HopeStreet Record Stall this Sunday!

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In celebration of our Brunswick heritage we’re running a heavily-discounted record stall at the Sydney Road Street Party. Included in this is the ‘Super Deluxe HopeStreet Raffle’ where you can win every record we ever made!

On the day we’ll be doing:

$7 for 7s
$12 for 12s
$10 for CDs
$20 for LPs

The ‘Super Deluxe HopeStreet Raffle’ will include $295 worth of records and CDs – everything we’ve ever made apart from those records that have already sold out of course. To enter you must write your name/email on our sheet on the day. No online entry sorry, drawn at 6pm.

Open from 12-7pm on the west side between Dawson St and Victoria St.

Click attending on our facebook event here.

The Meltdown vinyl available now!



“Simon Burke has always known how to write a great tune!”
Lance Fergusson (The Bamboos/Double J)


The Meltdown. It’s a bold, brassy, twangy steam train of bumping backbeats and swinging shuffles. Then there’s that voice. Sweet as honey. The voice is 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.

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New Afro 7″

 Click here to download Jappo for FREE! 

or buy on iTunes

Not in Australia?
Find Cosmetic Love online internationally:

Fat Beats (US)
Kudos Records (UK)

It’s been a long time between drinks for Melbourne’s mighty Afrobeat juggernaut The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (The POAO). To get everyone warmed up for 2015’s much anticipated LP release, two of the group’s vocalists, rapper 1/6 and singer / percussionist Lamine Sonko are fronting alternate sides of a split 7” out on HopeStreet Recordings. A highly nutritious Afro freaky snack to keep enthusiasts of all things raw and righteous satisfied till the main course arrives.

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HopeSteet Recordings & Scatter Scatter Tropical Discotheque present:

Cosmetic Love 45 record launch 
The Public Opinion Six
MC 1/6
Scatter Scatter Soundsystem
DJ Manchild 

Saturday February 7th @ Shadow Electric Bandroom (Abbotsford Convent)



2014 – A year in releases

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2014 has been our biggest year yet, with 2 massive albums out (The Island of Dr Electrico & Dawn), our funding from Australia Council, the inception of our publishing business, The Bombay Royale getting their music featured in Far Cry 4 plus a bunch of rad sessions that we put down this year which we can’t wait to put out in 2015!

Thanks to everyone who’s supported our artists by buying records, seeing shows, or just spreading the word.  See you next year!


Xmas Sale On Now!

It’s nearly christmas time so darvid thort he’d offer some super special gifts for those last minute shoppers.  Click the image below to find out more or browse the store.

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Daddy 7″ – Limited Run of 150 Records

Joy to the world! HopeStreet Recordings and Northside Records are filling your Christmas stockings early this year. Daddy - Emma Donovan and The PutBacks’ frenetic psych/soul stomper – is now available on a super exclusive limited edition 7” for those who need their niceness presented in the nicest of formats.

Only 150 hand numbered records are available, featuring In The Dirt, a PutBacks instrumental on the B side. That’s two sides of searing 45 rpm funky good times for the dancefloor in you.

In the spirit of exclusivity, the Daddy 7” is only available from this website and Northside Records, Fitzroy. Copies will be available for purchase from Thursday the 11th of December and will sell in numbered order from 9am. Who will get number 1? Best get up early, kids! Records #1-10 have been signed by Emma.

Daddy is the first single from Emma and The PutBacks’ new album Dawn. 

“Emma’s voice is everything you’d want in a soul singer. She’s the real deal.”
Wax Poetics on Daddy


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Dawn Vinyl now in stock


There’s been a global shortage of vinyl lately, but we’re happy to see the arrival of our latest LP Dawn, by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks!  Get it now from our online store.



“Driven by brutally honest lyricism, irresistible percussion and a purist’s respect for the funk and soul tradition, Dawn hearkens back to the heyday of Stax and Atlantic Recordings”
Karaslamb (Okayplayer)

Dawn LP Out Now!

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The debut album from Emma Donovan & The PutBacks is out now in Australia (with international dates following very close behind)!



Buy on iTunes (AU)

Buy on iTunes (Intl)


Dawn takes some cues from the burgeoning soul revival, but it’s a far looser interpretation than many releases in the style. This is no attempt at reviving a bygone era. There’s no horn section. There’s more rock in there. There’s more country in there. There’s more, in Emma’s words, “blackfella music” in there. The songwriting is more akin to classic Aboriginal bands like Coloured Stone than it is to Sharon Jones. The sentiment is personal, for both Emma and the band, and forward looking, rather than revivalist. Shades of every soul record you ever liked sneak through: Al Green’s Hi Records era? Check. Aretha’s Classic Atlantic recordings? Check. Stacks of Stax? Check. It’s all there, but all different. Dawn is it’s own thing, indigenous Australian soul. From the ferocious opening salvo of Black Woman to the sweet and gentle comedown of Over Under Away, Dawn is above all a journey through Emma’s life written in song.

“Emma’s voice is everything you’d want in a soul singer. She’s the real deal.”
Francis Devin Rimer (Wax Poetics)
“A tour de force of funk and soul hailing from the land down under”
Brice Ezell (Pop Matters)

Summer Shows 2014/15

HopeStreet artists have a big Summer and 2015 ahead of them with a bunch of festivals and interstate shows. Details below.


Emma Donovan & The PutBacks

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – December 4 Tix here *

The Motor Room, Brisbane – December 20 FREE ENTRY *

Newtown Social Club, Sydney (Matinee show) – December 21 Tix here *

Womadelaide – 6-9 March Tix here

* Part of 2014 ‘Dawn’ Tour


The Bombay Royale

Meredith Music Festival – December 12-14 SOLD OUT

Melbourne Zoo Twilights w/ The Budos Band – February 20 Tix here


The Cactus Channel

Phoenix Bar, Canberra (w/ Brass Knuckle Brass Band & Karate Boogaloo) – December 4 

Heritage Hotel, Bulli (w/ The Liberators) – December 5 Tix here

Venue 505, Sydney (w/ The Liberators) – December 6 Tix here

PANAMA Music Festival, Tasmania – March 7-8 Tix Here


The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra

Meredith Music Festival – December 12-14 SOLD OUT

Emma & Mick

Download “Daddy” right here!