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The 50 latest releases from the "Rock'n'Goal Capital of the World" listed in order of Spotify plays
Chart includes artists from Manchester, groups formed in Manchester, bands with Mancunian lead singers or key musicians, RNCM and Chetham's alumni, and includes bands with a strong Manchester connection.
~ Updated 16 Mar 2018 ~
Pale Waves 1 ~ Pale Waves
All The Things I Never Said
The first digital EP release from the hotly-tipped Mancunian synth pop quartet, from the same stable as The 1975, brings together previously released tracks with one new recording, "Heavenly". (19 Feb)


JP Cooper 2 ~ JP Cooper
Closer (Mixes)
The Middleton singer releases a digital remix EP of the "Raised Under Grey Skies" (UK no.9) album track, including a stripped down acoustic version alongside mixes from Blinkie and Nick Peters. (16 Feb)
Blossoms (4) 3 ~ Blossoms
I Can't Stand It
The new digital single from the popular Stockport indie band heralds the April release of new album "Cool Like You". (2 Mar 2018)

See them live: STOCKPORT PLAZA - 4th May & APOLLO - 11th May & WARRINGTON - 27th May 2018

Everything Everything (6) 4 ~ Everything Everything
A Deeper Sea
The Manchester art-pop band return with a 4 track EP that includes new songs, "The Mariana", and "Breadwinner" together with a cover of Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down". (23 Feb 2018)


Courteeners 5 ~ Courteeners
Not Nineteen Forever Re:Wired

The Middleton stadium rocker's biggest hit gets a moody, stripped down, unplugged reworking ahead of the April release of the "Re:Wired" version of their debut UK no.4 album, "St.Jude". (23 Feb 2018)

See them live at MANCHESTER ARENA - 7th Apr & WARRINGTON - 26th May 2018
Noel Gallagher (14) 6 ~ Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Spotify SIngles
The Burnage boy records a live version of "It's A Beautiful World" and a cover of his 2000 Oasis chart-topping single "Go Let It Out" exclusively for Spotify. (7 Mar)

See them live at MANCHESTER ARENA - 4th May 2018 & WARRINGTON - 27th May 2018

Noel Gallagher (8) 7 ~ Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
It's A Beautiful World
The "Who Built The Moon?" chart-topping album track gets a radio-edit digital single release along with a demo of new track "God Help Us All". Reached UK no.80 (23 Feb)

See them live at MANCHESTER ARENA - 4th May 2018 & WARRINGTON - 27th May 2018

Jane Weaver (7) 8 ~ Jane Weaver
The Lightning Back

Taken from her UK no,50 album "Modern Kosmology", the Manchester-based avant garde psych revivalist singer's new digital single has been described by The Guardian as sounding "suspiciously like it’s about the necessity for parents to occasionally indulge in child-free us time". (16 Feb)

Simian Mobile Disco (10) 9 ~ Simian Mobile Disco
Caught In A Wave

The brilliant electronic duo, Manchester University graduates James Ford and Jas Shaw, announce the release of a new album in May by creating a beautiful human synthesiser with London's The Deep Throat Choir, for this haunting new digital single. (21 Feb)

Jonathan Ogden (11) 10 ~ Jonathan Ogden
Remind Me (Jaisua Remix)

The remixed digital single release of the "Autumn" EP track from the Rivers & Robots frontman takes the Mancunian experimental worship musician in a more chilled out RNB direction. (18 Feb)


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Happy Mondays (9) 11 ~ Happy Mondays
Best Of Live In Barcelona

A live album release from the 2004 Razzmatazz Barcelona performance, with only Shaun Ryder and Bez from the original line up. (23 Feb 2018)

See them live in MACCLESFIELD - 21st July 2018
Simian Mobile Disco (31) 12 ~ Simian Mobile Disco
Hey Sister

The second teaser from the new "Murmurations" album, due in May, by electronic duo, Manchester University graduates James Ford and Jas Shaw, with London's The Deep Throat Choir. (7 Mar)

Bipolar Sunshine (32) 13 ~ Bipolar Sunshine
The second single release in as many weeks from the former Kid British frontman, as he searches to score solo success, having provided vocals to DJ Snake's smash Top 10 hit "Middle". (7 Mar 2018)
Whyte Horses (12) 14 ~ Whyte Horses
Empty Words

The third album from the Manchester psych pop group, recorded with vintage 1960s instruments, includes the singles "Empty Words", co-written with Ian Parton from The Go! Team, and "Best Of It", featuring La Roux. (9 Mar)

Bipolar Sunshine (17) 15 ~ Bipolar Sunshine
Easy To Do
The latest single from the former Kid British frontman, as he searches to score solo success, having provided vocals to DJ Snake's smash Top 10 hit "Middle". (2 Mar 2018)
Manchester Camerata (13) 16 ~ Manchester Camerata
Marcus Blunt Orchestral Works

Stephen Threlfall conducts the award-winning Manchester orchestra through Marcus Blunt's catalogue, with the help of celebrated RNCM and Chetham’s pianist Murray McLachlan, for this CD to celebrate the 70th birthday of the acclaimed British composer. (19 Feb)

See them live at BRIDGEWATER HALL - 30th Mar
Dirty Laces (15) 17 ~ Dirty Laces
The Modern Age EP
The new digital EP from the Manchester Rock 'N' Roll five piece includes three new tracks as well as single "In Time". (10 Feb)
Krystal Klear (16) 18 ~ Krystal Klear
Club Studies

Irish House DJ Declan Lennon, who emerged through the Manchester club scene with longstanding residences at Warehouse Project and Hoya:Hoya, releases his latest digital EP, showcasing his 1980s New York sound. (19 Feb)

Lisa Stansfield (20) 19 ~ Lisa Stansfield
The Rochdale soul pop legend releases the second digital teaser for her highly anticipated "Deeper" album, set to be released in April.. (26 Feb 2018)

See her live in Manchester: The Lowry ~ 15th April 2018

The Blinders

(19) 20 ~ The Blinders

Gotta Get Through
The new single from the Manchester based political psych-punk trio from Doncaster. (2 Mar 2018)
See them live at GORILLA- 6th June & THE RITZ - 19th May 2018

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Corella (18) 21 ~ Corella
Caught Up

The infectious digital single from the melodic Manchester indie-pop rockers. (23 Feb 2018)

See them live at BAND ON THE WALL- 2nd March & MOSSLEY - 26th May 2018
Carnival Club (New) 22 ~ Carnival Club
Nomads & Crooks

The second EP from the Manchester four-piece indie rock outfit who have been selling out the city's venues and supporting Liam Fray. (16 Mar)

See them live at MANCHESTER BREAD SHED - 17th March
Ingested (26) 23 ~ Ingested

Get ready to either headbang and fist pump, or skip to the next track, as the teaser from the Mancunian hardcore boys pre-empts the 28th April release of new album "The Level Above Human". (2 Mar)

See them live at MANCHESTER BREAD SHED - 11th April
Cabbage 24 ~ Cabbage
Preach To The Converted
The second digital teaser heralding the forthcoming "Nihilistic Glamour Shots" album from the Mossley political punk rockers. (1 Mar)

See them live in Manchester: Ritz ~ 19th May 2018

Slow Reades Club (27) 25 ~ The Slow Readers Club
Through The Shadows
The new digital single from the Mancuian guitar electro pop band heralds their "Build A Tower" album, due in May, with a launch at the Manchester Cathedral. (2 Mar 2018)
See them live at MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL - 4th May
John Mayall (23)down 26 ~ John Mayall
Three For The Road

The new album from the iconic Macclesfield musician and Godfather Of British Blues, features cuts drawn from two concerts recorded live in Germany in 2017 with long time bassist Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport, mixing songs from both recent John Mayall and classic Bluesbreakers releases. (23 Feb 2018)

Dantevilles (29) 27 ~ Dantevilles
It Might Be Tomorrow
New digital single from the dual vocalled soulful Manchester indie band. (2 Mar 2018)
Slow Reades Club (New) 28 ~ The Slow Readers Club
You Opened Up My Heart
The second digital teaser from the Mancunian guitar electro pop band's forthcoming "Build A Tower" album, due in May, is like the best of Joy Division, Muse and Roger Taylor all rolled into one. (10 Mar 2018)
See them live at MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL - 4th May
South Island Son (30) 29 ~ South Island Son
Slipping Away

Jangly new digital single by the rainy city's tropical folk rock quartet. (23 Feb)

See them live at SOUP KITCHEN- 5th April
Mica Millar (45) 30 ~ Mica Millar
The Defender
The Spotify pre-release of the soulful new single from the incredible Manchester singer songwriter, cited as “one of the best vocalists in the UK” by BBC Introducing. (4 April 2018)
See her live at BAND ON THE WALL- 4th April

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Templars (43) 31 ~ Templars
What Are We Now?

The young Stockport indie pop band release their latest digital single. (2 Mar)

Control of The Going (28) 32 ~ Control Of The Going
I Love You But It's Going To Rain
The debut album from the Manchester wall of sound psychedelia Rock & Roll six-piece, championed by the likes of John Robb and Clint Boon. (23 Feb 2018)
Lonelady (36) 33 ~ LoneLady
Little Fugue
Mancunian art-rock musician Julie Campbell returns with her new single, which was previously part of a temporary installation project, ‘Scrub Transmissions’, played on a loop on an embedded MP3 device until the bateries died, at a patch of waste ground in Miles Platting. (7 Mar)
Tim Burgess (39) 34 ~ Tim Burgess
Inspired Again

The Salford born Northwich Country Boy, Charlatans frontman and all-round good guy, releases a new digital single, heralding his third solo album "As I Was Now", which will be released on April 21st 2018, as part of Record Store Day. (6 Mar 2018)

Murlo (New) 35 ~ Murlo

The Manchester based producer with an unmistakable sound teams up with Bristol garage mixer Conducta for this catchy digital single. (14 Mar 2018)

See him live at DEAF INSTITUTE - 24th Apr
Chimpo (37) 36 ~ Chimpo
The new digital single from the popular Manchester drum n bass DJ. (22 Feb 2018)
Courteeners (New) 37 ~ Courteeners
Fallowfield Hillbilly Re:Wired

The second digital teaser from the Middleton stadium rocker's stripped down, unplugged "Re:Wired" reworking of their debut UK no.4 album, "St.Jude", ahead of its April release. (16 Mar 2018)

See them live at MANCHESTER ARENA - 7th Apr & WARRINGTON - 26th May 2018
Discotron (33) 38 ~ Discotron
Disco's Symphony EP
The new digital EP from the same Manchester producer behind the Audio Jacker alias who fuses classic samples into floor filling anthems, this time Grandmaster Flash's "The Message". (5 Mar)
Winterfylleth (34) 39 ~ Winterfylleth
The Hallowing Of Heridom

The second digital teaser is the title track from the Manchester metal act's forthcoming album "The Hallowing of Heirdom" serves up another medieval sounding acoustic folk rock sound. (9 Mar)

See them live at CHETHAM'S LIBRARY - 6th April 2018
Denise Johnson (35) 40 ~ Denise Johnson
True Faith

Following her acoustic cover of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love", the Mancunian Primal Scream vocalist releases an acoustic cover of New Order's True Faith. (23 Feb)


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XTalk (40) 41 ~ XTALK
I Like Music
A new digital single from the Manchester ambient electronica and soulful vocal duo, featuring South Manchester hip hop and grime artist Grim Barsman. (1 Mar 2018)
Audio Jacker (41) 42 ~ Audio Jacker
Turn Up The Muzik
The new digital single from the same Manchester funky house producer behind the Discotron alias. (19 Feb 2018)
Bipolar Sunshine (42) 43 ~ Bipolar Sunshine
Saint Or Savage
The former Kid British frontman provides vocals on New York DJ Rodney Hazard's album; laying down track "Resurrection" and the single "L'il Bit". (22 Feb 2018)
New Spotify single from the female Manchester post-punk trio. (23 Feb 2018)
The Naughty's (47) 45 ~ The Naughtys

The potty-mouthed funky Spotify single release from the exciting Stretford punk/ska group, featuring regular collaboraters Baileyz. (22 Feb)

See them live at BAND ON THE WALL- 17th March
The Rainkings 46 ~ The Rainkings
The digital single return of the 1990s Manchester band from original Inspiral Carpets frontman Stephen Holt and bass player Dave Swift along with ex-Bodines drummer John Rowland. (18 Feb 2018)
Hey Bulldog (48) 47 ~ Hey Bulldog
Al Lupo
Spotify single release from the Manchester psychedelic blues rockers. (23 Feb 2018)
Granfalloon (49) 48 ~ Granfalloon

New digital single by the Manchester based lo-fi, folktronica songwriter Richard Lomax. (23 Feb)

See him live at THE EAGLE INN - 15th April 2018 (with Siobhan Wilson)
Blond Blood (New) 49 ~ Blond Blood
Ocean Park

Manchester's very own sad surf punk band release their new digital single. (18 Feb)

OK BRoken 50 ~ OK Broken
One More Time

New digital single from the Manchester indie trio. (3 Mar)


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