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.
Collection of self-recorded covers of songs by Frankie Cosmo's friends.
Traversal serves as means of pivoting in all aspects of life. Created in Headphones, For Headphones. Available for the first time on clear green cassette, ‘Traversal’ features some of the most talented up and coming producers in the world. Dutchy aka Dutchmassive has been involved in the independent Hip-Hop scene for over 20 years working with the likes of Celph Titled, Apathy, Vast Aire, J.J. Brown and more.
Jay Dee, aka J Dilla, emerged as a Hip Hop producer to be reckoned with in 1995 when his name was attached to the first single from The Pharcyde's eagerly anticipated sophomore album "Labcabincalifornia". Drop the needle on his first Pharcyde production "Runnin" and you have the launch point of a producer's career that mesmerized, titillated and expanded the domes of Hip Hop fans for the next decade. "Jay Deelicious: Originals, Remixes & Rarities" documents Jay Dilla's early production on Delicious Vinyl. Working closely with The Pharcyde and Michael "Mike Floss" Ross, (Delicious Vinyl's founder), Jay Dee was instrumental in keeping The Pharcyde's second album as ear poppin' and bugged as their maiden classic "Bizarre Ride To The Pharcyde", stepping up big time after the group parted ways with "Bizarre" producer J-Swift. In addition to original productions and remixes for "Labcabin", Jay Dee skillfully worked with the label on incredible mixes for the Brand New Heavies, as well as unreleased remixes for former BNH singer, N'Dea Davenport. From the jazzed out Rhodes syncopation of "Sometimes" featuring Q-Tip, to the crazy cutting up of "Got To Give It Up" for "Saturday Night" featuring Mos Def, Jay Dee shows there's no tempo he can't freak on some otherworldly jazzed up funk tip. So put on your head phones and take a trip into the early work of a Hip Hop master. Umm Umm JayDEElicous! In respect to Dilla's legacy, all proceeds from the sale of this release will go to Maureen (Ma Dukes) Yancy.
Omar Souleyman's Bahdeni Nami, featuring productions by Four Tet, Gilles Peterson, Modeselektor, and Legowelt, is now available as a cassette, with download code included. Perhaps Syria's most successful musical export, international singer Omar Souleyman returns with his second proper studio effort and most personal album to date, Bahdeni Nami. For the album Souleyman opened his doors to collaborations with a number of renowned electronic producers, all of whom were established fans eager to offer unique interpretations of his sound. Four Tet returns to produce a track, Gilles Peterson lends his considerable talents to one song, Modeselektor turn in the two fastest dance numbers of the set, and Legowelt offers a remix of the title-track. Additionally, a 7" planned for release in August 2015 will feature a thoroughly distinctive remix of one of the album's heartrending ballads by The Black Lips' Cole Alexander (MONKEY 056RMX). Bahdeni Nami was recorded closer to home, in Istanbul, and appropriately the singer is joined by traditional accompaniment. Souleyman has reunited with his favorite poet, Ahmad Alsamer (who penned his pre-west hits "Kaset Hanzel," "Khattaba," and "Shift -al Mani"), heard throughout the album offering claps and wails of encouragement. The songs come alive with musical contributions and support from the virtuosic sax work of Khaled Youssef, another longtime collaborator from his hometown. Rizan Sa'id's keyboards improvise devotedly to every tune and turn of Souleyman's choice. The lyrics are familiar territory for the singer -- declarations of eternal love, consolation of one's aching heart, pleas to his lover to sleep in his arms forever -- realized as four fast dance numbers, an introduction mawal, and an elaborate araby style ballad. Omar Souleyman continues to tirelessly bring his wild dance party to all corners of the globe, everywhere from SXSW to the Nobel Peace Prize Concert to rock clubs in cities around the world. Originating from the Hasake region of Syria, Souleyman earned his reputation by singing and leading years of weddings, birthdays, christenings, corporate parties, and more, answering invitations from all peoples living in the region -- be they Muslims, Christians, Kurds, Iraqis, Syrians, Assyrians. Those parties yielded hundreds of cassette tapes at first offered as gifts and later distributed throughout the region and other Arab countries. Despite the world's insistence in associating him with his home country's unending war, Omar Souleyman gives back nothing but love.
Woza Mixtape is the soundtrack of the Woza Taxi documentary (2016). Making the documentary in April 2016 - whilst visiting artists and their families in Durban - label boss Nan Kolè painstakingly narrowed down the selection of tracks for this mixtape. The trip lent a tremendous amount of insight to Nan Kolè, granting him both a detailed and broad view of the gqom scene and what gqom means to the youth of the township (for they consist the core music makers and listeners of gqom). The unique sound, which took Europe by storm at the start of 2016, is a way for the youth in the township to express themselves, but moreover enables them to express their pride and experiences in their Zulu culture and history. The release features 14 tracks showcasing different and new music from Durban - spanning core tribe through sgubhu to gqom. Features: Dominowe, Mafia Boyz, Julz Da Deejay, Formation Boyz, Citizen Boy, Emo Kid, Worsthood, Cruel Boyz, TLC Fam, DJ Mabheko, Forgotten Souls and DJ Nerd. Includes a download code of the entire compilation.
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A true community effort, Zona Music(a) proudly presents “West World” from the legendary Sacred. Sacred co-founded the celebrated Los Angeles dance party JUJU and was also a part of the inner circle of the now famed Los Angeles beat night “Sketchbook” which birthed artists like Ras G and Flying Lotus. On ‘West World’ he takes his mastery of music to the next level through 31 original tracks. Though he didn’t ascend to being a household name like some of his peers, Sacred’s sound and passion for music shines bright. He is a real inspiration.
"Be Still and Glow” consists of the following three albums wrapped in an obi card: Sun Zither 1&2 1984 90+ minutes of non-stop sun-drenched Zither Ecstasy. A refreshing new sound journey through ecstatic hammered open-tuned zither string board, through jazz-funk rhythms with improvised rubbertipped mallets, through rattled, stopped Zither. Chaos with wooden chopsticks, through ethereal steel slide string sound exploration to take the classic zither sound way out of the box. An exploratory adventure in sustained open modal tuning, elegant electronics and virtuoso performance mastery. Tonings 1&2 1980s Tonings 1: Shimmering celestial Zither and OM chant continual deep induction listening for expanded inner-stillness. Tonings 2: OM chimes ladder, Kalimba (African thumb piano), hand chimes, spontaneous laughter release, chant, & chimes distortion (heavy at times towards end). Celestrana / Deep Chimes Meditation 1980s Calming, gentle, continual, patient, relaxed-pace solo electric zither feeling. Home cassette recorded in the 1980s. Mood of contemplative stillness. Peaceful, introspective listening. Deep Chimes Meditation: Classic, Space, Peace, Zen, Timelessness.
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j^p^n's enigmatic presence plays hand-in-hand with the wizardry surrounding his music. His sample flips range from nostaglic, smooth soul to angelic choir vocals, but it's what blooms around the samples that makes his music so unique: masterful layering and whipping percussion. [ favor ] is a dense 22-track album made for cassete and reminsicent of the work of producers like Knxwledge, Swarvy and Ohbliv.
Vitality is defined as the power to live or grow, and perseverance pertains to the qualities of moving forward when an obstacle stands in your way. The music of soul man Sonny Knight brims with these essential life traits because he exudes them. Along with his 7-piece powerhouse band, The Lakers, the 68 year-old retired truck driver has created a sound that extends much deeper than throwback soul. After the band's 2014 debut album, I'm Still Here, came to fruition much sooner than anyone expected, Sonny Knight and The Laker's released a live double album the following year. Now, the band’s sophomore studio set, Sooner Or Later, explores themes of overcoming adversity, love found, love lost, and societal observation. Where their debut might be likened to steering a bike before turning the pedals, considering they wrote and recorded it before road testing their songs and individual strengths, their latest effort sees the wheels fully in motion. With performances across the US and Europe in theaters, performing arts centers, festivals and night clubs, Sonny and the band have tightened their unity and discovered what each member brings to the table that can further the collective’s playing. By doing so, the group was able to gain a greater understanding of what their best material was through performing it on the road night after night. What results on Sooner Or Later is a rarity by today’s recording standards. Of the 10 songs that were taken into Secret Stash’s brand new studio, all made the final cut. Rather than track a bunch of material and pick out the best parts later, Sonny and the band hit the studio knowing exactly what the record would be, perfectly encapsulating a snapshot in time for the artist. By focusing less on so-called groove makers and more on the songwriting process, Knight and company harnessed the power of the different genres that came together to shape what we have come to know as soul music over the last 50+ years. Gospel, country, and blues were all melded into a record that takes you on a journey through life’s questions and emotions via nine originals and a cover of Lonnie Mack’s “Why.” Knight’s vast array of life experiences inform a worldview that give him a unique perspective on the song writing, expressive, and storytelling process. While he was enamored with gospel music during his youth, which eventually led him to recording his first single in 1965, he soon found himself exploring other opportunities. From a deployment in Vietnam to a job as a long haul trucker, that it hasn’t been a linear path has made him a more attuned performer. Combining this hard-earned experience with a vivacious band whose members are half his age, the songs and performances are a perfect blending of observation, promise, and energy, thanks in some part to their collective globetrotting adventures playing for audiences of many different backgrounds.
Long Beach serial chiller Ahwlee is a beat vet who delivers smooth buttery samples with a nostalgic vibe. 1991 is a cult classic cassette now reissued for the first time. These tracks are dusty, mellow and easy-going. Don’t mistake mellow for boring, however, because Ahwlee’s production is nuanced and intricate underneath the minimalist overtones. There’s jazzed-up Rhodes all over the place, and the percussion work masterfully includes a ton of negative space in between perfectly chopped breaks. They’ll get your head nodding.
Mndsgn (born Ringgo Ancheta) grew up in south New Jersey, raised with Gospel music at church, and B-Boy culture at home. Experimenting with beat-making, he befriended fellow producer Knxwledge and the two formed the influential Klipmode collective (along with Devonwho and Suzi Analogue). Mndsgn's music flourished when he moved to Los Angeles, catching the attention of Stones Throw who released Yawn Zen (2014), an LP of introspective and mostly instrumental beat creations, punctuated by vocal cuts. Body Wash is his second album for Stones Throw, a full set of realized songs that were only hinted at on Yawn Zen. Influences here include the likes of early SOLAR records material, Leon Sylvers III, Kashif, and Dave Grusin. These artists, Mndsgn says, "embodied that potent feeling in the early 80s boogie/funk/soul/jazz/fusion wave." He adds, "I was also digging back into some early 90s R&B sounds and started really imagining what it would be like if I had mashed the two eras together." He explains Body Wash as "a soul record that plays with nostalgic elements in a very dynamic & positive way. Think about it as a box of crayons for you to draw emotions with." The album was built around a backstory, a loose narrative thread through which he could filter his unformed ideas. In the narrative, a homeless man encounters a mysterious woman who gives him shelter. She instructs him to bathe with a very peculiar body wash. As he soaks and sinks deeper in a thick lather of this unknown solution, the man finds himself transported to an alternate dimension. Mndsgn describes the story as a vessel "that would allow me to speak on topics that were universally relatable … The story actually became a true outlet for me to address worldly issues with Self." The resulting album also represents a dynamic step forward in songwriting. Without explicitly relating its plot or characters, the album as a whole turns on the story's key theme, the psychedelic, transformative power of love.
“You’re cool, the engine’s hot, the girls gorgeous. A tankful of gas and an openroad…The rest is up to you!" Different Worlds Music Group/Fat Beats are thrilled to announce the release of the latest album from Skizz (DJ Skizz), “Cruise Control,” available everywhere on July 29th, 2016. Cruise Control is Skizz’s 2nd official producer album. Over the last couple years, Skizz has been working extensively with Your Old Droog, both producing and mixing his music, helping to propel the career of the young MC from Coney Island. He has also been touring with Droog as well as making beats for other noteworthy artists. Skizz has also been busy helping to start the new music label, Different Worlds Music Group. This will be the 2nd official release from Different Worlds. The label released Timeless Truth’s critically acclaimed “Cold Wave” album this past February. “Cruise Control is a progression for me sonically,” says Skizz. “This album takes you from where B.Q.E. left off- it’s still that raw boom-bap, but this album is a bit more laid-back and melodious. It just feels good, like you’re cruising with your lady and the cool breeze is blowing through your hair!”. Skizz recruited a mix of veteran OG MCs (O.C., Planet Asia, Roc Marciano, Evidence, etc) as well as upand- comers (Your Old Droog, Conway, Hus Kingpin, Da Villins,etc) to provide a sonically cohesive album that is set to be the official Hip-Hop soundtrack for the summer of ’16…
Los Angeles native Zeroh gets loud, technical and strange all over again on his new 10-song album "Tinnitus" [HNR65], which is essentially well crafted organized noise. The album was strung together and embellished amongst 15+ hours of music in a dark smokey garage on little to no sleep. The severity of this raw bludgeoning, echoes pain in the heads and ears of your typical everyman in an attempt to bring them to higher state of consciousness. Even so, Zeroh emanates a low glowing light close to the chest... the one saving grace for this genius god awful cacophony.
Magic (LP) is Hairy Hands' first full-length release and it picks up where last year's 'Battlecat' EP left off. Multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer James Alexander Bright (Hairy Hands) sits in the front seat alongside fellow label mate Peter Lyons. The album weaves its way from spaceship bathroom romp past wonky breathless samples chopped in a way only Hands makes work. A true journey lies within Magic. Get it on cassette via New Los now and enjoy this incredible music. Don't sleep on this one.
p>The Pendletons is a long-standing boogie-funk and modern soul project of E da Boss and Trailer Limon. The group emerged with their very first release in 2010, a 7" inch of "Coming Down/Waiting On You" with additional synth work by E.Live, on the Slept On record label, which set the tone for the group to emerge... it instantly became a cult classic receiving constant play at nights like Sweater Funk and Funkmosphere, and fetching for serious sums among collectors. In 2013, they followed up with another 7" featuring K-Maxx, Jacqueline Mari and Songbird Remos and later a very limited flexi-disc release title "Winning Ova You". Now in 2016, they return to the fold in full form with burgeoning live performances backed by a large group of vocal and instrumental guests, and their new release, the "Gotta Get Out" EP, on Voltaire Records. The "Gotta Get Out" EP highlights the hardships of life and love in modern society, via the smooth and bass heavy grooves of the Pendletons production squad. The struggle is real out there, especially for artists trying to survive and follow their passions, and "Gotta Get Out" eschews those sentiments completely with a full cast of guest vocalists including Jimetta Rose and I-Ced. "Learning How To Love You" is an ode to the inter-dynamics of a relationship, and having to think through and adjust behavior to suit the needs of your partner. "Never Know" starts out the B-Side...a harrowing tale of how life choices, twists and pitfalls can radically change those around you, even the most gifted and guarded of people. The most beat-scene of the bunch, "Purple Moon" inter-splices COPS-esque dialogue with slamming 808 bass and cruising synth lines making for a certified hypnotic head-nodder. The digital and cassette release of the "Gotta Get Out" EP features added bonus tracks with guests Felili, K-Maxx and additional remixes by Mat/matix and RELISH (aka Hotthobo).
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