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Though our retail locations have since closed, Fat Beats; as a distributor, record label and online storefront, continues to thrive. Despite market fluctuations, technological innovations and stylistic revolutions, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the timeless vinyl format and the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
Clear Soul Forces and Nameless' new record Fab Five on gold/navy 2xLP vinyl. Available only at fatbeats.com, limited to 100 copies! Detroit’s Ilajide, E-Fav, Noveliss & L.A.Z. (aka Clear Soul Forces) armed with an arsenal of thunderous beats from rising producer NAMELESS combine to form the Fab Five. The group’s vision – combining Golden Era rhymes with a contemporary style – is as clear as ever here, heightened by their collective synergy with Nameless, who handles the majority of the production on the LP, reprising his role as producer to Clear Soul Forces from “Unlimited Bounce”, a highlight off of their last full-length, Gold PP7s. Fab Five ushers in a new era for Detroit’s storied musical tradition – the city that produced Motown, Jay Dee and Eminem has seen a revival of late, with the likes of Black Milk, Danny Brown and Royce Da 5’9” weaving the city’s rich history into their work in increasingly inventive ways. Clear Soul Forces & NAMELESS continue the tradition nodding to the Motor City’s artistic legacy while carving their own path. With production by NAMELESS and raps by the four Detroit emcees, the Fab Five are here to save Hip Hop the only way possible, with quality rhymes over quality beats.
Exactly one year after Volume 1, Damu answers the people with Public Assembly Volume 2, a second installment of quality instrumentals in his signature style. What started as a collection of music curated with the help on his fanbase via social media has turned into another franchise title for Redefinition Records. Over the last 6 years, Damu and his Redef label have released numerous projects big & small across every major format. The music heard on Public Assembly Volume 2 is more like a family reunion than a collection. The release unites sought after rarities, unreleased compositions, archived demos and fan favorites, all gathered on 2 variations of LP in gold (limited) or black vinyl. These instrumentals will not come as a surprise to long time fans of the DC native. However, with the consistent demand of his music in the vinyl market and tracks sourced from rare, out of print titles featured on the release, listeners will have the opportunity to own some of the music missing from their record collections. The Public Assembly series is certainly about providing sounds the fans first. For recent fans and newcomers, Volume 2 is a great introductory title into the vast catalog of Damu the Fudgemunk and will serve as the roadmap to discovering more of his music. Designer and visual artist Joe Buck provides the cover art continuing his long standing partnership with Redef records. Public Assembly Volume 2 is Damu the Fudgemunk's first full release of 2015. The album is the launch of many long awaited and brand new full length titles to follow throughout the year on Redefinition Records.
The Gift is a series DJ House Shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. Pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies. The Gift, Vol. 7 marks the first time House Shoes himself releases an installation in his acclaimed “The Gift” series., comprised of beats he composed between 1997-2011 for Elzhi, Proof, Quelle, Danny Brown and others.
“One of hip-hop’s most slept on emcees Raw Poetic (of Panacea and Restoring Poetry In Music) recently teamed up with producer K-Def for a Redefinition Records release in the form of Cool Convos in Quantum Speech. Raw Poetic never strays too far away from jazz-underlined production and that still applies for Cool Convos. What makes the emcee so tantalizingly raw with his microphone abilities comes from his natural groove that emulates through his technical but always honey-like flow. K-Def provides drum breaks and jazzy melodies with minor elements of spacey ambiance to create a semifuturistic vibe on Cool Convos in Quantum Speech. Raw Poetic is a modern emcee with a sound brimming in the nostalgia of 90s hip-hop, and K-Def perfectly hones in on a boom-bap sound refined with clean samples, making these two a great duo.” - Hip-Hop Speakeasy
At the beginning of November in 2013, a rather special event took place one night at the Mayan Theater here in Los Angeles. The Gaslamp Killer,with the aid of 14 immensely talented musicians, unveiled an incomparable live music experience, much to the mind blowing delight of those in attendance. This event was known as The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Electronics, strings, brass and percussion all came together to illuminate original productions of GLK, in a collaborative musical event that surely burrowed itself into the fiber of every person in attendance. For those of us not fortunate enough to have witnessed this special occasion in the flesh, GLK has compiled the sounds of that evening into an amazing live album.The Gaslamp Killer curated a 15-piece band of incredibly talented Los Angeles-based musicians including Amir Yaghmai of Jogger on guitar, Kamasi Washington from The Next Step on saxophone, one of LA’s most sought after musicians, Gene Coye, at the drums and trumpet player Todd Simon, founder of The Angel City All-Star Brass Band. The recording captures the collaborative performance in which The Gaslamp Killer acted as a modern age conductor, using his iPad to interact wirelessly with the band.
Dark Red is the second full-length album from Shlohmo, aka 25 year-old Los Angeles native Henry Laufer. The record is an uncanny marriage of his ever-evolving, richly textured sound with shades of ’90s IDM, R&B, cassette-tape Jungle, and, in an unexpected turn, sludge metal. “It sounds like if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record,” he says, “or Boards of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx.” Shlohmo’s music thus far exists in the poles between the subtly textured tracks of Bad Vibes and the booming sinister synths and hi-hats of his production work and remixes (such as his split EP with Jeremih, Banks’ “Brain”, remixes for Drake + The Weeknd). Dark Red utilizes Shlohmo’s existing palate but also mines the noises and imperfections inherent in analog production and naturally damaged sounds. Side-stepping current trends that lean towards pristine, computer-generated production, Dark Red explores natural distortion, fuzz and noise as compositional tools, intentionally distressing sounds to echo the feeling of the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal tapes. The result is a deeply personal listen, Shlohmo’s boldest statement yet. This isn’t an album which fades into the shadows. The eerie, squalling synths of “Ten Days of Falling” usher in a world of phosphorescent disintegration and decay; from the looming claustrophobia of new single “Buried” to the minimalist pindrop orchestration of “Remains” and the carnal hum of “Ditch”, there is palpable anxiety and discord. “Relentless” and “Slow Descent” explore an internal sense of pain and sorrow that adds a stark emotional charge to the record.
Featuring a very special double cover of 2Pac and De La Soul, issue 10 also sees a change to a larger format. Our '90s rap special is an ode to the decade that went from the Golden Era to being independent as f*ck. Embracing the aesthetic of the 90s, issue 10 features a dual cover; the front an iconic shot of 2Pac in all his provocative glory, the back De La Soul dwarfed by a backdrop of the Big Apple.
Enter those bloody alleys blocked off with yellow tape and chalk outlines. Secret backrooms riddled with sly crooks and blunt smoke. Slink into the underworld, the seedy shadowland owned by Jeremiah Jae and L’Orange on their noir-hop opus, "The Night Took Us In Like Family." Consider it the alchemy of Madvillain and "The Maltese Falcon": a five-part fable of tangled crimes, narrow escapes, and raining lead. The door busts open with “A Conspicuous Man.” L’Orange’s carefully severed cinematic clips hold the frame steady. The Windy City-raised Jae muscles the narrative forward—the hitman creeping. Beats bend sinister with imagery aiming for the temples. Jae invokes dark clouds, crowns of thorns and LSD eyes. Bars written in dirt. Samples are disembodied and ethereal. It’s like a grand jury indictment doubling as a Greek chorus. A song title like “Ice Obsidian” says it all. This is frozen lava, black and white celluloid, the spoils won by sinners. Watch your back rap. Or maybe it’s the hip-hop version of the gangster flicks made before the Hays Code—raw and uncensored, deeply artful without pretension. Pitchfork once described Jae as: “a lot of people talk loud and say nothing; Jeremiah Jae finds strength in the inverse." On "The Night Took Us In Like Family," he inhabits both eulogizer and executioner. He triumphantly looms over the corpses and explains how this all came to be. L’Orange supplies concrete requiems of dusted soul: beats to crack safes, soundtracks to stealth assassinations. If gangsta rap remains one of the genre’s most well worn tropes, Jae and L’Orange take inspiration from the rarely tapped roots of the tradition. This isn’t riffing on Oliver Stone’s "Scarface" like popular cliché, but rather the original Al Capone exploitation flick from the early 30s. Jae conjures a villain who vaporizes. Run-the-Jewels-raw but still sophisticated. Cuban cigars stuffed with California chronic. The picture unfolds wide frame. Guest stars include New York poison dart-thrower, Homeboy Sandman and Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab. The chapters flesh out the story: The Conspicuous Man skulks into “God Complex,” “The Damning,” “Revenge and Escape.” Jae and L’ Orange build their world as a catacomb and find a way to escape just as the walls feel like they’re closing in. It fades out as “A Macabre Instrumental” plays. The funeral is closed casket. The memories aren’t easily disposed.
Detroit’s Ilajide, E-Fav, Noveliss & L.A.Z. (aka Clear Soul Forces) armed with an arsenal of thunderous beats from rising producer NAMELESS combine to form the Fab Five. The group’s vision – combining Golden Era rhymes with a contemporary style – is as clear as ever here, heightened by their collective synergy with Nameless, who handles the majority of the production on the LP, reprising his role as producer to Clear Soul Forces from “Unlimited Bounce”, a highlight off of their last full-length, Gold PP7s. Fab Five ushers in a new era for Detroit’s storied musical tradition – the city that produced Motown, Jay Dee and Eminem has seen a revival of late, with the likes of Black Milk, Danny Brown and Royce Da 5’9” weaving the city’s rich history into their work in increasingly inventive ways. Clear Soul Forces & NAMELESS continue the tradition nodding to the Motor City’s artistic legacy while carving their own path. With production by NAMELESS and raps by the four Detroit emcees, the Fab Five are here to save Hip Hop the only way possible, with quality rhymes over quality beats.
Mass Appeal Records and Rockstar Games, in collaboration with musical artists The Alchemist and Oh No are proud to announce The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, a genre-spanning collection of new music based on and inspired by the original soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V. “The Alchemist and Oh No did an amazing job on the score for Grand Theft Auto V and they have taken their ideas even further with this album,” said Ivan Pavlovich, Director of Music at Rockstar Games. “Through their incredible production and some inspired collaborations, they’ve created an album that encompasses both the spirit of Los Santos and the eclecticism of a Grand Theft Auto soundtrack.” Welcome to Los Santos features fresh tracks inspired by the series’ first original score, composed by The Alchemist and Oh No in partnership with Woody Jackson and Tangerine Dream, to create a uniquely ambitious album. Featuring guests from across the musical spectrum including Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike, Tunde Adebimpe and Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands), The Alchemist and Oh No weave together a musical journey that covers every corner of the fictional world of Grand Theft Auto V. The first single to be released off the album is titled “Play it Cool” by Gangrene (The Alchemist and Oh No) featuring Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands) and Earl Sweatshirt. Music from the album will debut first inside Grand Theft Auto V for PC with a new The Alchemist and Oh No-hosted radio station dubbed ‘The Lab,’ which will also be added to other versions of the game as part of a future update.
Musical Meltdown, the 1996 debut album by veteran New Jersey MC Young Zee, has long been considered a lost classic. For many years, fans have had to put up with terrible sounding 10th generation bootlegs which only hinted at the album’s real quality. Finally, ‘Musical Meltdown’ is being released in full quality on CD and tape formats. Featuring 18 tracks showcasing Zee’s unique delivery and punchlines accompanied by classic mid-90s production by Ski, Prestige, KRS-One and more, the album is a must-own for fans of 90’s hip hop. The CD format features full liner notes about the making of and re-discovery of the album, while the cassette format is limited to 100 copies and comes on a beautiful clear green tape.
Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s Zamrock ethos. While other albums - Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, WITCH’s Lazy Bones!! - are competitors, it’s hard to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the Zamrock whole: it came from the mines; its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops Zambian folk music traditions, and it rocks - hard. Amanaz were serious, and they made a serious stab at an album. They titled their album Africa, according to original band member Keith Kabwe, “because of how it was shared and how its inhabitants were butchered and enslaved, its resources stolen… all the atrocities slave drivers committed. “ Thus, their “Kale,” a blues sung in Nyanja, that traced the continent’s arc from slavery to Zambia’s independence closes the album. Kabwe and rhythm guitarist John Kanyepa have a winsome softness to their vocals, which sit politely aside the feral growl of drummer Watson Baldwin Lungu, bassist Jerry Mausala and bandleader/lead guitarist Isaac Mpofu. Africa’s vibe ranges from anxious (“Amanaz”) to escapist (“Easy Street”) to straight-up pissed-off. On the “History of Man,” his voice whiskey-burned, his distorted guitar buzzing like swarming hornets, Mpofu indicts his species. There’s a darkness to Africa not found on any other Zamrock records, and a melancholy drifts throughout, specifically on Mpofu’s more restrained “Khala My Friend,” which stands as an effective, bleak situation for the Zambian everyman, the average citizen of a struggling, new nation, who might have had relatives in conflict-torn countries on the horizon, who might have been struggling to find his next meal, who might have seen a bleaker future than his president promised. Then there’s the clear Velvet Underground-influence on the nostalgic “Sunday Morning,” which, as Kabwe recalls, was the first song written for the album, back in 1968, when Velvet Undergound and Nico was a new release - and the underground funk of “Making The Scene.” The album also tackles traditional Zambian music and early-‘60s rock – punctuated, of course by Kanyepa’s wah-wah and Mpofu’s fuzz guitars. But every time Amanaz get too deep, too violent, they come back with an accessible song and woo their listener back to the groove. “Green Apple” is a civil song, featuring Kanyepa’s sighing guitar. It is a perfectly arranged album, from the dichotomy of Mpofu’s and Kanyepa’s lead and rhythm guitars, to the vocal harmonies, to the rhythm section’s sense of space and time, which allows Africa’s funk to build. Inexplicably, Africa was given two separate mixes and two separate presses: one version is dry, with the vocals and drums mixed loud, the other slathered in reverb, with the vocals and drums disappearing into the mix, and with the guitar solos mixed much louder. We’ve presented them both here as they each have their appeal: it’s up to the listener to pick the one he or she prefers. This is a highpoint of the Zamrock scene and we hope that this can be seen as its definitive reissue.
In lieu of the one year anniversary of Coalmine Records' decennary compilation album, 'Unearthed,' mixed by DJ Revolution, the Brooklyn-based indie is pleased to release a limited edition run of their label compilation, on cassette. Dubbed the 'Green Slimes' for being pressed on green shells, the hour long mix serves as a who's who of today's independent Hip-Hop scene, packed with features from both veteran and burgeoning emcees such as Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Big Noyd, One Dae, Skillz, Guilty Simpson, Rah DIgga, Maffew Ragazino, El Da Sensei, and Fashawn, among others. Producers tapped include the Australian Aria Award Winning M-Phazes, Marco Polo, Ayatollah, Diamond D, Nottz, Khrysis, and more. "Coalmine Records have been keeping Hip-Hop alive for 10 years with their bombastic sounds, and this compilation only adds fuel to that fire. This is an instant classic for any real Hip-Hop head. Be careful while listening, you might break your neck." -Mass Appeal "'Unearthed' is a fitting update on the label's fabled formula." -SPIN "This compilation is a party, it's a good time, it's just really solid, track-for-track-for track, really badass, teeth gnashed, hard-nosed, Boom bap Hip-Hop." -Anthony Fantano, The Needle Drop "A formidable drop from a hip-hop preservationist’s kind of label." -Okayplayer "In celebration of a decade in the game, Coalmine has released Unearthed...mixed by the dextrous hands of DJ Revolution and acts as the label's vital Soundbombing moment." -Village Voice
After initially being released on January 20th, Coalmine Records is pleased to offer their ten track remix compilation, 'Remineded: A Collection of New & Old Remixes,' on cassette. Pressed in limited quantities, 'Remineded,' offers a new spin to their decade deep history. From the GMJ Remix of Supernatural's ""Altitude,"" first produced by Marco Polo and released in 2005, to more contemporary remixes featuring the likes of Sean Price, Blu & Guilty Simpson, among others, the Brooklyn-based indie has been dedicated in supplying a new wave of Boom bap packed tracks for listeners' worldwide. 'Remineded' features remixes from Hip-Hop's most coveted acts, including Q-Borough's emcee, and famed Golden Era producer, Large Professor (Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, AZ, Cormega,), D.I.T.C.'s Diamond D (KRS-One, Dilated Peoples, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price), Spanish heavyweights Cookin' Soul (Nipsey Hustle, Don Cannon, Smif-n-Wessun), Australia's Grammy nominated M-Phazes (Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Logic, Sean Price) and Brown Bag All Stars' rapper and producer, The Audible Doctor (50 Cent, Smoke DZA, Fredro Starr, Tragedy Khadafi), amongst others. "Coalmine Records loves a remix. The Brooklyn, New York-based independent label mined their catalog, including joints from Blu, Heltah Skeltah, El Da Sensei, Guilty Simpson, Kool G Rap, Royce Da 5’9″, Skillz, and more, and issued up some new remixes." -Ambrosia for Heads "You can hear golden-era cats like Heltah Skeltah, Kool G Rap, Big Noyd, Diamond D, Large Professor, and M.O.P.’s Billy Danze, as well as some of hip-hop’s new blood, like Blu, who kills “Kiss the Sky,” remixed by none other than Large Pro himself." -Wax Poetics "The aptly titled project revives a number of both old and new hits throughout the label's legacy for a proper reexamination." -Earmilk "The 10-track project is both a reflection of Coalmine's noteworthy catalog and a taste of what's to come." -DJBooth "The real question is simple; does this comp revitalize Coalmine standards with fresh perspective in production. Hell yeah, it does." -New Noise Magazine
A particular perceptive trance from Ahnnu focusing on the finer details - birth name Leland Jackson delivers “Perception” as his 2nd full length avant-garde masterwork for Leaving Records. First run of 300 cassettes wrapped in silver translucent O-Card. Cover collage from Ahnnu, Typography Jesse Moretti, mastered by Matthewdavid.
Another Time, DJ EFN’s first all original studio album is an ode to his mixtape past. Featuring production from the likes of DJ Premier, Buckwild and more - EFN assembles an impressive cast of legendary pioneers, buzz-worthy new school spitters and new comers on the rise. “Miami’s Mixtape King” DJ EFN and his company Crazy Hood Productions has been a pillar in Miami for the better part of twenty years. A fan of the mixtapes emanating from New York City, DJ EFN began producing mixtapes of his own because no one else in Miami was doing so. “There was no consistent mixtape DJ in Miami, no one who ever really played the music from Miami,” he said in an interview with Julia Beverly of Ozone magazine. “Everybody listened to DJ Clue or Tony Touch. It was good music, but I didn’t want to hear shouts to Brooklyn or the Bronx. I wanted to shout out Miami and help to put on the local cats.” EFN’s first Crazy Hood mixtape was issued in 1993. During the next two decades he produced 42 volumes, featuring not only Miami- based artists, but national stars. E’s particular mission has always been to represent a strain of gritty local hip-hop music that has more in common with the Boom-Bap sound than with the party music for which Miami is best known. Another Time features Royce the 5'9", Inspectah Deck, Ras Kass, Scarface, Masta Ace, Your Old Droog, David Banner, Kurupt, Sean Price, Smif N Wessun, Black Milk, Talib Kweli, Redman, Crooked I, MC Eight, Stalley, Chris Rivers (Big Pun’s son), Keith Murray, Juvenile, Troy Ave, Fashawn, O.C., Reks, Dead Prez, Cormega, Defari, Blu, MOP, Guilty Simpson, King Tee, original artwork by Skam2? (Tribe Called Quest) and more.
The Fat Beats exclusive deluxe edition of Re:Living includes Re:Living on red double-LP vinyl, CD and cassette, a 5" x 5" hologram sticker and is a limited run of 100 units. Having produced one third of Nas’ generation-defining Illmatic, Large Professor’s place on the pantheon of hip-hop heavyweights is already etched in stone. When you add in his groundbreaking debut as a member of Main Source -- or the fact that he has collaborated with luminaries like Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Masta Ace, and Big Daddy Kane -- it’s crystal clear that the man’s influence towers high above the history of the hip hop. With Fat Beats Records’ release of Re:Living on June 9, 2015, Large Professor builds on his already impressive discography with an entirely self-produced record that delivers all the crisp drums, razor-sharp scratches, and innovative uprock grooves that define his signature sound. “I’m moving forward,” Large says, “But I went back to an earlier formula. With this project I feel like it’s the closest that I take it back to that Main Source style. Featuring Roc Marciano, Inspectah Deck, Cormega, G-Wiz, Fortune, and Lord Jamar, Re:Living shines a spotlight on New York’s best voices from the golden era to today. But above all, Large Professor lets his production do the talking -- and with a legacy like his, beats speak louder than words.
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The Gift is a series DJ House Shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. Pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies. For the past few years, young Denmark Vessey has been releasing a series of albums, both as a leader of carious groups and as a sideman in various others, which definitely mark him as one of the most exciting young players in music. Vessey’s last album prior to this (2013’s Cult Classic) employed Scud One for the rhythm section. Vessey, in his own playing suggest that he may be forging a link between the new mainstream and prior innovations. It is to Vessey’s credit that this album achieves a surprising degree of unity. There is little of the haphazard feeling that too often arrends blowing sessions by pick-up bands. It would be easier to mistake this for a group which works regularly. Part of that is simply because Vessey is a part of the new mainstream, the part that is seeking beyond the accepted common language to find ways of extending it. The rest is because of Vessey’s unusual talent.
Marco Polo's classic Port Authority has long been out of print in all formats and is finally seeing a Deluxe Redux re-release. The Deluxe Edition 2CD includes fully remastered audio and the previously unreleased Instrumental Versions on a separate disc. Even the original artwork has been updated and expanded over a deluxe gatefold style package, including a quality Silver Foil finish for all text. Limited to 1,000 copies. Though he's Toronto born and bred, the producer known as Marco Polo deftly and assuredly steps into the second-generation Rawkus lineup with his solo-produced 18-track effort, PORT AUTHORITY. Known for his work with Brooklyn MCs Pumpkinhead and Masta Ace, among others, Marco Polo recruited the most respected artists on the East Coast to bless his butter beats, which echo the best of the late-1990s underground era. O.C., Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, Wordsworth, Large Professor, A.G., Buckshot, Jo Jo Pellegrino, Roc Marciano, Sadat X, and Ju Ju of the Beatnuts are just a few of the MCs featured.
After twenty years in the game and an illustrious career that's seen him work with everyone from Madlib and J Rocc, to his legendary Dilla collaborations as "Frank N Dank" and beyond, Frank Nitt is readying a new solo project, Frankie Rothstein, for release on Fat Beats Records. Featuring production from the likes of DJ Rhettmatic, J Rocc and J Dilla, Frankie Rothstein captures Nitt at a new level of maturity and growth, tackling the realities of the modern music business through the lens of an emcee with two decades of experience under his belt. The album's lead single "Money On My Mind", featuring Illa J and T3, is available now on iTunes. Continue Reading →
Download Dag Savage - The Warning Tape from Dirty Science. Their album “E&J” drops Feb 4th. Pre-Order CD & LP: Until then enjoy “The Warning Tape” featuring Dirty Science crew Members Blu, Aloe Blacc, Choosey, GonjaSufi, Denmark Vessey and more.. DOWNLOAD FULL MIXTAPE HERE Continue Reading →