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Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month and damn, don’t we have a lot to thank womxn for? Here at Melodic Distraction, we’re doing a social media takeover to celebrate them. Each day of the month we’ll be platforming inspirational womxn of music, past and present, inclusive of all non-conforming gender groups and […]

MDR Selects returns: a series that invites our favourite artists, labels, record stores and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. Following an absolutely mesmerising show at Leaf, we’re ecstatic to have some selections from Fatoumata Diawara. Hailing from the Ivory Coast and Mali, Fatoumata Diawara is one of […]

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 […]

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, Jean-Marie Bolangassa with “Rikikida”.  Year: 2015, tracks from early 1980s | Label: Sofrito | Discogs: Jean-Marie Bolangassa – Brazzaville Percussions I bought this one online […]

MDR Selects returns: a series that invites our favourite artists, labels, record stores and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. This time, we’ve got a pandemic flavoured,  five-act-deep playlist from Rupert Clervaux, the Tara Clerkin Trio, James Marr, Joe Beedles & Rosa Methol.After their joint gig was cancelled […]

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an undeniable return of the disco party, with dancers flocking to boogie under increasingly expensive mirror balls. But do these parties embody disco as an expressive form of protest? Or are they sparkling pastiches of what disco truly represents? Musician, DJ and Universal Sanctuary producer Charles Vaughan investigates. […]

MDR Selects returns: a series that invites our favourite artists, labels, record stores and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. This time, we’ve got sounds from across the globe courtesy of genre-defying quartet Penya. Penya embody the energised sound of a cosmopolitan UK. A host of traditional folkloric rhythms, […]

After 3 years of window shoppin’ we are excited to bring you The Drop, a series brought to you by Go Play Studios in collaboration with DJ 2Kind and his Melodic Distraction show L100. Once a month we flip the camera for an intimate live session from right inside our tiny studio, showcasing some of […]

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. Next in the spotlight, Yellow Magic Orchestra’s subversive cover of Archie Bell’s “Tighten Up”. Label: A&M | Year: 1980 | Discogs: Yellow Magic Orchestra – Tighten Up The first […]

MDR Selects returns: a series that invites our favourite artists, labels, record stores and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. For this edition, we’re stoked to hear from London-based twilight-dwellers Real Lies, ahead of their Liverpool show at The Shipping Forecast next week.   The electronic duo step up […]