MR. E’s selection for La Mixette / Musique Large

Photo: Pippa Rankin
Photo: Pippa Rankin

A great new mix is up from Mr. E for Fulgeance’s La Mixette series, following his  frankly stunning Groovement podcast last week.

Catch him as part of the Taste the Diff’rence crew at Soundwave Croatia next weekend.

Listen on Mixcloud here or below.

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LAMIXETTE#78 MR.E by La Mixette on Mixcloud

Groovement Podcast – Groovement 45s: El Mensaje

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Spinning with Myron & E last week at Band on the Wall gave me a bit of a thirst to record a strictly 45s podcast – I’ve decided to make it an ongoing series  within the podcast series, just to confuse you.

Each one will be roughly 45 minutes long, with strictly A or B sides of 45s only. Many will sound crackly… no chat on this one, just tunes.

Recorded 12th July 2014.

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Groovement 45s: El Mensaje by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

The Rollers – One Little Piece – Deep City Records

Kicking off the podcast because it’s amazing. The Numero Group put this 45 out around the same time as their album collecting tracks from the Deep City label.

Conrad Jackson – Come Back With Me – Sonic Wax Records

A single-sided record – as a lovely bloke the other day said to me, one side’s all you need when a tune is that good. Smooth, bass-heavy and soaring.

Myron & E with The Soul Investigators – If I Gave You My Love – Stones Throw Records

I was lucky enough to warm up for this Stones Throw vocal duo last week, look out for the interview on here soon. I grabbed this one at the gig, where they had the Gene Dudley Group as their backing band and blew us away while Germany were killing Brazil 7-1.

Quetzal – Give Something – Favourite Records

From Onra and Quetzal’s four track Tribute EP. One of my favourite tracks, ever. The sample is Creative Source’s version of You Can’t Hide Love. Ridiculously, when Onra first came to Manchester in 2009, I ran up to him telling him how much I loved it, only to have him point to the back of the record and explain that they hadn’t made the tracks collaboratively, it was solely Quetzal’s – which is obvious if you read the credit. He’s circled it with a smiley on my copy.

Hielo Ardiente – El Mensaje – Ximena Records

A gift from Jungle Fire, an amazing version of the Cymande standard with spaced-out organ.

Abel Lima e Les Sofas – Corre Riba Corre Baxo – Sofrito

Recorded in Paris in the 70s and issued last week by the always-amazing Sofrito. Click the link to find out more.

Charles Bradley & Larose Jackson – Luv Jones – Dunham

Hot pink vinyl! Can you hear it? Kicking off Daptone’s coloured vinyl mission as they count down to their 100th release, this is actually on Tommy TNT Brenneck;s Daptone subsidiary Dunham.

The Rance Allen Group – I Got To Be Myself – The Gospel Truth Records

Gospel Truth was an imprint of Stax, and the Rance Allen Group incorporated rock sounds into soul… they were still active recently, check the site. Reason To Survive is actually my favourite track of theirs, which I heard on DJ Oneman’s (not the Rinse Oneman) mix Cadillac Wax  for Names You Can Trust back in 2004.

Leroy & The Fabulous Rocking Soul Band with Al Glover & Gloria – Til The End of Time – Plut

Just wow. Reissued by Jazzman here.

Lo Steel – Music – B&J Records

A re-edit of Samuel Jonathan Johnson’s My Music by Daz-I-Kue, with added vocals from Lo Steel. Riduonkulous breakdown towards the end.
The Intruders – Memories Are Here To Stay – Philadelphia International Records

You might know this one from RJD2′s forlorn 2002 12″ Here’s What Left, or most probably recognise it in Common and Bilal’s The 6th Sense.

 

The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Baby – Truth & Soul Records

Another one of those that always gets someone coming to ask what it is. Standing out on the album as a loner (the rest is fairly fast paced psych soul), Baby is a wedge of sad soul. Written by Daniel Collas, who was a true gent when I hooked up with the band at the Deaf Institute in Manchester.  Although this 45 was on T&S, the album was released on Tummy Touch.

El Combo Chimbita – Puro Show – Names You Can Trust

Released in April of this year by NYC, available on their Bandcamp. El Combo Chimbita are an offshoot of Colombian New Yorkers MAKU soundsystem.

The Johnny Otis Show ft Barbara Morrison – Hey Boy! I Want Ya’ – Jazz World Records

Shuggie Otis’ dad. My copy of this 45, Hey Boy! I Want Ya’ / Nigger, Please! has the labels reversed. It looks like this track never featured on any album. This blog has a little more info.

So, that was fun. Any feedback appreciated – hit me up on the contact form above or Twitter!

Commentary inspired by the Air Adam podcast.

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Anushka: Broken Circuits out now on Brownswood

Sleeve: Fred Butler
Sleeve: Fred Butler

Today sees the release of the debut album from Brighton’s Max Wheeler (on production) and Victoria Port (on vocals/songwriting) as Anushka.

Entitled Broken Circuits, it’s a melting pot of summery, bass-flittered future-soul from a pair of heads with extremely good musicality. I’ve ordered the vinyl over at Bandcamp, but there’s a bonus track on t’iTunes.

1. Impatient
2. Never Can Decide
3. Echo
4. Atom Bombs
5. Kisses
6. Broken Circuit
7. Down in Flames
8. I Have Love 4 You
9. These Things
10. This Time
11. Mansions
12. Fire To me
13. Blessings (Bonus track for itunes)

Keep an eye on upcoming tour date and news over at Brownswood.

Groovement Podcast // MR E: 1 4 NEYMAR

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So moved was Mr E by Neymar’s injury on Friday, that he went off and recorded a podcast with a Brasilian theme for Groovement. Enjoy!

 

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AbJo- My Lawd!

Tall Black Guy- Em La La Terra

Dexter- Last

Tall Black Guy- Sexci Senhora

wun two- toucan

Flatpocket- Wartemarke

Hi-Tek- Theme From Hi-Tek

Karriem Riggins- Summer Maddness S.A.

Dibia$e- Brazilian Lady

Question- Una Nota

Arthur Verocai- Balada 45 (Jneiro Jarel Like A Brazilian Girl Remix)

Metal FingersPassion – Flower

Souleance- Vem Jogar

Jneiro Jarel- Indigo Eden

AbJo- Barumba

Jay Dee- Daylight

Tall Black Guy- Espaço de Brasil

Phife Dawg- Ben Dova

A Tribe Called Quest- Jam

Exile- IN LOVE

Pete Rock- Marching On

Jay Dee- Rico Suave Bossa Nova

Dr Who Dat- Braziliant Thought

Madvillain- Raid

 

Mr E: 1 4 Neymar by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

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Download Generic Greeting Compilation Number 3

gg3Manchester’s Generic Greeting arts collective continue to be one of the most dynamic in the city. Their latest batch of electronic excursions is brewed and ready to go – this will be seeing me through the end of writing reports tonight.

I recently did a mix for them too, check that here.

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band: Bacao Suave c/w Round and Round

Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 11.43.40The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s P.I.M.P. has become the stuff of legend since its release on Mocambo records back in 2008. It currently fetches a good £40 on 7″, which makes me all the more sad that one of my copies is a little roughed up. ‘This is the orginal!’, ‘I don’t know why they didn’t get more attention, ’cause that groove is strictly dope!’ – have a gander through those YouTube comments.

Truth and Soul subsidiary Plane Jane Records have a whole album lined up, entitled simply ’55′. The first 45 to be released from it is a double whammy of known heavyweight tunes reworked by BRSB – Bacao Suave is their version of Dilla’s timeless Rico Sauve (on BBE’s shiny-covered Welcome 2 Detroit), while Hi Tek’s Round and Round appeared in its original form on his first solo LP, Hi-Teknology (Rawkus, 2001).

Grab the vinyl and download over at the Truth and Soul website here, and keep your ear to the ground for more.

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My Dry Wet Mess – Laptop Lapdance EP preview

The Laptop Lapdance EP is forthcoming on Fine Grains, July 7th. His Magical Properties LP, Irrational Alphabet, was on loop for me for many months, and I’m excited to hear new music from him. 01 Twos Too 02 Nailed Scale 03 Eyelids’ Secret 04 Infinito 05 Nailed Scale (Auntie Flo Remix) 06 Nailed Scale (Dam Mantle Remix) 07 Eyelids’ Secret (Ikonika Scenario Adjustment Remix) 08 Eyelids’ Secret (Ikonika Shy Remix) @mydrywetmess
Soundcloud   Download the Ikonika remix of track Eyelids’ Secrets below.   Art: Alexander Horne   Press release: My Dry Wet Mess’ unique sound is recognisable for it’s multi-layered intricacy and offbeat charm. Skittering beats slide through surreal melodies and distorted vocals or keys. In ‘Laptop Lapdance’, Civitenga encapsulates these elements with four engrossing story-telling tracks.
 
Remixes come from Hyperdub‘sIkonikaDam Mantle and Auntie Flo. The latter comes with a dreamy analogue rework of ‘Nailed Scale’; a gentle breezy groove with a plethora of subtle details peaking out from the undergrowth. If Auntie Flo’s remix is a curious walk along the jungle path, Dam’s Mantle’s ‘Nailed Scale Remix’ is head first into the depths. Dark and prowling, Mantle strips down the emotive elements to tribal claps and creepy background echoes. Stepping further into techno territory, Ikonika’s ‘Scenario Adjustment Remix’ highlights the metallic and futuristic elements of ‘Eyelids’ Secret’. A stomping mechanical rhythm goes for the jugular from start to finish. In her ‘Shy Remix’, Ikonika wraps things up with a beat-less cinematic twist.

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Exclusive First Look: ESSA – ‘Easy’ Live @ The Jazz Cafe, London

This is me when I turn/ 33 and a third…

Groovement is proud to present a first look at Essa live at the Jazz Cafe, taken from his album launch on 23rd April 2014.

Easy is from Essa’s new album, The Misadventures Of A Middle Man. It’s a triumph of a release, Essa’s intelligence and observational lyricism shining through.

This one ‘is about juggling two jobs at the same time’ – easy…

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Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 18.13.44 The Jazz Cafe played host to the album launch – the video was filmed and edited by Ricky Kershaw; No Sleep Nigel’s on the audio recording and mix.

The band….

Backing Vocals: D.Ablo

Drums – Jack Backer

Keys – Johnny Tomlinson

Bass – Chris “Fatty” Hargreaves

Guitar – Phil Stevenson

Turntables – DJ Mr. Thing

Backing Raps – Devise

W: http://www.e-s-s-a.com/
T: https://twitter.com/Essa529

http://www.firstwordrecords.com The Tall Black Guy remix of The Middle Man is out on 7″ vinyl now.

Find out a little more about Nick Essa in an interview with Manchester’s Heather Wall on her blog.

Don’t forget about Yungun and Mr Thing’s 2006 opus Grown Man Business! Download that here. 

Album press release:

First Word Records proudly presents ‘The Misadventures Of A Middle Man’, the new album from Essa. Despite being a firm fixture in UK rap for over a decade, this will be Essa’s first full-length since 2006′s ‘Grown Man Business’ with DJ Mr Thing.

Early releases ‘Liquid Love’, ‘City Breaks’ and ‘Dancing Shoes’ (under former name Yungun) established him as one of the UK’s most insightful MCs. Collabs with Guru (Gang Starr/Jazzmatazz) and praise from Nas and Mark Ronson followed. All of this whilst pursuing a parallel career as an entertainment lawyer.

The collision of these two worlds, plus his mixed race heritage, are the inspiration for the new album, as Essa explains: “I’ve always been a middle man – walking within widely different circles (racial, social, cultural, musical) but never quite feeling like I belong in any one of them. That’s a gift and a curse – I’ve written about both”. Few MCs can convincingly tackle such weighty topics – ‘The Middle Man’ is a strikingly honest examination of mixed-race identity; ‘Prayers of a Non-Believer asks what belief means to those without religion; ‘Well Spoken’ is a witty take on the class system – but Essa’s laid-back charm and effortlessly smooth flow keep the tone light and entertaining. Not political, but personal. Not preachy, but perceptive.

With an enviable roster of producers including Waajeed, Eric Lau, Tall Black Guy, Ta-Ku, Budgie and Flako, the musical backdrop reflects Essa’s broad outlook, with elements of neo-soul, latin, afro-beat, electronica, spoken word and of course hip-hop. Essa sums it up neatly on key track ‘The Middle Man’: “When you stand in the middle there’s a hell of a view, and all I want to do is share it with you”

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