On ‘Sheffield Sex City’, the 1992 B-side to ‘Babies’, Jarvis Cocker whispers suburb names over a throbbing disco beat, his dulcet tones lending impossible sex symbol status to places like Attercliffe, Don Valley and, of course, Wombwell. Check it out if you’ve never heard it. “The city is a woman,” he sings, “bigger than any […]

On ‘Sheffield Sex City’, the 1992 B-side to ‘Babies’, Jarvis Cocker whispers suburb names over a throbbing disco beat, his dulcet tones lending impossible sex symbol status to places like Attercliffe, Don Valley and, of course, Wombwell. Check it out if you’ve never heard it. “The city is a woman,” he sings, “bigger than any other. Sophisticated lady, I wanna be your lover.”

24 years later and as balmy August turns into a sultry September, there are still plenty of aural thrills to be had within these hills. This month, Sheff invites Solana, Mala and Floating Points back to its place for coffee, and old flames like Best Friends and Sievehead are knocking around town. There’s also the earthy pleasures of Detroit Swindle, a drink and a dance with Pearson Sound, the auto-erotica of Gary Numan’s motorway fetishism, and the teenage wet dreams of Wild Beasts.

Solana
4 September | Hagglers Corner | Price TBA
Swinging gypsy folk from Spain, unafraid to mix it up with a bit of klezmer here and a Celtic flute there. I imagine lots of dancing will be in order down at Hagglers, my new favourite venue. Link

Mystic Inane & Sievehead
12 September | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
Punky yelpers all the way from New Orleans playing music from Ode to Joy (their weird new EP, not Beethoven’s proto football chant). If you like Wire then you’ll like the post-punk of Sievehead, and there’s also sets from Audacious favourites Nachthexen, Community and Rob & Natas. Link

Gary Numan
15 September | Sheffield Students’ Union | £32.45
There’s no getting around it, Gary Numan is an eccentric, albeit in a great British tradition. While other 70s stars were singing about relationships, Numan wrote a love letter to the central locking system of his car, propelling himself to synthpop stardom. Tonight, he celebrates three albums that cemented his reputation: Replicas, The Pleasure Principle and Telekon. Link

Mala
16 September | Harley | £13.32
Mala, one half of dubstep production outfit Digital Mystikz, has always been one to tread his own path, such as on 2012’s Mala In Cuba. New record Mirrors continues westward, entwining his stark beats and bass approach with rhythms from traditional Peruvian music. Link

Pearson Sound
19 September | Harley | £8
Whipping up a killer party on a Monday night is a tall order, even in Sheff, but if anyone can do it it’ll be Hessle heavyweight David Kennedy with a three-hour set, the latest in a spectacular run of bookings by Pretty Pretty Good. Check out new cut ‘XLB’, which my mum says sounds “like an electronic waterfall”. Link

Silver Apples
21 September | Picture House Social | £13.85
Oh my god, it’s only psychonaut Simeon and his homemade synthesizer THE SIMEON descending on the Picture House like some intergalactic delegation. Formed in 1967 without any formal musical training, Silver Apples were maybe the greatest outsider art band of the decade. Now a solo project, catch Mr Coxe III and the latest iteration of his mad machine. Link

Cool Ghouls & Best Friends
24 September | Picture House Social | £6
Sun-soaked surf music from San Francisco. Think the Beach Boys if Murry Wilson had let them smoke pot and talk politics. Local pals Best Friends return for a rare hometown gig, plus the dream-like daze of Katie Pham & The Moonbathers. Link

Floating Points
24 September | Secret Warehouse | £20.20
Sam Shepherd is one of music’s greatest polymaths, a neuroscientist by trade who released the beguiling Elaenia (my favourite record of 2015) after years of explosive dancefloor singles. He’s an unpredictable DJ, recently playing Pharoah Sanders’ Karma in its entirety at Berghain. At this night presented by Hope Works, he’ll be joined by a special guest, plus Lo Shea and Duckenfield. Link

Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band
27 & 28 September | Greystones | £15
Now a resident of our city, Nancy Kerr is a giant of contemporary folk who has won as much acclaim for her original compositions as she has for her take on the English songbook. Two stellar chances to catch her in the intimate Greystones Backroom. Move quickly on this one. Link

Detroit Swindle
30 September | Moor Theatre Deli | £19
No messing around with this one – big room house happening down at the Deli, with promoters Cosmic Disco promising a light-up dance floor and a walk-in mirror ball to fulfil your John Travolta fantasies. Link

Wild Beasts
1 October | Sheffield Students Union | £17.60
Without making a fuss, this Kendal quartet have been honing their craft for 14 years. The result is new album Boy King, a lush suite of 80s-tinged synthpop in which singer Hayden Thorpe muses over the destructive nature of yuppie bully boy masculinity. Link

Deetron, Roy Davis Jr, DJ Qu, Objekt & Shanti Celeste
1 October | Hope Works | £16.90
Ridiculously it’s Pretty Pretty Good yet again, this time with Objekt and Shanti Celeste – and they’re just headlining room two. In the warehouse, it’s rising Swiss selector Deetron, Chicago veteran Roy Davis Jr and fellow American DJ Qu. Link