Manchester hip-hop artist RIO has officially released his long-awaited debut studio album.
A respected and popular member of grime’s old guard, RIO announced his grand comeback in summer following a five-year hiatus from music .
The rapper revealed he was working on some new material that would “change the game” in Manchester – and six months down the line we have his ten-track LP: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Remembered for club hits such as ‘Can’t Stop We’ and ‘We Love Grime’, RIO’s new record is a more mature, thoughtful piece of storytelling – digging into his Mosside roots and exploring his rollercoaster journey through the music world.
RIO started selling mixtapes on Market Street in 2010 before rising through the ranks and appearing on the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, Radio 1, Red Bull, Soccer AM and Capital Xtra, receiving support from big names such as DJ Target, Semtex, Tim Westwood, Mistajam, Ras Kwame, Mary Anne Hobbs and Annie Nightingale.
The rapper also collaborated with the likes of Ghetts, Blizzard, C4 and Royce Da 5’9″.
Now, after being out of the game for over a half a decade, RIO claims he is “here to stay”.
His new release, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, is a multifaceted effort executively produced by JSD – flipping through genres, moods and styles.
The record features introspective tracks like ‘Ghost’ (which divulges his reasons for taking a step back from music), the spine-tingling ‘Awake’, and Caribbean-flavoured ‘Medusa’ featuring Mr Benz.
You can listen to The Good, The Bad & The Ugly online now here.
A documentary on the rapper’s career has also been posted to YouTube.
An all-female lineup of DJs to play Brickhouse Social for International Women’s Day 2024
Brickhouse Social have announced a special event for International Women’s Day 2024 where they’ll be celebrating the power of females through the power of music with an all-female DJ set.
The popular sports bar, pool hall and club venue (Kable MCR) keeps expanding its horizons year after year, with its three-storey venue offering everything from live music and sports screenings to stand-up, bingo and all sorts of other entertainment throughout the year.
Now scheduled to host their very own celebration of International Women’s Day this year, Brickhouse will be spotlighting an all-female lineup of DJs from around the Greater Manchester area from 7pm-2am on Friday, 8 March.
An all-nighter of non-stop local love for our talented musical queens — say no more.
With two floors of performing artists, DJs and singer-songwriters, the entirely female lineup will take over the venue with a specially curated evening celebrating women, music and our community.
From 9pm, the main bar will host a giant party with a top-notch set by a number of artists we’re forbidden from divulging to you but trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
All we’ll say is that they’ve got some of the city’s finest DJs coming along to bring the Brickhouse down and guests will be partying the night away until 2am to playlists curated with help from two of the very best selectors in the city, Miriam Vaughan and Beth Donovan.
Guests will also have the opportunity to support the incredible work of The Pankhurst Trust and Manchester Women’s Aid with donations at the door, and we heartily recommend that you do.