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Manchester based label Shifting Spheres launch their debut release Spheres of Sound showcasing all female and non-binary talent (including a track from our very own LUNA!) in aid of Southall Black Sisters.  Known for holding DJ workshops across Manchester in collaboration with the likes of Limbo and Reform Radio, as well as running a podcast series […]

We’re turning 5! In the final edition of three deep dives into the artists we’ve hand-picked to celebrate 5 years of Melodic Distraction with us, we chat to Doing Bits Studio’s, Abby Bird.     We first linked up with Abby back in 2019 for the Refreshments x Melodic Distraction tee – an instant sure […]

Lockdown Live Lounge returns with two more concerts from one home to another! We may still be (2 metres) apart, but now more than ever we need to connect with our online communities to bring us together. We hope to do just that this week, with some more fresh talent from around the globe. Lockdown […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. This time, a Pride anthem with Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way”. Label: Repress on West End Records (originally Motown) | Year: Repressed in 2018 (originally […]

MDR Selects returns: a series that invites our favourite artists, labels, record stores and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. For this edition, we’re delighted to host Tel Aviv based singer, songwriter, and composer Zoe Polanski! We chat with her following the release of her first single ‘Pharaoh’s […]

We’re turning 5! In the second of three deep dives into the artists we’ve hand-picked to celebrate 5 years of Melodic Distraction with us, we’re checking out Wavertree Worldwide co-founder, Kelvin SM (AKA LeisureLeisure.Co).   Our man Kelvin first came to us as a merchant of newly released records back in 2018. Our studio hosted […]

Brought to you by record collector and DJ Grace George, Label of Love is a series that tells short histories of music labels & their legacies. For this week’s Label of Love, we’ll be taking a look at Black Swan Records, arguably the first African-American owned music label, releasing jazz, blues & classical records made […]

Lockdown Live Lounge returns with two more concerts from one home to another! We may still be (2 metres) apart, but now more than ever we need to connect with our online communities to bring us together. We hope to do just that this week, with some more fresh talent from around the globe. Lockdown […]

MDR Selects returns: a series that invites our favourite artists, labels, record stores and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. To celebrate yesterday’s release of brand new track ‘Woods’ on Youngbloods, we invite Brooklyn-born rapper and producer Yoh to share his selections. Yoh’s love for hip-hop, jazz and […]

We’re turning 5! In the first of three deep dives into the artists we’ve hand-picked to celebrate 5 years of Melodic Distraction with us, we’re checking out our favourite skateboarding illustrator, Sketch Stance.    Ever wondered where the hands logo came from? Well we have that skateboarding fella with the boss ink and pen work, […]