March 25, 2017
One of Melbourne’s leading lights.
Every week, we pick out one must-visit spot from a different city around the world with photos and a little bit of history. Think of it as a kind of 1000 places to see before you die but for record shops.
Having already ticked off underground hangout Wax Museum, we’re back in one of the world’s most “liveable” cities for a stop at Northside Records, a long-standing vinyl mecca for all things funky. And if you’re looking for more shopping tips, read our definite guide to Melbourne’s best record shops right here.
Location: 236 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Melbourne, Australia
Go for: Funk, jazz and all things with a soulful twist
What’s the story? Northside has been burning the flame for the inner city suburb of Fitzroy for over 10 years since it opened doors back in 2002. Owned by DJ CHRIS GIL, an encyclopaedia of the local and international soul scene, the store is often referred to as Melbourne’s home of new soul music. Chris also runs a weekly radio show on 3RRR pushing sounds stocked and supported via the store.
Hosting an expansive selection of second hand records, the store is well-stocked in funk, soul, library music, beats, disco, jazz, afrobeat, hip hop and the funkier side of electronica. Upon walking into the store a huge wall-to-wall section dedicated purely to local funk and soul releases, something the store and its staff take great pride in supporting.
Northside has also played host to some incredible in-store performances from Joe Bataan, Mayer Hawthorne, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Bamboos, George Clinton and countless others.