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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Brooklyn & Beyond picked their top five artists for 2016. Here’s what they had to say… “The Brooklyn & Beyond parties started early last year, ‘Brooklyn’ represents the rawness and diversity that the city has, which is a major influence for the party. Our first guest that played for us at our adopted home, Soup Kitchen […]

Flow Motion are a DJ duo that curate and play at a series of house & techno events across a number of different venues in Manchester. Having started up back in February last year, they have since gone on to host Spektrum in Sankeys on a BuggedOut! bill with TEED and assemble their very own Parklife Festival Afterlife party. […]

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…

…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…

Who better an authority on the top tunes of 2015 than the creator of them?

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 […]

Local Mancunian DJ, Chris Egan, is one third of Night Fantasy, the three-man DJ collective responsible for some of the most carefully selected (music-wise) nights in Manchester. You can catch them every other month, spinning a range of tunes from house to disco at AATMA. This mix of upbeat tracks – old and new – […]

Kalden Bess is a young (in the game) producer from Canada who seems to have his feet firmly rooted in the underground. He recently dropped a three track EP on the Organism label, which included two remixes to round off the package. Organism is one of those beautifully understated labels with a backcatalogue of around […]

One-of-a-kind festival, Gottwood, returns to its picturesque setting in the forests of Northern Wales. A hop and a jump away from local Northern cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, it has become renowned for attracting a plethora of colourful characters, as evidenced in one of the beautiful post-event videos (see below for last year’s edition). […]

What I love about Drumcode is its consistency – releases are always undeniably well produced. Many Drumcode releases follow a similar structure of bass heavy belters that are most likely to be found ‘in the rave’. Similarly to a lot of Dense and Pika‘s back catalogue, Drumcode tracks end up everywhere, from Beatport’s top 100 to that house […]

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 […]

Christian Löffler is a name that most of us with an interest in deep house will recognise. A steady 6 year stream of releases has seen Löffler become one the genres prized possessions, with a reputation for producing deeply moving melodic excursions. Releasing on the Italian based label, Just This, Löffler offers more of this […]

Manchester-based label Hudd Traxx celebrate their tenth year in the business this weekend with an anniversary party at the Whiskey Jar in Manchester. Since 2005, the label has released music from the likes of Matthew Herbert, DJ Sneak, Rolando, Rick Wade, Iz & Diz, and JT Donaldson. Ahead of the night, label boss, producer and DJ […]