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

Ibibio Sound Machine announce new single Basquiat and tour dates

The frankly unstoppable Ibibio Sound Machine today share new single Basquiat and announce tour dates, including a whole weekend at new Manchester venue YES. Listen to the single below and

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Video / Savvy: The Hour Of The Wolf

The Hour Of The Wolf is the latest single from Savvy, and here’s the video. Grab the single on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon. The album, The Battle For Hearts And

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On Tour / Jarreau Vandal hits Manchester and London

Underground self-made and now well on his way into the mainstream, Soulection veteran Jarraeu Vandal hits Manchester this week for fireworks on Thursday 8th November, before heading to Village Underground

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On Wax / Malik Ameer x thatmanmonkz are Madison Washington: ((((FACTS)))))

Proper rap and proper beats: years in the making, producer thatmanmonkz (Sheffield, UK) and Malik Ameer (emcee, poet, Oakland CA via NY and now Paris) release their long player ‘concerned

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Out Now / Chairman Maf announces retirement with Ginger

With a hefty discography not to be sniffed at, producer Chairman Maf announces his retirement with his sixth LP, Ginger. Perhaps the strongest of all his releases, Ginger showcases the

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On Wax / Eric Lau: Examples Vol 2

A blue twilight of sound to Volume One’s sandy yellow landscape, Eric Lau drops his new collection of instrumental jewels today. Beats range from hip hop and jazz to funk,

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Interview / AVER preps Dressed For CCTV on Village Live Records

It’s all a bit soft in places if you ask me. -Aver Anyone with a passing familiarity with Manchester hip hop knows Aver’s sound is integrated into the pavements of

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Video / J Chambers: New Levels, New Devils

He’s been lying low for a couple of months following the double whammy of D’Evils and Gone ‘Til November, but J Chambers returns in the lead up to the release

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Groovement Podcast / ATiké: Terra Incognita

As the name suggests, the minds behind Terra Incognita seek to take punters on a journey to unchartered realms and cosmic lands via the dancefloor… Ahead of their second night

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Groovement Podcast: Pan Amsterdam in conversation with Agent J

 The elusive Pan Amsterdam landed in Manchester a couple of days back for what was only his second gig – but not his first rodeo. Leron Thomas, the real

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Video / Hot 8 Brass Band: Love Will Tear Us Apart

Ian Curtis’ crew may not be the most obvious to get the New Orleans jazz treatment from Hot 8, but anyone who knows a little about the band will understand

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Groovement Premiere / Ishmael Ensemble: Tunnels

 This session is filmed in what was the back room of “The Croft”, home to Pinch’s legendary Wednesday night dance “Dubloaded”. It was in this room I first heard

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New Music / Echo Park: Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Further electro-influenced synth hip hop from the future from the Echo Park camp, last seen with their eponymous debut LP in 2012. This one sees release on Santiago de Chile’s

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On Wax / Jam Baxter: Saliva

ORDER 7″ VINYL / STREAM & DOWNLOAD Jam Baxter presents the first taste of new album Touching Scenes, out 16 November 2018. Saliva is produced by GhostTown, while b-side Vultures

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On Wax / Mammal Hands: Becoming EP

Unbelievably, it’s been a year since the landmark third LP from Mammal Hands, Shadow Work, saw release on Matt Halsall’s Gondwana Records. Boreal Forest and Black Sails always get people

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New Music / Deft: Bellyboy EP

Two years after his previous EP Blackest, ever-shifting producer Deft drops his second release for Ivy Lab’s 20/20 LDN label. Release: 2 Nov / PRE-ORDER 01. Bellyboy (Ft. Buchannan) 02.

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On Wax / Daniel Crawford: Revolution

Daniel Crawford’s new album caps off a trilogy he began back in 2012 with Red Pill, and continued with 2014’s The Awakening. Some of the PlayList family are onboard as

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Groovement Interview / Agbeko prep their first vinyl release

Groovement first spoke to Agbeko, the 11-strong Manchester-based funk powerhouse, last April ahead of their Unite EP launch. They’ve gone from strength to strength since then and haven’t left my

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Groovement Premiere: El Tipo Este & Al Quetz join forces for La Revancha De La Manana

I first started following Quetzal’s work back in 2006 when he released the Tribute project with Onra (also the first work I’d heard from that particularly excellent beat maker too), his

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