Sour Grapes: Making psych tapes on the third floor of Afflecks Palace

As you navigate the warren of walkways and stairwells in Afflecks Palace – the Northern Quarter’s alternative indoor market – you hear Sour Grapes’ sound-system before you see it. The DIY record label and promoter is tucked in a corner on the third floor, amongst a myriad of independent vendors, vintage boutiques and fashion traders.…

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An architectural snapshot of brutalism at UMIST

In February, the University of Manchester and Bruntwood SciTech signed legal documentation to build a £1.5bn innovation district named ID Manchester. Place North West reports that a masterplan for the project is expected later this year. The proposed site is located off Oxford Road, next to the Grade II listed Sackville Building. Early concept design…

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How an art project is preserving British-Pakistani oral histories through cassette tapes

As the anniversary of his father’s death approached, Wajid Yaseen searched for a set of cassette tapes holding recordings of his father singing naats, a form of Islamic devotional hymn. Listening to the tapes transported Yaseen back to his childhood and days he spent singing with his father. While reminiscing, he came across another set…

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The Runner: A beautiful, if self-indulgent, audio-visual album from Boy Harsher

Boy Harsher’s directorial debut, The Runner, is an intriguing project. The moody, Massachusetts-based electronic duo released their short film and its soundtrack together ahead of their US and European tour this year. It’s a beautifully shot horror set in the eerie prairies of middle America, interspersed with a meta documentary about the band’s recording process.…

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