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. http://twitter.com/jamiegroovement http://Facebook.com/groovementradio http://mixcloud.com/groovement http://mixcloud.com/jamiegroovement

Groovement Interview / NoSpace

This Friday sees the live debut of a brand new crew on the Manchester block, NoSpace. The Out Of Body EP is their inaugural project, and they present it with gusto

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On wax / Soundway explore 80s South African soul and synth-boogie

Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth-Boogie in 1980s South Africa   Miles Cleret and DJ Okapi select 16 golden SA cuts for this new compilation on the impeccable Soundway Records.

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From the heart: Daptone present Orquesta Akokán

I was lucky enough to hear a little of this courtesy of Neal Sugarman when he played Band On The Wall back in July, so had a big smile when I

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August Greene / Karriem Riggins, Robert Glasper and Common join forces with Brandy

When I spoke to Karriem Riggins a few months ago about new stuff he was working on, I was glad to hear there was more music on the way with his

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On wax / Ty’s fifth album, A Work Of Heart

One of the UK’s most grounded and skilled MCs and on all our radars since 2001’s Awkward (this very blog’s name is inspired by a track name from Upwards), Ty

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Download / Otis Mensah: Oh Jane

Melancholic, reflective and hazy vibes recorded at the end of summer from Otis Mensah and Berlin producer the intern. DOWNLOAD Oh Jane by Otis Mensah

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Manchester / Samiyam live @ Soup Kitchen, Fri 9 Feb 2018

It will be a privilege to have one of the seminal LA beat scene producers in the city in February. Known for his work with Brainfeeder (Rap Beats Vol 1

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Video / Shareef Keyes & The Groove: Spaghetti Fettuccine ft Ghostface Killah

Brooklyn’s Shareef Keyes is backed by a 12-piece band comprising New York City’s finest young artists. Their new LP, Cooking Something, is a gorgeous fusion of jazz, hip hop and

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Kendrick Lamar & SZA for Marvel’s Black Panther

Anything tying together comics and hip hop perks me up (read some evidence of that over at Bonafide) so it was with a big smile I read the news that Kendrick

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