The Estate of James Yancey revived J Dilla’s PayJay Productions as a functioning imprint and announced its release of Dilla's long lost vocal album, The Diary. Thus far, two limited edition EPs - "Anthem" b/w “Trucks” and “Diamonds” b/w “Ice” – have seen release. “Give Them What They Want” is the last EP that will be released before The Diary is unleashed in full. “Give Them What They Want” is a special treat – an unheard J Dilla-produced vocal track that has never before been released. It is paired on this release with the Super Dave West version, entitled “The Doe,” and a second West-produced track, “No One’s Home.” “Give Them What They Want” was mixed by Dilla himself, and its component instrumental was mixed down to match Dilla’s vocal version by Dave Cooley, from Dilla’s original multi-track sessions. The first press of this 12” features clear vinyl atop a Jeff Jank-altered photograph by James T. & Karla L. Murray from their lauded book Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York (Gingko Press) and an original label illustration by Denise Nestor. Subsequent runs will not have the clear vinyl or the fold-over plastic sleeve.X
On the crime-infested east side of Lost Gates CA, there is a vinyl pressing plant whose brochure says, “we will do anything for a price.” Back in the 70s & 80s, they specialized in private press porno soundtracks, but these days Madlib is their only customer. Stones Throw took them a couple Quasimoto tracks and a drawing or two, and here’s what we got: a custom-shaped record, half picture disc, half clear, thick vinyl. One side is Quasimoto’s “Planned Attack” from the album Yessir Whatever, and the flip side is the previously unreleased “Talkin’ Shit,” a short track with Lord Quas doing what he does best. Both tracks are produced-by and featuring Madlib. Pictured below is the front, family-friendly side of the vinyl. The backside of the record, the “x-ray” portion, show’s Quasimoto disgusting insides. Artwork by Jeff Jank.
Returning after their 13 Degrees of Reality album with a full on volley of psychedelic-funk songs first heard on Gaslamp Killer's HELIO X GLK EP, the Heliocentrics offer nine tracks that Rolling Stone describe as "...sprawling, with percussive patterns that suddenly morph into extraterrestrial sound blasts and opaque, detouring patterns."We couldn't have said it better. This is the kind of EP that you would happily welcome as an album – and, you know what, in the future you might: as the title hints, this is probably only the beginning of The Heliocentrics' excavations into the sonic experiments they entered into for years at their recently vacated Quatermass Studios.
The world-famous DJ mixes, mashes, smashes and edits selections from the Sinecure Books publication Enjoy The Experience: psych, funk, folk, jazz, lounge, boogie and straight-up-weirdness from American private press albums.J. Rocc is the world famous founder of Southern California's legendary Beat Junkies DJ crew, DJ for the likes of the late J. Dilla, Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) and Madlib, and, as his Stones Throw Records album Cold Rocc Stuf made clear, one funky producer to boot.Following in the lineage of his series of now-classic megamix 12-inches on Stones Throw and Now-Again, J. Rocc has now tackled the privately-pressed albums found within the oddities contained in Sinecure Books' Enjoy The Experience book. As per normal, knocking drums, quirky samples and a master's touch abound on all three selections on this hard-hitting, fast-paced EP release from Sinecure in conjunction with Now-Again.Enjoy The Experience, the audio compilation J. Rocc sampled to create J. Rocc Enjoyed The Experience is also available from Now-Again Records on compact disc and LP, and the original book it's based on is available from Sinecure Books.
Blunted Astronaut presents a brand new 12" single by DJ Doom and long-time collaborator Blacastan. "Deep Breath", the blazing title track, features O.C. of D.I.T.C. At the healm of the classic SP1200, Doom masterfully weaves his samples into arrangements that both Blac and O.C. can't help but fill with their trademark lyricism and full clip deliveries. "Passive Aggression" on the flip side adds potency to this highly explosive mixture, and the addition of DJ Tha Boss on the cuts provides the primer. To top it all off, Doom provides a solid remix of "Deep Breath" which cements this release. Mixed by Eddie Sancho from legendary D&D Studios, tracks include instrumental, acappella, TV, and clean versions as standard.