Author: Nina Franklin

MDR Selects, a series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. This edition invites Peter Broderick to walk us through some of his influences and favourites. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and songwriter, Peter has been releasing music through a […]

Juliana Yazbeck, singer, songwriter and composer, visits Liverpool for the UK premier of her debut album SUNGOD. Born in New Jersey but raised in Lebanon, her mixed background has fused her music with a warm variance of hiphop elements, spoken word, hypnotic rhythmic patterns, traditional vocal trills contrasted against delay-laden distortion and heavy guitar riffs. […]

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 […]


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