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Behind the Come Together Festival

There’s an ugly topic that is always lurking in our midst, one that until recently was considered one of the great taboos. That topic is suicide.

Almost 3 years ago I lost a close friend and as anyone who has been bereaved knows, it’s not something that goes away. Sometimes people try to find something positive they can do or to create a legacy, which is exactly how the Come Together Festival has come about. Founded by Damien Mannix last year, the festival engages in community building around music and art while supporting Beyond Blue.

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Recently, after speaking with Damien about our personal stories we both recently went on the Conversation Hour with Jon Faine along with Dr Jo Robinson and Louise Flynn, who work in suicide prevention and support services. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve done in a long while, but I believe in opening up the conversation rather than contributing further to the stigma.

I am certain that many other people would also have lost someone to suicide, or know a suicide survivor – it’s all too common it seems. But given the stigma that still exists around suicide (and associated issues like depression) there are probably many more cases of people in our community that have attempted suicide that we generally don’t know of.

There are no easy answers to the problem but I think by both bringing it into the open we can at least have a dialogue. I also think that building and maintaining relationships has never been more important. Everyone can help prevent people feeling isolated by reaching out to those around them, because what’s the worst that’s going to happen if you let someone know you care or that they can talk to you if they need?

I’m proud to be performing at Come Together again, since it lives up to its namesake and encourages people to reach out to those around them. Plus it’s run by some really great people who are giving generously to create something worthwhile. This year features a solid line-up including HopeStreet artists The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and The Meltdown.

I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones. A less isolated world can only be a good thing.


The number for lifeline is 13 11 14.

Come Together takes place on Saturday March 5th at Edendale Farm in Eltham. Tickets available here


LAST COPIES!

final copies

People of the world! A handful of our releases on 45, LP & CD have reached their last copies! Take a look below to see how many are left… if you haven’t grabbed one yourself, be quick.

**once our store has sold out of these releases you might be lucky enough to grab one from online and retail stores, but most stores will have sold out already (hint: start here AUS | UK/EU | USA)**


The Bombay Royale – You Me Bullets Love

This debut album won a place in iTunes Best of 2012 and #1 on the iTunes World Music chart for good reasons… The Bombay Royale are the leaders of psychedelic spaghetti surf rock and spine-bending space disco, and will not disappoint.

SOLD OUT!


The Cactus Channel – Cobaw/Fool’s Gold

Dark instrumental soulsters make soul music for your soul. Their moody, cinematic and layered tunes are just right for the subdued listening session, or the sweaty dance floor. Get it in ya.

19 45s left!!


The PutBacks – Kung Fu Pyramids/Snake Eyes

The HopeStreet originators of dirty instrumental funk brought out this fire record late 2015. Only 150 pressed… and only 17 left. Be quick.

14 45s left!


Zillanova – Suicide/The Time It Takes

A beautifully wrenching song from house band Zillanova. Written and produced by our labels art director Bob Knob.

SOLD OUT!


The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra – Mr Clean

The biggest band on the label, and by far the loudest. They play legit afrobeat à la Fela Kuti and Antibalas.

5 45s left!!


The Bombay Royale – Sote Sote Adhi Raat/Solla Solla

The first 45 from The Bombay Royale features a classic bollywood tune on the B-side. All fire…

19 45s left!!



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!


Blank Tape Music | Show Reel

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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

blanktapevideo.com.au/blank-tape-show-reel-2016