Ian Tilton teams up with Manchester’s finest to change the world…….one track at a time!
Manchester based recording and live performance hub, Poi Records, launched its debut single this week, with a raft of further projects in the pipeline.
The three and half minute track, Stop Man! by HybridVigor, is produced and arranged by long time collaborators Geo Amendolara and Carl Adesile, featuring vocals from legendary Manchester recording artist, Basil Clarke.
Described as an “upbeat groove” that will “get your head nodding and your feet tapping” the entire ensemble is really so much more.
Expertly mixed the thumping bass is splashed with haunting brass and delicate piano breaks, all punctuated by Clarke in spoken word mode. Stop Man! is poetic, dancey, compelling and yet understated in a way that confirms the adage ‘less is more’.
For a debut launch it excels, though considering the amount of talent and decades of experience here, all coming together like stars aligning, it is hardly a surprise.
Clarke; founder member of 80’s band, Yargo, remembered for uncompromising tracks such as Another Moss Side Night and the theme for Tony Wilson’s The Other Side of Midnight, remains, as always, at the top of his game.
His vocal style on Stop Man! perfectly complements Amendolara’s electric bass and guitar input, as well as Adesile’s unrivalled production skills.
What we have here is a rare gem; a trippy, compelling, no nonsense response to a local music scene awash with modern folk sound-alikes and indie guitar kids who arrived far too late for the party.
For those old enough to remember, Stop Man! is a journey from the modern Manchester of today all the way back to a now filled in basement on Princess Road in Moss Side, where you could dance till dawn eating chicken and rice while nodding to a solid bass with good times on the roll.
Follow the Penny-A-Liner for a soon to come rundown on Poi Records; it’s ethos, mission statement, history and -with any luck – a word from those achieving a shared vision that puts art before cash and people before profits.