Elliott Lion, musician, producer, DJ and chief electronics whizz for the hugely successful band Editors. His solo venture sees him embracing his love of classic house, techno and spaced-out cosmic disco. He has released on esteemed labels such as Future Boogie, Warm, Cin Cin and Sprechen, where his releases have garnered support from the likes of BBC Radio One, 6 Music, Pete Tong, Nemone, DJ Harvey, Ame, and Haai. He resides in Manchester, where he can be heard regularly playing at one of our fave spots, Ramona, digging in the crates of the city’s record shops. **Our boy Massey can confirm he also has an amazing record collection after being with him on a King Bee visit.
I got to know it properly while making a record with Joakim in 2012, and it never left me. So many nooks and crannies to it. Every time I go, I discover something new; it’s effortlessly cool and timeless. A brilliant city to walk/ride around. Always make a stop at Palais de Tokyo, Bambino for a drink & tunes, Betinos for records, Rex for a dance, Poget & De Witter for oysters, Deyrolle for taxidermy, Horiz in China Town and D Noodle Rebuplique (Best beef noodle soup)
New Wave Ramen – Manchester
Ramen is my go-to comfort food when I’m on the road. Hooked from the first time I tried it in Japan many moons ago! I’ve eaten ramen all over Europe, and the quality has been getting better every year, but personally, I think Phil at NW is slinging out some of the best bowls this side of the globe and putting his own stamp on it too. They’ve also got a very exciting new venture coming soon to the city centre, so keep your eyes peeled.
The Rocket Store, Boscastle
I stumbled into this small bolt-hole while visiting the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic; it was the best meal I’ve had in forever. Fresh seasonal produce from the morning catch to the plate right on the sea. If you’re ever in Cornwall, make sure you seek this out! 10/10
FILM: The Beatles Get Back
I’ve been watching The Beatles Get Back for the second time. It’s such a brilliant piece of documented time! I find every aspect of the film incredibly fascinating, from the band dynamic, the fashion, the equipment, the language and the amount of toast! The insight into those four personalities that feel so familiar, but you had no idea what they were actually like. If you’ve ever been in a band, it’s almost PTSD-inducing, the mundaneness of it all, the creative push and pull, the ego management and the constant annoyingness of people noodling on instruments doing the same songs again and again.
BOOK: Thee Psychick Bible by Genesis Breyer P-Orrige
A really interesting insight into the thought process behind the TOPY, and although scatty in parts and long-winded, there are some really interesting conversations on post-modernism, gender, humanity and helpful application of practices you can apply to your life.