Syl and the Bamboos will perform NEXT SAT the 17th. Thoughts go out to our Soul Brother SYL, rest up!!!

PRESS RELEASE – 8 September 2011


On Monday night (5 September 2011) Chicago soul and funk legend Syl Johnson performed at The Spiegeltent as part of the Brisbane Festival.  It was the third sold-out show of an historic four-concert Australian tour backed by The Bamboos due to conclude in Melbourne at the Hi-Fi  on Saturday 10 September.

At approximately 8:30PM immediately after coming off stage Mr Johnson complained of feeling unwell.  On his request, an ambulance was immediately called which arrived within two minutes. While being attended to by Queensland Ambulance officers backstage, Mr Johnson suffered a heart attack.  The lead ambulance officer and two ambulance medics successfully steered Mr Johnson through the heart attack event.

Mr Johnson was then transported to the Royal Brisbane Hospital (10 minutes from the venue) where he was placed into immediate care.  Royal Brisbane Hospital doctors carried out an operation to clear one of Mr Johnson’s arteries which was achieved without the use of a stent.
Mr Johnson has made a remarkable recovery and is in full command of all his mental and physical capacities.  Within 24 hours of the event he was insisting that he continue with the Melbourne performance which had been scheduled for this Saturday 10 September.  However, on the insistence of his medical team, Mr Johnson has agreed to postpose his performance to the following Saturday (17 September) at the same venue (Hi-Fi  Melbourne) with the same line up.

Mr Johnson wants to express his gratitude to the Brisbane Festival team for their help, concern and professionalism as well as the Queensland Ambulance Service and the nurses and doctors at the Royal Brisbane Hospital for their fantastic care, attention and patience.
Mr Johnson says that he sincerely hopes that his Melbourne fans who have already purchased tickets will not be inconvenienced and that they will be able attend the Hi-Fi  on 17 September for what is sure to be a very emotional concert.

The tour promoters (Harlem Dukes and Straightup) have said that persons who bought tickets for the now-postponed 10 September concert should retain them for use on 17 September.  However, if any ticket-holders cannot attend the 17 September concert, refunds will be available until Monday 14th September 5.00pm by emailing

Lloyd Dewar on behalf of Harlem Dukes

For some extra SYL information check out DJ SHEEPs interview he did recently here.

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