“The Winachi Tribe are a phenomenon… there’s no question they have IT!” (Heidi Cuda L.A. Times Entertainment)
A Daft Punk & Nile Rogers fusion of electronic dance club beats, Donna Summer New York disco chic and a dash of Giorgio Moroder synths. – A1 Music
The adrenaline-fuelled groove machine that is The Winachi Triberelease a remix of their debut single ‘Time For Love’ through A1M Records. Initially released five years ago, David Tolan (Primal Scream, Tears For Fears) has given it a thumping update ahead of the release of their debut album in early 2021.
Lead singer, Liam Croker‘s voice is a gritty fusion of the eccentricity of George Clinton, delivered with Shaun Ryder attitude, tempered with a white northern soul funk-rock style, reminiscent of Sly Stone. ‘Time For Love’ is full of swagger and funk. Adding to their unique funkadelia sound is acclaimed percussionist Inder Goldfinger who is best known for his work with Ian Brown and Fun-Da-Mental with his neo-classical tribal rhythmic style.
A 5-year unstoppable journey has led The Winachi Tribe to the suburbs of Hollywood from the urban streets of Manchester through relentless hard work and a good slice of hustling. They’ve jet-set around the world, wowing at festivals and played with Grand Master Flash, Sugarhill Gang & Furious Five and The Happy Mondays. Along the way, they’ve received global radio support and clocked up hundreds of thousands of streams, picked up acclaimed U.S. songwriting awards and appeared in the L.A. Times
The band recently signed to Howie B‘s management company ‘BeeManaged’. Howie is better known as a record producer, musician and collaborator who has worked with artists including Björk, U2, Tricky He said:
“Working with Winachi is an absolute pleasure; their enthusiasm and commitment to their art/songs/funk/soul is infectious and inspiring.”
1 – (new) Working Men’s Club – Working Men’s Club 2 – (new) Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension 3 – Idles – Ultra Mono 4 – Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? 5 – (new) The Stone Roses – The Remixes 6 – (new) Melanie C – Melanie C 7 – (new) Denise Johnson – Where Does It Go 8 – Thurston Moore – By The Fire 9 – (new) Queen & Adam Lambert – Live Around The World 10 – (new) Lana Del Rey – Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass 11 – (new) Roisin Murphy – Roisin Machine 12 – (new) Hunna – I’d Rather Die Than Let You In 13 – (new) Pan Amsterdam – Ha Chu 14 – Michael Kiwanuka – KIWANUKA 15 – (new) Stone Foundation – Is Love Enough 16 – (new) Roger Waters – Us + Them 17 – Deftones – Ohms 18 – New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies 19 – (new) Jonsi – Shiver 20 – (new) The Jaded Hearts Club – You’ve Always Been Here
The Official Charts Company launched the UK Record Store Chart in 2012 to reflect the last decade’s drive to support independent music outlets and the concurrent surge in vinyl sales. It is compiled from the best selling albums at 100 of Britain’s leading independent music shops.
French-born Graffiti Artist, Akse has painted a tribute to Denise Johnson in Hulme, Manchester just before the release of her posthumous album ‘Where Does It Go’ on Friday 2 October.
Denise’s family said: “We’re totally stunned into silence. Really cannot find words for how brilliant this is. We’re genuinely lost for words in the nicest sense”.
BBC producer and close friend of Denise, Natalie-Eve Williams tweeted: “Our girl is on the streets where she grew up. Cannot thank you enough @Akse_P19 for your kindness and generosity”.
Akse is a French-born Graffiti Artist of Vietnamese heritage, based in Manchester since 1997. Akse started painting in 1992 and is a member of the P19 Graffiti Crew. Over the last few years, Akse has focused on freehand High-Definition HD photo-realism graffiti portraits. His work around Manchester always commands people’s attention and often reflects the social, political and cultural mood of the city. His highly acclaimed work is featured in other cities including Liverpool and London.
When the news broke on July 27 that Denise Johnson ~ one of Manchester’s most talented and cherished singers ~ had died, so much love poured out for her from across the world.
Her stunning voice can be heard on many iconic singles and albums over the last 30 years. Denise is best known for the two albums she recorded and toured with Primal Scream in the 1990s, Screamadelica and Give Out But Don’t Give Up. Others include New Order, Johnny Marr, The Charlatans, Michael Hutchence, 808 State, Electronic, Bernard Butler, Ian Brown, The Waterboys and A Certain Ratio – whose album released later this month will also feature Denise.
Denise had been working on her debut album before she passed away, which means it will now be a posthumous release when it comes out on Friday, October 2. The album is acoustic, just Denise’s vocals and an acoustic guitar – apart from Steal Me Easy which has an organ – it was near completion, mastering and cover images and design were signed off. Denise’s delight at finally getting it to the point of release was immense. She was hugely proud of this album, and responses to her twitter comments about it show that this was going to be an incredibly well-received record.
Working with Manchester-based guitarist Thomas ‘Twem’ Twemlow since 2013, Denise had found the perfect accompaniment for her astounding voice. Their arrangements of covers had already seen two single releases: 10CC‘s I’m Not In Love (2017) followed by New Order‘s True Faith in 2018. Both tracks earned great reviews and – most importantly to Denise – approval from both 10CC and New Order.
Twem first met Denise in 2003 and she sang on a couple of his tracks as he describes:
“Denise got back in touch a few years after we’d first worked together, asking if I’d play acoustic guitar for her. We set about doing our own version of her favourite songs from various Manchester acts. One of the first she asked me to play around with was True Faith: my first thought was “how the hell can I make an electronic track work on acoustic?” But, to be honest, when you’ve got someone like Denise singing, you can make anything work!”
Where Does It Go was recorded at Hope Mill Recording Studios in Ancoats, Manchester. Alongside Denise’s previous singles – and Well I Wonder by The Smiths – is Evangeline, a song by one of her favourite writers, Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost. Another song Denise wanted to include on the album is her version of Ellie Greenwich‘s Sunshine After The Rain, a song Denise performed in her role as Mary, in the BBC’s incredible live staging of The Manchester Passion in 2006. Denise always cited this event as one of the highlights of her career, for the simple reason that she knew it had made her mother incredibly proud.
The album also features Nothing You Can Do, written by Denise, and Steal Me Easywhich was penned with former collaborator, the French guitarist Fabien Lefrançois.
With the exception of Steal Me Easy, the recording of the album is completely live and features no studio tricks or computer wizardry. It was engineered by Twem and produced by Denise.
The desire to capture the essence of their live sound was borne from the joy of performing. Early sets at Denise’s friend Terry Christian‘s ‘Mad Manc Cabaret’ events led to one-off shows, appearances at several UK festivals, and a number of intimate acoustic performances at wider events such as Tim Burgess‘s ‘North by Northwich’. Festival No 6 in 2018 saw a joyful mass singalong to their set finale, an acoustic version of Primal Scream’s Don’t Fight It Feel It, with Twem playing bass guitar for a change. And at Bluedot 2019 Denise and Twem opened with The Carpenters’Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft – a fitting nod to a stage in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Noel Gallagher was back in Manchester on Friday (25 Oct 19) to take part in an ‘in conversation’ charity event at the iconic Salford Lads’ Club. Dr Kirsty Fairclough asked the questions and Noel didn’t disappoint with his answers, he had the audience in the palm of his hand with his funny responses. My iPhone footage is at the point when Noel talks at length about one of his musical heroes David Bowie:
“I’m a huge fan, and I’m always suspicious of anyone who is not a huge fan…he was a genius! One of my biggest regrets is that I met him once, and I was a bit too stupid to appreciate him. I went to see him at Wembley Arena and someone came up to me and said “David would like to see you and I was like, ‘course he f**ing would!’ But when I went to his dressing room, he was putting on make-up and I was a little bit too young and stupid to appreciate that I was there. I just said, ‘Have you got any beers in?’ if I could only meet him now and tell him what he means to me… but back then I was just shrugging my shoulders.‘
Kirsty went on to ask Noel about what he thought of Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. Noel replied,
“I didn’t like it at much as The Next Day…I thought that was a masterpiece. When he won an award at The Brits, I presented it to Kate Moss because he wasn’t there. I’d been out all night and the next night I was sat on the couch and hungover to f**k and there was an email on my iPad. It just said ‘Thanks for the shout out. Keep writing. DB’ and I was like ‘who the f**k is DB’ but it dawned on me. I emailed back something like ‘Great f***ing night (I’m such a knobhead) and he emailed me back immediately. Then I shit it, thinking ‘I’m having a conversation with David Bowie!’ He is one of the all-time greats!
Dr Fairclough also read out selected questions from members of the audience, including ‘What’s the greatest party you’ve ever been to?’
“My 50th was f*cking amazing. Madonna turned up, and she wasn’t even invited. Like a true Mancunian, I said: “who the f*ck invited you?“
‘What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?’
‘What’s your favourite B-side?
“Half the world away. John Lewis made me a fortune for it, ironically I’ve spent a fortune in John Lewis.“
The event was a huge success, raising £8.5K for Salford Lads’ Club.
Weather The Storm by Skylark and the Scorpion is both a record of majestic folk beauty and a breathtaking cinematic experience from Skylark aka Petra Jean Phillipson (David Holmes/Martina Topley Bird/Marianne Faithful) andthe Scorpion aka Nick J Webb (The Lea Shores/Nadine Shah).
The ambitious musical odyssey tells the tale of two haunted souls on their search for re-connection. It’s a conceptual project formed around the pairing of creator, producer, songwriter Nick and vocalist Petra. The album finds the duo assume the roles of two ill-fated lovers as they traverse through a turbulent story arc told through the album’s captivating song cycle. A real labour of love, the record arrives at the end of a journey almost as epic in reality as it is in its fiction.
To mark the album’s announcement, Skylark and the Scorpion are revealing the first two chapters of a 40-minute short film that accompanies the entire record. The film follows the emotional journey of the two lovers. Viewers will be able to tune into a progressive narrative that will gradually unfurl their destiny with a string of videos, each soundtracked by a song featured on the album with a new instalment set to be unveiled every week leading up to the full release in autumn.
You can watch the videos for ‘Hey Lover‘ – the first track for radio – and the film trailer for ‘Weather The Storm’ below.
Guided by Petra’s inimitable siren song, the lead single (and fittingly the first song Petra and Nick ever recorded together), ’Hey Lover’ flows through layers of languid orchestrations and rippling acoustic arpeggios, with a glorious opening salvo.
Nick and Petra were joined by a talented array of hand-picked musicians and friends. Contributions from ambient music composer Roger Eno (brother of Brian Eno, who added piano and accordion to the mix) and orchestral arranger Nell Catchpole (on violin/viola), with additional contributions from Tim Harries (double bass), Jamie Spencer Smith (guitars), Fontane Liang (harp) and Nick Foot (percussion). Webb, who also plays the cornet, then completed the album by adding brass arrangements, before sending the results to celebrated producer Ben Hillierfor mixing the elegant finished article we hear today.
‘Little Green Light’ by James Holt is the followup to ‘Come Out to Play’ and continues in a similar vein while exploring new sounds and drawing from different influences.
“It’s probably the most upbeat track I’ve released so far,” says singer/songwriter. “It’s a hybrid of sorts, fusing elements of disco, Latin American rhythms, and Johnny Marr jangly guitar lines, all with hints of The Beatles throughout.“
James provides lead vocals, backing vocals and plays all instruments apart from drums and saxophone on ‘Little Green Light’ and has continued to use the production skills of Jim Spencer (Johnny Marr, The Charlatans) that has proved successful on his previous single releases.
Describing the lyrical themes James said, “Lyrically, it explores the fading glow of the American Dream from an outsider perspective, a central theme in The Great Gatsby (symbolised by a green light at the end of a dock). It traces the early-American ideals of freedom of opportunity, which encouraged many to emigrate there in the early 20th century, to the fulfilled dream of the moon landing (the event celebrates its 50th anniversary this year).”
James plays headline shows at the Deaf Institute, Manchester on Friday 4October and Hope & Anchor, London (Islington) on Thursday 17 October.
“Powerful” – EMINA LUKARCANIN, BILLBOARD.COM “Her most empowering anthem yet” – TRIPLE J RADIO
Already a star in her native Australia, Meg Mac has set her sights on the UK with her new album, Hope. The first track is the synth-infused ‘Give Me My Name Back’, a song about reclaiming dignity and self-worth in the face of emotional and physical abuse and upon its worldwide release, Meg received hundreds of private messages of thanks through social media.
“There were lots of messages from people who had come out to their friends or their family. People feeling like, that was their way of gaining their identity and their name back,” she says. “There were also a lot of [stories about] abuse and victims who had come through sexual assault; I would be crying reading some of them.”
Directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, the video serves as a rallying cry about reclaiming identity, dignity and self-worth in a post-#MeToo era.
“This is a song for everyone who has lost an important part of themselves, which they need to reclaim in order to move forward with their life,” says Meg of the track. “It’s for the women who are standing up and speaking out, those discriminated against in the LGBTQI community, the indigenous people of Australia and the children abused by the church”
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, James Holt releases the powerful, lyric-driven anthem in ‘Alone Again’.
The 24-year-old Boltonian provides lead vocals, backing vocals and plays all instruments (excluding drums) on ‘Alone Again’. James has once again, brought in the production wizardry of Jim Spencer (Johnny Marr, The Charlatans) to create layers of reverb and different filters, allowing each part in the song to have a stark contrast to each section as James explains:
“I really enjoy subverting people’s expectations in songs through sudden tempo changes, similar to Brian Wilson’s production method of splicing together of different sections, which gives ‘Alone Again’ an angular quality. I’ve always loved the classic songs of the 60/70s and – drawing inspiration from The Beatles (the Rubber Soul / Revolver years) and the dramatic variety of early Scott Walker – I aimed to write a song that pays homage to that golden era of songwriting.
“There are three separate narratives in ‘Alone Again’ with the underlying theme of loneliness and regret. In the first verse, the character loses his love in death (‘never-ending dream’). In the second he never told his love of his feelings (‘I should have screamed when I was whispering’) and in the final verse he blames himself for suffocating their passions (‘like fire clings to a burning man I have smothered you’).”
Quotes “Feels fresh and exciting to listen to.” – Brian Eno
“Love James’ voice on that new single. Sounding great”. John Kennedy Radio X
BBC Introducing Manchester have been huge supporters of James. Co-presenter/producer, and Michelle Hussey commented, “It’s beautiful with definite echoes of Cherry Ghost.“
“It sounds very Beatles-esque and – here’s a massive compliment – vocally it sounds very John Lennon.” Jim Salveson from XS Manchester
“Very talented, very wonderful – absolutely love his voice.” NatalieBBC Introducing Manchester.
“With an arresting voice that is reminiscent of John Lennon or early Bob Dylan, wily lyrics and an upbeat weave of rock, prog and blues, it’s obvious to see why his remarkable music is turning heads.” Louise Dodgson, The Unsigned Guide.