Too Many Voices is the fourth album from Andy Stott, a follow-up to 2014’s Faith in Strangers. It was recorded over the last 18 months and sees a diverse spectrum of influences bleed into 9 tracks that are as searching as they are memorable. The album draws for inspiration from the fourth-world pop of Japan’s Yellow Magic Orchestra as much as it does Triton-fuelled Grime made 25 years later. Somewhere between these two points there’s an oddly aligned vision of the future that seeps through the pores of each of the tracks. It’s a vision of the future as was once imagined; artificial, strange and immaculate. Full of possibilities. The album opens with the harmonised, deteriorating pads of the opening Waiting For You and arcs through to the synthetic chamber-pop of the closing title track, referencing Sylvian & Sakamoto’s Bamboo Houses as much as it does the ethereal landscapes of This Mortal Coil and Dead Can Dance. In between, the climate and palette constantly shift, taking in the midnight pop of Butterflies, the humid, breathless House of First Night and the endlessly cascading Forgotten. Longtime vocal contributor Alison Skidmore features on half the tracks, sometimes augmented by the same simulated materials; voicing the dystopian breakdown on Selfish, at others surrounded by beautiful synth washes, such as on the mercurial Over, or the dreamy, neon-lit New Romantic. It’s all far removed from the digital synthesis and the abstracted intricacies that define much of the current electronic landscape. The same cybernetic palette is here implanted into more human form; sometimes cold, but more often thrumming with life.
Singer/songwriter/producer/massive hitmaker Sia returns with her seventh full-length studio album This Is Acting on Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records. "Alive," the album's first single was written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso, Jr. and was produced by Jesse Shatkin, who also co-wrote and co-produced Sia's massive four-time Grammy nominated "Chandelier." Sia also worked with longtime collaborator/producer Greg Kurstin on This Is Acting. Sia released her No. 1 charting, critically-acclaimed, and gold-certified album 1000 Forms of Fear last year in July 2014, which features her massive breakthrough singles "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart." An astonishingly creative and uncompromising performer, Sia is also a highly prolific hit maker and songwriter, having penned several hit singles over the last few years for others. She has crafted songs for pop icons including Rihanna ("Diamonds"), Katy Perry ("Double Rainbow"), Britney Spears ("Perfume"), Kelly Clarkson ("Invincible"), Carly Rae Jepsen ("Making the Most of the Night"), Beyoncé ("Pretty Hurts") and Celine Dion ("Love Me Back To Life"). Sia has also been the featured vocalist on some of the most massive hits she has written for others including "Titanium" with David Guetta, "Beautiful Pain" with Eminem, and "Wild Ones" with Flo Rida. Additionally, Sia was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2014 for the song "Opportunity" from the new adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie.
2016 release from the Harlem-based hip hop artist, a member of the A$AP Mob (along with A$AP Rocky and A$AP Yams). Always Strive And Prosper is the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's Trap Lord. The album features collaborations with Schoolboy Q, Future, Big Sean and others.
Historically Casablanca has been known as a global melting pot; a place where cultures mingle and fuse. This quality is evident in the dazzling music of Casablanca-based beat-maker and guitarist Saib, who has revealed his debut long-player, the appropriately titled Around The World album for Cold Busted. These tunes showcase Saib’s worldly vibe, tied together with his intricate guitar playing which deftly keeps up with all the styles represented on the album. Hip hop beats form the backbone as Saib’s musical palette skips from jazz flavors to lounge experiments to Asian textures … and sometimes within a single track. Around The World is indeed a non-stop flight, touching down on all of Saib’s influences and predilections, creating a memorable album along the way.
HISS: Fragments includes odds and ends connected to Damu The Fudgemunk's long running How It Should Sound Series. Includes 3 tracks that were previously unavailable on vinyl including a vocal track that was previously only available as the music bed for an old youtube promo clip from 2010. Also includes intro music from Vol One (2010) & Vol Three (2016), both without the scratches as originally heard in the album versions.
Blues Brother Mentored on the axe by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother Jimmy and mentored on the music business by friend Cody Chesnutt, Austin guitarist Gary Clark Jr. was hailed as blues music’s second coming after a couple of self-released records and his Grammy-winning, major-label debut, Blak and Blu. But not wanting to be put in a box, Clark took a cue from Chesnutt’s The Headphone Masterpiece and set out to record and self-produce a wide-ranging yet personal album from his own perspective. The result, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, sees Clark bridging the gap between genres while creating his own thing. Top Billin' After a couple of his singles blew up, nineteen-year-old singersongwriter Raury flipped that success into an ambitious desire to create profound and impactful art. As he headlines his own festivals, and his anxiously anticipated finally debut drops, Raury now leads a pack of young artists aiming to start a movement to take the music industry in a new, positive direction. Also: Blue-eyed-soul man Boz Scaggs, Motown songwriter Marilyn McLeod, classic rock producer John Simon, saxophonist and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, soul singer throwback Leon Bridges, French beatmaker Onra, Stones Throw producer Knxwledge, and underground sound manipulator Norvis Jr.
The Toronto-based, OVO Sound-signed duo Majid Jordan's debut self-titled album features the debut single "Something About You" and the critically acclaimed track "My Love" ft. Drake.
‘Free TC' is Ty Dolla $ign's highly anticipated debut album with features from Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap, Future, Rae Sremmurd, YG, Babyface, Wiz Khalifa, E-40 and more. ‘Free TC' follows up his critically-acclaimed "Beach House" EP which features two RIAA-Certified Gold singles: "Paranoid" and "Or Nah."
Includes 14" x 21" DVD poster insert. DVD features deleted scenes and commentary by Stretch and Bobbito. During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their radio show exceed 300 million. The late night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well. All would loyally tune in for the humor just as much for the exclusive tunes. Stretch and Bobbito brought a unique audience together, and created a platform that changed music forever. Directed by Bobbito Garcia.
Limited Edition Green Vinyl with Hand Screen Printed Jacket by Hit+Run Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of English producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit, and released by Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label. The album is both a portrait of the artist as a young man, and the completion of a circle, ten years in the making, that stretches from London to Los Angeles. Before he became Om Unit, Coles was working under the name 2tall. Throughout the 2000s he lived in and around London, lodging in various smoky flats where he would set up an always shifting home studio. Days were spent studying music, meditating, and learning the ropes of electronic music production while also honing sharp turntablist skills. Between 2005 and 2008, Coles made a lot of beats, part and parcel of his artistic growth. Lost Stories collects eighteen of the best, unearthed from old hard drives and Cubase sessions and never heard until now. Influence came from American labels such as Plug Research, Ghostly International, Poobah, and Stones Throw where a new generation of artists worked in a middle ground between hiphop and electronic, a place of infinite possibilities. The album shows a maturing 2tall sound while sketching out the outlines of what would become Om Unit: you can hear it all in the swing of ‘Potholes’, the confident chug of ‘Timeless World’, the hypnotic bass of ‘The Roller’, the awkward loop of ’30 mins’, the strut of ‘Night Vision’, and the uplifting vibes of ‘Over The Clouds’. Kutmah first discovered 2tall’s music after Ras G had ordered copies of his last album into Poobah Records. Years before they ever set eyes on each other, the two were connected through a mutual appreciation of their respective work. Lost Stories came together during a joint Australian tour in spring 2014. Featuring artwork by Kutmah, it captures a moment in time when experimentation mattered above all else, when possibilities felt abundant, and when a beat could be a doorway into infinity. And it also reminds us that you must remember where you came from in order to understand where you’re going.
Includes two CDs, containing the vocal and instrumental versions of many rare & hard-to-find Lord Finesse tracks. Over the last 10 years Lord Finesse has released several great remixes of his classics on limited edition vinyl. 'The Remixes: A Midas Era Retrospective' finally brings all of those rare and hard to find tracks together and puts them on one Deluxe Double Disc CD packaged in a quality gatefold Mini-LP style jacket with gold foil finishing. This album also includes remixes by DJ Premier, Large Pro, DJ Spinna and DJ Muro, with all the instrumental versions on a separate disc. Quality hip-hop presented through another Slice Of Spice quality product.
Astronautica launches the Gemini LP with Alpha Pup Records, piecing together 12 new tracks that bridge the gaps between sultry R&B, uptempo club rhythms and future electronica. Gemini is her sophomore album for the label and follows up on 2014’s Waikiki EP and her label debut from 2013, Replay Last Night. As one of Los Angeles' emerging talents in this era, Astronautica’s defining herself as a prominent and in-demand producer that can pull off intricate guitar harmonies and powerful vocal lines over fully composed song structures. With a tenacity for touring and recording through each year, Gemini is a shining moment in her already impressive career and it can be argued it’s her best work to date. Musically, the dynamic beauty of Gemini opens up immediately with the LP’s opening cut “*69,” giving listeners the full breadth of her style with each passing track. The emotional setting and messages change from piece to piece but it all comes together under one roof of smooth keys, organic drum work, warm bass lines and dynamic guitar blends. Lyrically and vocally, she connects listeners to the deep valley of experiences known as love and projects her vocals in a way she has yet to realize with previous records. You can feel every emotion as the words grab onto each layer with pure cohesion. Like her songwriting, Astronautica's live show continues to show new strengths, moving crowds at the Low End Theory Festival and many other avenues across the States. The Wall Street Journal had the following to say about Astronautica in their coverage of Low End Theory’s second annual music festival. “Astronautica spun warm, swaying electronica, then she picked up an electric guitar and added lush chords to the already-satisfying sound.” [Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal]. Gemini is Astronautica evolving to an even higher state of songwriting and will be a stand-out record of 2016.
Deadpool is the 2016 superhero adventure film based on the popular Marvel comic book character of the same name. Directed by newcomer Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds (Smokin’ Aces, Safe House) as the titular protagonist, Deadpool follows irreverent mercenary Wade Wilson into Vancouver’s seedy underbelly. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Wade is subjected to sadistic experiments in an attempt to cure himself. The treatment hideously deforms him and leaves his mind unhinged. Enraged by betrayal, Wade adopts the moniker of Deadpool and begins hunting down the men responsible for his transformation. Junkie XL (Mad Mad: Fury Road, Divergent) delivers a robust, pulsing score that is as energetic and relentless as Deadpool himself. It ties in seamlessly with the eclectic mix of songs featured prominently in the film, including tracks by DMX, Wham!, and Salt-N-Pepa.
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