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Chantal Mitvalsky / The PutBacks - Friend or Foe / Diamond Cutter - out on Hope Street Recordings

Chantal Mitvalsky Friend Or FoeThe Putbacks Diamond Cutter
Chantal Mitvalsky / The PutBacks - Friend or Foe / Diamond Cutter
(7"/Digital) Hope Street Recordings HS001, 2009-09

The first thing that comes to mind when listening to the A-side of this first 45 from Australian label Hope Street Recordings is The Bamboos, of course, with their high-octane retro-funk featuring amazing & soulful guest vocals, may it be from Alice Russell, Kylie Auldist or Randa Khamis. The PutBacks are the band responsible for the deep funk appearing on this 7 inch release and their instrumental on the b-side could be the theme of many TV shows. This is the promise of a radiant future for Hope Street Recordings!

Chantal Mitvalsky Friend Or Foe
Chantal Mitvalsky / The PutBacks - Friend or Foe / Diamond Cutter
(7"/Digital) Hope Street Recordings HS001, 2009-09

Friend or Foe - Chantal Mitvalsky by HopeStreet Recordings

Diamond Cutter - The PutBacks by HopeStreet Recordings

Tracklisting :
A1. Chantal Mitvalsky - Friend Or Foe 3:38
B1. The PutBacks - Diamond Cutter 3:33

Links :
The Putbacks : bandcamp | discogs | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Hope Street Recordings : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
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 aficionados 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."

A - Chantal Mitvalsky - Friend or Foe
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.

B - The PutBacks - Diamond Cutter.
The PutBacks are known for their deep funky groove and their dirty, raw and melodic sound. After years as a backing band for vocalists such as Kate Ceberano and Nat Dunn, the PutBacks began peddling their own brand of raw instrumental funk in 2007. "Diamond Cutter" written by Tom Martin features a 3 piece horn section alongside the powerhouse rhythm section that is The PutBacks.

"The PutBacks lay down a groove exactly how I want to hear it: With super-heavy authentic tones, attitude and feel…" - Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos/Lanu)
"Raw neo-classic funky soul from Chantal Mitvalsky & The PutBacks - a solid effort from the fertile Australian funk scene! 'Friend Or Foe' features some heavy, powerful vocals from Chantal and a nimble, swaggering funk back drop. The flip 'Diamond Cutter' is a solid funk instrumental with some tasty organ and brass." - Dusty Groove
"Hopestreet Recordings bring some fresh funk from down under, Chantal Mitvalsky and The Putbacks do their thing on these two sides and bring heavy funk with female vocals on the A side and an instrumental on the flip." - Rush Hour

The Putbacks Diamond Cutter

About Chantal Mitvalsky :
Chantal is a keen music lover who is always concerned with musicality. From singing jazz in Japan to touring to country with Jackson Jackson to performing as Edith Piaf in 'Glenn Miller Reflections' at the Melbourne town hall, Chantal's musical tastes and abilities stretch far and wide. Most recently, Chantal performed alongside pianist Daniel DeBorah in Cantor Production's 'Dudley Moore the Man and his Music' at the Atheneum Theatre, featuring Bob Sedergreen, Jon Chidgey and Sonja Horbelt.


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Taylor Sheridan Taylor Sheridan ·  18 August 2012, 03:21

Great music from Chantal, and similar to Randa and the Bamboos - good soul music from Australia!

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