Groovement Podcast: He Never Sleeps {April 2016}




Named for The Relatives track at the end, and exactly how I felt over March.

Phife – Dear Dilla

We lost Phife in March, and the outpouring of great music on social media was a brilliant bit of sunshine in horrible circumstances. Dear Dilla was his ode to Jay Dee, and the video is even more sad than it was now. I spoke to him last year.

Nomade Orquestra – Samurai
Out of Sao Paulo and from their new album, out April 22 on Far Out Recordings.
Cul de Sac – Know We Now

Brilliant new, kick-up-the-arse Manchester hip hop.
Mayer Hawthorne – Lingerie & Candlewax
Post-Tuxedo Mayer from his new long player.

The Relatives – Rational Culture / Testimony
Brilliance from Ubiquity’s Luv & Haight imprint. This album is so good I had to sneak a vocal track on at the end (and keep it inconspicuous by naming the podcast after it). Here’s another:

Charles Bradley – Changes
Although this single was released back in December, the full album of the same name is out this week on Dunham / Daptone records. It’s a Black Sabbath cover, and funks all over the original.

Jalen N’Gonda – You Got What You Deserve

Jalen blew us all away with his warm-up act for KING last week. Hailing from Maryland but an adopted scouser, he oozes old school R&B in a way that will see people comparing him to Leon Bridges when they should be comparing him to Otis.
Kendrick Lamar – untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.
One of the strongest tracks from his recent release, sessions collated from the last few years which he couldn’t be arsed naming. Kendrick dropped into our fair city recently for this.
Paper Tiger – Weight In Space with Shafiq Husayn (Radio Edit)
New full length Blast Off is on its way from Wah Wah 45s – we at Groovement premiered a live video for previous single I’m A Cyborg (But It’s Okay) here. This one features Shafiq Hussain of the enigmatic Sa Ra.
Aura – Yesterday’s Love
Like I say on the podcast, comp of the year for me so far is Aloha Got Soul on Strut Records, collecting late seventies / early eighties soul and funk from Hawai’i. This is one of the sickest tracks.

J-Felix – Frontin’

A cheeky bootleg from the Felixer!
Guilty Simpson – Letting Off Steam
From the Detroit’s Son album sessions, a non-LP cut produced by the mighty Katalyst.
THATMANMONKZ – Air (with Khalil Anthony)
Sheffield soul vibes from Monkz and Khalil, from the album Columbusing.
KING – The Greatest
I had to play out with one from the album We Are KING, which I’ve had on rotation the past few weeks in prep for their Manchester show. The Minneapolis-trio were nurtured by Prince a few years back, and have just released their debut LP on their own label.

The Relatives – He Never Sleeps


Agent J aka Jamie Groovement: writer, host, DJ and teacher. @jamiegroovement