Category Archives: beats


Out now // Debruit – Outside The Line

I’ve just spent an hour or so in the company of this lovely record, having ordered the vinyl from Bandcamp, so thought I’d share it here. I spoke to Xavier about his vision for this LP, and the kicking-off of his new label ICI, a few months back when he visited Manchester for Banana Hill. He’s a driven, creative individual

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Golden Rules (Paul White x Eric Biddines) – Never Die ft Yasiin Bey

South London producer and longtime Groovement friend Paul White teamed up with Florida rapper Eric Biddines to make Golden Rules recently. Their debut is due to drop on the ever-powerful Lex Records later this year. Paul and Eric have just put out this lyric video for a new track featuring none other than Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def. Boom! Here’s

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all night big

Track premiere: Chris Read – Maylight – Beat Of The Heart

I’ve been following Chris Read since The Diary first dropped, and discovered a whole world of goodness over at Music Of Substance. It’s been a long time coming, but an album’s worth of his remixes is ready to go courtesy of BBE Music – I’m extremely proud to be able to premiere a sweeping track from the album, Maylight –

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40 Fatal Beats from Kuartz

Manchester based beat maker Kuartz once again brings the pain with his second limited edition cassette release, via the good folk at Brain Food Records. Typically soulful and Shaolin-influenced but imbued with that warm Kuartz character, there’s plenty of nodders on here. Listen below and grab yourself a copy here – at the time of writing only two cassette copies

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chalk beats

Instrumentals from Chalk

Well-loved Manchester MC Chalk put out the instrumental version of his debut album last week (‘For those with an aversion to my voice…’), with beats produced by he himself, Woli Wols and Aver. He’s backed that up today with another free release of instrumentals for your perusal. Download both from The Natural Curriculum’s Bandcamp, listen to both below. One for

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Download: Astral Black release Frass FM 2 ft Opal Block, Jon Phonics, DJ Milktray, Migos…

    Beats label Astral Black celebrate their second anniversary of existence with a sequel to their Frass FM compilation (still up for free DL here) featuring artists from the roster and affiliates who have featured at their nights. Keep a tab on Astral Black on Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter. Download the comp from Bandcamp. Frass FM 2 by Astral

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Circle Star Records, Stones Throw’s step-sister, kicks off proper with Jesse Hackett aka JUNK

  Hackett’s been about for a good decade or so musically, but never as an outright solo musician. Under the name JUNK, his will be the first album release on the new Stones Throw imprint, Circle Star Records (their first 45 was a Dam Funk archive release back in 2009). You may already be familiar with his input as Gorillaz’

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year four

Preview King Deluxe’s Year Four compilation ft Alphabet’s Heaven, Jacob 2-2, Muta, more

The Canadian beats label celebrates its fourth anniversary with many artists it has brought to the fore, including Calvin Cardioid, Jacob 2-2, Muta, A Thousand Years, and the guy who first brought the label to my attention, Brighton bossman Alphabet’s Heaven.   The visuals for this label, from the ridiculous HR-FM, always knock me for six. Props! Buy the album

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