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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Manchester: Osaka Monaurail @ Band on the Wall 10 Nov


World leaders in super heavy funk Osaka Monaurail are due to hit Manchester this November. I last caught them as Marva Whitney’s backing band at Leeds’ Hi-Fi Club in 2010 .

Here’s a video summing up that vibe from the same tour:

They are of course masters of the field in their own right:

Their latest release, the follow up to 2012’s State of the World, is ‘Osaka Monaurail performs Riptide and other readings from the book of funk’, available to listen to over on German label Unique Records. 

The track listing goes:

1. THE DRUNK…..2:41
2. (SHE’S A) RIPTIDE…..5:11
3. THE HORSE…..3:31
4. FRUIT BASKET…..6:13
5. CALINGA…..5:00
8. LIBERTY……7:21
9. BALL OF FIRE…..2:38
Buy tickets for the Band on the Wall gig over on their site. I’m so excited I knocked out a quick web flyer…
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Download: Lack Of Afro’s BBC 6Music session for Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show

Download some of the live tracks recorded by the Lack Of Afro band at Media City, for Craig Charles’ Saturday night Funk and Soul Show.

Click on each track individually to download.

Keep up with Lack Of Afro’s latest over on his website.


Jack Tyson-Charles: Vocals on “Freedom” & “Recipe For Love”
Juliette Ashby: Vocals on “Making It Right”
Adam Gibbons: Bass / BVs
George Cooper: Keys / BVs
Harry Harding: Drums / BVs
Zach Spivey: Guitar



CANCELLED: Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest) in Manchester for Vent opening 7th Nov

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Unfortunately this Friday’s show has been cancelled by the promoters Vent, with punters having been notified by ticket outlets. As far as I’ve heard refunds are being offered at points of purchase. Unconfirmed reports claim that an alcohol license for the venue (which remains unknown) could not be obtained, but there may be a myriad of reasons. Phife seems as clueless as the rest of us in a video posted on Facebook today, reassuring fans that he’ll be in Manchester soon.

From Vent so far (with 24 hours to go), nothing.

In better news, head over to the Manchester Hip Hop Network on Facebook to view a slew of forthcoming Manchester hip hop gigs.

Original preview follows.



It’s not often new spaces manage to get someone of such legendary stature on their first night, but Manchester’s been taken aback by the announcement of Phife hitting town on 7th November.

Vent delivers 3 months of Fridays from its own base, a once mill & now deserted club.. With a 24 hour licence, 3 floors and room enough for 1000, we can unleash Manchester’s potential.‘ – Minshull Street is the best I can get for the location from Skiddle – keep an eye out for an official announcement of where the space is!


live performances from:

phife dawg [a tribe called quest]

+ dj rasta root [smoking needles]

+ probot the mighty [acid city records]




hector moralez [apollonia, we the brand]

tommy largo [mushroom jazz, great lakes audio]

jamie trench [tsuba, viva music]

david glass [circus recordings, roush]

jade cox [im a house gangster, robsoul]

oliver drops [departure, vent

DANNY BECK [Ibiza Rocks, Vent]

DAN J & MIKE O’MARA [Huddle]

LARRY JONES [Oddisco, Vent]



Groovement chased up Oliver Drops to see what the dealio is…

You guys have got Manchester all abuzz with this gig, seemingly coming out of nowhere – what can you tell us about the people behind Vent?
Well, Vent started as more of a side project aimed at bringing big performers to small and unusual spaces. Some friends had one of those old Victorian houses in Withington with a huge basement area. It was actually two rooms with a connecting corridor and it immediately sent our minds spinning. Brick walls, good headroom, soundproof, it was a perfect space for a party.
It took a few weeks of painting and mud shovelling with some flooding and more painting but we opened on schedule with a full house, Funktion One and the main man Tristan Da Cunha. And it’s just evolved ever since, with our last party hosted by Nightmares On Wax in an old cutlery factory in Sheffield.


What will make Vent stand apart from other venues?
We’ve got a 24 hour licence, which we intend to utilise, but aside from that we’re not sticking to any formula or trend. We’re putting together line ups of all skills and generations. We’re kind of taking the house party rules to a club.


So, let’s talk Phife – whose genius idea was that?
Who’s not a Tribe fan?


What are your favourite Tribe tracks and why?

Ah so many. 8 Million Stories just gets me every time. The lyrics are unreal, so much attitude.
‘Just last week my girl was stressin me, now her best friend be undressin me’
What a Dawg. But then, ‘now that i got that out my system, watch me stab up the track as if my name was OJ Simpson,’ is one of my favourite lines.
So The Hop has to be up there but God Lives Through, Check the Rhime all of them. Q is my favourite engineer and Phife my favourite rapper, so it’s win win.


The opening party is also a showcase for We The Brand – what’s your association with these guys and what can you tell us about them?
We The Brand is Hector Moralez‘s baby and I’ve loved Hector’s music for a long time. Then after we booked him earlier this year at The Night Kitchen, he blew the lid so it would have been counter productive to not get him back. And it so happens he’s one of the loveliest passionate guys i’ve ever met, and has even insisted on coming over to promote Vent three weeks early.


Any clues as to forthcoming events?
TBA – 28th Nov //
Matador, Philip Bader & Di Chiara Brothers 5th Dec //
TBA – 12th Dec.
But we have a lot more up our sleeve, some great collaborations and partners to yet announce. And watch out for NYD.


What are your hopes for the future of Vent?
We don’t know, we like to change. Let’s see where it takes us.
Buy your tickets for Phife (quick!) at Skiddle
Keep up with Vent over at their website.
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Out now: P.I.M.P. – Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band 45 re-issued on Truth & Soul Records


I’m so proud of my bros over at Hamburg label Mocambo, who are about to see their first Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band 45 released on New York’s Truth & Soul Records, home of El Michels and the like (the eagle-eyed amongst you will spot their recent release ‘Bacao Suave / Round and Round‘ was on T&S imprint Plane Jane Records).

Blurb from T&S:  Back in 2008 BRSB released its smashing cover of 50 Cent’s P.I.M.P. which was long thought to be the original sample for the tune. The Mocambo pressing is already hard to come by and fetching top dollar on the internet has become an underground classic. On Side A BRSB treat the tune to their signature smashing drums and bass heavy production, taking the original loop and turning it into a full composition. Brass and steel pan parts putting it somewhere between reggae, steel funk, and the Superfly Soundtrack.

Side B is the first BRSB original making it’s way to vinyl, “Laventille Road March” hits hard. The heavy drumming, open breaks, and pan melodies make this a sureshot for DJs and listeners alike.

The guys have a full length coming in 2015 on T&S, simply called 55.

If you don’t know about 45 label kings Mocambo, check out their back catalogue here.






#MeowTheJewels: El-P auditions cats

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What is currently My Favourite Project (the cat remix version of Killer Mike and El-P’s Run The Jewels 2, yet to be released) is coming along nicely, and I hear my copy of Run The Jewels 2 is on its way in the post too.

Order your own copy over at the RTJ2 website.

Run The Jewels hit Manchester’s Gorilla club on Dec 12.

Also see:


Manchester: eMC {Masta Ace, Wordsworth and Stricklin} @ Band on the Wall, 27 Oct


The Show was a classic late 2000s album, flying under the radar of many despite the super-combo behind it and mostly as a result of the four not following it up until the release of EP/mini-album The Turning Point earlier this year. Their next album, The Tonite Show, is due in Winter.

Don’t miss your chance to catch this heavyweight crew, with support from Houston’s K-Rino and DJsMore Bounce, and remember: Mondays are the new Fridays.

Buy tickets from BOTW 

Update: Punchline has recently left the group. Read more here.

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