Agent J is editor-in-chief of Groovement, which is a podcast and this website. AKA Jamie Groovement. Also writes for Bonafide and Now Then magazines plus Manchester Wire.
I’m a big fan of tunes you can sing the title along too because they have the right number of notes to go with syllables – the Doctor Who theme is a good example (Doctor Whooo, Dohhcctor Whooo) – so the title track on this one tickles me in all the right spots.
Sheffield’s major wobbler The Colonel returns with a new EP, complete with him blowing his own trumpet on the cover. Four slices of dancefloor directed throwback shuffling.
Martin Connor (Bugalu Foundation) blasts this one wide open from the start, in a video that chronicles the Bluntskins’ journey to perform in Amsterdam in true South Park style, courtesy of Bill Sykes (who spent a good 3 months of his life locked up in a room animating this – so share it!).
Manchester hip hop: check more of their stuff on Bandcamp.
Fresh from spinning with legends Cymande, Amp Fiddler and Nightmares On Wax, Groovement famalam Andrea drops in with some sounds she’s feeling right now.
Brook Benton – Rainy Night in Georgia
Bobby Womack – Dayglo Reflection ft Lana Del Rey – XL Recordings
Muki – Funky Sofa (Mr Scruff Remix)
Amp Fiddler with SLy & Robbie – Blackhouse (Paint The White House Black)
Secret Stealth – The Ted Rogers EP Stealth 3
Roedelius – Puente (Peaking Lights Version)
Dego and Kaidi – Acting Up (On Shit That Don’t Count)
Shalamar – Friends
D-Train – You’re The One For Me (Labour Of Love Mix)
Jay W. McGee – When We Party (Uptown, Downtown)
Annie – The Greatest Hit
Some light on the horizon for hip hop fans following the failure of Vent to get Phife Dawg to Manchester recently. Not long after Talib Kweli hits Sound Control, M.O.P. are bringing the proverbial ruckus to the same venue courtesy of Manc-based wideboys Will Not Be Televised.
Support comes from a non-band version of the Mouse Outfit, with lyricism from a few of the finest: Sparkz, Truthos Mufasa, Dubbul O and Black Josh.
A really gorgeous little EP here from Milan’s Kill The Lights, with their debut EP Silos. Matteo and Cristina come together to form a joint effort which is full of forlorn moodiness with plenty of soul and a dusting of non-overplayed RnB vocalism – her acoustic guitar and synth, his piano and programming result in a labour of love. Grab it!
A new release on Om Unit’s phenomenal Cosmic Bridge label is due for release on 12″ and download 14th December 2014.
A1 – Posthuman
A2 – Falling Inward
B1 – Broken Legs
B2 – Sever The Heart
There’s a new artist on the roster to mark the tenth release, Chicago born/Boston dwelling Jason Taylor aka Graphs. I can’t find an online stream of the EP just yet so check his past sounds here:
Om Unit expands:
“I found Jason through listening to his Ground Mass material. Graphs to me has this very focused approach, quite singular and monotonal and definitely in a sense quite bleak and minimalistic. With “Posthuman” he draws on that robotic notion of the “severed heart”. He touches on the Grime and Footwork styles but maintaining this sense of originality and putting it across in his own way, something which I admire in any artist.”
“The ‘theme’ of the album is the dilemma whereby technology allows us to be more than we are, but we often use that power for shallow things. I grew up on drum and bass, and a lot of that music is infused with utopian/dystopian vision. Particularly in names, either very positive or very dark and sinister. My concept here is: what if it was neither?
What if it was sort of empty, as if it went on without us or without our intervention? Like how Limbo is in the movie Inception: an empty, crumbling heaven. Posthuman/posthumanism is typically a term that describes a utopian view of what comes next for humanity after some technological singularity, described by thinkers like Ray Kurzweil. So I thought it would be somewhat interesting to consider “what if it was nothing?” or “what if the future didn’t need us?”.