Steve Mason | Gorilla | 10th April

On 10th April Now Wave will host a show from Steve Mason (The Beta Band, King Biscuit Time, Black Affair) at Gorilla. The singer will be performing in support of his new solo album ‘Monkey Minds in the Devils Time’ which is set for release on March 11th.

Heavily focused on the current political climate Mason’s new album questions the seemingly lack of dissenting voices in music and popular culture today. All of the songs on the album were written by the singer with some tracks featuring a collaboration from London MC Maestro. Tickets for the show are available from See Tickets or instore at Piccadilly Records, Oldham Street.

Recommended: Soulwax bring Soulwaxmas to The Warehouse Project

Next week, Soulwax are back in Manchester for a special instalment of their Soulwaxmas parties. While it’s certainly not the first time Soulwax have played in Manchester (or even at The Warehouse Project), it is the first Soulwaxmas here and with the likes of Erol Alkan, The 2 Bears and previous Now Wave guest Kindness appearing on the line-up, it’s one of the most exciting events at this year’s The Warehouse Project.

Soulwax have just released the latest in their Radio Soulwax programmes. An hour-long audio-visual tribute to David Bowie, ‘DAVE’ is Soulwax at their most hare-brained and original and showcases exactly what’s exciting us most about their appearance at The Warehouse Project – restless, imaginative mixing, married with the most stunning of visuals both new and old.

The event will also be a chance to see Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, and his full live band on what is likely their biggest stage to date. Having brought them to Soup Kitchen for their first headline show in Manchester back in March, we’re thrilled that Kindness have been hand-picked by the Dewaele Brothers to appear as live support. Bainbridge’s debut LP ‘World, You Need A Change Of Mind’ has featured highly on numerous ‘Best of 2012′ lists and is doubtless one of the most inventive and unique releases of the year. Kindness’ support slots with Soulwax – including two dates at Brixton Academy immediately after his show at The Warehouse Project – tie up his busiest, and best, year to date. We can’t wait to see him again.

Tickets for Soulwaxmas at The Warehouse Project are available from Ticketline.

Recommended: Brand new Now Wave mix

As a follow-up to our genre-spanning mixes and an accompaniment to our new weekly show on Beatwolf Radio, we decided it was time to put together a fresh collection of our stand-out new tracks. Our May 2012 mix features new cuts from past Now Wave guests Disclosure, Death Grips and Grimes (who returns to Manchester to headline Sound Control on 30th August) as well as the upcoming likes of Bondax and No Glow.

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Tracklisting:

1. Actress – Glint
2. Bondax – You’re So
3. Bobby Tank – Circles
4. Disclosure – Flow
5. XXXY – I Know This (Can’t Be Love)
6. No Glow – Toronto
7. Death Grips – Bitch Please
8. Hudson Mohawke – CBAT
9. Nicki Minaj – I Am Your Leader (Ft. Cam’ron & Rick Ross)
10. RL Grime – Treadstone
11. Romare – Down The Line (It Takes A Number)
12. Lianne La Havas – Forget (Shlomo Remix)
13. Grimes – Be A Body
14. Elite Gymnastics – Here In Heaven 4 (CFCF Remix)

 

Recommended: New No Ceremony single

Considering it marks their debut live performance, we’re pretty thrilled to have No Ceremony as part of our ‘New Sounds of the North’ event for FutureEverything. The Manchester band have released few details yet four tracks – including single ‘Heartbreaker’ (which features, pleasantly but somewhat inexplicably, Joey Santiago of Pixies fame) – have seen the light of day and mark them out as more than worthy of the attention they’ve gained. Indeed, they’ve already appeared on Amazing Radio’s Ones To Watch list for 2012 and a feature in The Guardian referred to them as ones to ‘tear you apart’.

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Tickets for ‘New Sounds of the North’ featuring alt-J and Money can be found here. More information of FutureEverything can be found here.

Recommended: Money release new video

It certainly wouldn’t be overegging the pudding to say Money are one of the most exciting new(-ish) bands in Manchester, and having played for us a handful of times (including a glorious set at Salford’s Sacred Trinity Church, as well as two secret collaborations with Sways Records at their Fuhrer Bunker warehouse) and recently completed a tour of France, the four-piece have returned with a new track and a video to accompany it.

New single ‘So Long (Godisdead)’ just about sums up why they’re such an important prospect: a heavenly combination of bittersweet vocals and softly building, atmospheric guitars, on a parallel with the likes of Wild Beasts’ ‘End Come Too Soon’.

Money play our ‘New Sounds of the North‘ event for FutureEverything, alongside headliners Alt-J and No Ceremony, who play their debut show. Tickets are available from See Tickets. Guinea-Bissau city maps