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Starkey The Messenger, alternative hip hop producer and artist based in Liverpool/Bristol, has released a new single “Seventh Step”. Produced, performed mixed and mastered by Starkey, the track is a follow up to his recent debut single “Wildfire”. The record offers a sorrowful perspective on grief, death and the violence of the police state; it […]

10 Questions With… A series that delves into fresh new releases from some of our favourite artists. With a focus on our Melodic Distraction hosts and wider community, this lil natter gives us an insight into their musical escapades when they’re in their studio, not ours.  For our second edition we’re excited to chat with […]

Our friends and pre-pandemic party starters Zuku are doing something a little different this weekend, all for a brilliant cause close to their hearts. An underground music event in Liverpool, Zuku are used to raising the roofs of IWF Substation and North Shore Troubadour, with past guests including Subb-an, Surge Recordings, Nathan Pinder and Eastfield […]

New music from L8’s finest, Rugzfam, dropped earlier this month after a busy 2020 that included releasing on Mixtape Madness and Link Up TV. His latest single, Ninety One, which features production from Nonchabeats & Echo.prod, lays down the score for a bright year to come for the artist who is touted to have a […]

Natalie McCool’s gloriously dreamy new single ‘A Sun Going Down’ is quite possibly the nicest, yet boldest “see ya later!” we’ve ever heard. Mighty drums sound against a backdrop of galaxial synths and heavenly vocals in this driving force of a track, which is an ode to leaving someone behind you in a big way. […]

Melodic Distraction is proud to premiere ‘Phoenix’, taken from the forthcoming “Falling That You Know” EP by close studio friend and Crazy P band member, Jim Baron aka Ron Basejam. JIM is the latest project from close studio friend and Crazy P band member, Jim Baron aka Ron Basejam. Released on Phat Phil Cooper’s esteemed […]

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. Another funk selection this time, with Trussel’s “Love Injection”.  Label: Elektra Records  | Year: 1980 | Discogs: Trussel – Love Injection From Jayda G to Sadar Bahar, I’ve heard so many of my favourite DJs […]

Our good friends over at Africa Oyé are releasing the third instalment of their Nyumbani series on Friday! This edition sees female stars from Haiti, Zanzibar, South Africa and the Wirral form an eclectic line-up for the online showcase. Africa Oyé prides itself on being the largest celebration of African and Caribbean music in the […]

10 Questions With… A series that delves into fresh new releases from some of our favourite artists. With a focus on our Melodic Distraction hosts and wider community, this lil natter gives us an insight into their musical escapades when they’re in their studio, not ours.  For our first edition, we’re delighted to chat with […]

NuNorthern Soul founder Phat Phil Cooper serves up a tasty second instalment of his Winter Warmers compilation series.  The collection features a swathe of previously unreleased, unheard tracks as well as hand-picked gems tailor-made to soundtrack both ice-cold winter walks, and nights spent indoors dreaming of holidays in sunnier climes. The compilation, as to be […]