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HopeStreet Recordings

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The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack - Do It For Nothing     Funk/Soul, Rock, RnB, Pop 23/03/2017
The Cactus Channel is a Melbourne based alt-soul group à la Menahan Street Band, Badbadnotgood & Unknown Mortal Orchestra. New EP with Sam Cromack out this April!
Do It For Nothing, also the title of the EP, is the lip biting R&B flavoured track on the release. The long form verses build to a climax in the chorus, complimenting Sam's super melodic and earworm melody. Slow dance floor banger.

The Meltdown - Darkness Into Light     Rock, Blues, Soul, Funk 21/03/2017
Melbourne based Soul/Jazz/Blues. Brought to you buy the purveyors of the finest radioactive gospel. The Meltdown. Featuring the iridescent Simon Burke.
Howling organ, brooding guitars and soaring backing-vocals bring a dark tension to the track and the anguished lead vocal asks why the things we want most are the things we need the least. Hunting, needing and chasing your deepest desires into the dark, you want to escape into the abyss.

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The Meltdown - Don't Hesitate     Funk/Soul, Rock, Blues, Country 17/02/2017
Melbourne based Soul/Jazz/Blues. Brought to you buy the purveyors of the finest radioactive gospel. The Meltdown. Featuring the iridescent Simon Burke. Debut LP out April 7th, 2017.
Joyous, upbeat and fiery, ‘Don’t Hesitate’ lifts us up and onto the dance floor urging us to push aside our fears and troubles and live in the moment. Blazing horns, sugar sweet backing vocals and Simon Burke’s honey voice take us back to the days of Stax and Motown.

The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack - Sorry Hills     Funk/Soul, Rock, Pop, RnB 08/02/2017
Until recently, The Cactus Channel were easily introduced as integral members of the Soul-music scene in Melbourne. Well-known for their musicianship and compositional skills fundamental to making compelling instrumental music.
The first track of this collaborative EP treads a thin line between alt-soul and the best of indie pop, swimming in compelling atmospherics and deftly weaving Cromack’s rich, drawling vocal and disarming, meditative lyrics through the band’s typically intuitive arrangements.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Aeron Clark, Edge Radio, Hobart (TAS), Amelia Jenner, FBi Radio, Sydney (NSW)


Zillanova - The Glasgow Coma Scale     Funk/Soul, RnB, Pop 20/01/2017
A charismatic mixed bag of Alabama Shakes, Donny Hathaway and a bit of Leon Bridges, Zillanova, now with Joshua Tavares in the lead, is the new hot soul act.
'The Glasgow Coma Scale' is a bouncy piece of guitar driven melodic soul with a strong Gospel influence.

Other tracks by Zillanova:  The Fader  -  Let's Break Up Again
The Meltdown - Colours In The Sky     Funk/Soul, Soul, Country 09/11/2016
The Meltdown. It’s a bold, brassy, twangy steam train of bumping backbeats and swinging shuffles. Then there’s that voice. Sweet as honey.
From a band known for heavy dancefloor soul, Colours In The Sky marks a change - a piece of downtempo country soul evoking big skies and long roads. This finds Simon Burke’s honeyed voice at it’s most sensitive. Shades of Otis and Sam Cooke on a twangy southern tip.

The Do Yo Thangs - Indecisive     Funk/Soul, Hip Hop, Electronic, Soul 16/08/2016
The Do Yo Thangs, sensual slow jams and bumping future soul.
'Indecisive' has the infectious/lip pouting effect that hits you hard in the guts. More elements of funk & soul that their last single while still making good use of pumping hip hop drums. Heavy!!

The Do Yo Thangs - One Plus One     Funk/Soul, RnB, Soul, Hip Hop 14/07/2016
The Do Yo Thangs is the brainchild of drummer and singer Hugh Rabinovici. A collection of sensual slow jams and bumping future soul dominated by rich, four-voice harmonies.
One Plus One is equal parts performance and programming, drawing from a broad palette of live instruments and electronic sounds.The guitar sound is classic soul but the plethora of synthesizers and 808 kick drums is definitely not, nodding equally to Vangelis or Hiatus Kaiyote.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Nick Rodwell, 4ZZZ, Brisbane (QLD), Aeron Clark, Edge Radio, Hobart (TAS)

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San Lazaro - La Ola     World, Ethnic, Psychedelic, Ethnic 30/06/2016
¡Hola, hermanos y hermanas! We are San Lazaro. A tribe of long-lost Latinos, wandering the desert continent of Australia in search of ourselves and our music.
La Ola is the second single from San Lazaro’s 'La Despedida' Album. A bouncing piece of psychedelic garage cumbia featuring twangy guitars, ‘down the well’ echo vocals and bumping oompah bass.

Heavily influenced by the “Chicha” sound of 1970s Peru and the classic cumbias of Colombia’s Discos Fuentes label.

Other tracks by San Lazaro:  Amor De Despedida
The PutBacks - Kung Fu Pyramids     Funk/Soul, Funk, Instrumental, Soul 10/11/2015
“If the JB’s had their own monorail, the Putbacks have a steam train that runs right from Australia directly to every record player in the world” – DJ Prestige
The PutBacks return to instrumental music with a brand new 7inch, Kung Fu Pyramids b/w Snake Eyes. Kung Fu Pyramids is a slice of dark, guitar-driven, psychedelic, martial arts funk. The brooding downtempo minimalism of Snake Eyes is an ode to the joys of Mia, dice game of champions.

Other tracks by The PutBacks:  Snake Eyes
Emma Donovan & The PutBacks - Blackfella Whitefella     Funk/Soul, Australian Indigenous, Soul 25/09/2015
Indigenous Australian Soul Queen Emma Donovan pairs with Tim Rogers, Joelistics and Archie Roach to bring you deep soul tunes with her fire band The PutBacks.
Blackfella Whitefella, the country rock epic written by George Rrurrambu and Neil Murray in 1985, feels more relevant than ever 30 years on. 2015 is, in so many ways, becoming a critical year in relations between Aboriginal Australia and the broader community.

Other tracks by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks:  Down City Streets
The Cactus Channel feat. Chet Faker - Kill The Doubt     Funk/Soul, Pop 19/09/2015
Melbourne’s premiere dark instrumental soul band The Cactus Channel have released two LPs and four 45s, and have been an integral part in shaping the new Australian soul scene.
Funk/soul band, The Cactus Channel, have collaborated with ARIA Award winner Chet Faker for two tracks, ‘Kill the Doubt’ and ‘Sleeping Alone’ on a 7inch set for release via HopeStreet Recordings.

It features Chet Faker’s seasoned songwriting with The Cactus Channel’s ear for musical instrumentation.


Other tracks by The Cactus Channel feat. Chet Faker:  Sleeping Alone
The Cactus Channel - Cobaw     Funk/Soul, Soundtrack (Film Related), Instrumental 20/07/2015
Well established now as one of Australia’s premier instrumental acts, The Cactus Channel are taking control of their own destiny. Heavy instrumental hypno-funk that sample cutters dreams are made from.
The Cactus Channel’s trademark echoing horns, crunchy organ and boom bap beats are evolving, joined here by synthesizers, strings and sitar. More cinematic? Certainly. The Cactus Channel’s trademark echoing horns, crunchy organ and boom bap beats are evolving, joined here by synthesizers, strings and sitar. More cinematic? Certainly.


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Other tracks by The Cactus Channel:  Fool's Gold
Emma Donovan & The PutBacks - Black Woman     Funk/Soul, Rock, Roots 13/07/2015
Acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks bring you Dawn – an LP of hard-hitting and heartfelt soul songs telling stories of grief, struggle and redemption.
Black Woman is the opening track from Dawn, Emma Donovan's collaboration with funk/soul outfit The PutBacks.

Quarter Street - Fantasía     World 03/07/2015
Salsa Dura done right... It’s tough, it’s gritty and ballsy, and in terms of musicianship, writing and production, it straight up cooks.
¡Oiga Papa! Listen up! The trombones come in thick and strong. Fantasia, the first song on Quarter Street’s self-titled LP is authentic ‘salsa dura’ from the old school. Hard salsa. It’s not shiny, it’s not clean and poppy or unduly jazzy.

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Other tracks by Quarter Street:  Tumba La Caña Jibarito  -  De Cualquier Manera
The Bombay Royale - The River (JNBO Remix)     Electronic, World, Hip Hop 03/07/2015
JNBO aka Henry Jenkins, Deep soul bassist, Cactus Channel Boss Man, reveals himself as maker of digi-trash-ghettodelic beats with this remix of The Bombay Royale's 'The River'.
This track features the dark and moody beats from JNBO. Digi-trash-ghettodelic 808 kick, wet and sparkly synthesizers and vocal mash ups from The Bombay Royale's 'The River'.

The Meltdown - Better Days     Funk/Soul, Soul, RnB, Retro 04/02/2015
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.
2015 MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Chelsea Wilson, PBS 106.7FM, Melbourne (VIC)

Sweet soul vocals over a hypnotic drum pattern. Boom clack, boom-boom clack. Boom clack, boom-boom clack.
Shimmering guitars and vibe and sweet backing vocals. It's a little mysterious and a little sorrowful but it keeps bouncing all the way through.

Other tracks by The Meltdown:  Sweet Water  -  Such A Fool
The Public Opinion Six - Jappo     World, African 12/01/2015
The Public Opinion Six are a six piece Melbourne based band that breathe new life into the sound of West Africa.
The Public Opinion Six, formerly The Afrobiotics. “Jappo,” in the Senegalese language of Wolof means “unite”. Behind Lamine’s straight-out-of-Dakar vocal stylings, The Public Opinion Six bring a heavy 1970s Lagos influenced groove, creating a pumping Pan African mélange – sure to get motors running everywhere, from West Africa to worldwide.

One Sixth - Cosmetic Love     World, African, Hip Hop 07/01/2015
1/6 has won numerous plaudits in his decade long rap career, from the Hilltop Hoods award in 2010 to a critically acclaimed solo album Electronic Mail released by Pang Productions.
“Cosmetic Love,” is a rumination on the nature of relationships by one of Australia’s leading rap lyricists 1/6. The track’s life began as a jam session that went to tape in the early days of the Hope Street studio, based on an idea by PutBacks guitarist Tom Martin.

The Cactus Channel - Alaska (Cactus Channel Sp00ky Remix)     Funk/Soul 13/08/2014
It’s soul music, baby. The backbeat and the handclaps are still there and the horns still sound. The bass bumps, the organ screams and the guitars still twang
The Cactus Channel will release a special online remix of Animaux’s ‘Alaska’. It’s not just any old remix though - none of that Ableton shit. The band got into their bungalow and recorded their own song underneath the ‘Alaska’ acapella, completely transforming the original into a spooky soul banger.

Other tracks by The Cactus Channel:  Alaska (Cactus Channel Sp00ky Remix) Radio Edit