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HopeStreet Recordings | 2016 recap

2016 was a quieter year for us with an LP by San Lazaro, an EP by The Do Yo Thangs and two singles, one by The Meltdown and one by Zillanova, both of which hint at their upcoming 2017 releases. So far, 2017 looks completely packed. We’ll have new music from The Cactus Channel (finally!), The Bombay Royale, Zillanova, The Meltdown, The Do Yo Thangs and even more! But as always thanks for sticking around and supporting our artists this year. As an indie label we’ve learnt a lot.

Have a good Christmas (don’t forget about the annual James Brown tribute night on xmas night @ the curtin), and a funky new year. 2017 will be massive… we can feel it.

If you’re interested in buying any of our 2016 releases you can here.


POP UP STALL AT SYDNEY ROAD STREET PARTY

People of Melbourne!

This Sunday we’re back for the 2016 Sydney Road Street Party! We’ll be hanging out, playing records and selling records throughout the whole day, so come by and say hello.

ARTIST SIGNINGS:
TBC

We’ll have music available on Vinyl and CD from The Cactus Channel,Emma Donovan, The Putbacks, Quarter Street, Frida, The Public Opinion Six, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, 1/6, The Bombay Royale, San Lazaro and more!!

We’ll also be selling the last copies of these records. First in best dressed. RSVP on Facebook.


LAST COPIES!

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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!


Independent Label Week

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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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