Trof Presents: Grandmaster Flash & The Sugarhill Gang, Gorilla, Live
Trof are excited to reveal that as part of their #Vacation summer line-up at Gorilla we’re bringing two of the most iconic veteran acts of hip-hop to Manchester. Grandmaster Flash is the godfather of turntablism – the first man to spin and scratch vinyl, mixing hip-hop breaks to create something fresh. While most DJ’s simply let the […]
Dirty North, The Freestyle EP, Recorded
Mike Skinner once said “I always imagined that there’d be someone who would call out if I talked about something I didn’t know and I didn’t know my Moet from my Perignon.” And it is a line that sticks. While half of Manchester attempt to fixate on governmental proceedings with politically charged anecdotes that are […]
Young War, Rose Gold EP, Review
Since it first originated as rhythm and blues in the 1940s, R&B has changed significantly. In my lifetime, I’ve known it as the pop-oriented sound of the 80s (a’la SOS Band, DeBarge, Loose Ends and others), the more hip-hop laced yet smooth sound of the early/mid-90s (Jodeci, Blackstreet, R Kelly et al), and the heavily […]
Dirty North, Down In The Game, Album Review
Perhaps more well known for its rugged landscapes and colourful residents, which have graced our television screens in shows such as Shameless and the self serving documentary by Sarah Ferguson, Wythenshawe has finally found a voice...
Ghost Poet, Deaf Institute, Manchester, Live Review
With this year's annual Mercury awards drawing ever closer, and the list of abstract artists beginning to count down the days to the inevitable soar in their occasionally unheard of album sales, two years ago this reality was being acted out by London laureate Ghostpoet...
Tuka – The Xpress Interview
It’s an odd thing, sitting down in your office, late at night, in rainy December Manchester, clasping a cup of tea, preparing to interview a rapper in Sydney. Tuka, fresh off the back of a solo tour of his second album, Feedback Loop, tells me it’s a...
Jun Tzu, Troubles Comin EP, Review
Troubles Comin is the new four track EP by Jonathan Hamilton aka Jun Tzu. This is the most exciting prospect I have seen for a long time as Jun Tzu embeds himself in the Hip-Hop tradition, yet adds his Northern Irish heritage to his beats. I can honestly say that I have never heard anything like it.
Whitemoor, Horizons, Album Review
I recently reviewed ‘All I’ve Ever Known’, the second single from WhiteMoor’s new album, Horizons, for Quenched which – if you’ve read it you’ll know – wasn’t a particularly glowing one...
The Kora Collective, Live Review, Night and Day Café, Manchester
It is hard to muster 9 musicians and lock vibes. John said it would be loose, unrehearsed and a bit ramshackle. The resulting sonic display was anything but. Tight as two ducks fucking in a pond. I listened to frontman MC Goods performing lyrical gymnastics. Deep sea diving for rare bites. The interaction between himself […]