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A totem of the Chicago Jazz scene, Kahil El’Zabar has not only performed with some of the genre’s most legendary players (including, but by no means limited to Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone and Pharoah Sanders), but is also a leading figure within the spiritual and afro-futuristic spheres of jazz music.   El’Zabar is renowned for his awe-inspiring live […]

Okay so, admittedly we had a bit of a tough time with this one – selecting 10 top tracks of the year with so much choice has certainly proved the hardest compared to all our other 2018 round-ups! From some of our well-known favourites artists returning with fresh material, like the face-slamming ‘Same’ by Oneohtrix […]

Following on from our albums of the year, we look into the seminal shorter body of works delivered to us in 2018. From the fiercely abrasive introduction to Shygirl with Cruel Practice to the softer tones of  Jenny Hval’s The Long Sleep, it’s been an equally ground-breaking year for EPs.     Sinje Hawke and […]

2018 has been a year of unexpected football successes, unusually hot summers, cars launching into space and ever-predicted political turbulence. But in uncertain times, there’s always one thing we can rely on: interstellar music. It’s been a huge year for electronic music, with albums like Skee Mask’s genre-busting Compro and SOPHIE’s audacious Oil of Every Pearl’s […]

The concept of a mix is something that has undoubtedly come into its own  in 2018. With online sites like Mixcloud increasing in popularity, mixes are more accessible than ever. Sites like Mixcloud are pushing forward with their recent ‘fan-to-creator’ subscription which enables listeners to contribute to licensing costs in return for access to downloading offline […]

It just had to be… didn’t it? One of those rare adoptees into the Honorary Scouser List; rapper, wordsmith and most importantly LFC fan Loyle Carner has been revealed as the ambassador of the Liverpool edition of the Levi’s® Music Project. Listen to the full interview on Melodic Distraction Radio below… Following in the footsteps of […]

Ahead of the arrival of the Levi’s® Music Project in Liverpool, James Zaremba runs through why such initiatives are vital to the future of the city’s musical output. Leaders of the project have previously included Skepta, Everything Everything and Birmingham rapper, Mist. To apply, check out the link below! Once in a while, often when […]

The first time Yadava came through to the Melodic Distraction studio, he was running over an hour late. His calm-headed co-host, Bolts, assured us that the wait would be worth it. 90 minutes into the two hour show, Yad flung himself out of a car, into the studio and onto the decks. As assured, the wait was […]

‘Tis the Season💚 The wonderful heads behind Constellations have launched a Kickstarter!   After the news broke that they were shutting up shop at the end of 2019, we were pretty down. It’s the very spot where Melodic Distraction was born…in the form of a party run by two doughy eyed students and a bunch of their […]

It’s Saturday morning; up and at ‘em, champs! Nuttin’ quite like a hearty brew of Joe to get you going of a morning, right? As an ode to that sweet, sweet black gold, we’ve collected some of our favourite songs on the topic in one nifty little place to get you up and out of […]


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