Stumbling out of a Northern Quarter bar one night, fuelled on cheap pina colada cocktail deals, my drunken brain began to crave something other than the rainy streets of late summer Manchester. As this season draws to a close and the colour of the leaves begin to indicate the colder months, one must begin to wonder what enjoyment can be had on these darker evenings? Unfortunately for some, bikini season lives on, at least until September 18th for Brazilian Wax. It’s about time that two zealous collectives; Off Beat and Funraising, come together for their first collaboration. In aid of the charity LASNET (the Latin American Support Network), they are proud to present an evening dedicated to the sounds and shaving techniques of South America’s vibrant culture.
Continuing to ride on their fun-wave, Off Beat have an exciting year ahead, having played with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mala and Detroit Swindle, we can be sure they have a lot more up their very baggy sleeves. The DJs Rivo de Janeiro, Lil Dice and Zephinho spend their time once a month showing off their newest discoveries at their MCR live residency. Expect ear-catching record purchases and wildcard 45s during their musical ménage à trois.
Deejays Mambo Finn, DJ Fast Five and Family Tree’s Mambo Spenboii are no amateurs when it comes to Latin music, off a high from performing at Ireland’s Electric Picnic, their enviable skills of delving into the dark depths of discogs have been put to good practice. Expect the finest unknown delights from the dusty corners of Brazil & beyond. Their recent MCR live show celebrating their Celtic voyage is an incredible listen of their stunning, if underappreciated, talent. You can listen to it here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MCRLive/family-tree-x-contrast-takeover-wednesday-5th-september-mcr-live-residents/
Funraising’s own Celine Mostarda and Don Simon will be continuing their residency, specialising in the bass weighty and fast tempos of garage, drum & bass and everything in between. Strong CVs of silliness in Fallowfield basements gives this pair a certain air of energy and eccentricity. Alongside them will be Frango, another Funraising resident who is an expert in faster bpms and brings a little disarray to the dancefloor. Expect red lining and facial expressions only experienced under 60 Hz.
Those of you who are a little sick of the commercial superficiality of the looming Freshers week and are in desperate need of a trip to the Southern hemisphere (without those frustratingly expensive flights), will no doubt enjoy this one-off expedition to the amazingly rich and diverse soundscape of Brazil.
LASNET is an essential charity for Latin Americans new to the region and aids with integration into the city of Manchester and the celebration of their culture.