Author: James Zaremba

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35 shows, 3 days, 1 festival – Positive Vibration: Festival of Reggae took over the Melodic Distraction Radio airwaves for a full weekend of music, conversation and culture from 8th – 10th June. Running in collaboration with MCR Live and KCC Live, the broadcast features artists from around the country with Africa Oyé, Levi Tafari and many more […]

A cornerstone of the European festival calendar, it’s astonishing that Gottwood has maintained its down-to-earth, grassroots ethos over all these years. One of the most picturesque festival sites in the UK, the team behind the four-day event have doubtlessly worked hard to curate and sustain an atmosphere found seldom elsewhere on the summer circuit. The […]

Hailing from East-London, Earthboogie are an intriguing outfit. Their sound is a tropical melting pot of uplifting African and South American dancefloor-focused music, that draws upon worldly influences stretching from West Coast jazz, all the way back to the dub-driven sounds of the capital.  With three incomparable EPs out on Spacetalk’s sub-label, Leng Records, the […]

On 4th May, Liverpool Sound City+ invited Craig Pennington, Amy Lamé, Natalie Williams, Steve Rotherham & Yousef to discuss the future of Liverpool’s music industry and the formation of a City Region Music Board. In January 2017, Constellations sat down with Craig Pennington of Bido Lito! to discuss the future of Liverpool’s music scene. His forthcoming conference and city-wide survey entitled, Liverpool, […]

The ONLY way is Upitup. That’s the word on the cobbles this weekend as Merseyside veterans, Upitup Records, bring a two-day anniversary party to North Shore Troubadour and the Kazimier Garden. Ready the cake, prep the candles; it’s time for the international DJ and arts collective, independent record label, party and radio show to celebrate […]

Ilija Rudman has been a leading force on the underground disco and house scene for the past 15 years, in both production as well as Djing. His latest release, Paradigma, out 16th April on Imogen Recordings offers a rich blend of blissful balearic boogie that serves well for home listening as-well-as the club. An eight track […]

This Saturday, the Melodic Distraction team will be travelling up the M62 to Manchester for a ten-hour takeover of the MCR Live airwaves. Joining us are a host of musical companions from Melodic Distraction Radio, hand-selected by the good folks at MCR Live. To top this all off, MCR Live will be bringing a crew […]

The more eagle-eyed of you out there may have noticed that the Melodic Distraction window shutter has recently been given a colourful make-over. After a handful of wet and rainy false starts, Leeds-based visual artist and DJ, Cress Cooper, AKA Chris Cooper, adorned our metallic façade with a damn fine mural, inspired by the paradigm […]

Changing hands for the past few years at astronomical prices, some topping $500, Chain Reaction’s legendary soul 45, ‘Say Yeah / Search For Tomorrow’, is finally getting a long-anticipated repress. Some records exist in a transcendental state, enduring the fleeting trends that sweep across dance floors the world over. Timeless, never-ageing, these records are often highly-sought […]

Throughout his life, Pablo Picasso always insisted that an artist’s work should respond to the world around them. Obviously not alone in this sentiment, musicians spanning all genres have long used their art to voice socio-political messages; standing up for themselves, and their culture, in the face of adversity. It is interesting to see now, […]


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