150 Gram vinyl, packaging features expanded sleeve A Tribe Called Quest - Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (who passed away on March 22nd, 2016), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White - the groundbreaking 90's group that forever transformed the urban music landscape reunited on their first and last studio album together in eighteen years. Guests on ''We got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your Service'' include; Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White, Andre 3000, Busta Rhymes, Consequence, Anderson.Paak, and Talib Kweli.
A Seat at the Table is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Solange. Following the release of her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008), Knowles began work on her third studio album, during which she suffered a "breakdown" due to the amount of time and emotion she was putting into the recording process. While recording the album Knowles released an EP entitled True (2012) and launched her own record label named Saint Records. Writing for the album began as early as 2008, while the albums recording sessions took part from 2013 to June 2016. The album was widely acclaimed by music critics and became Solange's first number-one album on the Billboard 200 in the United States, debuting with 46,000 copies sold (72,000 with additional album-equivalent units). The album features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Sampha, The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, Kelela, David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, and Tweet among others.
2016 marks the long-awaited debut album from New York’s Flatbush Zombies. Following in the footsteps of acclaimed mixtape predecessors D.R.U.G.S. (2012) and Better Off Dead (2013), 3001: A Laced Odyssey is a career-defining album for the Brooklyn trio. Produced entirely by Erick “Arc” Elliott, the twelve-song opus features emcees Elliott, Meechy Darko, and Zombie Juice in prime form. The moody and introspective record – with flourishes of their trademark dark humor - is what their legions of diehard fans have come to expect. Non-album promo track “Glorious Thugs” set the tone for the project, garnering over 1.7 million streams in less than one week. To best capture these larger than life personalities, the group enlisted the services of David Nakayama (Marvel Adventures, Deadpool, Avengers AI, Big Hero 6) to create their epic comic book album cover.
Limited edition of 1,500 copies on Orange vinyl, first reissue since original 2010 release John Legend and The Roots recorded "Wake Up!" during the time of the 2008 United States presidential election. In addition to The Roots, John Legend and Black Thought, the album features guest appearances from vocalists Common, C.L. Smooth, Melanie Fiona, and Malik Yusef. "Wake Up!" is comprised of covers of soul songs from the 1960s and 1970s containing socially active themes. The "Wake Up!" project sees John Legend and The Roots putting their distinct touch on classics from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, the Teddy Pendergrass-led Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and more.
Madlib's remix of Champion Sound, plus a previously unreleased track recorded in the original Jaylib sessions: “Da Rawkus.” Vocals: J Dilla. Production: Madlib.
The Chemical Brothers' entire catalog of eight studio albums will soon be available in the U.S. on double LP vinyl. The influential U.K. band's first seven albums have been unavailable on vinyl for some time, but today Astralwerks announced plans to release limited edition colored vinyl of each on December 9. Each comes repackaged in the original sleeve artwork that the first pressings came in. Audio has been cut from the original lacquers directly from the studio of the original engineer, Mike Marsh, and fully approved by The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands. Hand-numbered, limited edition colored double LP vinyl. These limited edition LP pressings are strictly limited to 1000 copies each.
First time on vinyl, limited edition color scheme, bonus tracks from Ahwlee. Back by popular demand, a Rap Vacation X-mas w/ Mndsgn and Ahwlee is now on vinyl for the first time, and just in time for the holidays. Contains 3 new vinyl only bonus tracks by Ahwlee. Art direction by Chris Hund. Being limited to 500 red and green tie dyed copies, these are sure to sell out fast. Don't sleep, and happy holidays!
In September 2015, Atmosphere began releasing a series of individual songs digitally. In the months leading up to their new album, Fishing Blues, they released a total of seven digital singles. Much to the surprise of Atmosphere fans, none of these digital singles would appear on Fishing Blues, and they remained available as digital singles only... Until now. These seven songs, now packaged together as Frida Kahlo vs. Ezra Pound, will be available for the first time as a 7” boxset. All songs are produced by Atmosphere featuring guest appearances by Aesop Rock, Grieves, Prof, Blueprint, deM atlaS and Eric Mayson. All seven songs, plus their accompanying instrumental versions, each individually complemented by the beautiful artwork of Dave Quiggle; this is a must-have for all fans of Atmosphere. Custom 7” Slipcase containing seven different 7” records each with a unique illustrated jacket containing artwork by Dave Quiggle. Includes Free Digital Download Card.
Silver mirror board debossed hard box containing the album on 180g heavyweight vinyl, with an extra 12” including 3 bonus tracks, CD version of the album, enhanced CD featuring a live video of ‘Brave For You (Marfa Demo)’, and 3 exclusive prints by Alasdair McLellan. I See You is marked by a tonal shift to something close to pure, crisp pop structure, adorned by unusual crescendos that echo a dextrous DJ inching their dancer toward climax without ever quite lifting the house lights. Its lyric sheet moves from the danger and hopelessness of love to its deliciousness and rapture; a move into a more outward looking proposition. I See You is recognizably still The xx but is now powered by the voluble ambition of its three perfect counterweights to one another starting to not just realize but harness their full potential. You might even want to think of the decisive move from Joy Division to New Order here, too. When they take their plum festival slots in 2017, armed with the ten most robust songs of their career, The xx should prick the skin and touch gently the shoulder of an audience reaching to the back of the field.
Since the release of his debut ‘Sundanza’ EP in 2010 and 2013’s ‘Dual’ EP, Sampha has quietly but assuredly become one of the UK’s most enigmatic and respected artists. Still just twenty seven years old, he has lent his vocal, production and songwriting talents to a range of stand out releases, from UK contemporaries such as FKA twigs, Jessie Ware and SBTRKT to world-renowned superstars like Drake, Kanye West and, most recently this year, on Frank Ocean’s Endless and Solange’s A Seat At The Table albums. Now it’s time for Sampha to tell his own story and Process, produced by Sampha himself and Rodaidh McDonald, is set to be his defining musical statement.
World-renowned as one of experimental music's most vital and impressionistic composers of the past few decades, William Basinski's tape loop works have been especially influential, particularly on the historic series, The Disintegration Loops, where distorted, orchestral tape samples burrow deep into the listener's psyche through meditative repetition. On his new album, A Shadow In Time, Basinski plunges deeper than ever for the plaintive, solitary eulogy to David Bowie, aptly titled "For David Robert Jones." Conversely, the title track, "A Shadow In Time," is a subtle, celestial escalation of melody and drone. The result is one of the most truly transcendent pieces of music he has ever committed to - or wrung from - tape.
LA Based Emanon aka Exile and Aloe Blacc have been making music together for many years. The 2 began experimenting with Hip Hop when Aloe was only 16 and Exile 17 with no more than a 4 track tape recorder, turntable and a microphone. Building a fan base pre internet selling tapes on the streets all over the CA southland, eventually reaching the world. The 2 have released many underground tapes and vinyl through out the years and ears of many. The 2 have made many classics with each other but more note worthy when the two began to work on there own. Most people do not know Aloe blacc began as a rapper since his Stones Throw release "Good Things" and number one smash "The Man". Mean while Exile laying the foundation of new west coast classics with Dirty science crew mates, Blu and exile, below the heavens, Fashawn's boy meets world, and countless production credits from Snoop Dogg, Whiz Khalifa to Big Sean. The two have remained friends and continued to collaborate together, but is not til now the combination bares the fruit of a new album. A look into the darker side of Aloes mind of poetry and lyrical mastery, with Exile behind the production to bring you a modern classic Dystopia.
Jonwayne made his introduction to the world as a producer. He has since gone on to release several highly lauded projects, and eventually stepped behind the mic, garnering hiphop album of the year from Gilles Petersen's Worldwide Awards for his Stones Throw release, "Rap Album One". Now he puts the mic back down for "Here You Go", a collection of 30 beats that will be available on 2LP via Street Corner Music, and Authors Recording Co, Jon's new imprint. No tapes. No digital. Just vinyl. All heat.
Bundle includes official 2016 reissues of Beck's seminal classics, Odelay and Sea Change, on LP and 2xLP vinyl, respectively. Odelay (LP -140 Gram Vinyl)Originally released in June of 1996, Beck's second major label album, Odelay, was his chance to prove that he was no one-hit wonder. His major label debut, Mellow Gold, had produced the hit single "Loser," but there was a sense he hadn't quite won over everyone and it was hard to tell exactly who Beck was. Was he joking? Was he serious? Was he simply some sort of beat-poet novelty act? With Odelay, he enlisted the Dust Brothers, most famous at this point for being behind the boards for the Beastie Boys' 1989 sonic-collage opus Paul's Boutique. Together they crafted a classic. Sea Change (2xLP - Gatefold + Download Card)Drawing from hip-hop, folk, psychedlia, pop, rock and experimental, Beck defined himself as a warped poet in the '90s. Always changing and evloving his moods, Sea Change is a prime example of the singer/songwriters evolution within his craft. The finest example of Beck's talents as a singer, songwriter and musician.
OutKast has almost singlehandedly defined the sound of Atlanta rap. Tongue-flippin', rhyme-spittin' and Cadillac-ridin', all with a Southern accent, Big Boi and Dre have proved to be the South's ideal MCs. ATLiens continues in the same vein as Outkast's 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, with producers Organized Noize back to accompany the duo's laid-back flow. Big Boi and Dre proclaim to prove a point with every rhyme, never wasting a line. They like to think of themselves as outcasts from the hip-hop community--aliens, so to speak. Their tracks have an outer-space feeling to them--a feeling that, ironically, has warmed the community right up to them. They're so out, they're in.
Burial’s new single, two new pieces named ‘Young Death’ and ‘Nightmarket’, just over 13 minutes total running time on 180g 12” vinyl.
The late 1990s was a fertile time in the American electronic underground. At the convergence of hip-hop, electronic, and soul music, these artists sought to carve out their own lane. In September 2001, New Orleans' Telefon Tel Aviv, high school friends Joshua Eustis and the late Charles Cooper, joined the conversation with their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released by Hefty Records. A labour of love, Fahrenheit was an attempt by the pair "to contribute something meaningful" Eustis says today, "something definitely American, and kinda southern too." Living in New Orleans in the late 1990s, Eustis and Cooper were in the thrall of two musical orbits: black America -- New Orleans' bounce, Detroit's techno, Chicago's house -- and British electronica -- Autechre, Aphex Twin, Jega. Recorded over the course of a year in Eustis' childhood bedroom in the Riverbend neighborhood of New Orleans, Fahrenheit mapped out a potential for American electronic music in a time of hope.On the fifteenth anniversary of its release, Ghostly International is reissuing Fahrenheit Fair Enough with a vinyl edition and bonus digital material.
Scott’s second studio album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, is the Houston rapper’s most concise and cohesive project to date.
30th Anniversary Picture Disc! Run-D.M.C.'s classic 3rd album, "Raising Hell," on a 150-gram picture disc vinyl featuring the "Raising Hell" album cover image. Includes the hit songs "Walk This Way," "My Adidas," "It s Tricky," "Peter Piper" and many more.
Limited Run of 500 Copies! This is a journey into sound…’ These familiar words, accompanied by the rumble of a distant train, signal the opening of ‘Let’s Take A Trip’, the sophomore album from Terrel Wallace aka Tall Black Guy. Since 2013’s ‘8 Miles To Moenart’ TBG has cemented his position as a standard bearer for the current hip-hop / beats scene. Born in Detroit and now residing in the UK, Wallace’s signature style of incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops has won fans across the globe including Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Jazzy Jeff and House Shoes. Since his debut release in 2011 (a daring and addictive flip of Fela Kuti), TBG has become revered for his unique take on soulful hip-hop production. The swing of the drums, the textures of the instrumentation as well as a fearlessness in taking on the classics (his Soundcloud page includes flips and chops of tracks from James Brown, De La Soul and Michael Jackson) have marked him out from the crowd. One of the best-kept secrets in the scene, his singular talent is now beginning to get the recognition it deserves. In the last 12 months he has remixed Little Dragon and been invited to take part in Jazzy Jeff’s Playlist Retreat alongside the likes of Eric Lau, James Poyser, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Questlove and countless others. For this album Wallace had a simple inspiration: ‘This album is all about taking a journey. As simple as that. Be it physical, emotional or spiritual. It's asking and answering personal questions from myself within some of the tracks and also touching on social issues i.e. racism, inequality and privilege...that have been at the forefront of my mind over last three years.’ Sonically there is also a shift: ‘Jazz has definitely been more of an influence in this project, as I have been really inspired by so many up and coming musicians who I've been blessed to connect with’. Some of these musicians, including Kenny Keys, Miles Bonny, Diggs Duke and Dee Jackson feature on the project as well as regular collaborators Ozay Moore and Mario Sweet and fellow Playlist alumni Daniel Crawford and Masego. But this is one man’s vision, and for Tall Black Guy this trip is just the beginning…. Produced by Tall Black Guy Artwork by Dan Lish
A-Trak established his reputation as a producer by delivering some of the most ubiquitous remixes of the last ten years. The Grammy nominated DJ hero and renowned tastemaker has built a legacy that traverses eras and scenes, with a discography that is adored by all. This body of work is commemorated for the first time with In The Loop. The 12-track compilation (out in December on Fool’s Gold) effectively traces a recent history of EDM from the point of view of one of its biggest stars, collecting A-Trak’s most notable remixes — from blog favorites to festival smashes — and contextualizing them with anecdotes from their creator. In The Loop: A Decade Of Remixes will be available on all digital services and CD, as well a beautiful limited edition vinyl box set; the latter features six 7” colored vinyl singles in custom sleeves, accompanied by a 32 page booklet with A-Trak’s behind-the-scenes stories on each remix. Read his introduction below: "I learned how to produce by doing remixes. It was my testing ground. In 2006 I had been DJing for over 10 years and my brother Dave was a seasoned musician, but I was still a novice in the studio. Making a full original song can be daunting, so here I was able to hand-pick my favorite vocals, steal a few kickdrums and chop up some cool synths. My remixes also allowed me to get my music heard. I didn’t have to finish a full project. They gave me an à la carte formula, landing on various labels. The great thing about remixes is they create an ecosystem.It’s almost like a shared economy. They forge bonds between artists: a remix request is the equivalent of giving your peer a pound and saying “you’re dope, give me some of that sauce.” They connect bands to DJs, producers among themselves, and all of them to new fans. For me this all started as electronic music blogs were spreading. We rarely went through managers. You would track down someone’s email and hit them up, cold. We helped each other finish tracks. I often delivered mine very, very late. But even to this day as I work on more original music, my sound is the result of these experiments. "
Originally released in 2001, Jon Hopkins' debut album 'Opalescent' has been remastered for heavyweight vinyl in a beautiful double gatefold sleeve featuring the original artwork. This extraordinary debut uniquely combines the light with the dark, the beautiful with the mysterious, in a glorious atmosphere where the worlds of trip hop beats and chill out are made Jon's own personal domain. Sometimes eerie, sometimes majestic, but always profoundly musical.
180 Gram Vinyl, stereo remastered 2016 version. A concept album that provides a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of late-70s Britain, it was recorded at the band's studio in London reaching #2 in the UK and #3 on the Billboard 200 in the USA.
Critically-acclaimed international megastar Bruno Mars has unveiled his first piece of solo music in nearly four years. Written and produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, "24K Magic" (pronounced twenty-four karat magic) sees Bruno bringing the bounce to his newest single. The multi-GRAMMY-winning Mars has also announced his highly-anticipated third studio album - also dubbed 24K Magic - will arrive everywhere November 18th.
With an illustrious career spanning three decades, producer Pete Rock can freely decide who he wants to work with. Having already produced for the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nas, Common, Cypress Hill, Method Man, Redman and Jim Jones, just to name a few, Pete Rock has undoubtedly solidified himself as a contender for 'the greatest producer of all time'. When Harlem's rising star Smoke DZA landed on Pete's radar, he knew DZA had something special that could not be ignored. Smoke DZA had already garnered the attention of artists like Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T., all of whom he's collaborated with. After touring the country together on this year's Smokers Club Tour, Pete Rock and Smoke DZA are finally ready to reveal their collaborative album, Don't Smoke Rock, to the world. Don't Smoke Rock is a euphoric voyage that features Pete Rock on production with Smoke DZA commanding the microphone. The album features guest appearances from rap's elite including Mac Miller, Rick Ross, The LOX, Wale, Big K.R.I.T., Cam'ron, Tha Dogg Pound, Dom Kennedy and Dave East. Based on the undeniable synergy of Pete Rock and Smoke DZA, Don't Smoke Rock is sure to be a hit.
General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun/Boot Camp Clik and Burlington, Vermont-based producer Es-K present their collaboration album Building Bridges. Produced mostly by Es-K, the album features guest appearances from Buckshot of Black Moon, Smoothe Da Hustler, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rockness Monsta of Heltah Skeltah, and a posthumous cameo from his late great partner, Sean Price. As one half of Smif-N-Wessun, General Steele crashed the hip-hop scene in the 1990s with their debut album Dah Shinin’ (named a Top 100 Album Of All Time by The Source and a Top 50 Debut Album Of All Time by Complex). Their last release - 2011’s Monumental - was produced by Pete Rock, and Steele has also collaborated with Tupac Shakur, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, Raekwon and Bounty Killer. Es-K may be best known for his 2014 album Serenity (listen) as well as his Spontaneous Grooves beat tape series, where every beat on each tape was made in one sitting each. A low-key display of introspective verses, classic cuts and jazz-inflected beats, Building Bridges stays true to its name by bridging the gap between established artists and rising ones alike such as VVS Verbal, Shadow The Great of Loaf Muzik, Napoleon Da Legend, Mar’rz Atomz, Stage One, Louie Skaggs, Boone Bixby, Supreme The Eloheem (from the Representativz) and Coke as well as production from Hellfire Beats and Central Parks. DMC champion DJ Grazzhoppa contributes cuts alongside Hashfinger and Hellfire. The cover art comes courtesy of Joe Buck, the artist behind the De La Soul Is Dead cover art. Building Bridges will be released via Bucktown USA, the multimedia company General Steele created in 2004 alongside partner Cynical Smith, with digital distribution through Duck Down, including a limited-edition pressing of 500 records. #BuildingBridges
Vinyl coming 2017! Donald Glover has detailed his third record as Childish Gambino. Awaken, My Love! will be out December 2 via Glassnote.
Sean Price tragically passed away in August, 2015 at the age of 43. Sean was a popular rapper, hailing from Brooklyn, NY. He was celebrated for his work as ½ of the group, Heltah Skeltah, and 1/8 of the supergroup, Boot Camp Clik. However, his solo albums were what truly set him apart. To highlight this work, Duck Down Music has created a truly unique box set featuring Sean Prices' Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar and Mic Tyson albums. The limited-edition box set has a cover depicting Sean Price in the jungle, battling a gang of angry gorillas. The scene is reminiscent of the art portrayed from his previous titles. The box set will be available on Black Friday, November 25th, 2016!
A Tribe Called Quest - Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (who passed away on March 22nd, 2016), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White - the groundbreaking 90's group that forever transformed the urban music landscape reunited on their first and last studio album together in eighteen years. Guests on ''We got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your Service'' include; Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White, Andre 3000, Busta Rhymes, Consequence, Anderson.Paak, and Talib Kweli.
The borders between London's musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre's long-running to-and-fro with hip hop from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London. Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of '70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it's a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes and approach to playing are indebted to Thelonious Monk's piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham. "It's all about the drums and the keys," Williams says. "Not to take anything from anyone else, but that's where it all originates from: the chords, the rhythm of the chords and the drums." Born out of a one-off live session to perform Williams' solo material for Boiler Room, it soon became a project in its own right. Coming together as Yussef Kamaal, they played a series of live shows where little more than a chord progression would be planned before taking to the stage. Bringing that unspoken understanding to the recording sessions (engineered by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics), the unplanned, telepathically spawned grooves retain the raw energy of their live shows. "It's not so much about complete arrangement, it's more about flow," Dayes says. "A lot of the tracks are just made spontaneously Henry will be playing two chords, I'll fill in the groove and we'll just leave the arrangement naturally." Both hail from South East London, crossing paths in 2007 as teenagers playing their first pub gigs around Peckham and Camberwell. Dayes drums for cosmically-inclined, afrobeat outfit United Vibrations, while Williams on top of drumming and playing keys in different incarnations over the years has made waves with his solo, synth-draped house 12"s for much-fted labels like 22a and Rhythm Section.
Featuring production from DJ Lethal, Statik Selektah and Marco Polo, and guest appearances from Vinnie Paz and Apathy. It’s been four years since La Coka Nostra released their sophomore album, Masters Of The Dark Arts, (the group's first project without Everlast was also their most critically acclaimed project--- featured collaborations with Vinnie Paz, Sean Price & production from DJ Premier and Statik Selektah) and the music industry has changed considerably in that time. However, a few things still remain constant; La Coka Nostra will always be as their aptly-titled 2009 debut verified, A Brand You Can Trust, and the group will continue to dazzle their rapid fan-base with sold out shows around the globe with their raucous live performances. Always known for tackling controversial topic matter, the group’s new album, To Thine Own Self Be True, finds them once again in torchbearing mode, addressing subjects that most artists shy away from. “This album was created during a time of unique and individual transformation for each member of the group” ILL Bill stated. “Speaking for myself, it’s been a heavy last couple of years. It’s definitely the most personal record we’ve made under the La Coka banner and while we’re still making music that’s hard as fuck, there’s a maturity to this latest batch of songs that makes it different from a lot of the older stuff. I notice the biggest reactions come from the songs our listeners can personally relate to and we needed to make a record like this right now, not only for the fans, but for ourselves. I got alot off my chest on this one. Making music can be extremely therapeutic and making To Thine Own Self Be True was a rebirth and a re-ignition for me.” Slaine had a similar take on the projects therapeutic manifestation “You don’t put as many years in the game as we have without having ups and downs. We all have gone through struggle and adversity—personally and professionally” Slaine lamented. “This album was recorded as I walked out of a very dark time toward a place of truth and understanding. Music has been how I feed my family, my plane ticket around the world and a place I’ve built real friendships; but at the very core it’s a tool I use to get through life. This album is a moment in time. It is visceral and real.” While DJ Lethal continues to oversee the production end of To Thine Own Self Be True, the group also enlisted Statik Selektah, Marco Polo, Salam Wreck (D-12, Obie Trice, Proof, B-Real, Tha Dogg Pound) & ChumZilla (from the Demigodz) and get vocal contributions from extended family members such as Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Q-Unique, Sick Jacken, SKAM2? & Rite Hook.
A-Trak established his reputation as a producer by delivering some of the most ubiquitous remixes of the last ten years. The Grammy nominated DJ hero and renowned tastemaker has built a legacy that traverses eras and scenes, with a discography that is adored by all. This body of work is commemorated for the first time with In The Loop. The 12-track compilation (out in December on Fool’s Gold) effectively traces a recent history of EDM from the point of view of one of its biggest stars, collecting A-Trak’s most notable remixes — from blog favorites to festival smashes — and contextualizing them with anecdotes from their creator. In The Loop: A Decade Of Remixes will be available on all digital services and CD, as well a beautiful limited edition vinyl box set; the latter features six 7” colored vinyl singles in custom sleeves, accompanied by a 32 page booklet with A-Trak’s behind-the-scenes stories on each remix. Read his introduction below: I learned how to produce by doing remixes. It was my testing ground. In 2006 I had been DJing for over 10 years and my brother Dave was a seasoned musician, but I was still a novice in the studio. Making a full original song can be daunting, so here I was able to hand-pick my favorite vocals, steal a few kickdrums and chop up some cool synths. My remixes also allowed me to get my music heard. I didn’t have to finish a full project. They gave me an à la carte formula, landing on various labels. The great thing about remixes is they create an ecosystem.It’s almost like a shared economy. They forge bonds between artists: a remix request is the equivalent of giving your peer a pound and saying “you’re dope, give me some of that sauce.” They connect bands to DJs, producers among themselves, and all of them to new fans. For me this all started as electronic music blogs were spreading. We rarely went through managers. You would track down someone’s email and hit them up, cold. We helped each other finish tracks. I often delivered mine very, very late. But even to this day as I work on more original music, my sound is the result of these experiments.
All 1990s R&B! Two legendary DJs. One tape. DJ Spinna mixes the best of 90's R&B on one side, while J. Rocc mixes the best of 90's east coast R&B on the other. Don't miss Spinna and J.Rocc at the Flavor 90's party on December 9th at The Echoplex! More info and tickets here.
2Pacalypse Now is the debut studio album by 2Pac. The album is 2Pac's commentary on contemporary social issues facing American society such as racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, and teenage pregnancy. It featured three singles; "Brenda's Got a Baby", "Trapped", and "If My Homie Calls". In celebration of the 25th anniversary of this classic UMe will be commercially releasing the album on cassette for this first time here in the US.
2814 are one of the most innovative musical acts in recent memory. Blending breathtaking ambient soundscapes and futuristic downtempo experiments with a gorgeous sense of electronic melancholy and urban atmosphere, the ever-elusive duo’s sound is defined by their brilliant adoration for warped, hypnagogic nostalgia and the simultaneous outlook into a futuristic dystopian setting – a winning combination of loss and optimism translated through a heavily altered new age lens. Rain Temple, their third full-length album, represents a new chapter in 2814′s sound: sprawling synth drones, beautifully distant vocals, swirling percussion, and an ethereal sonic aura tie together a simply masterful record. HKE and t e l e p a t h have once again created a stunning artistic statement that exceeds expectation and goes far beyond most modern ambient music, reminding us that beyond our late night somber and eternal wonder, we all remain.
Originally from Brighton, Kutmah made his name while living in the US, releasing some acclaimed mix tapes and building up connections with the Brainfeeder & Low End Theory crews. In 2010 he was deported to the UK, lived in London for 5 years and now resides in Berlin (while still holding down a show on the East London-based radio station NTS). In Summer 2015, prolific leftfield beatmaker Kutmah released the 20-track instrumental beat album BLK/SMR on Bandcamp. During March 2016 he selected & sequenced his favorite nine tracks for a forthcoming limited-edition 10" vinyl version of BLK/SMR [HNR67] on HIT+RUN.
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Joseph Abajian (DJ Jab) founded Fat Beats in 1994 with nothing more than a shoestring budget and an earnest obsession with the music, the culture, and the brotherhood of New York’s burgeoning rap scene. What began as a simple vinyl shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate on new projects. Joseph’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable. When the 90’s cultural zeitgeist – and, in turn, the music industry establishment – chose hip-hop as its new arbiter of cool.
International tourists and touring artists alike flocked to Fat Beats for rare vinyl, kindred spirits, and exclusive in-store performances from Jay Z, Eminem, Gang Starr, Outkast, Slum Village, Mos Def, and more. One thing was clear: the Fat Beats phenomenon could no longer be contained in a single basement shop.
In the late nineties, Abajian proceeded to open new stores in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. He further expanded the company’s profile to include global distribution and record label branches. Distribution has since proven to be the company’s strongest and most enduring enterprise. Today Fat Beats Distribution stands poised as one of the country’s pre-eminent distributors of vinyl & specialty item records: a proud survivor in an industry now famous for its mortality rate. Despite market fluctuations, technology innovations, and stylistic revolutions, Fat Beats has remained steadfast in its commitment to the timeless vinyl format and to the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
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•If your order contains pre-order items we will hold the package until all titles are available to ship. Please specify in the comments section of the checkout if you would like to: a) hold your entire order until it can be entirely fulfilled or, b) have the in-stock items shipped immediately and the pre-ordered items ship when available. Please note that option B may require additional shipping charges as multiple packages will be shipped.
• Our stock rapidly changes and we try and set in place a system that avoids purchasing items that become out of stock. However, if a product ordered is out of stock, we will reach out and give you the chance to change or cancel your order. If you choose to cancel, you will be refunded in full.
• IMPORTANT: If the address or phone number supplied conflicts with other information provided, i.e. billing information versus shipping information, we may need to contact you to verify your purchase. Please be available to verify or write an explanation in the notes section during checkout explaining the conflicting information.
•Please make sure you give us your correct billing address and your correct billing phone number. Again, it is highly important that you are available at the provided number or email submitted to speed up verification time enabling us to avoid fraudulent purchases.
• All sales are final. However, if the item ordered is different from the item you receive, please contact us and we can arrange to get you the desired product.
• We are committed to protecting your privacy. There is an opt-in policy to receive marketing and other e-blasts about future products available as well as deals and coupons. If you do not wish to receive these emails you can opt out by simply removing the check from the marketing box below upon check out. We will never sell your email or personal information.
• Your payment and personal information is always safe. Our SSL (secure server software) is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.
Fat Beats offers internship opportunities. You must be enrolled in college and reside in the Los Angeles area to be eligible for our programs. If you meet these requirements, please paste your cover letter below and we will contact you if there are open positions available.
We are currently offering an internship program that offers an educational experience in all facets of our distribution operation. The intern would have the ability to assist in each of the following departments:
Online Retail / Marketing
Shipping & Receiving
- Enrollment in an accredited college/university that offers an internship program for academic credit
- Knowledge and passion in independent music and culture; with a specific interest in the artists/releases that Fat Beats supports
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications
- Positive attitude - no task should be considered too small
- Must be located in the greater Los Angeles area
Resumes/Cover Letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org