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Matthew Halsall, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands live in June, Band on the Wall



Fresh from a guest appearance on Mr Scruff’s new long player Friendly Bacteria, Matthew Halsall is prepping the release of new album When The World Was One on 16th June. Released on his own Gondwana Records label and with ongoing and dedicated support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Matthew continues to mature into one of the country’s finest and most well respected jazz musicians.

This date will see him accompanied by the Gondwana Orchestra, consisting of Matt on trumpet, Jordan Smart on saxophones, Lisa Mallett on flute, Rachel Gladwin on harp, Taz Modi on keys, Gavin Barras on double bass and Luke Flowers on drums.

The night before will see the mighty Go Go Penguin take to the stage, with the newest Gondwana signing Mammal Hands in support.

Buy tickets for both events at the Band on the Wall at their website on the below links.

Have a listen to Matt’s ongoing DJ mix selections on his Soundcloud!

Matthew Halsall album launch

GoGo Penguin and Mammal Hands

Read reviews of When The World Was One at The Guardian, All About Jazz, Marlbank and The Times.

Keep an eye out for upcoming events and news at.gondwanarecords.com.

Further ahead, you can catch Gondwana brethren Nat Birchall at BOTW in July as part of Manchester Jazz Festival.

Listen to and purchase Gondwana music at the Bandcamp.

Preview: Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One


Buzz is building nicely for this, from the likes of longtime Halsall fan Gilles Peterson amongst others.

Pre-order the album, which is available on vinyl too, over at Bandcamp; it’s out June 16 2014.

WIN! Tickets to Manchester Tru Thoughts showcase with Werkha & Harleighblu + Matthew Halsall

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Easter Thursday sees Manchester crew Mind on Fire join forces with the mighty Tru Thoughts record label to present a heavy night at the most consistently solid venue in Manchester, Band on the Wall.

WERKHA - with live guests (Tru Thoughts)
HARLEIGHBLU - live (Tru Thoughts)
MATTHEW HALSALL – DJ set (Gondwana Records)

Grab Werkha’s Beacons EP here and Harleighblu’s debut album ‘Forget Me Not’ here. Matt Halsall’s Gondwana Records have just dropped the amazing new GoGo Penguin album here.

TO WIN TICKETS – share this post on Facebook or Twitter, or email me (j @ groovement.co.uk) with the subject line MIND ON TRU THOUGHTS with your full name. Winners announced WED 16 APRIL 2014. 




8pm-2am at The Forum

Tickets: £12.50 Early Birds, £19.50 Advance, £22.50 Late Buyers, more on the door

  • Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 (live)
  • Jazzanova ft Paul Randolph (live)
  • Matthew Halsall (live)
  • plus very special guests
Another smasher from the guys at Soundcrash. Matthew Halsall joins two giants for a unique London gig.
Check Groovement’s Jazzanova interview from a couple of years back here. Find out much more about Matthew Halsall here!
Press release:

Soundcrash presents a celebration of live Jazz in its many variants; from Seun Kuti’s devastatingly infectious Afrobeat to Jazzanova’s love affair with electronica and Matthew Halsall’s deep spiritual jazz. We’re in for a very special evening of music excellence. Join us!

With the mighty From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his father, the legendary Fela Kuti. The album sees Seun, who began performing with Egypt 80 when he was just 9 years old, find his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and bandleader. Its songs and sonic approach are marked by a provocative edge, militant precision and mature self-assurance, setting the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era. The band’s explosive power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy has rightfully earned the group worldwide acclaim as, in the words of Brian Eno, some of the “biggest, wildest, livest music on the planet”

The Jazzanova collective belongs to a small, worldwide group of incredibly influential innovators of dancefloor, jazz, broken beat, funk and soul. Their signature sounds are guaranteed to take you on a trip, mixing and matching genres as wide ranging as the hip hop that remains their roots, Brazilian samba and the ever elegant and precise German techno. Their worldwide travel only ensures the diversity of this palette, and with the implementation of a live band to augment their sound and the elegant vocal tones of Paul Randolph you are sure to be treated to something very special indeed. Tonight Jazzanova will be performing live with their 9 piece band. Don’t miss out.

Manchester based trumpeter Matthew Halsall is one of the UK’s brightest talents. A gifted trumpeter with a beautiful, expressive tone, his music draws on his love of the transcendental spiritual and modal jazz of Alice and John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as more contemporary dance music and electronica and has won him fans from Gilles Peterson to MOJO Magazine. Influenced by the likes of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Portico Quartet, Flying Lotus, Madlib, Alice & John Coltrane and Erik Truffaz, Matthew Halsall’s new band takes his beautiful, melodic music into warped new territories as the trumpeter explores new sonic textures using a combination delays, reverbs and loop pedal effects. Pianist Taz Modi (Submotion Orchestra) supplies the additional chords and deep sub bass lines on Fender Rhodes and Moog Rogue and the mighty drummer Luke Flowers (of The Cinematic Orchestra) adds his trademark groove.


Matthew Halsall celebrates the release of new album Fletcher Moss Park with a hometown gig that’s sure to sell out, with support from GoGo Penguin (whose album is out on Matt’s Gondwana label in a couple of weeks). This gig sees Matt in trio form rather than the extended line-up, so expect a more experimental evening.

Visuals from Manchester’s most creative Norvun Devolution.

Details and tickets here. Facebook event here.

Inbetween sounds come from Gondwana’s own Nat Birchall.

Listen to and buy Fletcher Moss Park at the Gondwana Bandcamp or below.

Gondwana site

Matthew Halsall site  GoGo Penguin site 


Matthew Halsall is a Manchester based trumpeter who I first met back at Sketch City, the Sunday arts session the Hoya Hoya boys used to run. DJ Woody was chopping up some of his horns, as it were, as Matt told me he was getting a CD out on his own label. I found out Matt also DJ’d, and for a time played hip hop and beats to the students of Liverpool of a Monday evening. The ‘beats’ side of Matt is still very much apparent with the Matt Halsall Trio, whose repertoire includes an Aphex Twin cover – you might catch this incarnation playing with the likes of Portico Quartet.

A recent example of Matt’s refusal to keep to one jazz stereotype is the recent Holmfirth gig he orchestrated, which saw the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band playing some of his work. Check them here covering his cover of Cinematic Orchestra‘s Ode To The Big Sea (as a side note, the Cinematics’ drummer Luke Flowers often plays and records with Matt).

Fletcher Moss Park is Matthew’s latest album, and further cements his place as a modern jazz genius. On The Go, previous to this release, won Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Award for best jazz album and a MOBO nomination for the same, so no pressure there. Check it out below together with the rest of his back catalogue on the Bandcamp embeds.

I’m now working with Matt’s label, Gondwana Records, on a few bits and bobs so it seemed only right to share the sounds. Their catalogue also includes saxophonist and reggae selector Nat Birchall, plus the much-hyped GoGo Penguin whose debut is out in a couple of weeks.

Check Matt’s new site, with tour dates and buy links, here.

Listen to Fletcher Moss Park

Listen to On The Go

Listen to Colour Yes

Listen to Sending My Love

Focus: MATTHEW HALSALL on Bandcamp

Photo taken by Jos L Knaepen @ C-mine Jazz Festival


Matthew Halsall, trumpeter and Gondwana Records label boss


All three albums now available to download on Bandcamp



Spiritual jazz with a modern vibe.


Gondwana Records head honcho Matthew Halsall has had quite the 2012, with his MOBO nomination and subsequent winning of Best Jazz Album at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.

This past Friday Matt hit the stage in Séte, France, for the Worldwide Festival, and at the end of June worked with a 28 piece brass band in Holmfirth to reinterpret his own tracks. He’s got an amazing release about to drop from another Gondwana Records artist to top the year off too.

Get involved by downloading his three albums from Bandcamp at a ridiculously cheap price.



ON THE GO (2011)



Reach: MATTHEW HALSALL with BRIGHOUSE & RASTRICK BAND // Holmfirth 16 June 2012

A project Matt’s been working on a while now comes to fruition on the 16 June 2012, when he performs with a brass band in Holmfirth. The Brighouse & Rastrick Band are UK national champions for the second year running!

Facebook event

Buy tickets from Holmfirth Arts Festival site

Find out more about Brighouse & Rastrick

Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Records 

Scott Carey’s on the artwork, check his show below or at Radio Republic where a fine roster of artists, including our pal John Robb of Louder Than War, bring the selections.



MATTHEW HALSALL wins best Jazz LP at Worldwide Awards

A rare ‘news’ post for us, simply to big up the greatness that is Matthew Halsall – he may have missed out on a MOBO recently but has got the gold with an award that matters. By all accounts a brilliant night all round, Matt deservedly should reach many more ears with the reception of this.

Check his record label and listen to releases over at Gondwana Records.