Manchester Aid To Kosovo (MaK) release vinyl to raise funds

News: 28th September 2011 by Louise Dodgson under Record Labels, Selling & Distributing Your Music

MaK (Manchester Aid to Kosovo) announce 500 limited edition 12" vinyl featuring exclusive tracks from Badly Drawn Boy, Silverclub, Water Signs and Ernest + Tom.

Available exclusively through Piccadilly Records - click here!

Manchester Aid to Kosovo (MaK) is a charity which has supported recovery in Kosovo since 1999. MaK receives a third of its income from the Manchester music industry. MaK has produced two albums of Manchester music 'Cohesion' (2001) and ‘Ten’ (2011) and presented many concerts, both albums and concerts have included artists such as Doves, Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy, Mr Scruff, Ian Brown, Liam Frost, The Travelling Band, I Am Kloot, Jim Noir & Stephen Fretwell.

After the success of 'Ten', for the next wave of activity, MaK Records will be releasing 4 limited edition (500) 12" records on heavyweight vinyl, over the space of a year (one each quarter from autumn 2011) exclusively through Piccadilly Records, these releases will NOT be available digitally or on CD. At the end of these quarterly releases the 12 tracks will be converted into a digital/CD release with some guest tracks from around the world to create the third MaK album.

The first 12” includes exclusive tracks from Badly Drawn Boy, Silverclub, WATER SIGNS & Ernest+Tom. The first, taking up a whole (A) side is a 16 minute (count them!) gem from a Manchester legend. Walkman Demo by Badly Drawn Boy takes its time, leisurely introducing itself via hushed percussion and gently stroked keys before quietly revealing itself as a beautiful, lovelorn plea from the man in the hat. Side AA features three hotly tipped artists, all making waves on Manchester’s vibrant electronic-pop scene. Silverclub came to prominence last year with their All In All EP, and demonstrated a knack for mixing up ace pop melodies a la Beck or Depeche Mode with ice cool beats. ‘I’ll Stick Around’ is 4 minutes of ‘hands in the air’ pop glee, making the loss of LCD Soundsystem a little easier to bear. WATER SIGNS’ ‘CHANTS’ is a synth-drone, occult tinged pop song and aligns this new outfit immediately to Manchester burgeoning underground electronic scene alongside the likes of D/R/U/G/S & Stay+. ernest+tom is actually, confusingly enough, one woman Jane Parker. On ‘Non Stop Orbit’ we see Parker throw the kitchen sink at pop and come out the winner. It’s the kind of song to grate your teeth but move your feet. 

Preview all songs here:
For this first 12”, all proceeds will go to helping provide IT support to Kosovo. Artists slated for future 12”s include Doves/Jimi Goodwin, I Am Kloot, Frasier King, Airship, Golden Glow, Travelling Band and many more."

For more information on Manchester Aid To Kosovo contact Dean Taylor [email protected] / 07811 857 305

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