In Pictures: The Midnight Hour in Manchester by Akse

This weekend, Manchester hosted the final date of a long tour for Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and The Midnight Hour. A heartfelt performance of the highest standard, we all

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Albert’s Favourites: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love, Vol 1

    In line with the inspiration behind the label’s name (label co-founder Adam Scrimshire’s grandad Albert made summer mixtapes), Albert’s Favourites celebrate three years in the game, and their

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On Wax / Vinyl release for Yussef Dayes, Alfa Mist and Mansur Brown’s Love Is The Message

Love Is The Message is a track I’ve come back to again and again over the past few months. An epic track you can lose yourself completely to, taken to

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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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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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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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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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On Wax / Abstract Orchestra: Madvillain Vol 1

A while back I had the pleasure of warming up for the Abstract Orchestra for both their Dilla tribute and, latterly, their interpretation of the legendary Madvillainy LP. They’ve been

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New Music / Mamilah: Moonlight Walking

Moonlight Walking by Mamilah Instantly bright and soulful jazz out today from Leeds-based Mamilah, the sun suitably breaking through the clouds as I write this. Afro-flecked, funk-infused big-smile sounds. Would

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On Wax / Yazz Ahmed: La Saboteuse Remixed

La Saboteuse Remixed by Yazz Ahmed Three European producers remix tracks from Yazz’s 2017 LP La Saboteuse, taking the reflections of the original work into new directions. Order vinyl and

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On Wax / Pete Beardsworth: Pour Un Homme Seul

Pour Un Homme Seul is a 5 track EP from Future Bubblers alumni Pete Beardsworth, and follows collabs with Yazmin Lacey (Pete produces her music as part of their Running Circle

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New Music / Phil France: Bells (Gondwana Records)

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM CIRCLE HERE or on BANDCAMP here Phil France is about ready to drop his album Circle on Gondwana Records, following their reissue of The Swimmer a couple

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