Thanks for checking out this mix for November’s issue.

Kicking off the selection with a tip of the hat to Daptone’s Neal Sugarman are two recent 45s from Brooklyn’s House Of Soul: gospel trio the Como Mamas, backed by the Menahan Street Band under a pseudonym, and Sharon Jones’ backers Saun and Starr with their debut single. Zipping over to Manchester, a track from GoGo Penguin’s first album Fanfares on Matt Halsall’s Gondwana label. Their second, v2.0, was Mercury nominated and is being championed by Gilles Peterson amongst others.

In true Groovement fashion, we switch moods, instruments and genre to Om Unit, currently hard at work for one of the labels which inspired him, Metalheadz. This is from the Inversions EP, out now. I especially love the music released on Om Unit’s own label, Cosmic Bridge Records, from the likes of Danny Scrilla and Kromestar. Appearing on Om’s full-length Threads was Gone the Hero, a close associate of Jneiro Jarel. Jarel’s 2007 album as Shape of Broad Minds, Craft of the Lost Art, was a defining one for me, and his unabashed forward-thinking continues with the release of his Flora EP on his own Label Who. ‘The Path’ (featuring Gone) is taken from that. Shouts to JJ – seeing wider recognition recently with his JJ DOOM project. A true independent thinker.

The Doc Mastermind track is out on Manchester’s Expansions Collective, a label headed up by Mecca 83, but a true collaborative project, as the name suggests. ‘Crown’ is one of the subtler tracks from El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels 2, and you can catch them live at Gorilla on 11 December. Before that, 5 November sees Shabazz Palaces return to the city in support of their newest album on Sub Pop, Lese Majesty. From The Kites Of San Quentin are performing live before them, and I’m on DJ duty for the night. Insert fireworks metaphor here.

Another forward-thinking non-conformist whom I admire is Tokyo’s Daisuke Tanabe, a regular collaborator with Yorkshire’s Kidkanevil. ‘Pinebee’ is from his newest LP, Floating Underwater, which leads us nicely into Mecca 83’s ‘All Mine’ (a Submotion Orchestra flip), a glorious tune he released on my own LabelGroovement.

To accompany our Grimmfest coverage this issue, wrap your earholes around a little horror, first with the relentless giallo spookiness of Goblin’s Suspiria theme (which they delivered with aplomb on stage at the festival). John Carpenter-inspired synth work from Steve Lynch gives the film Let Us Prey an otherworldly air and segues nicely into pieces from Starry Eyes and Wolfcop.

‘So Alone’ is one of my favourite tracks from the NehruhvianDOOM album. I love the weight of expectation Bishop Nehru puts across. SheBeKeke is a Manchester poet who’s just released her first EP expanding her palette, and the Tehbis track is a fairly epic LabelGroovement release, if I do say so myself. I couldn’t resist bookending with Daptone, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ cover of Shuggie Otis’ ‘Inspiration Information’, one of my favourite songs, is perfect.

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Jamie Groovement