Category Archives: News

Appeal to save Strata records owner’s home and masters

Barbara Cox is 75 years old, and about to lose her home owing to unpaid taxes. Barbara owns the masters to the Strata catalogue, something close to Amir Abdullah’s (of Kon and Amir) heart, as he has made it his mission to release unheard music from the vaults on his 180 Proof label. Should you choose to donate you can

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#helpGiz // Help out Giz the Fingathing dog

Something shit happened this week to our good friend Peter Parker (from out of that Fingathing) and his little dog, Giz. Giz’s vet bills are through the roof and fingers crossed he survives the trauma. Dan is recovering in hospital, with no permanent tendon damage. If you have the inclination, please hit the ‘Donate’ button above to help these guys

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Preview // Harleighblu ‘Let Me Be’ [TruThoughts]

Set for official release on the 2nd Dec via the TruThoughts imprint, this soul cut has an air nostalgia to it, reminiscent of an Amy Winehouse number. Nottingham based vocalist Harleighblu is already receiving plaudits from the likes of Mr. Scruff, Jon Kennedy (XFM), Trevor Nelson, Don Letts, Craig Charles and a whole heap more players and sayers across clubland

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Preview // FunkinEven ‘Egypt’ [Eglo Records]

I have  been a big fan of FunkinEven after hearing his FunkinEven 1956 ft Fatima – ‘Mad Swing’ cut from 2009… This latest offering see’s Stevie J take a more twisted and dare I say frantic approach with this Detroit inspired workout. Rhythmic machine gun drums sit alongside futurefied synth grooves and chord lines reminiscent of early Mad Mike Banks

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Pete Cannon x Deadline: My Mum’s Favourite Rapper

  Pete Cannon has one foot firmly in the UK underground while his hair is teasing the UK pop charts, having produced Rizzle Kicks’ most recent single, Lost Generation (see the Blackpool Gazette for more on that). This year he’s got music to drop with Del the Funky Homosapien, Action Bronson, Maffew Ragazino, Sway and another track on the Rizzle

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Groovement x Danny Brown – Bonafide Issue 8 on sale now!

Meeting Danny Brown was something special. He was over for the Parklife festival in Manchester, and I was lucky enough to interview him for Bonafide magazine. It’s out now, in actual shops. Read more about the issue, also featuring Big Daddy Kane, Thundercat and Edan, here. UPDATE: The interview is now readable online at Bonafide.

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STREAM: Jameszoo – Jheronimus

Jameszoo is a mad bastard. I mean that as a massive compliment. His forthcoming Hieronymus-Bosch-inspired EP for Rwina is an amalgamation of jazz/folk/hip-hop/electronic styles in Dimlite-esque fashion, but that’s already too much description. Stream it here and hear for yourself. Order the 10″ here Jameszoo Soundcloud

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Review: Riot Jazz release debut 7″ on First Word Records

Riot Jazz enter Phase 2 (or possibly 22) of their bid for world domination with their debut physical release, a double sided 45 on the esteemed First Word Records. Known to Manchester since their inception in 2008 (and earning themselves a spiffing reputation on tour in the UK and Europe), their parties have seen a ridiculous standard of guests walk

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Promoters This Is Hip Hop have a proven track record in Manchester and beyond, and have made this substantial contribution to another year of quality bookings in Manchester… Keep an eye on the Groovement calendar here for more info. BUY TICKETS 2013 is shaping up to be another mad year for hip hop bookings in Manchester. Suitably for the 40th anniversary

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