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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 […]

In May, we sat down with David Burch, head man at Ad Hoc Records. Chatting to him, it was clear that the vision he held for his Manchester-based label was spiritedly poised around a sense of local pride; entrusting in the power of a community-focused approach to releasing music. A four-track EP, Ad Hoc 001 included cuts […]

If ever a month were to be associated with a 30-day-long hangover, it would be September. With festivals on the shores of foreign territories burning a hole in our wallets and opening our minds to what lies beyond our humble island, home can often seem a challenge in the post-festival headspace. Returning to the 9-5; […]

With festival season in full swing, we take a closer look at Soirée47; a brand new boutique festival joining the dots between the thriving music scene in Liverpool and the serene surroundings of Monteton in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south-west France. We spoke to festival organiser, Les Ryder, who took us through plans for the […]

Label Focus: A monthly series exploring Melodic Distraction’s favourite labels from around the globe. This time around we head to Bali via Ibiza as we get to grips with NuNorthern Soul; a record label, podcast and party… Emerging as a label after 16 years spent running events, and with over 100 mixes published as part […]

August; the month of boat parties on the Adriatic, Dekmantel Festival and enough open-air events to give yourself the sunburnt skin tone of your nan’s leather sofa. Whether you’re looking to get in on some new wax to spin under the (sort of) summer sun, or need something to tranquilize those envious ‘stuck at home’ […]

Maybe not rockin’ and rolling but definitely rockin’ and souling – It’s Mr. James Pogson – One third of the trio of guest DJs appearing at Tuff Love Soul Club – 1st Birthday Bash, head man at Symphonical records, co-organizer of the extraordinary Barcelona-based rooftop party Reel 2 Reel and co-host of London party Inner […]


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