Preview: The Field, The Deaf Institute

It’s less than a month until The Field take to the stage at The Deaf Institute, with their first show in Manchester for over two years. The dynamic, thrilling live techno act have recently released their third album, Looping State Of Mind, an album that is at once both industrially precise and subtlely emotive, and the perfect accompaniment to all long, dark autumnal bus rides home. Of course, in the live enviroment, The Field encourage certain physicality amongst the audience that Stagecoach might generally discourage.

In support of The Field are Kompakt labelmates, Walls. Their second album, Coracle, has been gaining attention across the music press as of late, not only for being a great second album, but for the unique way the band have been presenting the material to critics and curious members of the public – Coracle has been previewed recently at the UK’s largest floatation tank centre. But as noted by the band themselves, Walls music has a pop sensibility that means there’s very little danger of nodding off at their gigs, but their sound is easy to become enveloped in and enamoured with. Having played lead single Sunporch in the bar at Now Wave recently, to be met with a few delighted queries of “Wow, what’s this?” I’ll leave it to DJ and producer James Holden to describe it as sounding like, “wild animals coming out at dawn in some alternate universe, dancing round the embers of a campfire.”


Buy tickets for The Field from See Tickets and Skiddle.

Recommended: D/R/U/G/S – ‘Connected’

We’ve been lucky enough to have Cal Wright – D/R/U/G/S – play for us on a handful of occasions, including at our Parklife, In The City and Sounds From The Other City stages last year. Now returning after an extensive European tour, and preparing to support Digitalism around the UK this month, Cal drops his 2nd single ‘Connected’ on 7th November through Moshi Moshi imprint Tender Age. It’s a deep, jacking, part-house/part-techno romp through Chicago beats and techno synths, putting the melancholics of earlier tracks ‘Love/Lust’ and Liquid Max’ to one side in favour of a trip to the dancefloor.

Pre-order the ‘Connected’ 12″ before the end of the month here and you’ll get a free MP3 of b-side ‘Hyperdream Clap’ straight away

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D/R/U/G/S plays Room 1 of Warehouse Project on 9th December

News: Now Wave booklet released

After much meticulous preparation, Now Wave can proudly announce the release of our first booklet. Circulated this week, it’s a 40-page mini-magazine with features and listings of Now Wave events between October and the end of the year. Along with preview pieces from writers Matthew Britton, Will Orchard and John Thorp, it also features the stunning original artwork of Paul Hemmingfield aka Pin, our designer since day 1 and the creator of our signature ‘look’.

[Image courtesy of Seb Matthes]

You can pick up the booklet from the following Manchester outlets:

The Deaf Institute
Trof NQ
Trof Fallowfield
Font (Fallowfield)
Font (New Wakefield Street)
The Bay Horse
Oi Polloi
North Tea Power
Oxfam Originals
Piccadilly Records
Ryan Vintage
Blue Rinse
Cafe Pop
Vinyl Exchange

News: Panda Bear comes to Manchester

After he released one of our favourite albums so far this year, we’re proud to be able to bring Panda Bear to Manchester this December. The Animal Collective frontman has followed up the success of 2007’s ‘Person Pitch’ – widely regarded as one of the best albums that year – with ‘Tomboy‘, awarded 4/5 in The Guardian and 8.5/10 on Pitchfork, and will be bringing his solo material to the Northern Quarter’s Central Methodist Hall on Friday 2nd December accompanied by stunning visuals. [youtube] You can here a sample of Panda Bear’s solo set – a 70-minute recording of his celebrated homecoming show in New York last Winter – here (Direct Download). Tickets for Panda Bear at Central Methodist Hall can be found at See Tickets, Ticketline and Skiddle.

Preview: Chairlift, Sound Control

Brooklyn’s Chairlift return to Manchester next month, following up 2009’s ‘Does You Inspire You’ LP with new single ‘Amanaemonesia’. The Brooklyn band, who achieved great success with the single ‘Bruises’ two years ago, will be releasing their second album ‘Something’ in the UK on 23rd January. Before then, a short UK tour brings them to Sound Control’s Lounge venue on the 2nd of next month, supported by Trailer Trash Tracys and Boxed In, the new project from ex-Keith frontman Oli Bayston.

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We’re looking forward to the support bands as much our headliners, especially considering Trailer Trash Tracys have proven fantastic bookings in the past – playing alongside These New Puritans at The Deaf Institute for example. Their debut album ‘Ester’ is released on Double Six Records on January 9th next year. You can stream a 4-track sampler of the album below, and preorder a copy here

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Buy tickets for Chairlift at See Tickets and Ticketline