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Review of Dayse And Aver EP001

Check out Spurious Scholars’ review of the recent Dayse and Aver release on their TNC imprint.

Dayse & Aver

Review: Dayse and Aver EP

By Dave Firth


Like a scratched Isaac Hayes record, the industrial soundscape of 19th century Manchester provided the sultry mood music to the conception of a new age. Spinning frames, steam engines and the howls of disfigured children; a sensual rhythm to which Karl and Friedrich thrust their swollen and throbbing dictations deep into each other’s minds. The hirsute lovers tangled like spiders caught in their own web of intellectual lust, it became impossible to tell where one beard stopped and the other began. Sometimes, Engels would pretend to be the proletariat, tied tight to the frame of his bed, while Marx played the cruel Mill owner. “Spare the rod and spoil the child, my dear boy,” he’d say, spitting on his hand. It was in this setup that they penetrated further into the concept than ever before. Distributing his warm wealth across Engels’ perfect oily body, inspiration struck. “I’ve got it,” he shrieked, “My best line yet… but what rhymes with ‘chains’?


EP 001

Stains. The Capitalist bed sheets were well and truly soiled that day, leaving a mess the servants of the Imperial Machine are still struggling to remove. With all of this in mind, it‘s fitting that Dayse and Aver’s ode to our city is a reflection on the revolution that it helped to inspire. It comes in the guise of a hip-hop concept album- portraying a not so distant Mancunian dystopia. A terrifying cauldron in which brutality, surveillance and hidden menace meld to form a hellish urban penal colony. D&A have created a future every bit as vivid as the books and movies that inspired it; and in doing so, they have provided a powerful commentary of the present.


This debut is a soundtrack for a world in which many of us carry tracking devices in our pockets, willingly, like lambs unaware of their shepherd’s plans for them. Our midnight bus rides, blazed and bleary, are under the cycloptic gaze of countless security cameras.  Dayse’s lyrics confront a society that has allowed the gap between the rich and the poor to widen, systematically removing the safety net from under those who lose their grip.  References to social philosophers from previous centuries show him to be a well read MC, acutely aware of the Industrial Revolution’s parallels to the present.


Dayse and Aver

Dayse and Aver


The beats laid down by Aver match the lyricist’s dexterous flow with a sonic syncretism the two have honed through years of performing in The Natural Curriculum.  Opening track, Hell Is a City, is a statement of intent- over a haunting wall of synths a sample, sourced from the bowels of science fiction, warns the listener that returning to Earth is suicide. And right about then Aver introduces us to the Bass- lurching and stuttering and heavy as hell.


The EP’s strengths lie in its diversity, various flows and styles are fused seamlessly; from nocturnal jazz of Dark Matter to the MF Doom-esque psychedelia of 221120100. Human Zoo sounds like some kind of nightmarish Native Tongues production. Despite the nods to influences (some obvious, others less so), EP001 stands out on its own terms as a work of individuality and artistic integrity. Somehow managing to sound both old school and futuristic, Dayse and Aver have hit on something that deserves to be noticed.

Review of ZOIR’s Old Story EP

Check out this excellent review, if you can call it a review, of our recent free digital download EP from ZOIR (still available from our Bandcamp page!)

Zoir - Old Story EP

Old Story EP review on Answers In Caves



Future Everything review…

Well what a weekend that was. The Mind on Fire Label showcase down at Umbro HQ on Saturday was lots of fun, with Paper Tiger, Danny Drive Thru + G Kut, La77 and Neko Neko all killing it. (Keep an eye out for forthcoming MOF releases from Danny Drive Thru and Paper Tiger!)

MOF @ Future Everything

MOF @ Future Everything



Other highlights of the weekend saw MOF DJs supporting Electronic Exchange with their first ever full live band show (remember we hosted their first ever live show as a duo late last year) and seeing Soup Kitchen’s foundations really tested by the Dub Smugglers Soundsystem at the Neighbourhood party.

MOF Band Live Review

Citylifers.co.uk have put up a nice little review from the MOF Band’s show at Sacred Trinity Church with Illum Sphere and King Kapisce last weekend, check it out below! Big up to This City Is Ours, who hosted the night.

Eurocultured recovery…

My oh my, what a bloody weekend! Massive shouts to everyone who passed through Space at Eurocultured for the Mind on Fire / Hoya Hoya takeover. Thanks to all the acts; Falty DL, Subtitle, Onra, Debruit, Fulgeance, Eclair Fifi, Hatti Vatti and Paper Tiger all killed it, and we’re only just recovering from the carnage…

You can read a nice review of the Paper Tiger set here:

You can read Subtitle’s blog about UK airlines here:

And you can check the Groovement videos of Onra and the mayhem on the terrace here:

Til next time… Ciao.

This City Is On Fire review by Now Then

The people at Now Then Magazine have written a nice little review of the show with Mount Kimbie at Islington Mill in March… click the image below to have a read, and check out the other stuff on their Manchester music blog too…

Art of Corruption review on Pigeon Post!

So after the success of our Haiti Fundraiser at Contact Theatre last Friday, we’d like to say a massive thank you to all the artists and DJs who performed, everyone from onefiveeight, Young Identity and Ctrl Alt Shift who made it happen.

There is been a nice little write up on the event by the people at Pigeon Post which you can check by clicking the image below…

And make sure you cop the Nedry record ‘ Condors’ too, its bloody brilliant!