Ok, I realise this is happening today but on the off chance that someone is actually reading this, and more outrageously, reading this today, I (Purpose B in case you missed the connection) will be joining the Roots Before Branches crew for a soul/funk/disco/rare groove/deep house fueled social session at The Salutation, Higher Chatham Street Manchester. Providing the soundtrack will be:
Kelvin Brown (Electric Chair/Eyes Down)
Andrea Ahimie (Trout)
Dave Walker (Electriks/Nish Nash Nosh)
Danny Webb (El Diablos)
Francis Wooff (That Amazing Thing!)
Neil Smallridge (On A Plate/Sankeys)
Mike O’ Mara (Development)
Agent J (Groovement Unity Radio)
Adam H (Stay Free)
Residents: Diesler (Freestyle/Tru Thoughts), Chris Roots & Tom S
In the likely event that you’re reading this after the fact, I’ll mention the upcoming Roots Before Branches 4th Birthday, which is happening at The Roadhouse, 22 November, featuring tough new funk act Six Toys. Follow the jump to hear their massive cover of Prodigy’s Voodoo People, available on 7″ from all decent record emporiums. Also, residents Diesler, Tom S and Chris Roots will be on support duties. Don’t miss this one.
Roots Before Branches grew out of the red draped basement at Mancheter’s infamous Dry Bar in May 2004. It’s always been about the music being quality controlled, refined but fun, underground but appealing, playing the old school with the new school. Resident DJs Chris Coughlan and Tom S unearth dusty 7s and 12s with new tunes to maintain the night’s ethos of a respect for both retro ‘roots’ sounds and fresh new ‘branches’ music. Monthly parties focus on both obscure and recognisable sounds, for the trainspotters and dancers alike. RBB uprooted from the basement and settled into The Attic in 2006 with Diesler (Freestyle/Tru Thoughts) joining the resident roster. Carefully selected guests who are equally passionate about ‘good’ music join the party each month.
Previous guests include Irfan (Rainy City), Mark De Clive-Lowe, Greg Wilson, Simon Haggis (Strut), DJ Lubi, Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s), Simbad (Marathon Men), Dr Rubberfunk, The Idjut Boys, Mad Mats (Raw Fusion), Treva Whateva (Ninja Tune) and Sam Hardaker (Zero 7). RBB continues to push the uncomprimising cuts with the accessible to deliver unique, forward thinking parties of funk, soul, boogie, disco, jazz, latin, brazilian, hip hop and deep house sounds.