Category Afrobeat

Manchester listings: September

Zutekh presents Pearson Sound (all night long) 4 Sep | Soup Kitchen | £12.50 It’s been two years since the last time Pearson Sound made the trip up north to do an all-night set at the infamous basement. Last time, he requested all the lights off and the venue near pitch-black, a la most techno […]

Reform Radio: Nextup Throwback

Reform Radio invited us into their station at Old Granada Studios to do a takeover show on the last Tuesday of May. Our editor, Kim and one of the writers, Calum Carey went along to chat and play some tracks. The 3-5pm slot is full of tunes which are great to put on in the […]

Ruffy talks: Digging

OK, so record digging has been around for a while. One key aspect of DJ culture is the concept of collecting. Humans love collecting things, right? Stamps, autographs, priceless works of art, ceramic frogs, you name it. Records are just another thing for us nerdy boys to get excited about collecting and there are a […]

Nextups and throwbacks: Subterranean Sound Machine

Subterranean Sound Machine (SSM) is Kat, Ana, and Jack; a German/English/Irish DJ collective who play vinyl in various Manchester drinking establishments including Sandbar and Strange Brew in Chorlton.

Podcast: NT2 – Nick Kagame

With influences spanning the globe, the Manchester-based Londoner began his DJing career in now-defunct Fallowfield venue, The Corner, spinning dancehall and reggae for its excited student crowd. These days, his record bag contains everything from Omar s to Sarabi to Da Posse…

Nextup event: Field Maneuvers – seven unmissable acts

Field Maneuvers is an underground electronic music festival set somewhere in the countryside surrounding London (location TBA as of yet), now in its third year. The organisers have chosen to keep the capacity gloriously intimate at 650, but have managed yet again to draw in one of the the best lineups we’ve seen all summer. […]

Nextups and Throwbacks: So Flute

So Flute move to their new home The Ruby Lounge this weekend, after their residency at the Roadhouse came to an end in May. We spoke to Yadava about the old songs which defined the Roadhouse era and the new songs which will be heard at The Ruby Lounge… Tell us your top five throwbacks – tracks […]

Throwback: Apple- Mr Bean (VIP Remix)

It feels a bit like every possible way to arrange this lead and drum pattern has been tried once, but this remix is up there with the best. While not perhaps accessible as dancefloor classics ‘De Siegalizer’ or ‘Mr Bean’, it pushes the lurching melody and erratic percussion into something better suited to soundtracking an arcane […]

Events worth leaving the house for: March

Spring has sprung! Or it will be springing, at the end of the month. And what a month it is, with more events than you can shake a well-tuned stick at. Once again like we did last month, the events will be organised into rough genres, with sections for house, techno, grime/bass, disco and ‘other’. […]

Nextup feature: Future Sound of Mzansi

Future Sounds of Mzansi explores the exploding electronic music scene in post-apartheid South Africa, through the eyes of rapper/producer Spoek Mathambo (Nthato Mokgata).
Features an exclusive mix by Oh Bacchanal.

Events worth leaving the house for: February

February is here, normality has returned and that means that promoters can focus on churning out a huge selection of quality nights for you to get yourself down to this month. There’s a bit of something for everyone, no matter your musical taste, with the beginning of the month looking especially exciting. As usual the […]

Events worth leaving the house for: 22nd – 31st January (end of exams special)

January can be a bit dry with the holiday season hangover keeping people locked inside, and you may also have exams to be worrying about. Exams however, mean end of exam parties and that means their are some amazing nights to get yourself down to across the city. The end of this month is absolutely […]

Throwback: Hi Ku turns 2 – Luke Vibert, FunkinEven, Romare

Hi Ku is geared at genuine dance music lovers, and for their second birthday they were as excited as any of the revellers as in attendance. When you’ve got promoters who are that excited before the night even kicks off, then you’d be right to expect an absolute treat. They dragged us out to the […]

Events worth leaving the house for: 1st – 7th December

Winter is here and whether we like it or not, the festive season is upon us. Term is also quickly drawing to a close which means deadlines reign supreme and a lot of the big heads in Manchester are gearing up for NYE. As ever though, there’s no shortage of quality nights to get yourself […]

Throwback: Frontin – Hipsters don’t dance

For the past eighteen months, Frontin’ has rocked dance floors across Manchester with their unique blend of Soca, tropical vibes and rum. Last Thursday at Joshua Brooks was no different, the promise of Hipsters Don’t Dance and the chance to see Frontin’ boss J Rus go B2B with long time collaborator Orfan, certainly did not […]

Nextup Clubnight: Groove Kitchen (Tom Laidler)

In February of this year, the team that has bought us the much loved club night Hi-Ku, decided to throw us a slightly different party. With an emphasis on Afrobeat and tropical house vibes, Groove Kitchen debuted with Auntie Flo and has slowly been gaining traction. We caught up with co-head honcho, Tom Laidler ahead of their […]

Events worth leaving the house for: November

With Winter setting in as the nights grow longer and Summer seems like a distant memory, a good night out provides comfort like a mug of mulled wine from the Christmas Markets (beginning 14th November). And boy, there’s a lot of them. Festivals are over so night clubs are reigning supreme. Check out the best […]

Nextup clubnight: Banana Hill

Well established in Sheffield, with feelers in Amsterdam and performances across the country, it’s time that Manchester welcomed Banana Hill – a night dedicated to the best in African and Latin American music, with all sorts of funky genres in between. Beginning in Sheffield when the Jack and Chris met at university, past guests include Auntie […]

Nextup clubnight: Frontin’ (Interview with J Rus)

For over a year now, Joshua Brooks has played host to one of the finest club nights that Manchester’s Dancehall scene has to offer. Every month the boys from Frontin’ host a night where Rum and Ragga flow smoothly and seamlessly, the emphasis is on the music and the funky vibes and as a regular […]

Events worth leaving the house for: October (Manchester)

Coded Rhythm host Nightmares on Wax, General Ludd is courtesy of Banana Hill, Stevie Wonderland flies over John Morales and Community put on a Felabration. October is when the nights get darker and the weather gets colder but with the nights that Manchester has got coming up, you probably won’t even notice. Friday 10th Soup […]