The cosmic psychedelia of Wild Stallion Mountain

The Bombay Royale’s latest piece of retro-Bollywood-freakadelic-disco is not powered so much by the forces of nature, as it is by forces beyond nature. You may say “Eurovision on acid in Mumbai”, but we say “Wild Stallion Mountain. Taking into light the many arguments for and against the current Eurovision contestant representing Australia, all we can say is #thebombayroyale4eurovision2016.

The band release their new super special white 7” single on Saturday the 18th of April 2015 (World Record Store Day). But right now, you too can experience the cool breeze and snow-capped peaks of the Wild Stallion Mountain. This mystical experience is available in HD on YouTube below. Ride on and prosper.

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*click the video above to watch*


Melbourne 7” single Launch:

Saturday May 2nd

The Gasometer Hotel – 484 Smith St, Collingwood

Tickets available here

Emma Donovan – Australia’s Indigenous soul queen

Since the recent release of her debut album Dawn, Emma Donovan has played some of Australia’s biggest stages and received praise from around the world. The Indigenous country-turned-soul singer has just launched a brand new website and is hitting the road on Paul Kelly’s Merri Soul Sessions tour with her band The PutBacks.

Emma has a lifetime of musical experience to draw upon. At age 7 she began singing with her grandparents in Australian country/gospel group The Donovans before studying contemporary music in her late teens. As a young adult, Emma added a newfound love of soul, blues and roots to her already rich musical heritage.

Emma’s much-deserved recognition has been catalysed by her recent album with The PutBacks, released November 2014. The 9-track record screams her brutally honest lyrics backed by the bands gritty soul instrumentals. Influence from Aretha Franklin, Sharon Jones and Stax Records can be heard in the songwriting and production. Rolling Stone Magazine rated the album 4 stars and Paul Kelly described her musical relationship with The PutBacks as “sass and kiss, twist and twine like a totally-into-each-other feisty couple. Dawn is the perfect marriage of singer and band.”

To celebrate this feisty relationship, a full production video clip was released for the lead single Dawn starring Tina De Melo & Rhimi Johnson Page. Directed by Natasha Gadd of Daybreak Films, Emma describes Dawn as “some personal stories I needed to share, but from that hard place I ended up in the sweet Dawn – a brand new day”.

In addition to her own shows with The PutBacks where they’ve graced the the main stages at WOMADelaie and St Kilda Festivals, to name a few, Emma has also collaborated with many other renowned artists in the past 12 months. She has toured with the Indigenous music, dance and comedy show Blak Cabaret, become a huge part of Declan Kelly’s Diesel N’ Dub show and featured in The Black Arm Band’s Dirtsong show.

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks are currently on tour with Paul Kelly. See her new website for all the details -

“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)

“Emma Donovan’s undeniable deep soul voice has met its match at last in The Putbacks. They sass and kiss, twist and twine like a totally-into-each-other feisty couple. Dawn is the perfect marriage of singer and band.” - Paul Kelly 

“Emma’s voice is everything you’d want in a soul singer. She’s the real deal.” - Francis Devin Rimer (Wax Poetics)

HopeStreet Record Stall this Sunday!

All minus haptics

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)