Category Archives: Manchester


Fumaça Preta in Manchester Friday 19 December

pretaAll-encompassing dirty grooved garage funk hits the Roadhouse this Friday when Fumaça Preta land – or, as record label Soundway describe them – tropicalia, psychedelic rock, fuzz funk, musique concrete, acid house, radiophonic electronics, hair metal, voodoo with African, Brazilian and Latin rhythms.

It doesn’t need saying as you can gather, but leave your genre preconceptions at the door and tune in for a night of rampant escapism…

Order the album from Soundway

Listen to first 45 La Bruxa on Music With Soul


Buy tickets for Friday 19th Dec 


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Manchester gestalt LEVELZ release first single – LVL07


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Get tickets for their first birthday here.

Download forthcoming

In order of bars:


Beat by Biome. Additional production by Metrodome, Skittles, Rich Reason and Zed Bias.

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P​.​O​.​A​.​N​.​W​.​O​.​T 11 ft Black Josh, Meecrazybrain, Rimcash, Tony As, Bebe V, Misha B, Romo, Inf Diggy, Wordz and Ess Da Squire

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 22.35.35Manchester-based hip hop producer and blatant Deadpool fan Mac Real is just about ready to drop the eleventh in his POANWOT mixtape series.

Our pal Black Josh (Blah Records, Ape Cult) is on there, as is Tokyo-based Meecrazybrain, French emcee Rimcash, London artist Tony As, Essex spitter Bebe V, Misha B, Birmingham grime heads Romo and Inf Diggy, and rising talents Wordz and Ess Da Squire.

POANWOT = product of a next way of thinking

Grab the mixtape over at his Bandcamp page.

#Poanwot 11 Cover (PeteObsolete cover) copy 2
Cover by Pete Obsolete

Sykes in the dam

The Bluntskins ape South Park for Everybody ft Martin Connor


Martin Connor (Bugalu Foundation) blasts this one wide open from the start, in a video that chronicles the Bluntskins’ journey to perform in Amsterdam in true South Park style, courtesy of Bill Sykes (who spent a good 3 months of his life locked up in a room animating this – so share it!).

Manchester hip hop: check more of their stuff on Bandcamp.

Kali Cush, the album, is out now.

The Bluntskins is Pro P (beats), Cheech and Bill Sykes (raps). 

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M.O.P. live in Manchester w/ Mouse Outfit Sound System, 5 DEC 14

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Some light on the horizon for hip hop fans following the failure of Vent to get Phife Dawg to Manchester recently. Not long after Talib Kweli hits Sound Control, M.O.P. are bringing the proverbial ruckus to the same venue courtesy of Manc-based wideboys Will Not Be Televised.

Support comes from a non-band version of the Mouse Outfit, with lyricism from a few of the finest: Sparkz, Truthos Mufasa, Dubbul O and Black Josh.

Facebook event

Early Bird Tickets

Standard Tickets


Mo Kolours and Bambooman live in Manchester for Groove Kitchen // 18 NOV 14


This Tuesday evening in Manchester over at Joshua Brooks. Tickets are DIRT CHEAP and are available here.


Mo Kolours [One-Handed Music]
Bambooman [Sonic Router]
Jack Tomson [Hi Ku]
Yadava [So Flute]
Shola [Groove Kitchen]

FB event here




Wyles & Simpson: Light & Dark

Great to hear things are on the horizon for Abigail Wyles and Holly Simpson, who seem to have found their groove.

Listen to Light & Dark at The Fader.

Their official site is now live, as is their Twitter and Facebook.

Listen to another track from the pair on my recent podcast for Soundcrash.

Soundcrash Radio Show Ep. 18 – with Agent J by Soundcrash on Mixcloud


Swing Ting Label Launch Party SAT 15 NOV

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Great Manchester news with the announcement of the upcoming debut release on Swing Ting The Record Label. More details and a nice Q&A with the boys over at FACT; jump on the Facebook event here.

Playing on the night will be residents Samrai, Joey B and Platt plus Brackles, Trigganom, Famous Eno and Fox on mic duties. It’s this Saturday!

The inaugural ST releases will be Brackles’ Skank, featuring Manchester don Fox. Pre-order on iTunes here.