Manchester: Renegade Brass Band / DJ Format this Bank Holiday weekend

Bank Holiday Sunday is a busy one in Manchester this coming weekend. I’ll be warming up for the killer Sheffield crew Renegade Brass Band at Band On The Wall –

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Groovement Podcast: The Funk & Soul Weekender – Russ Ryan mix

Soundcrash’s Funk & Soul Weekender takes place 13-15 May down at Camber Sands, with the likes of Roy Ayers, Quantic, Onra, Tony Allen, Mr Scruff and many more.   MIXCLOUD

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Sheffield // DJ Format, Haggis Horns, Hot Diamond Aces & Souljam DJs: Friday 22 April

With a line up that would amount to some people’s definition of a small festival, Sheffield’s 02 Academy and the heads behind top drawer hip hop / funk crew Quality

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Sheffield // Tramlines announces George Clinton, The Mouse Outfit, Quantic, Mr Scruff & Kwasi, David Rodigan

Tramlines are pushing the boat out particularly far this year, with some more excellent, Groovement-friendly additions being announced this morning. They’re running comps to win tickets over on Facebook and

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On Wax // Charles Bradley: Changes {Dunham / Daptone}

The brand new album from the esteemed Charles Bradley has finally dropped, the culmination of a big and well-deserved build up from the folks at Daptone. There’s a special double-LP edition

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ON WAX // New 45 from Lack Of Afro imminent, ft Juliette Ashby and Elliot Cole

1. I Got The Rhythm (ft Elliot Cole) 2. All My Love (ft Juliette Ashby) Lack Of Afro is set to release his first new music since 2014’s Music For

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On wax // Aloha Got Soul! Hawai’ian funk, soul and disco 1979-85

I’ve played this compilation over and over since I got it, it’s that good. Funk and soul with a Hawai’ian twist, Strut Records and the Aloha Got Soul blog have

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Preview: Fumaca Preta – Impuros Fanaticos

If you’re at all familiar with Fumaca Preta you’ll know they’re unhinged in the best way possible. You can pre-order their second album, and listen to snippets, from their label

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Preview // Funk, jazz and psych from Pressure75: Meltdown

Some of the UK’s finest funk and soul musicians have united under the Pressure75 banner to begin ‘an outrageous journey through Afro-beat, funk, jazz, rock and psychedelic sounds’. The brainchild

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Video & Vinyl // Charles Bradley: Change For The World (Dunham Records)

#CHARLESFORCHANGE From his brand new album Changes, a psych-VHS video for the lead single – in fine form as always. Pre-order the 45 from Daptone, and cross your fingers you

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Vinyl // Marta Ren and the Groovelvets: Stop Look Listen

19 Feb sees Marta Ren and the Groovelvet’s debut album drop on Milan’s Record Kicks label, three years after their well-received single 2 Kinds Of Men. In the tradition of

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Vinyl // Tall Black Guy: JB Suite I and II

Here’s a preview of Tall Black Guy’s next 45, this time on Plane Jane Records (recently home to Mocambo’s Bacao crew). If you’re Manchester way, he’s here in March… And

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New music // Charles Bradley’s Changes on Daptone/Dunham 

A new Charles Bradley album is always good news, and Daptone Records’ subsidiary Dunham are ready to deliver. Pre-order from Bandcamp here – also includes the recent Black Sabbath cover

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Out now // Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Piñata (Alex Goose Remix LP)

  Another Rappcats bomb. Mining the Now Again catalogue for samples, Alex Goose was asked to remix the Piñata album, and it’s great. Listen to the Groovement Piñata samples podcast

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Hot 8 Brass Band: Sexual Healing remixes inc J Felix, Werkha, Ibibio Sound Machine and Maddslinky

Hot 8’s cover of Sexual Healing was a landmark release, initially only 500 copies of the 12″ which was quickly repressed by Tru Thoughts. It remains their biggest hit, and you

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Preview: Adrian Younge/Venice Dawn’s Something About April II coming in January

Four years after the original soundtrack to a fictional film, Adrian Younge releases the sequel sounds marrying his late 60s / early 70s soul vibe with European cinema. Once again,

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Nubiyan Twist remixed by Paper Tiger, Werkha and more

Nubiyan Twist: The Remixes by Nubiyan Twist An eclectic collection of remixes of Nubiyan Twist’s excellent debut album, with artwork from Emily Evans (also seen this week with Broshuda).

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