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ALBUM REVIEW: A Certain Ratio – ‘ACR Loco’: taut Mancunian future funk and effortless electronic pop

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Meet: A Conversation With Jon Kennedy

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THERE’S to be no rest for the wickedly, insistently, incisively funky: A Certain Ratio, with the deservedly acclaimed ACR: Loco (our review, here) and a slew of excellent postscriptual EPs under their belts this past year, paying tribute to Denise Johnson, Andrew Weatherall and just generally deep and insistent, exploratory funk listening – and a …

Snapped Ankles were formed in 2011 out of one of east London’s warehouse communities and have continued their unimagined rise ever since. They defy convention at every turn from wearing pieces of forest to making their own instruments and with the success of their latest LP Forest of your Problems they have embarked on a …

Gigs are back and in Manchester tonight the place to be is Night & Day Café, in the heart of the Northern Quarter where a sold out show awaits. We’re here for the latter two of the four acts on the bill REAVE is a newly emerged musical trio from Manchester & London. With influences such …

Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it?! But finally live music is back in England and what a way to start it off with the line up that Sabotage have put together in Manchester’s Yes Basement venue.  Getting down early, so much so the room is empty save for a sound engineer, it already feels …

“I’ll fuck you up for fun.” That’s one of the more forthright lyrics in this song. Meet Witch Fever! The four-piece have been causing quite a stir as of late, signing to Sony offshoot Music For Nations and releasing debut EP teaser ‘Reincarnate‘ within days of each other around the start of June. The quartet’s …

A VENUE legendary across the North-West, with bands gracing its hallowed boards at least since a stage was installed 90 or so years ago (when it was The George & Dragon), Band on the Wall, up at the top of the Northern Quarter, is branching out with its own label, launching a singles club next …

Formed in Manchester during the bleak pandemic period & foreseeing the inevitable nightlife renaissance Peacock Method fuse a passion for colourful indie disco mellow gothic styles & funky synth tones that warrant either a jive or an atmosphere. They recently released their debut single ‘I Don’t Mind’ and it has taken everyone by storm. With …

MANCHESTER’S legendary proponents of the post-punk soulful funk A Certain Ratio, fresh from the release of their excellent ACR:EPA EP, four tracks from the final session that the band laid down with Denise Johnson (see the video for the hypnotic “Wonderland” here) are marching on in such a sonic hot streak as they announce the …

Manchester Psych Fest has today revealed the full line up for its return on 4 September 2021. It includes Malian rebel rockers Tinariwen as co-headliners with Stereolab, feted post-punk outfit Dry Cleaning, afrobeat eight-piece Kokoroko and Japanese psych veterans Kikagaku Moyo. Elsewhere on the bill Billy Nomates, Porridge Radio, Jadu Heart, Crack Cloud, Pins, Los Bitchos and The Mysterines join a mighty bill that already features Stealing Sheep, …

Last year, The Goa Express released a gorgeous track ‘Be My Friend’ – a shouty, slightly snotty and utterly endearing post-punk blast of energy – and this year follow up with a shimmering and melodic ‘Second Time’. This is classic indie pop – jangling, sparkling guitars and an air of wistfulness. Again mixed by the …