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Ellis Meade: Limitless (Acoustic) for BBC Introducing ft Tony Smith

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‘Breathtaking…’ -here’s Ellis Meade strutting his stuff for the BBC in  a great video from Room 2 Records. The High & Wired EP with Kydro is still available as a free download from Ellis’ Bandcamp.

Ellis performs live TONIGHT at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge as part of a BBC showcase.


Download: Fish – Broken Magic (Antisocial Music)

Antisocial Music have got their act together to release Broken Magic, a compilation of beats and raps which have been stroked by the fingers of label boss Fish. You can check the tracklist in the embed below but expect the likes of Doctor Zoots, Burgundy Blood, Bill Sykes (of The Bluntskins and The Natural Curriculum), Efeks, Elliot Fish, Kista and Dayse & Aver.

Fish has a knack for creating moods from serene, jazzy samples but keeps things non-wimpy with banging drum work. All the MCs here are on-point and non-generic, with a special shout going to some of the Manchester TNC fam, represented here.

Fish has a smashing radio show over on All FM, the archive of which you can lose yourself in over on Mixcloudbrokenmagic.

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Groovement Podcast: The Soul Twins present a Groovement 45 session

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Groovement 45s: The Soul Twins (Aug 2014) by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud

45 minutes of soul 45s! 

Jeff and Stuart Parish have been staples on the Manchester music scene for years, holding down ‘soul, hip-hop, disco, house, funk, Northern, reggae and all the bits inbetween’. They’re also two of the soundest guys about, with a real passion for hearing and collecting good music, not just playing it. I’m well chuffed to have got them to do a 45s special for Groovement. 

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Ellis Meade live @ BBC Introducing with Batz Inda Belfry & Mali Hayes










The wider world begins to recognise Ellis Meade with this gig… following past radio play on BBC Introducing, Ellis has been asked to perform live at their regular Ruby Lounge gig showcasing the best new talent. This will also be recorded live for future broadcast on the show.

Read a recent interview on Groovement here.

Listen to and buy/download the High & Wired EP with Kydro on Bandcamp below.

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Batz Inda Belfry

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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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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 // 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