Recommended: Peaking Lights release new video

Winners of Piccadilly Records’ Album of 2011, and our final band of 2011 Peaking Lights have released the video for new single ‘Hey Sparrow’. The track, woozy and sunkissed like the whole album, perfectly soundtracks a lost afternoon playing and building with rubbish in an empty Californian park. A sweet vid for a sweet track, one which we can’t way to hear live at The Deaf Institute on 10th December.


Buy tickets for Peaking Lights at The Deaf Institute from Skiddle and See Tickets. RSVP on Facebook here and listen to ‘936’ on Spotify here

News: Manchester’s Money for Fallowfield show

Finally refurbished and reopened after a long period of disuse, Platt Chapel has begun putting on events, and who better for us to pop our cherry at the venue with than Money, who performed a typically spiritual show at Sacred Trinity Church earlier this month. The band, who have proven notoriously difficult to define or pigeonhole, have released little more than a few YouTube snippets yet with the aid of visuals and installations we’ll be able to bring some of their vivid and recognisable imagery to life on the night. S.C.U.M. support, along with Butchers and Great Waves.



Tickets for Money at Platt Chapel can be bought from See Tickets

News: SBTRKT for UK tour, Salford date announced

SBTRKT‘s self-titled debut album is absolutely one of our favourites of 2011 – a tight, inventive collection of electronic dance with some exciting collaborations on one of our favourite labels, Young Turks.The masked producer brings his live show to Now Wave in February, supported by Disclosure at Islington Mill on Thursday 23rd February. The 7 date tour – which finishes with a massive show at Koko – will be preceded by new single ‘Hold On’ feat. Sampha on 9th January


Tickets for SBTRKT at Islington Mill can be bought from See Tickets and Skiddle

Preview: King Krule, Trof Fallowfield

Many teenagers solipsistically sit in their bedrooms moaning that nobody listens to them – not the case with 17-year-old Archy Marshall. Already this nascent talent has gained attention with two monikers. Previously finding ears with Out Getting Ribs as Zoo Kid, he’s just released a self-titled debut EP under the new King Krule moniker, and tonight, he’ll be playing it in Trof Fallowfield.


His influences don’t fit the youthful naivety expected either – Gene Vincent, Tom Waits, and Chet Baker are favourites – making for a disparate mix incorporating Jazz, Dub, and Hip-Hop. These incongruent elements were put together in an inimitable way by Marshall, initially using only a laptop with a knackered battery. His laconic delivery floats within sparse sprinkles of keys, washes of guitar reverb and double-bass samples.

‘The Noose Of Jah City’ is drenched in a deliquescent atmosphere, its protaganist seems like a helpless soul resigned to ill-fate. Forlorn lyrics and a rich echo, add to the emotive textures working effortlessly. Despite the inauspicious signs it’s hard not to drift of into a state of drowsy contentment…

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You can still buy tickets for King Krule at Trof Fallowfield from Skiddle and See Tickets

By Simon Butcher

Recommended: The Antlers cover The XX

It was always going to be a pretty special combination, two of our favourite bands – both of whom we’ve been proud to bring to Manchester on numerous occasions – together at last. As part of new EP ‘(together)’, the follow-up to this year’s LP ‘Burst Apart‘, The Antlers have covered The XX‘s VCR in typically trippy style. The Brooklyn band’s reinterpretation overlaps reverbed vocals over soft, twinkly synths and a shuffling drum line, stripping the original of its sparse, bleak ‘night bus’ vibes and bringing it close to a dub version of Matthew Dear’s remix of the original.

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The Antlers play Sound Control on Monday 14 November. You can find tickets at See Tickets and Skiddle and RSVP on Facebook here.