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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 […]

Mates’ Crates, a new 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,  Fat Larry’s Band’s Act Like You Know.  Label: We Men of Talent | Year: 1982 | Discogs: Fat Larry’s Band – Act Like […]

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 Brazilian pianist, beatmaker and composer Tiago Frúgoli share his tastes with us following the release of his brand new album ‘Casa’. Growing […]

This Easter weekend, our bright & dazzling neighbour Constellations make their 5th trip around the sun! We’re dusting off our moon shoes & preparing to transmit two whole days of live music featuring our own Melodic astronauts. Running on Friday 19th April from 6pm – 2am and Saturday 20th from 3pm – 2am, an eclectic […]

Mates’ Crates, a brand new 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 second instalment looks into The Joubert Singers’ Stand on the Word.  Label: Favourite (Originally Next Plateau Records) | Year: 2015 (Originally 1985) | Discogs: The Joubert Singers – […]

Introducing, The New Wave Records. A Liverpool based (mostly) online record shop that’s curated like an indie bookstore. The shop is home to a growing selection of independent electronic music including ambient, Afro-boogie, highlife, balearic, house, jazz, techno and much more. All of the shop’s music has been lovingly compiled by Kelvin SM, a local records collector […]

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. For our third edition, we had a chat with lovely local lads Samurai Kip. Taking influences from jazz, funk and soul, the 4-piece are already making […]

We welcome Mates’ Crates to the Melodic Distraction website. A brand new series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, it dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. First up, George Benson’s The World Is A Ghetto.  Year: 1980 | Label: Warner Bros | Discogs: George Benson […]

Hold up! The BBC6 Music Festival is coming to Liverpool for the very first time. Having previously visited Salford, Newcastle, Bristol and Glasgow, the annual event showcases some of the most exciting emerging talent in the left-field sphere of popular music, in addition to some OG artists who are still at the very top of […]

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 […]


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