Manchester-based hip hop producer and blatant Deadpool fan Mac Real is just about ready to drop the eleventh in his POANWOT mixtape series.
Our pal Black Josh (Blah Records, Ape Cult) is on there, as is Tokyo-based Meecrazybrain, French emcee Rimcash, London artist Tony As, Essex spitter Bebe V, Misha B, Birmingham grime heads Romo and Inf Diggy, and rising talents Wordz and Ess Da Squire.
“If there’s a running theme through all the music i’ve done, it’s positivity: I’ve always tried to make music that makes people feel good. I’ve never really been about dark music. If people remember anything about my music I hope it’s that”
Mecca:83, December 2014
If you’ve never had the pleasure of sinking into the sounds of Mecca:83 aka Rise… well, now you’re too damn late.
Mecca’s music is very close to my heart – we’ve had him over to play at In The Loop in Manchester, and his All Mine track from Translations (included on this comp) is the most popular thing to come out on LabelGroovement so far. He’s never been anything but supportive of my own hare-brained ideas, so I’d like to give a personal thank you to him for that. Sparsely-attended Sunday Hip Hop Socials and workshops are much more fun with your friends around.
To top it all off, he’s one of the nicest blokes around with an open, community-driven heart which resulted in Expansions Collective, which will continue in various forms. Follow their progress at their website.
Check out a little more Mecca over at his Bandcamp.
Life Sketches is simply mystical:
And here’s his debut album as Rise on Futuristica:
Do yourself a soul-fulfilling favour and go and check out his and his friends’ other work over at the Expansions Bandcamp, including the recent REdefinition Bahia Affair EP and Alexis Davis projects. The high quality of work the Expansions guys produce is well worth digging through and keeping up with – all peeps involved are simply there for love of beats.
Hopefully, there’ll be a return in the future when time allows. For now – massive love and thanks for the music, Evan!
I’m a big fan of tunes you can sing the title along too because they have the right number of notes to go with syllables – the Doctor Who theme is a good example (Doctor Whooo, Dohhcctor Whooo) – so the title track on this one tickles me in all the right spots.
Sheffield’s major wobbler The Colonel returns with a new EP, complete with him blowing his own trumpet on the cover. Four slices of dancefloor directed throwback shuffling.
Martin Connor (Bugalu Foundation) blasts this one wide open from the start, in a video that chronicles the Bluntskins’ journey to perform in Amsterdam in true South Park style, courtesy of Bill Sykes (who spent a good 3 months of his life locked up in a room animating this – so share it!).
Manchester hip hop: check more of their stuff on Bandcamp.
Fresh from spinning with legends Cymande, Amp Fiddler and Nightmares On Wax, Groovement famalam Andrea drops in with some sounds she’s feeling right now.
Brook Benton – Rainy Night in Georgia
Bobby Womack – Dayglo Reflection ft Lana Del Rey – XL Recordings
Muki – Funky Sofa (Mr Scruff Remix)
Amp Fiddler with SLy & Robbie – Blackhouse (Paint The White House Black)
Secret Stealth – The Ted Rogers EP Stealth 3
Roedelius – Puente (Peaking Lights Version)
Dego and Kaidi – Acting Up (On Shit That Don’t Count)
Shalamar – Friends
D-Train – You’re The One For Me (Labour Of Love Mix)
Jay W. McGee – When We Party (Uptown, Downtown)
Annie – The Greatest Hit
Some light on the horizon for hip hop fans following the failure of Vent to get Phife Dawg to Manchester recently. Not long after Talib Kweli hits Sound Control, M.O.P. are bringing the proverbial ruckus to the same venue courtesy of Manc-based wideboys Will Not Be Televised.
Support comes from a non-band version of the Mouse Outfit, with lyricism from a few of the finest: Sparkz, Truthos Mufasa, Dubbul O and Black Josh.