Melodic Distraction Monthly Guide (September ’17)
Written by James Zaremba on 1st September 2017
If ever a month were to be associated with a 30-day-long hangover, it would be September. With festivals on the shores of foreign territories burning a hole in our wallets and opening our minds to what lies beyond our humble island, home can often seem a challenge in the post-festival headspace. Returning to the 9-5; the grey British weather and for some unlucky sods, the mortgage – September is the deep, disparaging comedown that August lamentably demands. Fear not, however, because the great city of Liverpool has a few tricks up her sleeve to brighten up those end of summer doldrums.
With roots reggae, bassline, techno and worldly rhythms all to look forward to; let’s dive head first into September…
Horace Andy with Mafia & Fluxy ft. Matic Horns – District
“The sweetest voice in Jamaica,” Horace Andy is coming to Liverpool this Friday. A singer, songwriter and long-term Massive Attack collaborator, the Trojan Records affiliate brings his live show to Liverpool courtesy of the mighty, Positive Vibration. One of the most seminal artists to blossom out of Jamaica in decades, Horace has had an indelible impact on bass culture from Kingston to Bristol and back again. Over the years, his collaborators have included; Bunny Lee, Scientist and Sly & Robbie to name but a few.
Support comes from Henry Tenyue, AKA Matic Horns; a mainstay in the roots reggae game, having performed on stage for over 30 years. Get yourself down early for some vegan street food from Ital Fresh, who return to full force after their pop-up residency at the Baltic Market.
Tickets are still available from Skiddle for £18.40, or you can pay on the door.
Sunday Sessions Presents Melodic Distraction Radio Showcase – Constellations
Having broadcast the sounds of Liverpool’s underground music scene from our Baltic Triangle studio for over 7 months now, we felt it was time to have a little celebration. The first of many, the party will form part of Constellations’ current Sunday Sessions series, with a selection of MD Radio DJs spinning music from across the board. Selections will come from Better Days host, Tom Lye; Mr. Mellow host, James Zaremba and Rotary Fund host, Josh Aitman. Come down, soak up the vibe and avoid the water balloons as the Great Baltic Water Fight takes place the very same day!
Entry to this one is, of course, free! Weather is looking glorious too – no excuses…
Culture Dub Quartet (Free Concert) – LEAF on Bold Street
Simmering an entire orchestra down into a quartet is no easy task. Taking on the challenge upstairs at LEAF are the Culture Dub Quartet; performing their global roots-style cuts in a condensed and ambitious project. Replacing their usually-orchestral bass and drums with the running tabla of Sunny Mohindra, the quartet will seek to offer new perspectives on their already celebrated sound. With the rest of the group comprising of Chris Cooper on bass, Paul Wetton on guitar and Hannah Lawson on Violin, we are undoubtedly in store for a night of wandering, spiritual soundscapes.
The band have spent their summer touring Europe, stopping off everywhere between Bordeaux and Berlin – and even busking in the streets on occasion. Go and check them out for free this September 10th.
SisBis Presents Donna Leake – Buyers Club
“Produced by women, DJ’d by women, designed by women, open to EVERYONE.”
If that’s not a great message for dance music in 2017, then we don’t know what is…
A new night for the city, SisBis are bringing a powerful message to the curation and booking policy of their party. Inviting Brilliant Corners resident and Perth native Donna Leake to Liverpool for her city debut, the party looks set to be soundtracked by a plethora of global cuts from the eclectic selector. With the Brilliant Corners crew hitting the festival scene hard this summer, their bespoke sound design and lovingly curated set of residents have had even the top DJs’ mouths watering at the chance to play on their hi-fidelity sound system. Whilst their Klipschorn system doesn’t travel far, be sure to catch a little slice of their unique vibe up north as Donna Leake drops by the Buyers Club on September 15th.
Tickets are on sale now with all proceeds from the party going to MRANG; a charity for Merseyside refugee and asylum seeker women.
ENRG x Chibuku – Bicep (Live) plus Ross from Friends – Invisible Wind Factory
So nice…they did it twice! Bicep are back at the Invisible Wind Factory for the second time in a year. This time however, you can catch them throwing things down in a live capacity with support coming from up-and-comer Ross from Friends and HAAi. The feeling is always real with the Bicep boys in town; hailing from Belfast, Liverpool has become somewhat of their home away from home in recent years.
Resident Blehrin will be out in force, warming proceedings up as always for ENRG. Be sure to catch his show on Melodic Distraction Radio that evening as he plays his way into the night.
Tickets for this one are still knocking about for £22.50 but will turn to gold dust before you know it!
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia – Multiple Venues
22nd – 23th September
There’s a psychedelic renaissance rumbling underground in the UK; from young and excitingly left-field artists to the mainstay bastions of psych culture. Now into its sixth year, Psych Fest (as it has become fondly known) has garnered worldwide support for its dedication to championing the fringes of the already obscure – To such an extent that The Guardian declared Liverpool; “The great psychedelic capital of Europe.”
Named ‘Best Small Festival’ at the 2015 NME awards, Psych Fest returns this year to Camp & Furnace, Blade Factory, District and Constellations with live bands, DJs, lectures, label showcases and audiovisual installations. Topping this year’s bill are four-piece, Songhoy Blues. Walking a line that flirts with both Afrobeat and psychedelia, the Malian band have huge support from the likes of Damon Albarn and Julius Casablancas. UK appearances are often met with feverish excitement as visits are rare but spectacular. Saturday night is headlined by The Black Angels, a neo-psychedelic group hailing from Austin, Texas. With a steady stream of stellar releases, spanning the past 12 years, the five-piece are well known for their intoxicating energy and would likely live atop of any psych fan’s shopping list for such a festival.
Weekend tickets are now onto second release at £85 with day tickets moving fast at the £40 and £50 mark for Friday and Saturday respectively.
Wide Open with Tom Blip and Sean OD – The Bakery
It’s a triumphant return to The Bakery for Balamii Radio’s Sean OD, this time accompanied by Blip Discs head man, Tom Blip. An all-night-long affair, Wide Open parties have gone from the word of mouth to pulling in some real up-and-coming talent from beyond the city, welcoming them into a wonderfully nurtured environment of music lovers, dancers and…well, whatever you choose to be on the night!
With renovations made to the very homely Bakery Warehouse, we can only hope that the vibes remain as pure as historically proven. Attendance to the day party, held in the Kazimier Garden, will grant punters a discounted entry upon arrival at the after-hours location. Support comes from the Wide Open Soundsystem and the Anti Social Jazz Club crew. Both of whom you can catch spinning live on Melodic Distraction Radio that very same month…tasty!
Boogaloo & The Wonder Pot presents Antal – 24 Kitchen Street
Coming to Liverpool for his very first appearance on the 1s and 2s, Rush Hour Records’ Antal is set to touch down in the 24 Kitchen Street garden this September 24th. A collaboration between promoters Boogaloo and The Wonder Pot, this party will likely offer dancers the most intimate setting possible to see the man who headlined this year’s Dekmantel Festival.
With 24 Kitchen Street rolling out traditional pizza now with their new pizza oven, this has all the makings of a killer garden party as we enter the darker months. Support is yet to be announced so keep an eye out for that…
Only limited early bird tickets remain for this one at £10!
DJ Q (All Night Long) – 24 Kitchen Street
Why fix something that ain’t broken…this seems to be the booking policy around Liverpool’s venues this month, and gladly so! After the success of DJ Q’s all nighter back in April, Hot Plate and 24 Kitchen Street invite him back through their doors for yet another session. A habitual bar-raiser, DJ Q is well-known for serving as the youngest ever BBC Radio 1Xtra host with his fortnightly UKG Mix show over a decade ago. Since then, the Yorkshireman has gone on to release countless 12” under various aliases and has gigged across Europe and the wider world. He drops in on 24 Kitchen Street as part of his ‘All Night’ tour at the end of this month.
Tickets are now onto 2nd release and with the chatter around this one, it’s well on its way to a sell out.
Metal presents Different Trains 1947 with Actress and Guests – Edge hill Railway Station
Marking 70 years of Indian independence, Different Trains 1947 seeks to utilise archival film and audio recordings, collected both in India and the UK, to re-tell the story of those who lived through this highly transitional and volatile period; subsequently distilling the story of Indian independence from the British Empire.
Supported by the legendary Warp Records, in addition to; Boiler Room, the Barbican Centre and the Arts Council UK, Different Trains 1947 has commissioned the help of Ninja Tune hero, Actress to create an entirely new work alongside audiovisual artists Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Taking Steve Reich’s seminal 1988 Different Trains LP as inspiration, the performance will be starting in Edge Hill Railway Station, before touring around the world including a date at the Barbican Hall and Magnetic Fields Festival in Rajasthan, India.
Upstairs With. Artwork (2nd Birthday) – Buyers Club
A club night where dancers can truly let go of their inhibitions, Upstairs With has excelled over the past two years in cultivating an atmosphere of free expression and the occasional “that time DJ ____ got drunk” moment. From Mall Grab using his headphones as a DIY microphone, to Schmutz’s Buckfast-infused trance party – it seems only fitting that Upstairs With call in their second birthday with the infamous party DJ, Artwork.
Throwing his obvious DJ talents aside for one moment, Artwork and Upstairs With seem a fitting match given the London-based DJ’s penchant for a good stitch-up. Famous for ordering Dominoes onto a moving train among other antics, the once member of Magnetic Man can now be found up and down the country performing his ‘Art’s House’ showcase.
With a recent 5 date residency at London’s XOYO under his belt, Artwork is as prominent as ever as a serious knees-up DJ. Catch him at the end of the month inside the Buyers Club.
Huma presents anu (Rhythm Section) – Buyers Club
A city debut for Rhythm Section’s anu has been turning heads in Liverpool. The DJ and illustrator has been making serious movements on NTS Radio with her monthly show whilst playing out to dancefloors across the world. Recently featured in the Dimensions Festival DJ Directory and picked up as an emerging artist by Stamp The Wax, Huma have invited the talented DJ to Buyers Club at the end of the month for a boogie. From what we’ve heard, they’ve got a lot more in store for us as well.