DistantStarr’s VIBE LP out now ft Blu, Kissey, Hud Mo, Jay Scarlett

A joint venture between Expansions Collective and My First Moth, DistantStarr follows up last year’s Vibe EP with the LP of the same name. Guests include Hudson Mohawke, Blu, IAMNOBODI, Al Mighty, Portformat and Kissey Asplund (whose Jay Scarlett-produced track you can hear on the latest Groovement podcast). Buy it here. The Vibe LP by DistantStarr

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Pete Rock announces Petestrumentals 2 for Mello Music Group

Pete Rock fans have long awaited a follow up to BBE’s producer-focused Petestrumentals from 2001. The above joint was made back in ’95… Mello Music Group bring you the sequel, just a few years later. The double gatefold LP is pre-orderable here. Read my chat with the Choc Boy Wonder in Bonafide issue 6, here. Release: June 23, 2015   

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Download: The Colonel lets one Roll – Will You Remember EP out this week

  The Colonel returns with more wobbly bangers, this time with the smooth vocals of Mr Bailey on the lead track, backed up by Might Just Work with And Then, which has already received play from Toddla T over on the BBC. The release is out on the Basic Soundz label.   Keep up to date with The Colonel’s sounds over

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Groovement Podcast – Agent J: Music Box {March 2015}

Download here Subscribe on iTunes Listen on Mixcloud   Wide selection of tracks this episode… click each for buy links and (in most cases) to listen to more from the artist. Cheers for listening! The Mighty Mocambos – Not Get Caught ft DeRobert Werkha – Dusk ft Bryony Jarman-Pinto Frameworks – Music Box Roots Manuva – Facety 2:11 (prod Four

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The Mighty Mocambos release SHOWDOWN ft Afrika Islam, Afrika Bambaataa, Shawn Lee, DeRobert and more

The Mighty Mocambos return! The new LP features guest spots from hip hop legends Charlie Funk aka Afrika Islam and Afrika Bambaataa plus Donald T of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate, Zulu Nation MCs Deejay Snoop and DJ Hektek, German composer Peter Thomas, Shawn Lee, Nichola Richards, organist Guillaume Metenier and the amazingly-voiced DeRobert, heard at the front of the latest Groovement podcast.

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Full Circle: Manchester music social with Scorzayzee and Mecca:83, Sunday 19 April

  In the spirit of collaboration that permeates everything Expansions Collective are involved in, Mecca:83 and friends are throwing a get-together in Manchester city centre in April, with the aim of an informal networking of minds. Bring your own music down if you’re a producer, or just come and hang to listen to talks from Scorzayzee (ready to deliver his

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Scor-Zay-Zee – Aeon: Peace to the Puzzle ready to drop

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign to get the album made and a vinyl edition pressed up, Nottingham emcee Scorz returns with the 28 track Aeon: Peace to the Puzzle. Buy links below are for the CD version of the album, as the wax will remain exclusive to those that funded the project. Release: 20 April 2015 Scorz will be appearing

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Nubiyan Twist, Work House + live in Manchester 26 March

Bedos, DJ A-UP and myself (aka IN THE LOOP) will be spinning with this 12-strong afro/dub/hiphop colllective on Thursday evening at Band on the Wall in Manchester. Their new single, Work House, is taken from their debut album. Check the cover by Emily Evans below and grab a ticket for Thursday’s gig here. As a Groovement reader, I’ve got a

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Groovement Podcast – Agent J: Yo! {March 2015}

This episode named after the Esgar track of the same name, featured below. Listen on Mixcloud. Subscribe on iTunes. Download direct. Agent J: Yo! {March 2015} by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud PRhyme – You Should Know ft Dwele (details of the RBMA tour are here) Kendrick Lamar – These Walls ft Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat Flako

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Robert Glasper @ RNCM, 8 Aug 2015 for Manchester Jazz Festival

There’s plenty to savour at this year’s Manchester Jazz Festival, which runs from 31 July – 9 August. A quick scan of proceedings reveals Bugalu Foundation, Son Yambu with DJ Lubi, John Ellis Trio, New York Brass Band, Booker T Jones, Lonnie Liston Smith, Spilt Milk and London Afrobeat Collective as just a few I’m keen to check out myself.

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