Bella Union really are a label at the top of their game at the moment, With releases from Lanterns on the Lake, Jonathan Wilson and of course Cashier No.9 ranking pretty highly on my favourite records of 2011 list.
Tonight, perhaps my favourite Bella Union act, Cashier No.9, hits Manchester. A gorgeous blend of alt.country warmth, subtle electronic energy and pop hooks that really drive the sound forward, their recent LP To The Death of Fun blew me away as soon as I heard it (out now on gorgeous 180gm red vinyl – buy it!) and if they’re half as good live as they are on record, then tonight is going to be unmissable.
Cashier No. 9 play Now Wave at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, tonight. 8pm.
Another great week for music in Manchester! Tonight, the marvellous electromelodic-post punk band Patterns are launching their brand new single BETA in style at the Castle, with the equally talented shoegaze revivalists Louche F.C showing their support. Whats more, its free in!
Tomorrow night is the biggie – electronica/jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft is set to perform a UK exclusive solo gig at Band on the Wall – having already cemented his place at the top of the pile as king of contemporary jazz, he’s also worked with techno producers Laurent Garnier and, more recently, releasing a collaboration LP with Henrik Schwarz, including a knockout set at the Red Bull Music Academy. A unique music journey through downtempo, techno and jazz, the music of James Blake, for example, owes a lot to his work.
Friday night sees Greg Wilson return for an extremely rare Reels of Steel set – the disco edit pioneer is putting on a full A/V show utilising vintage reel-to-reel tape recorders. Sounds nuts..but it really works. Click the links below for more info.
Patterns & The Louche F.C
Greg Wilson presents Reels of Steel
Its going to be a big one this week in Manchester – there’s some epic gigs on in this city.
Kicking off with what has to be ‘band on the moment’, Submotion Orchestra on Monday. My ears pricked up the first time I heard them, largely due to them being signed to Exceptional Records, home to what was one of my favourite deep house producers, the brilliant duo that was Plej (sadly, they’re no longer making music). Submotion Orchestra mix various styles of downtempo electronica and have clear roots in jazz and soul disciplines, yet their live shows are by all accounts almost a full-on club experience. They’re playing as part of the Hit&Run DnB clubnight, so It’ll be interesting to see how they work it. I personally can’t wait to see them live.
Tuesday brings us the return of the mighty Plaid – figureheads of the Warp Records IDM scene, they’re playing Sound Control in support of their brand new LP. The last time they played Manchester, at Victoria Baths as part of the FutureEverything digital arts and music festival they utterly smashed it – an unmissable gig this.
On Thursday I suggest you get down to Joshua Brookes for arguably Manchester’s hottest new clubnight, Chow Down – featuring two of the finest UK Funky producers around today – the now superstar of the genre that is Joy Orbison (last time I saw him was 2 years ago at Band on the Wall playing to about 30 people, so this will be an interesting one), plus support from the ‘next big thing’, the Mancunian rising star and Martin Blackdown‘s latest signing to Keysound Records, Damu, who will be performing a full live A/V set. Can’t wait.
Well, thats one hell of a week to look forward to. See you down the front. Click the links below for more info:
Hit&Run presents Submotion Orchestra
WotGodForgot presents Plaid
Chow Down presents Joy Orbison / Damu
Check out this song by Lana Del Rey – her voice is jaw-dropping. There’s a real tragic, tortured beauty there.
Video Games is out on October 16th on digital and limited edition 7″.
Manchester based experimental/world label Finders Keepers (Twisted Nerve/B-Music) was one of many indies to be severely hit by the fire in the PIAS distribution warehouse as a result of recent rioting and general cunty behaviour by some of this nations youth.
Rather than feeling sorry for themselves, FK have announced the ‘Made Do & Mend’ series of compilation CDs. Each disc costs a fiver and features a selection of the Finders Keepers/Twisted Nerve back catalogue as chosen by some of their favourite artists. The first disc has been compiled by Jarvis Cocker and is out now. Future releases will include tracks chosen by Gruff Rhys and Manchester noise outfit Demdike Stare.
For more info, check out the Finders Keepers website by clicking here.
The Great British institution that was the National Rail cuppa is a memory that few people in this country will forget, and for all the wrong reasons. Well the rather marvellous Leeds-based post rock group ILikeTrains are trying to correct that. Like British Sea Power (British Tea Power) and Mr. Scruff (Fancy A Brew?) before them, ILikeTrains are embracing our new found love for the national drink.
Celebrating the launch of their new single Sirens tonight at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club, ILikeTrains new line of tea (and a rather nice mug to go with it) will be available at the gig, and you’ll also be able to buy it online from their website as of tomorrow.
Milk, one sugar please boys.
Purchase ILtea by clicking here now.
The Whip, the Manchester based electro-dance-rock group have been a bit quiet since their debut record ‘X Marks Destination‘ dropped back in 2008. Well, now they’re back – a brand new album entitled Wired Together has been announced, and they’ve released a cheeky sampler to give us a taste of what to expect.
From what I’ve heard of the new material, it builds upon their reputation as a band that creates loud, energetic and very danceable electronic rock music, and if brand new track ‘Secret Weapon’ is anything to go by, then the new album should be something pretty damn special indeed.
You can listen to some new Whip tunes now by clicking here.