Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. Includes Serato control tone on the B-side. Electronic music tastemaker, DJ hero and all-around cultural force A-Trak’s “Parallel Lines” feat. Phantogram is a lush, genre-defying jam. With festival favorites Phantogram providing soaring vocals, A-Trak mixes guitar riffs with his signature, turntable-inspired production and peerless ear for beats. Spin summer all year round with Fool’s Gold’s special edition 7” vinyl pressing (limited to 1000 copies worldwide), featuring the original track on the A-Side and Serato tone on the B-side (ultra rare on 7” format).
In 1994, Portland’s idiosyncratic punk pop group Hazel and hushed indie band Heatmiser were providing a less aggravated alternative to the big riffs and howling frontmen of their grunge peers in Seattle. Both bands had strong albums that helped highlight the diversity of Northwest’s rock scene, and both bands had guitarists that were dabbling in solo material. Heatmiser’s Elliott Smith had just released his critically acclaimed album Roman Candle, and Hazel’s Pete Krebs was preparing his debut for Cavity Search Records. It’s no surprise that the tiny burgeoning indie label Slo-Mo Records pounced on the opportunity to release a split 7” by these developing talents. Smith’s “No Confidence Man” is a classic example of his early, stripped-down heartbroken ballads while Krebs’ “Shytown” is a gorgeous acoustic number that deftly navigates between somber passages and the buoyant melodies he was known for in his work with Hazel. Long out of print, it’s Suicide Squeeze Records’ proud honor to repress the 7” as part of their 20-year anniversary celebratory series. “No Confidence Man” b/w “Shytown” is limited to 500 copies on opaque blue vinyl and 500 copies on opaque yellow. Additionally, the 7” features all new artwork by Grammy nominated designer Jesse LeDoux and includes a download coupon. Remixed by Larry Crane at Jackpot! Recording Studio, Portland, OR. Tape transfers by Mr. Toad’s, SF, CA. Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, AZ.
Limited to 200 copies on "Cobalt Blue" colored vinyl. No stranger to tough talk and lyrical beatdowns, Freeway isn’t mincing words on his latest single 'Primates', the Philly rap king have teamed up with Amsterdam-based producer Big Ape for two speaker punishing bangers on this limited edition 7". Free embraces the energy of Big Ape’s instrumentals and goes the f*ck off on his verses filled with varied cadences, clever wordplay, and menacing bravado. The East Coast rap titan showcases his always-ill delivery and wordplay once again here while backhanding wack rappers across the globe. What’s most impressive, though, is how he bounces around those instrumentals and utilizes nearly every flow in the book: “When it comes to flows, I’m the rapper with the mostest/ Shut down the party, it don’t matter who the host is” On the B-side "Bombdroppaz" Freeway continues with "Y’all are not mobsters/ Ain’t no way/ You ain’t Floyd “Money” Mayweather/ Y’all are not boxers/ Crazy thing is your girlfriend wanna box us/ Grab on my pole through the hole in my boxers.” The way he moves from one boast to the next is wild, it’ll likely leave you running the tracks back to hear them again—but wait! Play the tracks to the very end, as Sweden’s Create & DJ Devastate provides you with dextrous cuts. 'Primates' becomes available in limited supply on cobalt blue vinyl on August 26th - via Elite Fleet Records.
Debut release from all-star Swedish band Hashish, with amazing sounds to transport you into a forgotten world where the future looked different from what it became. Psychedelic rock mixed with Moog afro-funk moves and vintage synthesizers. Take off to another world with Hashish! Limited edition of 300 copies.
Slice Of Spice have teamed up with K-Def and Ghettoman Beats to present the "K-Def Signature Sevens" series on 7 inch vinyl. Volume One is the first in a series of 3 releases coming out in November/December 2012. All of the tracks were recorded during his 'House Of Hits' phase on his legendary MPC60 in the B Room during the early 90s. The first release see's K-Def presenting the previously unheard track "What Goes Up" from Rated R. As with all Slice of Spice pressings no expense has been spared for his vinyl labor of love. The release includes a full color jacked with a 3mm spine, featuring original artwork by the legendary Joe Buck. This set of 7's has also been pressed on heavy 70 gram virgin vinyl.
El Michels Affair are back with a 45 of original material that features a new NYC band called The Shacks. The Shacks are made up of the enigmatic Shannon Wise, and studio wunderkind, Max Shrager. Their dreamy, voyeuristic sound was born in Michels' Queens, NY studio in 2015. And while they describe themselves as a rock band, don't expect the conventional kind. Side A 'Strange Boy', sounds like the Five keys met Neil Young and cut a record with Jane Birkin - but in English. A fuzzed out, heavy backing track with doo-wop background vocals create a peculiar, but perfect bed for Shannon's dead pan celebration of her 'Strange Boy', of whom she would gladly 'drink the kool aid from his cup'. Side B, 'No Surprise', is a perfect blend of El Michels Affair's hazy, cinematic soul and 60's pop ala Sonny and Cher.
People Records was the revered funk/soul imprint of the legendary James Brown, who throughout the 1970s curated and made it home to an array of top-tier deep funk artists, singers, and songwriters. It was during this time that the label hosted a variety of "funky divas" like Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Myra Barnes. Unquestionably the greatest of them all was Lyn Collins, whose R&B hit, the frequently-sampled "Think (About It)" is one of the most enduring singles to emerge from Brown's People label. Get On Down now presents here, an unearthed gem from the famed "Female Preacher." "We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty" was previously unavailable on any Lyn Collins full-length release, and has never been reissued as a standalone 7" single until now. The track is a rollicking funk burner, produced by James Brown himself, and has sampled its way into tracks by Eric B. & Rakim, The Prodigy, De La Soul, and Big Daddy Kane among others, and comes on a large hole 45 with freshly re-mastered audio. "You Can't Beat Two People In Love", the funky soul-ballad B-side, is not to be missed either, featuring additional backing vocals by Brown.
Redefinition Records reserved it’s 100th release for one of indie hip hop’s most obscure yet sought after groups, Y Society. Need proof? Just try to find a copy of their ‘07 debut LP “Travel At Your Own Pace” for less than a hundred bucks. Good news... they’re back. With almost a decade of radio silence since their debut, the group’s latest is a 45 featuring 2 heavy hitting tracks and tons of replay value. MC Insight the Truncator and DJ/Producer Damu The Fudgemunk exhibit their talents in true school fashion, complete with carefully curated samples, energetic scratching and potent rapping.Y doesn’t slack conceptually either; “Know the Meaning” is an essay raising the debate on how musicians and their art are valued in the modern world. Insight challenges the listener to disprove his thesis while speaking of experiences, eyewitness accounts and using some the biggest rap icons as examples to make his case. The B-side is a fan favorite, Rather Unique 2, released digitally in 2008 and available now on vinyl for the first time in a new & improved mix. Rather Unique, pays homage to AZ’s 1994 Pete Rock produced original of the same name, in Damu’s reworked track and poetic commentary Insight is known for. Packaged in a full color sleeve designed by Joe Buck (De La Soul), Y Society’s first 45 is one for the collection.
Where y’at? DJ Yamin (aka Professor Shorthair), Quickie Mart and Tony Skratchere have created the very first New Orleans Bounce Battle Break record! This 7” contains exclusive samples not found anywhere else from NOLA Bounce artists such as 5th Ward Weebie, BJ So Cole and Hasizzle. It also provides all you DJ’s with the classic scratch sounds that you’ve all come to know and love (“Beep, Ahh Yeah, Fresh”). Doubles are advised and get ready to shake dat ass!
Limited to 500 copies. Reggie Blount’s new 7”, “Space Bitch/Stimulant” is up for preorder from Hobo Camp Records, and both tracks feature vocals from your favorite dirty old man of mystery, Zackey Force Funk. The two have a long history of collaboration starting in Tuscon, AZ years ago, including tracks on Zackey’s solo albums Money Green Viper and Electron Don, and now this 7”. Reggie as a producer was a very early adopter to the current funk movement, with seminal EPs on Clone in 2010 and 2012.
Lavashark’s debut offering comes with their reinvisioning of two Rock classics; Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper” and “Susie Q” made famous by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Anchored by their use of vintage analogue synths, and drum machines the pulsating electronic soundscape they create is tempered by Theo De Gunzburg’s moody haunting vocals. Brighton UK producer Antenna Happy lends his hand to a more driving and dance-floor friendly remix and dub version of “State Trooper”. Channeling a live analogue sound that borrows from the Illinois blues of Muddy Waters, as much as it does to the maverick electronica of Aphex Twin. At the heart of the group lies their live performance, a place where raw synth lines and brooding vocals form a safe haven away from the digital age. An LA based trio comprised of Theo De Gunzburg, Matthew O’Malley and John Barnes, the group were drawn together by a shared affection for David Attenborough. Working out of a converted garage in Venice, Lavashark craft a nomadic sound that when played live, forcefully raises you to your feet and questions whether this is old or very new.
The long awaited, limited 7” vinyl by Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos is finally out of the oven! It features two killer tunes written by Colombian legends Andres Landero and Adolfo Pacheco. Landero’s disciple Carmelo Torres, accordion virtuoso, imposes his own interpretations of these two traditional cumbia anthems, backed up with avant-garde Bogota’s band Los Toscos. Infusing psychedelic, surf, electric guitars, and powerful rhythm section to Colombian folklore, this tremendously effective combo takes cumbia to another level.
Ikebe Shakedown is back with another super-funky single, “No Answer”, from their debut EP Hard Steppin’. It’s a mid-tempo number that’s got some nasty horns and will make your ass shake uncontrollably. And did we mention this is a BATTLE RECORD? The Jive Turkeys’ version “No Answer” is on the flip!
Untitled Volume 1 is a special edition 45 that features 2 fan favorite instrumentals available for the first time on vinyl & includes a full color photo sleeve.
7-inch vinyl release of Knxwledge's Buttrskotch, which was first released on tape by Leaving Records. 6 short tracks b/w 5 short tracks; paper sleeve.
From The Unknown EP "Feelin' Satisfaction (1993-94)" and a brand new track "Bloodwork" (2016), now on a special vinyl set. Including a picture sleeve with classic photos, and tracks taken straight from the original DAT master, this 2x7" set is a limited 450 pressing on black vinyl. Another classic in the 7" series brought to you by F5 Records.
With their debut album "55" taking the vinyl world by storm, we wanted to give fans another 7 they couldn't leave home without. Their cover of The Chakacha's classic, "Jungle Fever" has been burning up dancefloors since it's first pressing on Plane Jane Records. BRSB puts the punch in the drums and the one drop in the arrangements, taking the original tune and updating it into something DJs and their audiences are going crazy for. "Tender Trap", the flip side, starts out with a syncopated intro that will catch the ear of any hip hop fan for a number of reasons, then the tune turns into an all out funk burner, steel pans and guitars taking turns over the driving drums. Another BRSB sureshot.
Very limited 10 year anniversary edition 7" boxset which includes instrumentals! Demand for Dilla's music has continued to grow and grow since his tragic passing in 2006, testament to his talent and originality which has influenced a whole new generation of producers and musiclovers across the globe. Around 75% complete at the time of his death, the task of finishing the album was entrusted to friend and fellow Detroit artist Karriem Riggins. The album features stellar performances from Common, Busta Rhymes, D'Angelo, Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch, as well as Dilla himself rhyming on closing track 'Won't Do'. Undeniably soulful yet raw, real and deeply rooted in the streets, The Shining perfectly showcases perhaps the greatest beat-maker of all time at his very best. To mark the tenth anniversary of this special album, which marked the reunion of Dilla and BBE for the first time since his debut LP Welcome 2 Detroit, we've pressed it to 7" vinyl for the very first time. Featuring both original and instrumental versions across a massive ten discs, this comprehensive boxed set serves as a timely document to an artist who helped bring underground hip hop and soul together, introduced new levels of creativity to music production and wrote a blueprint which continues to be followed to this day.
The M-Tet is an instrumental classic soul quartet located in the San Francisco Bay Area featuring Joe Baer Magnant (guitar), Gary Pitman (Hammond organ), Chris Lujan (Fender bass), and Michael Reed (drums). Rooted in the deep sound of ‘60s organ-based R&B, made famous by Booker T. & The M.G.’s, The Meters, and Bill Black’s Combo, The M-Tet offers a fresh new take on old-school R&B by incorporating hard hitting beats that Ricky Vincent (author of the book Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One) says will “blow your mind with some old school funk!"
Eddie Pendergrass Presents McIVER - Trying To Be True. This holy grail modern soul dancer was recorded in 1983 and originally released in 1985 on Vanton Records. Produced by Richard Turner and Eleton Johns - the same duo behind the soul-disco classic "I Can't Get Along Without You" by Vance and Suzanne. Soundboutique describes Trying To Be True as "quintessential modern soul." This licensed reissue was mixed from the original 24-track analog tapes for the highest sound quality. Dedicated to the friends and family of Richard V. Turner.
Features 'What the Funk' from Seeds, Roots & Fruits (Not found on the 12 Inch). Unreleased bonus track 'Strictly Wax' is vinyl only and will not be released digitally.
First time available on vinyl. This single features tracks played on his current tour including "Ain't No Sunshine' which has millions of plays on YouTube.
Dirty, bluesy soul from Nebraska! The Kris Lager Band recorded these tracks with Kelly Finnigan and Ian McDonald from Monophonics! Both tracks are heavy slow burners with scorching vocals from both Kris and Kelly.
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is back with their first sneak peak at what's to come on their sophomore LP. "Jeannie's Getdown" is an uptempo afro-funk workout while the B-side is a cover of The Meters' classic "A Message From The Meters" featuring Kelly Finnigan from Monophonics.
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