Here’s a video highlighting a track from each of the records we put out this year. Enjoy!
The deal will see Native Tongue Music Publishing and HopeStreet Recordings team together to help develop and work HopeStreet’s diverse catalogue which currently features artists such as Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, The Meltdown, The Bombay Royale, The Cactus Channel, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Quarter Street.
Founded in 2009 by Tristan Ludowyk and Bob Knob – a pair of artists who produce and engineer the catalogue – the label now has 24 vinyl releases under their belt. “We’re hugely inspired by labels like Stax, with an in-house family that could do everything from write, arrange, produce and perform on the hits”, says Ludowyk. “This partnership with Native Tongue provides a great opportunity for our artists and production team.”
Already longtime fans of the label, Native Tongue’s Matt Tanner said “We’re excited to work with Hope Street, who are a Melbourne institution that continually deliver the best soul and funk artists and releases that Australia has to offer.”
It’s been a massive year for HopeStreet with the expansion of our team, the launch of our imprint label Wyall Style, a big handful of 7-inch releases and one super funky Salsa record. With the holidays around the corner we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to a little break, but all in all it’s been an extremely satisfying year working alongside our artists.
Six years ago we started this project in the basement of a defunct Karate dojo making small run 45’s for soul heads, and over the years we’ve met with new musicians and artists to create a now solid catalogue of seventeen 7-inch records and six full length LPs. Our artists have received international and national acclaim and won numerous awards, so here’s to another 6+ years of innovative record making for you all. Here’s a record by record recap of the year (earliest to latest):
Cosmetic Love / Jappo 7″ by One Sixth & The Public Opinion Six
Our first split collab joint features MC One Sixth on a funky afro groove with the B-side featuring The Public Opinion Six on the same tune, with percussoinist and singer Lamine Sonko fronting. Literally only a couple of these left – get them here.
Better Days / Sweet Water 7″ by The Meltdown
Slick country-fried soul done right by The Meltdown. Led by singer Simon Burke, these dudes play solid tunes à la Ray Charles and Eli Paper Boy Reed with a killer rhythm section. Grab the 7-inch here.
Wild Stallion Mountain / Khubsoorat Bewafa 7″ by The Bombay Royale
Our favourite psychedelic bollywood funk/soul/surf superstars released this funky white 7-inch this year. It accompanies a crazy video of desert horse fuelled psychedelia. Grab the few limited white 7-inches here.
Cobaw / Fool’s Gold 7″ by The Cactus Channel
Dark and cinematic bogan jazz boys released this homage to country Victoria with their latest instrumental 7-inch. It explores new sounds, and was recorded by them in their house. Grab it here
Quarter Street LP by Quarter Street
Super solid Salsa Dura done right by Melbourne’s hardest working Latin band Quarter Street. Compared to the likes of Ruben Blades and old Fania recordings… get your copy now!
Kill The Doubt / Sleeping Alone 7″ by The Cactus Channel feat. Chet Faker
Recorded in 2014, this collaboration sat on the shelves until late this year. Super chuffed with this one. The Cactus Channel and old mate Chet Faker sound perfect together. Grab the 7-inch here
Slowly / I Want It All 7″ by Frida (out on Wyall Style Records)
As we mentioned above, we started an imprint label called Wyall Style Records. Run by artists behind The Cactus Channel and Frida, this new label is bringing you music with just as much heart and groove, but through a different set of glasses. Frida explore dark and lo-fi pop soul with their first 7-inch release. Grab it here.
Blackfella Whitefella / Down City Streets 7″ by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks feat. Archie Roach, Tim Rogers & Joelistics
An extremely important record for Australia, this collaboration between Indigenous artists Emma Donovan, Archie Roach, Tim Rogers and Joelistics is handing over all proceeds to SOS BLAK AUSTRALIA to raise awareness and funds to help Indigenous people who have been forced out of their home. Support it here.
Kung Fu Pyramids / Snake Eyes 7″ by The PutBacks
The first and original HopeStreet band. These guys brought you our first 45, and they’re back to bring you a record that cooks hard. Kung Fu style. Only 10 left… be quick!
Sleighbells and reindeer and soulful music on wax. What’s more Christmassy than buying super-nice and super-cheap vinyl on the internet? Nothing! Exactly. It’s the HopeStreet Recordings Christmas-Cracker-Cracking sale. Whether you’re sweltering in the Southern Hemisphere or freezing Northside, we have the right music for y’all to put in your stockings.
Sale you say? My god it’s how cheap? 30% off all vinyl, 40% off CDs and free shipping on all orders over $60! All this plus 50% off on selected bundles for those chrissie hampers. That’s right it is Christmas. From super heavy salsa to afro funk to the sweetest of sweet sweet soul HopeStreet records are the best Christmas-cracker-cracking soundtrack a person can ask for. Sale ends December 18th.
Tomorrow HopeStreet and all our artists are standing up with SOS Blak Australia to support the 5th global call to action against the closure of remote indigenous communities.
WHAT: A global protest against the threatened closure of Aboriginal communities.
WHY: Because 247 communities in WA, as well as communities in other states and territories are still in jeopardy due to cuts to funding. It’s urgent that all communities and supporters stand up to defend communities, culture and land and achieve ways of keeping communities alive and strong.
HOW: By mobilising in large numbers in different towns and locations in Australia and around the world and making out voices united, loud and clear to say “NO FORCED CLOSURES”
WHEN: 27 November 2015 (check local times in your area)
WHERE: In all major cities in Australia, smaller towns, Los Angeles, Berlin and other locations.
Follow the links to your local event from the worldwide facebook event page here.
Visit the SOS Blak website for more information on how you can help www.sosblakaustralia.com
AWME 2015 was a big part of a big week for Hope Street artists. Emma Donovan and The PutBacks, Quarter Street and The Meltdown showcased to solid crowds and made friends from all over. Big shout out and thanks to the AWME organisers and crew for another great festival, and big love to all the delegates, artists and punters that consistently make AWME a one of a kind event in Melbourne, year in year out. It was great to be there! Our friend Cy from cygormanvisual.com took these crackers of Emma Donovan and The PutBacks and Quarter Street on the opening night last week.
Three big wins for us with Indigenous soul queen Emma Donovan taking out Best Indigenous Artist AND Best Funk/Soul Album, as well as street Salsa kings Quarter Street taking out Best Reggae/Roots Album at this years Age Music Victoria awards!
In September of 2014, acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks came together to bring you Dawn, an LP of hard hitting and heartfelt soul songs telling stories of grief, struggle and redemption. Dawn is a gritty, uniquely Australian record, simultaneously classic and contemporary. The songwriting is in turns optimistic, angry and melancholic, and on occasions bruisingly honest. The music is fluid, live and raw, recorded in one room on eight channels of analog tape and the electric connection between Emma and the band comes through in every beat.
Emma has been kicking even more goals with her recent Double J Artist of The Year nomination alongside Hiatus Kaiyote, Paul Kelly & Tim Rogers. She also recently released a 7-inch vinyl release with Archie Roach, Tim Rogers & Joelistics in support of SOS BLAK AUSTRALIA, with all proceeds going to their cause.
The third win goes to hard hitting street Salsa group Quarter Street for their 2015 self titled album. It “marks a new era in Australian latin music, with their powerful arrangements evoking the 70’s heyday of New York born Salsa Dura”, says Lucky Oceans from ABC RN. The group has been awarded the Clave Contra Clave competition as well as international acclaim as Australia’s new latin sound.
You can catch Emma Donovan & The PutBacks and Quarter Street alongside Mojo Juju and The Seven Ups at Max Watt’s on November 12th as a part of this years AWME showcase. Tickets here.
After stealing the hearts of soul fans everywhere through their ongoing collaboration with Emma Donovan, The PutBacks return to instrumental music with a brand new 7inch, Kung Fu Pyramids b/w Snake Eyes. For the fighters, Kung Fu Pyramids is a slice of dark, guitar-driven, psychedelic, martial arts funk. For the gamblers, the brooding downtempo minimalism of Snake Eyes is an ode to the joys of Mia, dice game of champions.
Indigenous legend Archie Roach released the 25th Anniversary Edition of his debut album ‘Charcoal Lane’ today!
The groundbreaking album is being re-released 25 years on with a 2nd disk jam packed full of extras, including newly recorded versions of ‘Charcoal Lane’ material such as a verison of ‘Down City Streets’ featuring Archie and HopeStreets own Emma Donovan & The PutBacks. The special edition also includes live Triple J versions of Archie Roach alongside his late partner Ruby Hunter recorded in 1990 as well as further contributions from Emma and other Australian artists including Paul Kelly and Dan Sultan.
For more information click here.
Emma Donovan & The PutBacks also recently released a new 7-inch in support of #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA featuring Archie Roach, Tim Rogers and Joelistics. All proceeds from the release go directly to the campaign. For more information on this release or to purchase the record click here.
Some of you may have figured this out already, but we have had a long running relationship with production group Blank Tape Music. They run as an artist management service, label and audio & video production studio based in Northcote, Melbourne. We’ve been working with them on video productions for a number of our artists including Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, Quarter Street, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, The Meltdown, San Lazaro and One Sixth. Click the names to check the videos out.
They’ve put together a killer reel from the past while, and it features a bunch of our artists. Check it out at