We welcome Mates’ Crates to the Melodic Distraction website. A brand new series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, it dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. First up, George Benson’s The World Is A Ghetto.  Year: 1980 | Label: Warner Bros | Discogs: George Benson […]

Hold up! The BBC6 Music Festival is coming to Liverpool for the very first time. Having previously visited Salford, Newcastle, Bristol and Glasgow, the annual event showcases some of the most exciting emerging talent in the left-field sphere of popular music, in addition to some OG artists who are still at the very top of […]

MDR Selects, a new (old) series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. We invited long-time friendos and Liverpool favourite Seatbelts in for our next instalment. The electro-indie-pop quartet have taken Liverpool by storm over the last year, clocking […]

Ahead of a long-haul flight from New York City to perform at Meraki, Liverpool, we caught up with revered house producer, Baltra to find out what music he’ll be chilling out  to while he’s thousands of feet in the air… Baltra is a self taught house producer based in New York, hailing from Philadelphia. His […]

A flashback to neo-rave e u p h o r i a – Bangface Weekender 2019 is just around the corner. In anticipation of this year’s festival we decided it would only be fitting to get in touch with record label boss, music producer and The Only Way Is Upitup’s very own Jacques Malchance. Legend has it […]

Listen up, listen up! Palestinian hip-hop crew DAM are in Liverpool and they want to show you their world. Through a unique fusion of Arabic rap and hip-hop, their story covers all corners of Palestinian culture. It unfolds at Constellations on 27th February, but first they’ll be dropping into our very own studio for a […]

“so, wait, is Simian Mobile Disco just done now?” The earnestness of the question takes me by surprise; it’s not something you expect to be asked while interviewing of one of electro’s rising stars. I’m meeting 96 Back – AKA Evan Majumdar-Swift – the Sheffield-born, Bristol-based producer and DJ, ahead of the release of his […]

MDR Selects, a new (old) series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. For our first edition, we invite LUNA to share her selection with us.  “Have you ever felt both happy and sad at the same time? A […]

500+ albums…and counting.  Few artists can stake claim to a back-catalogue that expands beyond double figures, Omar Souleyman has surpassed this five-fold. Dubbed the “Syrian Wedding Singer”, Souleyman has racked up a deep body of recordings since his career began in the early 90s. Performing across his home country as the nation’s most famous wedding performer, […]

We know you’re all hibernating this January, but unless you’ve literally been sleeping under a rock, you’ll know that our favourite independent record store Dig Vinyl are having a change of scenery! Dig’s new digs. Upstairs at Resurrection on Bold St.  As much as we loved their cosy basement beneath Soho’s, it’s undeniable that since […]

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