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When Renting Went Rotten: 16-18.03.15

Landlords raise rents at their will and get away with not lifting a finger to repair problems tenants are having in properties – even when they’re life-threatening. From Monday 16 March to Wednesday 18 March, Langdale Gallery are working with Generation Rent to host a three-day event to raise awareness about the renting crisis, give people tools to fight back and create a safe space for discussion about housing.

Learn more about Langdale Gallery Campaign here: http://www.langdalegallery.uk

Have a look at what Islington Mill’s website says about it: here: http://www.islingtonmill.com/visual-arts-events.php

The FB event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1407453709556403/

Langdale Gallery is a tenant led campaign open to those experiencing housing issues, and provides the safe space and the materials for community arts and action.

They are calling for residents, artists, musicians, writers to drop in and make art about the renting crisis or tell their story about what home means to them, any time from 1pm until 10pm at the performance space in Islington Mill from Monday March 16th – Wednesday March 18th.

On the final evening of the event live music from Kolo Tamam will play us out.

Art works from the Campaign will be added to the gallery at Piccadilly Place as part of the LifeShare art exhibition from April 11th- 16th.
The campaign continues at St Chrysostoms Church during the Victoria Park Festival in May through to June.

Any artworks, writings, or photographs can be submitted to georges.almond@gmail.com

Any queries about renter’s rights and campaigns to Pollyannasteiner@generationrent.org

Tickets here

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Dialect – Advanced Myth – Review

Tasty Morsels are both internet label and collection of friends with a refreshingly playful approach to making music; with artist names like ‘Cute Boobs’ and mixtapes called Life on Wheels: Music To Play Tony Hawk To. Their releases are wonderfully done, Lo-Fi pop master-strokes. Life on Wheels is particularly great; call it Psychedelic Hip-Jazz interspersed with hilarious audio clips. Something along the lines of Onra’s Chinoiseries or The Avalanches’ Since I left you.  

Next up from them is Advanced Myth by Dialect. It’s a continuous roll of beautifully crafted, wide-open soundscapes and maritime flavoured Jazz meanderings. The scope of the background sounds and outdoor ambience is pretty staggering. It means the record creaks and heaves, scattered with the ghostly whispers of life on these isles: birdsong, a football match, Jungle breaks speeding by.

The whole thing seems like it’s underwater, like a dream sequence in a film viewed through some aquamarine lens. Opener ‘Developers’ begins with an uneasy kaleidoscopic refrain that flits in and out of a deep rumble, warning of some empty depths before a burst of sunlight pierces the mire, filling the space with a shimmering glow. ‘You better wake up’ we hear, all the while coaxed into staying firmly in the dream.

It’s a continuous piece of music but there are high-points. Hung Rose dances like an oriental firefly skipping around the mysterious half-light between night and dawn. Jabba‘s pulsating synths and low bottom carry a menace absent from the rest of the album whereas album centrepiece Chroma is undeniable. It’s serene claps and languorous and good humoured horns build slowly before being drenched in the album’s only vocals before washing away like a spent wave.

Advanced Myth by Dialect is released free via the Tasty Morsels website tomorrow (14th Feb). You can check out the beautiful video for Chroma below as premièred by Dummy Mag.

Stream it now via Soundcloud

M20MIX #6 Back Again for 2015

Black Rivers – Voyager 1 (Applescal Dub)

Manchester heavyweights Doves went on hiatus in 2010 and March of last year saw the release of lead singer Jimi Goodwin’s debut solo L.P. ‘Odludek’ on Heavenly Records. now comes the turn of brothers Jez and Andy Williams who made up the rest of Doves. This is a remix of their latest single, by Dutch producer Applescal, adding a driving groove to spiralling keys and ethereal vocal sounds. they’re called Black Rivers and their self-titled debut album dropped Monday the 9th of Feb.

Last Harbour – Fracture/Fragment

Channelling Ian Curtis and Nick Cave, lead singer K. Craig paints a picture like a David Lynch movie. The tune builds from a brooding beginning to a dark and hopeless crescendo. It’s an intense listening experience but ultimately a rewarding one. Last Harbour’s 6th full length: ‘Caul’ was released on Manchester record label Gizeh on the 9th of Feb.

Shield Patterns – Silver

Shield Patterns tread a path not dissimilar to Portishead, Darkness and Light wrestle for control, neither succeed, and it’s a good thing too. Claire Brentnall’s vocals bears more than a passing resemblance to Beth Gibbons’ but it’s no easy feat to make tunes with this much space feel so intimate and close. The duo’s last L.P. ‘Contour Lines’ has been out since June last year, the new E.P. ‘Violet’ follows on the 9th of March. This is the second track on this list released by Gizeh, get to know.

Ash Mountain – Long Hair Down

A whole lot of fun. Ash Mountain make music in Manchester direct from the swamps and porches of the deep south. This is my favourite from the Manchester Spins #1 record. Manchester Spins is a vinyl-promoting project from Yvonne G. Rybka Erskine and associated Manchester artists (based out of the Bay Horse in the Northern Quarter). The artwork for the sleeve is designed by Trevor Johnson who has done the same for a host of Manchester legends (808 state & New Order to name just a couple). The record was launched on record store day last year and although there’s no news of a follow up, here’s hoping they’ll release another this year.

Punctum – Cocaine Juggernaut

The name alone tells you this is one to take notice of. The track is an assault of bass and drums but somehow space and echo take centre stage. The tune is a monster full of brooding menace and I loved it from the first second.

Punctum is the recording moniker of a certain David McLean, head of Tombed Vision, a label that releases cassettes of some truly incredible music. Expect to see some of their releases in this space in the coming months. This track is from the ‘Unexplained Bleeding’ tape from March 2014 on Salford cassette label: Tesla Tapes.

http://teslatapes.bandcamp.com/track/cocaine-juggernaut

O>L>A – Fold Time

Dreamy, fragile and emotive, but with a groove and a drive nonetheless. ‘One Little Atlas’ make big picturesque tunes and it’s no surprise they’re a favourite of Video Jam, who are putting together an hour long series of collaborations between musicians and filmmakers for the reopening of the Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday (14th). There’s going to be an amazing amount of stuff happening over the whole weekend so get yourself down. This track is from their debut self-titled album with Desty Records released last year.

Thom Bellini – Don’t Be Shy

Thomas Bellini was a member of insanely catchy indie band Egyptian Hip-Hop, initially as a session musician and later a more prominent member involved in songwriting. It’s another dreamy soundscape and it’s probably the most beautiful track on this list. Vocals and guitar dance and echo around each other while the bassline has a hint of the G-Funk about it which throws the tune left off the beaten track. It’s a wonderful little number. Bellini Plays Megajam at Soup Kitchen on Friday (13th) along with old band mate Aldous RH and Irma Vep. This track is from the ‘A Lost Art’ E.P. released on the 5th of January this year.

http://thombellini.bandcamp.com/track/dont-be-shy

BASEMENT SESSION #5… Plume // Chris Jam // Gilberto Da Silva

Join us for the latest chapter of M20COLLECTIVE’s new weekly creative sessions in the Northern Quarter…

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It’s thursday again and you know what that means! Back to the Basement.

This week we have an eclectic trio of acts making their first appearances in the depths of Montpelliers. Come and warm your soul as the winter closes in.

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Plume

A four piece trip hop group based in Manchester that have a distinctive sound influenced by electronic textures, the band fuse hip hop grooves and lush vocals to create and immersive soundscape. They only named their band this week but you may find recordings sneakily leaked onto youtube without a tag. The quality of musicianship and attention to flow is clear. With the experience of The Mouse Outfit and 8 GOLD RINGS drummer Joe Luckin and the raw talent and emotion of singer Caroline Hendry I expect big things for Plume.

Chris Jam

Enthralling spoken word and slam poet whose charm and wisdom proceed him. Also a really good bloke who does great work in the community using his knowledge and skills to energise youths.

Gilberto Da Silva

Fresh back from a year in France Gilberto has teamed up with Johannes Samland Bowling the saxophonist from Pareidolia and others to work on material. Building on the soul vibe of his last project The Shaded Arrows Gilberto has progressed his musicality. M20’s answer to Seal, with this new band format we expect Gilberto will be tearing up the Manchester music scene this Winter.

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When: Thursday 23rd October, 8pm

Where: Montpelliers Cafebar, 42 Back Turner Street, Manchester M4

How much: £0!

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BASEMENT SESSION #4… Rik Warren(Walk/Honeyfeet) // Jim Adama // Seamus Martinez & Emma Martindale

Join us for the latest chapter of M20COLLECTIVE’s new weekly creative sessions in the Northern Quarter…

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This Thursday M20Collective is back at the Montpelliers Cafebar, bringing the best of Manchester’s creative men and women directly to you. This week we are back with a BIG one featuring the best blues and folk acts in Manchester. This will also be the first week in which we   record the sessions for a mixtape and videos. We aim to launch in February to raise funds for the M20 Creative Youth Project (MYCP). Come one, come all, this one is not to miss!

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Rik Warren

Without doubt one of the finest blues singer songwriters you will find in Manchester at the moment. An integral member of Honeyfeet and lead man in Walk (both signed to DEBT Records),  Rik is at the top of his game at the moment. His laid back stage presence, pure vocals and spotless musicality make him one not to miss.

Jim Adama

If you are looking for rip raw, finger bleeding, bottle neck blues; look no further. Highly visceral boogie style blues to tear up the basement.

Seamus Martinez & Emma Martindale

This duet influenced by the Irish folk tradition will warm the coldest of hearts. Their straight up and honest approach to music is both refreshing and alluring as is their evident friendship whenever they play.

Plus more acts tbc

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When: Thursday 16th October, 8pm

Where: Montpelliers Cafebar, 42 Back Turner Street, Manchester M4

How much: £0!

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M20MIX #5

The Mouse Outfit feat. Sparkz & Truthos Mufasa – Power

Latest track from Manchester hip hop veterans Mouse Outfit. A beastly raga-infused beat is the platform for the telepathic back and forth between VOODOO BLACK’s Sparkz and Ape Cult’s Truthos Mufasa. Dig the neon zombie video.

Icicle Ft. Skittles- Problem

Brand new from dutch drum & bass and hip hop producer Icicle featuring another heavyweight of the Manchester hip-hop scene Skittles. The latter’s rapid-fire delivery rides over an instrumental reminiscent of Adam F’s ‘Circles’. Out on Shogun Audio.

Deep Space Orchestra – Hipster Massacre

Deep Space Orchestra head up the impressive line-up at Party For The People tomorrow night (4th October) at Soup Kitchen. This is halfway-to-mars disco of the highest order, with an irresistibly dirty driving bassline. Released by one of my favourite independents: Cardiff based YCO records… Yes.Come.On.

Other Worlds – Only Down

Other Worlds is Si Murray: the half of Deep Space Orchestra from Manchester. Off-kilter keys, Gregorian chants and delicate strings elevate this track above the rest on the E.P. Despite the low res there’s some satisfyingly meaty bass on there. Been around for a while but I keep coming back.

Rainer Veil – UK Will Not Survive

Rainer Veil’s second release on Modern Love, New Brutalism, came out in January of this year. The opener is a haunted soundscape of moody 2-step.

Millie & Andrea – Corrosive

Andy Stott and Miles Whittaker released their first full-length together this year – Drop the Vowels. It’s incredible. This one starts innocently enough, all trap snares and deep kicks. Then 2 and a half minutes in feels like getting kicked in the teeth. Ridiculous.

Kiyoko – Shinagawa

Kiyoko are Synkro and Bering Strait. They’re back with a new E.P forthcoming on Samurai Music. It follows their 2012 L.P Sea of Trees on Auxiliary. It’s f ull of playful melodic tunes a la early Four Tet and this track is the pick of the bunch.

BASEMENT SESSION #3… Mento-B//Sobi//Kid Kartharsis//Alex Webb//Creative Writing Society//Joel White

Join us for the latest chapter of M20COLLECTIVE’s brand new weekly creative sessions in the Northern Quarter…

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This Thursday M20Collective is back at the Montpelliers Cafebar for the third time, bringing the best of Manchester’s creative men and women directly to you.

In this week’s instalment we bring you music and poetry to excite and relax, to make you think and make you tap your toes. Come join!

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Kid Katharsis

Bringing on point delivery of his account of Manchester life. Soul infused with elements of hip hop, Katharsis continues to write songs and improve his live performance. I expect big things of this lad this year.

Sobi

She will captivate any room with her pitch perfect vocals. Humble and shy outwardly but Sobi has all the wow factor.  She released her first EP, Creatures in My Mind, last year. A must see.

Mento B (AKA Calypso George)

A Moss Side legend and calypso don. Charming, cheeky and everything in between.

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Alex Webb

A key member of M20 Collective and thoughtful writer. Check out his piece God is Dead on our site.

Joel White

Compere for the evening. He’ll also be reading a selection of poems.

Creative Writing Society

Back again to bring you poems fresh from the pad.

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When: Thursday 25th September, 8pm

Where: Montpelliers Cafebar, 42 Back Turner Street, Manchester M4

How much: £0!

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