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.
Danny Scrilla is one of my favourite producers on a bass tip, and this slab of darkness contains four extremely heavy sci-fi numbers mastered by Om Unit. I don’t really mess about with genre identifiers whenever I can help it, just listen!
That’s right, the Ghostbusters theme is being issued on marshmallow-scented vinyl for the film’s 30th anniversary, encased in said jacket and hot on the heels of news of a new movie now officially in the works.
The vinyl contains Ray Parker Jr’s theme and Run-DMC’s rejig that adorned 1989’s Ghostbusters II (and this Gravement mix). The hefty price tag is justified by a plethora of extra content, including:
12” White vinyl single – both tracks are on Side A. Side B is smooth.
Two 12 x 12 Stay Puft 3D lenticular images from the film
One 12 x 12 Stay Puft 3D motion lenticular image from the film
Puffy gatefold jacket which simulates the feel and texture of a marshmallow
Marshmallow scented jacket
Inner gatefold includes full photo collage of Mr. Stay Puft’s iconic march through New York City.
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
All this and no actual marshmallows? Pah. Order it here (make sure you select the US version of the store).
While the sad news that there would be no third series of Utopia was made official this week, I’m hoping that David Fincher’s US remake will take the concept forward in powerful new ways rather than simply retread the same plot (which, from the look of the trailer, David Tennant’s Broadchurch remakes seems to be doing).
Another, bright yellow, consolation comes in the form of the double vinyl release of the first season’s soundtrack, from Chilean (but raised in Québec) composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer. Being of Chilean refugee heritage myself, this solidifies the affection I already felt for the show (particularly during its graphic novel heavy first episodes).
Cristobal’s music often reminded me of Geinō Yamashirogumi and Tsutomu Ōhashi‘s Akira soundtrack, cranked up to 11 – particularly the eerie chattering apparent in track The Network.
The release comes from UK company Silva Screen, who have taken rightly put a lot of focus on vinyl releases in recent times – see the recent Doctor Who issues, including the synth heavy Peter Davison departer, The Caves of Androzani.
Have a listen to previews on the embedded Juno player below.
Fiercely independent rapper Sage Francis is part way through his UK/Euro tour of 37 cities, having left his cat at home to spend some time with you people and celebrate the release of his album Copper Gone – his first following a bit of a hiatus.
16 October sees him hit Gorilla in Manchester (together with special guest and close associate Scroobius Pip), but you can check the other UK dates below. Buy tickets for Gorilla here. Fingers crossed we’ll have some photos from this gig, together with a Q&A with Sage, later in the week.
Download the album Copper Gone straight from Sage’s Strange Famous records Bandcamp page – there’s a link to the vinyl in there too.
Oct 10 IRELAND – Sligo at Fifth on Teeling
Oct 11 IRELAND – Belfast at VOODOO
Oct 12 IRELAND – Dublin at Sugar Club
Oct 14 ENGLAND – Newcastle at Think Tank
Oct 15 SCOTLAND – Glasgow at Oran Mor
Oct 16 ENGLAND – Manchester at Gorilla
Oct 17 ENGLAND – Leeds at Brudenell Social Club
Oct 19 WALES – Cardiff at The Globe
Oct 20 ENGLAND – Bristol at The Fleece
Oct 21 ENGLAND – Brighton at The Haunt
Oct 22 ENGLAND – London at Village Underground
Oct 24 ENGLAND – Reading at The Bowery District
Thanks to everyone who came down to our first session of the Autumn season, hold tight the Crazylegs family. Straight vibes! This month we’re overjoyed to feature a Swing Ting debut for DJ BBRAVE, founder of the brilliant Akwaaba label.
BBRAVE (aka Benjamin Lebrave) coined Akwaaba in 2008 to introduce worldwide audiences to contemporary African sounds as well as welcome African artists to alternate markets. Since then he’s released Kuduro compilations, Hiplife EPs, Folk, Hip Hop & Afropop LPs and much more featuring artists such as; EL, 4×4, Appietus and Art Melody to name a few. Based in Ghana since 2011 he’s developed a reputation for being an outstanding selector seamlessly blending all styles and sounds from the African continent and diaspora: https://soundcloud.com/akwaabamusic/sets/bbrave-mixes. Expect to hear what’s currently running the clubs in Accra as well as plenty of fresh, forthcoming Akwaaba material…
On the night BBrave will be joined by residents Platt, Joey B, Samrai & Fox for what promises to be a one-away dance!
A shout for this great compilation, released this week, from the ever-Latin Tiger’s Milk Records. Available on double gatefold vinyl from the likes of Piccadilly Records, Peru Bravo documents a spasm of late sixties and early seventies alternative bands with a funk and psych thirst for living. It was only a blink on the Lima music scene, emerging during the reign of General Juan Velasco Alvarado from 1968 – 1974.
Listen to and buy the full album on Bandcamp (you can have a little stream below).
This is a fantastic companion to the label’s previous release and carries forward the same themes. That, Peru Maravilloso, is available here.
Fresh from their win of Best Looking Mobiler (vee-hee-cul) in this year’s British Street Food awards, the Hip Hop Chip Shoppers have been brought crashing down to earth today with an article in the Guardian proclaiming the potential death of food eaten outside of your own home.
Joking aside, I’m extremely proud to my friends on the up and up. The Hip Hop Chip Shop is no gimmick (they actually have several) – the food is to die for. Keep an eye out for them at some food celebration near you soon.