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Melodic Distraction Monthly Guide: January 2017

Written by on 2nd January 2017

With 2016 behind us and a fresh year full of serious music in Liverpool on the horizon, our best calendar coordinator, Beth Blandford, is back with her top picks of this month…

Whether your new year’s resolution is to shift the shelf or actually try and complete a dry Jan this year, we’re sure you’ve still got time to head down to these very worthwhile events this month. Even if you rein it in and enjoy a spot of sophisticated and orchestrated cinema at The Philharmonic or you pack the promises in and get down to some heavy hitting house with the Upstairs With crew, or how about just taking in some latin jazz at The Grapes: we promise January doesn’t have to be the bore it’s made out to be. See for yourself…

E.T. with live orchestra – The Liverpool Philharmonic (2nd Jan)

Everyone knows the Steven Spielberg classic E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial; but this Jan, John Williams’ incredible score will be brought to life with a live orchestral performance in unison with the film screening. American composer, conductor and pianist, John Williams has composed some of the most recognizable and famous film scores in cinematic history. Besides E.T, Williams has Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Star Wars, and the first three Harry Potter films in his repertoire to name so very few.

The animation of this absolute-veteran of musical genius’ work by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is set to fill the room with nostalgia as Dirk Brossé conducts the crescendos and diminuendos to this modern-day fairy-tale.



Liverpool Jazz Club – Everyman Bistro (4th Jan)

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Everyman Theatre plays host to some of Liverpool’s finest jazz musicians. With local jazz heads including Stan Williams, John Padfield, Andrew MacKenzie, David Fishel, Grant Russell and Ed Hannaby making up the house band, it’s guaranteed to become your regular jazz spot, showcasing the best of music in Liverpool.

Kicking things off, expect a number of intimate sets from the house band as they warm up the bistro space at the Everyman, followed by the all too familiar free-for-all jam session that we see at so many of Liverpool’s top jazz nights. Whether you want to give yourself the challenge (and opportunity) of performing with a set of professional jazz musicians in front of an audience or you just want to see some of Liverpool’s less publicised talent, we recommend this monthly instalment. With anyone being invited up to play, you’d be surprised at how astounding the pool of talent can be…



Jolt 3rd Birthday – 24 Kitchen Street w/ Wehbba (14th Jan)
Jolt are hosting their 3rd Birthday this month down on Kitchen Street with a great line up awaiting. Have you ever been to the dentist and thought they might have a secret passion for spinning house and techno? Neither have we… But former dentist, Wehbba, might make you think twice. With releases on Bedrock, Tronic Music, Systematic Recording as well as remixes and collaborations with John Digweed, Joseph Capriati, Stephen Bodzin and so many more; Jolt have bagged an unforgettable 3 hour set. Support artists are coming from tRiBe’s Thomas Wolf as well as Jolt’s close friends and Hustle co-founder, Jimmy Allen plus selections from resident; Lewi Nethercott.



Hot Plate w/ DJ Q – 24 Kitchen Street (25th Jan)

The recent controversy surrounding Kitchen Street and the capitalistic flats battle means events in this intimate and creative space are becoming a must. Don’t miss out on Hot Plate this month with Glasgow’s own Paul Flynn (aka DJ Q), who began DJ’ing in the early 90’s, providing a dose of vibrant, jazzy house with occasional Detroit techno creating a more refined aesthetic.

Arguably, DJ Q’s most interesting track was his 1996 single ‘We Are One’ which features Glaswegian poet, William Hall, bringing a strong sense of identity and culture over a solid groove-house base. Chimpo and Trigga will also be making an appearance at this multi-genre music event, undoubtedly performing their successful 2015 single ‘Who Run Tingz/MCR’. Get on down…



Tangerine Wednesdays – Constellations (25th Jan)

Constellations are launching their new cinema night focusing on films specifically selected for their contribution to music this month, starting with hip hop. So whether you’re into A Hard Day’s Night or more of an 8 Mile fan, Constellations are doing the digging for you, bringing you the best in music cinema, ready to watch in their chilled-out environment. Buy yourself a tangerine membership card and gain access to all their screenings over the next year or face slightly higher on the door. This is guaranteed to be the new way to spend your Wednesdays. While information is not released yet, keep an eye on their page for more information. Who needs Odeon when you can be at Constellations.



Upstairs With Mall Grab – Buyers Club (26th Jan)

The Upstairs With crew are back again at Buyers Club with an ever-progressing reputation as a night not to be missed. This time around and certainly raising the bar, Mall Grab is set to grace us with his fresh take on mixing. Now based in London, Australia-born Jordon Alexander (aka Mall Grab) is on the rise due to his lo-fi jams synchronising with an emerging, hazy-house scene. Mall Grab successfully released his four-track EP ‘Feel U’ last year through Canadian label Collect-Call, selling out its limited release and still being sought after now.

From there, Mall Grab has worked with Bristol-based Shall Not Fade to produce his ‘Alone’ EP, and more recent releases through Church, Unknown To The Unknown and Hokkaido Dance Club. Alexander has now gone on to start his own vinyl-only label named Steel City Dance Discs, an admirable move in an age of scepticism towards anything anti-electronic, in his own words “having a physical copy is not only more sentimental, but it sounds warmer”. With vinyl sales surpassing digital sales in 2016, Jordan Alexander is evidently doing it the right way. Mall Grab’s tracks such as ‘I’ve Always Liked Grime’ show off his individual talent and sense of humour, while his newest release ‘I Just Wanna’ showcases three unique tracks typical of his experimental and ambitious style. Upstairs With has never been, and will certainly not be one to miss, this time round. Tickets are nearly gone so act fast!



Meine Nacht w/ DJ Seinfeld – Secret Location (27th Jan)

Meine Nacht are set to host another famously-secretive event this Jan with DJ Seinfield performing in an unknown location somewhere in Liverpool. This event never disappoints and the interest is already through the roof. Meine Nacht has tweeted that it’s going to be their ‘best secret location yet’ with Seinfield playing his lo-fi tracks. DJ Seinfield released his first EP ‘Season 1’ last month through record labels Lobster Theremin and Meda Fury’s collaboration Lobster Fury. According to Seinfield, all the tracks were made in a day when his ‘first love’ left him. Music’s come a long way since heartfelt acoustic love songs… We’re not complaining. Seinfield’s modest attitude to his career and laid back approach to producing his tracks makes him hard to dislike and extremely fitting with Mein Nacht’s spontaneous methodology when it comes to their events.



Fiesta Bombarda Cathedral Carnival w/ Multiple Guests – Anglican Cathedral (27th – 28th Jan)

Fiesta Bombarda is back this January for two whole days of African rhythms and brass beats in Liverpool’s historic Anglican Cathedral. Romare will be kicking off Friday’s Carnival with his unique, cut ‘n’ paste approach to music, inspired by Romare Bearden: an artist and musician who chronicled African-American life and culture during the jazz age. Following that, Ibibio Sound Machine will be hitting the stage with their unparalleled  combination of West-African funk and disco with modern post-punk and electro fronted by Nigerian singer, Eno Williams. K.O.G will be performing a steel pan set, an instrument originating from carnival celebration itself where slaves created their own form of carnival called Canboulay in response to their segregation from society.

Saturday will see beat-boxing and improvisation expert, Beardyman perform a masterclass along with appearances from reggae sensations Jeremiah Ferrari and many more. To top it all off, the Cathedral is set to be transformed through carnival themed set design to create an exceptional display of colourful decoration, a certain contrast with the traditional architecture.



Motion Presents: Danny Howells – 24 Kitchen St. (28th Jan)

Towards the end of the month, Danny Howells is set to perform a 4 hour set at Kitchen Street. Howells’ varied and experience-rich career has left him with a multitude of albums, remixes and distinctive tracks.

After joining Bedrock in 1991, Howells went on to spend 9 years as a DJ for them; alongside generating experimental techno with Tim Cross under the name Squelch, producing several singles. Howells then worked with record label Jackpot, making his mark as a remixer alongside Rob Green with the track ‘Intoxication’. After performing his first gig outside of the UK, Howells gathered a large fan base in the Netherlands and signed with Dutch record label ID&T to create his debut mix album. In 1999, Howells worked with yet another record label Obsessive to create ‘Nocturnal Frequencies’ as well as the birth of Science Department: Howells and Dick Trevor’s original productions. Howells has regularly played at renowned clubs: Renaissance, Liverpool’s very own Cream (R.I.P) and Ministry of Sound before taking residency at New York’s, Twilo. Howells was voted DJ Magazine’s world’s tenth best DJ in 2001, worked with Global Underground in a number of series and in 2008 he launched his own record label Dig Deeper.

If all that’s not enough to convince you to get down to Kitchen St, this event is bringing you a whole host of support acts including: Prudence, Brodyr and loads more.



Live Latin Jazz w The Weave – The Grapes (Every Sunday!)

Roscoe St’s The Grapes presents Jazz Con Fusion (do you see what they did there?) playing two sets of classic jazz with a Latin twist, set to satiate hard-core jazz fans as well as those who enjoy a bit of sax with their beverage. This night is free for all but gets pretty packed so it’s advised to head down early if you want to enjoy this particular Sunday’s performance: The Weave jazz band, who released their second album ‘Knowledge Porridge’ last year, are led by trumpeter Martin Smith. An exciting incarnation of some of Liverpool’s best established jazz musicians who’ve performed at exciting events such as 2014’s London Jazz Festival. This great little set up is bound to brighten up your average Sunday and with Planet Earth over, we think this is a great replacement for your Sunday routine. See you there from 9pm onwards!


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