Agent J is editor-in-chief of Groovement, which is a podcast and this website. Groovement Cat helps. AKA Jamie Groovement
While I’m here, make sure you check out Matt Ferguson’s work over at Cakes and Comics (the Guardians stuff is over on Facebook). I’m a big fan of his.
Jonathan King – Hooked On a Feeling
Jungle Brothers – Good Newz Comin’
John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillun
Brazzaville – Moonage Daydream
10cc – I’m Not in Love
Paul White – A Quiet Place
Pete Rock ft. Papoose – Comprehend
Mike WiLL Made It – I’m Not In Love (ScHoolBoy Q Feat. Yung Joey)
Esso Trinidad Steel Band – I Want You Back
Finger 5 – I Want You Back
Redbone – Come and Get Your Love
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – Get Up And Have A Good Time
Hendersin – The Great Escape
Kanye West – White Dress
Brand Nubian – Ooh Child Ft Aisha Mika
2Pac ft Dave Hollister – Keep Ya Head Up
Curren$y ft Pharrell – Chasin’ Papers
Nina Simone – Ooh Child
Fat Joe ft Mashonda – Listen Baby
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Future Head ReEdit)
The next phase of DOOM is upon us, following the boost in recognition he received with the JJ DOOM LP, produced by Jneiro Jarel (Dr Who Dat?, Shape of Broad Minds).
Now available for pre-oder and released on September 23rd, the Bishop Nehru x DOOM collab has a sick cover from Ghostshrimp. DOOM’s produced the whole thing, his first full album production since 2003′s Take Me To Your Leader.
The cover is one of four illustrations Ghostshrimp did for the project, including a fold out poster.
Looking into their work, there’s a great fantasy vibe running through other pieces too – perhaps unsurprising as they designed the Adventure Time world itself. Have a look at this awesome tree fort design process, the home of Jake and Finn. Peruse and perhaps even purchase a print over at their site.
Vanessa Freeman – Dawning of a New Day – Chilli Funk
Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street (Danny Canaan Soul Mix) – Joe Boy
Rayko – Broadway – Lumberjacks in Hell
Sunshine Anderson – Heard It All Before (The QSO Mix) – Rebtuz
Amp Fiddler – Hope (Transatlantic Mix) – Genuine
Krystal Klear ft Jenna G – Addiction – Rinse EDIT (FADE EARLY)
Szymanski – Undeniable You (Let Me Be The One) – Omoa Music
Roy Davis Jr – Gabrielle (Live Garage) – Large
Ebo Taylor – Peace On Earth – Phillips
We’re lucky enough to be spinning with DJ Format this Friday night in the magical surroundings of the First Chop Brewery in Salford, and the Beat Boutique has seen fit to put two pairs of tickets up for grabs.
Just share this post on Twitter or Facebook, or drop me an email subject Dj format with your phone number to j @ groovement co uk
COMP CLOSES THURSDAY 12 NOON, WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Friday’s event commemorates a year since we first came together as an integrated arts community project. We collaborated with Shudehill studio to create a free entry festival that celebrated music, art, fashion and design in the NQ. It was a great success, and proof to us that creative communities in Manchester need a hub, a network where they can get together to do these things more:
So a year on we’ve done an array of events and shows with a very similar vibe from small and intimate shows to late night events at Kraak.
The M20 Pop-up aims to bring together all the people we have met and collaborated with in the last year, providing a platform for them and for us to show how far M20 collective has come and how much development has been made.
The main short term view is to get arts council funding as a community project. This Friday will be raising money towards the awareness, creative experimentation and execution of M20 collective initiatives, and registration as an official CIC.
What have been your achievements so far? Who have you had involved?
Its hard to say in short who we have worked with, especially without missing out too many people but we’ve worked with Solomon Grundy in Withington and hosted a range of local artist focused live music events at their venue, they’ve been a great help.
We’ve hosted rooms at Pangaea festival with the Manchester University along with MMU art students, and many up and coming MCR urban scene acts and RNCM musicians who are also featuring this Friday.
Not to mention art collectives such as Generic Greeting and Peanut Gallery to name a couple. Our appearance onall.fmraised our profile and got us better connected with the more local side of south Manchester.
We also want to support other collectives; the Secret Garden project is one that we’re keen on backing and raising awareness of, as well as creative workshops for schools in south Manchester.
Our biggest achievement so far I would say is the growth of our following and the fact people are sticking with the initiative and supporting the movement of collectivity and arts.
What do you think you can bring to the Manchester scene?
A better ethos about artistic skills; we believe in creativity not being just one thing. It is expressed in many different ways and all expressions of creativity be them thinking or a physical execution are interconnected and when people get together in an environment that is less about watching and focusing on one thing, and is more about stimulating your sense and socialising along side performance or exhibition, it’s a genuinely great phenomenon that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. It’s devalued almost.
The good news is our movement along with many others is happening more and more everywhere, even before we joined so we just want to help the whole thing from our area.
Do you think there’s enough going on in South Manchester i.e. M20 to call it a scene, or is it all a little too disparate?
There are small communities and groups of people that could do with being better connected and knowing each other, not just in a “bump in to each other at a party way”, but in a let’s do something, let’s start a project, let’s make something together way which needs to happen more everywhere.
We appreciate this is hard, easier said than done, but we hope to provide this platform for people.
Where do you envision M20 Collective being in 5 years time?
It’s hard to say, it’s a development project that grows organically, step by step.
Ideally we would have got funding, found a base and a hub, a space for people to come and connect and enquire about connecting with other people in a creative way from construction of urban spaces, to putting together of live creative arts festivals, and a nationwide presence.
Perhaps expanding into food cultivation and other such creative skills that just a bigger a creative social space with a prominent place in the northern environment. But to get there we need to keep putting on events, raising awareness and spreading the positive vibe that we genuinely believe is more fulfilling than getting any personal financial flourish.
What better way that to get by, keep stimulated, creative and meet new people? We all need to work and pay our rent, but investment in our minds and sociality is much more rewarding.
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.