"and the Anonymous Nobody" is the first De La Soul studio album in eleven years and as independent artists, free of record labels interfering in the creative process. True to the roots of Hip-Hop, the new album incorporates elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock, Country Western and more sampled to create the tracks. Sampling is how De La has always made music but after spending a huge part of their career fighting off the "sample police", De La decided to take a completely new approach, something Hip-Hop hasn't done before...sampling themselves. Over three years, De La collaborated with some of LA's finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. They played everything from banjo to upright bass, sometimes up to a dozen musicians at once; simply allowing sounds to integrate. Recorded in one of LA's most classic studios, Vox, the recordings have that creamy analog warm mixing board sound that the old records our parent's once played had. With over 200 hours of sounds, and vibes, equal to about 250 to 300 full-length vinyl LPs, De La began listening, enjoying and discovering those special moments where, musically, something magical happens, where interesting sounds and layers were forgotten, where new sounds can be sampled, looped, chopped, filtered and arranged, freely, without the intrusive presence of publishing politics and the infamous "sample police." "What we've done is created our own crates of records; album upon albums to mine and sample from. In our world, what we've created is freedom, freedom to make the art you believe in without having to compromise your vision. That's what we've always wanted most, that's what we've always believed in, that's what we've fought for..." -De La Soul
After time travelling with l'Orange on the Time?Astonishing EP (MMG) and delivering a new episode of his "Total Orgasm" mixtape series, Kool Keith aka Tashan Dorrsett is back at work with producer Junkaz Lou (aka the Great Priest Of Dark Funk) in order to preach and teach the Galaxy about his religion and lead all you lost sheep and freaks into the light of God. "The Preacher" is yet another classic scripture by Kool Keith coming straight from the Junkadelic Temple.
Slice Of Spice is proud to present a new Marco Polo album, "MPC: Marco Polo Collectables", released in collaboration with Spaghetti Bender Music. It's been a little over a decade since Marco Polo jumped on the scene back in 2005 with his debut release, ""Canned Goods"", and is now widely recognized as one of the best producers in the game. His producer album, "Port Authority", also being recognized as a bonafide modern boom bap classic. With this release we're harping back to Marco's early roots with an all instrumental release, featuring 25 previously unreleased beats from circa 2002-2004. Not only is this album dope, it's a great exploration into Marco Polo's early adventures into beat making and the discovery of his signature sound.
Slice Of Spice is proud to present the previously unreleased El Da Sensei and K-Def collaboration, "The Jersey Connection", released in conjunction with Ghettoman Beats. This album was sat in the archives for nearly a decade, but is finally getting the release it deserves. El Da Sensei is Mean "Johnny" Barrows and K-Def is Ghettoman in this gritty New Jersey soundtrack. These two combine as 'The Enforcers' taking down anyone who gets in their way on a mission to give you what you need...quality hip hop! No soundtrack is complete without quality art and this doesn't disappoint with an incredible cover illustrating by Fred Whyte.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ramones, recently named the "Greatest Punk Album Of All Time" by Rolling Stone, and certainly one of the most important and influential albums of all time. This masterpiece helped launch the punk rock scenes in both America and Britain, and went on to inspire countless other artists for generations to come. To celebrate the Ramones' lasting impact, Rhino will release the ultimate tribute to the band's landmark debut, packaged in a 12" x 12" hardcover book. The 3CD/1LP set is a limited edition of 19,760 individually numbered copies and includes a sonically superior remastered stereo version and a meticulously recreated mono mix of the original album, plus rarities, unheard demos, and an unreleased live show - all produced, mixed, and mastered by the album's original producer and mixer Craig Leon.
From Utsunomiya, Japan – a place previously famed for its delicious gyoza – comes the equally tasty beat concoctions of producer Axion117. Also known by Sato Shuya, this disciplined rhythmologist has dropped releases for Collective Resonance, Expansions Collective, and Mellow Orange and is now revealing One Thousand Horizon, a nineteen track long-player for the Cold Busted label. These sample-built constructions swing and shimmy with the best in instrumental hip hop, showcasing intricate cuts and melodic intervals that’ll bring the heads into a nodding state of smoked-out bliss. “Through The Looking Glass” is a particular highlight, with its filtered flute, creative drum programming, and jazzy breakdown interlude … this displays the skill of Axion117’s technique in a brilliant two and-a-half minute capsule. One Thousand Horizon’s eighteen other nuggets follow through on this promise, capturing moods that can be jazzy, masterfully funky, dreamy, and soulful, all buoyed by solid breakbeats and a contemplative, laid-back attitude. One Thousand Horizon is the perfect soundtrack for a hazy afternoon.
The ‘rap crew’ is a classic hip-hop trope that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. As such the Lessondary is a collective that has been putting in work for a while now and for their debut Ahead of Schedule it’s beyond time that you finally got to know them. The squad consists of Von Pea and Donwill (aka Tanya Morgan), Ilyas Nashid, Rob Cave (fka Spec Boogie), Che Grand, Jermiside, Elucid, Aeon and Brickbeats. Recording in various configurations over the years, the Lessondary has amassed a discography large enough to be it’s own section of a Mom & Pop record shop. Each member boasts a lengthy list of accomplishments as well but in their greatest collective effort to date they’ve finally assembled in service of themselves to produce Ahead of Schedule, a record that has been years in the making. With a sonic backdrop provided by Brickbeats, Aeon, Jermiside and Von Pea Ahead of Schedule is a lyrical whirlwind that isn’t short on cohesive topics or catchy hooks. Clocking in at 10 tracks (11 on the CD version), the cumulative effort effectively displays their dynamic as a self-contained unit with the ability to create a complete product from start to finish. The Lessondary’s Ahead of Schedule is set for a digital and physical release June 24, 2016 on HiPNOTT Records.
Fool’s Gold redlines into spring with Night Shift, a 17 track compilation of new dance music from the label’s latest signings and loudest family members. Since launching in 2007, the beloved Brooklyn indie founded by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs has pushed hybrid sounds to the forefront of the electronic scene. But Night Shift is the sound of a brand-new model year racing off the FG lot, shinier and heavier than ever.
The debut album from Kaytranada, 99.9%, features guest turns from Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa, Little Dragon, Syd, Craig David, Goldlink, Alunageorge, BADBADNOTGOOD and many more.
The CD Comes Packaged In A Hard Cover 100 Page Color Book, Filled With Incredible Photos And Words By Nigerian music historian Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?) The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s. Presented in two volumes, each in a 100 page book full of never-seen photos along with detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves.
In 2010 The Brothers Comatose stepped out of the dive bars up and down the West Coast long enough to record Songs From The Stoop. It was recorded live at Prairie Sun Studios in a wood paneled room dubbed “The Waits Room,” in honor of Tom Waits who recorded much of Bone Machine in that very room. The album is a wonderful raw portrait of an early band too new to give a shit, in a very good way.
The Brothers Comatose recorded Respect the Van in 2012 in the wake of two long years of touring across the United States in their glorious, (now retired) 1988 red Chevy G20 conversion van.The album was recorded back at Prairie Sun Studios, and featured a guest vocal appearance by Nicki Bluhm in the bittersweet duet, “Morning Time”. The band toured on the success of the record into festivals such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, DelFest, High Sierra, Pickathon, Wakarusa and Gray Fox, and opening spots with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Devil Makes Three andYonder Mountain String Band.
Views is the fourth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake, released on April 29, 2016, by OVO Sound, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, Boy Better Know and Republic Records. The album's title was first announced as Views from the 6, as it first appeared from a report in a July 2014 article from Billboard. According to Drake on Twitter, "the 6" is a reference to his hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On April 28, 2016, it was revealed that the title has been shortened to Views. The cover artwork for Views was released via Drake's Twitter account on April 24, 2016, which features Drake sitting atop the CN Tower in Toronto. The CN Tower's Twitter account later confirmed it to be photo shopped.
Features Guest Spots From Slaine, Ras Kass, Termanology, Token, Reks, Jaysaun, Chilla Jones, Ea$y Money, Millyz, & Phinelia, Plus Guest Production From Statik Selektah, ATG, The Arcitype, Mass Appeal Beatz, Short Fyuz, Wizz Dakota, & Billy Loman. Snuk’s debut album is finally here, and it is exactly what fans wanted. The ‘Man of 1000 Styles’ proves why he is called just that, with an impressive range of verse delivery from multi syllable flows to smooth boom bap spit with an impeccable beat selection to match. Some highlights on the album include the Statik Selektah produced first single ‘Falling In Love’ (video out now), a cleverly written ode to Snuks one true love, alcohol. A back & forth rhyme fest with fellow up & comer Token, the classic boom bap sounds of ‘Lunch Table’ where Snuk & Reks reminisce on high school days as young spitters, and a dedication to all the ‘suckas’ in the world on ‘SuckaMuthaFucka’ alongside Boston rap legends Slaine & Jaysaun. The ‘Man of 1000 Styles’ does exactly what he set out to do. Carefully crafted from front to back, he takes the listener on a journey thru multiple styles of Hip Hop music proving along the way there is not a style he cannot tackle, and tackle well.
Gatefold sleeve with silver foil detail cover. The 11 track album on two heavyweight 12" vinyl records, includes card to redeem a 320kbit MP3 or 16-bit WAV download of the 11 track album when you receive the vinyl. Radiohead's long-awaited 9th studio album, produced by Nigel Godrich. Album cover art by Stanley Donwood.
ColdBusted reaches deep into the LosAngeles underground to reveal the compelling beat-maker Samurai Guru and his mind-expanding album Medosphere (The Atmosphere Of Melodies). Deftly meshing boom bap rhythms and soulful lounge musicalities, Samurai Guru has confidently developed his cosmic sound previously introduced through releases on Cult Classic Records and Nekubi Tapes. Thoughtful sample arrangements, spacey embellishments, and proper head-nodding beats typify the eleven cuts that make up Medosphere, with the sequence giving the impression of an audio voyage through the producer’s psyche. Cuts like “Night Cruise” accentuate the boom bap vibe, with some glitchy drum programming thrown in for good measure, while other highlights, such as the dreamy “These Days Seems So Long”, show a wistful, smokedout side to Samurai Guru’s personality. Snippets of movie dialogue and fanciful interludes give further clues to cracking the album’s secret code. Medosphere (The Atmosphere Of Melodies) signals an introspective sonic expedition worth taking.
FG’s near-decade of genre smashing good vibes can be directly traced back to the high spirits of label co-founder Nick Catchdubs. Hailed as “one of the US’s premiere party DJs” by FACT Magazine and a “Mr Do It All” by XXL, Nick has been pulling double duty as a nightclub and festival mainstay while helming Fool’s Gold with partner in crime A-Trak. Now Catchdini makes a bold leap forward as a producer with today’s release of his debut album, Smoke Machine. Smoke Machine is a blast of hyperkinetic beats and nitrous oxide raps. Alternate universe hip-hop superheroes riff on club hookups and pop culture WTFs: Liz Claiborne, Daria, spinning G-Unit chains, Jay-Z’s MoMa installation. “We blowing up spots like Bashir did to Jacko,” boasts Heems on “Full House,” and the man has a point. Smoke Machine detonates your expectations of a “DJ album,” propelled forward instead by Catchdubs’ own tweaked and explosive sense of fun. 4 panel digipak CD with both the “Smoke Machine” LP and “More Smoke” Remix EP.
Sudanese-American hip-hop artist Oddisee's new EP, “AlWasta,” takes its title from the Arabic colloquial term used to mean (to use colloquial English) “the plug.” The term “wasta” comes from the Arabic word “wasat,” meaning “middle” or “middleman,” and describes a member of the community who acts as a connector using their wealth of social currency. Understanding the value of social currency & how to use it (for better or worse) is what Amir Elkhalifa aka Oddisee focused on as the primary inspiration for his writings.
Remastered edition of the original album, plus seven impossible-to-find 12" mixes and liner notes by Aaron Kannowski With the 2015 release of the film Straight Outta Compton, we at Real Gone Music figured it was about time somebody revisited one of the landmark albums of West Coast rap, The D.O.C.’s No One Can Do It Better. The D.O.C. a.k.a. Tracy Lynn Curry was a behind-the-scenes contributor to some of the biggest and most hallowed rap releases ever, including Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It, and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, and his Dr. Dre-produced debut record lived up to the braggadocio of its title by going platinum, spawning the #1 rap singles “It’s Funky Enough” and “The D.O.C. & The Doctor,” and being hailed by critics nationwide as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded. However, there has never been an updated reissue of the original 1989 CD, which, like most releases of the early CD era, doesn’t really do the music sonic justice. Real Gone Music’s Expanded Edition of this classic album adds seven impossible-to- find 12” single mixes to a remastered version of the original release, along with liner notes by Aaron Kannowski that feature quotes from The D.O.C. himself. No one really could do it better than The D.O.C. — now here’s a better (and longer…75 minutes!) edition of his career-making classic.
Originally released in 2009. For more than thirty years, Prince indefatigably attacked the bulwarks which separate funk, rock, pop and hip-hop. This is a deluxe gatefold release composed of two slabs of vinyl (Lotusflow3r and MPLSound also included on CDs) as well as a poster. "On LotusFlow3r Prince has a specific mission: showcasing his long-underrated guitar playing. Whether it's the spare funk of 'Wall of Berlin,' the metal grind of 'Dreamer' or the hazy cover of 'Crimson and Clover,' the music kicks into high gear when Prince starts soloing, delivering one epic face melter after another in a style halfway between David Gilmour's and Eddie Hazel's." Gavin Edwards (Rolling Stone, 2009)
In the most cosmic sense of the word, Rome Fortune is Atlanta’s newest star. Green-bearded and crop-topped, 6’5” in cowboy boots, he takes the stage like an eclipse and flips straightforward bars into lunar poetry.But even with such otherworldly swagger, Rome’s music connects with fans because of how powerfully (and sometimes painfully) human it really is. Jerome Raheem Fortune is the true story of this man who fell to earth. Rome’s Beautiful Pimp mixtapes (“rap as motivational speaking, generous and all-inclusive” – Pitchfork) and collaborations with everyone from turn-up trailblazers OG Maco and ILoveMakonnen to Four Tet and Toro Y Moi were merely the prelude to JRF’s nakedly honest storytelling. Over loose, dreamlike tracks from longtime collaborator Cubby, Rome gets extra real about his struggles: his parents, his children, and their mothers… his dreams, his demons, and the drugs that may be fueling both. Even Kaytranada produced single “Dance” is an outlier, an uptempo song about escape rather than elation. Yet nothing on Jerome Raheem Fortune is a drag; over the course of 11 potent tracks, Rome Fortune presents hip hop catharsis at its most compelling. Head towards the outer limits of rap with a guide who is intimately familiar.
Every few years in the genre of Hip Hop there comes an album that gracefully, yet unapologetically steers clear of the redundantly trodden path that so many artist become accustomed to walking. Such bravery is often rewarded by the Art Gods, this time is no exception as UK Born , New Jersey Emcee Cymarshall Law & Hungarian Producer Mr. Joeker team up for the 3rd time and bring you the masterful, Hip Hop in the Soul 3, the first in the series featuring KRS-1 , this time a colorful bunch of guests are invited. Cymarshall Law weaves in and out of different song topics that have rarely been touched if at all effortlessly as his lyrical prowess has yet again moved forward in innovative and original way.The MCs refusal to “ walk in a straight line” is refreshing in a way that lets you know some artists still value originality and crafting a skill of their own. Mr. Joeker steps forward to prove he is a true gem in the form of a super producer.The production here raises the bar boom bap reigns supreme, though Mr. Joeker shows great range by taking us into new musical dimensions of his own creation, the result is Hip Hop in it’s purest , rawest form with a new school twist, an album that by all means will wake many people up to take notice, as this duo is finally putting the Soul back into Hip Hop
LEMONADE, Beyoncé's sixth studio album and her second visual album, features 12 new songs and a corresponding short film. It is a conceptual project based on every woman's journey of self knowledge and healing.
Limited And Numbered 3CD + 2LP Super Deluxe Edition! Twenty years after their international debut, French multi-platinum selling band Air consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel release their first anthology, 'Twentyears.' The Best-Of includes on its first disc 18 tracks selected by Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. This disc features essential selections from the Air discography, including "Sexy Boy," "Playground Love," "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Le soleil est près de moi." It also includes studio album tracks from 'Premiers symptômes' (1997), 'Moon Safari' (1998), 'The Virgin Suicides' (2000), '10 000 Hz Legend' (2001), 'Talkie Walkie' (2004) and 'Le voyage dans la Lune' (2012). The second disc of this Best-Of gathers 14 rare and unreleased tracks, including "Crickets" and "The Way You Look Tonight" from the 'Pocket Symphony' and '10 000 Hz Legend' sessions, "Adis Abebah" from the 'Quartier lointain' soundtrack, "Roger Song," written for 'Corman's World,' a documentary about cult B-movie director Roger Corman, "Land Me," taken from the vinyl-only 'Music For Museum' release in 2014 and "The Duelist" performed by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jarvis Cocker during the Pocket Symphony recording. Limited and numbered SuperDeluxe Edition including the Best-Of on CD and random coloured vinyl, plus a third CD featuring Air remixes for other acts - including David Bowie, Beck, Depeche Mode and Neneh Cherry – as well as a collector poster.
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