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Preview Mr Thing, kidkanevil, Tall Black Guy and Eric Lau: Thing Leaves The House!

A sequel emerges for last year’s First Word Record Store Day release! Some words from label head Gilla: Running an independent record label in 2015 is a tricky, (and some would say foolish) task. It is of course, a privilege to be given the responsibility to get an artist’s music out into the world, but the label’s side of the

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Interview: M20 COLLECTIVE + TWISTED TUBES PREVIEW

And so, the next generation continue to take over the city. M20 Collective have already made a substantial mark in the make-up of the city, and their forthcoming event on 24 April looks set to continue the proliferation of their unique outlook. Groovement decided it was time to catch up. Thanks to Yemi for facilitating and Joel for answering so

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Track premiere: Jump-up highlife from Tal National with Farila

I’m very pleased to be able to premiere this bouncing track from Tal National, from their new album Zoy Zoy.   Zoy Zoy is Tal National’s second album for Brighton’s FatCat label, following 2013’s Kaani, their first release outside of Niger. Having spent a decade doing the legwork across their home country, selling CDs on street corners between five hour

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Check We Ridin’ from Onra’s upcoming LP, Fundamentals

Onra’s music is strictly sunshine music, so it’s a good day (in Sheffield, anyway) to have a listen to the first tune from his forthcoming tribute to 90s hip hop, Fundamentals. That warm-as-you-like 90s sound is evident from the off – I’m looking forward to the full thing immensely. The LP will be out May 15th on All City Records and is

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Manchester: Phife Dawg, Sat 23 May 2015

  Last time people tried to bring Phife to Manchester, it emerged that they hadn’t taken the liberty of securing a venue license… whether a venue is secret or not, you need one of those. Thanks to the hip hop gods then that The Doctor’s Orders and Juicy have come through for Manchester. Grab your tickets here.

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45: Mister Jason Has A Posse – DJ Format’s A-Z Breaks Remix

A heavy, heavy single on Soundweight Records, DJ Format remixing Mister Jason Has A Posse. The remix features 26 emcees over 26 breaks laid down by Format. Pre-order it here, deliveries end of April. On the alphabet tip are: Akrobatik, Bad Newz, CheckMark (Skitzofreniks), D-Tension, Esoteric, Forcefeeld (Top Choice Clique), EDO G., Masstapeace, I.D., Jaysaun, K-NO Supreme, Riacha La Pasta, Moe

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In Print: Bonafide issue 10 out now

Bonafide magazine returns to the stands following its landmark issue 9, which featured DOOM walking into an interview with Madlib. 10 sees a 90s rap special, a dual cover featuring 2Pac and De La Soul, plus a move to a larger format for the mag. I’ve got an interview with the legendary DJ Muggs in there.   If you’re in

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Manchester: Jurassic 5 head to Albert Hall in September

J5 return to the city following their triumphant Academy gig last summer. This time, they’re heading to the unique surroundings of the Albert Hall. Tickets are available 9am on Thursday from the venue. Read my chat with Cut Chemist in issue 9 of Bonafide magazine, my interview with Chali 2na for Now Then and a catch up with Akil.

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Manchester: DJ Jazzy Jeff and PRhyme for RBMA Tour + Todd Terry, Krystal Klear, Josey Rebelle

  What a ridiculous line up. The RBMA UK Tour is fast approaching its Manc dates – check full details here. This one sees hip hop heroes DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9” drop by – a great concept too, with them having gone digging on Record Store Day (the day before) to find some choice cuts

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De La Soul sample themselves for Kickstarter-funded LP

Well worth your perusal is the De La Soul Kickstarter page. These three are in it for the love, and always have been. As with ever with these projects cost you a little more than you’d otherwise pay – but if you don’t pay, it don’t get made, right? The $20 postage for the vinyl is definitely a stinger here

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