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Eventerview: Rhodan

Nick Howard, DJ and member of Sound Control night Lowdown and Dirty, which ended with an incendiary Dave Clarke party in 2015, has launched a new techno night, Rhodan, in the more intimate confines of the Whiskey Jar. We met up to discuss downsizing, the headache involved with choosing the right name, the benefits of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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…

High Hoops: Honey Dijon and O’Flynn

We had approx. one week to design and implement an installation for the High Hoops night with Honey Dijon. We took the opportunity to work with High Hoops as they’re really sound guys and Islington Mill has been on our hitlist since we started Hold Tight – it’s a hugely respected venue and home to […]

Nextup Festivals: summer 2016

It’s mid-July, festival season is well under way and finally it seems we’re getting the weather to match it. For those that have wisely postponed their festival plans for the promise of sunshine, or more likely just generally don’t know what to do with themselves the next few months, check out our guide to the best upcoming […]

Throwback event: Bohemian Grove presents Trus’Me and Space Afrika

Bohemian Grove are a much loved mainstay in Manchester’s underground scene. The heads most certainly turn out for what are always stellar bookings but[and] the vibe is downright charming from start to finish. Last Friday was no different when they brought in local boys Space Afrika to support another local, Trus’me, for a summertime shindig that […]

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, […]

Nextup: Floorplan – Music/Tell You No Lie

Earlier this year, Robert Hood announced he’d be returning to his Floorplan alias in 2016 with his first full scale album under that moniker since his widely acclaimed ‘Paradise’ EP back in 2013. The eleven track album will be released on June 10th and will be produced with the aid of his 18 year old […]

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 […]

Nextup: Slam – Parallel Phase

Slam and their beautifully dark brainchild Soma had an absolutely stunning 2015 and this far into their illustrious career they really have little left to prove. 2016 happens to be Soma’s 25th anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down. The album itself is a proper example of some gloriously uncompromising techno, packed with […]

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 […]

Manchester rising: Yard One

We first saw Yard One warming up for Jane Fitz on New Years Day 2016 and were blown away by the energy and dynamism they displayed throughout their set, one of the best warm-up sets we’d seen in recent times. An oft’ talked about subject, the warm-up set. We asked Jordan how they approached the concept and […]

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…