When you see something great happening, usually you’ve just got to sit back and admire. Fighting back the waves of jealousy that come whenever anybody does something brilliant and inspired, Dan Parrott, who was head of musical output at Manchester’s Channel M before they dropped any semblance of entertaining programming, has brought together 5 of the city’s most exciting new artists for a new EP. On Love & Disaster you will find Airship, Dutch Uncles, Jo Rose and Everything Everything remixing Delphic, which provides one of the most interesting 15 minutes of listening that the city has ever produced. The key thing is that, whereas Manchester has been churning out hit artists at it’s usual rate, there’s been very little sense of a unified movement.
Anyway, onto the bands themselves. This time next year pretty much everyone will have heard of Delphic thanks to their forthcoming debut record, Acolyte, which promises to be one of the best records of 2010. Encompassing members of the now defunct Snowfight in the city centre, they’re now making the ‘nu-rave’ movement of 2007 seem like some horrid nightmare for intelligent dance music. Their song ‘This Momentary’ was put out by Kitsuné in September, and Geffen-signed Everything Everything have put their own twist upon it with a remix for this album. There’s also Airship, who have recently finished supporting Editors, and judging by opener ‘Kids’, there’s a lot more to be expected of these.
Manchester faithful may remember the scramble around Fear of Music a few years ago. Anyway, from the ashes of that comes Jo Rose who, at 22, already has more experience of the industry than most people could ever wish for. either way, ‘Lastbreath, California’ is a sprawling, amazingly adventerous song, sounding as though it’s been crafted by someone well beyond his years.
Oh, and there’s Dutch Uncles. Their song ‘OCDUC’ also features, and it’s the wonderful jaunty, tip-toe pop that you’d expect. But you don’t need me ruining it with my words – experience it below:
Dutch Uncles – OCDUC
Anyway, here’s the tracklisting:
You can get your hands on a copy from 11th January, either on Gatefold 10″ vinyl or the usual digital channels. And here’s the label’s website, where you can stream the entirity of the release (link)