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.
In the past four years, Now-Again Records has gone beyond the "reissue wing" helmed by Stones Throw Records general manager and resident archivist Egon, and has established itself as a stopping point for funkily-informed modern musicians who want to give something back to the bands whose records fill their personal collections. While Egon continues to churn out funk compendiums like Kashmere Stage Band's Texas Thunder Soul and Amnesty's recently-released Free Your Mind, heavy-duty producers like Cut Chemist, Kenny Dope, Todd Terry, J.Rocc and more have brought up the backbeat, offering remixes, re-edits, raps and reworkings of the classic funk. On vinyl only. Well, that is, until now. For the first time, Now-Again presents a collection of the funk remixes culled from Now-Again's back catalog of vinyl-only 7-inch and 12-inch singles, such as the Cold Heat Remix series, the Kashmere Stage Band Remix series, and more. Remastered for CD, and containing exclusive songs custom made for this collection, this album contains 16 tracks guaranteed to indoctrinate any young buck into the wonders of funk, and keep funk purists, (ahem), from sliding into obsessive obscurity.
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.
Street Corner Music, in association with 180 Proof Records, is proud to bring you one of the greatest records in the history of Detroit to the 7" circuit. Joy Road, from the Lyman Woodard Organization’s holy grail LP, Saturday Night Special, will be released on 45 with permission from Amir Abdullah, head of 180 Proof, and 'Shoes original rep at Fat Beats when he was ordering records for Street Corner Music in the mid 90's. Amir secured the rights to the entire Strata catalog a few years back and has been releasing beautifully packaged reissues. Joy Road is backed by two crunchy flips courtesy of Grammy Award winning producer NOTTZ. Street Corner Music is not playing with y'all. Stay tuned for more.
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.
Detroit MC/Producer, Magnif brings out not one, but TWO exclusive and unheard J.DILLA beats for his first official solo release. Both instrumentals are exclusive to this vinyl release. Mag first worked with Dilla back in 2003, while still part of Lawless Element. Both songs are recorded and mixed by “Young RJ” Rice (Slum Village). “The Shining PT.2” features cuts from DJ TJ the King (Jay Electronica, Royce Da 5’9”, more) “The Last” features live keys from Vernon Da German (J. Dilla, Dwele, Ess Band, more) The original cover images for each song were done by Detroit artist Michelle Tanguay.
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!
“Shook Ones Part II” might be one of the biggest records to come out of New York in the mid 90’s. From the moment you hear the bare hi-hat and the infamous line “to all the killers and the hundred dollar billas” it is an immediate adrenaline rush. The beat alone is a work of art, Havoc constructed what would go on for years as “how did he actually come up with that beat?!” amongst DJ’s and Producers alike. The infectious piano, cinematic sirens, it was no doubt that it was one of (famed New York nightclub) The Tunnel’s most signature records. As Cipha Sounds put it - “How could it not rip in The Tunnel? Just classic. 'Shook Ones Part I' was actually pretty big in the Tunnel, but ‘Part II' ripped everything." When “Shook Ones Part II” came you couldn’t help but nod your head and get lost in Havoc and Prodigy trading verses breaking down the meaning of a crook…making you shook son. Not to be left out “Shook Ones Part 1” is on the flipside that came out months earlier with a much more subdued beat and slightly different lyrics. Most 12” aren’t built like this, so to be on 7” for the first time ever this is a must have….son.
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.