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december groovement

Groovement Podcast – Agent J: Scramble (Dec 2014)

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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.


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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!

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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



Event: Myron & E (Stones Throw) @ Band on the Wall


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The vocal duo is something of a rarity. There have been countless solo stars, trios, quartets and quintets, but the pairing of equally talented singers isn’t nearly as common. Sam and Dave, Ashford and Simpson, the Righteous Brothers and the Everly Brothers comprise a short list of standouts. Enter Myron & E.
Retro-soul vocal duo Myron & E are Myron Glasper and Eric Cooke. South Central Los Angeles native Glasper has been active since the early ’90s, when he danced in episodes of In Living Color and worked as a background vocalist during sessions for MC Lyte and CeCe Peniston. Cooke, from Newark, New Jersey, came up as a DJ and producer. The two crossed paths while touring with Blackalicious but didn’t form their duo until Cooke asked Glasper to help him write and sing over instrumentals recorded by Finnish retro-soul band the Soul Investigators. As Myron & E, they debuted on the Soul Investigators’ Timmion label in 2008 with single “Old Game”. After a number of 7”s, Myron & E, still backed by the Soul Investigators, released an album, Broadway, last year on Stones Throw.
Since then, Myron & E have been focused on building their live performance, which includes sold-out shows and a stellar showing at SXSW.
This duo are not to be missed and are probably the closest you will get to “classic soul” these days.

MY VINYL WEIGHS A TON: UK screening and event details / Watch first 5 mins


It’s a proper film and everything! Gutted there’s no Q&A or DJ event in Manchester though…

Watch the first five minutes here:


Mon 31 March: Glasgow Film Theatre Q&A screening + live event at Broadcast,Glasgow
Tue 1 April: FACT Liverpool Q&A screening + live event at Kazimier, Liverpool
Wed 2 April: Cameo Picturehouse Q&A screening + live event at Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Thu 3 April: Ritzy, Brixton Q&A screening + live event at Plan B, London
Thu 3 April: Gorilla, Manchester – screening only
Fri 4 April: Hyde Park Picturehouse, Leeds, + live event at Hi Fi, Leeds
Sat 5 April: Broadway, Nottingham – screening only
Sun 6 April: Sugar Club, Dublin Q&A screening and live event (6pm)

Press release:
The film by Director Jeff Broadway (The Mark Sandman Story) deftly combines rare live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth, and original interviews with the movers and shakers and many of the artists who have helped make Stones Throw the acclaimed label it is today.

The film features exclusive interviews with Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Madlib, Common. ?uestlove, Talib Kweli, Mike D (The Beastie Boys), Tyler, the Creator, Flying Lotus, Dam-Funk and many more.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton weaves the story of one of the world’s most vital independent labels into the lives of its protagonists, delving deep into their personal stories, collaborations and close friendships which have ultimately shaped Stones Throw. From the label’s birth as a result of the tragic death of Peanut Butter Wolf’s musical partner and best friend, Charizma, to Wolf’s provocative alter-ego Folerio, the making of J Dilla’s final record, as he battled a fatal disease, and much more.

Under the direction of founder and world-respected DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-centre albums since its inception in 1996. The LA-based label is one of the leading names in underground hip-hop with a cult fan-following around the world. Applauded as a risk-taking, genre-bending imprint, Stones Throw not only is a top tier tastemaker for pioneering hip hop releases, but has built an extraordinary reputation for its soul, electro, disco, and psychedelia releases. Over the past two decades Stones Throw has released both cult and commercial classics from the likes of Aloe Blacc, J Dilla, Madlib, MF DOOM and Mayer Hawthorne, amongst many others.

On Stones Throw’s success, Peanut Butter Wolf says, “Stones Throw Records is a very personal label for me. I put out what I personally like and save the rest for the other labels out there. As executive producer, I don’t put out what I think the people will like, I put out what I like. This has worked for me so far, and if it stops working for me, it will be the end of Stones Throw as a label. I’ve passed on some artists that I knew would sell a lot of units because I didn’t like the songs…but profit isn’t the only thing that drives my label.”

On Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton Director Jeff Broadway adds, “First and foremost, the film is for the fans…I wanted to provide an unprecedented look into the culture of Stones Throw and the key figures who have traditionally made it up—Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib, J Dilla, MF DOOM, Jeff Jank, etc. These artists have quietly been incredibly influential to hip-hop culture and the independent music industry at large, yet there has historically been so little known about them publicly. Beyond that, I think the film explores a number of universal themes which anyone can appreciate and relate to.”

Following hot on the heels from the film’s official screenings at SXSW, Peanut Butter Wolf heads to Europe to screen Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton at cities across the UK and Dublin at the start of April with a number of Q&As and special DJ events planned with further screenings to be advised.

Snoop and Dam-Funk Hit Da Pavement

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It’s so damn cool that Snoop has gone for this full tilt. He could have made the album and not followed it up with anything else – when I first heard they were rocking parties together I thought we might see a one-off collab, one day. This whole vibe is Dam’s life and Snoop’s foundation, and it’s great to see wider media embracing it and being made aware of D-F’s work.

Stream the whole 7 Days Of Funk album right here. On vinyl, digital and CD, the album is out now – order from Stones Throw.

Manchester heads, Piccadilly Records has this mother in stock right here.

Dam-Funk x Snoop: 7 Days Of Funk on Stones Throw


We’ve all been waiting for this one for years so it’s great to hear it’s finally coming off the ground. You’ve can’t have the G without the P. Like Stones Throw says, it’s Snoop’s first album crafted under the vision of a single producer since Doggystyle.

The full length is out in December.

More on Stones Throw.