Artist info

Genre

Roots


Sounds like

Sharon Jones, Alice Russell, illzilla


band members

Vocals – Chantal Mitvalsky, Guitar – Tom Martin, Bass - Bobzilla, Drums – Rory “LeCrunch” McDougall, Organ – Simon Mavin, Trumpet – Tristan Ludowyk, Saxophone – Andy Williamson, Tambourine – Julian Goyma


Influences

Otis Redding, The meters, James Brown


Unearthed artists we like

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, ILLZILLA, LABJACD


Bio

From the bowels of an abandoned textiles factory in Brunswick, beneath a sign that advertises a long-defunct karate school, comes the first electrifying release from HopeStreet Recordings, “Friend or Foe”, by Chantal Mitvalsky. Available exclusively on seven inch vinyl, the track is rapidly gaining attention amongst soul and funk afficionados everywhere. On a mission to capture the crusty analog soul and funk sound of a bygone era with a hungry new generation of artists, production team Bobzilla and Tristan Ludowyk are hard at work. Armed with a four track tape machine made some time in the 1970’s, some gaffa tape and a few microphones, they bring to you the first fruit of their labours: a split seven inch record featuring the divine Miss Mitvalsky and a B-side by the inimitable powerhouse rhythm combination The PutBacks with their instrumental “Diamond Cutter.” With a powerful voice, the lovely Miss Mitvalsky offers a scorching soul polemic, a tale of miscommunication and love gone wrong in the Bobzilla-penned tune “Friend or Foe”. Chantal has paid her dues on the Australian scene, singing in a variety of groups from Jackson Jackson to Wonderground. Backed by a hot rhythm section and tuff horns, she makes this song her own. This is Brunswick soul at its finest. Head to the HopeStreet Recordings MySpace at www.myspace.com/hopestreetrecordings to get a copy of the vinyl.

Review

Reviewed by Steph Hughes Steph Hughes

26 May 2009

Triple J
40

Brunny funk, love it. Paying mind to obtaining warm, analogue tones. And Chantal's giving it some grunt, whilst broaching a timeless topic! Hope St's very own version of the DapKings. That street's always needed a DapKing or two. The Putback's B-side on this 7'' is stellar stuff too. I've got my eyes and ears on your little gang. You've got dibs on my tur...

Brunny funk, love it. Paying mind to obtaining warm, analogue tones. And Chantal's giving it some grunt, whilst broaching a timeless topic! Hope St's very own version of the DapKings. That street's always needed a DapKing or two. The Putback's B-side on this 7'' is stellar stuff too. I've got my eyes and ears on your little gang. You've got dibs on my turntable right now.

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