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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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Label Focus: A monthly series exploring Melodic Distraction’s favourite labels from around the globe. This month, and a bit closer to home, we take a look at the upcoming launch of Ad Hoc Records. Based in Manchester, Ad Hoc celebrates the rich electronic musical culture that the city is so famous for, all while capturing […]

After more than 3000 people descended on the Baltic Triangle for the second offering from Liverpool Disco Festival last weekend, James Zaremba talks about the significance of this groundbreaking inner-city event on our home. Be sure to check out 45 track ID’s from across the festival below… “Disco music is for dancing, and people will always want to dance.” – […]

Label Focus: A brand-new monthly series exploring Melodic Distraction’s favourite labels from around the globe. For our next label focus, we take a closer look at the infamous Kolour LTD. Based between Houston & Detroit, this vinyl-only label has been kicking out some of the finest in jazz and disco fusioned house music. Take a […]

Artist Focus: A brand-new series that dives into the world of Melodic Distraction’s favourite musicians. Their inspirations, their discography and their future will all be celebrated and tied together, each month, by a sketch from the brilliantly talented, Beth Blandford. For our inaugural issue, Chris Cannell takes a look at a rising talent in UK hip-hop, Loyle […]


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