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Off The Record 2017: Top 5 Picks

Off The Record is back for round two and having sold out it’s 2016 event, it’s coming bigger and better with a whopper of a line-up. From the curators of Kendal Calling, Bluedot Festival and Sound City, Off The Record brings an incredible and unique festival experience right to our doorstep, here in the wonderful city of Manchester. With music and musicians drawing attention to all the fresh new talent in the industry, we’ve picked a few of the acts we just cannot wait to see.

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CASSIA

10 seconds into Cassia’s ‘Sink’ and everything feels better. The Macclesfield trio do the perfect job of lifting you up and beyond with their uptempo guitar riffs and melodies. Going under the ‘Calypso Afro-Rock’ genre, I liken these guys to a mix Vampire Weekend and Two Door Cinema Club, while bringing a vibe of their own into the game. The acoustic version of ‘100 Times Over’ proves their talent of mixing their sound up while staying true their music. Their tunes are extremely catchy and I can guarantee you’ll leave their gig adding them straight onto your playlist, so do yourself a favour a do it right now.

Having been described as “one of the most exciting bands to come out of area in years. Their music does things to me I can’t explain” by Rob Adcock (BBC Introducing), Cassia were specially picked out by Mark Lippmann (Scruff Of The Neck). These guys are stopping at Off The Record ahead of their UK tour next spring. So if you like what you hear, make sure you get your hands on some tickets.

Layfullstop - Off The Record Top 5 Picks - Manchester Music Festival - Manchester Northern Quarter - MCR Live Blog

LAYFULLSTOP

Heading to a more chilled out vibe, the rising Soulstress ‘Layfullstop’ is coming to enchant you. Having worked with Free Wize Men (Starz), Cul De Sac (Aura), and J Chambers, I am absolutely obsessed with her latest release, and only release available on music platforms, ‘Crown City’. This girl is able to lay bars like no tomorrow and although she has a low social profile, this ‘Bohemian Queen’ is 100% one to be watching.

Layfullstop was chosen by Rivca Burns (Sounds From The Other City) and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us tomorrow.

Low Island - Off The Record Top 5 Picks - Manchester Music Festival - Manchester Northern Quarter - MCR Live Blog

LOW ISLAND

Chosen by us here at MCR Live, Low Island’s music gives a bounce you won’t be able to resist nodding your head at the very least. Having featured on our playlist, Low Island are a gift that keep on giving. Finishing off their UK Tour at Off The Record, these guys have built themselves quite the fanbase who never fail to dance into a frenzy wherever they play.

With high dance vibes, you can hear influences of these guys in other bands like Ten Fe. Hitting The Deaf Institute tomorrow, we’re looking forward to seeing these guys giving a smashing performance… as usual.

JAKL - Off The Record Top 5 Picks - Manchester Music Festival - Manchester Northern Quarter - MCR Live Blog

JAKL

‘The Jackal’ is the perfect track to demonstrate what JAKL is capable of. From his thoughtful lyrics to his powerful roar, JAKL has some serious talent. Clearly capable of writing to any mood, JAKL’s beautiful voice is enough to impress anyone and is certain to give a hell of a performance.

Signed to Lookout Mountain Records, I can see this voice being everywhere very soon. His tracks take you on a journey and clearly have so much depth and meaning behind them.

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KOALAS

This electronic duo have got me bouncing. These guys curate the perfect blend of electric beats with avant-pop and a taste of synth. Listening to their track “Home Heart”, I can’t help but be reminded of Caribou’s earlier music, and that works well for me. Having worked with producer Brendan Williams, who has also worked with the likes of Dutch Uncles and GoGo Penguin, good things are going to come from this band with an extremely upbeat dancey feel.

Originating from Manchester, Koalas psychedelic undertones do the city’s club scene wonders and we can’t wait to see them live.

 

 

Leila Brown

Leila Brown

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