The Manchester scene is looking super-healthy at the moment. We have king of the north, Bugzy Malone, who dropped his debut album recently and rising star IAMDDB, who is preparing for world domination. But without the event curators, these artists would find cutting through much more difficult and someone who has been vital to the Manchester music scene is Murkage Dave. The promoter-turned-artist has been putting on for other musicians for years, but it's now his time to shine and today, he releases his debut solo album, Murkage Dave Changed My Life. The album's title refers to a phrase coined by DJs and club-goers for his crucial role in Manchester's nightlife. The set incorporates the scene's upper-echelons such as Skepta and up-and-coming MCs like Sam Wise, with Narx and Star Slinger assisting with production.
The 13-tracker is filled with nostalgic garage beats, which Murkage Dave layers with soulful vocals, and this is especially felt on tracks such as "Gotta Go DJ" and "See Man Smile". "Magic Mission Deja Rinse" was also dropped recently as an album teaser, and it encapsulates the theme of MDCML, paying homage to the pirate stations he grew up listening to, which helped in shaping his distinctive style.
Allow Murkage Dave to change your life by taking in his album below.