New music: Big Lo – More Like 2.0 ft Junky Goods, Stess the Emcee & Mel Funk.

magnum opiatesSome dopeness out of Florida courtesy of Big Lo, with help from Junky Goods, Stess the Emcee and Mel Funk, produced by Timeless.

It’s from his album Magnum Opiates, available on iTunes here.


DJ Rasp’s Scratch Jam returns to Manchester September 20th


Facebook event

Rasp brings back the Scratch Jam to Oxford Road’s Contact Theatre this coming weekend. Whether you’re popping along with your own scratch tools or just want to soak up the atmosphere and check the talent on display (whoot-woo), all are welcome. It’s a friendly do so spread the word!

Remember, donations mean that Rasp doesn’t have to foot the hire bill himself!

Rasp says…

To all Scratch Nerds hailing from the Northwest of England I am pleased to announce Scratch Jam is back for the fourth time!!!

After a bit of negotiating, a couple of meetings, a fair amount of phone calls & a little bit of blagging I’m pleased to announce that Scratch Jam is back in Manchester at the Contact Theatre on Saturday the 20th September!!!

It is a free event (donations are very welcome tho) so come along & get involved in a friendly turntablist/freestyle scratch event. All skill levels are very welcome from seasoned pro to beginner (or anything in between) cut it up over phat beats, meet new peeps, support the scratch scene & have lots of fun doing so

We have a very special performance from the legendary Dave the Ruf too :)

3pm til 7pm

Contact Theatre

Oxford Road


Spread the word & get involved!!!




POLITIKA launch: Art & the Affairs of the City – 19th September, Manchester




Along with Endless City, Mind on Fire and Onefiveeight, I’ll be providing a musical background to the launch of the POLITIKA exhibition at Upper Space this coming Friday. I’ll let the press release speak for itself below. Check the Facebook event out here.

To summarise:

Private View: 6pm – 8pm // Launch Event: 8pm – 12am

The Engine Room, Hope Mill. 113 Pollard Street, Ancoats, M4 7JA

  • The first chance to see provocative artworks by urban interventionist artists from nine different countries including previously unreleased works by major artists.
  • The newly renovated grade 2 listed building hosting the exhibition is in the heart of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb. Politika includes mixed media, digital, sculpture and visual art installations.


  • A Samba band procession from Stevenson’s Square in the northern quarter to the gallery in Ancoats, arriving in time for the launch. Time TBC.

In the Bar:

  • Select teas and cold coffees from Manchester’s own North Tea Power.
  • A live installation by Manchester based artists Shift//Delete entitled ‘Molotov Cocktails?’. Come forth and consume specially commissioned alcoholic drinks laced with a dash of espionage. Prepared and served by our very own Sunny Wray.
  • Local brews from Moss Cider, IPA and a range of other drinks available at affordable prices.

Music provided by Mind On Fire, OneFiveEight, Endless City & Groovement.


19 provocative artists from 9 different countries exhibit works as part of a diverse programme of free workshops, talks, screenings and live interventions. 

The exhibition launches a new cultural space in the heart of Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb. 


Peter Kennard (UK) // Epos257 (CZ) // Ztohoven (CZ) // Chim-Pom (JP) // VOINA (RU) // Shift//Delete (UK) // Brandalism (UK+) // WochenKlausur (AT) // Bill Posters (UK) // Franck Allais (FR) // Leah Borromeo (UK) // Steve Lambert (US) // Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative (FI) // The Vacuum Cleaner (UK) // John Beieler (US) // Papas Fritas (CHI) // Tracey Moberly (UK) // Peter McCaughey (UK) // Ben Parry (UK) // Ed Hall (UK) + citizens of Manchester.


Manchester is where the world’s first manifestations of industrial Capitalism took shape. If the city is both the producer of citizenship and the generator of innovation, it is the soil in which democracy lives. Without the city and maximised exchanges, democracy loses strength to create potential futures.

Is there scope to generate another answer, another view, in order to sustain another ideology against consumerism and the disempowerment it represents? Politika presents opportunites for people to transform themselves from passive consumers into active participants – active citizens.

Politika sees a merging of the intersections between art, social justice and activism as artists and the citizens of Greater Manchester assert their right to the city.

The diverse program includes an exhibition of provocative art works, live urban interventions across the city, public workshops, talks, documentary screenings and debate to offer the public the opportunity to rethink the role of art and artist in contemporary society.

The exhibition is situated in a grade 2* listed cotton mill and launches a new contemporary cultural space – The Engine Room, in Ancoats – the world’s first industrial suburb.

Exhibition Opening: 8pm // Friday 19th September 2014
featuring DJs from OneFiveEight, Mind on Fire, Endless City and Groovement.

For more information please visit:

Contributing Artists:

Full programme:

Maps and travel routes to Politika:

Politika is kindly supported by Arts Council EnglandEsmée Fairbairn FoundationNow Then ManchesterHope MillEmergencia

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Download: 1991 – 199X EP from Chile’s Dilema Industria

Región Metropolitana, Chile

Dreamy  lo-fi beats on 1991’s (aka Daniel Klauser) debut EP for Chile’s  Dilema Industria, infleunced by recent trips to Colombia, Switzerland and Germany.

Download – also download from Bandcamp


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New Music: Paper Tiger release Laptop Suntan Remixed ft SertOne, Werkha, LV, Murder He Wrote, Scrimshire and an anagram

Sultan Ant Pop is Laptop Suntan remixed, or indeed anagramised, and is out now. The space jazz/hip hop/blip hop outfit combine live band expertise with killer production, and released their debut long player on Wah Wah 45s last year.

This, then, is the sequel. containing not only remixes but new original music too.

Go and buy it (listen below), and look for them gigging near you in the next few months.

Also check out this improvised live mixtape, Sonic Boom Head Zoom 2.


Download: Aphotic mix for Astral Black

aphotikThis is EXACTLY my kind of mix. No pretensions and no bullshit (and no house…), just out and out great tunes – spaced out weirdy sounds with plenty of hip hop, a smattering of footwork and plenty of soul.

Expect Julianna Barwick,Ash Ra TempelTehbisEdan, Batsumi, Budgie (Livin’ Proof)Lamont,Outkast, Michael Anthony, Captain, Triad God and more…

Tell him you love it at his Twitter and follow his Soundcloud.


Aphotik is one of the minds behind killer collective and club night Tempo Clash – keep track of their Soundcloud below!

The homies Astral Black still have their amazing Frass Fm comp available for free download here.

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Diggin’ In The Carts: Unearthing Japan’s video game composers

Every Thursday for the next few weeks (up to Oct 9th), RBMA will be posting a new episode of this documentary series, exploring the legacy and foundation of Japan’s most vital video game music composers. oh no Junkocute This first episode focus on early eighties Nintendo and some of the earliest Famicom/NES games. The likes of Oh No, Flying Lotus, J Rocc, Havoc and Kode 9 add varied levels of  waxing lyrical about musicians such as Junko Ozawa and Hirokazu Tanaka, who in turn reflects on unexpected influences such as Jah Wobble. hip The games Balloon Fight and Wrecking Crew has the rhythm of Sly Dunbar  – Hirokazu Tanaka

Oh yeah…

Check his cartography (?) here.

Props to producers and directors Nick Dwyer and Tu Neill – the film is shot amazingly. I look forward to next week’s instalment. Completing the cycle somewhat, Daisuke Tanabe has composed the theme for the documentary. Watch out for his LP, Floating Underwater, previewed here.

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Homeboy Sandman releases Hallways

Homeboy Sandman’s second album for Stones Throw, Hallways, is out now. 

Sand’s one of my personal favourites out there and I was lucky enough to interview him a couple of times in written words and spoken words.

My bad I don’t give a shit when you try and show me your iPad…

Hallways sees him work with a range of producers including Spinna, Jonwayne, Oh No, Knx, and J57 to name a few. I love Sands prolific ways – he never lets up, his productivity yielding only quality results. First Of A Living Breed was only the opening salvo, with a range of EPs also seeing release under the nurturing gaze of Stones Throw.

Listen and buy on Stones Throw or iTunes



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