Hopestreet Recordings have proven to be one of Melbourne’s most ambitious, adventurous indies.
Even though we’ve seen soul and funk creep its way into the mainstream in years gone by, it’s only now that it’s receiving the attention it deserves.
This renaissance just so happens to coincide with the tenth anniversary of indie Brunswick label Hopestreet Recordings, which has been instrumental in championing the genre.
Hopestreet’s star-studded roster has taken the soul-funk ethos and run with it, with everything from country to Afrobeat getting some airtime across the record. One act in particular, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, are no longer strangers to the Melbourne music scene, having solidified their reputation as one of Melbourne’s most iconic soul outfits. They contribute two tracks to the record together, ‘My Goodness’ and ‘Over Under Away’, both of which were originally released in 2014.
In the album’s liner notes, Hopestreet outlines the transformation from a humble label into an established name surrounded by a gentrified Brunswick – a stark change from a decade ago.
Regardless of the environment, soul and funk have always flowed through this city’s cultural undercurrent and Hopestreet has been there to put faces to the movement. No doubt I’ll catch one of them at The Night Cat soon.