Category Throwback

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…

Throwback: Bluedot Festival

Bluedot Festival opened its festival doors for the first time this summer: Based just south Jodrell Bank Observatory this year back to the home to the ‘Lovell Telescope’and with a focus on space exploration as its theme, in many ways it could be seen as the perfect setting for such as festival, especially with famous physicists like Brian Cox pencilled in […]

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 […]

Throwback: A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders

‘Midnight Marauders’, released in 1993, was the highly anticipated third album from New-York formed hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ). The group consisted of four members; Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Phife Dawg, Q-tip and sometimes, the elusive Jerobi. Following on from the success of their second album,The Low End Theory, the pressure was on… and they […]

Throwback event: Paranoid London, Blawan

Hopefully, live acts will become more of a norm in electronic music, which has of late been somewhat lacking in originality. Paranoid London has shown us the vibe that live electronic acts can achieve.

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 […]

Throwback 2015: Top five labels

We thought then we’d at least try and be a little more interesting, so here (in my totally biased and extremely techno-centric opinion), are the top five record labels of 2015…

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 […]

The rise of… glitch techno

At the turn of the millennium, Montreal became a hotbed for a type of dance music that the French Canadians called microhouse (pronounced meecro-house). St Laurent Boulevard, off Montreal’s Sherbrooke University district had become a two mile long stretch of poutine joints, punk bars and experimental house and techno music. On Sundays, during the summer months, […]

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.

Nextups and throwbacks: Rubric

Rubric are new onto the Manchester techno scene, bringing top-draw names to small spaces. They picked their top five throwbacks and nextups ahead of their show with Diego Krause in October.

Throwback: Surgeon – Atol

Later this month, Anthony Childs, a.k.a Surgeon will grace the city of Manchester with his presence. Bringing a plethora of stomping techno records straight out of the darkest corners and most unexplored spaces of the Berghain, he’ll be smiling away as he delivers yet another one of his uniquely unrelenting, but appealing sets. Surgeon’s upcoming appearance […]

The birth of… glitch techno

Glitch techno (or microhouse, or buftech) emerged mainly in Germany and Canada in the late 90s as a variant of minimal techno and is associated with labels like Playhouse, Perlon and Mille Plateaux in Frankfurt, Kompakt in Cologne, and Cynosure in Montreal. Though produced with modern software, its aesthetic roots are in the Italian Futurist […]

Throwback: Hidden Hawaii

Whilst Felix K’s mix for mnml ssgs in 2010 displayed his techno chops, his 2013 album, ‘Flowers of Destruction’, on his own cult Berlin label Hidden Hawaii is undeniably a drum and bass record label. However, it’s a distinctly Berlin drum and bass; soundscape-y, glacial, infused with a minimal techno aesthetic now firmly rooted in […]

The rise of… dub techno

Deadbeat, Scott Montieth to the civil authorities, hails from Kitchener Ontario, a part of the world perhaps less associated with the Jamaican diaspora than Berlin. However, sometime after singing in a youth choir as part of his protestant minister father’s church, and then finding punk rock as a teenage bassist, Montieth got the reggae bug. […]

Throwback: Smith & Mighty feat. Niji 40 – B Line Fi Blow

West country legends Smith & Mighty bring in the low-end with this classic piece of Bristol bass. Originally released 2002, it received a repress in 2010 from an imprint of Peverlist’s label.

The birth of… dub techno

Jamaica’s influence on the evolution of modern dance music is immense.  The reggae sound system diaspora in New York and London helped birth hip-hop, jungle and dubstep, along with a host of other sub-genres. But, surprisingly, it was in Berlin that dub collided with minimal techno and profoundly changed things. Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von […]

Throwback event: WHP X MIF Day & Night

Where to start with The Warehouse Project? For the past 10years Manchester has witnessed the birth of one the country’s biggest dance music event institutions – barer of plaudits but also a fair amount of controversy. Regardless, it has become the focal point of Manchester’s clubbing scene and the driving force behind the big room […]

Throwback: DJ Mehdi – Survivol

DJ Mehdi soon made a name for himself in Paris by joining hip-hop circles and producing beats for the likes of MC Solaar in the late 90’s. By the millennium, he had made worldwide acclaim as his production evolved into a more electronic sound. Signing to Ed Banger Records, he went on to release the […]