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The Alchemist and ALC Records are proud to present Craft Singles - a carefully curated, color coordinated seven inch series features a variety of artists who’ve collaborated with The Alchemist in his Los Angeles lab. Each volume is strictly limited to 500 hand numbered copies.
Three years after their first 7-inch release, Melbourne’s most elusive soul project Zillanova step out of the shadows with The Fader, a darkly sensual cut featuring a true revelation – the voice of Joshua Tavares. Bringing to mind both Donny and Marvin, Zillanova’s new frontman is the youngest son of a singing family, his brother Cisco a luminary of soul music in Australia, and his uncles the voices of Tavares, undisputed gods of 70s Disco. This song is not disco though. The Fader is a dark horse, riding on a dark and funky pocket with a Latin tinge and shades of gospel. It’s a bit 70’s and a bit now – equal parts What’s Going On and Alabama Shakes. Lyrically, The Fader is an ode to departed loved ones and their ongoing presence in our lives. The chorus, ”we all fade away” is a reminder of our own mortality. The Fader represents the first release in a new phase in the Zillanova project, based around Joshua’s collaboration with HopeStreet Founder, producer Bob Knob and an all start band of contributors featuring members of The Bombay Royale, The PutBacks, and Quarter Street. The EP (and 7-inch vinyl) will be available for preorders early in 2017, and out on February 24th through HopeStreet Recordings.
After more than three decades as a lost classic, the debut album by Washington DC soul/gospel outfit Enlightment is finally receiving a proper release. Founded by ordained bishop Larry H. Jordan and his brother-in-law Frank Tinsley in the early 1980s, Enlightment was among the first groups to fuse modern R&B production with gospel themes. Unfortunately, the independent release of their 1984 debut album Faith Is The Key was torpedoed when both their distributor and pressing plant went out of business. “We knew we were getting airplay across the country, but we couldn’t get the product in the stores at the time”, explains Tinsley of the missed opportunity. Only a handful of Faith Is the Key LPs ever made it into the public’s hands. As a result, the record became a holy grail for collectors. It was rediscovered around the year 2000, when copies started selling online for over $2000. While disappointed in the record’s lack of immediate impact, the group’s founders are not surprised by its recent revival. “It’s just good music with a spiritual message, that’s why it stood the test of time,” says Tinsley. “We made sure we had very crystal clear production,” adds Jordan. “We knew we had a gospel beat, but we wanted to be dynamic and innovate.” Thanks to an official vinyl rerelease via Nature Sounds with worldwide distribution, listeners can now experience that innovation first-hand.
Funk is a dish best served hot and these two modern funk anthems are bound to get your body temperature up. “Cupid’s Arrow” recounts a tale of genuine love at first sight over an infectious synth funk groove, it’s honest and true to life content make it very relate-table to anyone who has been awestruck by a woman’s beauty. “Let Your Body Show you How” is an up-tempo modern funk tune that covers the story of a young man who conquers a high school crush after a chance meeting. The songs hypnotic bass line and hard-hitting drums are well complemented by Asterix Music’s silky vocals.
Smokecloud records latest release features contributions from two label stalwarts; Osmose and The Silver Rider.The latter kicks things off with “I Wanna Be”, a rolling, soft touch head-nodder that fuses elements of a tactile soul cut with hypnotic, pitched-down house beats and filter sweeps. Osmose’s “Trust”, turns a classic Motor City soul cut into a smooth, toe-tapping Beatdown shuffler. Limited vinyl only release in a hand stamped natural chipboard jacket.
Producer DaiN releases his debut 7” single featuring incredible vocal collaborations with LA’s Modern Funk queen Moniquea, and frequent Tall Black Guy collaborators Malice & Mario Sweet. Drawing inspiration from great producers like J Dilla, DJ Quik, and Kev Brown, DaiN brings a unique swing and style to the table with his signature drums, bass lines, and keys. Instantly recognizable with a sound all its own, DaiN’s first release with Liquid Beat is perfect for those who love expertly produced, beat driven R&B and Hip-Hop. Included with the 7” is a free download of DaiN’s entire “Treat Yourself” EP that features additional collaborations with Black Spade, Rozzi Daime (of SA-RA fame), and up and coming Portland songstress Blossom.
Modern Boogie Bangers! Computa Games drops its second vinyl release on New Orleans own Superjock Records. “Computer Rock (OG Mix)” is that feel good Funk with heavy bass, smooth synths and Vocoder vocals to top it off. The flipside, “Computer Rock (West Coast Mix)” gets a G-Funk treatment giving it that boom bap that you can rock to! Definitely a staple for the crates.
Limited to 500 copies. Here it is!!! Our 2nd installment in our 45 series. This time we leave the continent to bring some heat over from Australia. Amin Payne, known for his releases on Hot Shot Sounds & Beatgeeks, collabed with also Australian based Roughsoul to bring us a synth-driven, bodyshaking Modern Funk bomb called ”Bad Juice” Full of positive vibes grown under Australia’s sun. The other side brings you a giant meeting between Amin and the well-known german funksters First Touch. Listen and you will hear the typical handwriting of Amin and First Touch. Slapping worldwide connection. Like always we are very proud to work with these guys to bring you some heat out of cold Germany.
LA’s heavy funksters are back with another two-sided banger! Keeping it instrumental on the A-side with an uptempo dancefloor burner featuring Brooklyn’s own Ikebe Shakedown. And not letting up on the B-side, a super cool and slow lowrider jam called “P.C.H. (One More Mile) that features the soulful crooning of Jesse Wagner from The Aggrolites. A two-sided killer!
Jungle Fire is back with their first 45 in several years! Channeling the same heavy afro-latin vibes that made their first couple of 45s so in demand. Uptempo with super heavy drums and percussion, “N.U.S.A.U.” is going to light up the dancefloors! You’re gonna need doubles of this one.
Ikeb’s newest A-Side, “Curitiba Strut,” delves deep into disco, with four minutes of musical fire. Driven by the deep-pocketed pulse of its four-man rhythm section (Barnaby Alter, drums; Dave Bourla, percussion; Vince Chiarito, bass; Robin Schmidt, guitar) and one of the tightest horn trios on the East Coast (Mike Buckley, winds; Jason Colby, trumpet; Nadav Nirenberg, trombone), Curitiba takes flight. Adding in special guest Kelly Finnigan of the Monophonics on synth, this is a can’t-miss for DJs and dancers alike! Monophonics B Side “Hanging On” is what happens when California Psychedelic Pop meets Detroit Soul. Heavy Vocals and Horns lead the way over a steady groove of Drums, Fuzz Bass, transistor Organ and a whirling wave of 6 & 12 String guitars. Picked from their 2015 psych-soul gem ‘Sound of Sinning’, this California flip is a perfect Northern Soul answer for DJ’s and to balance such a heavy Afrofunk Instrumental on the A Side from one of Brooklyn’s finest bands!
Chastity (Brandon Williams) hails from Whitby, Ontario, a suburb well removed - both physically and emblematically - from the stirring city of Toronto. Chastity channels the angst of small town isolation, but focuses most on the bursting, earnest connections formed among suburban, blue-collar youth. The genre bending music of Chastity hovers in a space of oscillating urgency, both melodic and noisey, juxtaposing themes of collectivity and isolation. It is, in short, a perpetual ode to youth culture that winds in and out of the darkest and lightest edges of the self, and ultimately celebrates all it has to offer.
Songs in the Key of Life was the culmination of a historic period of creativity for Stevie Wonder. An ambitious double LP with a four-song bonus EP, Songs in the Key of Life became among the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of Wonder's career. In 2003, it was ranked number 57 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In the same year, it was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which called it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Vocalist Joyce Wrice, featuring Kay Franklin, produced and arranged by Mndsgn. The 45 is released on Akashik records, co-founded by Mndsgn and Alima Jennings, and distributed by Stones Throw.
Limited to 150. Back in 1990 a group known as 2 Mad & Company consisted of a young Ray West combined with an aspiring teenageMC 2 Mad . Together they formed a short lived group the consisted mostly of basement recordings & street corner ciphers. These recordings come from a rare studio session that took place in 1991 @ the Box Studio in NYC. Remastered from a demo tape cassette and pressed on a 7 inch vinyl, consider this a time capsule dating back to 1991. This 7 inch contains 2 full songs & a bonus track from 1991 featuring Poetic Prince.
Fredfades & Sun Raw are keeping alive the gritty, analogue sound with 12-bit drums and loops but with their own unique style. Fred has been working with KingUnderground for the last 3 years and has a flock of releases. Sun Raw from Stockholm, Sweden is new to the crew but about to drop his debut “Beat Weeks”. The duo are both part of Mutual Intentions crew and find inspiration from old music, from Jazz, funk, soul, rock and anything they find in the crates. Planet Asia has been affiliated with KU from early on with a release and some features. Some MC’s have been left behind, Asia isn’t one of those. He’s been kicking out better and better verses since he first showed up on the scene in the early 90’s and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. The pair are working on a collaboration album (currently untitled) to be released in 2017. This 45 is a taster of what to expect. This is a limited edition pressing run of only 300 units. There are 2 songs, all straight SP1200 both featuring Planet Asia with one of the tracks featuring one of PA’s friends Waz on the hook. We’ve stepped up our quality of vinyl pressing and moved to a new plant so you should hear the results in this new release.
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Joseph Abajian (DJ Jab) founded Fat Beats in 1994 with nothing more than a shoestring budget and an earnest obsession with the music, the culture, and the brotherhood of New York’s burgeoning rap scene. What began as a simple vinyl shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate on new projects. Joseph’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable. When the 90’s cultural zeitgeist – and, in turn, the music industry establishment – chose hip-hop as its new arbiter of cool.
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