V/Vm and Boomkat pay tribute to a rarely celebrated strand of Manchester's rave folklore
The fifth release in Boomkat Editions’ 12x12 series is a mixed and chopped set of James Kirby’s 2006 recordings as V/Vm. Called The Brabant Shrobbelèr, it’s a 20 minute selection of previously unreleased new beat tributes compiled and sequenced by Jerk van den Boschalottt and mixed by Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker.
Stockport born Kirby is paying homage to the genre which, in Boomkat record shop’s words, is the “black sheep of Manchester’s dance music canon”.
“New Beat was a crucial part of the Manc Dance make-up, most often mixed up with Chicago, Detroit and New York house, and whatever UK bleeps and boops were bubbling through at that time. James Kirby aka V/Vm is all too aware of the fact,” states Boomkat, “and thanks to the influence and legendary DJ sets of V/Vm card holder Acid Alan – whose new beat collection spilled over the racks at a now defunct NQ record shop – its memory and place in Manchester’s rave folklore has been preserved by only a select few souls who really-cannot-be-fucking-chuffed with the constantly regurgitated putative history of our city’s club and warehouse culture.”
New Beat: Brabant Schrobbelèr is released today as a limited edition 12".