Category Grime

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, […]

Throwback event: Pangaea Level 10

Pangaea returned for its January edition, providing the opportunity for many wearied students to let loose the exam induced frustration that had been accumulating since the bleak entry into the New Year. Pixelated Pac(wo)men and ghosts were pinging around; Mario and Luigi were also in abundance, but by far the most popular get-up was the […]

Nextups and throwbacks: Below the Surface

‘Lost In Space’ is a project between Below the Surface and Troupe records, centred around the booking of big acts in quality, medium sized venues with good sound and good people. The music policy encompasses everything, from jazz, house to techno, disco and garage, with the series running for five shows, from September – June. Below the Surface selected […]

News: WHP15

Warehouse Project (WHP) – the all-dominating, commandeering club in Manchester – have announced their line-up for 2015. Nextup Throwback is informed that the falling out between WHP and Victoria Warehouse, where the club has been housed in recent years, means that WHP will probably never be held there again. Negotiations with Mayfield Depot, perfect in terms of its large […]

Events worth leaving the house for: April

As the dust from a mammoth Easter weekend settles, we take a look at the best events happening in Manchester this month. Featuring the likes of 1-800 Dinosaur, Ron Morelli, Alexander Nut, Robert Hood and Omar S. The Red Bull Music Academy Tour hits Manchester from 16th – 18th April, you can  find a separate feature on […]

Nextup event: RBMA tour ft. Omar S, Derrick May, JME, Skepta, Mount Kimbie

The annual Red Bull Music Academy Tour hits Manchester from 16th – 19th April this year, bringing the likes of Omar S, Derrick May and JME to the rainy city for a weekend of debauchery and musical happenings, from movers, shakers and risers. From the lecture with grime legend Skepta – moved to The Albert Hall […]

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’. […]

World book day 2015 feature: Top five music books

For World Book Day 2015, we’ve gathered a selection of the best books about music around. If you’re after something to read then we have some suggestions for you. Disco, House You Better Work!, Kai Fintschler (2000) ‘You Better Work!’ is the first detailed study of underground dance music or UDM, a phenomenon that has its […]

Nextup: Novelist- Yakuta Riddim

More than just an MC, The Square member Novelist is an accomplished producer with a style heavily based on golden era grime. He’s got a knack for the asymmetric percussion and oddball synths of yesteryear, although for Nov it’s to studied effect rather than a by product of making outsider garage. In ‘Yakuta Riddim’ he’s […]

Nextup: Finn- Keep Calling (Fallow’s Keep Ballin’ Remix)

Local Action boy Finn making arguably his first swipe at recognisability outside of boxed and blog-grime circles with the ‘Finn Remixed’ EP out now. Featuring two remixes (the other seeing DJ Q on bassline tip) of his jerky party classic ‘Keep Calling’ as well as re-works of ‘My My’ and ‘Only Boy’, the producers deliberately weren’t given […]

Nextup: Stormzy & Section Boyz- Not That Deep Remix

Catapulting from a Youtube street sensation to MOBO winning star in what feels like the blink of an eye, Stormzy keeps proving himself one of the UK’s most talented and hungry rappers. In this remix of his breakthrough hit ‘Not That Deep’ he brings in his friends and associates the Section Boyz, a slightly oddball […]

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 […]

Nextup: Novelist x Mumdance- 1 Sec

Novelist and Mumdance’s fruitful partnership opens a new chapter in their 1 Sec EP released today, the date of MC Novelist’s 18th birthday. The unlikely duo had a breakout hit last year in ‘Take Time’, and this new collaboration is largely an extension of the sound they hit upon. Clanging, squelching drum machines and vintage […]

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: Bert’s Tunes of 2014

Lil Spook- Black Silk [February 2014] Lil Spook (AKA Spooky Black) seems to have seized on a zeitgeist with this mixtape, bringing him a fair amount of mainstream and critical recognition. It’s not hard to see why- the lethargic, woozy ballads are beautifully crafted, taking in hip-hop and RnB through a melancholy 80s pop filter. Comparisons […]

Throwback: John’s Tunes of 2014

Spooky Black – Without You [Feb 2014] Cultural appropriation’s Spooky Black achieved a feat like no other in 2014. Somehow – be it the stark incongruence between image and music, be it the haunting aesthetic that him and his production team managed to consistently make their own over the year, or be it having the […]

Events worth leaving the house for: December (Manchester)

The winters are setting in but that doesn’t mean Manchester is winding down. On the contrary, it’s winding up to New Years. The final month of the year sees a lot of techno for the Rainy City – perfect music to stomp your troubles away/get warmed up with showers of disco, house, funk and afrobeat. […]

Nextup: GFOTY- Friday Night (SOPHIE Remix)

Full disclosure here: this might not actually be a track but a really good mix, as it’s ripped from the continually mysterious SOPHIE’s boiler room set and contains elements of at least 3 tracks (vocals from SOPHIE’s ‘Lemonade’ and GFOTY’s ‘Friday Night’ with an unknown instrumental), the title here is largely hearsay. The beat is a […]

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 […]