Author: Toby Taylor

Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes have announced the launch their collaborative album, What Kinda Music, which is set for release on April 24 on the iconic Blue Note Records. The collaboration is an exciting one, pitching two supremely talented artists at very different ends of the jazz spectrum together in what’s sure to be one of the […]

Bradley Zero celebrates five years of his Rhythm Section International imprint with SHOUTS, a 36 track compilation that perfectly encapsulates the label’s ever evolving and dynamic sound.  A go-to label for the connoisseurs, Rhythm Section INTL is a UK staple. The raison d’être has always been to unearth and nurture new talent, not just via […]

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 Toby Taylor, cratedigger extraordinaire and boogie virtuoso behind It’s Good For The Soul.  Label: Hope Record Company | Year: 1984 […]

The critically acclaimed jazz pianist launches the lead single from his forthcoming solo piano EP, which is due for release on February 28th.  The EP, entitled On My Ones, sees the self-taught jazz virtuoso eschew other instrumentation in order to fully explore the dense intricacies of the piano itself and enable him to demonstrate his own staggering […]

The debut single from Berlin-based singer songwriter Katerinha is a delicate and ethereal take on classic soul.  Of North Macedonian origin, the young musician has been honing her artistic craft since a very young age, exploring sound and looking for her own voice as an author and performer. A bass player, DJ, guitarist and singer, she […]

Ilian Tape, one of the hottest labels in the game, turn to techno royalty for their next release.  The critically acclaimed label are responsible for some of the most forward thinking and exciting techno and IDM music of the last few years. It therefore comes as little surprise that they have teamed up with a […]

Following on from the success of the first Napoli Segreta compilation, NG RECORDS follows up with an exploration into the unknown groovy side of Naples by releasing Napoli Segreta Vol.2. Napoli’s finest crate diggers Famiglia Discocristiana, DNApoli and Nu Guinea join forces once again to collate a new compilation of nine exceptional cuts of ’70s […]

Habibi Funk’s latest offering is from Libyan artist Ahmed Ben Ali, who serves up his own stunning take on one of Libya’s favourite sounds – reggae! Recorded in 2008, the record provides a fascinating insight into the Libyan reggae scene, which emerged in the 1970s and developed it’s own unique sound that infused traditional folk […]

Picking your favourite track is difficult at the best of times, but it was especially tough this year when one takes into account the absolute plethora of quality music that’s been released in 2019. Nevertheless, after much umming and ahhhing and with the help of you, our lovely hosts & contributors, we were finally able […]

Longer than a single but shorter than an album, the EP has long been the preferred medium for releasing electronic music. 2019 proved to no exception to this rule, with some of the year’s most exciting music coming via the format.  MDR’s favourite Extended Play releases from 2019 are as diverse as they are awesome, […]


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