We look back this month as we share our own ultimate Spotify playlist featuring a selection of previous artists in residence.

Over the years Brighter Sound has had the pleasure of working with a number of different artists, each project providing a new and exciting take on the music making process. We’re proud to have collaborated with so many talented musicians and this month we’ve decided to share with you our top tracks from a handful of these artists.


Brighter Sound’s In Residence Spotify Playlist

1973 – Beth Orton

For our fourth Artistic Directors Series we were thrilled to be working with the wonderful Beth Orton. This was the first residency designed to tackle the gender gap in the music industry by supporting female musicians and it was a huge success! This song comes from her latest album Kidsticks which sees Beth take a huge leap from folkie acoustics to playful electronica.

What About Me? – Snarky Puppy

A few years ago we welcomed members of instrumental ensemble Snarky Puppy to create an original performance with 13 emerging musicians at Band on the Wall. What About Me? sees them completely immerse themselves in the jazz, rock and funk fusion genres they are known to span.

Disappointed – Field Music

In 2015 our music making programme for young musicians, Sing City, was joined by Field Music for a songwriting and production masterclass. Regarded as one of British indie’s leading lights, the Brewis brothers were a delight to meet. Their latest album Commontime revealed to the world their funky vibes. Disappointed is a perfect example of this.

Leaving Soon – Meklit

Another fantastic residency we held was led by the brilliant Meklit Hadero, who’s music combines New York jazz, West Coast folk, East African sounds and everything in between. The residency explored the active role we can take in shaping culture including people, cities and communities. Likeable pop number Leaving Soon is taken from Hadero’s debut album which proves to be a mix of experimentalism and tradition.

Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread – Everything Everything

When Manchester art rock band Everything Everything joined us for ‘Chaos To Order’ in 2014, they took over the Manchester Central Library and composed new songs alongside a range of artists and creatives that challenged perceptions of what a 21st century library can be. Not long after came their third studio album Get To Heaven where chaos is an ever present theme, especially in the uplifting and extremely catchy Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread.

A Great Northern River – The Unthanks

Similar to Snarky’s residency, our Artistic Directors Series with The Unthanks saw the band working with 11 Manchester musicians on completely new work over an intensive five day period. A Great Northern River uses little more than piano, violin and voices and the end result is beautiful.

You Pulled A Gun On Me – Blossoms

Another band to take over Sing City last year was Stockport’s own psychedelic-pop band Blossoms. They’ve come a long way since then, having supported countless legends from Kasabian to The Stone Roses and their 2016 debut album reaching Number One in the UK. Debut single You Pulled A Gun On Me, discovered by The Coral frontman James Skelly, offers a lighter take on psychedelia.

Big Trouble In Little China – DJ Yoda

We were thrilled to be joined by DJ Yoda for our third Artistic Directors Series in which he collaborated with 13 emerging artists at Band on the Wall. Big Trouble In Little China just scratches the surface of what Yoda is all about!

HandsFree – Anna Meredith

Our sixth Artistic Directors Series, in partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, was directed by acclaimed composer Anna Meredith. We invited young and emerging female musicians and multi-disciplinary artists to create new work inspired by the museum’s Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond exhibition in celebration of Manchester as the European City of Science 2016. Anna’s sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and her body percussion piece HandsFree certainly fits that description. Totally unique!

King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar

Earlier this year we were offered a unique opportunity by Reebok and creative agency four23 to host a day of hip hop workshops at The Wonder Inn. Towards the end of the day the musicians we invited to join us were left speechless when seven times Grammy Award winner Kendrick Lamar walked in and joined them in a freestyle MC jam. King Kunta is taken from Lamar’s critically acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly, which tackles a variety of political and personal themes related to race, culture, and discrimination.