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Preview: Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest) in Manchester for Vent opening 7th Nov

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It’s not often new spaces manage to get someone of such legendary stature on their first night, but Manchester’s been taken aback by the announcement of Phife hitting town on 7th November.

Vent delivers 3 months of Fridays from its own base, a once mill & now deserted club.. With a 24 hour licence, 3 floors and room enough for 1000, we can unleash Manchester’s potential.‘ – Minshull Street is the best I can get for the location from Skiddle – keep an eye out for an official announcement of where the space is!

 

live performances from:

phife dawg [a tribe called quest]

+ dj rasta root [smoking needles]

+ probot the mighty [acid city records]

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WE THE BRAND SHOWCASE

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hector moralez [apollonia, we the brand]

tommy largo [mushroom jazz, great lakes audio]

jamie trench [tsuba, viva music]

david glass [circus recordings, roush]

jade cox [im a house gangster, robsoul]

oliver drops [departure, vent

DANNY BECK [Ibiza Rocks, Vent]

DAN J & MIKE O’MARA [Huddle]

LARRY JONES [Oddisco, Vent]

FLUX GROOVE [Kaluki]

 

Groovement chased up Oliver Drops to see what the dealio is…

You guys have got Manchester all abuzz with this gig, seemingly coming out of nowhere – what can you tell us about the people behind Vent?
Well, Vent started as more of a side project aimed at bringing big performers to small and unusual spaces. Some friends had one of those old Victorian houses in Withington with a huge basement area. It was actually two rooms with a connecting corridor and it immediately sent our minds spinning. Brick walls, good headroom, soundproof, it was a perfect space for a party.
It took a few weeks of painting and mud shovelling with some flooding and more painting but we opened on schedule with a full house, Funktion One and the main man Tristan Da Cunha. And it’s just evolved ever since, with our last party hosted by Nightmares On Wax in an old cutlery factory in Sheffield.

 

What will make Vent stand apart from other venues?
We’ve got a 24 hour licence, which we intend to utilise, but aside from that we’re not sticking to any formula or trend. We’re putting together line ups of all skills and generations. We’re kind of taking the house party rules to a club.

 

So, let’s talk Phife – whose genius idea was that?
Who’s not a Tribe fan?

 

What are your favourite Tribe tracks and why?

Ah so many. 8 Million Stories just gets me every time. The lyrics are unreal, so much attitude.
‘Just last week my girl was stressin me, now her best friend be undressin me’
What a Dawg. But then, ‘now that i got that out my system, watch me stab up the track as if my name was OJ Simpson,’ is one of my favourite lines.
So The Hop has to be up there but God Lives Through, Check the Rhime all of them. Q is my favourite engineer and Phife my favourite rapper, so it’s win win.

 

The opening party is also a showcase for We The Brand – what’s your association with these guys and what can you tell us about them?
We The Brand is Hector Moralez‘s baby and I’ve loved Hector’s music for a long time. Then after we booked him earlier this year at The Night Kitchen, he blew the lid so it would have been counter productive to not get him back. And it so happens he’s one of the loveliest passionate guys i’ve ever met, and has even insisted on coming over to promote Vent three weeks early.

 

Any clues as to forthcoming events?
TBA – 28th Nov //
Matador, Philip Bader & Di Chiara Brothers 5th Dec //
TBA – 12th Dec.
But we have a lot more up our sleeve, some great collaborations and partners to yet announce. And watch out for NYD.

 

What are your hopes for the future of Vent?
We don’t know, we like to change. Let’s see where it takes us.
Buy your tickets for Phife (quick!) at Skiddle
Keep up with Vent over at their website.
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Out now: P.I.M.P. – Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band 45 re-issued on Truth & Soul Records

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I’m so proud of my bros over at Hamburg label Mocambo, who are about to see their first Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band 45 released on New York’s Truth & Soul Records, home of El Michels and the like (the eagle-eyed amongst you will spot their recent release ‘Bacao Suave / Round and Round‘ was on T&S imprint Plane Jane Records).

Blurb from T&S:  Back in 2008 BRSB released its smashing cover of 50 Cent’s P.I.M.P. which was long thought to be the original sample for the tune. The Mocambo pressing is already hard to come by and fetching top dollar on the internet has become an underground classic. On Side A BRSB treat the tune to their signature smashing drums and bass heavy production, taking the original loop and turning it into a full composition. Brass and steel pan parts putting it somewhere between reggae, steel funk, and the Superfly Soundtrack.

Side B is the first BRSB original making it’s way to vinyl, “Laventille Road March” hits hard. The heavy drumming, open breaks, and pan melodies make this a sureshot for DJs and listeners alike.

The guys have a full length coming in 2015 on T&S, simply called 55.

If you don’t know about 45 label kings Mocambo, check out their back catalogue here.

 

 

 

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#MeowTheJewels: El-P auditions cats

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What is currently My Favourite Project (the cat remix version of Killer Mike and El-P’s Run The Jewels 2, yet to be released) is coming along nicely, and I hear my copy of Run The Jewels 2 is on its way in the post too.

Order your own copy over at the RTJ2 website.

Run The Jewels hit Manchester’s Gorilla club on Dec 12.

Also see:

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Manchester: eMC {Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin} @ Band on the Wall, 27 Oct

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The Show was a classic late 2000s album, flying under the radar of many despite the super-combo behind it and mostly as a result of the four not following it up until the release of EP/mini-album The Turning Point earlier this year.

Don’t miss your chance to catch this heavyweight crew, with support from Houston’s K-Rino and DJsMore Bounce, and remember: Mondays are the new Fridays.

Buy tickets from BOTW 

 

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Manchester: Flying Lotus performs You’re Dead live @ Albert Hall

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You’re Dead seems to have divided Fly Lo’s fans a little, but there’s no arguing that this will sell out and a live interpretation of the album is a definite pull.

Get tickets. Facebook event.

Here’s my chat with him from a few years back, when he hit the Mint Lounge (GLK is up first).

Interview: THE GASLAMP KILLER / FLYING LOTUS // APR09 by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud

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Groovement supports Shabazz Palaces with From The Kites Of San Quentin

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I played with these guys last time they hit Manchester (at the Deaf Institute) and am well chuffed to be supporting once again. Here’s a little pre-gig moment from last time…

You also get the majestic awesomeness of From The Kites Of San Quentin showcasing brand new material.

Grab your tickets here!

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Manchester this week: Sharon Jones, Youngblood Brass Band, Pounders for Palestine, The Herbaliser, The Filthy Six

A very busy week for soul, funk and hip hop (and beyond…)  heads this week in Manchester! Peruse below…

MONDAY

YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BAND + IN THE LOOP

// BAND ON THE WALL TICKETS £16.50 ADV

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Punk-influenced hip hop heads YBB originated the ‘riot jazz’ flex a few years back, and have toured the world relentlessly parading their sound.

We’re supporting as In The Loop (DJ A-UP and myself with Bedos on the mic) so hit me up for £10 tickets by email – j @ groovement co uk.

THURSDAY

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS with LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS

// ALBERT HALL TICKETS £25 ADV

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Words can’t express how hyped I am for this one! If you don’t know, god damn well get to know.


 

FRIDAY

THE HERBALISER + FINGATHING (DJ SET)

// CLUB ACADEMY TICKETS £17 ADV

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Full band show in the intimate surroundings of Club Academy – expect a focus on music from their most recent work, There Were Seven. Fingathing’s Peter Parker on DJ support!

SATURDAY

POUNDERS FOR PALESTINE (PALESTINE FUNDRAISER)

// 1 PRIMROSE ST TICKETS £5 MIN DONATION

A massive line up for this one, in aid of MAP (Medical Aid for Palestine) – grab a ticket at Just Giving by donating a minimum of a fiver, or donate on the door. Expect all flavas!!

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Also on Saturday, Craig Charles’ monthly Funk and Soul Club sees soul jazzers The Filthy Six at Band on the Wall.

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Mind On Fire celebrates 10 years this weekend

MOF10If you have an ounce of culture in your bones and you live in Manchester, you’ve more than likely encountered Mind On Fire in the last ten years. This weekend sees them run free events to celebrate! More info below and on the Facebook event… 

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“10 Years Of Mind On Fire.

To celebrate Mind on Fire reaching the ripe old age of ten, we’ve invited some of our favourite guests and supporters from throughout the years to come and join the party. We’ll have giveaways, goodies, ping pong and party hats and and we’ve made it all free to attend. So come and raise a glass and shake a leg as Mind on Fire celebrates 10 years in the game. There will be cake.”

MANCHESTER THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 18th October 2014
2pm – 9pm – Soup Kitchen
9pm – 4am – Twenty Twenty Two

Sunday 19th October 2014
10pm – 3am – The Liars Club

Free Entry

 

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