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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

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M20 Collective’s Pop-Up this Friday, Antwerp Mansion: Interview


This Friday sees the M20 Collective bring a weighty show to Antwerp Mansion:

Live: 8 GOLD RINGS * APE CULT * The Haydn Funk Project - Salutation Dub Collective.Johnny SlyKolo Tamam* John Ainsworth + ANDY ADAMS * INNAVOICE * + more

DJ’s: *So Flute’s DJ Yadava * @Gravy Deluxe *

IN ASSOCIATION WITH: * KeepItBright *Messyletsgetmessy*Onashileartgallery*DoNotBend Productions*Hot Mess Vintage*

As well as :Live Art/Craft Activities/Fashion exhibitions/Raffle + Fun n Games and more details TBA

Live visuals courtesy of Prefix Studios 

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Curious to find out more about the next generation hub of Manchester music, I threw a few questions at the collective’s extremely amiable Yemi.

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Yemi Bolatiwa - Pic: M20 Collective
Yemi Bolatiwa – Pic: M20 Collective

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This Friday’s event commemorates a year since we first came together as an integrated arts community project. We collaborated with Shudehill studio to create a free entry festival that celebrated music, art, fashion and design in the NQ. It was a great success, and proof to us that creative communities in Manchester need a hub, a network where they can get together to do these things more:


So a year on we’ve done an array of events and shows with a very similar vibe from small and intimate shows to late night events at Kraak.

The M20 Pop-up aims to bring together all the people we have met and collaborated with in the last year, providing a platform for them and for us to show how far M20 collective has come and how much development has been made.

The main short term view is to get arts council funding as a community project. This Friday will be raising money towards the awareness, creative experimentation and execution of M20 collective initiatives, and registration as an official CIC.

View the Facebook event here.

What have been your achievements so far? Who have you had involved? 

Its hard to say in short who we have worked with, especially without missing out too many people but we’ve worked with Solomon Grundy in Withington and hosted a range of local artist focused live music events at their venue, they’ve been a great help.  

We’ve hosted rooms at Pangaea festival with the Manchester University along with MMU art students, and many up and coming MCR urban scene acts and RNCM musicians who are also featuring this Friday.

Not to mention art collectives such as Generic Greeting and Peanut Gallery to name a couple. Our appearance on raised our profile and got us better connected with the more local side of south Manchester.

Deepo and a couple of 8 Gold Rings. Pic: M20 Collective
Deepo and a couple of 8 Gold Rings. Pic: M20 Collective

We also want to support other collectives; the Secret Garden project is one that we’re keen on backing and raising awareness of, as well as creative workshops for schools in south Manchester.

Our biggest achievement so far I would say is the growth of our following and the fact people are sticking with the initiative and supporting the movement of collectivity and arts.

Beef, at Kraak Pic: M20 Collective
Beef, at Kraak, March 2014  Pic: M20 Collective

What do you think you can bring to the Manchester scene? 

A better ethos about artistic skills; we believe in creativity not being just one thing. It is expressed in many different ways and all expressions of creativity be them thinking or a physical execution are interconnected and when people get together in an environment that is less about watching and focusing on one thing, and is more about stimulating your sense and socialising along side performance or exhibition, it’s a genuinely great phenomenon that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. It’s devalued almost.

The good news is our movement along with many others is happening more and more everywhere, even before we joined so we just want to help the whole thing from our area.

Do you think there’s enough going on in South Manchester i.e. M20 to call it a scene, or is it all a little too disparate?

There are small communities and groups of people that could do with being better connected and knowing each other, not just in a “bump in to each other at a party way”, but in a let’s do something, let’s start a project, let’s make something together way which needs to happen more everywhere.

We appreciate this is hard, easier said than done, but we hope to provide this platform for people.

Poet Chris Jam performing at Kraak, March 2014. Pic: M20 Collective
Poet Chris Jam performing at Kraak, March 2014. Pic: M20 Collective

Where do you envision M20 Collective being in 5 years time?  

It’s hard to say, it’s a development project that grows organically, step by step.

Ideally we would have got funding, found a base and a hub, a space for people to come and connect and enquire about connecting with other people in a creative way from construction of urban spaces, to putting together of live creative arts festivals, and a nationwide presence.

Perhaps expanding into food cultivation and other such creative skills that just a bigger a creative social space with a prominent place in the northern environment. But to get there we need to keep putting on events, raising awareness and spreading the positive vibe that we genuinely believe is more fulfilling than getting any personal financial flourish.

What better way that to get by, keep stimulated, creative and meet new people? We all need to work and pay our rent, but investment in our minds and sociality is much more rewarding.



Download Generic Greeting Compilation Number 3

gg3Manchester’s Generic Greeting arts collective continue to be one of the most dynamic in the city. Their latest batch of electronic excursions is brewed and ready to go – this will be seeing me through the end of writing reports tonight.

I recently did a mix for them too, check that here.


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Groovement Podcast: Agent J, June 2014


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Agent J: Groovement June 2014 by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – Bacao Suave
Victor Jara – El Arado
Bobby Womack – I Can Understand It
Souleance – Vem Jogar
Lost Midas – Head Games ft Audris
Charles Edison – Bitstorm
Ana Tjoux – Somos Sur ft Shadia Mansour
Ibibio Sound Machine – I’m Running (Nya Fehe)
Roses Gabor – Rush
The Colonel – What You’ve Gotta Do
The Lions – Revelations (Alphabet City Dub) ft Black Shakespeare
Slugabed – Another Chance 2k14
Henri Pierre Noel – “Afro-Funk” Groove
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Kiyomizu-Dara
Charles Bradley & Larose Jackson – Luv Jones
Akira Ifukube – Godzilla Main Title
Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Six Degress ft Danny Brown
Om Unit & Danny Scrilla – Gentrification
Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers – It Sure Is Funky
Neko Neko – Where
Neko Neko – Where (Fulgeance Remix)
The Shaolin Afronauts – All Who Pass By
Samrai vs Mad Lion – Concrete vs Love
Groundislava – October
Super Audio Time! – Game Of Thrones
Ellis Meade x Kydro – Manchester
Alpha Strongahh – Palabra
Alphabets Heaven – Everything Stays The Same
Fracture – Werk It
Pixelord – Portal
Mad Cobra – Di Baddest (Max Rubadub Blend)
God Knows & Mynameisjohn – Maroto
Greenwood Rhythm Coalition – Puro Rock
The Beta Club – Brassa Nova

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – Bacao Suave

Out now on Truth & Soul Records’ Plane Jane imprint, the talent behind the steel pan monster that is PIMP (see Mocambo Records) return. The album’s due later this year.

Victor Jara – El Arado

Chile had just exited the World Cup on penalties to Brazil when I recorded this – this one’s for Jara, who hit the post. Victor Jara was, of course, one of the most important symbols of Chile for those that suffered during and after the coup. This one is from my mum’s eponymous LP, which is signed by Victor’s wife.

Bobby Womack – I Can Understand It

I woke up this morning to the news that Bobby had passed away. This is my favourite track of his.

Souleance – Vem Jogar

To balance out the football vibes – this is from Souleance’s new 45 on First Word Records.

Lost Midas – Head Games ft Audris

New on Tru Thoughts – large!

Charles Edison – Bitstorm

Looking forward to much more from this guy. I interviewed him here:

Ana Tjoux – Somos Sur ft Shadia Mansour

Because there wasn’t yet enough Chilean presence in this podcast. From her newest album Vengo, and featuring Palestinian rapper Shadia Mansour.

Ibibio Sound Machine – I’m Running (Nya Fehe)

What an amazing album this one is! One of Soundway’s ‘modern’ releases.

Roses Gabor – Rush

Out now on Girls Music

The Colonel – What You’ve Gotta Do

Mi bredren from Sheffield – catch him on Wednesday nights on The Bassment, Sheffield Live This one is from the Next Level EP, out here

The Lions – Revelations (Alphabet City Dub) ft Black Shakespeare

On the mighty Stones Throw Records, enjoying a period of high exposure at the moment owing to the film Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton. Try subscribing to their Drip site – you get each new release for a measly $10 a month. Loads of other labels on there too. The Lions I first heard on Ubiquity, and they continue to release strong business on their new home.

Slugabed – Another Chance 2k14

Confession – the original version of this tune, and the song the sample is taken from, are both guilty pleasures for me. Slugabed gives it a kick up the arse in his unique style.

Henri-Pierre Noel – “Afro-Funk” Groove

Henri-Pierre is still active in Montreal, and Wah Wah 45s are committed to releasing his early works – this is a stormer

Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Kiyomizu-Dera

My good pal Matt sees more exposure with each release, and this one is no different. I was pleased to hear Alex Nut playing another track from the new album, When The World Was One, on his Rinse FM show this morning. This is Matt’s first self-released vinyl LP, and you can purchase it here

Charles Bradley & Lerose Jackson – Luv Jones

I got the pink 45! These sold out pretty quick, the first in Daptone’s series of coloured vinyl counting down to their 100th release. This is actually on Daptone imprint Dunham, Tommy TNT Brenneck’s side label. It also serves as an intro to Lerose Jackson. Big tune.

Akira Ifukube – Godzilla Main Title

Coming out on Death Waltz Recording Company 16 July is the 1954 Godzilla OST. The second track is this – fierce, foreboding and intense.

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Six Degress ft Danny Brown

I grabbed the 10″ of this today, a nice little jewel on Lex Records. It’s funny – when I interviewed Ghost a few years back he was still new to working with live bands. ‘I roll with the Wu Allstars,’ he told me – he wasn’t aware of the Truth & Soul crew El Michels Affair (despite having sampled their music) who later released Enter The 37th Chamber, but later worked extensively with Adrian Younge’s instrumentation for Twelve Reasons To Die. This sees him in fine form over Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD.

Om Unit & Danny Scrilla – Gentrification

From Cosmic Bridge’s first compilation, Cosmology, out 21 July.

Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers – It Sure Is Funky

From Strange Breaks & Mr Thing III, out now on BBE Records. Mr Thing was over here in Manchester last week for our final In The Loop club night – Groovement even got a shout out in the sleeve notes, don’t you know! This is the monster ‘steel pan record’ on the double LP, available here

Neko Neko – Where

Neko Neko – Where (Fulgeance Remix)

Neko Neko is my pal Graham from Manchester, who also featured on the legendary (!) Groovement Volume One comp. This one is on My First Moth and features remixes from Fulgeance and Claude – it’s a wicked tune, so I couldn’t help but play two versions. The single is called Between Two Cities Part 1, no doubt a reference to Neko’s transference from Leeds.

The Shaolin Afronauts – All Who Pass By

The third album from this crew is due out in Summer, called Follow The Path. This is from the Ojo Abameta EP, with an African twinge.

Samrai vs Mad Lion – Concrete vs Love

A recent giveaway from Manchester’s Samrai, one of the nicest guys, ever. Co-runner of Swing Ting, find more of his stuff on Soundcloud here

Groundislava – October Acid

Pursuing a more definite 4/4 style on this EP, and a world away from his first, 8-bit shenanigans. Here’s a little relevant interview

Super Audio Time! – Game Of Thrones

Apologies, I couldn’t resist. Air Adam put me onto this one last week, and I’ve just finished the end of season 3…

Ellis Meade x Kydro – Manchester

Two of Manchester’s finest — download the EP from Room 2

Alpha Strongahh – Palabra

The third Chilean connection on this podcast. Alpha Strongahh, aka Tecla de Oro, calls forward thinking label Discos Pegaos his home. A wall of noise with a relentless beat (this is good), Palabra is taken from his new, free to download, EP entitles Nuestroh. It’s the label’s 15th release – grab it here

Alphabets Heaven – Everything Stays The Same

Brighton producer who continues to develop his styles and sounds to wider exposure each time… this will be a 12″ on King Deluxe in ‘probably August’.

Fracture – Werk It

From the Loving Touch EP on Exit Records, available here

Pixelord – Sinking Ship ft Fifi Rong

Prolific Russian producer, linked with the amazingly-named Hyperbolid Records, whose first vinyl release is out now. Buy the t-shirt!

Mad Cobra – Di Baddest (Max Rubadub Blend)

Absolute badman conglomeration. Download

God Knows & MynameisjOhn – Maroto

Clare, Ireland to you. MynameisjOhn has been bubbling away with various projects over the last few years, all non-conforming music worth your while. Buy the album

Greenwood Rhythm Coalition – Puro Rock

On the fabulous Names You Can Trust label out of New York. Also check out La Mechanica Popular on there!

The Beta Club – Brassa Nova

Put together by Paris DJs and a slew of talent, including Shawn Lee and members of Jungle Fire and Mocambo. Cop the 45 here


Matthew Halsall, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands live in June, Band on the Wall



Fresh from a guest appearance on Mr Scruff’s new long player Friendly Bacteria, Matthew Halsall is prepping the release of new album When The World Was One on 16th June. Released on his own Gondwana Records label and with ongoing and dedicated support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Matthew continues to mature into one of the country’s finest and most well respected jazz musicians.

This date will see him accompanied by the Gondwana Orchestra, consisting of Matt on trumpet, Jordan Smart on saxophones, Lisa Mallett on flute, Rachel Gladwin on harp, Taz Modi on keys, Gavin Barras on double bass and Luke Flowers on drums.

The night before will see the mighty Go Go Penguin take to the stage, with the newest Gondwana signing Mammal Hands in support.

Buy tickets for both events at the Band on the Wall at their website on the below links.

Have a listen to Matt’s ongoing DJ mix selections on his Soundcloud!

Matthew Halsall album launch

GoGo Penguin and Mammal Hands

Read reviews of When The World Was One at The Guardian, All About Jazz, Marlbank and The Times.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events and news

Further ahead, you can catch Gondwana brethren Nat Birchall at BOTW in July as part of Manchester Jazz Festival.

Listen to and purchase Gondwana music at the Bandcamp.


Download: Fabz – Lost EP


A perennial face on the Manchester hip hop scene and a regular lyricist at the In The Loop cypher, Fabz has poured his blood, sweat and tears into this one. As well as producing himself, he’s hooked up with Room 2 heavyweights Kydro (Kydroponics) and Pro P (The Bluntskins) for eight tracks of realness. Enjoy.

“Took me two years to make and 24 years to live…” – Fabz

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Download: Swing Ting’s Samrai vs Mad Lion – Concrete vs Love Woman So

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A free download from Swing Ting’s Samrai.


Samrai’s Riddim Trax 12″ (Groovement preview here)  is still available at…rax-ep.html…p-97324.html

Next SWING TING is 21 JUNEswing ting-

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Theo Parrish with live band (Amp Fiddler, Mensah, DePorres, Manzanza) at the Ritz

‘I don’t believe in musical genres. There’s no difference between techno, house, jazz, soul… music. The most common denominator… is tempo.’ – Theo Parrish, RBMA Mosco, April 2013

Grab tickets here!

Press release:

In association with Soundcrash and Red Bull Music Academy, we are thrilled to present an extra special live show from Detroit-based musician, producer and selector, Theo Parrish at The Ritz!

The word legend is overused. Theo Parrish is a legend in the full meaning of the word. Over the past two decades he has come to be regarded as a true great in electronic and soul music. A graduate of the Detroit underground, Theo is famed for his own seamlessly genre-hopping productions as well as for his impeccable and inscrutable skills as a music selector, with sets swerving dangerously between house, funk, disco and techno and more.
Theo, whose organic-sounding machine-based dance music incorporates live instruments, human voices and looped recordings, returns to the live arena with full band for the first time in 10 years. The line-up features soul/funk singer songwriter Amp Fiddler (keys), Akwasi Mensah (bass), Duminie DePorres (electric guitar) and Myele Manzanza (drums) alongside Parrish on beats and keys.

They will be revisiting Sound Signature classics old and new.
His show at the Barbican sold out in only 6 days so be quick!