Here’s one for the jazz cats. Glowrogues are a Manchester-based group of phenomenally talented musicians, led by drummer and composer Jim Molyneux, bringing together jazz, hip hop and funk, with tight horns and serious grooves.
Drawing on their inspiration from artists such as The Cinematic Orchestra, Snarky Puppy and The Robert Glasper Experiment, the band is made up of budding talent from Manchester and Birmingham’s jazz scenes, featuring members of Cinematic Folk Septet The Old Dance School, the Beats & Pieces Big Band, as well as members of experimental jazz fusion trio Apes Grapes.
To mark the release of their new live album, they’re hitting the road. Do catch ’em live if any of these tour dates are anywhere near you: Liverpool (10 October), Manchester (12), Newcastle (16), Leeds (17), Durham (18), and Edinburgh (19). Ticket details here.
Glowrogues – White Lie (Live)
We caught sight of CROOX during the Bristol leg of the early summer Dot To Dot Festival back in May and must admit to being more than a little taken aback by the energy and front shown by this four-strong group’s live show. They hail from the south coast musical powerhouse that is Brighton, and we decided to find out more about this enigmatic electronic/hip-hop/R&B-infused crew.
We sent them questions, and they built up the suspense brilliantly by making us wait a while! But it was worth it… Continue reading
For a band that has been around in one form or another for over 20 years, the Hot 8 Brass Band remain something of a best kept secret for many. Their current tour of the UK is in support of new album On The Spot and although interest has been piqued by last month’s performance at Glastonbury, there’s still much to discover about their unique blend of hip-hop, funk and jazz all wrapped up in the marching band style so closely associated with their hometown of New Orleans.
The backbone of the whole show is band leader Bennie Pete, whose sousaphone is not only a striking visual aspect to the band, but provides the low bassline on which the rest of the sound is built. Frontman and trumpet player Alvarez Huntley is the on-stage spokesman for the group, leading the crowd into as much audience participation as he can by urging them to wave their arms and sing along – but only singing when he says so!
No-one was going to argue with him, such was the positivity and infectious energy in the room. In fact, it’s hard to know how they manage to keep the whole thing going as one seamless thread for the duration of their 90 minute set, with virtually no breaks between songs. The music itself was supercharged throughout, with a mixture of their own material as well as a host of covers all given the ‘Hot 8’ treatment. Among the best of these were the Snoop Dogg track What’s My Name and the Marvin Gaye standard Sexual Healing.
It’s hard to think of a more unique act on the circuit right now. If you have an opportunity to catch them at one of their remaining festival dates this year (including Truck Festival in Oxfordshire and Tramlines in Sheffield) then best make them a priority.
With today’s sad news of the passing of Phife Dawg of rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest at the age of just 45, it seems fitting to look back on the group’s biggest hit, 1991’s Can I Kick It?
Born Malik Isaac Taylor, he co-founded the ATCQ in 1985 with school classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. He had been struggling with ill health and diabetes for several years, and received a kidney transplant from his wife in 2008.
The band recently marked the 25th anniversary of their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
If you’re young enough to have missed out on all this first time around, you could do no better than checking out some of their discography and discovering the true origins of much of today’s rap and hip hop.
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?