Friends-&-Family @ sankeys-soap 28.02.02

It's a long way to Ancoats tonight. It's bitterly cold here at the tail end of February. The reasoning behind our intrepid trek across wintry wastes of old Manchester town are sound. There is purpose to our mission. Tonight is a special occasion, a Friends-&-Family Special occasion

Tonight Aim delivers his follow-up to his much-loved debut 'Cold Water Music' (Grand Central), with another collection cut from the same (obscurely sourced) cloth. 'Hinterland' (Grand Central) picks up where the last LP left you; nod-along hip-hop, interesting guest vocals, hip-hop heroes, Fat City flavours, gorgeous arrangements, vast skies, wrought iron, icicles, seaside town out-of-season, bus-shelters & sandunes... Like the soundtrack to a film you haven't yet seen. Feels like a page turning, delving into the mysteries of a new chapter from an old book; in the genius presence of the Author

Our evening begins with label-founder Mark Rae before handing over to our special live guests, Souls Of Mischief, who storm the stage to perform, amongst others, Aim-collaboration 'No Restrictions' and the crowd-pleaser ''93 To Infinity'. Aim then takes us on a musical journey which highlights US hip-hop favourites & unveils his new 'Hinterland' material. Only two weeks & 5th night into a 13-date UK tour, opening in London's Cargo but this Manchester show was always going to be the special one. Only date that Souls of Mischief will be appearing at. Nuff said

Veterans of mic-vibes Spikey T & resident Kwasi Asante keep the audience hyped & happy. Finally, Fingathing's Peter Parker takes the reins from Andy Turner and steers the remainder of the night, manic & wobbly, toward a standing ovation from the Sankeys crowd. Another night in Manchester; another bout won by 'Underground Crown Holders'
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