The Baker's Dozen series kicks off in 2017 with its fifth volume. Baker's Dozen, an exclusive vinyl series that shines a light on the best minds of instrumental hip-hop, ambient, and electronic music offers each artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound. This edition features Los Angeles based producer Daedelus. Every volume features one artist and twelve tracks, and comes 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 as well as a personal narrative of how they got into beat making in the first place. 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."...Of course that's my intention here. A collection of beat inventions from my now about 16 years of plumbing into crates, purchasing pawnshop drum machines, and even crafting noise makers of my own." - Daedelus
Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on red vinyl. New full-length album from veteran MC ILL BILL, including production from MoSS, DJ Skizz, ILL BILL and features from Slaine, Goretex, Q-Unique and more. ILL BILL released solo projects as well as albums with his groups Non Phixion and La Coka Nostra. "I'm a huge exploitation and grindhouse cinema fan...I made "Septagram" in the same spirit as those obscure and cultish movies me and my brothers used to watch when we were kids. That mid-70s - mid 80s times square double feature scumbag shit." - ILL BILL
Bang Ya Head Entertainment is gearing up to release the Instrumentals to the critically acclaimed Bad Neighbor LP by MED and Blu. All beats produced by Madlib. 15 banging instrumentals and 3 bonus beats for your enjoyment. Everything Madlib creates is innovating but the production on Bad Neighbor LP are timeless. Double vinyl with download card. With 100% beats by Madlib, Bad Neighbor is the brainchild of MED – a cornerstone in Stones Throw’s history -- and Blu – the voice behind modern classics like Below the Heavens -- who instantly clicked a decade earlier on tour with Emanon. The album is an exclamation point on the idea that began with The Burgundy EP, expanded to include Dam Funk and Mayer Hawthorne on The Buzz EP, and continued until contributions from Anderson .Paak (Dr. Dre’s Compton), Hodgy Beats (Odd Future), and the one-and-only MF DOOM made Bad Neighbor ready to launch. But Bad Neighbor isn’t the first time MED and Madlib’s orbits have collided. A fellow head from the fertile crescent of Oxnard, CA, MED not only guested on the now-classic Soundpieces by Lootpack in ’99, he also dropped into Madvillain’s “Raid” (Madvillainy, 2004) and made his mark on Quasimoto’s Unseen (2000), not to mention making the sole MC appearance on Madlib’s acclaimed Shades of Blue. Madlib, in turn, provided the lion’s share of production on MED’s Classic and Push Comes to Shove alongside J Dilla and Oh No. Meanwhile Blu, besides earning HipHopDX’s “Rookie of the Year” bona fides, put LA back on the map alongside Exile (Below the Heavens, Give Me My Flowers…) and as a self-produced solo artist (Her Favorite Colour, Jesus, York!, Good to Be Home). Bad Neighbor, although hazy, heavy, and blunted under the influence of Madlib’s aesthetic backbone, floats effortlessly above the smoke by virtue of MED and Blu’s sometimes topical, sometimes acrobatic, and always on-point interplay. The album is undoubtedly an extension of all three artists’ signature sounds, but it simultaneously defies all precedents to reaffirm each individual’s position at the forefront of LA’s legendary hip-hop landscape.
Between the dark truths and delirious musicality of Chicago, Mick Jenkins finds his niche in hip-hop. His agile but understated rhymes are the threads that tie together excursions into house music and R&B. Alongside his equally free-thinking Chi-Town peers, these songs nail a wise and world-weary tone even as they luxuriate in the luscious, bubbling warmth of the beats.
Starboy is the follow up to last year’s Grammy-Award winning, 3X-platinum Beauty Behind The Madness. Title track “Starboy” ft. Daft Punk was named “Most Added Record of All-Time in North America” at radio.
180 gram audiophile vinyl, including 4-page insert. Kool Keith's seminal, literally out-of-this-world classic, featuring the singles "Livin' Astro", "I'm Seeing Robots" and "Supergalactic Lover" Kool Keith is an American rapper from The Bronx known for his surreal, abstract and often profane or incomprehensible lyrics. Kool Keith has recorded prolifically both as a solo artist and in group collaborations. After being part of the legendary hip hop formation Ultramagnetic MC's he debuted in 1996 as a profound solo artist. He is generally considered to be one of hip-hop's most eccentric and unusual personalities.By the big audience Kool Keith is mostly known as the voice of the number "Smack My Bitch Up" by the Prodigy, a fragment used without his consent.Black Elvis/Lost in Space is the fourth studio album by mc Kool Keith, but recorded under the alias of Black Elvis. This is the first album performed under this alias.Kool Keith uses very complex rhymes on various subject matters from Black Elvis' viewpoint on half of the album and on the other half elaborates on space travel and being lost in space. This is the first album for which Keith handled all of the production, although drum programming was done by Kutmasta Kurt and Marc Live.
Jlin returns with the first fruits of her new work since last years ‘Free Fall’ EP. ‘Dark Lotus’ is a transition between ‘Dark Energy’, her debut album, and her forthcoming ‘Black Origami’ full-length. A-side ‘Te Return of the Blvck Rxbbit (ft. Avril Stormy Unger)’ is the more traditional of the two tracks, starting off proceedings with a constantly switching rhythmic structure and a stop-start sweeping hoover stab panning between the speakers, descending bleeps and Avril's vocals cut into shapes and pushed through effects. ‘Nyakinyua Rise’ races headlong into uncharted territory, with a fierce barrage of djembe drums over pounding bass, punchy war cries and jubilant uluations that paint a tension between hot aggression and weightless ecstasy.
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.
Gold vinyl, includes sticker sheet, lyric sheet and poster Killer Mike and El-P's third Run The Jewels album featuring Danny Brown, Kamasi Washington, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Trina, Boots, and more.
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.
Deluxe Edition comes in 180 gram vinyl with printed card innersleeves and gatefold outersleeve. Also includes four 12" x 12" card inserts and is housed in a PVC dust bag with gold foil print! Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album, the masterful, magisterial Migration a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and beyond. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholy, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work, as Green says of the broad dynamics on the album, "Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life."
Madlib's remix of Champion Sound, plus a previously unreleased track recorded in the original Jaylib sessions: “Da Rawkus.” Vocals: J Dilla. Production: Madlib.
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.
LA’s heavy funksters are back with another two-sided banger! Keeping it instrumental on the A-side with an uptempo dancefloor burner featuring Brooklyn’s own Ikebe Shakedown. And not letting up on the B-side, a super cool and slow lowrider jam called “P.C.H. (One More Mile) that features the soulful crooning of Jesse Wagner from The Aggrolites. A two-sided killer!
Liner notes by Knoel Scott and Irwin Chusid. Limited 180 gram vinyl pressing with tip on sleeve. Art Yard continues their voyage into the omniverse of unreleased Sun Ra tapes with I Roam The Cosmos, an unreleased, previously unheard 1972 live session recorded at Slug's Saloon in New York. Fronting a stellar 18-piece incarnation of the Arkestra, I Roam The Cosmos finds Sun Ra taking the listener on a poetic journey to the outer limits of planetary awareness. While the captain of the space-ship declaims his message with Arkestra vocalist June Tyson as co-pilot, the Arkestra voyage into the solar centers of esoteric astro-black knowledge aboard a comet-trail jam on "Discipline 27-II". As current Arkestra member Knoel Scott observes in his liner notes, "Sun Ra was a teacher, come down to earth to spread the enlightenment of the ancients and advance the alter-destiny of humankind. This earth was not his home: he was here to wake the sleepers, and to make sure no-one would forget his message. The universe sent him to converse with us, and I Roam The Cosmos is another unique message from Saturn, delivered for tomorrow's world by Art Yard Records."
ZAVALA (Alexander Zavala) is a Chicago based electronic music producer born and raised on the outskirts of Chicago. For the past 15 years Zavala has been creating and defining a unique sound of his own with influences heavily based in golden era hip hop & house. A sound of which is dense in melody & textural soundscapes and is often described as a moody combination of the dark with the blissful, all built on a foundation of analog synthesizers, drum machines & samplers. Zavala first gained recognition in 2010 with his debut "Canciones Modernas" A vinyl only - split 12" W/ Legendary Chicago producer DJ PNS Of The Molemen) released on vinyl-centric Fieldwerk Recordings, a record label co-founded by Zavala. All the while, Zavala began his role as production and 1/2 of the left field hip-hop duo DARK TIME SUNSHINE. The duo combining Veteran MC Onry Ozzborn (of Grayskul/Rhymesayers) gained critical notarity later that year in 2010 with their debut LP "Vessel" released on Fake Four Inc. and subsequently spent the following 5 years touring extensively. Since his debut release in 2010, Zavala has worked very little outside of Dark Time Sunshine with only a few solo releases on labels such as iNSECT RECORDS & Fake Four Inc. as well as remixes for the likes of Aesop Rock, Busdriver & Sister Crayon. Fast fwd to 2015 where you can find Zavala delving into the realm of House music, a genre near & dear, representing a time of musical discovery, youth, the roller rink, and being the essential influence for his melodic explorations and niche. More so than ever you can find Zavala's output steeped in the influence of Chicago house, UKG & Techno. His 2016 Release FANTASMAS is a clear representation of that & yet another reflection of his unique & imaginative vision.
The Killers match post-punk guitars with a synthesizer overlay that recalls '80s New Wave without burying their sound in nostalgia. On their debut, Hot Fuss, frontman Brandon Flowers plumbs his imagination for tales of murdered lovers ('Jenny Was a Friend of Mine,' 'Midnight Show'), voyeurism ('Mr. Brightside'), and sexual confusion (the single 'Somebody Told Me').
"EVERYBODY LOOKING" was recorded in Atlanta with critically acclaimed producers, Mike WiLL Made-It, Zaytoven, and Drumma Boy, over six days immediately following his early release from prison last month.
Rennen. It’s a German verb that translates in English to “run,” and as soon as SOHN begins to describe his journey over the last two years, it becomes obvious why it’s also the title of his stunning new album for 4AD. Critics and fans alike are eagerly anticipating the album in the wake of his acclaimed 2014 debut, Tremors. That record, called “spellbinding” by The Sunday Times, launched him from behind-the-scenes producer to international star, with Uncut hailing the Vienna-born artist’s “pristine techno-soul,” Q praising his music as “spine-tingling,” and the New York Times raving that “his tenor rises to androgynous high notes that are lonely fragility incarnate.” Musically, SOHN exercised restraint in the productions, limiting each song to three main elements. His goal was to hone in on the essence of the tracks, and to ensure that he recorded only the strongest material that could stand on its own without studio magic. It’s an ambitious exhibition of both his personal and artistic growth, a confident display of the evolution he’s undergone in just two short years. It’s also a starter’s pistol ringing out loud and clear with an unmistakable message: it’s time to run again, and SOHN is ready.
Limited to 150. Back in 1990 a group known as 2 Mad & Company consisted of a young Ray West combined with an aspiring teenageMC 2 Mad . Together they formed a short lived group the consisted mostly of basement recordings & street corner ciphers. These recordings come from a rare studio session that took place in 1991 @ the Box Studio in NYC. Remastered from a demo tape cassette and pressed on a 7 inch vinyl, consider this a time capsule dating back to 1991. This 7 inch contains 2 full songs & a bonus track from 1991 featuring Poetic Prince.
Includes sticker sheet and poster Killer Mike and El-P's third Run The Jewels album featuring Danny Brown, Kamasi Washington, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Trina, Boots, and more.
From the first few notes, this record grabs you. It’s raw soul and funk music crafted to perfection. Wailing vocals, soaring horns, and a super tight rhythm section. With a dirty production style, Soul Scratch serves up something that’s familiar, fresh, and never more relevant.
The first full-length album from The LOX in 16 years. The album includes tracks with featured artists Fetty Wap, Mobb Deep, DJ Premier And Gucci Mane. Yonkers-based hip-hop collective The LOX (comprised of Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss) is a talent unmatched in the hip-hop game. Their debut album Money, Power & Respect went platinum in 1998, peaking at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Their follow-up album, We Are The Streets, peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and is certified gold. The LOX have collaborated with notable artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, DMX, Lil' Kim, Puff Daddy, Eve, Mary J. Blige, and Mase and appeared on a multitude of hits including Mariah Carey's "Honey", and Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny From The Block".
Texas based analog producer GENSU DEAN started in Jackson, Mississippi producing on the now legendary Crooked Lettaz debut Grey Skies for his friend and Grammy Winner David Banner. Since that time he has gone on to produce for some of the best to ever do it including Ol Dirty Bastard (Wu-Tang Clan), CL Smooth, Homeboy Sandman, Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Large Professor, Planet Asia, Denmark Vessey, Guilty Simpson, and many more. The Mello Music Group producer started with the classic SP1200 and has added other analog equipment to his production techniques over the years, opening new chambers with each album. RAW is his newest foray into Hiphop and finds him pushing the sonic envelope while maintaining a vintage sound. The new album features friends and family Diamond D (DITC), Homeboy Sandman, Roc Marci, J-Live, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Red Pill, and more.
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.
“The elixir is the essence of being able to control your future with elements of both the past and present. I live through my music only to progress towards a better day.”—Aaron Rose After shedding his former pseudonym of A La $ole, Pro Era member Aaron Rose dropped a number of noteworthy singles and killed every guest feature. But with the release of his new EP, ‘Elixir,’ the Brooklyn rapper has never sounded more focused or motivated, and it’s only a taste of what’s to come from the young artist. His tenacity becomes clear as soon as opener “The Root of Sole” hits your ear with its mad-scientist samples and production from J57 (he produced five of the EP’s seven tracks). And then in comes Rose to bring it all together, flexing his breathless flow and dizzying wordplay. From there, the BK native continues to rip apart the instrumentals, including the jazzier “Break It Down,” featuring Domo Genesis and the more militant “Parkside Ave.” More than just a rapper with incredible chops, Rose also reveals pieces of his personality and background on those same tracks. Like on “Break It Down” when he rhymes, ”’A black man who knows what his worth is, I’m off the circuits/ From this American horror story, we in the circus” Elsewhere, he eviscerates his critics on standouts “The Art of Sole” and “Swank Corleone,” the latter of which is produced by Latrell James. Rose also gets an opportunity to stunt alongside fellow Pro Era member Dirty Sanchez on “The Shift,” a slapper produced by The Audible Doctor. Amidst the variety in sounds, the project remains distinctly the work of its host emcee. And he drives that point home when speaking on ‘Elixir,’ saying succinctly: “I am Aaron Rose and this is my elixir.” ‘Elixir’ becomes available on December 16th through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms, and can be purchased on CD, via Coalmine Records.
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his first group)’s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol’ Dirty Bastard kind of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through his abstract wordplay, spitting ‘only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude on self-destruct.’ Who You Think I Am? features DOOM‘s crew M.onster I.sland C.zars, while on “?” he trades hot verses with former Columbia artist Kurious Jorge. Doom’s avant-garde ghetto-rhyme philosophies take even more intentionally weird twists on “Tick, Tick...” where he and guest MC MF Grimm’s flows warble over a rhythm track whose tempo speeds up and slows down continually. The comic-book themed skits, will help take you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly as they come. And in today’s bland commercial Rap universe, Operation: Doomsday’s left-of-center beats and rhymes are the perfect remedy.
Technicians! Get ready to immerse yourself in The Storm! This thunderous masterpiece from Tech N9ne hits stores on 12/9, but here's your chance to preorder the album that takes Tech's career full-circle and there's nothing Calm about it. The Storm displays Tech's evolution and growth as a world-renowned rap artist, while staying true to his roots - blending into an aural experience that's uniquely Tech N9ne.
Veteran underground hip-hop producer from New Jersey, P-Original, best known for his work with El Da Sensei (of The Artifacts), Beneficence, Pacewon, and Dr. Becket drops a brand new LP of blazing instrumentals. Earthy, warm beats from the MPC and classic SP1200, emblematic of the award winning cover design by illustrator Brad Yeo featured in Creative Arts CA that lean on the Jazz and Soul side. A beautiful pressing on 180 gram vinyl limited to a small run of 300 copies.
Alfred Darlington, better known as Daedelus, is an influential Los Angeles producer and cornerstone of the electronic & beat music scenes both locally and internationally. Over the last 15 years, he has released a number of full-lengths, EPs and remixes on labels like Ninja Tune, Anticon, and most recently Brainfeeder, namely the collaborative Kneebody Kneedelus release last year. With this LP coming out on his own label, Daedelus now wields the power to wind through the maze on his terms, sharing music and further developing the Magical Properties platform. There will also be a very special limited edition cassette pressing of ‘Labyrinths’ in collaboration with fellow Los Angeles label Dome of Doom. The first press is limited to 300 copies. Twisting, complex, and rhizomatic - Daedelus unfurls a maze of genre on Labyrinths, juxtaposing disparate influences while maintaining an underlying love and appreciation for all styles.
“I like to tap into people’s imaginations. When I spit, I try to make movies with my words…” Armed with his unique delivery, gruff voice, and sharp wit, U.G. is well-equipped to do just as he wishes when he hits the booth. Whether on his own or earning critical acclaim as one-half of the Cella Dwellas, the Brooklyn rapper has been a giant amongst the NYC rap underground since ’94. And on Portals, his long anticipated solo debut, he proves exactly why so many look his way for music that’s incredibly fresh, and completely his own. Portals is a 14-track journey into just what U.G. set out to accomplish—a movie-like atmosphere anchored by well complemented production (entirely from IDE) and extraordinary rapping. That much was evident on lead single, “The Mystic,” which is equally eccentric in its wordplay and technical displays as U.G. flows over the creeping instrumental. Elsewhere, the BK spitter taps into his cinematic vision with joints like the harrowing “Might & Magic,” and the super-grimy, “Ready for War.” Interestingly enough, U.G. credits his movie-like approach with what makes his music so appealing to his fans. “That inner-kid comes out of them when they hear that stuff,” he says. “We (U.G. and IDE) are both visual artists as far as our approach to sound is concerned.” Beyond the concept, the rapper and producer just love Hip-Hop culture and wanted to represent it right. They may be taking a Boom bap excursion into another dimension—and likely one in a distant galaxy—on Portals, but this is pure, raw, unadulterated Hip-Hop to the bone gristle. Portals is set to drop Oct 21st via Creative Juices Music, and will be available on Compact Disc as well all major digital retailers and streaming platforms. Its features include Mista Sinista, DJ White Shadow, Celph Titled, Life Long, and Necro.
Jay Dee, aka J Dilla, emerged as a Hip Hop producer to be reckoned with in 1995 when his name was attached to the first single from The Pharcyde's eagerly anticipated sophomore album "Labcabincalifornia". Drop the needle on his first Pharcyde production "Runnin" and you have the launch point of a producer's career that mesmerized, titillated and expanded the domes of Hip Hop fans for the next decade. "Jay Deelicious: Originals, Remixes & Rarities" documents Jay Dilla's early production on Delicious Vinyl. Working closely with The Pharcyde and Michael "Mike Floss" Ross, (Delicious Vinyl's founder), Jay Dee was instrumental in keeping The Pharcyde's second album as ear poppin' and bugged as their maiden classic "Bizarre Ride To The Pharcyde", stepping up big time after the group parted ways with "Bizarre" producer J-Swift. In addition to original productions and remixes for "Labcabin", Jay Dee skillfully worked with the label on incredible mixes for the Brand New Heavies, as well as unreleased remixes for former BNH singer, N'Dea Davenport. From the jazzed out Rhodes syncopation of "Sometimes" featuring Q-Tip, to the crazy cutting up of "Got To Give It Up" for "Saturday Night" featuring Mos Def, Jay Dee shows there's no tempo he can't freak on some otherworldly jazzed up funk tip. So put on your head phones and take a trip into the early work of a Hip Hop master.
It's been 25 years since the release of the critically acclaimed "Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto" album. This limited edition cassette marks the anniversary of the album that put ED O.G & Da Bulldogs on the Hip-Hop map with songs like "I Got To Have It", "Bug-A-Boo" & "Be A Father To Your Child". The album produced a number one record on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart and two Top 20 singles to follow. This cassette features two unreleased bonus tracks, the thought provoking "Letter To The President" & the anti-establishment "Lik A Shot" that didn't make the original album due to samples and controversial lyrics. All songs produced by Joe Mansfield. Liner notes by ED O.G featuring alternate artwork.
Released in a limited edition of 100 copies. producer legend/deep family, ODD NOSDAM brings us "OFF TAPES," a super-special, unreleased collection of early collage + beat vignettes + experiments from his cLOUDDEAD era back in the late 90s. all tunes are recorded DR. SAMPLE 202 straight to 8-track tape in 1998-99 and remastered off tape at his Berkeley, California studio in 2016. salvaged from a box in the moms' attic, these beats hit hard and scream sunshine. a true treasure for fans of his signature saturated sound and fat driving drums. this edition of 100 cassettes is super-limited so don't sleep and get this magnetic artifact up in yo tape deck. "OFF TAPES 1998-99" is a skateboarder's dream soundtrack and an other-worldly, heavy-hittin' gem we are blessed and honored to present. purchase of tape includes mp3 download
Back in stock, the 2012 debut full-length from Austin-based electronic quartet S U R V I V E is available once again with yellow and black alternate artwork. A fresh U.S. repress is in high demand for this modern classic, as the band enjoys a recent surge in notoriety on the heels of members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein's soundtrack work on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Recorded from 2010-2012 at the band's own Omniverse Studios in Austin, this record chronicles the early days of the group as they developed and defined their familiar yet original style of dark soundscapes. S U R V I V E ' s debut full-length marks the culmination of countless sessions recording and crafting a remarkable balance of songwriting and experimentation. The band's signature sound is a combination of vintage and modern synthesizers, recorded live and carefully processed to draw character out of every enriched sound wave before joining the mix. Originally released in 2012 on Berlin-based Mannequin Records, S U R V I V E ' s premiere is a fusion of reserved minimalism and lucid hooks. Underlined by the band's uncompromising standards in sound design, this album maintains a damaged quality that is nuanced and cohesive across all nine emotive tracks. Ambient pieces such as 'To Light Alone I Bow' and 'Deserted Skies' are beautiful hybrids of harmony and tension that represent the record as a multifaceted work of both mood and melody. In contrast, the cold and brutally propulsive pair of singles 'Hourglass' and 'Omniverse' are strikingly addictive, making their way onto the soundtrack of the 2014 feature horror film The Guest, directed by Adam Wingard.
Long Beach serial chiller Ahwlee is a beat vet who delivers smooth buttery samples with a nostalgic vibe. 1991 is a cult classic cassette now reissued for the first time. These tracks are dusty, mellow and easy-going. Don’t mistake mellow for boring, however, because Ahwlee’s production is nuanced and intricate underneath the minimalist overtones. There’s jazzed-up Rhodes all over the place, and the percussion work masterfully includes a ton of negative space in between perfectly chopped breaks. They’ll get your head nodding.
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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.
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• 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 email@example.com