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Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. This time, a guest post from Melodic Distraction’s own Snoodman Deejay, cratedigger extraordinaire and boogie virtuoso behind It’s Good For The Soul.  Label: Alleviated Records […]

Over the past month, we’ve been following LUNA from the release of her first single ‘Night Drive’ to the unveiling of her debut EP, ‘Hello Earth’. Now, after a hugely successful launch night at the magical St Bride’s Church last week, we’ve got the scoop on the EP itself, plus an exclusive behind the scenes […]

A totem of the Chicago Jazz scene, Kahil El’Zabar has not only performed with some of the genre’s most legendary players (including, but by no means limited to Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone and Pharoah Sanders), but is also a leading figure within the spiritual and afro-futuristic spheres of jazz music.   El’Zabar is renowned for his awe-inspiring live […]

Six piece jazz ensemble Azmari’s debut EP, Ekera, is a stylish multi-faceted listening experience. Recorded in just three days, the EP reflects the band’s creative spontaneity: “We love to jam, we jam a lot and our music comes from that”, says drummer and bandleader, Arthur Ancion.   . The record encompasses a wide range of […]

Double trouble, Chris Watson and Chris Coupe (better known as FYI Chris) have been releasing music together for the better part of five years. Their debut release, a 2014 white label on Seb Wildblood’s CHURCH, has garnered a fair wedge on Discogs and set the duo up for a fine few years since; releasing on […]

Compiled by renowned Belgian cratediggers Loud E & The Wild, Discophilia Belgica is a two volume double LP of obscure Belgian Disco and space music released between 1975 – 1987. The album is set for release through esteemed Belgian label Sdban Records on November 16th. Discophilia Belgica shies away from more recognisable artists, instead focusing […]

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the untimely passing of Eva Cassidy. Melodic Distraction looks back at the career of the shy musician, whose immeasurable talent only achieved global recognition after her life was tragically cut short by cancer at the tender age of 33. Eva was born February 2nd 1963 in Maryland. Her passion […]

19th October marks disco legend George McCrae’s 72nd birthday. Melodic Distraction takes a look back at an illustrious career that contributed some of the genre’s most electrifying releases. George’s musical career began in the 1960’s, where he formed a vocal duo with his wife Gwen, signing to Henry Stone’s Alston record label. When Gwen was […]

Off the back of its critically acclaimed 2015 incarnation, Gottwood returns to Carregewyld estate for its seventh year, with a line-up its organisers have described as ‘more encompassing than ever before.’ Held between the 9th-12th June, the festival is once again situated in the picturesque woods of the Carrageweyld estate, nestled away amongst the scenic coastline […]

Disco has enjoyed something of a resurgence over the last couple of years back into the mainstream. Best exemplified by Daft Punk’s 2013 album Random Access Memories, itself a nostalgic throwback to the hedonism and self-indulgence of the 1970’s, heavily influenced by collaborations with Nile Rodgers and Giogio Morodor, both pioneers of the genre. Part […]