Category Archives: New Music


Preview: The Colonel – Ain’t No Badman EP ft J Poet and Don Amoz


I’m a big fan of tunes you can sing the title along too because they have the right number of notes to go with syllables – the Doctor Who theme is a good example (Doctor Whooo, Dohhcctor Whooo) – so the title track on this one tickles me in all the right spots.

Sheffield’s major wobbler The Colonel returns with a new EP, complete with him blowing his own trumpet on the cover. Four slices of dancefloor directed throwback shuffling.

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Also catch the Colonel and J Poet on the compilation Groovement Volume One, free to download.

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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). 


Groovement Podcast – Andrea Trout: Acting Up 18NOV14


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Fresh from spinning with legends Cymande, Amp Fiddler and Nightmares On Wax, Groovement famalam Andrea drops in with some sounds she’s feeling right now.

Brook Benton – Rainy Night in Georgia
Bobby Womack – Dayglo Reflection ft Lana Del Rey – XL Recordings
Muki – Funky Sofa (Mr Scruff Remix)
Amp Fiddler with SLy & Robbie – Blackhouse (Paint The White House Black)
Secret Stealth – The Ted Rogers EP Stealth 3
Roedelius – Puente (Peaking Lights Version)
Dego and Kaidi – Acting Up (On Shit That Don’t Count)
Shalamar – Friends
D-Train – You’re The One For Me (Labour Of Love Mix)
Jay W. McGee – When We Party (Uptown, Downtown)
Annie – The Greatest Hit

Andrea links:
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Andrea Trout: Acting Up 18NOV14 by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud

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Past Andrea Groovements:

Andrea Trout by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud


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


Download: Kill The Lights – Silos

silosA really gorgeous little EP here from Milan’s Kill The Lights, with their debut EP Silos. Matteo and Cristina come together  to form a joint effort which is full of forlorn moodiness with plenty of soul and a dusting of non-overplayed RnB vocalism – her acoustic guitar and synth, his piano and programming result in a labour of love.  Grab it!


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New Cosmic Bridge: Graphs – Posthuman EP

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Art: Mark Kloud of Ground Mass

A new release on Om Unit’s phenomenal Cosmic Bridge label is due for release on 12″ and download 14th December 2014.

A1 – Posthuman
A2 – Falling Inward
B1 – Broken Legs
B2 – Sever The Heart

There’s a new artist on the roster to mark the tenth release, Chicago born/Boston dwelling Jason Taylor aka Graphs. I can’t find an online stream of the EP just yet so check his past sounds here:

Om Unit expands:

“I found Jason through listening to his Ground Mass material.  Graphs to me has this very focused approach, quite singular and monotonal and definitely in a sense quite bleak and minimalistic. With “Posthuman” he draws on that robotic notion of the “severed heart”. He touches on the Grime and Footwork styles but maintaining this sense of originality and putting it across in his own way, something which I admire in any artist.”

Jason explains:

“The ‘theme’ of the album is the dilemma whereby technology allows us to be more than we are, but we often use that power for shallow things. I grew up on drum and bass, and a lot of that music is infused with utopian/dystopian vision. Particularly in names, either very positive or very dark and sinister. My concept here is: what if it was neither?

What if it was sort of empty, as if it went on without us or without our intervention? Like how Limbo is in the movie Inception: an empty, crumbling heaven. Posthuman/posthumanism is typically a term that describes a utopian view of what comes next for humanity after some technological singularity, described by thinkers like Ray Kurzweil. So I thought it would be somewhat interesting to consider “what if it was nothing?” or “what if the future didn’t need us?”.

Check the Cosmic Bridge back catalogue here, including the recent compilation Cosmology.
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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

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