Author: Nina Franklin

MDR Selects, a new (old) series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. We’re delighted to have Sontag Shogun share their offbeat tastes, plus an off kilter poem to explain it all too, just ahead of their release It […]

MDR Selects, a new (old) series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. We invited long-time friendos and Liverpool favourite Seatbelts in for our next instalment. The electro-indie-pop quartet have taken Liverpool by storm over the last year, clocking […]

“so, wait, is Simian Mobile Disco just done now?” The earnestness of the question takes me by surprise; it’s not something you expect to be asked while interviewing of one of electro’s rising stars. I’m meeting 96 Back – AKA Evan Majumdar-Swift – the Sheffield-born, Bristol-based producer and DJ, ahead of the release of his […]

In 2010, after being banned from Tunisian airwaves due to her political invective, Emel Mathlouthi returned from self-exile in Paris to her native Tunis during a protest, and was filmed singing Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free) in the streets. In days, the video spread like wildfire and became an anthem for the Arab Spring in Tunisia […]

Early, solitudinous walks in the park, whether a continuation of the night before or a head-clearing stroll before the daily grind kicks in, are an essential part of our private, inner lives. Introspective, coloured with nostalgia and prone to being a little over-sentimental at times (especially if twinned with the aforementioned night before), they’d be […]

We’ve been busy little bees and had some serious plans a-bubbling away over the winter slumber. We’re so excited to present our latest (and greatest?) party to date. Alongside our Baltic siblings over at 24 Kitchen Street, we’ve put together a whole day and night of celebrations for International Women’s Day, this very Thursday, March […]

With the ‘Beast From the East’ finally behind us, we’re more than ready for some longer, brighter days. Come out of hibernation and shake off the winter slumber with a springtime dance. Liverpool is delivering an array of music events from all genres, cultural events for us all to swot up during and venue openings […]

Bath. Afrobeat. Bathrobeat. This isn’t your ma’s epsom salt soak though, no, no, no. This is a very particular playlist for a very particular type of bath. Not a Sunday evening post-roast spa, not a fervent Monday morning scramble. Picture the scene: it’s Friday night, the feelings right. You’ve had a long, productive week and […]

It’s Saturday morning; up and at ‘em, champs! Nuttin’ quite like a hearty brew of Joe to get you going of a morning, right? As an ode to that sweet, sweet black gold, we’ve collected some of our favourite songs on the topic in one nifty little place to get you up and out of […]

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 […]


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