The Jesus and Mary Chain haven’t released a new album in 18 years. Last year, the band’s Jim Reid said they were working on a new album, and last month Creation Records’ Alan McGee said it would be out in March. Today, they’ve officially announced Damage and Joy, their first album since 1998’s Munki. It’s out March 24 via ADA/Warner Music. Damage and Joy was recorded with producer Youth (who also contributed bass). The album also features performances from the band’s touring drummer Brian Young and former Lush bassist Phil King.
Foxygen is the Big Bang of two combusting minds. It's the splayed Galaxy of polar geniuses Sam France and Jonathan Rado. It's a handshake with a knife behind your back. A sleepless night in a five star hotel. You listen to Hang properly. You take in each moment. Each new melody that threads forward from the fingertips of one of this generation's finest pianomen in Jonathan Rado. And you fall in line behind Sam France's sprawling and reckless lyric.Witness his mastery. Feel them struggle against the walls of their own creations. Follow them there. To the perimeter. To the exit sign. Notice that the two young guys aren't there anymore. They're outside looking for another joint to haunt. They're already out of sight.
Society would deem that a prodigious girl can't be in a progressive rock band while also being in complete control of its creative vision, business plan and social messaging. Society is wrong. Clem Creevy, a 19 year old teen Queen dreamed up Cherry Glazerr in her LA bedroom alone and is perhaps more capable of figuring a music career out than anyone who attempts this treacherous life path. Back in 2014, much-loved Cali imprint Burger Records released their intoxicating debut Haxel Princess and Suicide Squeeze released the Had Ten Dollaz 7-inch. On Apocalipstick, the band worked with “rock'n'roll wizard” Joe Chicarelli [White Stripes, The Shins, The Strokes] and Carlos de la Garza [Bleached, M83, Tegan and Sara]. With their help and the band's newfound self-discipline and motivation, Cherry Glazerr has evolved into a wildly complex, hugely guitar heavy, and unapologetically loud machine.
Limited to 150 copies. You want to hear some real dope soul and funk influenced music? Then please check out the brilliant release “Pleasure Palette” by Flamingosis, a young producer from New Jersey, USA. Terrific grooves, electronic funk meets BoomBap with an excellent sample selection. “A collection of instrumentals for you to warm up to. They come straight from the heart. Much love to my friends BeRod, Macross 82- 99, Beatmachinearon for collaborating on the album with me. And a big thank you to everyone else who supports my work. You’re the real mvp’s.”
Atlantic Records has announced the highly-anticipated release of The Hamilton Mixtape, an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.Executive produced by The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon & more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos.
Hailing from within the heat of Florida, Brandon* is a gifted producer whose musical style is an eclectic blend of hip hop, jazz, lounge, and latin flavors. Tough beats move alongside swirling strings, soundtrack-ish atmospheres, and nostalgic orchestral arrangements, all seemingly lifted from obscure vinyl thrift store finds in the sunny retirement capitol. It’s a refreshingly perfect mix of elements, resulting in ‘beats music’ that is amorous and enchanting. This is even more apparent on Brandon*’s latest long-player on the Cold Busted imprint, titled Dreamscape: Part 4*. The producer’s other Dreamscape releases explored his distinct sound, and this latest brings Brandon*’s M.O. to further maturity and acclaim. From the bombastic bossa of “Cabana Chat” to “Oasis”’s gentle acoustic guitars to the tropical jazz vibe of “Rio Dio”, Dreamscape: Part 4* will delight and captivate, and nicely compliments an exotic cocktail.
Krepek Records x Vinyl Digital Exclusive: Limited Edition of 500 Copies! A kick & a snare - a European affair: From the idea of providing a platform for friendly producers came a Beattape series, which provoked an international response and grew over the years. Now, the third edition of AudioDope appears. Three years have passed since the success of AudioDope 02. Time used at the Krekpek home to upgrade: the collective has restructured to imprint. At the end of 2015, Benne Basquiat and Figub Brazlevic jointly raised Krekpek Records. After more than one and a half years of careful selection, the young label presents another release in the catalog with AudioDope 03. Brazlevic is again responsible for arranging and mixing, and on the 29 tracks a mixture of young savages and well-established greats will prove their abilities. Balanced and without stylistic blinkers, the third edition brings together what belongs together. Hardest headnod snares, playful jazz sax, warm basslines, futuristic plug-in screw and classic synth bounce. The variety of beatmakers proves how versatile instrumental hip-hop is. The productions presented here are not only from Germany, but also from France, Belgium and Austria. Posts by Gibmafuffi, FloFilz, Enaka, Bluestaeb, Sonus and Kabuki feature, now also on vinyl. “It is always motivating to start the Beattape with the best flavor and to support what you like,” Basquiat says. This is achieved with “AD03” with playful ease.
Tree Colored See is a collaborative effort between renowned L.A. hip hop and electronic producer Nobody (Elvin Estella) and Mystic Chords of Memory (featuring Chris Gunst of The Beachwood Sparks and The Aisler SetOs Jen Cohen). After swapping successful guest appearances on a few releases, the trio began working on a collaborative project in the spring of 2004. After a year filled with road trips and mailorder-only production efforts, the group hits upon a perfectly crafted blend of psychedelic hip-hop and sunshine folk-rock. A producer/ arranger in the classical sense, Nobody uses his samplebased tool set to create the foundations of the album. Gunst continues to mature as a songwriter and along with partner Cohen, adds wistful vocals and accomplished musicianship. Fans who may have followed these artists throughout their respective careers will be thrilled at how Tree Colored See brings out the best in each.
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DOME OF DOOM RECORDS IS PROUD TO PRESENT: FRENCH TOASTED by Elusive Special thanks to Wylie for the opportunity to release this limited edition cassette, Dome of Doom, Daddy Kev, Alpha Pup, Jake, Erik, Kwasi for artwork, Low End Theory, DJ Nobody, Elos, Rootnote crew, Resonate crew, Smart Bomb crew, Hit and Run, Brandy, Jupiter, Beat Theatre, Beat Cinema, Melissa for vinyl, my parents for the vinyl collection and samples, all the people who support my music, and all the stores that have sold my music... thank you.
The lean & compact effort featured production by Denmark himself (who has produced for the likes of Danny Brown, Elzhi, Quelle Chris and more), as well as Dirty Science's Exile, Azarias,and T-White with vocal contributions by Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Tanya Morgan and more. As a special addition, the 2XLP vinyl includes the album's instrumentals plus two bonus tracks "Katt Williams" and "Snowing in LA" produced by Odd Future's Earl Sweartshirt. The cassette also includes the two bonus tracks.
In 2008, Termanology began making a real name for himself, he had several highly-acclaimed singles in rotation and when DJ Premier laced him with one of his signature, scratch-laden beats on "Watch How It Go Down," the hood conscious anthem became an underground classic; and with it Termanology thrust himself onto hip-hop's international radar. Soon after, Term released his solo-debut, ‘Politics As Usual’, a project that included a Mount Rushmore like array of producers; DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Havoc, Alchemist, Hi-Tek, Buckwild, Easy Mo Bee & Nottz. ‘Politics As Usual’ was one of those rare projects which managed to merge the best of both worlds for Hip-Hop fans; meshing classic boom-bap production from a virtual who's who list of production royalty with Term’s lyricism, swagger and bravado. A lot has changed since Termanology released his debut, but in hip-hop, just as in life, everything comes full-circle. He’s back with ‘More Politics’, which, similar to his debut, brings together the elite of the elite in beatsmiths, as Just Blaze (Jay-Z, Beyonce, Eminem etc), Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest), Buckwild (DITC), Hi-Tek, Nottz, Dame Grease (Nas, Fat Joe, DMX, Kelis, MGK, LL Cool J, T.I. etc), and the Grammy Award winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Rick Ross, Mary J Blige, Wale, Drake, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Tech N9ne, Chance the Rapper, 2 Chainz etc), plus his brother from another mother Statik Selektah, all contribute production. Not only does the production mark Term’s current focus on creating top-tier songs, but he also enlisted the best-of-the-best to bless the mic on ‘More Politics’, including Joey Bada$$ (Pro Era), KXNG Crooked (Slaughterhouse), Bun B (UGK), Sheek Louch & Styles P (The Lox), Saigon, Westside Gunn, Ea$y Money, Conway, Chris Rivers, Your Old Droog and others.
According to Merriam-Webster, Vignettes means, a short descriptive literary sketch/brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie). The album is aptly titled where 15 musical scenes, each with their own unique settings, are stitched harmoniously together to provide a universal message to the audience in which they use the gift of their own interpretation. At just over 2 hours long, the listener is given an unfiltered front row performance into the heart, mind and soul of the the artist. This latest effort from Damu the Fudgemunk is of typical and unorthodox proportions. Musically, it’s what you should expect from the man who brought you the How it Should Sound franchise, Supply for Demand and The Spur Momento Trailer. Intellectually, it’s his most vulnerable piece of work to date. Hoping to challenge and inspire the listener through a musical narrative, it’s content is open ended.Any resulting opinion that provokes thinking is encouraged given the message in this Vignettes album. Even the art direction is intentionally abstract and undefined to welcome the attention of all people. The album is completely instrumental except for “Openings,” the lone vocal track which features Raw Poetic. With a “Quality over Quantity” slogan, Redefinition Records adds Vignettes to it’s legacy and marks their first 3LP vinyl release which is exclusive to redefinitionrecords. com/vignettes, while double cd’s (in Mini Lp style packaging with printed inner sleeves) and double cassettes (in a unique side by side case instead of the standard double cassette box) are available everywhere. Though the word vignettes may refer to something brief, Damu the Fudgemunk’s new album “Vignettes” has a long future ahead for years to come. “Vignettes is a true example of ‘art imitating life.’ All the commentary/ music is a collection of my personal experiences and those reflections applied to music to document an honest depiction of my current perspective on life and the world we share.” - Damu The Fudgemunk
Alfred Darlington, better known as Daedelus, is an influential Los Angeles producer and cornerstone of the electronic & beat music scenes both locally and internationally. Over the last 15 years, he has released a number of full-lengths, EPs and remixes on labels like Ninja Tune, Anticon, and most recently Brainfeeder, namely the collaborative Kneebody Kneedelus release last year. With this LP coming out on his own label, Daedelus now wields the power to wind through the maze on his terms, sharing music and further developing the Magical Properties platform. There will also be a very special limited edition cassette pressing of ‘Labyrinths’ in collaboration with fellow Los Angeles label Dome of Doom. The first press is limited to 300 copies. Twisting, complex, and rhizomatic - Daedelus unfurls a maze of genre on Labyrinths, juxtaposing disparate influences while maintaining an underlying love and appreciation for all styles.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote that“a little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” While one of our founding fathers was probably referring to our government and what could beAmerica in 2017, Jansport J subconsciously ended up taking the adage to heart in the studio for his new album p h a r a o h.During a visit to the RottenApple one January in 2016, one of hip hop’s founding fathers--Rakim--and an intangible magnetism in the city brought on a break from his familiar narrative-driven album structure in favor of raw, gut feelings. Taking a page out of J Dilla’s book, he shirked care for track listing order to give the listener a bumpy, immersive trip with no sense of direction like a tourist caught in the morning rush on the L train. You’re not supposed to ever get too comfortable while you listen to p h a r a o h. It reflects the unforgiving hustle and bustle of New York City as the crowd takes you one way or pushes you in another just as quickly.There are familiar roadmarks on the trip like news clips referring to the death of the gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo and familiar vocal samples. But the rest is an interpretation of classic East Coast production, namely by Eric B. and RZA, as told to you by Jansport J.And just as New York City is a colorful mixing of personalities and backgrounds, so is p h a r a o h. The California producer allowed himself to experiment with nontraditional samples and ideas like triggering different clips of ODB shouting at the same time (“The Dirty II”) or having one of the most moving melodies play over a X-rated Facetime call (“ShowMeUMissMe”). To listen to p h a r a o h straight through is to wake up in Jansport J’s body that one cold January and relive his whole visit as he trekked to shows, listened to Paid in Full, and hit the reset button on his production habits. All in about 42 minutes.As he tells that story, you’ll hear hints of Madlib’s singular rhythms, Eric B.’s knock in the percussion, and J Dilla’s attention to sound design. But the change of pace for the creation of p h a r a o h wasn’t always so comfortable to live with for Jansport. Instead of letting the anxiety get to him, he reminded himself of one particular picture of Eric B. and Rakim standing in front of a red brick wall, and the resolute, silent confidence in Rakim’s eyes.This was Jansport J’s Rakim moment. While Jansport was still in the thick of completing this album, he told himself, “This is your weird, raw gritty album. Who cares if it sounds not super mixed? This is your fuckin’ album.” He owned it and because of it he has been able to find a new passion in working off of a clean slate.But before we get ahead of ourselves, sit down, hit play, and show respect to the Pharaoh.
Veteran underground hip-hop producer from New Jersey, P-Original, best known for his work with El Da Sensei (of The Artifacts), Beneficence, Pacewon, and Dr. Becket drops a brand new LP of blazing instrumentals. Earthy, warm beats from the MPC and classic SP1200, emblematic of the award winning cover design by illustrator Brad Yeo featured in Creative Arts CA that lean on the Jazz and Soul side. A beautiful pressing on 180 gram vinyl limited to a small run of 300 copies.
Growth is about adaptation, existing in transit, and nourishing flux. It gives us a reason to move on to our next project, challenges us, and feeds our creative hunger. Sona Elango, as the multi-talented Elaquent, captures a catalogue of experiences and feelings that span time zones from over the better part of 2016. Elaquent has created a reflective sound weaving themes of travel and personal growth into the core of his music. Worst Case Scenario is a record with roots in Europe and Japan, inspired by moments of reflection in hostels, airports, and trains. It boasts Elaquent’s growth not only as a beat maker and producer, but as an artist, conscious of peers, music lovers, and strangers alike. He explains how “I wanted it to feel personal and conducive to who I am, but I’ll let everyone deduce what they want about each song. It’s open to interpretation.” Elaquent demonstrates that relative themes have a power that is bigger than ourselves. He manages to hit the bittersweet mark of self-reflection perfectly, reminding us that sometimes the most daunting and intimidating reflections, can secretly be moments of peace and reassurance. “...going on 30, no longer feeling like you’re invincible, everyone is getting married and living a completely different kind of life. I don’t want to get old, wondering whether I did everything in life that I wanted to do. This album, Worst Case Scenario, it’s the idea that if all else fails, I’ll know that at least I was able to do all these amazing things in my life”. Worst Case Scenario is ultimately a public chapter in Elaquent’s life, embodying an unhurried yet vibrant form of personal storytelling. “It’s a soulful and colourful record” he says. “I was in a different mindset; it was a challenge to myself. I wanted to expand on previous concepts, and make a record that is about doing things not just to do them, but because it makes sense”. Unabashedly human, and eager to make it count, Elaquent is a reminder to us all that we’re here for a good time, not a long time.
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