Melodic Distraction Monthly Guide (June ’17)
Written by Josh Aitman on 29th May 2017
As we move into the summer months, festival season is upon us. With Liverpool Disco Festival and Soundcity kicking things off last month, followed by three more that venerate and celebrate Liverpool’s diverse cultural circles incoming, June is set to be a the perfect way to welcome in the warmth.
From outdoor BBQ’s with the Boogaloo crew, Down To Funk and 303, as well as charity fundraisers with The Sound Of Music there’s also a whole host of smaller events for those looking for something a little more intimate. Check out our top picks of this month’s music in Liverpool below…
Baltic Weekender – The Baltic Triangle (June 2nd – 4th)
Baltic Weekender is the recent curation of music and cultural fusion between the combined efforts of renowned Liverpool venue 24 Kitchen Street and one of the city’s most forward-thinking club nights; Abandon Silence. Working with some of the Baltic Triangle’s finest independent venues, the team behind this first Baltic Weekender are bringing some of contemporary electronic music’s most genre-defining and boundary-bending artists to the city.
Live sets from the likes of Moses Boyd, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, provide a high benchmark in themselves when aligned with DJ’s including Crazy P, Axel Boman and DVS1.
The festival will span three days and sees extended sets from city veterans including Hunee and Move D, cleverly fused together with local heavyweights and emerging talent featuring Familiar Circles, Madnice Marauders and Abandon Silence residents Tom Lye, Rich Furness & Harry Sheehan to name few.
The solely independent festival has taken over a year of extensive planning shows proof in the paper when it comes to genre inclusion and stage configuration, spanning a vast array of areas which cater to all. Whether it’s Lobster Theremin at Hangar 34, New Bird Street Warehouse with a Butterz Takeover, or a journey through classic house and disco with the mighty Move D and Gerd Janson, not a stone has been left unturned.
Tickets are shifting quickly and it’s on the verge of selling out so we advise you to act fast and secure your place in the crowds before it is too late. It’s not often that Liverpool is treated to such a monumental selection of artists within the space of 3 days…
Nicolas Jaar (Live) – The Invisible Wind Factory (June 2nd)
Making a live Liverpool debut at one of the city’s most interesting and dynamic venues, Nicolas Jaar performs at The Invisible Wind Factory in just over a week. As the team behind Chibuku and the newly formed, forward-thinking club night ENRG combine forces, there is no doubt this collaboration will be making history down on the North Docks.
With ENRG, comes a refreshing take on club focus, as they harness the depths of the Invisible Wind Factory to create a uniquely immersive experience on each outing. Whether in the midst of the factory’s basement, taking things in minimal directions with Scuba, or engaging with mesmeric lighting and stage designs up in the main event space, the production team are far from afraid to experiment with creativity. This time round is no exception as they try their hand at a 3-hour solo concert from Nicolas Jaar, a producer famed for his avant garde but surprisingly accessible approach to electronic music. In a career that spans a decade, Jaar has released three albums, managed his own label, ‘Other People’, and been a key member of the band – Darkside. His experimental approaches have led him to perform 5-hour improvisational concerts as well as composing scores for films, all while releasing some of dance music’s most iconic and mind-bending records…
Fiesta Bombarda 5th Birthday Afterparty w/ Swindle – Buyers Club (2nd June)
Fiesta Bombarda’s 5th Anniversary celebrations at The Palm House may be sold out but tickets to their afterparty with Swindle are still up for grabs. A multi-talented producer and musician, Swindle has made a name for himself over the last few years as one of the UK’s most promising young talents. Sighting his early influences from jazz, reggae and soul, Swindle has the ability to inject dancefloor grit into his educated jazz styles – fusing softer genres with grime and dubstep to create a truly unique output of music.
Catch Swindle playing at Buyers Club for the official Fiesta Bombarda Afterparty on the 2nd June, tickets can be purchased from the link below.
Anti Social Jazz Club (Not Not Jazz) – The Merchant (Every Thursday)
Bringing their experimental online music platform into the physical state, Anti Social Jazz Club take over The Merchant each Thursday to showcase a fusion of jazz and improvised music. Whether working people into unknown free-jazz territories or exploring fusions between electronic music, funk, soul and hip hop, their ear for music and furthermore the depth of their record collections is profound. There’s no doubt you’ll hear music from veterans such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk as well as newer adventures from the likes of BadBadNotGood and Takuya Kuroda.
Anti Social Jazz Club is without a doubt a surefire education in all things jazz and definitely worth at least one of your Thursday evenings this month! With no entry fee on the cards, there is no need to worry about breaking the bank, this one is strictly low cost…
Boogaloo BBQ w/ Orpheu the Wizard (Extended Set) – 24 Kitchen Street (6th June)
2 years on the scene and Boogaloo are back with a barbecue in the sunshine. In a year that has seen Simian Mobile Disco, Ruf Dug and San Proper join the Boogaloo crew, it’s apparent that they are establishing themselves as a prominent promoter in Liverpool.
This time around, they’ve invited a key member of the Amsterdam music scene to help man the grill. Orpheu the Wizard is a founding member of the supreme Red Light Radio whilst also having strong ties with Dekmantel as their in-house designer. Consistently pulling strings in the background, Orpheu has gained respect amongst the music community for his fearless selections and curiosity for the unknown.
With Sunny Side Up on support duties, the music will be tip-top. We can’t guarantee whether the barbecue will be as successful, but what’s a plate of burnt food between friends…
Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae 2017 – The Baltic Triangle (9th – 11th June)
Liverpool’s award-winning celebration of Jamaican heritage and reggae is back for a full weekend of music and culture, stepping things up as they extend the festival across 2 days to include more venues and a greater wealth of creativity. With a lineup that stretches across the globe, the team behind Positive Vibration have pieced together a historical map of musical movements right here in The Baltic Triangle. This year’s festival features key leader of the late 70’s ska revival, The Selecter, as well as Channel One, Soul Jazz Records Sound System and Prince Fatty. Be sure to get down to District on the Friday as Jah Shaka’s London-based roots reggae soundsystem take over for a five hour session.
Positive Vibrations is all-encompassing, catering not only for the musical roots and development of reggae but for the serious art and cultural assets that come with it. Featured over the weekend are the Art of Reggae exhibition at Constellations and a reggae Q&A exploring the impact of the genre on British music culture & society.
Underground and Freeze present Solomon – Underground Liverpool (9th June)
One of the newest ventures in the city, Underground, situated over in the business sector has been working hard to maintain a high number of quality artists coming through its doors. Whether in collaboration with Percolate to bring Jeremy Underground and Motor City Drum Ensemble to the city or putting their highly-acclaimed sound-system to the test with drum & bass heavyweights Pendulum, they are sure as hell making their presence known…
As they link up once again with Liverpool veterans Freeze, it is no surprise that we see one of house music’s most defining names return to the city. After appearing at The Bombed Out Church for their open-air series, quite possibly one of the team’s greatest shows, Solomun is back in the expansive Underground for an all-night-long marathon. The European icon has made a name for himself as a master of selection, voted best in the world by Mixmag. Furthermore, Solomun is an expert at musical reconstruction, whether that be in the studio when producing or live in front of an audience, his ear for music has played a big role in shaping electronic music over the past decade.
Be sure to head over to Skiddle to secure your spot. While tickets are only clearing through 2nd release, with an artist of this calibre, it is likely they won’t be around for all too long.
A Disc Jockey Cavalcade – Buyers Club (15th June)
The good folk from ‘The Sound Of Music’ present a musically fused fundraising event in aid of South Liverpool Foodbank. Handpicking some of Liverpool’s finest turntablists, the offerings include the likes of Popular Electronics’ Bernie Connor, No Fakin! and the DJs behind The Liverpool Disco Festival. With entry being a mere five pound donation to the cause, it’s certainly a steal to witness all these talents at one of Liverpool best central spots, The Buyers Club.
The South Liverpool Foodbank, helps those in crisis by providing emergency packs of nutritionally balanced food. However, as always, it is sadly the frequency of these situations that is increasing and all the more reason why you should head down and dance for a good cause. The more we can donate, the more food can be provided for those less fortunate. See you on the dancefloor!
Africa Oyé – 25th Anniversary Festival (17th June)
Needing no introduction, Africa Oyé has become a heavily ingrained tradition within the city of Liverpool. A one-day free festival situated in the beautiful Sefton Park that unites people to celebrate the diaspora of African music across the world.
A movement that began 25 years ago, Africa Oyé has seen people from across generations come together to soak up an incredible offering of artists from across the globe. From UK-based soul singer Omar to Madagascar’s Makoomba, the diverse offering of musical talent is second to none. This year is no exception as they invite a whole host of guests to celebrate 25 years of cultural celebration. Julian Marley joins the likes of Black Prophet, Diabel Cissokho as well as a strong roster of DJs.
If you’re hoping to take it further than the fields of Sefton Park, then be sure to check-in at one of the three afterparties taking place around the city. The Kazimier Garden will be playing host to a number of fine selectors, including Melodic Distraction’s very own James Zaremba, Bolts, Cartier 4 Everyone, Upitup and SNO, of Reform Radio. For those wanting to head into the dance, why not hit up either 24 Kitchen Street or Hangar 34. Hustle and the LDF crew will be welcoming serious crate digger, The Mighty Zaff of BBE Vinyl, for a Liverpool debut at Hangar 34 whilst over at 24 Kitchen Street things will be turned up a notch with a mixture of Afrobeat, dancehall and kuduro.
Spoilt for choice…
Constellations Garden Sessions With 303 (11th June)
In spirit of the good weather, Constellations launch their series of free ‘Garden Sessions’ for a third year running, featuring over 10 of the city’s most diverse musical outlets. From June 11th onwards, you can see the likes of Down To Funk, 303 & Radio Exotica filling the award winning garden with music.
Kicking things off, Constellations welcome 303 Liverpool‘s Gembo Muir & Samuel Lamont for a full throttle Sunday get-down. One of the biggest names in the city, 303 has built a reputations for itself throwing some of the most legendary parties down at The Williamson Tunnels featuring the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Robert Hood // Floorplan & Erol Alkan to name a few…
Joining Constellations for the Summer is Finca, the newest street food pop-up to take to the garden. Selling Cuban street food Wednesday through to Sunday every week over summer, tuck into everything from cubanos to croquettes.
A Garden Party with Down To Funk – The Kazimier Garden (23rd June)
After the team behind Down To Funk took a few months to focus on their latest North Shore project, Meraki, they’re finally back. Heading to the city centre, Flossy, Pooky and Alex Large invite a whole host of guests to The Kazimier Garden for an evening of groove-injected dance music.
If that wasn’t enough, the legendary Rat Alley will be in full swing from 8pm with guests including Discoteca Poca’s Mr Paul, Andy Ash and Dharma Collective. After the closure of The Kazimier last year, the alley was no more, leaving a hole in the heart of the city for many that remember the energy it once created. To hear of the alley’s reopening is music to our ears. Get down early to avoid disappointment; if the last few parties are anything to go by, it’s likely to be a lock-out.
Kamasi Washington | O2 Academy Liverpool (29th June)
Yet another collaboration between BamBamBam! and Madnice Marauders sees jazz royalty come to Liverpool. For their latest offering, they bring American jazz saxophonist, composer and producer Kamasi Washington to play the O2 Academy Liverpool.
It has been a strong 6 months for Madnice Marauders, kicking things off back in November with a city debut for Yussef Kamaal. They have gone on to welcome The Abstract Orchestra, Ge:ology and Thundercat to our city since. Adding Kamasi Washington to this roster is a testament to the team’s commitment to showcasing some of the highest calibre performers from around the world.
Born in California, Kamasi Washington was raised into musicality and has gone on to work with a diverse pool of musicians such as George Duke, Lauryn Hill and Flying Lotus. A member of the studio band that composed Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, his take on free jazz is expansive and refreshing in a period of resurgence for the genre.