Melodic Distraction Monthly Guide (August ’17)
Written by Josh Aitman on 27th July 2017
As we while away the August sunshine, there’s a lot of rustlings going on in clubs, bars and gardens throughout the city. Internationally acclaimed artists are coming to Liverpool this summer, sizing up against a strong local contingent of labels, promoters and parties in a time when our UNESCO Heritage Status is at risk. Take the time to ponder over the fantastic music culture and events that are on display in our city and maybe go check them out…
Deep Sea Frequency & Familiar Circles: Day & Night Dance – Kazimier Garden
Aug 5th, 5pm-3am
The first collaboration between two of Liverpool’s rising talents sees local record label Deep Sea Frequency join forces with raucous party starters, Familiar Circles, for a day and night dance in the intimate Kazimier Garden.
Curated by Breakwave and Or:la, Deep Sea Frequency look set to cause a stir with a music policy described as “chopped and screwed multi-dimensional dance floor and non dance floor frequencies.” There might even be the chance to cop a test pressing or some Deep Sea Frequency merch ahead of the the label’s first release later this month. That’s not to mention the music coming out of Familiar Circles. With their autumn parties going live soon, be sure to check out Lucas Welle’s innovative edits and productions before he blows up.
With co-founder Breakwave joining Dansa for Deep Sea Frequency, and Familiar Circles laying down tunes courtesy of residents Lloyd Greenall, Nick Rowe, Lucas Welle and Teeda, a day party in the accommodating Kazimier Garden followed by a night party in the elusive Rat Alley looks set to be a blinder in the Liverpool suntrap.
Hustle pres. Roy Davis Jr. – Buyers Club
5pm-11pm (Free Entry)
After playing in the city earlier this year, it seems that Liverpool is more than ready to welcome back the enigmatic Roy Davis Jr. for a Hustle party at Buyers Club. As we take advantage of the summer sunshine, Hustle bring a local crew of friends and family to get things grooving in the garden from 5pm. After that, we take things upstairs for a loft party in the venue’s club space.
Hustle know a thing or two about putting on a party, having brought DJs and selectors from across the world to Liverpool for over 5 years now. Recently collaborating with SUNcéBeat and the Southport Weekender on the Liverpool Disco Festival, Hustle continue to push the boundaries of club culture in this city, having hosted the likes of Rahaan, DJ Spen and San Soda recently.
With Dharma Collective, Darryl Marsden and Andy Ash in support, the much loved local promoters bring one of Detroit’s most talented artists to Liverpool. As A&R scout for Strictly Rhythm and founder of Undaground Therapy Musik, there’s not a lot that Roy Davis Jr. hasn’t seen or heard. Act quick for the chance to see this internationally acclaimed DJ perform in the humbling Hardman Street club space.
Stop Making Sense – Sit, Stand or Dance – FACT Liverpool,
£5.50 – £10.20
Following the death of director Jonathan Demme this year, FACT Liverpool are screening the iconic music documentary, Stop Making Sense. Filmed over the course of 3 nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater, Stop Making Sense is a documentary following seminal band Talking Heads as they promoted their new album, Speaking In Tongues.
Their fifth studio album saw the group breakthrough commercially and Demme’s documentary, which has received critical acclaim since it’s release in 1984, was awarded the National Society of Film Critics Award for best documentary the same year. Since premiering at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Talking Heads documentary is continually brought up as one of the best pieces of music documentation in modern history.
Alongside his other films Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and The Manchurian Candidate, Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense is a testament to the pioneering American rock band led by David Byrne. Come down to FACT Liverpool for the chance to see a piece of music history on the big screen.
Sunfall Festival 2017 –Brockwell Park, Brixton, London
Aug 12th, 12pm – 4am
£55 – £65
For those venturing out of the city for a final August dash, our festival of the month goes to London based Sunfall Festival. Situated in the heart of the capital, Sunfall has set up shop in Brockwell Park situated a mere walk from Brixton, home to one of London’s newest forward thinking venues; Phonox.
A festival brought to you by the owners and curators of London nightclub XOYO, Sunfall takes over the stunning greenland area of Princes Park to bring one of the Summer’s most impressive and comprehensive line-ups. Featuring names that rarely appear in clubs let alone festivals, Sunfall invites Jay Electronica, Madlib, Theo Parrish, Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers and Roy Ayers as well as some of the most current and popular names in electronic music to perform over 10 stages throughout one day.
Also featured on August 12th, Sunfall hosts a record fair showcasing some of 2017’s most cutting edge and pioneering record labels including 22a, YAM, Church, No Bad Days, Dimensions and so many more. To round things off, take your pick from a huge array of late shows hosted by Worldwide, Rhythm Section, Dimensions and more. Taking place in venues across the capital, they boast lineups that will leave you wishing you could be in all 9 places at once…
Roy Ayers: Live in Liverpool – 24 Kitchen Street
Aug 17th, 7pm-11pm
Madnice Marauders are back with arguably their biggest name yet; a household artist, known the world over for his infectious grooves. In a year that has seen Madnice bring Kamasi Washington, Moses Boyd, Thundercat and more to the city of Liverpool, this time around they host the peerless Roy Ayers.
An unparalleled artist who has been influencing music for over half a century, Roy Ayers has been at the forefront of an international sound for 6 decades, introducing the world to his own interpretations of jazz, soul and latin music. The famous vibraphonist has worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Fela Kuti and more recently Tyler the Creator, and helped create timeless classics such as Runnin’ and Everybody Loves The Sunshine.
It goes without saying that this is not one to miss, and tickets are already on Final Release. Don’t sleep!
Future Bubblers Liverpool Block Party – Constellations
Aug 19th, 2pm-12am
As entries to the Future Bubblers project in Liverpool close on August 18th, they celebrate with a Block Party in the glorious Constellations garden. Hosting bubblers old and new, the Future Bubblers Liverpool Block Party will showcase the talent that has come through the ranks of Brownswood Music whilst highlighting the artists making movements in Liverpool.
Future Bubblers alumna Yazmin Lacey is definitely one to watch. After bursting onto the scene with her self released EP Running Circles, the Nottingham singer is on an upward spiral. Alongside her, catch Skinny Macho, show host for the Bone Soda show on NTS, as well as local MC Suedebrown after his performance in front of a capacity crowd at the Baltic Weekender last month. More North-West music comes from So Flute’s Bolts, a live show from Nu-Tribe, following their Get Into This Awards performance.
With free food on offer courtesy of Cuban pop up Finca, plus the chance to try out the latest Ableton equipment at their demo station it’s set to be a busy day. Melodic Distraction will be getting things going from 2pm so get down early!
Tuff Love Soul Club 1st Birthday – Buyers Club
Aug 25th, 10pm-3am
Usually seen spinning 45s in the bar downstairs at Buyers Club, the Tuff Love Soul Club bring a no holds barred ethos to music, reaching for all types of soul music, new and old. After a year spent introducing people to quality soul music they celebrate their first birthday with a proper knees up in the club space.
They welcome back local legend Pat Bleasdale after joining them at their previous party upstairs. In keeping with their ethos for no holds barred soul music, Tuff Love Soul Club host Edu Domingo, an eclectic soul selector known for his Movin’ On parties in Barcelona. Maintaining the Catalan connection, James Pogson he upstairs as well. Beadshind Barcelona party Reel To Reel as well as London’s Inner City Soul, this jet setting selector somehow finds the time to run his own label, Symphonical Records.
It’s a family affair as the Tuff Love Soul Club return with some familiar faces as well. Resident spinners Flanny, Ryan Wilson and Liam Flanders set the precedent, having spent the last few months playing and digging at Deep Cliffs in Portugal, the Stockholm Soul Weekender in Sweden as well as the Flipside and Diggin’ Deep a little closer to home. A strong team sheet as Tuff Love Soul Club round off a successful year.
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Balamii presents the South London Jazz Series – Dulwich Pavilion
Aug 4/11/18/25, 6pm-10pm
Free entry with registration
One of our favourite radio stations, Balamii, is hosting a live jazz series every Friday this August. Balamii present the South London Jazz Series, highlighting the talented jazz musicians coming out of South London with performances at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Celebrating 200 years since the Dulwich Pavilion first opened it’s doors, this is a unique opportunity to see the best jazz and soul coming from south of the river in a thought provoking venue space. First up is Tenderlonious and Puma Blue; the talented flutist and synth maestro hooks up with the newly formed 22a Archestra, which is drawn from the burgeoning label. After that, Brownswood saxophonist Nubya Garcia performs following the release of her solo project, Nubya’s 5ive on jazz re:freshed. The third event sees talented pianist duo Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin take to stage whilst Oscar Jerome, the multi-instrumentalist making movements on Worldwide FM and Boiler Room, rounds things off on the Bank Holiday weekend.
With support from the British Arts Council, entry to this event series is free via a guestlist application on the Dulwich Gallery website.
Andy Butler DJ Set (Hercules & Love Affair) – The Merchant
Aug 26th, 10pm-3am
The Merchant kick off the Bank Holiday weekend with a bang as they bring Andy Butler, founder of Hercules & Love Affair, to Liverpool. As the ever changing HALA set off on a European Tour later this year to launch their new album OMNION, this will be a rare opportunity to hear it’s founder lay down his own selections in such a personal venue.
Since 2004, Hercules & Love Affair have become iconic for their interpretations of NYC dance music. Originally based in New York but now in Ghent, HALA head honcho Andy Butler has constantly collaborated with different artists in order to create innovative material based on his unprecedented knowledge of the New York dance music scene. Creating tracks equally suited for festival tents as they are home listening, Andy Butler seeks his inspiration from the records that he continues to search for, picking up hundreds of records each month.
It’s clear to see that his collection is constantly changing so don’t miss out on the chance to catch the man himself on Slater Street at the end of the month. You can also see Hercules & Love Affair close their European Tour at London’s Shepherds Bush on December 8th, with their new album, OMNION, coming out September 1st.
Soirée 47 Festival of Music & Art – Monteton, South West France
€27 – €49
Soirée 47 launch their first ever music and arts festival in the Lot et Garonne region of southern France. Taking place in the idyllic countryside village of Monteton, this intimate gathering brings together an international lineup of DJs and live bands, family friendly activities, and breathtaking views of the surrounding area for two days of sun kissed indulgence.
Topping the lineup is none other than veteran DJ and Ninja Tune affiliate DJ Vadim who boasts the nickname, “the John Coltrane of hip-hop”. Alongside him is cult French DJ Guts, whose surefire blend of jazz, funk and soul will work perfectly in the French summer, as well as Daft Punk collaborator DJ Falcon. There’s a strong Liverpool contingent making the trip too, with No Fakin’, Dave McCabe, Mr Paul and Keith Marley all holding it down.
Soirée 47 holds the mantra, “the art of living” at it’s core. With a selection of local food vendors and vineyards to feed upon, as well as circus workshops, yoga classes and wild runs to partake in, the arts and music festival aims to bring together anyone and everyone for a relaxing end to summer. Flights are available to nearby Bordeaux and Bergerac, although the trip is definitely manageable by car or train. With camping available onsite, there are also alternative gite options available in the nearby towns and villages. All the information you need is online.
M:Open Air Closing Party – Constellations
Aug 27th, 2pm-4am
£10 – £20
For this year’s Summer series of Open Air events, MODU:LAR has toured some of the city’s best garden spaces. From Constellations to the Kazimier Garden, MODU:LAR has taken their loyal following around Liverpool for a number of outstanding shows. Continually guaranteeing the best quality sound that Liverpool has to offer along with some of the field’s most prolific artists, the nationally acclaimed night has seen its reputation grow from strength to strength this Summer as they bought Raresh, Cap, Christi Con and Dewalta to Liverpool, many of which are appearing in the city for the first time.
For their closing show of the Summer, MODU:LAR head back to Constellations for a day & night escapade that sees Dana Ruh, Julietta and Molly all make a return to Liverpool. German techno producer Dana Ruh will be filling a peak-time slot in the Constellations warehouse whilst Julietta and Molly take to the garden stages for their second appearances at MODU:LAR. With exciting production plans in the pipeline for the Constellations Garden, their August Bank Holiday show is set to be there biggest outing of the Summer.
Bank Hol BBQ Sunday Session Special – Steve Davis & Kavos Torabi – The Merchant
Aug 27th, 1pm-1opm
Familiar with Snooker player Steve Davis? Are you sure? When he’s not commentating on cueing, Davis is cueing up his favourite krautrock records in bars up and down the country. After his appearance at Bloc last summer, the 6 time world champion has been playing out more and more, with an appearance at Glastonbury Festival and Tramlines Festival last year.
Ranked world number one for seven consecutive seasons, Davis’ background in music goes further than you thought. Hosting a show on Essex FM, Davis was invited to present an avant-garde jazz and psychedelic rock show on BBC Radio 6 before beginning a slot on Brentwood Radio that focused on left-field electronic music with co-host Kavus Torabi.
Join them both this August Bank Holiday Sunday as they take to the garden of The Merchant with local music aficionados Bernie Connor and William Jazz for an evening of avant-garde music and left field beats…
Other Notable Events
The Olympia, Aug 8th
District, Aug 18th
The Deaf Institute, Manchester, Aug 18th
North Shore Troubadour, Aug 19th
TBA, Aug 26th
The Great Baltic Warehouse, Aug 27th