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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 […]

As we while away the August sunshine, there’s a lot of rustlings going on in clubs, bars and gardens throughout the city. Internationally acclaimed artists are coming to Liverpool this summer, sizing up against a strong local contingent of labels, promoters and parties in a time when our UNESCO Heritage Status is at risk. Take the time to ponder over […]

Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, The Notorious B.I.G, Jay Z, Busta Rhymes and seemingly countless more; radio DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia were instrumental in launching the careers of hip-hop’s most luminary figures. Their show on Columbia University’s WKCR was quite possibly the most genre-defining broadcast series in hip-hop history. Arguably, no other radio […]

Spoken by approximately 7.6 million people, Xhosa is one of the many officially-recognised languages of South Africa. It is also the spoken language of dancefloors across Liverpool and North Wales, with Melodic Distraction & Gottwood residents, Nick & Nath finding musicality in the language on their debut track, ‘Ndizama Kuwe’. With a punchy bassline and […]

In May of this year, over 150 members of Liverpool’s musical community met to discuss the future of the city’s comparatively fragmented scene. Hosted by long-standing music magazine, Bido Lito! and the Baltic Triangle-based venue, Constellations, the conference called upon the city’s promoters, venues, musicians and council members to explore the reasons why Liverpool still […]

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