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At Manchester Jazz Festival

Stuart chats to Werkha and Roller Trio at the Manchester Jazz Festival. Ethiopian beats from 1985 discovered in a cassette bin plus French noir and celestial electric folk.

Stuart catches up with some of the forward-thinking young talent performing at Manchester Jazz Festival. Leeds based Roller Trio explain their departure from muscular, rock-inspired jazz into a more electronic world with the addition of guitarist and producer Chris Sharkey to the group. Whilst local boy and purveyor of experimental jazz-tronica, Werkha talks about absorbing music from around the world and subsequent identity crises’ in a modern genre-less world.

Meanwhile, Stuart chooses Hailu Mergia’s meditative collision of accordion, traditional Ethiopian music and early electronica on his 1985 release ‘And His Classical Instrument’ as his featured album. And there’s a mix of old and new music, including Stereo Total’s tongue-in-cheek French noir; Celestial electric folk from North Carolina’s Ahleuchatistas; and a throwback to the first ever album released on Warp Records - The Noise Made By People, by Broadcast.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Brian Eno

    The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)

    • The Lion Sleeps Tonight.
    • Island Records.
  • Clinic

    Laughing Cavalier

    • Wheeltappers And Shunters.
    • Domino.
  • Josephine Foster

    Benevolent Spring

    • Faithful Fairy Harmony.
    • Fire Records.
  • Hailu Mergia


    • Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye.
    • Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  • Orang-Utan

    Chocolate Piano

    • I'm A Freak 2 Baby (A Further Journey Through The British Heavy Psych And Hard R.
    • Grapefruit Records.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer


    • Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
    • Island Records.
  • Stereo Total

    Hass Satellit

    • Ah! Quel Cinéma!.
    • Tapete.
  • Hailu Mergia

    Amrew Denku

    • Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye.
    • Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  • Roller Trio

    Mad Dryad

    • New Devices.
    • Edition Records.
  • Ahleuchatistas

    Requiem For The Sea

    • Heads Full Of Poison.
    • Cuneiform Records.
  • Jack Waterson

    They Won't Help You

    • Adrian Younge presents Jack Waterson.
    • Linear Labs.
  • Autechre


    • Oversteps.
    • Warp Records.
  • Werkha

    Glass Games (feat. Bryony Jarman-Pinto)

    • Shapes: Mountains.
    • Tru Thoughts.
  • Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek

    Dom Dom Kurşunu

    • Kar Yağar.
    • Les Disques Bongo Joe.
  • Matching Mole

    O Caroline

    • Matching Mole.
    • Esoteric Recordings.
  • Michael Rother


    • Flammende Herzen.
    • Random Records.
  • Broadcast


    • The Noise Made By People.
    • Warp Records.
  • Hailu Mergia

    Hari Meru Meru

    • Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye.
    • Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  • Jockstrap


    • Live From The Great Escape.
  • Bess of Bedlam

    The Clown

    • Folly Tales.
    • Outré.
  • Pink Floyd

    The Scarecrow

    • The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
    • EMI.
  • Tyondai Braxton


    • Hive 1.
    • Nonesuch.