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Moon Unit Are Back With An Event This Weekend

Freedom Mills are setting the standard for socially distanced events in Leeds, marking a standout return with their event last week that welcomed Sound Mag and Rebel Spirit to the Mill. What followed was an evening of roots reggae and dub sounds that reminded us what we've been missing out on. This week the venue are aiming to trudge on through the storm with another weekend of events that shine a light on Leeds' thriving music scene. This Saturday Leeds' raving faithful will be sent on a deep electronic excursion courtesy of Moon Unit. At the heart of the party will be Comfy Bella & Karis, two top Leeds selectors who will be offering an eclectic selection of tunes, spanning from disco, brok

Street Stories: Bringing Quarry Hill To Life

A street literature project is bringing Quarry Hill to life through the written word in a unique creative event this summer. Led by Leeds-based literary collective Found Fiction, Street Stories celebrates Quarry Hill voices past, present and future. As part of Street Stories, a team of Leeds writers will be writing micro-fiction to be displayed in public spaces, abandoned areas and prominent venues across Quarry Hill. The stories will be published in a guerrilla fashion – taking the form of vinyl stickers, wraparound banners and chalk paint murals, among others. The stories will be inspiring, reflective and attention-grabbing for passers by. They will combine fact and fiction, revealing a

Together We Rise: The Uncompromised Story Of GRM Daily

A new documentary series traces the emergence and impact of grime platform GRM Daily and its founder Posty. Together We Rise: The Uncompromised Story Of GRM Daily delves into how Posty and GRM Daily, which launched as a YouTube channel in 2009, have gained a massive presence and highlighted Black British grime and rap talent to a global audience. In addition to Posty, the docuseries will feature a number of key players in the scene, such as the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Skepta, JME, Julie Adenuga, Ms Banks, Stormzy, Kano and D Double E. Watch the first instalment, featuring Dizzee Rascal.

Ultra Mono sees IDLES return with an unapologetic ‘sound of strength in numbers’

IDLES are not a band without critics. The authenticity of their politics has much been debated by fans and music critics alike; notably Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson branding them as ‘appropriating a working-class voice’ (personally I don’t see this) and recent discussions regarding their ostensibly white male support act choices, in spite of their proudly feminist lyrics. The latter was recieved with sadness by lead singer Joe Talbot, who acknowledged the lack of diversity, and the band went on to release a far more diverse support act list. Without getting too involved in these controversies, I was personally disappointed by the band’s initial choices but have been impressed by their sen

Support #WeMakeEvents Global Day Of Action

As venues continue to permanently close and artists go without income, We Make Events has announced a Global Day of Action on September 30th. This latest effort comes from the non-profit advocacy group behind the RedAlertRESTART movement that swept across the United States and United Kingdom earlier this month. September 1st saw venues throughout both countries light up in red in support of the Restart Act which would provide much-needed support to live music establishments. Emily Eavis has called on the UK government to show greater support the live events industry ahead of tomorrow’s (September 30) We Make Events day of action, which is aimed at raising awareness of the plight of the secto

Indigo Eyes unveils new single ‘Forbidden’

The alias of London based electronic producer Joseph Robinson, Indigo Eyes sprung from the artist’s deep fascination with dance music and the UK house scene, citing influences among the likes of Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, and SG Lewis. Having first got a taste for electronic music after sneaking into a Martin Garrix set in Ibiza at 15, the now-19 year old comes bearing new gifts this month in the form of Forbidden, the debut track taken from his upcoming EP ‘Close to You.' Following on from a wealth of bright and uplifting electronic compositions over the last few months, the track showcases his natural ability to create rich and atmospheric soundscapes, providing three minutes of chill-hop go

Nightlife Bosses Respond to Government Claim that it 'Doesn't Make Sense' to Support Nig

Uk nightlife bosses have criticised the government after Health and Care Minister Helen Whateley claimed that "It doesn’t make sense to continue supporting jobs where there simply isn’t work at the moment.” Speaking on Sky News, the minister seemed to exhibit an apparent disregard for the industry, on the premise that 'there isn't work at the moment', despite the fact that this is the precise reason why an industry would require financial aid in the first place. The Night Time Industries Association’s CEO, Michael Kill, told NME that the government "has no support for businesses that are closed under restriction from government and the gall for the health minister to say that we don’t see th

Meet Sunflower Thieves, the DIY Creatives Making Dream Folk Hits

“I swore to myself I wasn’t going to be a musician,” laughs Lily Sturt-Bolshaw. This promise didn’t last long. Now, Sturt-Bolshaw and Amy Illingworth front the hypnotizing dream folk band Sunflower Thieves. After years of performing together, from covering songs in their local pub to touring across the country, Sunflower Thieves has become a testament to the duo’s long-standing friendship, ever-growing influences, and personal introspection. “I didn’t study music until after I’d left sixth form because I didn’t think it could come of anything,” Illingworth explains, recalling her academic introduction to music. “You’re always told it’s not going to be more than a hobby, or you’re treated lik

Organic New Music Friday #2

Happy Friday! We’re welcoming the weekend with our second instalment of the ones-to-watch - this week's releases are all seriously diverse and not to be missed. Hope you enjoy! Laika – Half Moon Described as a “hazy tale of lost souls wondering the redbrick streets”, Laika’s new track Half Moon reignites the charm of his previous tracks, such as Oxytocin, and transports you straight to a hazy autumn in Hyde Park. A part of well-established Leeds label ReadyMeal Sound, Laika collaborates with Ben Nimmo's delightful sax melodies, Alfie Auckett's bassline and Pixie Cola's angelic vocals to produce a dreamy, synth-ladled number - propped up by his usual in elegant hip-hop beats. You can preview

BabyStep Bandcamp Picks: Dubrunner

On March 20, as the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic was just starting to be understood, Bandcamp made the bold choice of waiving their share of revenue for artists and labels who were cancelling shows and delaying album releases left and right. The result was more music bought by more fans than any day on the site, a record broken on the first Friday of May. It is more important than ever to support music of upcoming artists on Bandcamp. We got in touch with Dubrunner, aka Charlie Tilley, who is creating a burgeoning reputation as a mainstay in the Leeds music scene. Responsible for the iconic Stretchy Dance Supply night, where the likes of Sherelle and Adison Groove have headlined, bles

The Breakdown: 'She Can't See Me' By The Luna Pines

Luna Pines are a Leeds duo who have released an onslaught of music throughout 2020, all of which demonstrates their incredible ability to fuse pop and dance music in a euphoric and melodic way. They’ve already picked up huge support from BBC Introducing London and Sofar Sounds and have featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, Easy and Evening Indie Playlists. We got the lowdown on the lyrics from their latest release 'She Can't See Me'. Verse 1 I was begging you please don't leave I'm nearly what you want I was begging you please don't leave I'm nearly what you want This verse sums up the song quite nicely. It’s about being in love with people who don’t see you in that way, or ma

Pandemic may cause third of British musicians to quit

A survey conducted by Musicians' Union has found that one-third of professional musicians are unable to access emergency support, and are consequently considering quitting. It was also revealed that 70% of these musicians are unable to do their usual work, and 87% of musicians who are covered by furlough schemes will may financial problems in October when the schemes are terminated. Talking to The Guardian, the union’s general secretary Horace Trubridge said '“Musicians are working in supermarkets, being Deliveroo drivers, going back to things they trained for early in life. Anything but music – that’s the problem." MU has criticised the Treasury for failing to provide economic support for i

Label Spotlight: Clue Records

With the announcement of their upcoming merge with Hatch Records, and with a new release from Van Houten out today, we thought what better time to have a chat with Leeds-based label Clue Records. Created in 2012 by Scott lewis and Ste Langton, Clue has released music from artists including of YOWL, Crushed Beaks, Team Picture, and many more, and have gone on to draw attention from NME, DIY, The Independent, Q Magazine,BBC Radio 1, and BBC 6Music. We had a chat with head honcho Scott lewis about how Clue Records about their recent releases, their plans for their merge with hatch, and how clue has grown to be the thriving musical hub that it is now. Ste & Scott For people who haven’t heard of

Organic New Music Friday #1

Following the curation of our weekly New Music Friday column by Joe Childs, it felt only natural to steer this concept down a more organic route too, celebrating the abundance of up-and-coming artists that circulate Leeds and its surroundings. Finding music that is distinct from mainstream charts and the commercially produced can at times be challenging, often falling deep into a YouTube hole in search for new genres that seem appealing, or being overloaded with slightly weird edits of once sacred tracks. And yet, Leeds is lucky enough to be regularly inundated with rising talent, with a buzzing community of musicians, DJs and producers networking together to create a culture of amazing musi

IN ARMS: New Charity Compilation from 199 Features Rising Producers from Around the World

Set up by Richard Byers, aka Front Bench, during his time at university, 199 is a Leeds-based night that seeks to showcase the growing talents of local DJs and producers. Since lockdown has inevitably affected their ability to throw parties, the team have taken it upon themselves to keep the party going in the form of compilations albums sold to raise money for charity. The most recent of these is '199 PRESENTS: IN ARMS', an 21 track VA album that features sharp high- energy bops from producers in both Leeds around the world. From garage to electro, this compilation really packs a punch, with tracks from Front Bench, Bakey, Papa Nugs and many others. The profits of this album will be raising

The Prodigy are Back in the Studio Working on New Music

It's been a year and a half since front man Keith Flint tragically passed away, but, as teased on social media by Maxim and Liam Howlett, The Prodigy's legacy continues. On September 15th, the group shared an image on instagram with the caption "Studio bizniz this month, back on the beats." As of yet, we aren't sure what's to come. However, it's certainly reassuring to see.

'nwrdrSPZL': New Order and Adidas Launch Collaborative Clothing Brand

Manchester icons New Order have teamed up with Adidas to create nwrdrSPZL, a new clothing capsule range inspired by the bands life-long sound and aesthetic. After founder of Adidas' Spezial range reached out to Bernard Sumner, the two decide to join forces on a new product range. “This product release is built on existing synergies and both Bernard Sumner and Warren Jackson made trips to the Adidas HQ in Herzogenaurach to oversee and agree every detail with myself and the Adidas Spezial team." “Add to that a piece of film produced by & SON that is soundtracked by a re-edit of New Order’s latest track ‘Be a Rebel’ and we have a project that I personally am very proud to have worked on.” Wat

TONIGHT: NEEDS to Host Virtual Discussion on Sustainability in Dance Music

Established in 2017, Needs (not for profit) is a collective, event series, and record label that seeks to utilise the creative arts to give back to people in need. Since 2017, they have gone on to raise money and awareness for Mind UK, Cool Earth, Earth Day and also worked closely with UN Women on their HeForShe campaign in 2018.The label has released music from the artists including Peggy Gou, Eris Drew, Ciel, Red Axes, and they also have a compilation coming out next month in aid of World Mental Health Day which features tracks from Shanti Celeste, Yu Su, Peder Mannerfelt and more. "We believe in people. The concept is to use music as a medium to spread love, unity and the idea of giving b

'The Many Faces Of Daft Punk': A Daft Punk Remix Album has been Released

A new compilation album dedicated to the career and influences of Daft Punk has been released by Argentina-based Music Brokers label. The translucent yellow vinyl will feature remixes of tracks from the like of Franz Ferdinand and The Micronauts, as well as tracks that the French duo have sampled across their discography by the likes of Cerrone, The Sugarhill Gang and War. The record is available to purchase from Juno Records.

Afrodeutsche to Release the Score She Wrote for 'Kamali'

Manchester based DJ and producer Afrodeustche (Henrietta Smith-Rolla) has announced that she will be releasing the score that she wrote for Kamali, a documentary released last year that follows a 7-year-old skater in India. Whilst filming a music video about women skateboarders, filmmaker Sasha Rainbow spotted Kamali, then a 7-year-old, carving up the skate ramps with professional ease. From that moment, she knew this was a story worth recording. Since then, 'Kamali' has become an extremely well received documentary, receiving a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film. However, the emotional gravitas of the documtary would not perhaps be at the level it is without it's score. That's where Henri

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