Introducing in Manchester

Gathering new music from Greater Manchester

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Goodbye from the blog

Unfortunately, the end is nigh for the Introducing in Manchester blog. A change in job means that I, the artist formerly known as Producer Chris, am no longer able to update it with Manchester musical titbits and news.

It’s a sad day, but these things happen.

The programme, of course, continues abated on the wireless every Sunday on BBC Radio Manchester and on the BBC iPlayer for a week after broadcast.

And new music in Manchester continues to roll on, getting better all the time.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the blog and offered up such rich pickings - it’s been fantastic.

I will be continuing to write about new music on occasion for the excellent Manchester Scenewipe, so virtually speaking, I’ll hopefully see you around soon.

Thanks again and goodbye.

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HeavyFeet get in front for Back Foot

The tune isn’t out until March, but HeavyFeet are so (understandably) excited by the big, big tune that is Back Foot that they’ve put out the video already.

The tune is their team-up with MOBO-award nominated Nate James and it is every bit as huge as you’d imagine from a duo who recently helped a group of schoolchildren make music out the sound of stars.

Yes, that’s right - as part of the BBC Stargazing shows, they teamed up with a bunch of kids and some sounds of deep space gathered from Jodrell Bank observatory and made astronomically ace music together.

So in the matter of weeks, they’ve made music with a rising star and actual stars - so maybe it’s time they were superstars too.

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Murkage burn it up with Torches

Murkage don’t mess around, do they? When they blow up a new tune, they do it with the biggest explosives they have to hand - namely, their potent mix of a powerful tune and incendiary lyrics.

Torches is their latest nugget of wonder, a terrifyingly awesome cut that sets it sights on bankers, MPs and the rest of the establishment and burns them all with brutal word bombs (and it’s free to download from their site).

Listen to it and you’ll hear why it’s no surprise that they’re headlining the Next Big Thing night at the HMV Ritz on Saturday 4 February - undoubtedly, it’s one not to miss.

See you down the front.

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Just a quick note to let you all know that changes are afoot at Introducing Towers.

Staff changes on the production side of things - don’t worry, Sam’s not going anywhere as the ace presenter - means that Producer Chris (that’s me, writing the blog, in case you wondered) is no longer involved with the radio show.

As a result, there won’t be any more tracklists appearing on this blog. There will, as ever, be the odd story about new Manchester music and videos a-plenty too.

So… non-normal service resumed - tweaked, but still great, hopefully.

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Christmas Special tracklist (18/12/11)

It was time to crack out the mince pies and sherry and enjoy a Christmas special on Sunday. The programme is on iPlayer and here’s what was played:

A Me Beats - Silent Night
Bugs In Ember - Bah Humbugs In Ember
Crazy Man Michael - Merry Xmas Everybody
Ruby-Ann Patterson - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Louis Barrabas and the Bedlam Six - Away In A Manger
Briggzy/Samir Harmim - Mistletoe
Pilgrims Way - Magic Christmas Tree
Mount Fabric - Logical Christmas
Kid Called Sorrow - Aching Lungs
Selfish Lovers - Getting Home For Christmas
Tawse - All That Remains
Honeyfeet - The Wexford Carol
Josephine Oniyama - Purple Snowflakes
The Narrows - Santa, Is That You Outside My Window?
The Electric Stars - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Girl Peculiar - When The Snowflakes Fall
JP Cooper - Mary, Did You Know?
DJ Superchief - Walking In The Air
Maria Jordan - Winter Wonderland
Tonkin Ghosts - I Believe In Father Christmas
I See Angels - Merry Xmas Everybody
Jo Dudderidge - Never Wait Under Mistletoe
Kirsty Almeida - Merry Christmas, Let’s Have Fun
Kirsty Almeida - River
Blind Atlas - Mele Kalikimaka
Kathryn Edwards - Last Christmas
Ren Harvieu - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Ren Harvieu - Through The Night
Adam Gorman - We Three Kings
Kirsty Almeida - Just Cancel Christmas

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A call to armchairs

Promos have got out of hand these days - just look at Rhi-Rhi’s latest, full of laboured points, burn-out cars and a pretty unrepresentative view of modern Belfast.

What the world of music videos needs is some subtlety and a reliance on nice lighting, a solid tune and a lovely front room.

Which is exactly what Air Cav have supplied in their film for A Call To Arms (the latest single from their excellent debut, Don’t Look Indoors).

Somehow, it’s more satisfying than a big budget could ever have given - and it comes complete with a frilly lampshade, so bonuses all round.

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Club treats from Red Deer

Christmas is coming early for fans of Manchester’s Red Deer Club, as the lovely label are giving away a compilation of tasty treats that’ll keep your ears satisfied until Boxing Day (and beyond, if you’ve any sense).

Red Deer Club Volume 4 features such local wonders as Sophie’s Pigeons (who offer up a track of such splendidness, you may well start weeping) and Songs For Walter, and such out-of-area beauties as Jonnie Common (who delivers a fine new version of the tremendous Summer Is For Going Places) and Stealing Sheep.

It is 15 tracks of excellence that are every bit as fine as - and maybe even finer than - volumes 1, 2 and 3.

Best of all, it’s a mere quid to download. A quid. You’d even struggle to get your fill of chocolate coins for that price, so in all honesty, what’s not to like?

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Sunday’s tracklist (11/12/11)

Here’s what was played - as ever, the programme is on iPlayer for the next week.

Patterns – Induction
The Cold One Hundred – All In Vain
Samir Harmim – Like No Other
The Calimacho Club – Baby Got A Switchblade
Milk Maid – Dead Wrong
City Reign – Anywhere Anyway
Jon Kenzie - Lover’s Wave (acoustic)
Jon Kenzie - Touch (acoustic)
Jon Kenzie – Pacificist
Ghost Outfit – Tuesday
The Last Party – A Thousand Smiles
Ghosting Season – Dead Man’s Switch
Victorian Dad – Owner Of That Kind Of Heart
The Cold One Hundred - Hedonist
Dutch Uncles – X-O (Heavyfeet Remix)
The Portlands – Blue Sea Blues (acoustic)
I Swim With Sharks – Just Be Good
Star Slinger feat Reggie B - Dumbin’ (Diplo remix)
Selfish Lovers – Jay Walking
R.I.O. with Misha B – The Naked Truth
Dead Saints - Dreaming
The Cold One Hundred – I’ve Grown Old Without You
Projectionists – I Never Wanted Anything
Ren Harvieu live at the Ruby Lounge

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Sunday’s tracklist (04/12/11)

Here’s what was played - as ever, the programme is on iPlayer for the next week.

Kirsty Almeida – If You Can’t Make Me Happy
Patterns – Induction
Daley – Smoking Gun
Coupe De Ville – Viva L’America
The Narrows – Able Danger
Swiss Lips – U Got The Power
Ben McGarvey – Echo 2
The Portlands – Noctilucent (acoustic)
The Portlands – Blue Sea Blues (acoustic)
The Portlands – Every Word I Sing (Is A Lie)
The Cape Race – They’re Young, They’re In Love
Advances in Mathematics – Sad Xmas Present
The Cold One Hundred - Hedonist
Patterns – Throwing Stones
From The Kites of San Quentin – Stoopid
Air Cav – A Call To Arms
Biederbeck – Settle In (acoustic)
Black Lights – Open Your Eyes
Jon Kenzie – Half Pipe Dream
The Mouse Outfit feat. Dr Syntax – Get Ready
L-Digz - Flow
R.I.O feat. Misha Bryan – The Naked Truth
Ruby Ann Patterson – The Heartbreak Game
DRUGS – Connected
DJ Supercheif - Ghost In The Machine
No Tokyo – Ego Healer
Santiago Street Machine live at the Ruby Lounge

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Gunning for Daley

A while back, Daley finally shed the musical chrysalis he had been hiding inside and released his amazing mixtape, Those Who Wait, onto the world.

It was every bit the sumptuous butterfly that any fan could have wished for - and now he’s letting everyone see, as well as hear, his wonders.

Smoking Gun, one of the highlights of the mixtape, has been given a classy black-and-white video - though sadly not a physical release yet - and it is nothing short of gorgeous.

It’s been said before and it will be said again - for Daley, a big future awaits.