Melodic Distraction Monthly Guide (October ’17)
Written by Josh Aitman on 28th September 2017
It’s that time of year again and Liverpool is a hive of activity. With festival season now over and our days growing shorter, we return to some of the city’s best night-time venues. From spectacular concerts to dingy basement parties, check out our Monthly Guide for a taste of what to expect in October. Take note of the COMPETITION over on our Facebook Page for the chance to win one of three prize bundles worth over £800 in total…
Less Effect 4th Birthday with ASOK
Meraki, October 7th
Celebrating 1460 days of forward-thinking events, Less Effect have pulled in the crème de la crème of Northern talent for their biggest party yet. Local polymath legend ASOK – promoter, producer, label owner and DJ – brings 20 years of hefty boogie experience to the decks; Chibuku & Abandon Silence resident Rich Furness obligingly takes us deep into hedonistic electronica; Loose Lips MC, Treece graces the mic; and the whole thing is hosted on the mighty Sinai Sound System – the first dub system to appear on Boiler Room, no less. Packed into the intimate, freewheeling warehouse space of meraki over on the North docks, this is a night worthy of the taxi fare there and back.
Live Music Thursdays with Sam Jones, Remy Jude and Simon Wright
Constellations, Every Thursday
Back by popular demand, Constellations launch their latest series of live music Thursdays for a second year running. This time round the team behind their bookings look to showcase some of the emerging talent within the city. From jazz-funk outfits to acoustic experiments, head over to Constellations each Thursday and enjoy a broad range of live musicians at no cost from the comfort of their new winter bar. This month features the launch of their house band, The Sam Jones Quartet, as well as shows from acoustic touring artist Simon Wright and local hip hop talent Remy Jude.
Liverpool Disco Festival 3 with Salsoul & West End
The Baltic Triangle, 7th October
Back for a third measure of disco dancing; Suncebeat, Hustle, Salsoul and West End present Liverpool Disco Festival 3. Showcasing an array of legendary DJs alongside a selection of dance music contemporaries, Liverpool Disco Festival has carefully struck a balance between old and new. This year’s roster celebrates DJs known for their versatility between genres as well as classic names that will have you out on the dance floor all day long.
Situated in the Baltic Triangle, the festival will take place down at Camp & Furnace, District, 24 Kitchen Street and Hangar 34 over the course of three days. While line-ups don’t seem as lengthy as in previous outings, selected artists provide punters of all ages with something to get stuck into. Return appearances from Mr Scruff and Dimitri From Paris as well as headline live acts such as Linda Clifford set this October’s disco festival up to be another weekend of unmissable music.
Meine Nacht with Tasker & Or:la
The IWF Substation, 12th October
Burrowing into the depths of the Invisible Wind Factory’s ‘Substation’, Meine Nacht return for the first in a brand-new three part series of dances. A pivotal party within the city, Meine Nacht is headed-up by Deep Sea Frequency label boss, Breakwave, and Hotflush Recordings’ latest recruit, Or:la.
With an influential booking policy that has informed the direction the city’s house and techno scene on more than one occasion, the party has previously invited the likes of Moxie, Denis Sulta, Mall Grab and Call Super into the dance long before their big stage appearances across the North West.
On October 12th they invite Whities label boss, Boiler Room and NTS affiliate Tasker to Liverpool for his first appearance in the city. Or:la, Breakwave, Familiar Circles and Dansa will all feature in support.
Familiar Circles with Project Pablo
Buyers Club, 13th October
Having danced their way through sets from Hidden Spheres, Bobby Analogue, Banoffee Pies and Ross From Friends, the Familiar Circles team are bringing their party back to Buyers Club with a city debut from Montreal-based DJ, Project Pablo.
Having released on the equally esteemed; 1080p, Royal Oak, Let’s Play House and his own imprint, SOBO, Project Pablo’s back-catalogue serves as a gleaming reminder of his ability to traverse genre and style whilst remaining rooted within his own uniquely animated sound.
Support comes from Meine Nacht resident and Deep Sea Frequency label boss, Breakwave. Familiar Circles residents; Lucas Welle, Barry Scott (Cillit Bang) and YCO will also be jumping in and out throughout the night, offering up their usual antics and deviant selections.
Frederiks Par Jazz
Frederiks, Every Tuesday
While large scale events and serious dance-offs might seem to dominate the calendar during October, we cannot forget the ongoing legacy of Frederiks and their Tuesday Parr Jazz night. Situated on Hope Street directly between the city’s two cathedrals, every Tuesday offers unrivalled parr jazz and jamming sessions lead by some of the Liverpool’s most prolific session musicians. As the nights draw colder and shorter, Frederiks’ intimate and warming setting sits firmly in our weekly schedule.
|| FREDERIKS || FREE ||
Melodic Distraction with Andres
The Baltic Triangle, 14th October
With three years of parties under our belts, we figured it was high time we had a change of scenery. Relocating to a brand-new space, Melodic Distraction are proud to present a Liverpool city debut all the way from Detroit. A seamless scratch DJ who also claimed ‘Best Track of the Year’ in the RA 2012 Reader’s Poll, Dez Andres has sampled everything from Bob James to Michael Jackson throughout his career, working alongside the likes of Moodymann to offer some of Detroit’s most trailblazing sample-based house music.
Join us at a never-before-used, intimate space within the Baltic Triangle. This venue’s capacity is incredibly limited so don’t sleep on those dwindling standard release tickets…Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Groove Yard with Andy James & Danny Fitzgerald
HUS, 14th October
The lids are back! Having taken hold of Cafe Tabac’s music policy for much of 2016, DJ Andy James and DJ-come-record shop owner, Danny Fitzgerald, reignite their much talked about residency at HUS. Going back-to-back all night long, the pair will voyage between soul, funk, jazz and Latin, all rooted in a strictly vinyl-only policy.
Long time record collectors and diggers, the pair pride themselves on playing out groove-led music. With Danny’s compilations of Afrobeat and Calypso out on Soul Jazz Records, and his frequent guest appearances on NTS Radio, the pair are in good stead when it comes to selecting music from across the board.
The Wonder Pot with Or:la (3hour Set) & Jacques Malchance
24 Kitchen Street, 18th october
With rising star Or:la breaking out of Liverpool, touring internationally week to week, it is with great pleasure that The Wonder Pot invite the talented co-label owner of Deep Sea Frequency back to where it all began; 24 Kitchen Street.
With records out on Hot Flush and Deep Sea Frequency, a regular radio slot on internationally acclaimed NTS Radio and her own Liverpool based party Meine Nacht, Or:la shows no sign of slowingdown. Her ability to break down the borders between genres and curate sets that work crowds through a plethora of emotional states have seen her join the front lines of UK electronic music in the last year.
Join Or:la and Upitup founder, Jacques Malchance, as they explore the parameters of dance music in the intimate confines of 24 Kitchen Street, a venue where many of the most electrifying musical moments have taken place over the last few years in Liverpool.
Boogaloo 2nd Birthday with Afriquoi (Live Band) + O’Flynn
24 Kitchen Street, 20th October
Booga, Booga, Boogaloo – The multi-genre party is celebrating it’s second trip around the sun with six-piece live band, Afriquoi. With a powerful programme of disco, house, lo-fi and afrobeat lined up for this autumn, Boogaloo are charging full steam ahead alongside the likes of 24 Kitchen Street, The Wonder Pot, Down to Funk and Meraki.
Returning to 24 Kitchen Street, team Boogaloo are getting down to afro rhythms with live music and Blip Discs’ O’Flynn on DJ duties.
The House Of Suarez Vogue Ball 2017: Se7en Deadly Sins
The Invisible Wind Factory, 21st October
The House of Suarez returns to the Invisible Wind Factory for their annual House of Suarez Vogue Ball. For those unfamiliar with vogueing, expect breath-taking dance battles as Vogue teams (known as ‘Houses’) fight it out for athletic sass victory. Inspired by angular lines, high-fashion and 1970’s New York, the House of Suarez events have become infamous for their riotous sense of fun. Following the theme of ‘Se7en Deadly Sins’ this year, you can expect fierce costumes, deliciously scandalous tunes and one hell of a party.
Archive Liverpool: Krywald & Farrer
The Buyers Club, 20th October
Landing at Buyers Club for their second year of events in Liverpool, Archive, curators of the newly-formed ‘Scenic Sets’, bring Percolate heads Krywald & Farrer for an evening of house and disco. Blending between fusions of house, afro, jazz and disco, Krywald & Farrer have built a name for themselves as contributors to the nationally-successful party, Percolate. Together, they have toured some of the UK’s most sought-after festivals including Houghton and Gottwood.
Limited to just a few hundred in capacity, Buyers Club on Hardman Street is home to some of Liverpool’s best intimate parties including Upstairs With, Familiar Circles, the occasional Abandon Silence appearance. More recently, the venue has begun to foster emerging dances the likes of Huma & Sisbis. Act fast while tickets are cheap!
EVOL presents Ghostpoet
The Invisible Wind Factory, 25th October
Lyrical mastermind and 2-time Mercury nominee, Ghostpoet is a force of nature. Brooding and political, his fourth album Canapés and Dark Days launched in August to critical acclaim. Curated by EVOL, his foggy alt-rock is landing in the Invisible Wind Factory for an evening of experimental, genre-bending storytelling. Slap bang in the middle of the up-and-coming ’10 Streets’ development the cathedral sized proportions of the IWF are the ideal setting for the atmospheric gloom of Ghostpoet.
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers – Liverpool Music Week 2017 Opening Night –
Echo Arena, 26th October
The legendary disco outfit Chic land back in Liverpool after a whopping 38 years. Opening festivities at this year’s Liverpool Music Week, Chic and Nile Rodgers will revive those 70’s vibes with the likes of ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Le Freak’ playing out into the rafters of the Echo Arena. Quite possibly the biggest booking to have graced Liverpool Music Week, Chic’s appearance shows just how much of a national (and international) festival Liverpool Music Week has become over the last 14 years.
Antithesis with Mount Kimbie, Palms Trax & Young Marco
The Invisible Wind Factory, 27th October
With eight years of dancing under their belts, Abandon Silence return with a run of ‘Antithesis’ shows; a concept which sees their big room appeal flipped on its head and taken down into an intimate, yet to be revealed, space inside the Invisible Wind Factory.
Lobster Theremin’s prodigal son Palms Trax will go back-to-back all night long with Amsterdam-based producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ, Young Marco. In the upstairs space, off the back of touring their third long player, ‘Love What Survives’, Mount Kimbie will be putting in a special appearance as part of Liverpool Music Week. You can also catch them DJing that very same night with the Abandon Silence residents.
MODU:LAR’s Halloween Ballroom with Margaret Dygas
The Loft at 57, 28th October
Following an unforgettable season of Open : Air events, MODU:LAR reconvene their night time escapades inviting one of their best guests back for another show as they shift from light to dark. Releasing on PowerShovelAudio, Perlon, and Non Standard Productions, Margaret Dygas incorporates a broad range of styles into her production and DJing, drawing from her seasons in New York, London and Berlin to create an exciting energy range wherever she performs.
Commencing their night series on Halloween, MODU:LAR head into unknown spaces as their latest location lies within a mysterious 19th century dock building in the Baltic Triangle. Spanning from 10pm until 8am up in The Loft at 57, we recommend stocking up on sleep to ensure you can witness the full 4 hours of Margaret Dygas.
Buyers Club Record Fair with Chris McBride
Buyers Club, 28th October
Trouble Funk resident Chris McBride hosts his monthly record fair at Buyer’s Club on the last Saturday of the month. Chris has been supplying rare records across Merseyside for years, attracting top DJs and pro diggers to his monthly record fair. Expect to find golden oldies, excellent rarities and hot-off-the-press new releases, as well as a few bargain bin treasures. With DJ’s playing all day – plus food available from Buyers – this is a Saturday lunch stop-off that’s well worth pushing through the hangover for.
|| BUYERS CLUB || FREE ||
Horse Meat Disco Halloween House Party
The Merchant, 28th October
Vanguards of disco revival, Horse Meat Disco bring their selections to the Merchant for a Halloween all-nighter. Having started as a humble party in 2003, HMD have taken the world by storm, packing in Boiler Room sets, international tours, an eponymous record label and creating the ‘world’s first travelling gay disco.’ Previously showcasing Dimitri From Paris, Todd Terje and Greg Wilson – among countless others – these folks know their stuff. Expect the finest in underground disco, and dress to match.
|| THE MERCHANT || FREE ||
Kero Kero Bonito
Heebies Basement, 28th October
Kero Kero Bonito are a raucous blend of synthpop and bubblegum. With silly, wobbly bass lines worthy of Mr Scruff, sugar-sweet Japanese lyrics from vocalist Sarah Midori Perry, and bleepy-bloopy-Nintendo synth lines, a KKB record sounds like being stuck inside an electronic Melody Pop. Having been guests at the Kazimier’s Krunk Fiesta, KKB return to Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Music Week, showcased by EBGBS – LMW’s stage for up-and-coming-artists. KKB’s colourful and good-natured fun is something truly different and sure to put a smile on your face.
Abstract Orchestra Plays Madvillainay
24 Kitchen Street, 29th October
Does Madvillain even need an introduction? Possibly the world’s most famous hip-hop supergroup, MF DOOM and Madlib’s 2004 collaboration changed the face of hip-hop as we know it. Paying homage to the classic album, the 16-piece Abstract Orchestra are reworking Madvillainy into warm brass tones in the intimate 24 Kitchen St. Firm festival favourites, Abstract Orchestra pack a mean live show and are promising a few surprises to keep us all on our toes. A sure-fire must for any hip-hop fan.