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Midnight Social Recordings reach 50th Release

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Midnight Social Recordings began with Al Bradley as the lead artist on MSR001 and when Al’s own 3am Recordings hit release number 50, it was MSR main-man Carlo Gambino who was the artist of choice.

So now as Midnight Social hits catalogue number MSR050 the favour is returned, with Al serving up four cuts for the ‘Malandro’ EP.  The opening the A-side, the title track is a warm bassy affair with the percussive elements to the fore.  ‘Midnight Shakedown’ has a nod back to the early-90s when Al could be found lurking at Manchester’s Hacienda, soaking up the warm-up vibes from early doors; this cut echoes the bass & chord feel from those tracks, instantly recognisable and reminiscent of the sounds from that time.

Flip over to the B-side and we get two variations on an acid theme; ‘Smoked Ribs’ is a heads-down deep house roller, with the acid working its way in and out of the groove, the pad running alongside it, opening and closing as the track progresses.  Taking in a more hypnotic and minimal feel, ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Acid’ is an earlier in the set / afterhours deep cut, using a more stripped back percussive approach, allowing the acid to flow throughout the track and be the main element here, the pad and the percussive side sitting more in the background.

You can grab a copy of the vinyl and hear the tracks here

A1. Malandro – Al Bradley
A2. Midnight Shakedown – Al Bradley
B1. Smoked Ribs – Al Bradley
B2. Cloudy With A Chance Of Acid – Al Bradley

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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