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Agent J is editor-in-chief of Groovement, which is a podcast and this website. Groovement Cat helps. AKA Jamie Groovement
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New music: Alphabets Heaven & Deft – Pride & Joy

staysCanadian label King Deluxe release the new Alphabets Heaven EP Everything Stays The Same digitally today, and there’s a stonkin’ video to accompany his collab with Deft. Look!

Alphabets Heaven & Deft – Pride & Joy from King Deluxe on Vimeo.

You can also buy the EP on real life vinyl here.

Devised, directed and animated by Thomas Knowler

Musical collaboration by Alphabets Heaven & Deft

Download: Show N Prove – Instrumentals Vol 3

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One of the top UK producers knocking about at the moment, Show N Prove offers his third volume of instrumentals, featuring beats made for Big Narstie, Meridian Dan, Tinchy Stryder, Benny Banks, Ghetts, Amplify Dot and more. 

Download via the Facebook


01. Intro
02. Get Down (103 bpm)
03. My Different (140 bpm)
04. Get Busy (84.5 bpm)
05. My People (145 bpm)
06. ESG (82 bpm)
07. Trouble (104 bpm)
08. Wanna Go (150 bpm)
09. California Love (86 bpm)
10. Respect Me (100.5 bpm)
11. Outro


Download: Trim – Notice Now (Antony Abstruse aka DJ X-Kutz Remix)

trim antThe Croydon-based artist formerly known as X-Kutz remixes Trim and presents it to you as a free download here. This one’s a klaxon of a tune and  all too brief.

He’s been banging out bass heavy remixes of the likes of Jadakiss, Cormega and Mobb Deep that are well worth your while which you can grab at that very same link. Follow him on Twitter.






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Interview: DJ Yoda previews Breakfast of Champions at Band on the Wall

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 20.17.38This Friday night will see the culmination of a week’s residency between DJ Yoda and a lucky team of collaborators working at Band on the Wall. Potential partners were asked to apply for the residency, but places were already cemented for Manc rappers Truthos Mufasa (Ape Cult), Sparkz (Voodoo Black) together with Rex Domino.

Find details on the collaborators and keep an eye on the process over at Brighter Sound. Day One is already up here.

I caught up with Yoda ahead of this weekend’s performance. All pics of participants are by Brighter Sound.

Buy tickets for the event over at BOTW.

Pic: Brighter Sound
Pic: Brighter Sound


Breakfast of Champions is gonna be the start of a movement… 


First off, this is an unusual project in the grand scheme of things – have you done anything similar in the past?

I’ve always tried to work on interesting collaborations – from orchestras to beatboxers to brass bands – but this is the first time I’ve actually put together a band from scratch to make original music. It’s a lot more work, but also much more satisfying!

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Who’s behind the project? Why do you think they approached you in particular?

Band On The Wall in Manchester put on an “artistic residency” once a year (here’s a little info on last year’s with Snarky Puppy)- they approached me and asked if I’d be interested in putting together a band. I can’t say why! It’s an interesting idea to have a DJ be the driving force behind something that sounds musically bigger than just playing records.

Were you integral in deciding on your collaborators or are their talents going to be a surprise?

I was absolutely integral. They put a call-out to emerging musicians, and we had tonnes of interest. So I then had this “X-Factor”-style day up in Manchester where I whittled the selection down to the kind of group I would like to work with.

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How are you preparing? What form will the final performance take or is that a complete unknown at this point?

I’ve produced an EP’s worth of music that we will translate to a live band performance, and then we plan on creating about the same amount again of totally original music during a week’s jamming, rehearsing and drinking tea.

What are the overall objectives of the project?

To do something different and new! That’s pretty much the goal with everything I try.

Have you had a chance to meet Sparkz, Truthos and Rex yet? How will your relationship with them play out over the five days?

Yep I put these guys together from the start, and we’ve been working on music all this time – I’m really excited about getting to share the results of these sessions!

Sparkz, backed up by Dubbul O, David Insua-Cao and yours truly a couple of years back at In The Loop.

Why should we come and check out the gig?

Because there’s a lot of people working together to make something really unique – Breakfast of Champions is gonna be the start of a movement!

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Download: Run The Jewels enlist Jones from Police Academy for Oh My Darling Don’t Cry #RTJ2

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 19.35.31Having received the nicest promo email in the world from El-P and Killer Mike earlier today, announcing pre-orders of RTJ2, I’m proper excited for the release of the album.

Adult Swim have a preview of the LP (no pun intended) on their Soundcloud with a free download of Oh My Darling Don’t Cry, and it’s fat as fook (and also features robot voice from Police Academy’s Michael Winslow aka Jones).

RTJ2 will be released on October 27/28 – this time on Nas’s Mass Appeal label.

The duo hit Manchester on 11 December at Gorilla – check tour dates here.

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You can pre-order the album, including a number of exclusive, one-off bonus packages (I’m going for The Meow The Jewels package – Run The Jewels will re-record RTJ2 using nothing but cat sounds for music. You are free to profit from this album in any way you see fit up to 100k in net global profit or 3 years).

The album will also be a free download at the same link – but you know you want the vinyl.

Keep your peepers on


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New music: Mocambo remix Lee Fields’ Just Can’t Win

bacao lee fieldsPlaying with Lee Fields and the Expressions recently has obviously been fruitful for Hamburg-based Mocambo Records, whose live incarnation, the Mighty Mocambos, are one of the tightest live funk outfits around.

Juno has a preview of their upcoming 45 as the Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band remixing Lee Fields’ Just Can’t Win on a steel pan flex, following their recent Truth & Soul release Bacao Suave/Round & Round. Check Lee’s O.G. version here.

I chatted to Lee Fields a couple of years back.

New music: Big Lo – More Like 2.0 ft Junky Goods, Stess the Emcee & Mel Funk.

magnum opiatesSome dopeness out of Florida courtesy of Big Lo, with help from Junky Goods, Stess the Emcee and Mel Funk, produced by Timeless.

It’s from his album Magnum Opiates, available on iTunes here.


DJ Rasp’s Scratch Jam returns to Manchester September 20th


Facebook event

Rasp brings back the Scratch Jam to Oxford Road’s Contact Theatre this coming weekend. Whether you’re popping along with your own scratch tools or just want to soak up the atmosphere and check the talent on display (whoot-woo), all are welcome. It’s a friendly do so spread the word!

Remember, donations mean that Rasp doesn’t have to foot the hire bill himself!

Rasp says…

To all Scratch Nerds hailing from the Northwest of England I am pleased to announce Scratch Jam is back for the fourth time!!!

After a bit of negotiating, a couple of meetings, a fair amount of phone calls & a little bit of blagging I’m pleased to announce that Scratch Jam is back in Manchester at the Contact Theatre on Saturday the 20th September!!!

It is a free event (donations are very welcome tho) so come along & get involved in a friendly turntablist/freestyle scratch event. All skill levels are very welcome from seasoned pro to beginner (or anything in between) cut it up over phat beats, meet new peeps, support the scratch scene & have lots of fun doing so

We have a very special performance from the legendary Dave the Ruf too :)

3pm til 7pm

Contact Theatre

Oxford Road


Spread the word & get involved!!!




POLITIKA launch: Art & the Affairs of the City – 19th September, Manchester




Along with Endless City, Mind on Fire and Onefiveeight, I’ll be providing a musical background to the launch of the POLITIKA exhibition at Upper Space this coming Friday. I’ll let the press release speak for itself below. Check the Facebook event out here.

To summarise:

Private View: 6pm – 8pm // Launch Event: 8pm – 12am

The Engine Room, Hope Mill. 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, M4 7JA

  • The first chance to see provocative artworks by urban interventionist artists from nine different countries including previously unreleased works by major artists.
  • The newly renovated grade 2 listed building hosting the exhibition is in the heart of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb. Politika includes mixed media, digital, sculpture and visual art installations.


  • A Samba band procession from Stevenson’s Square in the northern quarter to the gallery in Ancoats, arriving in time for the launch. Time TBC.

In the Bar:

  • Select teas and cold coffees from Manchester’s own North Tea Power.
  • A live installation by Manchester based artists Shift//Delete entitled ‘Molotov Cocktails?’. Come forth and consume specially commissioned alcoholic drinks laced with a dash of espionage. Prepared and served by our very own Sunny Wray.
  • Local brews from Moss Cider, IPA and a range of other drinks available at affordable prices.

Music provided by Mind On Fire, OneFiveEight, Endless City & Groovement.


19 provocative artists from 9 different countries exhibit works as part of a diverse programme of free workshops, talks, screenings and live interventions. 

The exhibition launches a new cultural space in the heart of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb. 


Peter Kennard (UK) // Epos257 (CZ) // Ztohoven (CZ) // Chim-Pom (JP) // VOINA (RU) // Shift//Delete (UK) // Brandalism (UK+) // WochenKlausur (AT) // Bill Posters (UK) // Franck Allais (FR) // Leah Borromeo (UK) // Steve Lambert (US) // Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative (FI) // The Vacuum Cleaner (UK) // John Beieler (US) // Papas Fritas (CHI) // Tracey Moberly (UK) // Peter McCaughey (UK) // Ben Parry (UK) // Ed Hall (UK) + citizens of Manchester.


Manchester is where the world’s first manifestations of industrial Capitalism took shape. If the city is both the producer of citizenship and the generator of innovation, it is the soil in which democracy lives. Without the city and maximised exchanges, democracy loses strength to create potential futures.

Is there scope to generate another answer, another view, in order to sustain another ideology against consumerism and the disempowerment it represents? Politika presents opportunites for people to transform themselves from passive consumers into active participants – active citizens.

Politika sees a merging of the intersections between art, social justice and activism as artists and the citizens of Greater Manchester assert their right to the city.

The diverse program includes an exhibition of provocative art works, live urban interventions across the city, public workshops, talks, documentary screenings and debate to offer the public the opportunity to rethink the role of art and artist in contemporary society.

The exhibition is situated in a grade 2* listed cotton mill and launches a new contemporary cultural space – The Engine Room, in Ancoats – the world’s first industrial suburb.

Exhibition Opening: 8pm // Friday 19th September 2014
featuring DJs from OneFiveEight, Mind on Fire, Endless City and Groovement.

For more information please visit:

Contributing Artists:

Full programme:

Maps and travel routes to Politika:

Politika is kindly supported by Arts Council EnglandEsmée Fairbairn FoundationNow Then ManchesterHope MillEmergencia