Melodic Distraction Monthly Guide (January ’18)
Written by Nina Franklin on 31st December 2017
We all know that orange is the new black and Thursday is the new Friday but, hey, didja know January is the new December? Shake off that Twixmas stupour and forget that plan of a dry month – Liverpool’s packing some fire to continue the party sparkle right through the greyest of months. Glasto might be fallow this year, but Merseyside sure ain’t.
For those who’d prefer not to fan the fire, we’ve dropped in a few seated specials to keep you in check while recovering from those festive late nights. Read on below and cop your tickets from all the links provided!
Helena Hauff – 24 Kitchen Street
There’s no rest for the wicked…is there? Kitchen Street kick off 2018 with style, once again raising the bar. The rise of Helena Hauff and her signature stripped-down techno/electro blitz has been unstoppable. Recently joining the critically-acclaimed Ninja Tune, (‘Best Record Label’ in this year’s DJ Mag awards), she’s brought out her latest EP ‘Have You Been There, Have You Seen It’ and joined the NT showcases ranks alongside Bicep, Mr Scruff and Special Request. With her powerhouse ambition, chillingly precise sets and a ‘take-no-prisoners’ attitude, she’s winning hearts and devastating dancefloors across the world.
Support comes in from Liverpool’s own Jaques Malchance and James Binary. Joining them is co-owner of Liverpool’s Mein Nacht and Deep Sea Frequency, Breakwave, who will be providing her acid-infused breaks and techno. Expect more edges than a rhombicosidodecahedron and strap in for a big night.
MC Nelson: By The River Video Premier – FACT
Scouse up-and-comer MC Nelson premiers his music video for ‘By The River’ over at FACT. Get an exclusive peep at the elusive rapper before the video hits the internet so you can get that cosy in-the-know feeling in an entirely analogue way.
Weaving together jazz-tinged hip-hop and silvery spoken word, Nelson has made some serious waves in 2017, performing alongside the likes of Ghostface Killah, Loyle Carner, Pharaohe Monch and Chali 2na. In ‘By The River’ we’re taking a lyrical journey through local history. As we glide over the River Mersey, take a dip into some exclusive BTS footage and catch a live performance of some unreleased music.
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars + Satellite Q&A – Picturehouse at FACT
Alright, we admit it- sometimes January is just too much. What we actually want is a plush chair in a cozy room so you can munch snacks and be passively entertained. FACT delivers. Screening the new biopic Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, you can get a glimpse of the behind the scenes life of one of the greatest performers of all time. Tracing the ups and downs of Clapton’s five-decade career, with a collection of home footage, interviews and performance recordings, this documentary is a thought-provoking journey to the heart of Eric Clapton and his music.
After the film, a special Q&A hosted at the BFI in London will be live-streamed right onto FACT’s screen, featuring director Lili Fini Zanuck and Eric Clapton him very self.
Unrelentingly chasing up on their NYD booking, The Wonder Pot defy a snoozy January and bring storming techno duo Dense & Pika (Chris Spero, formally Glimpse, and Hypercolours’ Alex Jones) to Liverpool. Called ‘the most unique act in modern techno’ by Mixmag earlier this year, the pair have made quite a name for themselves playing at international festivals and gracing some of the most famous stages in underground music – think Panorama Bar, Trouw and Fabric. They’ve joined Scuba’s Hotflush and their releases have reached Adam Beyer’s Drumcode. Taking inspiration from Underworld and The Chemical Brothers, expect their own distinctive, atmospheric take on techno. With support from local Melōs residents, The Drumlake Experiment and Rosencrantz, it’s shaping up to be a special night.
SisBis presents NABIHAH IQBAL (FKA Throwing Shade) – Buyers Club
Sisbis strives to stand for women and aims to bring some of the biggest female DJs on the scene to Liverpool. For their second night in the city, Sisbis brings Nabihah Iqbal (formerly known as Throwing Shade) to Buyers Club for an intimate party. Coming so far in recent times, Iqbal has built her music career whilst juggling working with human rights law in South Africa. As well as working on her own tracks – with her EP, House of Silk, out on Ninja Tune – she holds down a regular slot at NTS Radio, broadcasting one of the most challenging and fresh shows on air.
Expect funky afro-beat and disco tunes throughout the night from Iqbal and in support, resident DJ Giovanna. Shake a leg while raising money for a good cause with all proceeds from this event going to a local charity for refugee and asylum seeker women.
Folamour B2B Special Guest (All Night Long) – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Okay, maybe this is cheating a little, but it’s less than 35 miles to Manchester (and, hey, we could be getting a futuristic hover train thingy.) If the circuit here has got you feeling a little claustrophobic, get thee to Lime Street and go visit the beautiful folks over at The Soup Kitchen in the Northern Quarter.
The bods over at Transmission Funk have had a history of throwing superb parties, inviting the likes of Chaos in the CBD, Bradley Zero and Detroit Swindle over to postcodes that begin with M. This time round, their inviting the sushi-loving Frenchman Folamour down to boogie. Packing house spiked with soul, sunshine disco and some weirdy jazzy cuts, a Folamour set promises blissed out, zen-inspiring vibes. It’s a booking worth that Super Off-Peak Return.
Abandon Silence: 8th birthday with Mella Dee – Constellations
With an impressive history of legendary parties under the belt, Abandon Silence are back bigger and better this year to celebrate their eighth year in the city. For the first in a run of four birthday shows across the city, they invite Mella Dee to Constellations; one of the Baltic Triangle’s multi-award winning venues. Last year was pivotal for Mella Dee. The Yorkshireman’s Sister Sledge-sampled ‘Techno Disco Tool’, which landed itself a spot in Mixmag’s 100 top tracks of 2017, was one of the year’s biggest tracks. Alongside this, his imprint ‘Warehouse Music’ won best breakthrough label in the DJ Mag awards.
If that wasn’t enough, there are some super special guests still to be announced. Party veterans are out in full support, with Andrew Hill, Tom Lye and Harry Sheehan all on hand to get things going. Expect Mella Dee’s original sound combining old and new, creating a blends of techno and fusing elements of house through to jungle. Taking place in Constellations – a more intimate venue compared to AB’s regular haunt over at the Invisible Wind Factory – be sure to expect great things. Get proactive and grab a ticket sooner rather than later, this party will set the scene for everything Abandon Silence has to come this year.
Wide Open Presents: NHS Party – 132 London Road
Wide Open continue the winter party season, warming our cockles with their ‘good vibes themed charity night’. Bigging up our beloved National Health Service, they’re bringing a Doctor’s Disco to London Road. With three medical DJs from across Liverpool, Dr Harvey, Dr Raymondo (Funky_Bros) & Malu Cachu, the multi-talented, Wide Open bunch are packing their distinctive feel-good cocktail of funk, soul and world disco into a brand new venue. Don your scrubs and stethoscopes (real, or from Smiffy’s) and get on down for our National Health Service. All NHS staff gain free entry, with OTD donations going towards Mind.
Mouvement Presents: 80’s Child with JDisco & Chris Shennan – Constellations
Calling all disco lovers! Mouvement might be new on the scene, but they’re making waves with their vibrant celebration of all things disco. Quickly rising to the top of Liverpool’s disco edit scene, they’re taking over Constellations for their first party of 2018.
For this edition, they welcome aboard Warrington based 80’s Child as the newest member of the Mouvement family. This one looks to be a night of classic vintage disco tunes. 80’s Child has previously gone back to back with the likes of Greg Wilson and Late Nite Tuff Guy, for sets inspired by Hall & Oats and Prince. Joining 80’s Child, will be JDisco and Chris Shennan who have previously played for Mouvement down at the last party at neighbouring Baltic venue; 24 Kitchen Street. See you on the dance floor.
KORG HangOuts Liverpool: Free Synth & Keyboard Event – FACT
Synth giants KORG land in Liverpool, offering a free workshop and providing music nerd’s with their dream playtime over at FACT. They’re bringing the experts along to answer your burning questions and it’s a great chance to meet fellow music lovers from across the city. They’ll be packing a load of analogue babies for you to have a play on so be sure to have a wee peep at that ‘Minilogue’ you’ve been lusting after for all too long…
Words: Eve Whiteside and the Melodic Distraction Team