HopeStreet Recordings | 2015 recap

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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!

Christmas Cracker Cracking Sale!


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.


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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.

Stand Up And Be Counted – SOS Blak Australia’s 5th Global Call To Action



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




HopeStreet Artists at AWME 2015

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.


HopeStreet artists win big at The Age Music Victoria awards!

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.

Emma Donovan during the "Dawn" sessions putting down vocals live with the band

Emma Donovan during the “Dawn” sessions putting down vocals live with the band

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.

Visit www.emmadonovan.com and www.quarterstreet.com for more info.

New limited ed. PutBacks 45 available now!


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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.

HopeStreet Artists Feature on Archie Roach 25th Anniversary Release


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.

Blank Tape Music | Show Reel


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


25th Anniversary of Charcoal Lane | Archie Roach

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Archie Roach’s acclaimed Charcoal Lane album with a special edition release to celebrate. Archie’s groundbreaking album is being re-released 25 years on with a 2nd disc full of extras, including Archie with Emma Donovan & The PutBacks on a version of Down City Streets. The special edition also includes live Triple J versions of Archie Roach alongside his late partner Ruby Hunter.

Archie’s legacy to Australian music is incredibly important. His career has paved a path for future Indigenous artists to express themselves, and has given a voice of solidarity to many displaced Indigenous people. Archie’s iconic contribution to the Australian music scene is strong and genuine, and we’re extremely proud to have worked with him.

Archie Roach has been one of Emma Donovan’s big heroes in life, and she is extremely proud to work alongside Archie. Her own musical contribution has made her the rising queen of soul music for Australia, and we’ve had a great time working alongside her.

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks were recently nominated Best Indigenous Act by Music Victoria, as well as their album Dawn for Best Soul, Funk, R’n’B and Gospel Album. Keep your eyes peeled for the verdict, and visit JB Hi Fi to support his anniversary album. Take your support further and support #SOSBLAKAUSTRALA by purchasing the 7-inch by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks featuring Archie Roach, Tim Rogers and Joelistics here.

Independent Label Week


Being a wholly independent record label is tough. Don’t get me wrong though, the pleasures of releasing and producing successful music far outweighs the sweat and tears, and we really wouldn’t be doing it otherwise. But being a niche label in the big world of electronic EDM and mainstream indie heavyweights makes it that extra bit difficult. We pour our hearts and lives into making music we dig, from dark instrumental soul music to quirky Bollywood surf soul and beyond; and it all comes down to the people who support it. You keep new music on our catalogue, you help our bands tour and you push us towards creating new music.

As you know, Record Store Day has pushed people to go out and support their local record store. That then supports many of the local artists and labels that are connected to them. Record Store Day attracted such large numbers in 2015 that sales increased by 628% in independent record stores. Major support like this keeps record stores alive in this age where downloading your favourite band via torrent is just too easy.

We’re excited to be part of the first ever Independent Label Week. Think of it as the Record Store Day for labels such as ourselves. The inaugural event will present special events, releases and sales associated with independent record labels around the world. Check out the associated labels, listen to their music and maybe you’ll find your next favourite thing. Our offering is a super special edition 7-inch by The PutBacks. Only 150 copies available from 9am on November 10th. Set your reminders.

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