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Interview: The Reflex on revising history

This is an extended version of an interview done for Now Then magazine. Thanks to them for letting me reproduce it here. Read the original .   The Reflex takes his cue from the original remixers, using only the original sounds from the master tapes to rearrange, extend and breathe new life into music. Nicolas Laugier moved to London from

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D.R.E.A.M. Ring @ Manchester International Festival

Some dance action going down at MIF, 11 July. Have a read of details below…   WHAT IS THE D.R.E.A.M. RING? The D.R.E.A.M. RING (DANCE RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME) is a dance competition developed by Brooklyn-based Flex dance pioneer Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray. D.R.E.A.M. RING events honour the culture of the street dance community, encourage artistic and character development and

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smoking kills

Black Josh and Pete Cannon ready to drop EP on Blah Records

Bequiffed producer Pete Cannon and one of the sickest Manc rappers out there, Black Josh, are just about ready to drop Smoking Kills, their debut EP together, on Blah Records. Order that mother on vinyl and digital here.   Side A 1. Everyday 2. Ohana ft. Sleazy F Baby 3. Saggin ft. Dyslexis 4. That’s What She Said ft. MC Jon 5. Know

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Interview: Werkha – pushing the raft out

Brownswood Bubblers Ten by Werkha feat. Bryony Jarman-Pinto   This is an extended version of an interview done for Now Then Magazine – read the original here. Thanks to Now Then for linking back! Tom Leah, aka Werkha, had a very large 2014, combining the release of his debut EP, Beacons, for Tru Thoughts (following a track on a 2013

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all night big

Track premiere: Chris Read – Maylight – Beat Of The Heart

I’ve been following Chris Read since The Diary first dropped, and discovered a whole world of goodness over at Music Of Substance. It’s been a long time coming, but an album’s worth of his remixes is ready to go courtesy of BBE Music – I’m extremely proud to be able to premiere a sweeping track from the album, Maylight –

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J. Chambers: Wade In The Water

Wade In The Water is a powerful standard, a resonating song not to be taken lightly. Young Manchester lyricist J. Chambers has offered his own interpretation with a great video to accompany it. Read his lyrics over at Genius. Follow Jay’s Soundcloud here and his full site here.

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40 Fatal Beats from Kuartz

Manchester based beat maker Kuartz once again brings the pain with his second limited edition cassette release, via the good folk at Brain Food Records. Typically soulful and Shaolin-influenced but imbued with that warm Kuartz character, there’s plenty of nodders on here. Listen below and grab yourself a copy here – at the time of writing only two cassette copies

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Instrumentals from Chalk

Well-loved Manchester MC Chalk put out the instrumental version of his debut album last week (‘For those with an aversion to my voice…’), with beats produced by he himself, Woli Wols and Aver. He’s backed that up today with another free release of instrumentals for your perusal. Download both from The Natural Curriculum’s Bandcamp, listen to both below. One for

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no turning

Speedometer: No Turning Back (feat. James Junior)

UK funk powerhouse Speedometer are back in full force with a video for their new single. Their new album, also called No Turning Back, is out on Freestyle Records 29 June. Buy the single on iTunes Buy 12″ vinyl from Freestyle The single also features a ‘revision’ from The Reflex – watch out for an interview with him on here

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