Tuesday, 29 April 2008


It’s been six months since we first shuffled along to a darkened warehouse to see the amazing The Ting Tings play some songs and deface the walls, time which has seen them top shitloads of Tips for 2008 lists AND score a massive (ie top 100) hit with ‘Great DJ’.

With the re-release of ‘That’s Not My Name’ imminent, as well as their album and a ‘Stateside push’ in the pipeline, isn’t it about time this band was featured on an iPod advert?


Wednesday, 16 April 2008


Was anyone in attendance at the last, sponsorship laden Mint Lounge bash?

I'll jog your memories: walking, posturing, DOs, Ipso Facto (they're moody, yeah?), Friendly Fires and the uber-hyped Black Kids each played live sets to a club packed with prettily preened party kids. And whilst it was fun watching everyone desperately doing their best to avoid landing themselves into next month's DONTs, what was better, was that this was laid on for us good Manchester folk for everyone's favourite price: FREE.

So if you're not otherwise engaged come next Thursday (24th) eve, I'd recommend you punch your details into this, the kind people at Vice will send you an email, and you could be dancing your heart away at Sankeys, to (deep breath): Operator Please, Metronomy, Lovvers, Friendly Fires (dj), C90s (dj), Evil Nine (dj), Autokratz (dj), Contort Yourself (dj), The Oldboy (dj)..

See you there.

Friday, 11 April 2008


Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip play Club Academy 21/04/08.

This has been another 'short notice'.

Thursday, 10 April 2008


Play on! Give me excess of it!” Seems to be (more or less) the concept behind the video for Esser’s debut single, ‘I Love You'. Perhaps. Maybe if Will had re-jigged the line a bit to the less-good sounding “If love be the taste of food, then throw all you’ve got! Right at me!”

Poor lovelorn Esser. He’s all at sea! He just does not know how to tell the one that he loves how he’s feeling, which you’ve got to admit, is a pretty sorry situation. But not to fret! Because this is one sticky sitch made all the better by making oneself even more, erm, stickier. Quick, someone squirt this man with red sauce! Because y’know, that’s how love feels:

“Oh! It came o’er my ear, like the sweet sound of spaghetti!”

A bittersweet pop nugget, I’m sure you’ll agree. And it's out on Monday folks, on hipper-than-you label, Merok (Klaxons, Crystal Castles, Teenagers) available on limited 7 ” and download. Lovely.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008


The Teenagers will be supported by The Clik Clik at Sankeys tomorrow.

This has been a 'short notice'.

(By the way, is Carl Craig wearing clown shoes down there?)

Tuesday, 8 April 2008


Not so much a 'theme' as a person: this post is devoted to Detroit genius Carl Craig.

For us, it's hard to find an era where Craig wasn't producing amazing music: from his percussive outings to sensual techno right up to the present date where he makes sumptuous yet devastating club monsters. In fact, he's just a collected together a bunch of favourite remixes for a new compilation.

Anyway, here's two from his impressive back-catalogue that we've been enjoying. Craig also plays the same Paradise Factory date as Derrick Carter 12/04/08.

MP3: Alter Ego - 'Gary (C2 remix)'
MP3: Siobhan Donaghy - 'Don't Give Up (Carl Craig vox remix)'

Sunday, 6 April 2008


Shoplifters returns to the Bay Horse this week (10/04/08). Heralding that fusion of mash-ups, remixes and cover versions is this mix that the night's promoters have just alerted us to. Shoplifters, by the way, is free. Meaning you needn't resort to petty crime and stuff.

Download it here.


1. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - 'D.A.N.C.E'
2. Arcade Fire - 'Black Mirror (Quarterbar Remix)'
3. Vampire Weekend - 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Superprince Edit)'
4. Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
5. The Ghost Frequency - 'Never Before Have I Seen A Man Alive That Looked So Exactly Like A Skeleton (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)'
6. The Count & Sinden - 'Beeper (Fake Blood Remix with Kid Sister)'
7. Kanye West - 'Flashing Lights (Diplo Remix)'
8. Midfield General - 'Disco Sirens (Them Jeans Edit)'
9. Curtis Mayfield - 'Move on Up (DJ Ayres Remix)'
10. Black Kids - 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You (The Twelves Remix)'
11. The Wombats - 'Bleeding Love'

Tuesday, 1 April 2008


Long-running house session Development recently announced that it would be leaving its slot at the Mint Lounge and - at least temporarily - halting its monthly activities. Only now the city's house music scene has been dealt another blow with the departure of the similarly quality-controlled Stylus.

Taking an unspecified break while not extending the contract that they had at Once Central Street, Stylus' team point towards "other commitments" while announcing a hiatus to "recharge the batteries".

The event with Ashley Beedle on 18/04/08 will be their last "for the forseeable future".