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december groovement

Groovement Podcast – Agent J: Scramble (Dec 2014)

december groovement

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Knicks Remix ft Action Bronson, Joey Badass, Ransom
Chairman Maf – You and Me
J Rocc – Fire Dancer
Rene Costy – Scramble
The Mighty Mocambos with Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Funk & Deejay Snoop – Hot Stuff
Ghostface Killah – Emergency Procedure ft Pharoahe Monch
De La Soul – The People ft Chuck D
Elaquent – She Hates Me
Son Little – Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches
Wu Tang Clan – Ruckus in B Minor
Your Old Droog – You Know What Time It Is
Gappy Ranks – Sheriff (Murlo remix)
Red Eye Hi Fi – Raise The Alarm ft Fox
Mecca:83 ft Jneiro Jarel and Doc Mastermind – Viberialude
Marcus Intalex – These Days
Dub Phizix and Strategy – Buffalo Charge
Deft – Drawn
Johney & 0h85 – The Show
Thelonious Martin – September
Prodigy & Boogz Boogetz – Queens
Def3 – The Truth ft Shad & Skratch Bastid
Mr Oizo – Bear Biscuit
Colonel Red – The Me
Matthew Larkin Cassell – Heaven
Sweater Beats – Rain Dance
Mecca:83 – Detroit Twilight (feat Emanative & Buscrates)

GROOVEMENT – AGENT J: SCRAMBLE // DEC2014 by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud

Probably not the last podcast I’ll get done this year but have been itching to get this latest one done and out. Here’s a rundown!

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Kicking off with the mighty Madgibbs aka Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – the new 12″ contains the remix of Knicks from Piñata featuring Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom as well as instrumentals, a bonus Madlib beat and the track Home featuring BJ The Chicago Kid. The Knicks remix segues nicely into something from Sheffield producer Chairman Maf, whose new album PAINT will be available soon on his Bandcamp. Check his previous, 1976, here.


Cassette artwok PAINT

The third release on the 45 label Originals is Jay Dee’s Fuck The Police together with its main sample, Rene Costy’s Scramble. Straight after that The Mighty Mocambos (who have the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band album out in 2015 on Truth & Soul) with regular collaborators Afrika Bambaataa and Charlee Funk. Grab that 45, Rolling Stones cover Hot Stuff, here – but be quick!

hot stuff

Ghostface Killah, fresh from last year’s collab with Adrian Young, has worked with soul band The Revelations for his new album 36 Reasons for a great live sound. This one features Pharoahe Monch.

De La Soul’s The People is a free download featuring Chuck D – read more here.  Elaquent put up this Kelis interpretation on his Soundcloud and at the time of writing it’s still a free download.

I was humbled and lucky to meet up with Son Little last week in Manchester’s Soup Kitchen where he was supporting Curtis Harding  for Now Wave. Previously going by Aaron Livingston, he was the soulful voice on The Roots’ 2011 album Undun and was also one half of Icebird with RJD2. He’s got a catalogue of past work but is branching out under a new name with Anti- Records. You can read my interview with him in the forthcoming January 2015 issue of Now Then magazine. Download the EP Things I Forgot here.

The new Wu Tang album, A Better Tomorrow, is receiving a bit of a panning. I can see where those reviews are coming from, but Ruckus In B Minor is good and there’s definitely a leaf from the Adrian Young school of sound being taken. The album, in typical fashion for this lot, isn’t out until around April on vinyl. I love the line about pulling your drawers up.

The Your Old Droog album is a good listen, here’s a little more:

Swing Ting resident Murlo tears down his remix of Gappy Ranks’ Sheriff (available on Gappy Ranks meets Dub Club on Stones Throw), and leads nicely into another Manchester fixture in the form of Fox with Red Eye Hi Fi.

The retiree Mecca:83 (whom this podcast is dedicated too – thanks for the inspiration, man!) appears twice on this podcast, here briefly with Jneiro and Doc Mastermind and again to close proceedings. Please go and check all his music here and here.

Marcus Intalex has provided this stunner for Doc Scott’s 24 track Future Beats comp – it’s coming out on 6 x 12″ and digi which you can order here.  Buffalo Charge from Dub Phizix and Strategy is also out on vinyl, including an etched tribute to Salford John in the run out groove. The video just won ‘best’ at the DnB Arena awards – congrats!

Deft has a beautiful new EP out entitled Blue Jasmine, that’s a white 12″ on Project Mooncircle. The JOhney and 0h85 track is the first on the Smaze LP from Ground Mass Music (out now for free or pay-what-you-want), whom I was turned onto via the Graphs EP on Cosmic Bridge Records.

Thelonious Martin delivers some Apollo Brown-style beats on his new album Wunderkid while Prodigy and Boogz Boogetz have the Young Rollin’ Stoners project out now. Canada’s Def3 has a dope new album out featuring Shad (as heard on this podcast), Kay The Aquanaut, Moka Only and more.

Mr Oizo’s The Chuch, on Brainfeeder, is as mind-blowing as you’d expect. The below video, featuring John C Reilly, is definitely not safe for work.

HAM from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

The Colonel Red EP, Make Life Good 4 U, will be out on vinyl and digi in late January on Apollo, a sub-label of R&S Records.

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Matthew Larkin Cassell’s Complete Works, featuring Heaven as sampled by Madlib, is out on Stones Throw. Rain Dance is from New York’s Sweater Beats EP Cloud City.  As promised above, Mecca:83 sees us out with one of my favourites from Life Sketches and his new compilation, Ain’t Done Too Bad.

Thanks for listening – all feedback appreciated! I know the volume levels were a little uneven on this episode, I’ll do my best to maximise consistency next time around. In a bit – J.

j Rocc by Edwige Hamben

J Rocc in Manchester October 11



I was pretty hyped to see this poster today in Piccadilly Records – I love learning about gigs through posters rather than news feeds. Backed by the illustrious Hoya pairing of Jon K and Jonny Dub, J Rocc hits Joshua Brooks on Saturday 11th October 2014.

Tickets are here.

I was lucky enough to chat to J Rocc for Bonafide magazine – you can read a snippet at Stones Throw here or the whole thing in digital form at Issuu.

J Rocc Twitter



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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.


Edit’s of Selection’s from the 1st Volume of THE MINIMAL WAVE TAPES, recorded between 1981-85 released earlier this year on STONES THROW RECORD’S featured DIRTY by Brixton’s HARD CORPS three British Sound Engineers Hugh Ashton Robert Doran Clive Pierce and stunning Chanteuse Regine Fetet (R.I.P.)
Released on 12″ White Label by
SURVIVAL RECORD’S in 1984 took over London dancefloor’s and Independent pop chart’s.

In an interview with BURNING FLAME BLOGSPOT Drummer Clive Pierce talks about HARD CORPS and his latest Project MEDORA. “Not a group but an Enviroment” Including a Girl who sings into her iphone, on her lunch break in the bathroom and before she goes to bed. The Greek Dentist churning out unique and oddball rifts. ONA/SHE who had never sung before creates a compelling sound and atmosphere, PHEN Trucker by day Music Maker by night. JAMES FENDA a Pop Singer from 1964 still crooning strong.
“The list goes on and will continue to grow. We definitely are living in a Fantasy World, but that’s what Music is all about isn’t it?
We proudly call our Fantasy World “MEDORA”.

Purchase Clean Tables Have To Be Burnt by Hard Corps here

Download: QUANTIC x J ROCC


Best Of Quantic Mix by J.Rocc by Tru Thoughts

Quantic – “Snakes In The Grass” 
Quantic – “Cumbia Clash” 
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – “Dog With A Rope” 
The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Hands Of My Love feat. Alice Russell” 
Quantic y Conjunto – “Cumbia de Dilla” 
Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro – “The Dreaming Mind (Part 1)” 
Quantic – “Infinite Regression” 
Quantic – “Perception” 
The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Left & Right” f. Alice Russell 
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – “Cuidad Del Swing” 
Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro – “New Morning (Slow Version)’ 
Quantic And Nickodemus Feat. Tempo & The Candela All-Stars – “Mi Swing Es Tropical” 
The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Tropidelico (Occidental)” 
Quantic And His Combo Barbaro – “Enyere Kumbara” 
Quantic And His Combo Barbaro – “Undelivered Letter” 
Quantic – “Transatlantic” 
The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Super 8″ 
Quantic – “Use What You Got” f. Sonny Akpan 
Quantic – Sabor” f. Tempo 
The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Get A Move On” 
Quantic – “Not So Blue” 
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – “Cumbia Sobre El Mar”


Artwork by Roland LeFox c/o Sweden10



The Best Of Quantic album is out now digitally and on double CD/Vinyl.

Tru Thoughts direct: http://bit.ly/bestofquantic_etchshop
US Physical CD/LP: http://amzn.to/oKzQKK
UK Physical CD/LP: http://bit.ly/bestofquantic_juno




Win: DMC UK DJ Final feat the X-ECUTIONERS (Roc Raida Tribute)

For the London set – win two places on the guest list for this killer event by simply emailing me the answer to this:

What were the X-Ecutioners formerly known as?

Answers to j @ groovement.co.uk – first correct answer gets it… I’ll email you back if you’re the winner! Deets:


RANE & SERATO present:
The DMC UK DJ Final and Battle For UK Supremacy 2011
Thursday 14th July
7pm – 11.30pm
www.dmcdjchamps.com / www.dmcworld.tv / www.twitter.com/dmc_dj_champs

THE X-ECUTIONERS (Total Eclipse, Rob Swift, Precision)
Showcasing and performing a special ‘Roc Raida tribute show’
Rewd Adams and The Last Skeptik
Hosting the event and performing – INJA

Completely relevant to what I was chatting to J ROCC about recently…

“In a year where the production of the industry standard Technics turntables was halted for good, DMC have embraced the old and the new, the turntablism and the technology, and as well as using Serato within the battles, DMC are pushing things forward with an online DJ Championship, the launch of DMC Radio, a site re-launch, and making the World Finals available live on Pay-Per-View. With heavyweights Rane and Serato as sponsors, DMC are dedicated to moving to represent the current and future DJ.

While change is afoot, the most important aspect of the DMCs has of course remained true to the art. To become a DMC World Champion, DJs around the world still need to use techniques such as scratching & cutting to manipulate turntables and vinyl in order to create their own musical arrangements, performing live in front of an audience filled with both the knowledgeable DMC fans and lucky newcomers being initiated to this fantastic contest.”

BONAFIDE Issue 5 Out Now

The UK’s premier hip hop culture magazine has its new issue out right now, complete with a J ROCC article/interview written by yours truly. It’s shiny and has good writing – and a reversible cover!


This issue has Old School X New as its theme, and chats with Grandmaster Flash, fourth Beastie Boy Ricky Powell, El-P and the aforementioned J Rocc. On the new we have Dels, Ghostpoet, Brainfeeder artist Charles Munka and Glasgow’s Numbers label in discussion.


The first 100 issues bought through the Bonafide website receive a free DELS Gob EP. You can also buy Bonafide in the TATE Modern bookshop, Rough Trade, Fopp, Magma, all good online and physical record stores and for the first time, HMV, from May 15th.


J ROCC and I had a long chat about comics not too long ago, and he mentioned the next thing he was going to do was call PETE ROCK and get his ass down to the comic book store. And lorda mercy, here he is.

Far be it from Groovement to ally with any one particular brand, but hella props to Stussy for this range.

Incidentally, Groovement teamed up with some pals to records ISSUES, a podcast about comics and beats. You can listen here or below to episode one. Episode two is coming soon and feature K Murdock, Daedelus and J Rocc chatting about counter culture.

Issues Ep 1 Pt 1

Issues Ep 1 Pt 2