Luke Cowdrey from soulful electro-house duo Elektrons (aka The Unabombers) chatted to Skrufff this week about their new album Red Light Dont Stop as well as life in the notoriously grim northern city that he nowadays calls home.
Manchesters a very bitter sweet city, theres a degree of brutalism in the city thats at the heart of it, Luke mused, Theres always been that very proud humorous outlook in Manchester and people dont suffer fools here, either.
You cant be something youre not here, youll get knocked down pretty quickly, he added, Its taken us 12 years for people to accept us coming from Sheffield.
The Electric Chair promoter spoke euphorically about his adopted city, suggesting its harshness is one of the enduring driving factors behind its music scene.
Acid house in Manchester was probably more revolutionary than it was in London, because being a city that had suffered so much before, it became a celebration for so many people. You could hide away from the mundane, brutality of life that loads of kids in north and east Manchester were suffering, Luke suggested.
Thats why music is so big in Manchester. Also in Manchester theres a certain attitude, you could call it parochial or you could call it phenomenally proud. Theres always been a real snobbery towards London and elsewhere and people have never wanted to do the commercial thing here, he said.
Manchester native and electronic guru John Foxx was more poetic about his birthplace chatting to Skrufff earlier this year, describing miles of horrific dereliction beyond the city centre.,
Everyone knows that tarting up that one square mile of city centre is a bit of Elastoplast on a motorway pile-up, the former UItravox pioneer quipped, But it allows a pretence that something resembling civilisation is finally being carved out of the surreal rat's wheel wilderness of nonsense roadways, freewheeling supermarkets and corrupted planning.
All British ex-industrial cities have millions of people marooned in the rain - with no reason to be there anymore. The factories are long gone. So the places have no function - and nor do the populations.
Manchester is one of the biggest, certainly one of the most complex and definitely the wettest. Everybody except the football team is relegated, he said.
John Foxxs seminal 70s album Metamatics is re-released shortly.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)