Category Archives: Manchester

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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.

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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.

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Groovement Podcast: Motion Sickness – A Mix For Now Then by Agent J


The new issue of Now Then Manchester is out now digitally, and can be read here.

I’ve done a mix for this issue to accompany the mag and articles I wrote therein – an interview with Neal Sugarman of the Dap-Kings and a review of the Grimmfest horror festival.

I wrote a blurb about the mix here.

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Mixcloud Now Then link / Groovement link

Subscribe to Groovement on iTunes Podcasts

Motion Sickness: A Mix For Now Then by Agent J by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud


Groovement supports Shabazz Palaces with From The Kites Of San Quentin


I played with these guys last time they hit Manchester (at the Deaf Institute) and am well chuffed to be supporting once again. Here’s a little pre-gig moment from last time…

You also get the majestic awesomeness of From The Kites Of San Quentin showcasing brand new material.

Grab your tickets here!


Video: STRANGE U & JEHST – Dolph Lungdren limited 7″ + tour dates


Strange U are on tour with Jehst this month, including a date at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen. This track will be available as a tour only white 7″, but the track will be available to download at YNR (and possibly the Strange U Bandcamp)  on Nov 3rd.

Buy tickets for your nearest gig here.

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