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The Bombay Royale
Run Kitty Run LP (2017)
Cult band The Bombay Royale have triumphantly returned with their third studio masterpiece ‘Run Kitty Run’. A Retro Bollywood fuelled rampage through Psyche-Surf, 80’s Electro-Pop and Desert Rock, ‘Run Kitty Run’ is, like its predecessors, conceived as the soundtrack to a lost film. The music conjures into life a devastated futuristic landscape peopled by robotic horsemen, killer satellites and grinning sadhus. Overlaid with vocals in Hindi, Bengali and English, the resulting soundtrack is one of love and betrayal, hopeless escapes and unlikely salvation.
The first single ‘Ballygunge’ has an angular 80’s vibe, infused with gated snares and the spirits of Talking Heads and David Bowie and it’s a love song set in a dark sci-fi vision of Kolkata. Familiar landmarks like Gol Park are dwarfed by aerial highways and transmitter towers framed by the plumes of departing spacecraft. Despite the odds love blazes defiantly – whether it can survive is another question.
The Fader 7" (2016)
Three years after their first 7-inch release, Melbourne’s most elusive soul project Zillanova step out of the shadows with The Fader, a darkly sensual cut featuring a true revelation – the voice of Joshua Tavares. Bringing to mind both Donny and Marvin, Zillanova’s frontman is the youngest son of a singing family, his brother Cisco a luminary of soul music in Australia, and his uncles the voices of Tavares, undisputed gods of 70s Disco.
This song is not disco though. The Fader is a dark horse, riding a dark and funky pocket with a Latin tinge and shades of gospel. It’s a bit 70’s and a bit now – equal parts What’s Going On and Alabama Shakes. Lyrically, The Fader is an ode to departed loved ones and their ongoing presence in our lives. The chorus, ”we all fade away” is a reminder of our own mortality.
Wild Stallion Mountain 7" (2015)
Get ready for white light on white wax, baby. Spinning your way at 45 rpm, The Bombay Royale’s latest piece of retro-Bollywood-freakadelic-disco is not powered so much by the forces of nature, as it is by forces beyond nature. You may say “Eurovision on acid in Mumbai,” but we say “Wild Stallion Mountain”. On the flip side is Khubsoorat Bewafa, a dark, pulsing, late-night tale of treacherous hearts. Kalyanji and Anandji meets Blondie at the Heartbreak Hotel. A side and B side, light and dark, are balanced to create a harmonious whole.
On the subject of Wild Stallion Mountain, Bengali Mystic Sri Shanti Bhattacharya says the following: When a heart yearns for something it cannot name, there are many ways to God, many vehicles by which the seeker may travel: a light beam, a cosmic chariot, a whispered mantra in a quiet mind, a DRTC bus. In an elevated state of consciousness, you find yourself in a wilderness of towering peaks, emerald forests, flowing streams and sparkling mirror balls, where the wind caresses your hair. Free from the wheel of suffering, you are lost and you are found. Gazing into the pool, the euphoria rising in your chest, the heart of the wild stallion beats strong within you. The touch of polyester excites you. You know that there is more, that you can go deeper. Be ready to answer the knock of adventure. Be ready to ride. Climb that mountain. There is no way down.
The Island of Dr Electrico (2014)
The Island of Dr Electrico is a varied musical landscape, at times lush and tropical, at other times an impenetrable swamp teeming with all manner of surprises. Migrating seabirds have long flown thousands of extra miles avoid Dr Electrico’s blighted isle, leaving him alone to experiment with dark beats, primitive synthesizers and the raw emotion of kidnapped souls. The resulting sounds are a rich palette of classic cinema, from lonesome spaghetti to surf-rock, from psychedelia to spine-bending space disco, overlaid with the voices of our protagonists The Tiger and The Mysterious Lady.
From their unlikely beginnings in the suburban wilds of Melbourne Australia, The Bombay Royale have taken their unique sound to audiences throughout Europe, UK and the USA, where their performances have been met with astonishment and critical acclaim. The band has announced a Melbourne album launch party over two nights at Howler on Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21, with announcements to follow of a national album tour and a return tour to the US, building on the band’s immense overseas achievements since their breakthrough debut, You Me Bullets Love (HopeStreet Recordings, 2012).
“The Bombay Royale is where A.R. Rahman and Ennio Morricone converge, where Slumdog Millionaire meets Goldfinger head on, with Quentin Tarantino and Indiana Jones lurking in the corner… Brash, brassy, bodacious and often cacophonous but never boring” – THE AUSTRALIAN
This was Tomorrow LP (2013)
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Phone Baje Na 12" (2013)
To celebrate their first Northern Hemisphere tour, a prize slot at Glastonbury festival and a year of good work, The Bombay Royale released Phone Baje Na, a bass-heavy, head-nodding Bollywood hypno-hop remix EP. Another hit from the pen of Bengal via Richmond songsmith Shourov Bhattacharya and guitar wizard Tom Martin, Phone Baje Na is Bengali for “the phone doesn’t ring” and is a haunting tale of unrequited love.
Available on 12” vinyl and digital formats, Phone Baje Na features three remixes in a range of flavours. From Pasobionic’s jilted post-Dilla bounce to Damn Moroda’s aggressive bass rave futurism to Monkeymarc’s arpeggiated boom bap beatdown, the tempo never gets above 100 bpm but the vibe gets progressively deeper and darker. Also included is the shimmering original mix and a previously unreleased Bollywood psych funk instrumental Sleeping Giant.
Suicide 7" (2013)
HopeStreet Recordings and Zillanova are proud to present a brand new vocal soul 45 starring two of Melbourne’s finest: Cisco Tavares and Jess Harlen. Two very distinct sides showcase the amazing talents of these two guest vocalists as well as the production and songwriting skills of HopeStreet impresarios Bob Knob and Tom Martin and the heavy duty sounds of The Zillanova Rhythm Combination.
A-side – Cisco sings Suicide. Sweet, sweet sadness shimmers over low slung syncopation and builds to a climactic peak before dropping back to the whisper from which it came. It’s a story of collective rather than individual suicide. Something to tap our toes to while we watch the human race run headlong for self-destruction. Do we care? Sure. Enough to change our ways? It seems unlikely. What’s Going On? You might ask, as Marvin once did. Truth is no one knows, or has, or will.
On the flip, Maori/Australian mistress of neo-soul magic Jess Harlen gets down but plays it cool over a rocky rhythm track that owes as much to Led Zeppelin as it does to the Meters. The Time It Takes is a song about that moment in a relationship when one person has given all they can and still doesn’t know where they stand. Ouch. It’s a familiar story but delivered with the unshakeable conviction we’ve come to expect from Miss Harlen, the old tale takes on new life.
You Me Bullets Love LP (2012)
The magic and mayhem of vintage Bollywood collide in spectacular fashion with The Bombay Royale’s dizzying blend of haunting Hindi vocals, Tarantino-esque surf guitars, wild disco rhythms, shimmering sitars, flamboyant theatrics, kaleidoscopic colour, outrageous costumes and irresistible dance moves that sweep entire crowds off their feet.\
You Me Bullets Love is the enticing first taste of the debut album of the same name by The Bombay Royale. Theirs is a rare new sound that instantly bewitches your senses: exotic, teasing, cinematic and utterly exhilarating. The Bombay Royale’s madcap mashup of intoxicating rhythms, seductive lyrics (in Hindi, Bengali and English) and fantastic — bordering on surreal — performances makes them a wonder to behold. Starring vocalists Parvyn “The Mysterious Lady” Singh and Shourov “The Tiger” Bhattacharya and led by musical director Andy “The Skipper” Williamson, The Bombay Royale is an uncanny crew of masked marauders.
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
Mr Clean 7" (2011)
Following up on their ARIA-nominated album “Do Anything Go Anywhere” and their sold-out 12” “Two Sides of the Truth” The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra bring some more hard-hitting afro-funk to the dance-floors of Australia and beyond with the new release “Mr Clean”. Comprising 17 Melbourne-based musicians, many with origins in Africa, they draw from these diverse backgrounds in creating a heavy afro sound that is uniquely their own.
“Follow your leader!” comes the chorus as guitarist Dave Marama, channelling the power of freedom fighters past, steps up to the mic and delivers his funky sermon. Mr Clean is his vision of leading his native Africa with wisdom and empathy, as something virtually unheard of these days; a clean, honest politician. You might say “he’s dreaming” but give this man a chance and by the end, he’ll have your vote I promise! And don’t worry he’s not out fighting on his own – he’s there with the hardest rhythm section as his foot soldiers, the meanest horn section as his cavalry and a frontline of singers and dancers that would make a grown man weep.
This up-tempo afro-funk stormer has ‘club hit’ stamped all over it. It might be over 8 mins long, spread over both sides of the 45 (DJ’s, you neeeeed doubles!) but if you’re on a dancefloor when the needle hits the groove, you’ll find yourself a heaving, sweaty mess by the end.
Sote Sote 7" (2011)
The Bombay Royale are a Melbourne band dedicated to honouring and reviving the funky, bizarre and mysterious music of vintage Indian cinema. Dusting off near-unheard relics, smashing out Bollywood classics and putting down surfadelic Hindi originals is all in a day’s work for The Bombay Royale. This band brings the sound of the Golden Age of Bollywood back to the future, where it belongs.
Sote Sote Adhi Raat. If you like Bollywood space disco, this song is for you. Literally translated as “each night I open my eyes,” Sote Sote features the haunting vocals of Parvyn “The Mysterious Lady” Singh. This cosmic love song originally appeared on the soundtrack to the film Siskeyan and was composed by Sapan Jagmohan. The update on this little-heard tune is arranged by Andy Williamson and produced by Bob Knob and Tristan Ludowyk in the Hope Street studio.
Solla Solla Enna Perumai features the mighty vocals of Shourov “The Tiger” Bhattacharya. Originally appearing in the film Ella Inba Mayam and composed by Ilaiyaraaja, Solla Solla is a stormer, careering wildly through the jungle on a hyperactive rhythm section and scattered with epic brass and hot guitars. No animals were harmed in the recording of this song, but it was close.
Warn The Nation LP (2010)
Do Anything Go Anywhere LP (2010)
The power of Afrobeat, sizzling funk, righteous hip hop, rootsy grooves and 20 of the hottest musicians from Melbourne's booming music scene, all come together on the sublime debut by The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra.Hot on the heels of their impeccable vinyl-only release TwoSides of the Truth/Do Anything Go Anywhere, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra have made an album to command the attention of world music fans, hip hop aficionados, jazz cats, funk and soul freaks and indie hipsters alike.There are strong echoes of the Afrobeat movement from the 1960s-70s, as well as the influences of the African diaspora in Australia over the past decade, yet this is boundary free, totally modern music that sounds as fresh in the clubs as on the streets of Melbourne where it was born.Do Anything Go Anywhere delivers seven irresistibly loose-limbed, exotic jams which resonate with ferocious grooves, positive messages, conscious hip hop and gutsy soul. Lyrical odes to the power of resistance and the spirit of the African and Australian people hit home with smoking hot sing song vocals, heavy duty horns, gritty guitar grooves, jazzy solos, all snaking out on top of the infectious polyrhythms of the percussion section.
The red eyes
Red Army LP (2010)
Two Sides of the Truth 12" (2009)
This release, exclusively available on vinyl, is our debut and features The Poet MC Tumi who we recorded with in 2009 on a musical pilgrimage to Nigeria and South Africa. We brought Tumi to Australia to perform with us at both the 12" launch at The Hifi and in 2010 at WOMADelaide and our album launch at The Prince Bandroom.
Wasteland LP (2008)
Melbourne Meets Kingston LP (2007)
Blue King Brown
Stand Up LP (2006)
Raw and sweet like a mango on a summer day, Blue King Brown’s debut finds Natalie Pa’apa’a’s seductive vocals backed by the slinky, tropical grooves of a world-class crew of musicians. “Water” is a hip-hop- and jazz-infused gem that packs an environmental message, while “Come and Check Your Head” is a full-on Latin and soul throwdown. The title track sets its righteous message to an old-school reggae groove, and the traditional islander choir on “Samoa’s Song” adds local flavour.