Triple vinyl with custom tri-fold jacket, full color printed sleeves, complete album lyrics, and free digital download card. Features MF DOOM, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith, The Grouch, deM atlaS, and more. As Atmosphere steps into their 21st year of making music, Slug & Ant show no signs of slowing, compromising or losing sight of their vision. Nor has time revealed any diminishing of those qualities that have brought them this far. After ending the previous year with a string of singles that led well into 2016, they still have an abundance of music on the way, including their latest album, Fishing Blues. The title of this new album may cause one to question; Is this the point in the career where Atmosphere chooses to step back, put up the Gone Fishin’ sign and reminisce about their successes? The answer, a resounding no, is found in the music, a collection of songs that both dene and redene the Atmosphere sound. Their passion and creative spark are as illuminate as ever. Slug and Ant still have plenty of stories to tell…
Sha Stimuli is a Brooklyn native who can arguably be said to be one of the best lyrical emcees from New York, period. Originally signed to Virgin Records Sha was poised to release his debut album but due the usual major label politics Sha opted to control his destiny. Over the last several years he has released a series of mixtapes that have hundreds of thousands of downloads. Sha has been featured on tracks with the likes of Nas, Maino, Uncle Murda and other mainstream New York rappers. His one and only debut album, My Soul to Keep, has now become a critical classic, and features artists such as Freeway, Young Chris and Torae and production by the likes of Just Blaze, Lord Digga, Chopz, J. Cardim, DJ Victorious and G-Clef da Mad Komposa.
The Avalanches return after 15 years with their long-awaited sophomore album. Deluxe LP comes with 8 panel gatefold and a double-sided 4 panel poster.
Norty, previously known as Nortroniks, gained attention for his fresh take on electronic music production and fun, high-energy live performances. “We Were Nearly There” is a refined, genre-blending project that features indie-inspired vocals, inventive dance-oriented production and a heavy hip-hop back beat. Norty’s relaxed vocals sit on top of the album’s vibrant sound collage, creating the perfect summer soundtrack.
It’s Time is Barcelona based Alma Afrobeat Ensemble’s third album, the second on Slow Walk Music records, and first with the Nigerian singer Joe “Olawale” Psalmist (Lagos, Nigeria) singing in English, Yoruba, and Broken English. It’s Time features songs that hearken back to the origins of Afrobeat; extended, elegant arrangements, socially and politically charged lyrics, and irresistibly danceable grooves. Add in a dose of trance, some unique improvisational solos, plus a modern feeling, and you have It’s Time. Side A of the album features new tunes recorded in the band’s hometown of Barcelona, while Side B features creative reevaluations by various DJ’s, which results in some very unique, creative and psychedelic sonic landscapes. The modern, warm sound is due not only to the band, but to the production of Marc Molas in El Tostadero Studios (Barcelona) and the mastering of Alex Psaroudakis at M-Works Mastering, in Boston. The title track, “It’s Time”, expresses the idea that it truly is time for a change. The hard-hitting intro is reminiscent of old soul tunes, which have always been a big influence for AAbE and Joe Psalmist. “Shakedown” addresses the current state of racist, authoritarian police institutions and their abuse of power. “Live and Let’s Live” expounds on the idea that not only must we let others alone, but we cannot forget to enjoy life ourselves. Finally, “Lost” peers into the nature of friendship and human relations and what it means to be “good”. The reinterpretations featured on “It’s Time” include remixes by a wide range of international DJs and producers such as DJ Farmo (France), DJ Quiet (Houston), DJ Phader (Chicago), Los Kalakos (Mexico), and Ray Lugo (New York) of the Booglaoo Destroyers and Kokolo. It’s Time is a contrastive reevaluation of the modern state of Afrobeat, which reaffirms AAbE’s role as an international catalyst for the style. It is both classic in its respect for the roots of the genre, yet modern and forward-thinking in its compositional style and aesthetic relevance.
(Emcee) M.I. and producer DJ Cutt return a year after releasing the critically acclaimed “Avant Garde” with a new album and concept. The duo, who have further developed their creative enterprises to incorporate film production as part of their ever expanding SIX2SIX organization, have drawn from their respective Italian and Russian heritages to adopt the personas of Luciano and Lansky in the new album “Omerta”. Describing the approach, M.I. explains “It’s to put a little of the fun back into hip hop, not just throwing out beats and bars. A return to the days where the focus was on entertainment, relating imaginative stories and putting more emphasis on actual songwriting.” The 13 tracks are a series of vignettes set in a metaphorical criminal underworld They depict familiar times, events and cultural reference points as a formula for conveying parallel meaning. Such imagery has been used by rappers for decades, eager to portray a glorified vision of themselves, but M.I. is a man on a different mission, adding “I’m not endorsing a lifestyle or suggesting this is who I am in any literal sense. I wanted to address this subject in a more intelligent way, compare mindsets and situations in a broader dynamic.”
Fokis' debut album 'More Than One Way' is filled with solid records. A perfect blend of underground, commercial and reality music. With features from Rahsaan Patterson on "We Livin' Now" Kool G Rap on "Throwback" Killah Priest & Hell Razah on "Gladiators" and more.
It's been almost two decades since baby TOBACCO first plugged in a tape deck, popped the top, and found the dark magic that's fueled so many sonic forays into his genreless bog of beat-blasted hypnagogia and otherworldly-yet-earthen pop. The Pennsylvanian experimentalist has since helmed countless Black Moth Super Rainbow releases, remixed outsiders as offbeat as HEALTH and unexpected as White Zombie, and produced MCs ranging from Aesop Rock to Beck. But it's on his fourth solo album that TOBACCO winds up coining an apt name for his vast empire of moldering electro-fied dirt:Â Sweatbox Dynasty. The new LP - his second for Ghostly International - finds the rural recluse resurrecting an old approach to hack a new path through the muck. This may be his most unintentionally psychedelic and left-field creation yet, full of rhythms that start and stop like a tractor on its last piston, resonating melodies made to fuel transcendental meltdowns, and vocals that hiss, gurgle, and growl.
Life is a cruel joke…were you waiting for a punch line? MindsOne connects with Belgium's DJ Iron on their newest endeavor, "Phaseology", and aim to examine the bigger picture. Why are we here? Where do we go in the end? Is that an SP1200? Damn right. Is life too complex to condense into 40 minutes? Challenge accepted. First, don’t look at life as the sum of its events. Think about it as a series of phases. Next, combine MindsOne’s handcrafted lyrical artistry with DJ Iron’s jazz infused boom-bap. Combine, two parts cynicism, one part mysticism, and add water. Then, sprinkle in a guest appearance by the sage John Robinson, throw in a heavy dose of turntablism from DJ Iron and MindsOne’s DJ Noumenon and Slim Deluxe, and the theory is complete. "Phaseology" is the follow-up to MindsOne's 2014 critically acclaimed release, "Pillars," produced by Kev Brown. Journey along as Tronic and KON Sci explore the phases of life and create scenes, both real and imagined, to give listeners a bird’s-eye view. Relive childish fantasies and revisit irrational fears. Go to work and act like an adult. Ponder your existence and reflect on your life. Spoiler: It’s all gonna end. But not today. We’re born alone, we die alone, etc. Talk to God if it’s too complex.
Diggin’ In The Crates crew are back in the studio, their own studio at that, and the result is their first new album in 15 years. 15 tracks deep, this album features lyrics and production by all members of the crew, including a few new affiliates. Highlights include a return to the microphone by Lord Finesse on the banger “Rock Shyt”, Fat Joe returning to this legendary Bronx crew and DJ Premier production on “Connect 3”. This album was designed to be the first of many new releases coming out of their new headquarters and label, DITC Studios.
Cold Busted’s famed Street Bangerz series has reached its tenth installment, continuing to, in the words of the label, “define the street sound of today.” Indoctrinating global beatmakers into Cold Busted’s extended family, the series promises nimble sample archeology and breakbeats both funky and soulful, combining flavors from the new and old schools. The Athens, Greece, producer Moderator has been tasked with number ten, and he delivers in a champion fashion. Last year’s The World Within album for Cult Classic Records gave a tantalizing taste of what to expect from Moderator as Street Bangerz Volume 10 now rolls onto the scene. Fifteen tracks of bouncing beat-head hotness are introduced by the crucial soul-breaks of “Ain’t Nobody Change My Mind” … and it won’t take much further than “Trouble”’s Jamaican-style skank in the following track to realize the variety of sounds presented here. “Underground Dopiness” and “Keep On”, a couple of classic-themed hip hop tracks featuring Los Angeles rhyme crew Revolutionary Rhythm, and appearances by female emcee Maicee and soulful vocalist Heeni also display Moderator’s impressive sonic breadth. But the cohesive thread throughout is Moderator’s keen production acumen and solid beats, keeping this edition of Street Bangerz on track for repeated listens and dance floor plays.
“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…
One fourth of the legendary Hip Hop group Brand Nubian, Sadat X is slated to release his 12th Studio album entitled "AGUA" on Tommy Boy Entertainment. Comprised of 18 new tracks, the quiet bald head with the golden voice has teamed up with an all-star production team (Pete Rock, Diamond D, DJ Scratch, Will Tell and more) and has enlisted a crew of Hip-Hop heavyweights to feature on the project (Lord Jamar, Dres, R.A. The Rugged man, Rahzel, A.F.R.O., Rhyme Fest, Ed O.G., Thirstin Howl III, DV Alias Krist, Wordsworth, Shabam Sahdeeq, and Milano Constantine). The culmination of years perfecting his craft, an unimaginable amount of hours spent in the studio, and raw unadulterated lyrical skill, “AGUA”, is sure to be one of the highlights of Sadat’s solo career.
Sticking to the classic recipe of 1 MC & 1 Producer/DJ, their latest project shows that Dillon & Paten Locke are clearly at the top of their game & the top of the ‘Food Chain’. Their 2nd LP, ‘Food Chain’ is a musical menagerie of rap running the gamut from grimy to gloomy to glorious. Paten Locke’s elusive loops & dusty grooves lay the foundation for rapper, Dillon to bring his ‘straight talk’ style of writing & delivery. No gimmicks, no punches pulled. Just rugged beats & raw rhyming. Carefully curated, the guest features salt & peppered throughout the album make the meal complete. It’s an all-star cast consisting of bonafide rap legends (Black Sheep Dres, Count Bass D), modern day hip hop heroes (Homeboy Sandman, Von Pea) & emerging eccentrics (Tone Tank, Willie Evans Jr). Chock full of interludes, skits & nuggets of comedy, Food Chain is a veritable rap buffet with a little something for everybody. So grab a fork & a FULL PLATE and as Supa Dave West so artfully states, "Pour a bucket of gravy all over yourself and just feel that!" CD is a double CD (with 2 front covers) packaged with the instrumentals.This will be the only way album instros will be available. Also the CD & Cassette are the complete & unabridged version of the album.
"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.
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.
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.
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