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Out of her winter slumber, Liverpool is very much back on her party a-game. With some truly exciting events every week in February, we’re setting out to prove it’s not all doom-and-gloom 10 years after City of Culture. And if the sky really is falling on Liverpool’s music scene, hey, at least gig tickets always […]

“We let everyone exist within their own creative dimensions, Black Beacon Sound is about giving artists a refreshing experience.” Based in Sheffield, but fast becoming a nationally-recognised label, Black Beacon Sound is what happens when two friends, self-professed record nerds and relentlessly-optimistic music lovers become tired of the status quo. Stifled by their work at […]

With the bulk of January out of the way, we can finally look forward to that end of the month paycheck. Before it quickly disappears, get your chops into this month’s newest vinyl delights! With the amount of good wax on the way this month and next, there’s slim chance your  bank balance will remain […]

We all know that orange is the new black and Thursday is the new Friday but, hey, didja know January is the new December? Shake off that Twixmas stupour and forget that plan of a dry month – Liverpool’s packing some fire to continue the party sparkle right through the greyest of months. Glasto might […]

After the final Dobwalls Gateway Zone came out on 19th December, we sat down with Ben aka Brain Rays for a quick little catch up on how things have flown over the past few months and what his plans are for the future… Brain Rays has been deep in the studio recently. With four releases in as […]

“The whole point in Balearic music is that you capture the moment. It’s just about these different shades…” Since their first release, Déjà vu on Mark Barrot’s International Feel imprint in 2015, Private Agenda have gone from strength to strength, with releases on Needwant and Nightshift, as well as radio play on BBC Radio 1Xtra, […]

“Music is all about atmosphere…atmosphere can traverse good drum&bass, good house music, any genre really. The problem with music today is that a lot of people are copying a template for perceived success, they don’t have any atmosphere in their tracks. If you have no atmosphere, if you’ve had no life experience, then it will […]

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 […]


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