Out of her winter slumber, Liverpool is very much back on her party a-game. With some truly exciting events every week in February, we’re setting out to prove it’s not all doom-and-gloom 10 years after City of Culture. And if the sky really is falling on Liverpool’s music scene, hey, at least gig tickets always make passable Valentine’s presents. Send adoring cards/gig tickets/free food to the Melodic Distraction Team, or catch us out shaking our tail feathers at one of the events below.
Teki Latex / M T Hall – HMT Liverpool x Cartier 4 Everyone – 24 Kitchen Street
A risky bet that grew legs, got on the bus and came up North, the HMT Hard Cru is a dancefloor experiment set to put you through most states of confusion. Bolstered by the cyber-tech space cadets that are Cartier 4 Everyone, the HMT firm come to Liverpool with, uh, something…
Everyone’s favourite blend connoisseur and patron de la chaufferie, Teki Latex joins in the fun at 24 Kitchen Street. A delirious force behind countless labels and stations, those at Unsound last year were left blaming the chopped onions. With the HMT Cru going on a Northern Crusade, it’s out to the Age of Empires family on this one. Liverpool’s M T Hall is joining in, with her first gig of the year. Following appearances on NTS and Melodic Distraction, we’re all dead excited to see what M T Hall gets up. Hoofin’ Massive Tunes; it says it all really. DO IT.
Boogaloo & Down to Funk Present: Baltra – Meraki
After completely selling out their last party in November with DJ Boring, Boogaloo and Down To Funk welcome in the new year with another pioneer in the growing lo-fi house movement, Baltra. Situated in one of the city’s most intimate venues, Meraki, which recently saw Moodymann pass through, Baltra will lay down his distinct hazy house in an exclusive extended set. Making his presence known over the last few months, his rise is showing no signs of slowing. Towards the end of last year he performed at XOYO with DJ Seinfeld and DJ Boring following his recent European tour. Fresh off the release of his debut LP ‘No Regrets’, and with his release ‘Fade Away’ making an appearance in Mixmag’s top 100 tracks of 2016, his set is shaping up to be very special. Down To Funk’s Flossy and the Boogaloo crew in support… Act quick!
303V – Invisible Wind Factory
This February, 303 bring a killer lineup to the Invisible Wind Factory and The Substation to celebrate their 5th birthday. In the past they have welcomed house and techno giants such as Andrew Weatherall, Henry Saiz and Dave Clarke. This will be the first of many parties they’ll be throwing in some of Liverpool’s most unique spaces. For one night only, they welcome Nick Warren, who was performed in nearly 50 countries across the globe. Famously renowned for his ability to perform deeply personal sets, brushing on emotive, melodic house and techno, joining him will be previous guests Guy J and Henry Saiz. Be sure to celebrate their 5th time around the sun as they take over both spaces in this incredible venue.
Chemtrail Party Mix with Shere Kahn, Ash Wubcore & more – Drop The Dumbells
Bringing chaos, balaclavas and lots of donk into the MDR studio in January, Chemtrail Party Mix barely needs an introduction. Promising a journey ‘from wigan pier to speedcore italia in 30 mins’ – and with more Spice Girls remixes than you can shake a stick at – music as you know it is about to be turned upside down. Taking over Drop the Dumbells, 13 of the finest gabba, hardcore and donk shitstirrers are promising flashing lights, cheap drinks and a massive whitey at the end of it all. Join Shere Kahn, Ash Wubcore, The DJ Potato Donovan, Isocore, DJ Sanny Rags in the Bin Please, DJ Big Ron From the Swan, The Simon Jones Chillout Donk Experience and some more of their frankly unhinged friends for a night quite unlike anything else.
Lark Lane Record Fair – Old Police Station
It’s that time of the month again. Go and show your favourite record dealers some love down on Liverpool’s quaintest high street. Known for housing some of the wackier digs in town, Lark Lane Record Fair certainly has something for the left-field vinyl nerds out there. Catering for all tastes and genres, punters can expect to find soul, hip hop, rock, reggae, funk, prog, psych, library, jazz dance, pop, calypso and so much more. Open 9am till 4pm, grab a coffee, get down early and roll up those sleeves.
Jorja Smith with Mahalia (Live) – Invisible Wind Factory
With her career flourishing in a matter of months, this show is already a sell out – which comes as no surprise. Jorja Smith’s retro, soulful, jazz-tinged sound has set her apart from other artists in the game this year. Since her debut EP ‘Project 11’ dropped, she has made a huge name for herself. After being shortlisted for BBC’s Sound of 2017 poll, she released the undeniable garage banger ‘On My Mind’ which the video has now 9.5 million views. Being only 20 years old, she is reaching great heights, even featuring on the works of huge artists such as Drake’s ‘More Life‘ playlist. For one night we get to catch the Liverpool leg off her first tour while Mahalia supports her on the night with her Lauryn Hill-inspired sound.
Nightmares On Wax (Live) – Invisible Wind Factory
Does he even need an introduction? Back in Liverpool again, it’s none other than Warp Records’ Nightmares On Wax. Courtesy of BamBamBam, Madnice and 24 Kitchen Street, this night will feature his incredible live show and full live band. Otherwise known as George Evelyn, Nightmares on Wax will be returning to Liverpool to showcase his long-anticipated album ‘Shape The Future’, his first full-length since 2013. Recently collaborating with strong UK soul singers like Jordan Rakei and Andrew Ashong, expect N.O.W’s classic marriage of hip-hop, dub and timeless club sounds on new and old tracks alike. He’s a source of inspiration for others on Warp Records like Mount Kimbie, Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke. For some it won’t end there, with the Manchester don and Hoya:Hoya mainstay Jon K taking over 24 Kitchen Street for a N.O.W. after party!
Familiar Circles: Seb Wildblood – Buyers Club
Rescheduled for this month, Familiar Circles bring producer and DJ Seb Wildblood to Liverpool. Familiar Circles have a reputation for throwing unique, eclectic parties throughout Liverpool, bringing acts such as Ross From Friends and Hidden Spheres in the past. Since Seb became head honcho at South London’s Church Records in 2012, he has shown no signs of slowing down. He also recently curated Coastal Haze, which has made an impressive impact on the electronic music scene. Seb has since gone on to release a growing number of records, with Jazz Vol.1 recently getting a remix. Bringing more talent to the table as well, Familiar Circles resident DJ’s, Abandon Silence’s Harry Sheehan and If Only’s Brian O’Blivion will be performing. In an intimate setting, the full experience of Wildblood’s sound will be witnessed for those that cop an advanced ticket.
Human Music with Jabes, Nomadic and Residents – Meraki
Something’s stirring over at the North Shore with Human Music, a brand new dance event pushing leftfield music, launching in Meraki. Setting up for the launch in fine style, radio play on Melodic Distraction and Rinse France have definitely caught the attention of those in Merseyside. Two reputable DJs from Leeds and Sheffield join them for the inaugural party. Jabes and Nomadic are making the Trans-Pennine trip especially to launch the event. Jabes has established as a leading party starter with Treehouse, a record label and collective pushing underground and audiovisual niceness in Leeds. Nomadic has held down a regular radio show on Melodic Distraction for a few months now with the Don’t Look Now show. He’s a boss DJ and promoter, with his party bringing Intergalactic Gary, CPU, Beneath and more to Sheffield in the past 12 months.
ASJC x Liverpool International Jazz Festival: The After Hours Programme – Various venues
Celebrating 5 years in the city, Liverpool International Jazz Festival offer a broad selection of concerts, after-hours events and workshops in 2018. The festival focuses on contemporary instrumental jazz through a variety of music genres including funk, acid jazz various other offshoots. Featured heavily in this year’s programming are the pioneers of tomorrow’s jazz scene in Liverpool; Anti Social Jazz Club. Offering a selection of late night events in Liverpool’s best known jazz hang-outs, the ASJC launch a schedule that is bursting with local and national talent. From Thursday night jams at Frederiks with SKELTR to intimate shows at The Pen Factory with Misha’s Grays Prehistoric Jazz Quartet, the after hours programme is something that ASJC should be truly proud of. Whether you’re heading to the main event and are in need of a tad more jazz, or you’re just looking for something to do this month, here’s your answer.
Abandon Silence 8th Birthday with Move D, Willow and Chaos In The CBD – Invisible Wind Factory
Following their first party of 2o18, Abandon Silence host the second event in their 8th Birthday series. After he played an incredible set at last year’s Baltic Weekender, its a pleasure to welcome Move D back to the city. He and his partner famously recorded on Deep Space Network where they explored a spectrum of techno to trip-hop. Not to mention his own solo records, which make him easily one of the most respected artists in the international house scene. Joining him will be special guests Chaos In The CBD, the Kiwi brothers behind ‘In Dust We Trust’. If that wasn’t enough, Willow will be dropping serious heat once again with Abandon Silence. After being picked up by Workshop, she has moved from gear to gear! Support comes from AS heart throb Harry Sheehan.
MODU:LAR 4th Birthday w/ Francesco Del Garda, Nerram & Uzu – W.A.V.
With over 50 artists and 45 debut performances for Liverpool in venues across town, MODU:LAR is turning four! With a brand new label on the way as well as a string of garden parties planned, MODU:LAR start the new year off at the North Docks. One of the latest additions to the growing scene over in the North of Liverpool, W.A.V. has emerged from an old tea warehouse. Headlining the dance, Italy’s Francesco Del Gara will be flying in for an extended set, with support from residents Nerram and Uzu.
Madnice 6th Birthday w/ Henry Wu & Alexander Nut
24th February, 24 Kitchen Street
Get yourself down to 24 Kitchen Street to help celebrate local party throwers Madnice Marauders’ 6th Birthday in style. Famous for bringing some of the most talented acts to Liverpool, they focus on forward thinking music. To cut the cake, they have invited Henry Wu and Alexander Nut to Liverpool. With the release of High Life on MCDE Recordings, expect Henry Wu’s breakbeat twist classic soul and jazz. He is joined by NTS and Rinse FM veteran Alexander Nut, co-founder of Eglo Records with Floating Points. Holding down the support slots are Madnice DJ’s and ASJC’s Tiz Smith.
Liverpool is spoiling us with excellent events left, right and centre. As well as the big guns that we’ve covered up top, here are some other events this month. They are very much worth your while as well…
2nd February – Moon Duo and God on my Right – District
3rd February – BOOM BAP – The Reeds
5th February – The Psychology of Raving – Texture
7th February – Exhibitchin’ – 24 Kitchen Street
8th February – Iconoclasm: Chris Cooper Exhibition Launch – Constellations
15th February – Harambe Maoni at Live Music Thursdays – Constellations
16th February – Melé and Club Bad with Jasper James – 24 Kitchen Street
24th February – B//W Batu and Lurka with Breakwave – Meraki
24th February – Tempo Feliz, Ernest Duke & Brazilica – The Reeds
Words: Eve Whiteside and the Melodic Distraction Team