Melodic Distraction Monthly Guide (November ’17)
Written by Nina Franklin on 1st November 2017
Alright, alright, we know it’s getting colder and it’s tempting to eat crisps in bed and watch Stranger Things from now until next March, but what was it your Mum always told you? There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes? Dust that big coat off and get yourself out and about; there’s a whole host of cultural treats trotting into the city this November. Here’s some our favourites…
The Revoloution Will Be Live – FACT
To kick off the month of November, FACT Cinema are set to screen two films highlighting the work of critically acclaimed poet and musician, Gil Scott Heron. ‘Word Up – From Ghetto to Mecca’ and ‘Who is Gil Scott Heron?’ will be screened after one another in a rare double-bill occurrence that features a Q&A with Che Scott Heron, daughter of the enigmatic poet.
‘Word Up – From Ghetto to Mecca’ is a tribute to the works of Malik Al Nasir that makes use of unprecedented access to his poetry book, ‘Ordinary Guys’. Liverpool native Malik Al Nasir explores various subject matter including the role slavery has had in Liverpool, French colonialism and American ‘democracy’. With commentary on his work from Benjamin Zephaniah, the documentary is an active endorsement of Malik’s work by Last Poets’ Jalal Nuriddin and Gil Scott Heron.
Following on from the Al Nasir doc, FACT will screen the biopic, ‘Who is Gil Scott Heron?’. The 2011 release provides insight into the life of the revolutionary poet, with contributions by his close friends, family and associated musicians. This contextualisation sheds new light on his expansive works, with his socially grounded pieces influencing countless musicians and academics since.
Hip hop, spoken word and wider society have been irrevocably changed by his contribution to music and culture, and this screening is an irresistible opportunity to piece together the history and works of a pioneering social commentator.
Anti Social Jazz Club presents Kinkajou [Pop Up Jazz Cafe] – Buyer’s Club
2nd – 5th November
As we enter the colder months, Anti Social Jazz Club seek out the comforting Hardman Street venue as they join the dots between Japan and the UK with Kinkajou, a Pop Up Jazz Cafe in association with clothing store Weavers Door and Japanese clothing brand EDWIN. On Thursday 2nd November, Kinkajou launches an exhibition documenting the hidden culture of Japanese jazz cafes and the history behind them. Highlighting the work of photographer Phillip Arneill and writer James Catchpole, who launched Tokyo Jazz Joints in 2007, the exhibition champions the secluded world of Japanese jazz cafes and ‘kissaten’ coffee shops which have seen an unfortunate demise in recent years.
Emerging as a prominent musical collective, ASJC have supported the diverse Liverpool jazz scene with a number of live gigs and parties across town, as well hosting their very own radio show on MDR with regular residencies at The Merchant and Buyers Club. Alongside the temporary exhibition, ASJC will host an extended weekend of DJ sets and live jazz throughout the venue, with a fine spread of local parties and bands performing. Expect music from the likes of Wide Open, Madnice Marauders and the Tuff Love Soul Club, as well as live performances in the club and bar spaces from Blind Monk Trio, Ranga, Harambe Maoni and more. For those with the stamina, Friday night will also feature an afterparty over the road at The Magnet, moving through to the early hours.
This will connect all aspects of Anti Social Jazz Club, bringing together affiliated parties, promoters and performers from across the city. Check the event for a full breakdown of the performances across the weekend and for more information on Tokyo Jazz Joints, be sure to check out the relevant websites.
Liverpool Music Week Present Princess Nokia with GAIKA, Moor Mother, God Colony, Flohio, Alec Tronik (Cartier 4 Everyone) & Glitterfuck – Invisible Wind Factory
Hold onto your hats, something special is coming to our neck of the woods. If you haven’t already heard, then get to know. Hosted by Liverpool Music Week, Destiny Nicole Frasqueri aka Princess Nokia is coming to Liverpool on her only tour date outside of London. Frasqueri’s incendiary rap-cum-trap is unapologetically political and proud. Recently reissuing her mixtape, 1992 Deluxe, through Rough Trade, her ragged sound is rallying call for female rappers from Brooklyn through to London. Joining her on stage is Moor Mother, bringing her lofi witch rap and gritty spoken word flavour into the mix.
From our side of the pond, Merseyside-hailing-now-London-based producer duo God Colony and long-standing collaborator MC Flohio hit Liverpool again after a riotous show in Rat Alley back in July. Bringing irreverent basement style and a pocketful of grit, the trio have been making waves ever since their collaboration on ‘SE16’ last year, appearing in Mixmag, The Fader and Noisey. GAIKA is going to jump on the decks, bringing his own disjointed, skeletal dub, grime, dance-hall infusions that have graced the NTS airwaves and catapulted him into the limelight. Taking up the position of Dazed’s political editor-at-large this September, and releasing his multi-media immigration narrative The Spectacular Empire last month, GAIKA’s fire-brand energy shows no signs of slowing.
Alt-club spearheaders Cartier 4 Everyone bring their future sounds to Invisible Wind Factory Substation, with ALEC TRONIK hitting the controls and queercore selector duo GlitterFuck bringing their inimitable energy and show(wo?)menship behind the decks.
The whole lineup carries a distinct edge of social consciousness, with Liverpool Music Week bringing a well-deserved platform to underrepresented minorities and harsher, underground styles. The hype for the this event really is real.
Upstairs with Jasper James – Buyers’ Club
Returning with a bang this Autumn to The Buyer’s Club, Jasper James brings his ‘Homework’ tour to Liverpool with support coming from Bambounou and Banoffee Pies. If his last legendary show in Liverpool down at the famous Rat Alley was anything to go by, this appearance will not disappoint. His ability to adapt to any audience makes the intimate confines of the Hardman Street venue a unique stop on his UK tour. After a festival fuelled summer, expect his distinct sound of upbeat house, disco and techno that has led him to play back to back with the likes of Gerd Janson and Craig Richards. With many UK shows to come, Jasper James shows no signs of slowing down.
Fiesta Bombarda X WAH with Congo Natty & General Levy – Camp and Furnace
Known for their legendary Liverpool carnivals, Fiesta Bombarda welcomes kings of jungle music, Congo Natty and General Levy to Camp and Furnace. After a lock-out last show down at Constellations featuring The Mouse Outfit and Toddla T, it’s clear these party planners know their stuff. This time round, the two headliners will be taking over the main stage from start to finish, so get your dancing shoes at the ready. Just downstairs in the Blade Factory, a whacky, London based electro-swing duo named The Correspondents will be debuting their new album. Expect a wild all-day event with three stages full of jungle, reggae and drum & bass, amid Fiesta’s traditional carnival party. Watch the day turn to night surrounded by Fiesta’s signature live bookings and famous eccentric décor – this is looking to be an unforgettable party.
DJ Stingray & Lorenzo Senni – 24 Kitchen Street
Liverpool party behemoths UpitUp, Cartier 4 Everyone & The Wonder Pot team up for a frankly ridiculous night of highest grade electronic music. Packing 20-odd years in the game under his belt, Detroiter DJ Stingray is a name worth knowing. Founder of Urban Tribe and part of Drexciya, Stingray’s personal projects and sets have spanned genres and years, from classic Detroit techno to hardstyle-tinted hiphop cuts. Joining him is Lorenzo Senni, sound deconstructor extraordinaire. Crafting his own unique aura, Senni’s sound sits somewhere between trance, punk and a blender – and we mean this is in the most flattering way possible. Having just put out a 12″ on Warp, expect to hear those new sounds and the future of trance being ripped to shreds in front of your very ears.
Representing the Liverpool scene, home turf favourites M T HALL, Jacques Malchance, Isocore, Big Effigy and E A MOON warm up with their blitz of hardware future-rave and global club tunes. Despite the promise of hard-hitting sounds, a frothy sense of collaboration surrounds the event. Co-created by respected party crews of the city, Kitchen Street on the 10th will represent the best of what Liverpool’s music scene has to offer – experimental sounds in a welcoming, cooperative environment.
Huma presents Jayda G – Buyer’s Club
‘Huma coming right back at you with that real good vibe.’
After their belter launch party back in September with anu, Huma return to Buyers Club with one of the most talked about DJs and producers hitting the circuits as of late. Since performing with Dego in Liverpool earlier this year, Jayda G has had an unforgettable summer, with stand out performances at Dekmantel (yes, that Boiler Room set), Gottwood and Farr Festival.
A selector first and foremost, you can see the passion and love that the Canadian DJ has for her craft, and this spirit is transposed onto dancefloors across the world. Expect anything and everything on the night with boogie and disco featuring heavily, as well as a number of Jayda’s very own productions. With the venue once again being transformed into a woodland paradise, expect warm lighting, plants and ferns aplenty and a hefty sound system to get you grooving.
Support comes from Abandon Silence residents Harry Sheehan and Tom Lye, who have begun the Autumn season supporting artists such as Palms Trax and Young Marco at their most recent party. With just one party under their belt, Huma have set the bar high and this is precedent is set to be maintained over the coming months so keep an eye out for their next party as well. Tickets are well on their way to a sell out!
Alfa Mist – 24 Kitchen Street
In recent years, the South London jazz and beats scene has proliferated onto an international stage with the likes of Yussef Kamaal, Tom Misch and now Alfa Mist all garnering worldwide recognition for their latest full lengthers. Quietly bubbling away on platforms such as Soundcloud and Bandcamp, the success of these artists has seemingly sprouted from untainted artistic achievement and a rock solid ethos of independence. Tom Misch, who in 2014 made a short film about remaining artistically detached from major record labels, has led the way for the scene’s melting-pot of collaborating independents. Having worked alongside Misch in his early days, Alfa Mist followed suit with 2017’s self-released, Antiphon.
Created around a conversation Alfa had with his brothers concerning mental health, family and identity, the album blends melancholy jazz harmonies with alt-hiphop sounds and plenty of soul. A significant departure from his previous, more beat-driven work, Antiphon delivers a near-hour long exploration of keys, strings, bass and rhythm, with Jamie Houghton’s stellar drumwork providing much of the musical curiosity throughout.
A Liverpool debut for Alfa courtesy of our good friends at Madnice Marauders and BamBamBam. Move!
ENRG presents Ben UFO – Invisible Wind Factory
Founder of the renowned Hessle Audio Trio alongside Pearson Sound and Pangaea and perhaps one of most well regarded DJs on the scene, Ben Thompson aka Ben UFO is hitting Liverpool. One of the pioneers of the ever evolving electronic music landscape, his ability to mould together new and old sounds alike, from house and garage to dubstep and grime, means his sets are nothing short of indelible. Ben UFO has had a nonstop festival season, including appearances at Lost Village and Houghton Festival in the UK as well as his widely praised set at Dekmantel in Amsterdam that left people mesmerised on the main stage. Spreading his unique sound of pioneering experimental dance music to the masses on RinseFM every Thursday night and being placed on RA’s DJ of the year list multiple years in a row, it would be a crime not to grab a ticket for this. Joining him on the night will be rising star Call Super, who has recently been featured in Dekmantel’s Selectors video series. Taking place in the Invisible Wind Factory, a haven for creative production and mind bending audio-visual displays, this is the perfect opportunity to catch Ben UFO at his best.
Milapfest present Music for the Mind and Soul – The Capstone Theatre
Late November is a time for recuperation, a little rest and relaxation. Sat in the intersection between party-laden October and the riotous mood of Christmas and New Years, the last eeking weeks of Autumn are a time for wholesome activities. The musical equivalent of a hearty homemade stew and a refreshing walk, Milapfest’s Music for the Mind and Soul series does exactly what it says on the tin. Showcasing the finest in Indian ragas from both established maestros and upcoming artists, MFM&S has been providing a platform for emerging world musicians for the last 26 years, spreading its reach to London and Manchester.
This month’s performance sees Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, son and daughter of Lalgudi G Jayaraman, a revolutionary contributor to Indian violin and vocal music. Having passed away in 2013, his legacy is carried forwards today by his family who are renowned performers in their own right. Joining Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi are mridangist Patri Satish Kumar & Kousic Sen on tabla.
Milapfest shows pride themselves on feeling like more like a gathering of friends and family, rather than a passive concert experience, with many attendees becoming regulars, no doubt aided by the Indian food on offer before the show starts. With the promise of a tasty meal, new friends and exceptional music for free, there really is no reason not to pop on by.
Boogaloo & Down to Funk present DJ Boring – 24 Kitchen Street.
Teaming up for their first collaboration, Down To Funk invite Baltic’s Boogaloo to the North Shores for one night only. Breaking into their 4th year of parties, Down To Funk have brought the likes of Crazy P, Auntie Flo and Guts to various venues across Liverpool. On the other side of town, Boogaloo’s autumn season has been nothing short of exceptional as they’ve invited the likes of Rush Hour’s Antal, Heist’s Detroit Swindle and NTS’ Shanti Celeste to Liverpool in the short space of two months. Over two years their parties have become respected for representing the underground sounds of disco, house and techno from emerging and distinguished artists. Making a big initial impact on the scene after his unique track ‘Winona’ went viral, DJ Boring has gone ahead to release a consistent stream of good music. Stripped back lo-fi house, his distinctive style is something new to the table that has been picked up by the likes of the highly acclaimed Lobster sub-label, Distant Hawaii this Autumn. If you want something different to today’s disco-flooded electronic music scene, make sure you head down to Meraki this month.
There’s more than enough events this month to keep any party goer happy. Whilst we’ve outlined some of our favourites above, it’s by no means the be-all or even end-all of what’s-what and who’s-who. Listed below are a few other events we’ve kept our weather eye on, that we reckon deserve an ogle from you too.
Homotopia – Across the city – All November
Constellations Live Music Thursdays presents: Mamadou and the Lekette Band – Constellations – 2nd November
EAT ME: Notes on Queerness x Drag Cabaret & Canapés – The Royal Standard – 4th November
Frakass Bonfire Night Special with Paddy Steer – DROP The Dumbulls Gallery – 5th November
Meine Nacht BYOB with Pearson Sound & Breakwave – Location TBA – 11th November
Nick Ellis Adult Fiction LP Launch – St. Bride’s Church, Percy Street – 18th November
000 [R o S] Lucaufer Plurals Manteq Cava Worldwide Guepes – IWF Substation – 25th November
303 present Erol Alkan (All Night Long) – Williamson Tunnels – 25th November
Xamvolo (Live) presented by Bido Lito! x Outsider Store – District – 30th November
Words: Eve Whiteside and the Melodic Distraction Team