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Preview: Mr Scruff – Friendly Bacteria album

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Mr Scruff
Friendly Bacteria
Release: 19 May 2014

Returning to an LP format following a series of 12 inches for his last album, Ninja Tuna (did you see that tuna USB?), the new Mr Scruff sees a slightly different approach than previous releases; ‘tougher, sparser, less samples, more bass. More vocals and collaborations and shorter tunes,’ remarks Scruff.

Have a listen to a stream of the album here.

Order from Piccadilly Records


1. Stereo Breath feat. Denis Jones
2. Render Me feat. Denis Jones
3. Deliverance
4. Thought To The Meaning feat. Denis Jones
5. Friendly Bacteria
6. Come Find Me feat. Vanessa Freeman
7. Where Am I?
8. He Don’t feat. Robert Owens
9. What
10. We Are Coming
11. Catch Sound feat. Denis Jones
12. Feel Free

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Portrait by Shaun Bloodworth


Kelis signs to Ninja Tune

Huh? Two worlds continue to collide with the news that Kelis has signed to Ninja Tune. The likes of Danny Brown and Kanye West have looked towards more traditionally (for hip hop) leftfield producers in the last couple of years, but going the whole hog and signing to an independent label is a thing to behold. I look forward to the collabs this might open up (Illum Sphere, Scruff, I’m looking at you) especially with the close links to Brainfeeder the label has, and rejoice in the fact that lines remain blurred in music – that is, after all, why we’re called Groovement rather than Hip Hop And Beats.

The album Food is out in April, on Ninja. Read the full news item over hearya.


Groovement Podcast: AGENT J // 7DEC13


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


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

Groovement Podcast: AGENT J // 50CT13


Agent J presents all new music for October – hip hop and beats with a twist of funk ’round the middle. Feedback appreciated!

No talk on this one, just tunes.

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AGENT J // 5OCT13 by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud


Herrotics – Clear Day – Manchester hip hop originators
CeddyJay – Reckless New Brooklyn hope
submerse – Melonkoly (Deft Remix) Project Mooncircle back around
Om Unit – Folding Shadows From forthcoming LP ‘Threads’
Harleighblu – Enough Now Sass and soul from weighty new Tru signing
Herrotics – Vault (ft Dubbul O) Another from the forthcoming album – click to order
Chalk – Morning Teardrops One of the most introspective from TNC rapper Chalk’s debut
submerse – Melonkoly (Elaquent Remix) Another from the PMC release
Master Plan Inc – Try It, You’ll Like It Undiscovered until recently on Jazzman
The Poets Of Rhythm – More Mess On My Thing LEGENDARY funk – archive out now on Daptone
Samiyam – Pandas Ridiculous. New on Stones Throw
Jonwayne – Find Me in the Future As is this. Groovement interview soon
ThisisDA – Lifers Manc hip hop with a global view produced by Mankub
Fulgeance – Stupido Eagerly awaiting new album ‘Cubes’
Voodoo Black – Off The Map Sick Manc trio, grab the EP
Lasertom – Maelstrom Blade Runner disco
SUBCULTURE SAGE – Childhood Studio One riddim!
Disclosure – F For You (Onra Remix) More Onra than Disclosure
Machinedrum – U Still Lie Epic one from the Ninja Tune release
Big War – 10 billion Generic Greeting homeboy

1:48 : 10

Clear Soul Forces – Continue From new album Gold PP7s – initial track on here but great closing track for the podcast.


Thanks for listening! Any and all feedback appreciated.



Manchester: BONOBO DJ SET // 22 MAY 2013 + TOUR DATES

In a serendipitous move for fans of apes, Gorilla plays host to a Bonobo DJ set following his sold out show at the Ritz that night.

Facebook event


Check out the full European tour dates below.

New long player The North Borders, featuring Portico Quartet vocalist Cornelia and Erykah Badu amongst others,  is out now – listen to clips and purchase vinyl and digital at the Ninja Tune shop. Check the heavyweight 10″ box set here too.

01. First Fires Feat. Grey Reverend
02. Emkay
03. Cirrus
04. Heaven For The Sinner Feat. Erykah Badu
05. Sapphire
06. Jets
07. Towers Feat. Szjerdene
08. Don’t Wait
09. Know You
10. Antenna
11. Ten Tigers
12. Transits Feat. Szjerdene
13. Pieces Feat. Cornelia


Reach Manchester: SO FLUTE: LETHERETTE x RICH REASON // 12 APRIL 2013

Following the ridiculously good times had by all with Gilles Peterson and Werkha, So Flute show no signs of stopping as the new Manchester club night juggernaut. And it’s at the bloody Roadhouse too, home to Hoya Hoya and our night In The Loop, so we consider them brothers in arms. Just watch, they’ll be playing in the Printworks outside those screens and the corner shop next. I jest! So Flute are seriously ramping up for their second year of existence, and Letherette (whose debut Ninja Tune album is imminent) land with adopted Manc homeboy Rich Reason (of the unstoppable Hit & Run).

Catch the FB event here. Tickets at Resident Advisor doth be here.

Pardon? Did So Flute do a Groovement podcast? Yeah bwwwoyy catch it here.