Fri 22 Dec / Inner City Waves ft Truce, Shoa, Jermaine Peterson, Konny Kon

The fifth showcase from Band On The Wall bringing fresh new talent to the stage (and Konny, who’s knocking on a bit). Read an interview with Truce (of Cul De

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New Music / Chunky: Studio Floor

  Chunky embodies Manchester for a generation who first caught him at Riot Jazz parties and into the genesis and explosion of the LEVELZ crew. His new single is an

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Video / LEVELZ: Front Face

You can’t get much more solid confirmation of Mixmag’s assertation that Manchester is the beating heart of new music than than the new single from LEVELZ. It gets melancholically and

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Groovement Podcast / Agent J: Don’t Play Yourself

The almost final mix/podcast of 2017… I haven’t managed many this year at all thanks to Baby Groovement becoming a toddler and the ongoing demands of┬áparallel teaching and djing lives!

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THE PAUSE BUTTON KING: Remembering Paul Mulhearn, 30 Years On / by Mr Spin

PRESS PLAY Tony Spin takes us on a personal journey, a turning point deep in Manchester’s hip hop history. FOLLOW MR SPIN MIXCLOUD TWITTER FACEBOOK Remembering Paul Mulhearn, 30 years

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Video / J. Chambers ft Doc Brown: Gone ‘Til November

J. Chambers follows up Road To Perdition with the reflective Gone ‘Til November, featuring Doc Brown. It’s pulled from J’s upcoming New Levels New Devils project, slated for release in

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Manchester / The Legendary Juice Crew: 13 Nov 2017

Old school hip hop collective Juice Crew hit Manchester this Monday courtesy of More Bounce (who recently brought Pete Rock and CL Smooth to the city) and friends: Big Daddy

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On Wax / Mammal Hands: Shadow Work

As you can surmise yourself from the beautiful sounds in the video above, Mammal Hands’ new album is a must-purchase. Shadow Work is their third album on Gondwana Records, tapping

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On Tour / Abstract Orchestra Play Madvillainy

Following up their well-received orchestral interpretations of Dilla’s music, the 17 piece Abstract Orchestra return with their take on the seminal Madvialliny album. I’ll be joining them with a Madlib

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Manchester / Inner City Waves with Chris Amor, Karmic Evolution, rosebud and KJ Topp

Hip hop bookings at Band On The Wall have been minimal to say the least over the last few months as the venue changes focus on its bookings, yet they

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Waajeed x Mr Scruff in Manchester this weekend

Scruff’s monthly Keep It Unreal night sees a visit from Detroit don Waajeed this Saturday night, down at Band On The Wall. Waajeed’s latest EP is out on his own

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Video / Children Of Zeus: Smoke With Me

This video FLOATS along and mainly consists of Konny trying to bell Tyler. As you’d expect from CoZ, the beat drives straight into your soul and doesn’t let go. The

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Live / RAY BLK @ Band On The Wall, 3 Dec 2017

Fresh off the back of gorgeous new single Doing Me, BBC Music Sound of 2017 winner RAY BLK arrives in Manchester at the beginning of December. BUY TICKETS from 10am

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Interview: Loose Lips present Blah Records Showcase + Masaki Uchida track premiere

This Friday sees one of the UK’s best hip hop collectives descend to the basement of the Whiskey Jar, courtesy of the Loose Lips crew – read my preview over

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On Wax / Children Of Zeus: The Story So Far

A pleasant surprise announcement from First Word today took the form of an EP release date for Children Of Zeus. Not the album we’re all desperate for, that’s deep in

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Download / Toby Toga & Wrapa J: Church Of The Cosmic Elk

Serene and slightly dark beats from Toby Toga and Wrapa J out of Manchester with their new EP, Church Of The Cosmic Elk. Plenty to lose yourself in over trippy,

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