We’re a little late on this but the cause and content are too strong not to report…
Following the atrocious acts of the Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack on May 22, in which 22 people were killed and 116 were injured, hundreds of acts and artists from Manchester’s rich, diverse and influential music scene have united to create an incredible XXXXL compilation.
Costing as little as £10 (with an option to donate more) and weighing in at a hefty 226 tracks, all proceeds of this hugely impressive body of work go towards The Red Cross Manchester Emergency Fund. The fund, which has already raised over £11 million, will help and support bereaved loved ones, many of whom were young families and who lost parents and children.
Since launching on May 23, the fund has echoed the incredible warmth and support the city showed in the hours that passed after the attack. As has The Manchester With Love album. Curated in just four weeks, it’s one of many beautiful examples of how the city have united to raise funds and help others. Oh, and it’s absolutely stacked with beautiful music.
In among the multi-genre Manny melting pot you’ll find serious bass and house heat from the likes of Dub Phizix, Biome, DRS, Solardo, Ben Pearce, Zed Bias, Virus Syndicate, Illum Sphere, Euphonique, Murder He Wrote, Rowney & Propz, Earl Grey, Think Tonk, LEVELZ, Chimpo, Skittles, Claremont and many more.
Dig a little deeper, you’ll also find a whole trove of acts and sounds the city has been responsible for… The foundation acid house of 808 State, the hugely influential groove science of A Certain Ratio, the sleazy funk of Salutation Dub Collective and The Exacters, the spiritual hip-hop of Children Of Zeus, the dreamy electronica of Carousel, the evocative soul of recent Lenzman collaborator IAMDDB, the list goes on. When you start digging into this 226 track collection the gold just keeps cropping up on every corner.
A must for new music addicts, a unique insight into the city’s powerful musical melting pot and a way to help those who are suffering grief many of us are lucky not to truly comprehend. This is too strong not to report or support.