Tales from Manchester's Moss Side are rapidly becoming as tedious as those about heroin-infested Edinburgh tower blocks....

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Heavy Changes

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Heavy Changes

TALES FROM MANCHESTER’S Moss Side are rapidly becoming as tedious as those about heroin-infested Edinburgh tower blocks. A shame, then, that along with fellow Mancunians the Dust Junkys, Audioweb are the latest soul warriors desperately trying to provide a cross-cultural soundtrack to their hometown’s mean streets.

The aim is fair enough: Audioweb as a modern-day Clash, effortlessly fusing issues and musical genres. It’s just that shorn of The Clash’s style and flaming polemic, all that’s left is a band with its heart in the right place making quaint dub baggy that never threatens to incite, or even keep awake, its listeners.

‘Fireworks City’ is their second album, and it retains all the outdated hallmarks that characterised its predecessor. Despite hiring Stephen Lironi as producer and seizing last year’s zeitgeist by bolting strings to half their songs, they’ve still failed to advance their sound beyond Northside go hip-hop.

What should be cutting edge is steadfastly old-fashioned. Sirens and helicopters collide with random scratching, house beats slap against synthesised strings, and still the best you can say about songs like ‘Get Out Of Here’ and ‘Personal Feelings’ is they’re tuneful, but undemanding. Not quite the riot it should be, then.