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, Smokey Robinson’s classic Being With You.  Label: Motown | Year: 1982 | Discogs: Smokey Robinson – Being With You Most will have encountered this R&B anthem, or one […]

MDR Selects, a series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. This time round, we’re excited to hear what Wirral-based producer Podge has been listening to recently. Inspired heavily by Japanese pop culture, Podge experiments with synths, polyrhythms and […]

Innovative harpist Mary Lattimore delivers a gorgeous reworking of “Waiting For Now”, taken from The Cinematic Orchestra’s critically acclaimed album “To Believe.” Much maligned, the harp is often subject to many a worn out cliché. Yet, in the right hands, the harp is an instrument that has the capacity to not just add a layer […]

I never used to pay any attention to the thick layer of plastic pint glasses covering the floor of whatever club, gig or festival I was attending but now the sight keeps me awake at night.  As someone known to be ‘a bit of a worrier’ or prone to a little exaggeration at times, I […]

An exciting blend of visual and sonic stimulation arrives in Liverpool at Constellations this month. Brighton and Berlin based surround sound and visual art collective, Partial Facsimile, bring an unusual auditory experience in the form of their first fully composed concept album ‘MEDIA OS 5.1is’. Specialising in research-based projects, film soundtracks and site-specific performances, Partial […]

Brought to you by record collector and DJ Grace George, Label of Love is a new series that tells short histories of music labels & their legacies. The first edition on Melodic Distraction sees Grace explore the dub legacy of UK producer Adrian Sherwood & the On-U Sound label.  Officially launched in 1981, On-U was […]

On February 7th 2020, Sefton Park’s iconic Palm House will be transformed into a surrealist masquerade ball, celebrating the traditions of New Orleans music. Headlined by one-of-a-kind live act Frog & Henry, Krewe Liverpool 2020 – The Mardi Gras Experience promises to be one of the most unmissable events the city has borne witness to […]

For their tenth release, Ad Hoc turn to Manchester-based Colombian producer Nymad for two unique takes on the Ad Hoc back catalogue.   Nymad has been making a name of himself recently.  The Manchester-based producer released a well received EP on Ad Hoc last year that saw support from, amongst others, BBC Radio, Homoelectric and Worldwide […]

Ahead of the release of her forthcoming sophomore album “MAGDALENE”, FKA twigs teases a more reflective & vulnerable side.  “holy terrain” is the second single teased from the album, and was co-produced by twigs herself (who also produced the majority of the album), Skrillex and Jack Antonoff. Featuring a guest appearance from Atlanta rapper Future, […]

Backtracks; a new series from Melodic Distraction, dipping back into the archives in search of tracks that shifted the electronic music landscape. With each edition, we invite a local artist or DJ to share the music they have found most impactful and the history behind it. In our second edition, 24 Kitchen Street programmer, Jonas […]

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