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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!


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.


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


HopeStreet artists take over AWME

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The annual AWME showcase is rolling through again, and we’re proud to say that 3 of our artists are featuring! AWME (Australasian World Music Expo) is an industry and public showcase festival that features the best world, soul, blues and contemporary artists around Melbourne in November.

Previous HopeStreet AWME artists include The Cactus Channel, The PutBacks & The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra. Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, Quarter Street and The Meltdown will be playing shows in the Melbourne CBD between Thursday 12th November and Friday 13th November (sp00ky!).

Watch Emma Donovan join Mojo Juju alongside Quarter Street and The Seven Ups at Max Watts on November 12th. TIX HERE

Watch The Meltdown, Deep Street Soul and The Deans play Ding Dong Lounge on November 13th. TIX HERE