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Cold Stares video from Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper

Drone choreography! Find out more about the making of the video here. From Fated, Nosaj’s third album out now on Innovative Leisure / Timetable. iTunes – Amazon – Bleep

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INTERVIEW Breakbeat Lou & Peanut Butter Wolf

You can read an abridged version of this interview in Now Then magazine 24 (Manchester) and issue 91 (Sheffield). The importance of Louis Flores, aka Breakbeat Lou, to hip hop cannot be stressed enough – yet his name is not well known to many artists or fans. Last October, E (of Myron and E) had been telling me he was

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PREVIEW Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra: Into Forever

It’s no surprise at all that Matthew Halsall’s sixth album is a thing of beauty. Tracking his output over the past few years has brought nothing but joy to my ears and heart. What is different, and provides more accessibility to those perhaps a little wary of more instrumental pieces, is the vocal steering of the ship this time by

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Groovement Podcast: Edd Mystery – Selections Jaunes {Oct 2015)

Edd Mystery: Selections Jaunes {Oct 2015} by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud YELLOW BEATS FOR AUTUMN DAYS. LISTEN ON MIXCLOUD / ITUNES / DOWNLOAD Photo: Pippa Rankin Tyler, The Creator – Find Your Wings Mndsgn – Sheets Joey Bada$$ – O.C.B. The Internet ft. KAYTRANADA – Girl Tehbis & Seven Davis Jnr – Stay Flying Lotus

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Preview: Micröclimate

Previously known to you and I as Jneiro Jarel (behind Three Piece Puzzle, Shape Of Broad Minds and JJ Doom to name only three choice works), Jarel Gilyard is Micröclimate. It’s a rebirth to be sure, the sound of this project very much steeped in synthpop over hip hop. As always with Jarel, classifying is neither nor there: he’s got

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Preview: AIM & QNC – The Habit Of A Lifetime (And How To Kick It)

Listen to How It All Started… From the ashes of Manchester’s Grand Central label arose one of its most prominent artists, Aim – heading up Atic Records, he released Flight 602, the label was prolific and… things went quiet for a little while for him after that. Eight years later and here we are – because you can’t give up

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Groovement Interview: A-F-R-O

My timeline has been abuzz this week with the above ‘Uncharted’ video about young rapper A-F-R-O, whose flow is so sick it needs an ambulance, STAT. The common consensus is that his future is bright! 18 year old James Gutierrez is busy working on his debut album, but took the time out to answer a few questions I slung over

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Enter the Cult Of The Damned

Rappers! Lee Scott, Black Josh, Sleazy F Baby, Salar, Stinkin Slumrok, Bisk, King Grubb, Bill Shakes & Tony Broke. Produced by Col Mustard, co-produced, mixed & mastered by Reklews. Order the 12″ from Blah Records here. Side A 1. Cult of The Damned 2. Instrumental 3. Acapella Side B 1. Sugar Water 2. Leave With Us 3. Moral Counselling

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Lee Fields hooks up with the Mighty Mocambos for Where Do We Go From Here single

The Mighty Mocambos toured with Lee Fields a while back, and fruits were borne. First, under one of their aliases, they remixed Lee’s phenomenal Just Can’t Win. This led to them releasing Bacao Suave c/w Round and Round under their Bacao guise on Truth & Soul (Lee’s home label) subsidiary Plane Jane: They appeared with Lee on this 10 inch

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Groovement Podcast: SNO – The Beats That Made Me {Oct 2015}

  SNO: The Beats That Made Me {Oct 2015} by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud Since her recent Groovement mix ‘From The Dusty Streets Of Bophelong to Manchester‘, SNO has been busy entertaining the masses of Manchester at the likes of The Hilary Step (for the Whalley Deranged Event) and for the Roots Before Branches crew for their

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