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Groovement supports Shabazz Palaces with From The Kites Of San Quentin

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I played with these guys last time they hit Manchester (at the Deaf Institute) and am well chuffed to be supporting once again. Here’s a little pre-gig moment from last time…

You also get the majestic awesomeness of From The Kites Of San Quentin showcasing brand new material.

Grab your tickets here!

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

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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.

Procession:

  • 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.

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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. 

FEATURING:

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.

POLITIKA:

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:

http://upper-space.org/projects/politika/politika-launch/

Contributing Artists:

http://upper-space.org/projects/politika/politika-artists/

Full programme:

http://upper-space.org/projects/politika/politika-program/

Maps and travel routes to Politika:

http://upper-space.org/projects/politika/find-politika/

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

Groovement Podcast – Groovement 45s: El Mensaje

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Spinning with Myron & E last week at Band on the Wall gave me a bit of a thirst to record a strictly 45s podcast – I’ve decided to make it an ongoing series  within the podcast series, just to confuse you.

Each one will be roughly 45 minutes long, with strictly A or B sides of 45s only. Many will sound crackly… no chat on this one, just tunes.

Recorded 12th July 2014.

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Groovement 45s: El Mensaje by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

The Rollers – One Little Piece – Deep City Records

Kicking off the podcast because it’s amazing. The Numero Group put this 45 out around the same time as their album collecting tracks from the Deep City label.

Conrad Jackson – Come Back With Me – Sonic Wax Records

A single-sided record – as a lovely bloke the other day said to me, one side’s all you need when a tune is that good. Smooth, bass-heavy and soaring.

Myron & E with The Soul Investigators – If I Gave You My Love – Stones Throw Records

I was lucky enough to warm up for this Stones Throw vocal duo last week, look out for the interview on here soon. I grabbed this one at the gig, where they had the Gene Dudley Group as their backing band and blew us away while Germany were killing Brazil 7-1.

Quetzal – Give Something – Favourite Records

From Onra and Quetzal’s four track Tribute EP. One of my favourite tracks, ever. The sample is Creative Source’s version of You Can’t Hide Love. Ridiculously, when Onra first came to Manchester in 2009, I ran up to him telling him how much I loved it, only to have him point to the back of the record and explain that they hadn’t made the tracks collaboratively, it was solely Quetzal’s – which is obvious if you read the credit. He’s circled it with a smiley on my copy.

Hielo Ardiente – El Mensaje – Ximena Records

A gift from Jungle Fire, an amazing version of the Cymande standard with spaced-out organ.

Abel Lima e Les Sofas – Corre Riba Corre Baxo – Sofrito

Recorded in Paris in the 70s and issued last week by the always-amazing Sofrito. Click the link to find out more.

Charles Bradley & Larose Jackson – Luv Jones – Dunham

Hot pink vinyl! Can you hear it? Kicking off Daptone’s coloured vinyl mission as they count down to their 100th release, this is actually on Tommy TNT Brenneck;s Daptone subsidiary Dunham.

The Rance Allen Group – I Got To Be Myself – The Gospel Truth Records

Gospel Truth was an imprint of Stax, and the Rance Allen Group incorporated rock sounds into soul… they were still active recently, check the site. Reason To Survive is actually my favourite track of theirs, which I heard on DJ Oneman’s (not the Rinse Oneman) mix Cadillac Wax  for Names You Can Trust back in 2004.

Leroy & The Fabulous Rocking Soul Band with Al Glover & Gloria – Til The End of Time – Plut

Just wow. Reissued by Jazzman here.

Lo Steel – Music – B&J Records

A re-edit of Samuel Jonathan Johnson’s My Music by Daz-I-Kue, with added vocals from Lo Steel. Riduonkulous breakdown towards the end.
The Intruders – Memories Are Here To Stay – Philadelphia International Records

You might know this one from RJD2’s forlorn 2002 12″ Here’s What Left, or most probably recognise it in Common and Bilal’s The 6th Sense.

 

The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Baby – Truth & Soul Records

Another one of those that always gets someone coming to ask what it is. Standing out on the album as a loner (the rest is fairly fast paced psych soul), Baby is a wedge of sad soul. Written by Daniel Collas, who was a true gent when I hooked up with the band at the Deaf Institute in Manchester.  Although this 45 was on T&S, the album was released on Tummy Touch.

El Combo Chimbita – Puro Show – Names You Can Trust

Released in April of this year by NYC, available on their Bandcamp. El Combo Chimbita are an offshoot of Colombian New Yorkers MAKU soundsystem.

The Johnny Otis Show ft Barbara Morrison – Hey Boy! I Want Ya’ – Jazz World Records

Shuggie Otis’ dad. My copy of this 45, Hey Boy! I Want Ya’ / Nigger, Please! has the labels reversed. It looks like this track never featured on any album. This blog has a little more info.

So, that was fun. Any feedback appreciated – hit me up on the contact form above or Twitter!

Commentary inspired by the Air Adam podcast.

Groovement Podcast // Agent J: 21APR14

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Agent J: 21APR14 by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

Loads of new stuff with a sprinkling of a couple of classics for a change. Bits from Kidkanevil’s new LP, Be, Esgar, Charles Edison, Jesse Futerman, Essa, Taylor McFerrin, Anushka and many more.

Be – Don’t Want
Kidkanevil – Shunkanido
Xiomara – So Fresh, So Clean
Killer Mike – Boonies (Prod by The Alchemist)
Los Charly’s Orchestra – Rediscovering the Big Apple (Cy Gorman & Ennio Styles Remix)
Kelis – Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix)
Amerigo Gazaway – Definition of Infinity feat. Talib Kweli
Nas – It Ain’t Hard to Tell
Michael Jackson – Human Nature
SWV – Right Here
Eric Winston Orchestra – Dr. Who
Rory More – Misty Atoll
MICK + Outkast – Funkin’ Around
Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot (Kartell Remix)
Taylor McFerrin – The Antidote feat. Nai Palm
Womack & Womack – Teardrops
Erykah Badu – Didn’t Cha Know
VesperTown – Royal Flash
Esgar – Havoc
Hidden Orchestra – Flight (Mungo’s Hi Fi Remix)
Kid Smpl – Ja
Rome Supreme – Take You Higher
Teddy Pendergrass – Love TKO
Writers Guild (Mr. Miranda, MC Pennywise, RoQy TyRaiD, Random aka Mega Ran) – Where Did They Go?
Anushka – Atom Bombs
Essa – Prayers Of A Non-Believer ft. D.Ablo
Charles Edison – My Name Is
Jesse Futerman – Santiago (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
J Dilla – Give ‘Em What They Want

Groovement Podcast // Agent J: 9APR14

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Brand new music on a hip hop, soul and beats tip. Presented and mixed by Agent J (me) – let me know what you think over on Facebook or Twitter (#groovement).

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Agent J: 9APR14 by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

00:00 Apollo Brown – The Answer
00:55 Nightwave – Luxor (Big Dope P Remix)
03:53 kidkanevil – Oyasumi
07:41 Cook & Kuartz – Night Train
09:42 Born Allah & ERule – Dub Fritterz
11:25 Amerigo Gazaway – Ms. Fat Booty
15:33 Max Rubadub and General Trix – Sweet Like You
17:52 Paper Tiger – Air (SertOne Remix)
20:44 Raphael Attar – Always Wanted To Be
25:02 Sleepin Giant & Romaine Smith – Hey Girl
29:12 Tek.lun – Ridin’
31:45 Ghost Hunter – ARP Monastery
32:19 45prince – Dubble Trubble
35:58 De La Soul – The Pitch
36:57 Saun and Starr – Hot Shot
40:42 Horndogz – Movin’ on ft Ty , Breis & Peeda
41:26 DJ X-Kutz – Cormega Feat. Mobb Deep – Killaz Theme II (DJ X-Kutz Remix)
45:50 Dubbul O & Pro P – Look Up In The Sky
49:25 3X3 – One Night Only
50:53 Nas, Q Tip and The Roots – One Love (Live on Tonight with Jimmy Fallon)
56:38 DZA – Sakura
1:00:38 LA77 – Antibiotic
1:04:36 Homeboy Sandman – White Sands OUT NOW
1:06:16 Queen Latifah – UNITY (Claude Rework)
1:10:04 Samrai feat. Mr Fox – Let It Ride (feat. Mr Fox)
1:13:39 Fatima – Ridin Round (Sky High)
1:21:43 Noelz Vedere and Freddie Gibbs – Out of Focus
1:23:19 Mo Kolours – Little Brown Dog
1:27:26 Trees – What´s Left
1:29:46 Lee Fields – Magnolia
1:35:51 L’Orange – Man of the Night (feat. Erica Lane)

Sat 22 March: THE EXCITEMENTS + Agent J (Groovement)

 

 

EXCITEMENTS GROOVEMENT

 

Well chuffed to be playing with Barcelona funk outfit The Excitements this coming weekend. I’ll be expanding this post with a brief Q&A with singer Koko-Jean Davis during the week, plus I’ll be interviewing them on the night.

This is a quick image I knocked up, not an official poster!

This is their flex:

 

Groovement Podcast // Agent J: One For Charlene

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Agent J: One For Charlene by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

A soul mix for a departing work colleague, immortalised as a Groovement podcast.

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The Jacksons – Heartbreak Hotel
The Trammps – Rubber Band
The S.S.O. Orchestra – Faded Lady
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
The Rance Allen Group – Reason to Survive
Dionne Warwick – You’re Gonna Need Me
Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands
Earth Wind & Fire – September
The O’Jays – Backstabbers
Womack & Womack – Teardrops
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Alicia Myers – I Want To Thank You
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On
The Emotions – Best Of My Love
Jade – Don’t Walk Away
Donell Jones ft Left Eye – U Know What’s Up
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
Sounds Of Blackness – Optimistic
Lucy Pearl – Don’t Mess With My Man
Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony – Crossroads

Groovement Podcast: EMA NOSURAK (BITE THE APPLE)

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Ema Nosurak champions funk and soul from her base in Manchester as Bite The Apple. Bite The Apple is an artist agency representing the likes of Smoove and Turrell , The Fantasy Funk Band, Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers, and The Haggis Horns. Ema dropped in to the Groovement studio to spin an hour of soul gems to cap off 2013.

Find out more info about Bite The Apple at their site: http://www.bitetheapple.co.uk/

Or catch Ema on Twitter

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EMA NOSURAK (BITE THE APPLE) // GROOVEMENT by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

Tracklisting:

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – The Dap Dip
Eddie Bradford – You Made Your Bed (Scrimshire’s I’m Soapy Edit)
Wganda Kenya – El Abanico
Zara McFarlane – Angie La La ft Leron Thomas
Hielo Ardiente – El Mensaje
Haggis Horns – Traveller Pt 2 (PBR Street Gang Remix)
Richard From Milwaukee – Too Close
Kraak and Smaak – Back Again ft John Turrell
INTERVIEW
Unknown – Afro Disco (Anorak Edits)
The Rance Allen Group – Talk That Talk (Part 1)
Jazzanova ft Shaun Escoffery – Boom Klicky Boom Klack (That’s What We Do)
Unnatural Funk Band – Living In The Past

Groovement Podcast: AGENT J // 7DEC13

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It’s been a couple of months, but I’ve got a bag of new hip hop, jazz and funk to open December. Highlights for me are the most successful LabelGroovement release so far from Mecca 83, that Polystation track (Chilean beats from Discos Cetaceos) and the dons Jungle Fire, who I hooked up with on their Manchester date at Band on the Wall. An amazing band (featuring members of Orgone, Breakestra, Ozomatli and the like) who should smash 2014 – the track below is taken from their limited-to-3oo tour CD, available only at shows. Also a shout to the homie Depakote, who has a couple of features on this mix – his new one, Creative Freedumb, is out now on Zypher.

Debian Blak’s getting some wider exposure, Bolts has a forthcoming thing on Original Cultures, that Debruit and Alsarah album on Soundway is full tilt badness, the Teotima Ensemble track is 7 minutes of bliss, and all the hip hop on this mix demonstrates the top drawer quality about at the moment.

Oh and that Slugabed B-side.. Zoinks!

All song titles are clickable for buy, info and download links. Enjoy, and let me know what you think over on Twitter or Facebook.

GROOVEMENT: AGENT J // 7DEC13 by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

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00:00 Early Reed and J Scienide – MANSION & A YACHT (cuts by DJ JON DOE)
02:49 Polystation – Descoh
05:39 Mecca 83 – All Mine (LabelGroovement)
09:03 PrezSport – IFYA
13:28 Fatima – La Neta
17:49 Beat Spacek – ALONE IN DA SUN
19:43 Debian Blak – Say You ft Joshua Idehen
28:14 Slugabed – U RIGHT
31:30 Robot Koch – Sugar Owl
34:34 Depakote – bionic porn
37:18 Soul Khan – Praying for a River
38:18 Débruit & Alsarah – Alrahal
41:13 Sean Price & M-Phazes – Land of the Crooks (feat. Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu)
46:03 Madlib – Hold the Organ
46:54 Bolts – Luvblind
49:31 Jef Gilson – Choro In Blue
52:26 Teotima Ensemble – Nearly Everything
1:01:13 Harleighblu – Let Me Be
1:04:59 Jungle Fire – LOS FELIGRESES
1:07:28 The Liberators – Cairo Uprising
1:11:45 Jeftuz – Spaced Out
1:14:00 Jamall Bufford – Silencers (feat. Magestik Legend)
1:19:04 Early Reed and J Scienide – FULL CIRCLE feat. Kev Brown
1:22:54 Depakote – chilllllled mannnnn

Paper Tiger full band live in Manchester + Agent J (Groovement) – Fri 8 Nov 2013

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It’ll be a pleasure to warm up for this lot at the Roadhouse on 8 November – find the FB event here and buy tickets here. It’s been a good while since they’ve done a full band gig, but to celebrate the release of upcoming debut album Laptop Suntan on Wah Wah 45s they’re undertaking a UK tour. Have a look at other dates below.

 

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