Fat Beats Records is proud to present Baker’s Dozen, an exclusive vinyl series that shines a light on the best minds of instrumental hiphop, ambient, and electronic music. Each installment gives one artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound. Every volume’s 500-unit, strictly limited vinyl pressing features one artist and twelve tracks, but only 250 units will contain the thirteenth track -- the eponymous “baker’s dozen bonus” -- on a flexi disc. The LPs also come equipped with a 5x7” postcard insert that features a photo of the artist’s workspace along with the equipment used in their music-making process. Visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, Baker’s Dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement. Volume One highlights Los Angeles born / Sacramento based beat maker Dibiase, whose style is best described in his own words: “It’s crazy to think that my equipment collection and beat making process started back in high school with just an 8 second Gemini sampler and a Sony Walkman. It was a super basic set up. Back then I used whatever I could get my hands on. Finding different samples, looping them up, running the layers back through the Walkman. Adding more layers and repeating that process until I had a beat. It worked. My process is a lot different now but in some ways it’s the same. I still do a lot of layering. I use a combination of hardware and software. Sometimes I start with a sample. Sometime I start with drums. It depends on my mood and the genre. Sometime I use a kit. Other times I will sample and layer drums, run them through another piece of equipment like the SP-12 or 404 to dirty them up, then dump them back into Ableton. I really don’t have a set way of doing things musically. I like to experiment with different technics and styles. I like my music to have a certain sound. Most of the time I let the process happen naturally.”
With his popular “Live From The Streets” web series (Noisey/Vice), Mr. Green has forged a reputation for harnessing the serendipitous musical moments that arise from life’s chance encounters with talented musicians. So when he had one of those encounters with The Legendary Roots Crew emcee, Malik B, outside of The Roots’ Annual Picnic in 2012, it made perfect sense that they would turn a brief moment of mutual inspiration into a full-fledged collaborative album. Malik B and Mr. Green’s collaborative album, Unpredictable, is an appropriate title for the 13-track journey through the kind of handcrafted hip-hop created when two skilled musicians come together to capture the mystique that unpredictably arrives during the recording process. “Malik would show up at the studio with a garbage bag of rhymes and go through them. Some of them were old and weathered, literally falling apart,” describes Mr. Green. “Then he would just start recording the song in one take: intro, verses, chorus. It was nothing like I’d seen before.” Although recording Unpredictable was chaotic at times, the duo’s chemistry is undeniable. Malik adds, “Our chemistry is just crazy; our chemistry is like algebra.
"Welcome to "Don't Look Down". This album is my ode to the ebbs and flows of life. It's ultimate credo is to keep your head up in the toughest of times. This collection of songs in its own way asks us repeatedly if we can stand up after being knocked down. With music born from my own successes, failures, and hard learned lessons, this poetry is woven as a cloak to conceal & nurture me when times are tough and as a consistent and reliable conduit to bliss in my attempts to live life vividly. Thematically, the album begins by following the main character through a harrowing set of circumstances (Pounds of Pressure and The Abyss). Due to the emotionally jarring nature of what occurs in tracks 1 & 2, the protagonist falls into a state of depression on track 3 (Everyday We Pray). By the end of "Everyday We Pray", optimism starts to seep back into the protagonist's outlook and the song "Let Go" represents just that. He is letting go of the challenging situations that have caused him despair. "A Better Day" is perhaps the height of his optimism shone through a lens of clarity & realism. "Whizdom", "Mission Accomplished", & "World Renown" represent ways in which I dive deep into poetry in order to create my own world and provide myself a respite from the ills of society . "iLL" is a turning point in which vulnerabilities creep back toward my surface. A deeply reflective state sets in, and I am left to ponder the ways of the world as I wish for something more. The closing track, "Don't Look Down" continues this reflective & humbled state, yet hauntingly echoes our mantra of resilience. I hope this album finds a place in your life as it is truly me sharing some important pieces of mine..." -Mr. Lif
FKA twigs' self-released debut EP is now available via Young Turks. An original super-limited run of 500 units was pressed back in 2012. Fans have been clamoring to get a hold of this release ever since and we can now finally satisfy demand.
In Eric B and Rakim’s 1987 debut, Paid in Full, Rakim declared on the single of the same title, “So I dig into my pocket, all my money spent So I dig deeper, but still coming up with lint”, he painted a picture that millions worldwide could relate to no matter the background or era. In 92, a few years later when rap music started reaping the fruits of its labor, Showbiz & AG boasted of financial prosperity and the value of hard work on their single, Fat Pockets. What is a pocket exactly? Is it exclusively in your coat, jeans or shirt? Is it a drummer laying a tight groove or maybe where the quarterback resides on the field? No matter the scenario, pockets are containers. Our record collections contain the soundtracks to our lives often providing music for every occasion and memory. The collaboration of East coast pioneer 45 King and west coast favorite Blu is an occasion so special, it should be held in company of your most prized vinyl. Only the forces of nature could bring this producer and mc together Redef captured the rarity on a limited edition 45 beautifully designed by Joe Buck. The A-side, aptly titled, Pocket Full of Miracles is symbolic on various levels. In commemorative fashion, Blu celebrates the career homecoming achievement of working with such royalty over The King’s chipper yet knocking beat. The song channels the catchiness of Jay-Z’s 45 King produced breakout opus, Hard Knock Life. Pocket Full of Miracles is a sureshot contender for instant classic even without Smokey Robinson’s backup group. Don’t be surprised if it becomes an anthem. Includes 45 King instrumental version on the flip.
LP Reissues of Mirrored and Gloss Drop out April 1 2016 in original deluxe packaging with EP C/B EP out on vinyl for the first time. Battles' seminal first two albums Mirrored and Gloss Drop are being given a much needed vinyl reissue, and for the first time ever, a vinyl pressing of the EP C/B EP. The music across these releases spans from 2005 until 2011 and if there ever was a need to, reminds us of just how forward-thinking, yet accessible the group were when they first appeared. These releases have gone on to gain huge admiration from both alternative rock and electronica communities and you will be hard pressed to find an alternative music fan who doesn't recognize tracks like Atlas, Tonto or Ice Cream. Out of print for years and now highly collectible, these classic recordings are being made again for new audiences to enjoy while sure to take space on shelves of long time fans of old who missed them first time around.
Opening with a skating sheet of synthesizer before easing into a steady, walloping beat, Silicon Tare moves Haley and the fictional Com Truise even deeper into the cosmos, discovering new lands along the way and offering a glimpse of where he may travel in the future. And if the characters at the center of his ongoing story may be in peril, Haley himself is in control. Tare also sets the stage for the final chapter in Seth Haley's Com Truise saga, which will be the first official follow-up to Galactic Melt. It's not only the perfect prelude to that finale, but the perfect representation of Haley's ever-expanding universe of sound.
LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES WORLDWIDE, EACH WITH AN INDIVIDUAL COVER. Featuring new music from Zomby, MssingNo, Kaytranada, Powell and more. Twenty years after the 5th Chapter, the story continues. Chapter VI celebrates the very best of today's underground. When XL Recordings released The 5th Chapter in 1995, the world was a very different place. Tupac Shakur was still alive, America was yet to elect a black president and the internet was just something you’d read about. Ecstasy, jungle and hardcore were shaping club culture in the UK and defining the way that a generation of youth moved, sounded and looked. The government had just passed the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act in a bid to kill off free parties, the tabloids doggedly printed page after page on the sins of raving, while the soundsystems of Britain rumbled hard underground. Two decades later and our world is unrecognisable. Kids MC off phones at the back of buses, artists collaborate without ever meeting and ecstasy came, went and came again. But one thing has always remained defiantly present – the underground. XL may have spread its antennae far and wide but at its core its DNA is made up of weird, outsider, two-fingers-up electronic records that crawl out of the concrete and onto wax. XL began as a label by selling 12”s to rave DJs, with the best releases pressed onto an annual compilation. The last in the series dropped in 1995 as the label widened its scope. Twenty years on and now is the time to reconnect with the genesis of XL. XL Chapter VI is a vinyl-focused release that wholly embraces the chosen audio format of the decade – all artists on the compilation will be releasing club-ready 12” EPs on XL, a throwback to the dancefloor artillery attitudes that were cultivated at the turn of the 90s. The Chapters provided a regular platform for artists concerned with reshaping the underground and consequently, culture. Think of Liquid’s “Sweet Harmony”, “Everybody In The Place” by The Prodigy or “DJs Take Control” by SL2. These are names and songs that led a new wave of dance music. Fast forward far into a different millennium and those names have been replaced by a different crew forging a path into new futures. Zomby, Powell, KAYTRANDA, MssingNo, GILA, Homepark, Hugo Massien, rLr, Mumdance, Novelist and Special Request are the artists that are endeavoring to shape not just a way of dancing, but a way of thinking. This part of the story may feature different production techniques and new aesthetics to the last installment but its spirit remains totally the same. It's a celebrated tenet of dance music that it must look back to move forward, so the snaky acid basslines, brutally sparse beats and the synth melodies that soundtrack the post-club early hours, are all still there. Electronic music is more than listening to records. Our appetite for lowly lit basements packed with people and equipped big soundsystems is endless. This collection is a celebration of that primalism, an uncompromising look at the very best of the world’s underground – a journey through the clubs, the cities and the culture. The story continues.
White vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve, limited to 600 units worldwide. 2016 album from legendary singer Bobby Caldwell and Grammy Award winning producer and writer, Jack Splash. The album combines Caldwell's classic voice with Jack Splash's updated sounds. Features guest appearances from Cee-Lo, Mayer Hawthorne, and others. Tracing a twenty-five year history from acclaimed soul stylist to in-demand pop and R&B songwriter, Bobby Caldwell is truly one of the most revered vocalists and songwriters in contemporary music today. As a singer, he has a successful career with numerous solo releases, which have earned accolades far and wide. This project will introduce the vocalist to a whole new generation of music fans.
From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener "Totally Mutual Feeling," it's apparent that Lushlife's third full-length finds the Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and mortality permeate Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced "Casual Sex") and featuring contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where the pulsating Juno synths of '80s LA night music sit side-by-side with gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th century in a single, fascinating breath.
It’s fair to say that veteran Portland rapper Vursatyl has been making major waves of late, with praise and support for his ‘Crooked Straights’ coming from Kenny Dope, Okayplayer, 2DopeBoyz & Urb magazine among many others. Off the back of a world tour supporting the mighty Blackalicious and in response to popular demand, we’ve decided to press two very special new remixes on strictly limited 7” vinyl. First up, NY legend DJ Spinna lends his deft, soulful touch to ‘I Got It’, which summons up memories of the golden era with its deft, conscious lyrics and jazzy, off-kilter beats. On the flipside, underground stalwart Jake One takes control, serving up a fiery version of tongue-twisting lyrical missile ‘Bring It To A Halt’ with a side order of heavy drums and clinical cuts from DJ Flip Flop.
Odd Nosdam AKA David Madson makes his second appearance on Leaving Records and greets 2016 with a breathtaking LP entitled Sisters. Throughout, Odd Nosdam splits his time between cosmic, slow burning beats and reflective soundscapes littered with intriguing textures and mind bending samples. Analogue sounds are generous and knowingly manipulated. Gorgeous samples are deployed, sturdy yet emotional. Cymbals explode. Already a long revered figure in underground beats, in the last several years Odd Nosdam has been able to test his new productions on the world class sound system of Low End Theory. Much of Sisters was inspired by those room shaking sonics, so it is fitting that kindred spirit Teebs makes an appearance here in a dreamy collaboration. Although Sisters contains plenty of absolute bangers, its quieter moments also stun with their hypnotic beauty. Madson writes of the inspiration for the title track, “or example, that moment when the sun finally breaks through on an overcast day, Sisters was very much inspired by that wonderful feeling… so that particular feeling - plus the longing for it - on top of 808s.”
6 Double LPs plus an additional single LP housed in a slipcase featuring printed wraps designed by Jeff Jank mounted to a 80pt. chipboard shell Madlib Medicine Show is a series of album and mixtape releases by Madlib. This is the first time the Madlib Medicine Show “Brick” box set has been released on vinyl. The Brick contains seven albums with thirteen LPs, all of the originally-produced material by Madlib in the series. 1. Madlib Medicine Show #1: Before the Verdict. 17-tracks, combining new material and remixes2. Madlib Medicine Show #3: Beat Konducta in Africa. Inspired by and based on African records of the early 1970s – obscure & independent vinyl gems from afro-beat, funk, psych-rock, garage-rock & soul movements from Africa3. Madlib Medicine Show #5: History of the Loop Digga, 1990-2000. Madlib’s early years, 1990-2000, from beat cassettes produced for local rap crew Crate Digga’s Palace.4. Madlib Medicine Show #7: High Jazz. All new Madlib productions from his collective of jazz groups and musicians known as Yesterdays Universe.5. Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville. Loosely-based concept album around an obscure TV show, Nittyville, running on Channel 85. Full-length, 14 tracks.6. Madlib Medicine Show #11: Low Budget High Fi. Dirty Demos produced by Madlib, with The Professionals (Madlib+Oh No), MED, Strong Arm Steady, AG, Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, Supreme Team (Madlib+Karriem Riggins), and Jaylib.7. Madlib Medicine Show #12 & 13: Filthy Ass Remixes. Part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. These are select tracks from Vol. 12 and 13 of the Medicine Show CD edition.
This is the first release from Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge as Nxworries. The EP includes the new single “Link Up,” “Suede” and “Droogs,” a Knxwledge remake of the Anderson .Paak single, along with instrumental bonus beats.
Reissue of Nosaj Thing's seminal, long out-of-print instrumental hip-hop classic Drift. Already receiving Artist-to-Watch accolades from XLR8R and the BBC, remixing Daedelus and Flying Lotus, and winning L.A.’s prestigious Project Blowed beat battle, L.A.’s Nosaj Thing authors the unrelenting next chapter in producer-based records that continue to up the ante. His electronic soundscapes and wild beat tectonics hit the mind and soul as they juxtapose thick, dripping electronics with sultry hip hop undertones and thought provoking ambient space.
Its been 2 decades since INI debuted under the guidance of producer Pete Rock. During the mid to late 90’s INI member Rob O and several other Mount Vernon, NY affiliates recorded a string of PR produced tracks that were released in various incarnations (including many promo only, white label & bootleg 12”s) until the early 2000’s when underground hip hop vinyl sales were starting to decline. Today, with the resurgence of vinyl and it’s high demand, Redefinition Records and ST. Nick Ent. have collaborated to reissue for the first time officially Rob O’s “So many Rappers” (produced & recorded during PR’s Soul Survivor era), and Meccalicious’ Meccalicious (recorded during the Center of Attention era). Both Rob O and Meccalicious would gain a lifelong fanbase from their performances on wax. If you’re fan a of Pete Rock and the whole MT. Vernon movement, these 2 selections are essential. Previous versions of these recordings have been long out of print and sought after, so whether you’re a long time fan or if this is your first time hearing these gems, this 45 is a must have. Features full color 7” sleeve with design by Joseph Buckingham (De La Soul, Staple, etc).
PRODUCED BY SIR FRODERICK AND DJ HARRISONART AND LAYOUT BY MITRA
As half of Heltah Skeltah, 1/8 of the Boot Camp Clik, and with a successful solo career in his own right, Sean Price (Brooklyn, NY) had a cult-like following, releasing critically acclaimed projects such as ‘Monkey Barz,’ ‘Jesus Price Supastar,’ and ‘Mic Tyson.’ Sadly, just two weeks before the scheduled release of Songs In The Key Of Price, Sean Price passed away in his Brooklyn apartment. The entire music community has since been grieving his untimely death, though the release of this 30-track mixtape offers an opportunity for fans and friends alike to celebrate the life and career of the storied MC.
Sebastian Fraye’s VOL. 1 showcases a selection of instrumental beats that were created between 2009 and 2014. A multitude of both sampled and recorded instruments, tools and techniques were used throughout the album. The thread that ties them all together is through the use of vinyl. Sebastian felt that with his first official album, he needed to honor the traditions of the beatmaking craft and the artists that came before him—not only musically, but visually as well. His album artwork is a curated collection of record store album stickers that were acquired from his personal collection; some of which were taken from records that were sampled in this very album. As a designer, Sebastian feels that the stickers not only have a beautiful aesthetic look, but represent the experience of buying used records from dusty old stores, early Sunday morning swap meets, or local thrift stores—often searching for hours on end until something unique is found. VOL. 1 is truly a tribute to vinyl through its assortment of 24 original beats. About Sebastian Fraye: California native Sebastian Fraye started out playing instruments from a very young age, sparking an affinity for drums and beats. Although a graphic designer by trade, his passion for music and producing is endless. His approach to producing is spontaneous and experimental—an exploration of cinematic soundscapes that takes you to another world. Inspired by artists that came before him, he pushes the boundaries of the expected to create his own sound. And his love for music from around the world leaves no door closed when it comes to what could potentially find its way into a new composition. He enjoys digging for obscure sounds and instruments to include into his music, often juxtaposing those from polar opposite origins. He believes the best feeling that comes from creating music is when you surprise yourself.
New double A-sided 12" from Four Tet, this time in collaboration with DJ/producer Champion (Hyperdub/Formula).
Huh? How? Whoa. I know this is what you’re thinking. This epic collaboration between two of hip-hops most respected legends from different sides of the country came about somewhat via chance; intention and a mutual connection. Both are widely acclaimed and known as your favorite rappers favorite rapper and are known for their unforgiving hard edge and complex lyrics. One afternoon, Detroit Hip-Hop Legend Phat Kat, was on the phone with long time friend and collaborator, Unjust, (Hieroglyphics Imperium producer) who shared that he had been working on some tracks with iconic Hieroglyphics Crew and West Coast pioneer Casual. Kat lamented “man…how ill would it be if we did a project together?” This left the rest to Unjust and the stars began to align. Unjust handpicked some choice beats of his, sent them to Kat and Casual and within a few short weeks, this insanely powerful body of work was complete; and it sounds exactly how you think it would--- relentless, urgent, mean, honest and gritty. Ron Jon Bovi – Neaux Mursi is Casual and Phat Kat’s debut fulllength group album and it’s produced in its entirety by the Oakland based, Hieroglyphics Imperium producer Unjust; who you already know from his work with First Light (Opio and Pep Love), and the recent Hiero group effort, The Kitchen, and turns in by far his most ambitious production work to date for Neaux Mursi.
Zackey Force Funk was born into this wild world in Tucson, AZ in 1974. In and out of prison since the age of 17, ZFF began producing on pirated software his brother gave to him once he had given up a life of crime to focus on writing tunes and raising his family. First discovered by Kutmah back in the golden era of Myspace, Zackey’s signature “Force Funk Sound” swiftly grabbed the attention of a number of formidable producers. As these tunes were scattered across various labels, finding their homes on their respective collaborator’s projects, ZFF continued to hone his style, delving deeper into the psychedelic future funk realm of which he has created for himself. The fruits of his discipline all add up to “Electron Don” [HNR52] a 15-track collection of early productions that serves as the initial transmission of a fantastical mind that has many more stories to tell. “Electron Don” gathers together various unreleased and classic tracks recorded by Zackey Force Funk circa 2009-2011 in Tucson, AZ. Included here are a treasure-trove of classic productions by the Electron Don himself, as well as tracks by luminaries Salva, Mike Gao, Lorn, Jellphonic, Cupp Cave, Crimekillz, Mark Lowe and Paolo XZ.
Sometimes you just gotta make dreams come true - it’s a big honor for us to realize the first Big Pun posthumous release after 15 years on Vinyl! Features KRS-One, Marley Marl, Kool G Rap, Cormega, Easy Mo Bee & Shaquille O’Neal!! Authorized big Domingo and his Rios family this release reminds us all about the lyricial genius Big Punisher - rounded off with an incredible Cover Artwork!
Tri Angle is excited to announce the release of Reducer, the debut album from Hanz, a.k.a 25-year old producer and multi instrumentalist Brandon Juhans, on vinyl for the first time. With a penchant for the cinematic, the Georgia-born, Durham, North Carolina-based producer cuts blasted, abstract beats on post-punk textures, resulting in a sound that somehow manages to echo RZA, Rammellzee, This Heat and PIL, whilst carving out a unique identity all of his own. At a time when most hip hop production sounds as if it's stuck in preset mode, Reducer feels like a vital injection of creativity, harking back to a time in the past when no sample and no sound was off limits. Opening track, 'The History of...', a dizzying collage of broken drum machine beats, white noise shards and glitchy dub, is a good place to start in trying to epitomize the energy of the record. From there on Hanz continues to take the listener on a trip into a dark, complex headspace where haunted patois vocals, industrial drums, harps, elastic bass-lines and dystopian hip hop beats collide. It's his capability of collapsing one sound world into another almost seamlessly, whilst retaining a distinctly raw punk energy throughout that sets Hanz aside. It makes for an unpredictable and thrilling listen.In Reducer Hanz has created something wildly ambitious which, doesn't sound like much else out there in 2015. The 'Reducer' LP will be produced in limited quantities.
Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett are unstoppable. The New York artists, collectively known as Beacon, have been on a productive hot streak since 2012, and their efforts continue to pay off. "When we weren't writing," Mullarney starts, "we hit the road and didn't really look back. We toured the US five times since The Ways We Separate came out, building this project the old-fashioned way." And Beacon's natural, time-tested process has brought us Escapements, their sophomore album for Ghostly. Whereas the duo's debut was more streamlined and defined, Escapements thrives on an amorphous, free-flowing nature. "We went into this feeling liberated," continues the singer/producer, and Gossett seems to echo his thought: "This record is in part our attempt to formulate what Beacon is going to look and sound like going forward."
Junior Boys formed in Hamilton, Ontario over a decade ago and were instrumental in shaping the sound of modern electronic pop music prevalent today, with their with their illustrious trademark production, that fuses their love for R&B, techno and pop music. Since their last record in 2011, Jeremy Greenspan has been busy co-writing and producing Jessy Lanza’s critically acclaimed album ‘Pull My Hair Back’, releasing solo 12”s on Caribou/Daphni’s Jiaolong record label and mixing/mastering various other artists (including Caribou), all from the confines of his small studio in Hamilton, Ontario. While Matt Didemus has been exploring the outer limits of dance music in techno-capital Berlin through this label Obsession Recordings. 'Big Black Coat’ is a rich, direct, synth-pop record that introduces a new side to Junior Boys. It finds their signature sound counterbalanced by a new minimal approach. The second half of the album embraces a boiled down simplicity, incorporating elements of industrial and dubstep, reminiscent of long nights on the dance floor.
Includes a 12-page lyric and art book. Is the Is Are, the highly-anticipated sophomore release from Brooklyn-based DIIV, is an album years and many personal struggles in the making for it's architect, Zachary Cole Smith. Recorded and mixed in various locations in Brooklyn, it showcases everything you know and love about DIIV, and many things you did not, all with an added nuance and depth. It is a 17-song, double-album statement intended to resonate with its audience in much the same way that Bad Moon Rising or Tago Mago has for Smith himself. An extension and deepening of the musical ideas first expressed on 2012's critically-lauded Oshin, Is the Is Are yields a multiplicity of textures, lyrical themes, and moods. It is a more diverse world than Oshin, with different parameters and ideals. Dark and honest to a fault, the new songs are dynamic, loud, quiet, sad; they are songs that hiss and snarl; songs that, as Smith wrote recently, represent "the real me." Smith’s vocals, too, are much closer to the foreground, layered legibly on top of tidal waves of shimmering guitar and melodic bass weaving in and out, leaving a distinct and indelible imprint.
It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognizing your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché. It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It’s about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It’s about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying. But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer. Savages’ second album, Adore Life, was recorded at RAK Studios, London in April 2015. Johnny Hostile was the producer and Richard Woodcraft the engineer. Anders Trentmøller took care of the mixing in Copenhagen.
Going through that process brings us K-def’s new album, The Way It Was. The title sums it up. Instead talking about dues he paid and the roots of his skill set, The Way it Was is a living demonstration for younger listeners who grew up after the 90’s and his core fans who remember the days of his Lords of the Underground, Real Live, Mic Geronimo and World Renown productions like yesterday. Though mostly instrumental, frequent collaborator Blu appears on 3 tracks. Blu was inspired to record the socially aware, “The Boys” and the lively “Strawberry Lemonade” (featuring Damu the Fudgemunk and newcomer Kunal) after hearing K-Def’s original demo cassettes. At 11 tracks, “The Way It Was” is a must have for 90’s fans. It IS exactly “what it was”. For the label, K-Def is an exception. His latest offering entitled “The Unpredictable Gemini” (1 of 2 new albums released simultaneously), is a fully instrumental opus into the mind and soul of one of hip hop’s greatest producers. The Unpredictable Gemini showcases his evolving style and genre pioneering tricks and techniques he continues to refine through the use of his unique production tools. Keeping this project very close to heart and classified from the public over the last 3 years, K meticulously produced, composed, arranged, mixed and mastered well over 100 tracks before making executive decisions on this album he wants the world to hear.
Koncept & J57 create earnest Big Apple stadium bangers that carry a deep emotional resonance while still keeping the party rockin’. They were weaned on crate digging and local deep cuts, but have always kept one foot in the mainstream. It was this deep immersion into NYC’s hip-hop scene that brought the two together. Lyrically, Koncept delivers intimately biographical rhymes that explore where he’s at now by dissecting his past. His friend and cohort J57 adds his A-game production to the mix in a sweeping tapestry of boombap revival, orchestral synths & clever hooks. Now, as an ambitious producer/emcee team, the young veterans are ready to take their epic, relentless sound to the masses. In the wake of this incendiary performance, Red Bull Music chose Koncept as part of its artist development and discovery program SoundSelect. With this platform in mind, Koncept & J57 refocused their energies on music that would resonate with a wider audience. The result is their new EP The Fuel—a riveting underdog tale told as if the duo is looking back on its legacy a la ESPN’s SportsCentury. Fired up, Koncept details his hip-hop hustle over J57’s big-statement music, the whole affair filled with ecstatic anticipation for the real-life successes on the horizon. With The Fuel, these rising artists build on their underground hiphop success, proving that in addition to being technically proficient (as they’d already displayed with Brown Bag AllStars), they’re also capable of adding a strong emotional core to their music.
Coming off the success of last year’s collaborative album “Barrel Brothers” with Skyzoo, Torae returns with his sophomore album, “Entitled”. Picking up where his debut “For the Record” left off, we find Torae back in his zone of witty and thought-provoking lyrics over stellar production. The album features production from Grammy Award-winning producers such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Nottz, and Denaun Porter. Guest features include: Grammy-nominated acts like Phonte (of Foreign Exchange/Little Brother), actor/singer/songwriter Mack Wilds, and Teedra Moses. “Entitled” also features the Pharoahe Monch-assisted “What’s Love?” previously unavailable on CD or vinyl formats.
CD and 2xLP feature iron-on patch and download card for the Rubble Kings documentary. The Album is a soundtrack of music inspired by the movie Rubble Kings and is out globally via Mass Appeal Records. Produced by longtime Run The Jewels collaborator Little Shalimar, the album features appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Killer Mike, Tunde Adebimpe, Mr Muthaf*kin eXquire, Boldy James, Cuz Lightyear, Ka and Roxiny, in addition to Run The Jewels.
Features the 2 historic sequels in one package: both back to back Top 10 albums! Limited edition, deluxe fan packaging with bonus photos personally chosen by The Game! Includes 3rd bonus disc containing previously unreleased songs.
In the four years, since the release of Adrian Younge's Something About April, he has been coined America's black genius: the evocation of analog vestige in a digital era. His majestic music has garnered him reverence, likened to Ennio Morricone's best work and the Beatles' tenacity to create new sounds. Fortuitously, Something About April has made an indelible impression on modern vinyl heads and producers alike, being sampled by DJ Premier, Jay-Z, Common, 50 Cent and more. The Something About April brand is an axiom to the modern "Breakbeat" and Linear Labs is happy to announce its successor: Something About April II. Recorded with Younge's collection of rare instruments, Something About April II advances his musical paradigm with enterprising concepts and grander compositions - it synthesizes the boundaries between dark American soul and classic European cinema. With effervescent conviction,Younge executes with an array of entrancing vocalists: Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) and Bilal perform duets on "Step Beyond" and "La Ballade," reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin; Raphael Saadiq blends "Black Jazz" vocals with psychedelic soul on "Magic Music;" Israeli star, Karolina, delivers haunting chants over concertos like "Hear my Love" and "Winter is Here;" Loren Oden croons as if the apparent ghost of Donnie Hathaway created one last love song, "Sandrine." Younge is the experimental spirit of the modernist vanguard, looking at the past to create the future. What this album extrapolates, from vinyl culture, will become further magnified by its sampling down the line. Something About April II will replace the former as a holy grail for producers and collectors alike.
When It's Dark Out comes fresh off the heels of G-EAZY's Billboard chart topping debut album, These Things Happen, which was released last year to critical acclaim. With cinematic, personal storytelling and immersive, hard-hitting and sweeping productions, When It's Dark Out is easily the most impressive and accomplished work to date for the rising artist.
12 Finger Dan & B-Base aka Soulbrotha have carved a niche for themselves as a dope boom-bap production and turntablist duo from Hamburg, Germany. As SP1200 enthusiasts and close protégés of producer icon DJ Premier, the veteran beatsmiths and Ill Adrenaline Records team up to release a limited edition 2CD, containing the critically acclaimed and rare "Collector's Item" album from 2009 (CD1) plus the previously released "Connexion" EP from 2013 and the brand new "The Golden Era Isn't Finished" EP (CD2). Produced, mixed, mastered, and arranged by the Soulbrotha duo, the 38-track strong 2CD-set entitled "2009-2015" features guest appearances from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Craig G, Kev Brown, Krumb Snatcha, Blaq Poet, Big Shug, Finsta, Afu-Ra, Marley Marl, Nutso, QNC, Kazi, Freestyle Professors, Beneficence, Sadat X, Reks, NYG'z, and many more. Raw beats and rhymes with plenty of dope cuts!
Brick City veteran and Ill Adrenaline Records co-founder Beneficence unleashes his 6th solo LP "Basement Chemistry". Armed with the true sounds of the golden era Benef drops rejuvenated flows and shares mics with hip-hop's elite lyricists. The lineup includes Inspectah Deck (of Wu-Tang Clan), Masta Ace, MC Eiht, El Da Sensei, AG (of D.I.T.C), Dres (of Black Sheep), The Legion, Chubb Rock, MindsOne, and Estee Nack (of Tragic Allies). Production handled by DJ Spinna, Da Beatminerz, 12 Finger Dan, Confidence, L'Orange, Presto, KON Sci, Jazz Spastiks, and many more. Obscure samples, intricate cuts, and official boom bap sound!
Bundle of volumes one and two of Vingthor The Hurler's "Low Budget/LoFi Series" on gorgeous, two-tone color-shell cassettes! Both tapes include download cards. Beautiful 2 tone (yellow/clear and turquoise/clear) cassette shells with white imprint, full color J-card and clear Norelco box.Entirely produced by Vingthor the Hurler with scratches & blends by Kai Allen X aka DJ MVP. This 39 minute continuous blend of beats uses all drums and samples exclusively from vinyl using the BOSS SP-505 and a portable turntable. Artwork by Monsterism.
Gatefold vinyl includes 7 inserts with artwork from Grimes, and LP includes download card with bonus track. Spanning fourteen tracks, the new album features collaborations with Janelle Monáe and newcomer, Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes. It was recorded primarily in her home studio in Los Angeles, CA, where she relocated to in 2014. Like all of her previous albums, Art Angels was written and recorded entirely as a solo endeavour. The new album features more live instrumentation than ever before on a Grimes record. She plays piano, guitar and violin, continuing her evolution as a musician and a producer for her most ambitious album to date.
After 20 years behind the decks and 10 years making music with friends and family, Wonderwheel Recordings labelhead DJ Nickodemus presents Wonderworld: 10 Years of Painting Outside The Lines, a special musical retrospective and mix put together by Nickodemus himself reflecting the best of his own original material and remixes from his three albums Endangered Species, Sun People, and Moon People.The music is a perfect reflection of Nickodemus' globetrotting, culture-bending style...sunny Latin beats get mixed up with Dub, House, AfroBeat, Deeper Electronic sounds, and Funk.
A kind of continuation from Leftrecord (2012), Soap consists of entirely multi-loop instrumental freestyles recorded direct to cassette during the summer of 2015. Side A is Ailment; side B is Healing.
For many artists who have careers that span more than an album or two, there are often various lines visible in their work - a line from origin to current form, lines between different paradigms of sound, lines across which fans of different manifestations of the artist will not cross. Prurient in 2011 is drawing just such lines, and Time's Arrow proves this point explicitly. Here we bear witness to Dominick Fernow's long running project once again evolving, unfolding, permutating. Taking a bold step away from the sounds which drew attention his way in the formative years, he is clearly moving towards something new, something still taking form in the present moment. Unsettling perhaps for followers of Prurient's former incarnations, but extremely important for the longevity and vitality of a determinedly restless and inventive musician as Fernow has consistently proved himself to be. If noise music, the genre to which Prurient has most often been assigned, is about confrontation, exploration and defying expectations, this release measures up on all counts. Yet, much of what made past work identifiable as noise music - harsh textures, screams washed in seas of static, clanging unidentified percussion - is now gone. Those elements which formerly provided a valuable counterpoint to the harsh din of Prurient's core sound - buried melodies, passages of relative serenity, and occasional spoken word bits - have come to the fore. A sense of naked clarity and uncomfortable intimacy now brings the listener closer to the world as described the music, rather than pushing away the would be voyeuristic observer. This is best illustrated on the title track of the EP, "Times Arrow", where a glistening synth melody lays atop an undeniably dancey beat, over which a fragmented, but clearly discernible narrative is intoned. Sinister in character to be sure, but also clearly without any element that could be described as overtly aggressive. Though a newly formed voice of Prurient is clearly prominent on this release, a line drawn from the past to the present is visible throughout. As the EP progresses echoes of Fernow's assaultive past explosions creep steadily to the forefront, culminating in the furious blizzard of the closing instrumental version of "Slavery in the Bahamas". This is not a calculated reassurance for fans of old that Fernow is still capable of his former feats of unbridled harshness, but rather a reminder that no one can fully escape the past, no matter however continual the process of regeneration and renewal might be - the line of time connects the then to now and onwards.
EXT returns with his follow up to the third installment of House Shoes reputable "The Gift" series with "Arts & Craft". EXT cleared off his desktop about a year ago and sent me everything he had been working on. All of the tracks were in various stages of development. Some loops, Some fully fleshed out, some sounded like sketches. It drew my attention because of the resounding innocence of the collection, an innocence that is more or less gone from the industry in 2015. Listen and learn what it sounds like to just have the intention to create, not muddled with the star aspirations or big money dreams. Just to create.
Accomplished Polish beat-maker Emapea has made memorable appearances on many Cold Busted label compilations – such as in the IWYMI and Bust Free series – and has been selected for inclusion in Mark Farina’s next Mushroom Jazz installment. All this activity has mouths watering for the debut full length album from Emapea, and the appearance of Seeds, Roots & Fruits doesn’t disappoint one bit. Featuring sixteen exceptional tracks ranging from hip hop to acid jazz to psychedelic trip hop in the style of Mo’Wax, Emapea’s long player is indeed, as a wise man once said, “a journey into sound.” Seeds, Roots & Fruits rises above the average beats album to reveal the enduring depth of this young producer … Emapea is one to watch.