Better late than never the September playlist finally emerges with the cold of October beginning to bite. As I was putting this together I realised around 5 tracks in that it was made up entirely of Manchester (ish) based bands. This was complete coincidence but I suppose it just goes to show the depth of talent currently fueling the buzzing city scene at the moment. So check out the Manchester special playlist!
Giant Star – Big Time
All set to release their debut long player Year Of The Snake, Giant Star draw on Manchester’s rich musical past to create a sound for the future. Infectious electro grooves, acid house synths, ultra catchy hooks and big choruses will all be heard when the album is launched at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester on the 18th October.
Black Lights – Crossed The Line
Just like this playlist I’m a little late onto these guys, they’ve been quietly causing a stir across town with their brilliant Crossed The Line EP This is the lead track from the EP which is something of a deconstructed late night disco track with a great raw and soulful vocal.
Suzuki/Method – Sherbet
This is the lead single from the Native EP which is sent for release via A1(M) Records on the 20th October. A line is directly drawn from early New Order through to Delphic with the clean sounding synths, chiming guitar, falsetto vocals and dance-floor groove. Catch them at Sound Control in Manchester on the 19th October.
The Nankeens – Scenester
Not strictly from Manchester but from the other side of the Irwell in Salford The Nankeens recently released this monster of a track with a sold out launch at The Deaf Institute. A heavier sound than we’re used to from the boys which pulls no punches in its direct style and lyrics.
The Relays – Under Different Stars
Support act for The Nankeens single launch at The Deaf Institute, The Relays impressed with their catchy, electro tinged, melodic tunes. This track worked particular well with its nice change of pace mid-way through. Look out for new tunes from these guys soon.
The Slow Readers Club – Days Like This Will Break Your Heart
This is the b-side to new single Forever in Your Debt from The Slow Readers Club which will be available only on the 200 limited edition vinyl copies from November 11th. A dark ballad that leaves plenty of space for the haunting vocal talents of Aaron Starkie to shine.
Minor Blues – So Wrong For So Long
The dapper dressing Minor Blues recently released their single So Wrong For So Long via Scruff Of The Neck Records with a launch party at The Night and Day cafe. Oozing funk, soul and just a hint of sax you can’t fail to get caught up in the groove of this track.
Liam McClair – Roam The Globe
Manchester based singer/songwriter Liam McClair recently released his debut EP How with Roam The Globe being the lead track. Liam has been honing his skills at open mic nights in Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow culminating with a slot at Liverpool’s Sound City. Story-telling with a great knack for writing a catchy tune that shows a musical maturate belying his young age.