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Manchester: Osaka Monaurail @ Band on the Wall 10 Nov

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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
6. DETERMINATION…..4:28
7. SOLAR ECLIPSE…..5:28
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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Preview: Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest) in Manchester for Vent opening 7th Nov

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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]

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WE THE BRAND SHOWCASE

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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]

FLUX GROOVE [Kaluki]

 

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

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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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Manchester: Flying Lotus performs You’re Dead live @ Albert Hall

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You’re Dead seems to have divided Fly Lo’s fans a little, but there’s no arguing that this will sell out and a live interpretation of the album is a definite pull.

Get tickets. Facebook event.

Here’s my chat with him from a few years back, when he hit the Mint Lounge (GLK is up first).

Interview: THE GASLAMP KILLER / FLYING LOTUS // APR09 by Jamie Groovement Aka Agent J on Mixcloud

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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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Manchester this week: Sharon Jones, Youngblood Brass Band, Pounders for Palestine, The Herbaliser, The Filthy Six

A very busy week for soul, funk and hip hop (and beyond…)  heads this week in Manchester! Peruse below…

MONDAY

YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BAND + IN THE LOOP

// BAND ON THE WALL TICKETS £16.50 ADV

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Punk-influenced hip hop heads YBB originated the ‘riot jazz’ flex a few years back, and have toured the world relentlessly parading their sound.

We’re supporting as In The Loop (DJ A-UP and myself with Bedos on the mic) so hit me up for £10 tickets by email – j @ groovement co uk.

THURSDAY

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS with LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS

// ALBERT HALL TICKETS £25 ADV

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Words can’t express how hyped I am for this one! If you don’t know, god damn well get to know.


 

FRIDAY

THE HERBALISER + FINGATHING (DJ SET)

// CLUB ACADEMY TICKETS £17 ADV

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Full band show in the intimate surroundings of Club Academy – expect a focus on music from their most recent work, There Were Seven. Fingathing’s Peter Parker on DJ support!

SATURDAY

POUNDERS FOR PALESTINE (PALESTINE FUNDRAISER)

// 1 PRIMROSE ST TICKETS £5 MIN DONATION

A massive line up for this one, in aid of MAP (Medical Aid for Palestine) – grab a ticket at Just Giving by donating a minimum of a fiver, or donate on the door. Expect all flavas!!

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Also on Saturday, Craig Charles’ monthly Funk and Soul Club sees soul jazzers The Filthy Six at Band on the Wall.

TICKETS

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Youngblood Brass Band and In The Loop – Monday 20 October @ Band on the Wall, Manchester

We’re chuffed to be doing an hour’s warm up for the bad boys of jazz this coming Monday…

As a Groovement reader, you’re entitled to a £10 cheap list! Just drop me your name(s) to j @ groovement co uk via email. Subject header: YOUNGBLOOD.

Tickets available here.

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http://www.youngbloodbrassband.com/


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Manchester: Sage Francis hits Gorilla 16 October + Scroobius Pip

sageFiercely independent rapper Sage Francis is part way through his UK/Euro tour of 37 cities, having left his cat at home to spend some time with you people and celebrate the release of his album Copper Gone – his first following a bit of a hiatus.

16 October sees him hit Gorilla in Manchester (together with special guest and close associate Scroobius Pip), but you can check the other UK dates below. Buy tickets for Gorilla here. Fingers crossed we’ll have some photos from this gig, together with a Q&A with Sage, later in the week.

Download the album Copper Gone straight from Sage’s Strange Famous records Bandcamp page – there’s a link to the vinyl in there too.

Oct 10 IRELAND        Sligo at Fifth on Teeling
Oct 11 IRELAND
       Belfast at VOODOO
Oct 12 IRELAND
       Dublin at Sugar Club
Oct 14 ENGLAND
     Newcastle at Think Tank
Oct 15 SCOTLAND
   Glasgow at Oran Mor
Oct 16 ENGLAND
     Manchester at Gorilla
Oct 17 ENGLAND
     Leeds at Brudenell Social Club
Oct 19 WALES
          Cardiff at The Globe
Oct 20 ENGLAND
     Bristol at The Fleece
Oct 21 ENGLAND
     Brighton at The Haunt
Oct 22 ENGLAND
     London  at Village Underground
Oct 24 ENGLAND
     Reading at The Bowery District

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JON SNOW

The Hip Hop Chip Shop are in the Guardian and also have won a prize

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Manchester and beyond

Fresh from their win of Best Looking Mobiler (vee-hee-cul) in this year’s British Street Food awards, the Hip Hop Chip Shoppers have been brought crashing down to earth today with an article in the Guardian proclaiming the potential death of food eaten outside of your own home.

Joking aside, I’m extremely proud to my friends on the up and up. The Hip Hop Chip Shop is no gimmick (they actually have several) – the food is to die for. Keep an eye out for them at some food celebration near you soon.

Keep an eye on thehiphopchipshop.com to find out more.

JON SNOW BRIT ST FOOD

 

facebook.com/thehiphopchipshop