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New music: Alphabets Heaven & Deft – Pride & Joy

staysCanadian label King Deluxe release the new Alphabets Heaven EP Everything Stays The Same digitally today, and there’s a stonkin’ video to accompany his collab with Deft. Look!

Alphabets Heaven & Deft – Pride & Joy from King Deluxe on Vimeo.

You can also buy the EP on real life vinyl here.

Devised, directed and animated by Thomas Knowler

Musical collaboration by Alphabets Heaven & Deft

Download: Show N Prove – Instrumentals Vol 3

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One of the top UK producers knocking about at the moment, Show N Prove offers his third volume of instrumentals, featuring beats made for Big Narstie, Meridian Dan, Tinchy Stryder, Benny Banks, Ghetts, Amplify Dot and more. 

Download via the Facebook


01. Intro
02. Get Down (103 bpm)
03. My Different (140 bpm)
04. Get Busy (84.5 bpm)
05. My People (145 bpm)
06. ESG (82 bpm)
07. Trouble (104 bpm)
08. Wanna Go (150 bpm)
09. California Love (86 bpm)
10. Respect Me (100.5 bpm)
11. Outro


Download: Trim – Notice Now (Antony Abstruse aka DJ X-Kutz Remix)

trim antThe Croydon-based artist formerly known as X-Kutz remixes Trim and presents it to you as a free download here. This one’s a klaxon of a tune and  all too brief.

He’s been banging out bass heavy remixes of the likes of Jadakiss, Cormega and Mobb Deep that are well worth your while which you can grab at that very same link. Follow him on Twitter.






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New music: Mocambo remix Lee Fields’ Just Can’t Win

bacao lee fieldsPlaying with Lee Fields and the Expressions recently has obviously been fruitful for Hamburg-based Mocambo Records, whose live incarnation, the Mighty Mocambos, are one of the tightest live funk outfits around.

Juno has a preview of their upcoming 45 as the Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band remixing Lee Fields’ Just Can’t Win on a steel pan flex, following their recent Truth & Soul release Bacao Suave/Round & Round. Check Lee’s O.G. version here.

I chatted to Lee Fields a couple of years back.

New music: Big Lo – More Like 2.0 ft Junky Goods, Stess the Emcee & Mel Funk.

magnum opiatesSome dopeness out of Florida courtesy of Big Lo, with help from Junky Goods, Stess the Emcee and Mel Funk, produced by Timeless.

It’s from his album Magnum Opiates, available on iTunes here.


POLITIKA launch: Art & the Affairs of the City – 19th September, Manchester




Along with Endless City, Mind on Fire and Onefiveeight, I’ll be providing a musical background to the launch of the POLITIKA exhibition at Upper Space this coming Friday. I’ll let the press release speak for itself below. Check the Facebook event out here.

To summarise:

Private View: 6pm – 8pm // Launch Event: 8pm – 12am

The Engine Room, Hope Mill. 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, M4 7JA

  • The first chance to see provocative artworks by urban interventionist artists from nine different countries including previously unreleased works by major artists.
  • The newly renovated grade 2 listed building hosting the exhibition is in the heart of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb. Politika includes mixed media, digital, sculpture and visual art installations.


  • A Samba band procession from Stevenson’s Square in the northern quarter to the gallery in Ancoats, arriving in time for the launch. Time TBC.

In the Bar:

  • Select teas and cold coffees from Manchester’s own North Tea Power.
  • A live installation by Manchester based artists Shift//Delete entitled ‘Molotov Cocktails?’. Come forth and consume specially commissioned alcoholic drinks laced with a dash of espionage. Prepared and served by our very own Sunny Wray.
  • Local brews from Moss Cider, IPA and a range of other drinks available at affordable prices.

Music provided by Mind On Fire, OneFiveEight, Endless City & Groovement.


19 provocative artists from 9 different countries exhibit works as part of a diverse programme of free workshops, talks, screenings and live interventions. 

The exhibition launches a new cultural space in the heart of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb. 


Peter Kennard (UK) // Epos257 (CZ) // Ztohoven (CZ) // Chim-Pom (JP) // VOINA (RU) // Shift//Delete (UK) // Brandalism (UK+) // WochenKlausur (AT) // Bill Posters (UK) // Franck Allais (FR) // Leah Borromeo (UK) // Steve Lambert (US) // Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative (FI) // The Vacuum Cleaner (UK) // John Beieler (US) // Papas Fritas (CHI) // Tracey Moberly (UK) // Peter McCaughey (UK) // Ben Parry (UK) // Ed Hall (UK) + citizens of Manchester.


Manchester is where the world’s first manifestations of industrial Capitalism took shape. If the city is both the producer of citizenship and the generator of innovation, it is the soil in which democracy lives. Without the city and maximised exchanges, democracy loses strength to create potential futures.

Is there scope to generate another answer, another view, in order to sustain another ideology against consumerism and the disempowerment it represents? Politika presents opportunites for people to transform themselves from passive consumers into active participants – active citizens.

Politika sees a merging of the intersections between art, social justice and activism as artists and the citizens of Greater Manchester assert their right to the city.

The diverse program includes an exhibition of provocative art works, live urban interventions across the city, public workshops, talks, documentary screenings and debate to offer the public the opportunity to rethink the role of art and artist in contemporary society.

The exhibition is situated in a grade 2* listed cotton mill and launches a new contemporary cultural space – The Engine Room, in Ancoats – the world’s first industrial suburb.

Exhibition Opening: 8pm // Friday 19th September 2014
featuring DJs from OneFiveEight, Mind on Fire, Endless City and Groovement.

For more information please visit:

Contributing Artists:

Full programme:

Maps and travel routes to Politika:

Politika is kindly supported by Arts Council EnglandEsmée Fairbairn FoundationNow Then ManchesterHope MillEmergencia

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Download: 1991 – 199X EP from Chile’s Dilema Industria

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Dreamy  lo-fi beats on 1991’s (aka Daniel Klauser) debut EP for Chile’s  Dilema Industria, infleunced by recent trips to Colombia, Switzerland and Germany.

Download – also download from Bandcamp


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New Music: Paper Tiger release Laptop Suntan Remixed ft SertOne, Werkha, LV, Murder He Wrote, Scrimshire and an anagram

Sultan Ant Pop is Laptop Suntan remixed, or indeed anagramised, and is out now. The space jazz/hip hop/blip hop outfit combine live band expertise with killer production, and released their debut long player on Wah Wah 45s last year.

This, then, is the sequel. containing not only remixes but new original music too.

Go and buy it (listen below), and look for them gigging near you in the next few months.

Also check out this improvised live mixtape, Sonic Boom Head Zoom 2.


Download: Aphotic mix for Astral Black

aphotikThis is EXACTLY my kind of mix. No pretensions and no bullshit (and no house…), just out and out great tunes – spaced out weirdy sounds with plenty of hip hop, a smattering of footwork and plenty of soul.

Expect Julianna Barwick,Ash Ra TempelTehbisEdan, Batsumi, Budgie (Livin’ Proof)Lamont,Outkast, Michael Anthony, Captain, Triad God and more…

Tell him you love it at his Twitter and follow his Soundcloud.


Aphotik is one of the minds behind killer collective and club night Tempo Clash – keep track of their Soundcloud below!

The homies Astral Black still have their amazing Frass Fm comp available for free download here.

hip hop & beats & soul // Manchester and beyond