Saturday, 17 March 2012

On Decks - Kindness & James Blake.

Hello there, hope you're well.

First of all, a big thanks to everyone that made it down to see Halls great debut Manchester show last Friday. A totally promising young band in possession of both atmosphere and pulse, and we look forward to seeing them back in Manchester soon.

After a couple of months collaborating with live bands, we'll be returning to a more traditional clubnight for a cool party this Easter, but we've still copped two very special local guests to add some flavour, both rooted in our ethos of cutting edge leftfield and electronic music, although you can expect a fair few uncovered gems too if we may so ourselves... details to follow very shortly.

In the meantime, we're happy to annouce we're going to be administering audio hits for our pals at Now Wave a few times soon. First of all, we're very pleased to be an addition to a bill for a very special clubnight in June, featuring James Blake collaborating with astounding Roll Deep MC Trim, for a special set of his Harmonix productions,. In support is a live set from the tremendously underrated Hyetal, whose debut album from last year, Broadcast, was frequently a thing of real beauty. Also featured is Riz MC, rapper/MC/producer/actor/comedian, best known for his role as Omar in Chris Morris's Four Lions, but also one of the original founders of co-promoters Hit and Run. Please, no "Rubber dinghy rapids" business. All the details, the full line up and a selection of very reasonably priced earlybird tickets are available right here. Be warned the limit to these, is equal, if not lesser than that of Jimmy B's love.

Before that, and in fact, this Thursday, we're delighted to be warming up at another Now Wave joint, the debut Manchester show by the engimatic dubby disco pop king to be, Kindness. His new album 'World, You Need A Change Of Mind', has been soundtracking late evenings and Sunday afternoons for us for a while now, and lead single Cyan (see below) has yet to miss out on an airing at the club. On the night, we'll be bringing a suitable selection of disco, psych and pop to get you in the mood. The Now Wave blog features a preview from yours truly, as well as a stream of the album.

"... What Kindness does best, is create warm, encompassing pop music. Mastered in the studio by Phillippe Zdar (last responsible, of course, for Phoenix’s exempelary Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix) it’s an odd but reassuring tapestry of ideas. With Zdar at the helm, and support from a range of dance music alumni, ‘World…’ may feel like a throwback album, but it’s certainly an idiosyncratic and very current one at that...."

Tickets for the show, in the wonderful basement of Soup Kitchen, are priced just £6 and all the details are here. Get down early to catch us and support act, Modern Blonde.

That's it for now. Don't forget to like our Facebook page to find out what we've got on offer over the coming months. We're excited and hope you will be too.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Work Them Chart Mixtape - March 2012

Our new mixtape for March 2012 features the toast of what's been entertaining our collective ears lately, and what to expect from the night itself. Following a 45 minute trail of alternative dance and weirdo indie, expect contributions from Todd Terje with the irresistible 'Inspector Norse', Errors euphoric post-rock on 'Pleasure Palaces', and future-thinking hip hop from the likes of Lapalux and Evian Christ. There's also an accidental Whitney Houston tribute guaranteed to tear up anybody's sad Aunt. The mix is downloadable for a limited time, and available on our Soundcloud below, and soon at our dedicated Mixcloud account, which is also a permanent home all of our previous mixes.

We hope you enjoy it.

The next edition of Work Them takes place on March 9th, at Kraak Gallery off Stevenson Square, and features a live performance from Halls one of the best new alternative electronic bands in the UK. Their recent EP, 'Fragile' has been gaining plaudits from critics and new music lovers all over, and we're delighted to bring their full live performance to Manchester. Support comes from a DJ set by co-promoters for the evening, Grey Lantern, and after the band, we'll be keeping it going until Kraak gives up the ghost for tne night,. What to expect? A mind expanding and pulse racing mix of everything from shoegaze and psych to future thinking electronica, all dashed with leftfield pop and club classics for the beard strokers, the booty shakers and the awkward ravers.

For full details and tickets for just £4 in advance, register at the Facebook event. We hope to see you at the show and on the floor.

Also, producers, bands, and so forth... We're always looking for exciting new tracks and releases, for our chart mixes, live bookings, and some sort of potential beyond. If you're reckon you've got something we might like, email it over to workthemclub at g mail dot com. But of course, we never really want to know just what we like...