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.
“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.
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 1/6and 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.
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!
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.
“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 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)