J-Dilla's Donuts began simply enough, in summer 2005, as an idea to turn a particularly good demo beat tape into a full-length release. We think we can safely say it has since became a classic hip-hop album, one of the defining works of the artist's life. This box set includes the album on seven 45s and a bonus 45 with "Signs" from the long out-of-print Donuts 'Fan Club 45' b/w DOOM & Ghostface's "Sniper Elite & Murder Goons" - two tracks over Donuts beats which were recorded in late 2005 prior to the original release of the album. These two tracks were released digitally in 2008, but have never before appeared on vinyl. Side D contains the "Donuts Outro/Intro" appearing as an interlude at the beginning of "The Diff'rence" which dates back to the first, original sequence of the album. Completed during a year in which J Dilla spent mostly in a hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Donuts would gain particular poignancy when, only three days after it's release, February 10, 2006, the artist passed away, losing his battle with a rare blood disease. Announced in Fall 2005, the concept of a “rap album without rappers” struck some critics as either a novelty, or a minor break beat album - but Donuts would prove to transcend the rigid definitions of what a hip-hop album could be. It plays part like a DJ mix, and part like a hip-hop beat-maker at work, sounding like a producer turning the dial on an imaginary radio station. But it's an unmistakably modern album, and one which perfectly encapsulated the J Dilla's reputation among his peers and fans as the definitive architect of soulful hip-hop.
A limited pressing from the creator of the scratch roulette series... A collection of sound FX, phrases & noises now on 45... Caution: Not for the weak-wristed!
In anticipation of his forthcoming release Album of the Year, Black Milk has responded to the demand of his fans to bring several of his acclaimed online-only tracks to vinyl format. A predictably diverse selection of tracks grace this limited edition 7" single, with the synth-driven tracks "Dreams" and "In the A.M." joined by the sample-based showcases "Don Cornelius," "Mo Power," and "Set Go." No matter the mood, tempo, or time signature of the beat, Black Milk the emcee again proves that he can more than hold his own on the mic. This Limited Edition 7" single comes in a full color sleeve, and is both written and produced by Black Milk.
Hailed as the world’s best club DJ, J.ROCC continues to capture music enthusiasts around the globe. In 1992, Jason Jackson, internationally known as J.Rocc, launched his vision of forming a DJ crew comprised of talented musicians, by introducing to the world Southern California’s first turntable band - the Beat Junkies. A prized accomplishment enthusiastically received by worldwide audiences, J.Rocc continues to invent musical styles that display his creative expertise. Highly recognized for his funky showcases and original arrangements, J.Rocc has clearly distinguished his place in music history. Funky President Edits, Vol. 1 is the first installment of J Rocc’s 7” edit series featuring “Brothers Party” & “The Technique”, two party sureshots familiar to the discerning listener and edited with precision.
Brookyn-based Hip-Hop indie, Coalmine Records, gets set for the limited edition 7-inch pressing of Blu’s “”Kiss the Sky”” single, produced by M-Phazes, b/w the Large Professor Remix, featuring DJ Revolution. The A-side version, originally released digitally in May of 2012, has been revered as one of Blu’s strongest solo effort singles to date, reminiscent of his sound akin to 2007’s, ‘Below the Heavens.’ This 7-inch is to be released in conjunction with Coalmine Records’ forthcoming compilation LP, ‘Remineded: A Collection of New & Old Remixes,’ and will be packaged with a free album download card of the compilation. “The title ‘Kiss The Sky’ is very defining to myself holding the name Blu…” -Blu
Ltd. to 1000 Copies. No repress. Black and white drip color vinyl housed in a silkscreened heavy-duty Mylar sleeve. B-side is only available on this 7”. All music and package design by Shlohmo. Shlohmo’s sound has evolved in ways that are difficult to describe. His unique approach to production seems as steeped in sludge metal as it is in drum & bass, as much IDM as it is R&B. It is somewhere deep within this sonic collage that he has carved out a distinct and celebrated voice in the electronic music space. His production on BANKS’ 2014 single “Brain,” and his sought-after remixes and crossover style, as witnessed in this year’s collaborative release with Jeremih, are further evidence of his immense talent and wide scope of influence.
The second release from boutique Australian label, We Play! Records. With their first release featuring O.C selling out completely, the label is back with their follow up featuring the almighty Apathy (Demigodz/AOTP). The release is limited to 500 copies world wide and is being released on blue vinyl. A must have for all heads.
K-Def is back with another quality release on Redefinition Records. This 7” EP features “Back To Basics,” a collaboration with the legendary MC and fellow NJ resident, El Da Sensei (of the Artifacts), along with 3 instrumentals. The record is packaged inside a custom printed heavyweight paper sleeve.
Mark James (AKA The 45 King) is a world renowned DJ/Producer pioneer in Hip Hop music. His breakbeat classic “The 900 Number” has been a staple among DJs since its release in 1987 (notably featured as the song to “The Ed Lover Dance” on MTV’s Yo MTV Raps). Throughout the last 30 years, 45 King has managed to stay relevant, producing hits for some of Hip Hop’s biggest names including Jay-Z & Eminem, with production for their hit songs “It’s A Hard Knock Life” & “Stan”, respectively. With a prolific output and catalog of beats, he has set out to release a series of limited edition 45s with brand new and never before heard music. M.A.S.H. is a single- sided 45 EP of beats featuring 45 King’s signature sound; breaks chopped and looped to perfection.
After finding gold and platinum success providing guitar heavy, adrenaline laced productions for the likes of 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones and the late Proof of D12, BIG K.O. unites a legendary cast of hip hop Avengers on "Hellraisers", the first single on his Phantom Zone imprint. This monumental single features three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and contributions from the most legendary hip hop groups of all time. DMC of RUN DMC, PMD of EPMD, MC SERCH OF 3rd BASS, TERMINATOR X and CHUCK D Of PUBLIC ENEMY, and DJ ECLIPSE of NON PHIXION all provide newly recorded performances for this project, that will go down as one of the most important Hip-Hop collaborations of all time. The video for Hellraisers, directed by Rob Martin of PawnShop films will follow shortly after the single's release, and features legendary NY television personality Ralph McDaniels, as well as art from New York Times best-selling author/artist Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree comic series.
ÁLALA Records is Bobbito Garcia’s current vinyl-only label, and third imprint in his 20 years of releasing forward thinking music on wax. His newest release “Park Pick-Up Player” features “Kool Bob Love” himself doing a spoken word piece inspired by DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK, the basketball documentary he co-directed. Accomplished producer Mark de Clive-Lowe’s remix gave the tune a Latin Jazz uptempo flavor.“Park Pick-Up Player” has received airplay on eastvillageradio.com and massive club support from DJs Rich Medina (NYC), Sake 1 (San Francisco), and Suce Smash (NYC-Puerto Rico). Enjoy the track on the dancefloor, in your headphones, or on the sideline of a basketball court near you!
Truth & Soul is proud to present the first Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band single on our imprint. Following up on the smashing success of their "Bacao Suave" b/w "Round & Round" 45 on Plane Jane, we bring you "PIMP" b/w "Laventelle Road March". Back in 2008, BRSB released its smashing cover of 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P." which was long thought to be the original sample for the tune. The Mocambo pressing already hard to come by and fetching top dollar on the internet has become an underground classic. On Side A, BRSB treat the tune to their signature smashing drums and bass heavy production, taking the original loop and turning it into a full composition. Brass and steel pan parts putting it some- where between reggae, steel funk, and the Superfly Soundtrack. Side B is the first BRSB original making its way to vinyl, "Laventille Road March" hits hard. The heavy drumming, open breaks, and pan melodies make this a sureshot for DJs and listeners alike.