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M20 Collective this year so far

Wow, time flies when you’re doings things doesn’t it.

Funny that?!

Well we’ve been doing things this year, and as we find ourselves nearing the final quarter of the 2016 we thought it would be nice to summarise our year to date; and fill you in with the goings on in and around the M20 collective networkings.

As some of you may or may not know, myself (Yemi Bolatiwa) and Joel white are co-founders and leaders of the collective. in 2013 our very own Joel White began making links with small acts and bands in the Withington area, in an endeavour to build a local music scene. Naturally as his musical pal and social companion I intervened and we put our heads together with various friends, supporters and local organisations to put on events, which would lead to the creation of a new community organisation for south Manchester’s creative circles.

 

Now three years later, we continue to create platforms and opportunities, mingle with fellow artists and creatives and put on showcases of talent in the south Manchester area and beyond  – staying true the grass roots origins of the concept.

There’s still time for a final M20 2016 artistic blow-out, and it’s brewing… but for now join us in reminiscing on the events of 2016…

January
A quiet month for most, when we were busy sending emails and having meetings with the Ask My Bull boys, in preparation for their EP launch.

February
A certain male M20 collective co-founder has his final 20-something’th birthday, days before the AMB event was due to erupt.

March
POW – a creative explosion of flamboyant gypsy punk was splurged all over the walls of Aatma. What a night, Ask my bull succeeded to show they are one of  Manchester best and most unique live acts and we were happy to help support their self-title EP release. To say it was a success would be an understatement. Relive the night in the video below…

On 8th March, The International Women’s Day #IWD16 happened, so we helped Claire Roberts with her line up of spoken word artists and female creatives at the boutique event Women Make Works (and I even did a little sing myself).

April
It rained in Manchester, M20 collective’s 3rd birthday past (uncelebrated) and the cogs were turning for the (Chorlton Arts Festival CAF) show that were to be a part of.

May
We put together a line up of 7 bands including the debut of Lychee and a brilliant start-up by Agbeko an array local fashion stalls and creative works by Elnaz Yazdani, Little Beasties, Threads & Dreads,  Chan Yang Kim and many Others  had Danielle Jawando do a writing workshop as part of the CAF programme a day and night filled with arts and creativity.

 

chAN yANG kIM

(Above Photography exhibit by Chan Yang Kim)

June
There was a heat wave so we were far too exasperated to do anything #BBQs

July
A bit more downtime as mine and Joel’s personal endeavours were taking off with a gig-packed July for Pareidolia and a Manchester Jazz Festival debut.

August
 After 2 months away it’s now time to reconnect, and so the planning begins for our next event. We’ll give you a hint; the concept is borderline ready…

Performers, creatives and artists of all shapes and sizes please get in touch and let yourselves be known as you could be perfect for our winter affair. Until then…

Peas and Love – Yemi Bolatiwa

Email: M20collective@gmail.com or to feature in the next blog for an interview about your work, or to submit an opinion or creative piece email: them20press@gmail.com

Creativity – Collaboration –Community

 

 

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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.

acts

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.

details

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!

acts

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

details

When: Thursday 16th October, 8pm

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

How much: £0!

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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!

music

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.

poetry

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.

details

When: Thursday 25th September, 8pm

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

How much: £0!

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Basement Sessions #1… Paugwe//Kolo Tamam//Rachel Ferguson

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

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On Thursday 18 September, M20COLLECTIVE launches a new, free weekly night for Manchester’s creative community at Montpellier’s Cafe/Bar in NQ. Each week, the best of the city’s musicians, poets and artists will be sharing their work in an intimate space tucked away in a cosy basement on Back Turner St  – come along for chilled, creative, collaborative vibes!

For the debut session, we have three amazing artists playing a range of styles for your listening pleasure…

on the stage

Paugwé

This electro/trip-hop duo create a soulful vibe with Sasha Pannu’s powerful vocals layered over looped synths and intricate melodies

Kolo Tamam (reduced set)

Indie infused sounds with splashings of electronica. Vocal and guitar harmonies intertwine to propel lead singer Iain’s poetry into the atmosphere

Rachel Ferguson

Poet, artist and mesmerizing singer song writer. Folky/alternative vibes. Have a read of some of her work on the M20COLLECTIVE Creative Corner…

MORE TBC

details

When: Thursday 18th September, 8pm

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

How much: £0!

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