The Rise & Fall of a Northern Dubstar (released on September 15th through Universal Music) is the new single from Intastella featuring Stella Grundy & Jah Wobble and brings a spotlight to one of Manchester’s enduring talents.
Building on Stella’s 2015 “The Rise and Fall of A Northern Star” album, stage play, and tour, the project has been extended and re-imagined with a new eleven track album, which is also released in September. The new album was produced by Stella with Jonathan Hurst and features legendary bassist, Jah Wobble. Upcoming live shows will also feature Nick McCabe (The Verve ) and Craig Gannon (The Smiths).
For this new album, Stella recruited a highly eclectic cast of session musicians and performers including with Wobble and McCabe, reggae legend Dillinger, Simon “Ding” Archer (The Fall, Pixies and PJ Harvey), the bard of Salford John Cooper Clarke, Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap, The Simpsons) and producer writer Mike Bennett (The Fall, Specials, and Ian Brown) adding to the original body of work and creating a more cinematic feel to the proceedings.
The new album builds around Stella’s recognisable husky vocal style which stands out among loping and dubby Manchester rhythms with visceral guitar/synth attack and attitude that could have only emerged within the M60 ring. The original album was a remarkable piece of work, this new set builds on that to create a highly enjoyable listening experience. Grounded in Manchester pop, Stella has weaved together a “Granadaland” theatrical vibe with the best elements of the musical DNA of the city, reflecting the last 30 years of sounds that have emerged from the north-west. There is indie,dance, punk, and dub here, splashed with a psychedelic wash of colour, and narrative passages which offer fractured glimpses of what it is like to live, and attempt to survive, in the music business. This release is a true homage to the north-west scene, both current and historical, and hot on the heels of the recent Cherry Red compilation celebrating Greater Manchester, is both timely and celebratory.
A hugely enjoyable listening experience, the new single and the forthcoming album will be featured on future editions of the Aural Delights Show.
Social Media Links
- Saturday 16th September 2017 – Stella Grundy : Hatchfest 2017, Lakeside, Macclesfield
- Thursday 21st September 2017 – Intastella – Musicians Against Homelessness Benefit Show – The Bodega, Nottingham
- Thursday 28th September 2017 – Intastella – Musicians Against Homelessness Benefit Show – Night and Day, Manchester
Saturday 21st October 2017 – Intastella – Dublin Castle London – Polyfest 2017 – In Memory Of Poly Styrene
- Saturday 24th February 2018 Intastella ft Jah Wobble Installation with special guests Nick McCabe and Craig Gannon. – O2 Ritz, Manchester
- Sunday 25th February 2018 – Intastella ft Jah Wobble Intallation with special guests Nick McCabe and Craig Gannon – Koko, London