“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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My Chemical Romance release their posthumous greatest hits album - "May Death Never Stop You". The collection spans the decade-plus career of this remarkable band, whose unique, theatrical punk-pop sound earned them legions of devoted fans. MCR rose from the East Coast underground to the forefront of modern rock during the early 2000s to become a multi-platinum selling artist, with four commercially successful studio albums : I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (2002), Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004), The Black Parade (2006) and Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2010). In the form of one final hurrah one final single, Fake Your Death has been included on this album. The track is one of the last songs the band worked on in the studio together. As something of a eulogy for the band, frontman Gerard Way has rendered the track "...a service to those who believed in a band that did not compromise, and a wave goodbye to all. And yes, it is fucking heartbreaking."
Private Energy is the fifth album from Roberto Carlos Lange a.k.a. Helado Negro. Written and produced by Lange, the album is an interpersonal communication of sounds about his surroundings past, present, and future. Private Energy, which follows 2013’ s Invisible Life and 2014’ s tour de force Double Youth, continues the work Lange has done as an artist, culminating in the most captivating artistic statement of his career. The music draws from his expansive knowledge of sampling, sound synthesis, recording and history of references, and the album was created as a performance piece in tandem with his Tinsel Mammal dancers. Present at each Helado Negro show, the Tinsel Mammal dancers, costumed head-to-toe in silver strands, are a visual representation of sound and a sensual gateway to profoundly personal lyrics. The Tinsel Mammals are not representative of any human form. They work as a shimmering objects that represent the ideas of genderless and raceless beings and Private Energy’ s themes of self-love, pride, and the embrace of constant change.
Band of Horses’ second album, which came out in 2007 and went on to sell over 320,000 copies, is now available on cassette. Released in March of 2006, Band of Horses’ debut, Everything All the Time, propelled the band from early shows opening for Iron & Wine, to playing on The Late Show with David Letterman, and being nominated as one of ten finalists for the Shortlist Music Prize for that same year. The record also received celebratory press in Spin, Entertainment Weekly, NY Times, Harp, Billboard, Pitchfork, Magnet, NME, Uncut, and a slew of others. For a lot of reasons, Cease to Begin is the perfect title for this new record. Though they worked with producer Phil Ek again, much changed for Band of Horses between these two albums. Band members, close friends, and family came and went, some far too early, and core members Ben Bridwell, Rob Hampton, and Creighton Barrett moved from Seattle to Mt. Pleasant, SC, to be closer to their families. Shot through with these experiences, Cease to Begin is strikingly beautiful, dealing with the reconciliation of attachment and detachment, the strength that’s found through suffering, and the understanding that we are as significant as we are insignificant. It’s also a great rock record.
Band of Horses’ debut album, which came out in 2006 and went on to sell over 350,000 copies, is now available on cassette. Achieving musical transcendence is a tricky feat. If it happens at all, it happens naturally, and perhaps nobody knows that better than Seattle, Washington’s Band of Horses. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Bridwell and bassist Mat Brooke formed Band of Horses in 2004, after the dissolution of their nearly ten-year run in northwest melancholic darlings Carissa’s Wierd. Carissa’s Wierd trafficked in sadly beautiful orchestral pop, whose songs told unflinching stories of heartbreak and loss, leavened with defeatist humor. After playing music with each other for over a decade, Bridwell and Brooke picked up together again when Bridwell began fleshing out his compositions post-Carissa’s. Buoyed by Bridwell’s warm, reverb-heavy vocals Band of Horses’ woodsy, dreamy songs ooze with amorphous tension, longing and hope. At times raggedly epic and delicately pensive, Everything All the Time is an album painted gorgeously in fragile highs and lows.
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Debut solo album from ilajide of critically acclaimed Detroit quartet Clear Soul Forces. Entirely self produced and written, HEET TAPE is his most introspective and open project to date. Out on Rappers I Know / Pocket Jams. Featuring the singles Don't Fake, and 800-101-700-1100
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KutMasta Kurt Digs deep into his archives to put together this compelling 6 track EP of previously unreleased recordings he and Keith recorded in 1996-1997. This Post Sex Style and Pre Dr. Dooom material helps further illustrate why they are one of Hip-Hop's favorite collaborators from the 90’s and beyond. Only 100 tapes pressed. 50 with Blue and 50 with Yellow colored shells.
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Original 1999 pressing The problem with being recognized as a creative genius is that you've got to live up to it 24/7. Kool Keith was given such a mantle upon the release of the Dr. Octagonecologist album, and it's not something he seems happy about: on the first track of First Come, First Served, he--as Dr. Dooom--kills Octagon. It's the perfect move for Keith, and it sets the tone for the album, which is a mix of humorous tracks ("Neighbors Next Door," which asks you to imagine having Keith and Jacky Jasper living in the next apartment, and "You Live at Home with Your Mom") and songs on which Keith lays down the law ("No Chorus" and "Leave Me Alone"). Few MCs could hope to match Keith, but here--rapping over knocked-off Octagon grooves (produced with Kutmaster Kurt, they're still more innovative than most) and settling lots of personal scores--he sounds like he's just trying to get a bunch of ideas out of his head as quickly as possible. Still, there's an amazing EP's worth of material here, but it's spread over a full album. Minus the filler, Dooom might just be Octagon's better. --Randy Silver
2Pacalypse Now is the debut studio album by 2Pac. The album is 2Pac's commentary on contemporary social issues facing American society such as racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, and teenage pregnancy. It featured three singles; "Brenda's Got a Baby", "Trapped", and "If My Homie Calls". In celebration of the 25th anniversary of this classic UMe will be commercially releasing the album on vinyl (gatefold, 180 gram) for this first time here in the US.
Just in time for Cassette Store Day, 2016, Coalmine Records is pleased to release a limited edition run of ‘Land of the Crooks’; the collaborative extended play release from the late Sean Price and Melbourne’s go to producer, M-Phazes. The project finds the longtime underground legend lending his distinctive, Brownsville- bred grimy vocals over Phazes’ rich tracks full of dramatic pianos, thunderous basslines, swinging horns and bold drums. Side-A includes the main passes, comprised of four original tracks with the addition of the Small Professor Remix for ”Murdah Type Thinkin” (feat. Guilty Simpson), while the B-Side includes all of the instrumental passes. Additional features on LOTC include Roc Marciano, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Maffew Ragazino, Loudmouf Choir and the Dilated Junky, DJ Babu. Cassettes are manufactured on black matte shells with red leaders, and comes complete with the Andres Guzman designed artwork, inspired by the vintage ‘80s movie, ‘Crocodile Dundee.’ Sean Price was Hip-Hop’s Gray Hulk, a barbarian with the pen, with the sharpest of wits. A true Brooklyn legend...riP! If you’d like to make a donation to directly assist Sean’s family, please refer to his CrowdRise fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/seanp
Ever order a kale salad and discover a neckbone in it? That’s funk. Ever written a love letter on a chicken grease-stained napkin? That’s funk. The Du-Rites are without a doubt the soundtrack to both of those situations, but by definition, The Du-Rites are a duo of New Yorkbased multi-instrumentalists comprised of Pablo Martin (guitar, bass, synthesizer) and J-Zone (drums, organ, bass, turntables, percussion instruments that require little skill). Funk comes from so many places that it’s hard to visit them all, but the duo manages to do just that on their self-titled (and almost wholly instrumental) debut LP on Old Maid Entertainment / Ilegalia Records (with Vinyl LP & Cassette Versions on Redefinition Records). From the greasy, lo-fi and syncopated grooves of the late ‘60s (“Bug Juice,” “Git’n Off,” “Ghetto Ferris Wheel”); to ‘70s cop show funk (“The Chief & I,” “Hustle”); to the slick stomp of the early ‘80s (“Du-N-It”), The DuRites have membership at both the rib shack and the discotheque. With influences ranging from the obvious (Booker T. & The MGs, Lalo Schifrin, Cameo, Kool and the Gang, The Meters, Jimi Hendrix, P-Funk, Motown, Herbie Hancock, and James Brown) to the obscure (overlooked late ‘60s funk bands Warm Excursion, TSU Toronadoes, and Willie & The Mighty Magnificents), The Du-Rites manage to bounce from improvisational, raggedy and psychedelic to tight and snappy with the skip of a track. Pablo’s proficiency in punk, disco, pop and Latin and J-Zone’s deep roots in hip-hop and jazz-funk combine to make one of the more off-kilter, but undeniably funky instrumental long players you’ll dig into.
Baltimore-based electronic trio, LLQUID SD, is back with new sounds from the Bureau of Sewers. Elevator ratio grimace music recorded in a single live improvised setting. Twig Harper rides a cockroach nerf orange. Jimmy Joe Roche sniffs finky argon jitter amplified twinkle. Stewart Mostofsky shatters powder, snorting grog synth skittles. Dare not to pass up a change to hear this fluttering floundering filet.
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Australia’s Gallery of Modern Art commissioned Xiu Xiu to reinterpret the music from Twin Peaks for their David Lynch: Between Two Worlds exhibition. Since then, the band has performed select concerts all over the globe culminating in a proper studio album of the compositions. "It’s difficult to overstate the cultural impact of Twin Peaks 25 years ago. Transferring his art-house cinema ethic to the small screen, David Lynch’s cerebral, surrealist murder mystery series towered like a desert skyscraper over the wastelands of mainstream US TV drama. A large part of the series’ appeal lay in the hypnotic, spectral soundtrack that won a Grammy for its composer, Angelo Badalamenti. Invited earlier this year to reinterpret that music for a Lynch retrospective at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Californian avant-noise trio Xiu Xiu have now taking their work on a world tour." - The Guardian
DJ Shadow, widely acknowledged as a crucial figure in the development of experimental, instrumental hip-hop, will return with ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ worldwide via Mass Appeal Records, his first full length release since 2011. The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ he’s shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more.
Mixing witty, often hilarious, occasionally even heartbreaking observations with devastating self-assessment, Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, cements her standing as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock. These songs reveal not only an assured songwriter and guitar player, but also an artist who in just a few years has already proved highly influential.
Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst continues to earn his reputation as our most respected young troubadour with almost frightening ease. For the past few years he's been tagged "rock's boy genius" by the music press. These albums are a soundly articulated slice of modern life rolled into two very different records, both bursting with all the heartfelt poetry for which Bright Eyes' records have earned their acclaim. Of course, the rough edges haven't gone away - the palpitation of a splintering note, the crack of a voice as it overextends, the clumsy thump of a misplaced thumb. It's all still there. But there's a glorious new level of depth, a maturation of texture, writing and delivery. His best work yet.
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