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Win tickets: Snoop Dogg @ Albert Hall Manchester


Update: Winner announced – Congrats to @sharnonikamaraj  for winning!

The Big Dogg is back in Manchester on Sunday in the relatively intimate surroundings of the Albert Hall for a DJ set including a short live performance.

Have a read of my preview for Manchester Wire here (and enter that comp too to double your chances!)

Support comes from our pals Juicy (Oscar Wilstyle and Wiggie Smalls) plus live performances from Tempa T and MC Shakespear.

To win a pair of guest list, just e-mail me ( j @ groovement . co . uk) with the subject header DJ SNOOP  with the one song you’d bang on his DJ booth to request. Include your full name, Twitter if you have, and mobile number.

Comp closes THURSDAY MIDNIGHT GMT. Winners chosen at random and announced Friday morning.

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Theo Parrish with live band (Amp Fiddler, Mensah, DePorres, Manzanza) at the Ritz

‘I don’t believe in musical genres. There’s no difference between techno, house, jazz, soul… music. The most common denominator… is tempo.’ – Theo Parrish, RBMA Mosco, April 2013

Grab tickets here!

Press release:

In association with Soundcrash and Red Bull Music Academy, we are thrilled to present an extra special live show from Detroit-based musician, producer and selector, Theo Parrish at The Ritz!

The word legend is overused. Theo Parrish is a legend in the full meaning of the word. Over the past two decades he has come to be regarded as a true great in electronic and soul music. A graduate of the Detroit underground, Theo is famed for his own seamlessly genre-hopping productions as well as for his impeccable and inscrutable skills as a music selector, with sets swerving dangerously between house, funk, disco and techno and more.
Theo, whose organic-sounding machine-based dance music incorporates live instruments, human voices and looped recordings, returns to the live arena with full band for the first time in 10 years. The line-up features soul/funk singer songwriter Amp Fiddler (keys), Akwasi Mensah (bass), Duminie DePorres (electric guitar) and Myele Manzanza (drums) alongside Parrish on beats and keys.

They will be revisiting Sound Signature classics old and new.
His show at the Barbican sold out in only 6 days so be quick!


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Preview: Strange Breaks & Mr Thing III (BBE, compilation)


Mr Thing
Strange Breaks & Mr Thing 3
Release: 19 May 2014
2LP, 2CD (mixed and unmixed), digi

This one has been a fair few years in the making. Compilations like this can take a while when you have you have to track down who owns the copyright to the music, but that’s the price you pay when someone like Mr Thing digs the deepest they can.

Finally released this week on BBE Records (the limited edition preview 45 having already sold out), it tops off a good couple of months for Thing which also saw the release of the Nothing Leaves the House double 7″ on First Word Records for Record Store Day, which had Kidkanevil, Eric Lau and Tall Black Guy sampling records from his private collection.


The vinyl is four sides, and if you get the CD there’s a mixed version of the tracks too.

Order from BBE
 (more previews here)

Piccadilly Records

If you’re Manchester way, be sure to be at the Roadhouse on 20th June - it’s our final In The Loop club night and Mr Thing is our guest of honour!





Here’s the CD2 (unmixed) track list:

1. Dynamic Concept – La Da Da 
2. The Internationals – Give A Damn 
3. Nu-Sound Express, Ltd – One More Time, You All 
4. David T. Walker – Lay Lady Lay 
5. James Asher – Oriental Workload 6. Dum-Dum – Art The Grass 
7. Disco Orchestral – Do It Again 
8. The Graham Walker Sound – Crossroads 
9. Zulema – Giving Up 
10. Harry Beckett – Ring Within Rings 
11. Smiling Hard – Fire To The Galleon 
12. The Capprells With The Sul Brothers Band – Close Your Eyes 
13. Woolwich Polytechnic School Concert Band – The Sweeney 
14. Chuck Jackson – Candy 
15. John Fitch And Associates – Romantic Attitude 
16. Sharon Cash – Nature Boy 
17. Spunk – La Bimini 
18. Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers – It Sure Is Funky 
19. Özel Türkbas – Ozel’s Dance Routine (Mr Thing Re-Edit)

And here’s the vinyl track list:

Side A 
Dynamic Concept – La Da Da 
Internationals – Give A Damn 
Nu-Sounds Express – One More Time Y’all 
David T. Walker – Lay Lady Lay 

Side B 
James Asher – Oriental Workload 
Dum Dum – Art 
The Grass Disco Orchestral – Do It Again 
Graham Walker Sound – Crossroads 
Zulema – Give It Up 

Side C 
Harry Beckett – Rings Within Rings 
Smiling Hard – Fire To The Galleon 
Caprells – Close Your Eyes 
Woolwich Polytechnic – The Sweeney 

Side D 
Chuck Jackson – Candy 
John Fitch – Romantic Attitude 
Sharon Cash – Nature Boy 


Press release:


Five years on from the last, BBE is proud to present the next instalment of Strange Breaks & Mr Thing. In this digital age the beating heart of modern R&B and hip-hop remains as vintage soul, funk and jazz. Like the previous volumes, Strange Breaks & Mr Thing III contains a collection of killer cutz; some you’ve probably never heard of, some which may make you go: “I recognize this sample!”… because it was once used as the backdrop for a classic Hip Hop track. If you liked the legendary “Strange Games” compilation series on BBE compiled by the likes of Kenny Dope & DJ Spinna, you’ll love “Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing”. 

UK Hip-Hop producer and acclaimed DJ Mr. Thing has been busier than ever circling the globe, filling dance floors as well as adding rare 45s to his ever growing collection now he’s shaing those nuggets with us. 

Known worldwide as a DJ & turntablist Mr Thing is a name synonymous with Hip-Hop that always brings a smile to the faces of fans and promoters alike as they remember genius performances of impeccable skill. First touching the tables in 1987 he has been non-stop perfecting his art since and is now one of the worlds best. Touring the world with an understanding of records and music that is second to none, he always creates flawless and exciting sets mixing some of the rarest records with some of the best loved records ever heard with an apparently effortless ease honed after years of practice.
If Mr Thing is playing at a party… make sure you GO! You will never be disappointed! Rocking parties is not the limit of his skills, not even close! 


Event: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings + Lee Fields & The Expressions – Albert Hall Manchester, October


Buy tickets

I’ve not managed to make it to the newly restored Albert Hall yet, but I’ll be there for this one. A Daptone extravaganza, the likes of which we’re not usually treated to in the UK, will probably mean another refit as they blow the bloody roof off. This will sell out, so grab your tickets from the venue on the link above.

Keep up to date with Daptone releases on their website.

Have a listen to Groovement interviews with both Sharon and Lee below.

GROOVEMENT // Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Interview / April 2008 by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

Interview: LEE FIELDS // 5APR12 by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud


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Freddie Gibbs in Manchester // 3SEP14

With Piñata fast shaping up to be one of the releases of the year, good news comes our way that Freddie Gibbs is hitting Manchester. No word on who’s promoting yet, but will update when someone tells me. Tickets are available here, 9am Wednesday.

This isn’t an official poster, I just did it. Photo credit: Peter Beste.




Download: Soul Twins podcast ft Willie Hutch, Dilla, Coke Escovedo and more



The Soul Twins are a Manchester DJ institution and it’s a real joy to see they’ve kicked off a monthly podcast!

Follow them on Podomatic or download the episode directly.


1. Willie Hutch – Brothers gonna work it out
2. Fat Back Band – Wicki Wacky
3. J Dilla – We must be in love (Rebtuz Edit)
4. Fakts One – Grown folks
5. Buckshot Le Funk – Music evolution (Preemo mix)
6. Shyheim – On and on (Preemo mix)
7. Ge-ology Ft. Mos Def – Superstar
8. Typical Cats – Reinventing the wheel
9. Mayer Hawthorne – Just aint gonna work out
10. Mark Capanni – I believe in miracles
11. Coke Escavedo – I wouldnt change a thing
12. Edwin Starr – Running back and forth
13. Stevie Wonder – My girl