Manchester based record label and music collective Mind on Fire work with a wide range of artists from around the world regardless of genre, from Deadbeat to Secret Chiefs 3 as well as working tirelessly to showcase homegrown talent. Consisting of musicians, DJs, producers, and other creative types, all united by a relaxed and open minded approach to making and sharing music they have been organizing gigs and clubnights since September 2004. Coupling this with a variety of vinyl releases, free digital downloads, mixes and podcasts, Mind on Fire has built it’s reputation at the heart of Manchester’s leftfield music.
Joining them in the two room Kings Arms bash are This City Is Ours, a Manchester & Los Angeles based collective of music-obsessed friends who have been organising regular club nights and live shows for a varied selection of both British and international acts since their inception in 2009.
Having put on awesome shows from acts ranging from electronica (Ital Tek [Planet Mu], Lando Kal [of Lazer Sword] Mount Kimbie [Hot Flush]) to avant-rock (Kayo Dot [Hydra Head/Tzadik], TCIO is currently taking residency at Wahlbar in Manchester’s Fallowfield bringing in guest DJs and electronic acts from around the UK every month as well as live shows & Club nights in venues around the city.
After last years upstairs/downstairs takeover of the Old Pint Pot that brought us epic late night sets from Shigeto and Lapalux, we are super pleased to have them back to recreate the magic, this time over both floors of The Kings Arms .
F I N G A T H I N G ( B A R E B O N E S S O U N D S Y S T E M )
2012 saw the long awaited return of Fingathing, with their fourth LP ‘Undead’. After the self released ‘Apocalypso’ EP, the boys took time out to spread artistic wings and remind themselves why they were doing what they were doing in the first place. All three moved on with other projects and came full circle when Parker visited Sneaky in his new hometown of Berlin – six months later, they had an album. Parker brought it back to Manchester, joining forces with engineering wizard and artist Sirconical to mixdown the latest Fingathing sound. Now, they finally bring their Barebones Sound System to Salford.
D E F T
Despite his young age, Deft has already managed to establish a sonic personality in his music that is earning him support from all the right people, in all the right places. Following a fairly standard musical upbringing – you know the usual: learning to play drums, playing in bands with cringe worthy names, drawing influences from hip hop and electronic music – Deft took the next logical, some might say cliché, step and started making music with software experimenting with drum loops and basic production. A forgettable experiment with local Croydon artists and MCs – google at your own risk – led him further down the rabbit hole as he moved to Brighton and began taking music more seriously.
B L A C K S M I F
Blacksmif – real name Yemi Olagbaiye – has spent the past couple of years racking up plaudits from all across the board. Mary Anne Hobbs, Resident Advisor and FACT magazine (who named him in their top tracks of 2012) have been among those tipping the young London native for great things. Booked for his debut Manchester (well, Salford) performance, Blacksmif is certain to be one of the producers pushing future bass music forward over the course of 2013.
S Z A R E
Szare first emerged towards the end of 2009 on the mysterious hand-stamped white label Horizontal Ground. Under the name of 188.8.131.52.5 the equally mysterious techno outfit crafted pensive, raw techno, continuing to do so under the Szare moniker for successive releases on labels like Other Heights, Idle Hands and their own imprint, Syndrome Z.
R A I N D O G
Having originally studied as an artist, Project: Mooncircle newcomer Rain Dog has spent the last couple of years experimenting with production software, building speakers, composing music for indie shorts and making beats out of various small bedrooms scattered across the north of England. Recently he has settled in London and with a release on Echodub‘s imprint, Cut and a track featured on Project: Mooncirlce‘s 10th anniversary box LP, he continues to develop his lowslung melodic compositions.
R E A L
“One of the most strenuous goals an artist can aim to achieve is to encapsulate his or her own sound. Once obtained, that musician has a certain “leg-up” in the game when it comes to producing. That in no way implies that the future sounds of that artist will come off as homogenous, but will rather carry with them a certain reminiscent factor of the past. Real is the poster-child of this idea. Tracing back his history in this scene, you as a listener are able to hear him as he explores new territories and concepts in music, but there always seems to be a positive root of his sound clearly identifiable in each new track.” – Life Crushed
F R A M E W O R K S
Frameworks is the alias of 29 year old producer & multi-instrumentalist Matt Brewer. Another product of the thriving music scene of Manchester he’s been building a following over the last few years with releases on Organik Records, My First Moth, Hero Records and First Word.
“Comparisons with Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra and even Portishead can’t be denied.” – Beatnik
O R I G A M I B I R O
Audio visual collective Origamibiro merge found objects, unorthodox contraptions, multiinstrumentalism and persistence of vision to create an atmosphere both nostalgic and otherworldly. The last few years have been somewhat of a whirlwind for the band, having staged landmark performances and screened at The Heyward Gallery, Edinburgh Film Festival, Tate Modern and as part of the Liverpool Biennale. Nominated for the 2012 Vimeo Awards in NYC for their performance of “Quad Time”, together musicians & producers Tom Hill and Andy Tytherleigh and video artist The Joy of Box make connections between seemingly unrelated elements and create a world that plays the scale of human emotions. We’re delighted to welcome them to the theathrical surrounds of the Kings Arms for SFTOC13
“Mesmerising…You can’t help but be impressed by Origamibiro’s audio-visual mechanics. A Revelation.” - NME
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