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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. The Third Album is third in a series of unique, “mini 45 RPM albums” featuring 45 King’s signature sound; breaks chopped and looped to perfection.
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!
Looking for the Perfect Remix Volume 1 is a highly potent 45 by DJ EFN & K-Def, featuring some of the best MCs, past and present, including Your Old Droog, Reks, Royce The 5’9, OC, Kurupt, King T and Fashawn, across two tracks. DJ EFN is a key player in Miami’s hip-hop scene. He was arguably the city’s first mixtape DJ, and certainly its most influential. His mixtapes, featuring exclusives and freestyles from hip-hop’s biggest names, made him a power broker in the region and enabled him to move into marketing, clothing, and even movies, with his recent Coming Home series (now airing on Diddy’s Revolt TV Network). His new album Another Time (Crazy Hood / Empire / Redef) features appearances from Scarface, Talib Kweli, Juvenile, Kurupt, Killer Mike, Redman and Ras Kass, among many others. While his album stands on its own as a complete work, EFN did not hesitate when the opportunity to connect with the legendary beatsmith K-Def came about. The results are now available to you in the form of this 45. In the early ‘90s, a young producer from Jersey by the name of K-DEF was scouted and mentored by none other than the one and only Marley Marl. K spent several years working under Marley at his famous “House of Hits” studio, where he quickly racked up production credits for the likes of Lords of the Underground, LL Cool J, Real Live, ADOR, Tragedy Khadafi, Da Youngstas, and many more. No doubt K was already a skilled producer when he got the call from Marley, but it is evident that K’s time with Marley, working on the big board with superstars and emerging talent like, only further helped him to hone his skills. Fast forward to the present day; K-Def is a masterful producer and while he retains his classic sample chopping and programming abilities, K has taken things a step further than many of his peers from the past, with a new sound is now more polished and refined. The easiest way to sum it up is that K’s present day sound is similar to the sonic qualities that could rival the only and only Dr Dre.