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Agent J is editor-in-chief of Groovement, which is a podcast and this website. Groovement Cat helps. AKA Jamie Groovement
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Preview: Mammal Hands debut LP ‘Animalia’ on Gondwana Records


Mammal Hands are the newest signing to Matthew Halsall’s renowned Gondwana Records, and follows two dope recent albums for the label from Matthew (When The World Was One) and GoGo Penguin (v2.0).

Pre-order the CD and digital over at Gondwana’s Bandcamp page, and listen to track previews over at Kudos.

The album’s produced by Matthew Halsall. Find out more info about these guys in the press release below, and catch them on Facebook, Twitter  and their own site.


1. Mansions Of Millions Of Years
2. Snow Bough
3. Kandaiki
4. Spinning The Wheel
5. Bustle
6. Inuit Party
7. Street Sweeper
8. Tiny Crumb 


Press release:

Mammal Hands are a trio of like-minded musicians: Nick Smart keyboards, Jesse Barrett drums and tabla, and Jordan Smart saxophones. Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Bonobo and Pharoah Sanders to Cinematic Orchestra, alongside elements of North Indian and African music, they produce their own beautiful, inimitable music – at times wistful and melancholic and others raucous and catchy. They evoke a range of moods, from delicate and subtle to explosive and frantic, blending thoughtful compositions with spontaneity and interplay.  On the road they have been wooing audiences from the Norwich Arts Centre to Mostly Jazz Birmingham, King’s Place London, Band On The Wall Manchester and most recently Love Supreme Glynde. Indeed it was at Mostly Jazz that the band were heard by Gondwana Records recording artists GoGo Penguin’s bassist Nick Blacka, who liking the band’s unique sound brought them to the attention of label boss Matthew Halsall, who immediately signed them to the label and has now produced their sublime debut album, Animalia, which is released on 15th September.




Mammal Hands met in April 2012, while busking in Norwich. They gelled quickly, drawn to each other’s open approach to music making. The brothers Nick and Jordan were already playing together as an electronica duo but with drummer Jesse joining the band they developed a distinctive sound drawing on their love of electronic, contemporary classical, world and jazz music. Drummer Jesse’s knowledge and understanding of Indian Classical music brings a unique/distinctive approach to the rhythmic framework of the band’s tunes. His disciplined study with tabla maestro Sirishkumar has allowed him to develop the ability to explore intricate and complex rhythmic patterns and the freedom to explore time signatures and rhythmic patterns less commonly heard in the western world. Jordan brings a love of DJ culture as well as the influence of Pharoah Sanders to his playing whilst pianist Nick brings a knowledge of classical Jazz harmonies but also a deep interest in the minimalist composers (Terry Riley, Steve Reich) which has influenced his compositional approach, striving to create hypnotic, rhythmic patterns that can provide a foundation for Jordan and Jesse to build on. It is this unique combination of influences and their unusual baseless line-up that makes Mammal Hands’ sound so distinctive.



Brilliantly produced by Matthew Halsall and recorded at his home away from home, 80 Hertz Studio, in Manchester, and engineered by George AtkinsAnimalia opens with the lyrical Mansions Of Million Years, a slow building tune that takes it’s name from Egyptian mythology and draws the listener into the band’s distinctive sound world. Snow Bough is a short, melancholic, but moving, ambient composition which gives way to the gorgeous, hooky Kandaiki which makes stunning use of looped melodies in different time signatures, creating a wonderful interplay between the parts. Some of the melodies are inspired by Irish folk music as is the down tempo, but anthemic, Spinning the Wheel, which also features drum beats inspired by chopped up electronic drum patterns and hip hop instrumentals. The jaunty Bustle is a frantic, upbeat tune with slower breaks for melodic fragments and hints at the influence of bassist Avishai Cohen’s hugely influential trio, whereas the delightful Inuit Party moves from a downtempo section through groove to end on a hint of free-jazz and Street Sweeper is inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s orchestral music. Finally the album closes with Tiny Crumb, which explores melodic ideas inspired by Alice Coltrane and Joe Henderson and builds in intensity from a quiet start to a powerful collective improvisation and heavily features Jesse’s Tabla. It is this mixture of quietness and intensity that gives Mammal Hands their unique flavor and that marks them out as the breakthrough band of 2014.



Mecca:83, Buscrates 16-bit Ensemble & DistantStarr are REdefinition – Bahia Affair EP out now



The Expansions family follow up their recent compilation (free download here) with a super team up between Mecca:83, Buscrates 16-bit Ensemble and DistantStarr as REdefinition and the release of the Bahia Affair EP.

The EP sees the producers combine classic sixties and seventies Brazilian influences with MPC beats and Fender Rhodes licks – order the vinyl or download the digitial and the Expansions Bandcamp page.

Next up is the ASA album from Dagmxy

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Simonetti’s Goblin kick off Grimmfest 2014 with live Suspiria score @ Dancehouse, Manchester



£25adv & Festival Pass £75adv

Bit of a horror treat courtesy of Grimm Up North and Trof (owners of new Manc institutions Gorilla and The Albert Hall) this October…

This year’s Grimmfest takes place 2-5 October, and this show forms the headline slot. The live-scored film will be followed by another Argento classic, Dawn of the Dead.

There are plenty more details still to be announced regarding Grimmfest, which you can keep aprised of here.

Buy tickets here for the Goblin show from 9am today.

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Live: Anushka first headline show! 30 September @ Shacklewell Arms, Dalston


Victoria Port and Max Wheeler have taken the festival circuit by storm this summer, with particular honourable mentions to Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival and Soundwave, Croatia (catch Mr E’s Soundwave mix for Groovement here). The self titled debut album has of course been released and you can listen to and purchase that below.

Buy the album on Bandcamp

Facebook event

Buy tickets from Brownswood here

If you’re interested in a bit of pre-Anushka history, check my chat with Max and some more of the Brighton contingent here.

Groovement Podcast // Mr E: Riot Jazz Vs Taste The Diff’rence Boat Party Mix (Soundwave Croatia 2014)


Following his frankly awesome 1 4 Neymar Groovement mix, Mr E returns with his set from Soundwave Croatia 2014′s Riot Jazz vs Taste The Diff’rence boat party.

Photo: Pippa Rankin
Photo: Pippa Rankin

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Incidentally, I’ve recently created some Groovement Mixcloud playlists – have a listen to Mr E’s past selections there.

Mr E: Riot Jazz Vs Taste The Diff’rence Boat Party Mix (Soundwave Croatia 2014) by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud


Win tickets: Snoop Dogg @ Albert Hall Manchester


Update: Winner announced – Congrats to @sharnonikamaraj  for winning!

The Big Dogg is back in Manchester on Sunday in the relatively intimate surroundings of the Albert Hall for a DJ set including a short live performance.

Have a read of my preview for Manchester Wire here (and enter that comp too to double your chances!)

Support comes from our pals Juicy (Oscar Wilstyle and Wiggie Smalls) plus live performances from Tempa T and MC Shakespear.

To win a pair of guest list, just e-mail me ( j @ groovement . co . uk) with the subject header DJ SNOOP  with the one song you’d bang on his DJ booth to request. Include your full name, Twitter if you have, and mobile number.

Comp closes THURSDAY MIDNIGHT GMT. Winners chosen at random and announced Friday morning.

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Groovement Podcast: Awesome Mix Vol 1 – Agent J Version (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 20.36.36Inspired by Star Lord’s (mum’s) Awesome Mix Volume 1 from the Marvel movie of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy. Versions, originals and samples of tunes from that selection, in a Groovement style. 

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The original, Awesome Mix Vol 1, is available on iTunes here…
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Awesome Mix Vol 1 – Agent J Version (Inspired by Star Lord) by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

While I’m here, make sure you check out Matt Ferguson’s work over at Cakes and Comics (the Guardians stuff is over on Facebook). I’m a big fan of his.


GROOT Matt FergusonSTAR LORD Matt Ferguson

Jonathan King – Hooked On a Feeling
Jungle Brothers – Good Newz Comin’
John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillun
Brazzaville – Moonage Daydream
10cc – I’m Not in Love
Paul White – A Quiet Place
Pete Rock ft. Papoose – Comprehend
Mike WiLL Made It – I’m Not In Love (ScHoolBoy Q Feat. Yung Joey)
Esso Trinidad Steel Band – I Want You Back
Finger 5 – I Want You Back
Redbone – Come and Get Your Love
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – Get Up And Have A Good Time
Hendersin – The Great Escape
Kanye West – White Dress
Brand Nubian – Ooh Child Ft Aisha Mika
2Pac ft Dave Hollister – Keep Ya Head Up
Curren$y ft Pharrell – Chasin’ Papers
Nina Simone – Ooh Child
Fat Joe ft Mashonda – Listen Baby
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Future Head ReEdit)

Bishop Nehru and DOOM, London.

Ghostshrimp’s art for Nehruvian DOOM on Lex Records

Nehru and Doom, London.

The next phase of DOOM is upon us, following the boost in recognition he received with the JJ DOOM LP, produced by Jneiro Jarel (Dr Who Dat?, Shape of Broad Minds).

Now available for pre-oder and released on September 23rd, the Bishop Nehru x DOOM collab has a sick cover from Ghostshrimp. DOOM’s produced the whole thing, his first full album production since 2003′s Take Me To Your Leader.

shrimpdoomThe cover is one of four illustrations Ghostshrimp did for the project, including a fold out poster.

Homies help homies. Always.
Homies help homies. Always.

Ghost intro
Looking into their work, there’s a great fantasy vibe running through other pieces too – perhaps unsurprising as they designed the Adventure Time world itself.  Have a look at this awesome tree fort design process, the home of Jake and Finn. Peruse and perhaps even purchase a print over at their site.

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Ghostshrimp Facebook

Dead Insect
Dead Insect

Here is OMmmmmmmm


Ghostshrimp also offers the opportunity to join the Ghostscout training camp.



Read a little intro to Nehru courtesy of Bonafide magazine here.

Here’s some more Nehru x DOOM art from the Lex DOOM page, keep an eye on that for more info as the album drops.




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Groovement Podcast // Andrea Trout: Ain’t No Time {Part 1}


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Andrea Trout returns to Groovement HQ of a summer’s evening with a bag full of soul wax…

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Andrea Trout: Ain’t No Time {Part 1} by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

Vanessa Freeman – Dawning of a New Day – Chilli Funk
Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street (Danny Canaan Soul Mix) – Joe Boy
Rayko – Broadway – Lumberjacks in Hell
Sunshine Anderson – Heard It All Before (The QSO Mix) – Rebtuz
Amp Fiddler – Hope (Transatlantic Mix) – Genuine
Krystal Klear ft Jenna G – Addiction – Rinse EDIT (FADE EARLY)
Szymanski – Undeniable You (Let Me Be The One) – Omoa Music
Roy Davis Jr – Gabrielle (Live Garage) – Large
Ebo Taylor – Peace On Earth – Phillips