After years of playing bass in lousy two-bit bands, Elliot finally gets his big chance. He meets a singer, a DJ and a drummer who seem to have everything: passion, talent, hypnotic songs, and a whole new way of funky seduction. But just as Glam Damage's first record is climbing the charts, one of the band disappears. Elliot’s search for the missing musician becomes a wild, fiercely emotional trip into the dark soul of rhythm. In a novel which spans the entire history of Manchester's music scene, Jeff allows the complex rhythms of dance music to infect his language, creating a new kind of writing. NEEDLE IN THE GROOVE is a liquid dub narrative where the scratches of the stylus cut deep in the heart, and love is a ghost lost in the edit.