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There was an article published in Mixmag’s November issue written by the editor, Duncan Dick, entitled ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom: Dance Music Needs More Rockstars‘. Had this been trolled out as satire, it would have been worthy of no more than a derisory comment. But as it has been published as a print piece […]

Travel. One of the greatest challenges facing a DJ or music selector is travel; to take oneself out of the familiar, to jump into a whole new realm and provide a soundtrack for strangers to dance and enjoy. It’s a talent often defined by expeditious curation, a musical conversation between the selector and the emotional responses […]

Alright, alright, we know it’s getting colder and it’s tempting to eat crisps in bed and watch Stranger Things from now until next March, but what was it your Mum always told you? There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes? Dust that big coat off and get yourself out and about; there’s […]

Constellations and live music have been locked in an enduring love affair ever since the venue opened its doors back in 2014. Having played host to the likes of The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Fatima & The Eglo Band, Moses Boyd Exodus, Romare and many more, the venue has championed underground, left-field and forward-thinking live music […]

Having celebrated their 12th birthday this year, BEEF release their inaugural compilation series entitled Selected Works, showcasing a range of artists and producers on their back catalogue. We picked out Moon Rhapsody by Vanilla Dinosaurs, ahead of its release on October 27th.  It is testament to their unorthodox approach as a label, putting a mysterious newcomer to the scene […]

Label Focus: A monthly series exploring Melodic Distraction’s favourite labels from around the globe. This month, we take a look at Usury Recordings, who are celebrating ten years in the game, with a label mix from Tama Sumo to accompany the article. Headed by internationally recognised DJ, Lerato Khathi aka Lakuti, the label’s “essential goal from day […]

Benny Maths of Black Beacon Sound got in touch with Children of Zeus to discuss Manchester’s musical heritage, the group’s origins and their love of soul music. If you want to check out their latest release, The Story So Far… launched on First Word Records, October the 6th, be sure to hit up their Bandcamp […]

From the moment you first hear an Andrés record, his unmistakable sound tells of a producer whose output has defined a genre, a scene and a city. Winner of RA Track of the Year in 2012, the Detroit stalwart has masterfully traversed both house and hip-hop for over two decades, releasing on some of the […]

This September brought the release of Bicep’s first full length album. Much awaited, this drew some 18 months of excited speculation, Shazams and badly taken iPhone videos to an end. If you listen to electronic music and aren’t already familiar with the duo, consisting of Andy Ferguson and Matthew McBriar, I can only assume you’ve […]

It’s that time of year again and Liverpool is a hive of activity. With festival season now over and our days growing shorter, we return to some of the city’s best night-time venues. From spectacular concerts to dingy basement parties, check out our Monthly Guide for a taste of what to expect in October. Take […]

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