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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
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Out now: Danny Scrilla – Monolith EP

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!

Art by Alice Pardis
Art by Alice Pardis

 

Buy and listen on Bandcamp

Puffy gatefold jacket which simulates the feel and texture of a marshmallow

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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).

 

 

Seek the Northerner ft DJ Woody – One of a Kind

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Like Run-DMC with a few more synths, this is a throwback, fat new one from Seek and longtime compatriot Woody.

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Utopia soundtrack on double vinyl from Cristobal Tapia de Veer

SILCD1437-Utopia-coverWhile 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.

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Have a listen to previews on the embedded Juno player below.

Buy it from Silva Screen, Juno and Piccadilly Records.

Out of interest, Channel 4 ran a Utopia remix competition a while back, the entries of which you can enjoy on Soundcloud.


 

Tracklisting:
SIDE A
01 UTOPIA OVERTURE
02 THE NETWORK
03 DISLOCATED THUMBS PART 1
04 MR RABBIT’S GAME
05 CONSPIRACY PART 1
06 MEDITATIVE CHAOS
07 A NEW BRAND OF DRUG

SIDE B
08 SAMBA DE WILSON
09 SLIVOVITZ
10 BEKKI ON PILLS PART 1
11 WHERE IS JESSICA HYDE PART 1
12 ARBY’S ORATORIO
13 JESSICA GETS OFF
14 MR RABBIT IT IS
15 LOVECHILD
16 MIND VORTEX

SIDE C
17 TWAT
18 BEKKI ON PILLS PART 2
19 FERTILITY CONTROL
20 JANUS SAVES
21 EVIL PREVAILS
22 CONSPIRACY PART 2

SIDE D
23 DISLOCATED THUMBS PART 2
24 UTOPIA DESCENT
25 WHERE IS JESSICA HYDE PART 2
26 UTOPIA’S DEATH CARGO
27 THE EXPERIMENT
28 UTOPIA FINALE

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Manchester: Sage Francis hits Gorilla 16 October + Scroobius Pip

sageFiercely 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

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17OCT14 // Swing Ting with DJ BBRAVE @ Soup Kitchen Manchester

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Behold the blurb for this month’s Swing Ting, on the Friday not the Saturday!

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*SWING TING*
*OCTOBER SESSION*

BBRAVE (AKWAABA MUSIC)

SAMRAI, PLATT & JOEY B

Hosted by THE ORIGINAL MR FOX

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FRIDAY 17th OCTOBER 2014

SOUP KITCHEN CELLAR 31-33 Spear Street M1 1DF

£5 ALL NIGHT LONG

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SOUL. RAP. RAGGA. GARAGE. GRIME. JUNGLE. SOCA. AFROPOP

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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!

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Out now // Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru’s Radical Decade (Tiger’s Milk Records)

Peru / London

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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.

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Peru Bravo was compiled by top chef, author and restaurateur Martin Morales (from London restaurant Ceviche and author of the bestseller of the same name), Duncan Ballantyne (ex-Soundway) & Andrés Tapia del Rio (Repsychled Records).

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The Hip Hop Chip Shop are in the Guardian and also have won a prize

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Manchester and beyond

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.

Keep an eye on thehiphopchipshop.com to find out more.

JON SNOW BRIT ST FOOD

 

facebook.com/thehiphopchipshop

 

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Ellis Meade: Limitless – BBC 1Xtra 100% Homegrown and video

Manchester

A video for Ellis Meade’s Limitless, currently DJ Target’s 100% Homegrown track of the week for BBC 1Xtra. Listen to that here.

You can download the track, produced by partner in crime Kydro, as part of their High & Wired EP for Room 2 Records.

Check a Groovement interview with Ellis here.

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