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Will Not Be Televised

Turn off the radio and get down to Will Not Be Televised night in Manchester, a new weekly session at Trof in Fallowfield with some of Manchester’s finest live hip hop acts and DJs every single Friday at bargainous prices. Over the coming months you can see the likes TNC, Herrotics, Dr Syntax, Chimpo and others, as well as Mind on Fire DJs regularly representing…

Will Not Be Televised

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Not Be Televised kicks off with a Kopparberg sponsored special with Mikill Pane and D’Lyfa Reilly  at TV21 on 1st October.

MOF at Dulcimer on Saturday with OMAS

This Saturday 3rd September MOF are back in Dulcimer in Chorlton for our regular monthly session. This month sees special guest OMAS joining us from My First Moth Records… Neighbourhood resident, At Large curator, Natural Curriculum DJ and all round good guy. As if this wasn’t enough, these shindigs are one of the first places to hear upcoming releases on the Mind On Fire imprint so keep the first saturday of the month free in your diary.

MOF at Dulcimer

MOF at Dulcimer

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.

Interview with Dayse and Aver

Following the release of their debut vinyl EP (available HERE) and in the run up to a live show for Mind on Fire this Thursday, Dayse and Aver of The Natural Curriculum met with MOF’s Spurious Scholars to discuss their inspirations for the EP and what’s next for TNC. Click below!

Dayse and Aver

Dayse and Aver

Now Then Mind On Fire @ Dulcimer

Now Then Mind On Fire

Now Then Mind On Fire

The third of our trio of summer shows sees Now Then Manchester team up with the ever-innovative Mind On Fire independent music promoters for an evening of hip hop, electronica and whatever else DANNY DRIVE THRU, DAYSE & AVER (The Natural Curriculum) and VIEKA feel like channelling between your ears.

DANNY DRIVE THRU

Primed to be the first 7” vinyl single release on Mind On Fire Recordings after the label’s string of visionary compilations promoting the best of local innovators, Danny Drive Thru’s ‘Psychedelia Smith’ / ‘Violence Makes’ split is a tangible embodiment of years spent soaking up the contents of a vast sphere of influences towards fine-tuning his mixing skills. The funky hip hop and soul scratch DJ adds his beats to an eclectic array of samples and clips from retro blues to Street Fighter.

DAYSE & AVER / TNC

Local hip hop and street art connoisseurs The Natural Curriculum have brought many things to the city of Manchester: sharp, astute lyrics, smooth production and a canny knack for an inventive music video (see below). In their ranks are producer/MC combo Dayse and Aver, a pair who describe this side project (so far a free digital EP – below) as a splinter group from the main TNC branch. But don’t mistake that to mean they’ll only be a fraction of the quality; Dayse & Aver will more than lift the roof off.

VIEKA

Chantelle Scott’s synthetic compositions may owe much to the early 90s wave of Bristolian trip hop, but a vocal similarity with Beth Gibbons shouldn’t detract from the vivid soundscapes concocted when her harmonious sampling orchestra meets percussionist Joe Luckin’s unwavering rhythms.

Visuals TBC.

ZOIR and MIND ON FIRE DJs will be resident tune selectors during set changeovers.

Free entry (pay what you like; £3 suggested / much appreciated to support performers and ensure the future unearthing of similar gems).

Dulcimer is a stone’s throw away from the new Chorlton tram stop. Other transport links are also available…

[September’s show will be 4th Thursday of the month (22nd) and the full line-up is in the TBC column. But keep your eyes peeled.]

Omas & Aver – Out Of Time 7″

Here’s a quick heads up about the recent release from Manchester’s My First Moth label, a great 7″ of summery funk from Omas and Aver (DJ and Beatmaker from The Natural Curriculum), The record also features a remix from My First Moth boss DJ Mischief and has been getting support from the likes of DJ Format – “I like both those mixes a lot, nice work! I like the super heavy drums on the original but the DJ Mischief mix has some great music” – so make sure you get ‘em while they’re hot!

Omas & Aver - Out Of Time (My First Moth)

Omas & Aver - Out Of Time (My First Moth)

Dayse and Aver

If you haven’t yet copped your free download of the TNC affiliated Dayse & Aver’s first E.P then do not wait any longer. Click the picture below to be taken to their website where you can get hold of the music and read up on other goings on in the world of Dayse and Aver.

Dayse & Aver

Dayse & Aver

TNC Early Works Free Download

Your boys The Natural Curriculum have just kindly released a back catalogue of their early works as a free download, as well as a load of Dayse and Aver tracks to boot. Follow the links below to grab yours while their hot!

TNC Early Works Free Download

TNC Early Works Free Download

D&A Early works

D&A Early works

And so we return…

Hello Manchester… MOF return from Soundwave and get straight back to business with two Neighbourhood sessions as well as Tighten Up this weekend. We had an amazing time in Croatia, and massive thanks go out to everyone who made it out there with us and everyone involved with the festival… We had so much fun playing on the Friday and the boat party with TNC, Taste The Diff’rence and Riot Jazz was something else. Seriously, Manchester repped it hard out there, pats on the back to all involved.

Pictures, videos, blogs and all sorts of other stuff on the way, but first – we sleep.

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