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Limited clear seven inch vinyl LP pressing. DJ hero A-Trak's single "We All Fall Down" transcends dance music's genres and trends. It's a welcome blend of throwback attitude ('80s electro soul, '90s Chicago house, two-stepping Y2K chart toppers), thoroughly modern production, and earworm melodies that feel timeless from the very first listen, courtesy of UK soulman Jamie Lidell.
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.
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.
CB Records and Mophono’s Halftone Society is proud to announce the first single from their new offshoot. Dubbed (the) “Halftone Society Rhythm Section”, it features some of the Bay Area’s most talented live instrumentalists. The project is a refreshing vocalbased departure from Mophono’s usual curiously obscure offerings, as it reimagines two eighties dance floor DJ classics “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards and “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean. The demand for this music became very apparent when Mophono’s “Cut Form Creator Dub” of “Caribbean Queen” was recently featured on the popular bay area compilation “off the beaten tracks”. On this new single,“The Halftone Society Rhythm Section” aims to pair the infectious sheen of eighties boogie with an inviting minimalism reminiscent of seventies funk standards. Young Aundee’s vocals channel a pop landscape full of rebellious souls, bankrupt lives and crumbling nations. The HSRS’s unpredictable approach to the A-Side, “Don’t Look Any Further”, finds the listener in a gritty drum heavy distortion bath of lush Rhodes and melodica choruses. On the B-side, with “Caribbean Queen”, The HSRS adds a layer of vulnerable grit to the silky original and expounds upon the island sound with Patrick Korte aka P Dub’s phenomenal drum work, warm dubs and a massive break down that calls for a rewind.
San Francisco Bay Area quintet Secret Sidewalk is proud to announce the long anticipated 7” Limited Edition Single, Cholo Curls Following the successful release of the 4-track album Truncate Mastadon the Dragon Wilson, Cholo Curls is an engaging blend of the avante-garde, electroacoustic, jazz sound that Secret Sidewalk has become known for. Secret Sidewalk is on the forefront of live electronic music performance with shows such as their brain child, “Smart Bomb”, the most forward-thinking live and electronic showcase in the Bay Area. Co Produced by Mophono, and recorded live at Circuit Studios San Francisco, this live experimental interplay is vivid in the dynamic composition of the B side Bibingka. Secret Sidewalk regularly performs live at events like the classic “Change the Beat” night (thrown by Mophono, Citizen Ten, and The Gaslamp Killer), Low End Theory (Los Angeles and San Francisco), South by Southwest (Grown Kids Radio SXSW Showcase), SF Offsides, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and Oakland’s 2nd Annual Hiero Day.
Rammellzee, the legendary visual, graffiti, and hip-hop artist, passed away in 2010, but before he left us he recorded his magnum opus, Cosmic Flush, with producer Jonah Mociun. The album has remained unreleased since, but now, Gamma Proforma celebrates the life of one of hip-hop's great minds by releasing Cosmic Flush as a commemorative series of limited-edition 12" records -- just 500 of each. The collection of breakcore and speed metal-influenced rap tracks stands as a futuristic relic. This 12" includes a remix and instrumental by Divine Styler.
When you’ve been in an industry for over 20 years, adaptation and evolution are key functions in any field. If you’re Kevin Hansford aka K-Def, you’ve seen good, you’ve seen bad, you’ve seen change and on occasion, you’ve seen history repeat itself. For some artists, staying true and being innovative can be a fine line and a struggle. On one hand, a reputation is built from birth creating a connection that should always be maintained. On the other hand, growth or lack of growth will occur whether change is embraced. A producer like K-Def would not still exist today in 2016 without being aware of those survival tactics. In a society dictated by technology, it’s hard to imagine the world as we know it without the devices and digital platforms we entertain unconsciously. As he continues to push himself, more recently K was inspired to track down all of his original 90’s gear and works dating prior to his software transition after a recent resurgence of old machines from the younger generation. That meant pulling out 2 full trash bags of floppy disks, revitalizing his old MPC 3000 to new condition, dusting off rack sampler modules and hunting down his MPC 60ii which was the first machine he used debuting in 1993 under Marley Marl. 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”.
In a genre where the most pivotal and defining moments occurred over 2 decades ago according to popular to consensus, few artists have managed to consistently achieve excellence and visibly contribute from the early 90’s to present day 2000’s. With regime changes, trend cycles, and technological advancements, producer K-Def is in a class of “rare breed” artists that pridefully embody the title veteran. So much can be said about what he has accomplished throughout his 20 plus year career, but specifically in 2015, K’s output and quality have stayed atop the conversation. Building a foundation at Redefinition Records, who adopted the catchphrase “Quality Over Quantity”, is not a question of how much, but rather how good. 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. Speaking on the album, K-Def made the following statement: “I want you to know that the sounds on this album display some of my true inner feelings about music & life. With the advancement of technology and my knowledge of using all kinds of recording equipment dating back to the late 80’s, I present to you the unpredictable Gemini.
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Charles E. Dickerson, better known by his stage name MONO/POLY, is an electronic music producer from Bakersfield, California, and now residing in Los Angeles. MONO/POLY joined Flying Lotus’ record label Brainfeeder in 2011 and released his debut EP “Manifestations”, plus the glorious “Golden Skies” LP in Summer 2014. The much anticipated follow-up is MONO/POLY's 2016 musical offering, "Cryptic" [HNR58], a nine-track EP of sterling sound design. The dense yet dynamic 30-minute album is predominated by MONO/POLY's striking instrumental productions, with exception of the stunner "Nocturne", which features the haunting vocals of Seven Davis Jr. (and guest bass by Thundercat). MONO/POLY's "Cryptic" will be available Monday January 4th, 2016 through Los Angeles-based imprint HIT+RUN, on limited-edition marbled green 12"" vinyl (in two distinct color ways - only 200qty of each pressed!) and housed in a hand-screenprinted cardboard jacket, as well as digital downloads worldwide.
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!
New Los Angeles based future soul label, Strange Neighbor arrives with an A-list crew of international beatsmiths and forever inspired vocal performers for the first of a series of forward thinking ep collaborations. The Philadelphia soul of Hezekiah and Ralph Real melds with the future beat production of Melbourne drummer/ producer Dizz1 for the ILLadelphic original. Sweatson Klank aka Take flips the script to push further forward with his deep LA Beat injection. Since signing to Tru Thoughts in 2013, Dizz1 continues to build on a steady collection of lauds from all the right corners. Support from Giles Peterson, Benji B, and an ultimate endorsement on Flying Lotus’s BBC residency have drawn considerable acclaim to his recent full length album ‘In Sickness and In Health’. Featured guests including Aloe Blacc, Frank Nitt, Om Mas Keith, Warrior Queen and Sadat X offer a hand in positioning Dizz1’s loose but heavy bass and clap sound - a midway station somewhere between Detroit and London. For his first release on Strange Neighbor, Dizz ropes in some of Melbourne’s most respected local session talent and slides onto the drum stool to wrap an intricate kick and snare around Hezekiah’s soul rap. Dropping these elements into his refined studio formula Dizz1 emerges with a new cut of original hip hop soul alchemy. From his early releases on Rawkus Records and Soul Spazm, to his Roots Crew involvements, through to recent projects and collaborations produced via his own 3Crates studio and label, Hezekiah is an unstoppable force in the East Coast hip hop and Philly soul community. ‘I Predict a Riot’ (Rawkus 2007) cemented an early reputation within conscientious hip hop circles alongside label mates Talib Kweli and Mos Def. Hezekiah has since contributed writing and production credits to Bilal’s ‘Airtight Revenge’, formed a number of future soul projects (‘Johnny Popcorn’, ‘The Ishi and Hezekiah project’) and has clocked up a substantial number of significant collaborations with Blu, Santigold, Bahamadia, The Roots Crew, Oddisee and Georgia Ann Muldrow just to name a few. Perpetually championed by Okay Player for his socially conscious lyricism, here Hezekiah‘s wordplay promotes positive black identity in the light of increased awareness surrounding racial injustice and police brutality. At once conscientious, but with hood sensibilities, Hezekiah has also roped in Mello Music’s Ralph Real for additional vocals. Incidentally you might recognize Ralph Real from his Mello Music Group involvements including regular touring as Oddisee’s keyboard player and backing vocalist. Formerly known as Take, Sweatson Klank is an originator of the LA Beat, post- Dilla sound and a former resident at Sketchbook alongside Kutmah and Eric Coleman (Mochilla). You’ll still hear traces of the imprint of that infamous clubnight - held in a Hollywood club with an impossible to find front entrance - at LA’s highly celebrated Low End Theory. Sweatson Klank productions include his recent Project Mooncircle album ‘You, Me, Temporary’ as well as a long spanning history of quality cinematic hip hop releases and collaborations with acclaimed UK bass producers and artists from the Brainfeeder roster including Mono Poly, Tokimonsta, Om Unit, Low Limit and Shigeto. Take and Sweatson Klank productions have also regularly been picked up by the refined ears of Benji B, Mary Anne Hobbs and Giles Peterson. A futurist at heart the Shots Fired remix combines Sweatson Klank’s trademark experimental hip hop aesthetic with ambient pad and cinematics, bringing new life to the Hezekiah vocal. One other of Sweatson Klank’s most recent futurist visions Rounds off the complete 5 track ep.
The unlikely union of TV on the Radio singer Tunde Adebimpe, Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and rapper Adam "Doseone" Drucker – who call themselves Nevermen – will finally release their self-titled debut! The trio's first single is the quirky, cinematic avant-pop single "Tough Towns." Five minutes of eerie synthesizers and understated hip-hop beats, the song boils down to a single sentence that the singers all recite about persevering out of a small town: "It's where everything you never want keeps coming from." 'Tough Towns' is dedicated to anyone remotely young, feeling inexplicably inspired in the 'nowhere' they are from," says Drucker, who was born in Napa, Idaho, but grew up bouncing around between New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. "May you soon escape with style into elsewhere." --Rolling Stone
The limited edition vinyl repress is a deluxe double LP with embossed/debossed, spot-glossed, foil-blocked sleeve.DOOM's most recent solo album following 2004's MM..FOOD. Guests include Ghostface, Raekwon, Bumpy Knuckles, Charles Bukowski with beats from J Dilla, Jake One, Madlib and the supervillain himself.
Phil Collins revisits a career that can boast over 100 million sales and numerous worldwide #1 albums. Face Value will be remastered by Nick Davis, who earned a Grammy nomination for Best Surround Sound album for his work on the Genesis '1970-1975' box set. Davis has also worked on all of the Genesis retrospective reissues. Entirely curated and compiled by Collins himself, his idea for this release is to examine how his songs have evolved over time, with the majority of the additional content throughout these releases focused on live versions of the tracks. By contrasting the original studio versions of the material with later performances, the series demonstrates how Collins' songs take on a life of their own once they're freed from the confines of the studio. Initially released shortly after Collins' 30th birthday, 'Face Value' was propelled to international multi-Platinum status with the help of the smash hit single 'In The Air Tonight'. Other notable tracks on the album include the follow-up singles 'I Missed Again' and 'If Leaving Me Is Easy', as well as 'Behind The Lines' which was written with Collins' Genesis colleagues Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. The 180-gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl format (Single LP) features the remastered album as a stand-alone product.
Only two months after Nicolay issued his collaborative City Lights, Vol. 3: Soweto, the producer and instrumentalist, along with singing, songwriting, and arranging partner Phonte, returned with the most varied Foreign Exchange album. It's also the one that most emphasizes the duo's extended family of collaborators. The cover of this, their fifth proper full-length, displays Carmen Rodgers and Tamisha Waden — two of their co-lead and background vocalists — as well as Lorenzo "Zo!" Ferguson. The FE nucleus and Zo! go way back and take it to another level here, with Zo! — similar to Nicolay, a studio wiz who typically works in isolation — a co-songwriter and co-producer of every song. Perhaps proximity and a history as performing partners partly explain why so much of this sounds like a party, as free and easy as the group's shows. FE previously went house with "So What If It Is," a deep and cleansing track, but when they return to the form here, it's with the humorous and rhythmically tougher early-'90s throwback "Asking for a Friend," where Phonte affects a distinguished Englishman accent akin to that of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Geoffrey Butler. On first listen, the song sounds merely like an amusing novelty until the stellar Waden-led chorus enters and takes it somewhere else. (No R&B group before them has maintained such a strong balance between female and male voices.) A different stunt is pulled with "Work It to the Top," bumping boogie that touches on 1979-1981 Slave — just a little bit — down to Phonte's spirited Steve Arrington mannerisms. Beyond those two songs and the pair of delighted Brazilian fusion-styled title tracks that begin and end the album, what remains largely refines the sweet and blissful grooves of Love in Flying Colors. That's not a bad thing, not when the writing is as sharp, with rich harmonies laced through rhythms that bound and wind with unforced finesse and warmth. Even with a disarming ballad on each side, Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey is one of the funnest R&B albums in some time.
Where Arca’s previous release Xen (2014) was introspective, Mutantis outwardly emboldened. Dedicated to and coloured by the important people in Arca’s life, Mutantillustrates the continuing mutations catalysed by loved ones: friends, family, acquaintances. Arca morphs for them and because of them. Both releases are contortionist shape-shifters, but where Xenasked us to meet her in her world, Mutantcomes out to meet us in the light. Mutant is suggestively agape, embracing multiple sensualities with refreshing softness. Jesse Kanda’s organic cover art, luminous where Xen’s was shrouded, is a reflection of this. In the artist’s words: ‘Mutant is about sensuality and impulsiveness as escape routes out of rigidity. Softness as a weapon when the mind attacks itself.’ Mutations in the records’ textures parallel the malleability of identity; tension is harmonised by openness and the inclusiveness of transformation. Pride is taken in deformity, innocence, distortion and vulnerability: traits often ostracised as undesirable. Themes that have animated Arca’s work – tension, polarities, playfulness, eroticism, mutability – have been refracted into newer, more nuanced shades. Fluctuation, in-betweenness, intimacy and chaos are celebrated. The title track softens the space between abrasion and enlightenment, morphing from snarling aggression to elusive vapour, the atmosphere shifting at unexpected moments. Its impulsive video consists of an unchoreographed first and single take of Arca dancing. The attached self-portraits of Arca are comparably raw. ‘Anger’ is celebratory and carnival-esque, while ‘Faggot’ concludes with rhythmic allusions to the title track from Xen. The dripping sounds of ‘Umbilical’, fused with the title’s connotations of birth, clash with digital static. ‘Enveloped’ is a label suggestive of overwhelming but comforting containment, yet the track itself feels liberated, with warped strings crawling from the uniform rhythm in the piece’s latter moments. ‘Vanity’, ‘Snakes’ and ‘Soichiro’ are personal and intimate sweltering rainforests of sound. Buds open as tracks unfold, petals of the darkest reds and most vivid blues bloom. Deep roots of bass crawl through the earth beneath the record, anchoring each organism. The only essential consistency between the tracks is a refusal to sit still. The constant liminality of Mutant is hard to pin down; something seen out of the corner of one’s eye that has moved elsewhere in the time it takes to bring it into focus.
The issues of police brutality, corporate greed and racial inequality continue to fuel a powerful movement in America today. Never one to mince words, Legendary New York rapper Talib Kweli's voice has become a prominent one across not only social media platforms, but through television appearances and his music as well. His latest surprise effort, Fuck The Money, sees Kweli take politicians, bankers and the entire capitalist system head on.
Wordsworth, Brooklyn native, Lyricist Lounge Alum, 1/3 of the Hip-Hop group eMC (Masta Ace and Stricklin). Donel Smokes, Los Angeles native, an M.C. also know for producing and mixing music for artist such as Blu, Chali 2na, and The Pharcyde, to name a few. New beginning features Blu, Chali 2na, eMC group members Masta Ace and Stricklin, Queen Herawin of The JuggaKnots, Signif, Range Da Messenga, Adanita Ross, and the new comer Pearl Gates.
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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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