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Eventerview: Jay L

We spoke to Jay L, guesting at the next Beyond a Rhythm with Frits Wentink and Rikki Humphrey, about his new label, Deep Street and his collaboration with popular mix site, Libramix. You’ve recently launched Deep Street records with longtime collaborator Andy Mac. How has your working relationship developed throughout the years you have been working […]

Eventerview: Natural Sciences

We interviewed Natural Sciences label boss, Alex Hall, ahead of his second label night on Friday. He talked us through the lineup, brought up the whole dolphin thing and provided us with this exclusive mix. Who are/is Natural Sciences?  NS is a label run out of my flat in central Manchester.  The idea is to release […]

In conversation with… Move D

Move D has been involved in the underground scene for over 20 years, and his discography speaks for itself. As part of a newly-emerging ‘ambient techno’ scene in the 90’s, he has collaborated with Pete Namlook, Jonah Sharp and more recently, leftfield techno pair Juju & Jordash, under the name Magic Mountain High. We spoke to […]

Wet Play: a potted history

Tales of debauchery, picnics and nuclear reactors… a short story of one of Manchester’s legendary nights by its members…

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 […]

Bok Bok talks: the art of sampling

Ahead of his appearance at Love Saves The Day, Bok Bok, AKA Alex Sushon, enlightens us to his views on sampling. First and foremost, he emphasises the importance of respecting the original track: “When you sample, you’re borrowing from a piece of music that already has a soul. Sometimes if you play a synth yourself, […]

Ruffy talks: the DJ Harvey effect

“Recently I discovered a fantastic album – ‘Rain Forest Music’ by J.D. Emmanuel. It’s an old New Age album from 1981, it’s exactly what you might think it is from the title – lots of animal noises and some plinky plonky synths that aren’t too offensive. Lovely stuff. Recently this kind of New Age music […]

Manchester rising: TMG

Hailing from London, TMG is currently based in Manchester and recently played in London at the long-standing techno party, Jaded at Corsica Studios. He travels around the UK DJing and is shortly due to begin a residency at a new night in Bristol called Zinovieff. “I got into DJing with a friend who lives near […]

Manchester rising: Bower & Coey

From the darkest corner of the gloomy peak district come Manchester students Jim Coey and Jamie Bower. They began cutting their teeth mixing EDM in their mate’s shed, before moving to Manchester to study, where they became entrenched in the #deephouse and #waveygarms culture of Fallowfield. This phase was a mere stepping stone and their […]

Interview: Les Yeux Orange

Les Yeux Orange started early 2013, when Noctambulo and Humangigz teamed up to share their passion of electronic music with the world. Long time record collectors and DJs, both based in Paris, they started off by uploading electronic music on their inexhaustible YouTube channel and sharing podcasts by DJs such as Willie Burns, Intergalactic Gary […]

Ruffy talks: Sesame Street

Okay, so this month‘s column is rather late. Seven weeks ago we welcomed our beautiful boy into the world and he’s been pretty much at the middle of everything since then and this article is no exception. There’s been plenty of music playing in the nursery; I’m doing my best to get the good stuff into […]

Manchester rising: No Moon

No Moon is a 24 year old, Manchester-based producer & DJ already known for his dark, atmospheric compositions and versatile DJ sets. The end of 2015 saw his first vinyl release on Gnork’s new Budapest-based imprint ‘Blorp’. Going from strength to strength, 2015 saw him providing DJ support for a number of well-known artists including Leon […]

Contours chats: drums

Contours impressed us so much with his live drumming at a recent Banana Hill event that we felt compelled to find out more. The obvious enthusiasm with which he plays and the crowd’s ecstatic reaction as he brought out his Egyptian drum in the middle of Thris Trian‘s set helped to make the night one of the […]

Interview: Rødhåd

Ahead of his appearance at Awakenings next weekend, John Thorp spoke to Rødhåd about the crossover between producing and DJing, playing a rare warm-up set and remixing Daniel Avery. Unlike many producers who made Berlin their home, it has been yours since childhood. Therefore, techno and dance music must have been closer growing up than it is […]

Nextup: Ross from Friends

We asked him to pick his top tunes of 2015 and he went one further to suggest an interview…

Ruffy talks: Top five digs of 2015

…my list doesn’t even contain any records that were made this year, because while 2015 was pretty good for music, my top five purchases of this year were all made at least 20 years previously and they all shit on anything put out in the last 12 months…

Throwback 2015: Top five twats

Instead of the general ‘top five tunes of 2015’, upon reflection, we’ve realised that the music industry’s twats came out in full force this year. We bet you can’t guess who’s top… 5. Elastic Agents Back in the Halcyon days of Myspace; would-be promoters, producers and musicians of every stripe could find, message and forge […]

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: Hold Tight

Hold Tight is a new club night aimed at offering an innovative clubbing experience. The night was inspired by boutique festivals which offer great music but combine this with visuals and art installations. This emphasis on ‘not just music’ is something that Hold Tight aims to bring to Manchester’s clubbing scene. The Hold Tight Collective, comprising of artists, […]

Manchester rising: NT3 – Zak Shehata

The third in our monthly podcast series comes courtesy of Zak Shehata, a closet music geek and future doctor. He began DJing when he moved to Manchester back in 2011, honing his talents between trips to the hospital, regularly guesting at house parties across Manchester’s Southern hemisphere. His journey into the field of vinyl started a […]