Chits is Zach Brill, a 22-year-old producer based in Pennsylvania with a penchant for melding eclectic styles. His hands dig just as deeply into hip-hop as they do techno to craft a distinct product that is patient, uplift and harmonically rich. The typical Chits song is a slow burner. Mechanic instrumentations form rhythms and melodies that constantly morph and layer upon each other, coquettishly enticing each track to its crescendo. The result is a careful form of entanglement, an invitation to move, a strange new sonic architecture that writhes and breathes. This release marks the first in Astro Nautico’s recently launched vinyl series.
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The third release from DJ Shadow's new imprint LIQUID AMBER comes from fellow California native Ruckazoid, with his 3-track EP 'Scratchgod I'. "It’s created straight off scratching only, according to the “SCRATCHGOD.” If so, praise to you as well Ruckazoid. We’re not worthy." -URB "The most awesome thing about “Money,” besides the fact that it’s an amazing track, is that it was recorded live, and it highlights the artist’s incredible skill in sampling, mixing, looping, and scratching." -Sensible Reason "Anyone who thinks that real DJing and turntablism are dead is dead WRONG! Case in point—the DJ Shadow-approved and self-proclaimed Scratch God known as Ruckazoid." -Heady Tunes
There are few young UK artists who can unite the affections of Chris Brown, Flying Lotus, Just Blaze, Battles and The Weeknd--however that's just the effect Hudson Mohawke's neon-lit take on postmodern R&B has on people. The Glaswegian producer's ascent has been swift and steady over the past few years. The one-two punch of the Polyfolk Dance EP and full-length Butter has made fans not only out of wide eyed clubgoers, but also the kind of critical minds in the position to make grand statements. One such grand statement in a recentissue of The Guardian called Hudson Mohawke ''the new J Dilla'' while placinghim atop a new generation of producers including Mark Ronson and Jamie xx. On 2009's Butter, HudMo took in a spectrum of influences ranging from Cybotron and Outkast to Aaliyah and Prince. Satin Panthers casts just as wide a net in its five tracks, with a particular eye on the energy of early rave records. Fusing the sound of contemporary American R&B and the still-present specter of classic UK rave may sound like an obvious proposition, but nowhere has it been executed so well as here.
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A convergence of forces for the ages, FASHionably Late sees Fashawn -- one of the brightest MCs in the game, fresh off the release of his Nas-exec-produced The Ecology -- join forces with legendary producer the Alchemist -- who himself just wrapped a typically busy year, scoring Grand Theft Auto V, the biggest video game release of all time, along with L.A. producer Oh No.The EP is a raw, uncompromising collection of seven hard-hitting tracks that highlight the synergy between the two and set pace for big things to come from the each of them later this year.
Philly based indie singer Res has never been afraid to push boundaries and challenge herself and her listeners. So it should come as no shock that her recent undertaking to cover classic songs of the legendary band Fleetwood Mac was met with respect and precision. Injecting her blend of soul, Res both pays homage and recreates these classic hits all at once. Released by Talib Kweli’s label Javotti Media, this extremely limited Record Store Day exclusive features a one sided clear vinyl EP, with a screen printed B side by the world famous Hit & Run crew.
The Audible Doctor has produced records for 50 Cent, Smoke DZA, Joell Ortiz (Slaughterhouse), Consequence & John Legend, Onyx, Astro, Fredro Starr, Bumpy Knuckles, Sadat X & A.G., EMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth & Stricklin), REKS, Tragedy Khadafi, Evitan (Dres of Black Sheep & Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest), Neek The Exotic, Homeboy Sandman, Blacastan, J-Live & many more. This EP (produced entirely by The Audible Doctor) features Astro, Hassaan Mackey, Consequence, Bumpy Knuckles, Guilty Simpson & John Robinson.
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"Boomerang EP" is the latest from the prolific Bay Area funkster known as Diamond Ortiz. From the jump, it's clear that he's a student of the gutter school of 1980's synth funk, a la Roger Troutman, but he brings a new dimension to the genre by incorporating a blues influence that allows him to create even more melodic, bouncy soundscapes than many of his predecessors. Short and sweet, the "Boomerang EP" weaves its four tracks into a story that tells of a troubled love that culminates in a tenuous, but hopeful ending with the album's title cut. While the subject matter further reflects his blues influence, the grooves themselves are drenched in thick layers of funk, always uptempo and utterly danceable The EP can be considered an appetizer while modern funksters await the release of the first Diamond Ortiz LP, also coming from MoFunk Records.
Legendary Brownsville duo M.O.P. released their first album back in 1994, and have spent the past twenty years building a reputation as one of the most important groups in hip-hop history. They've been signed to iconic labels like Roc-A-Fella and G-Unit, released one of the biggest rap singles ever in "Ante Up", and did it without compromising their sound or integrity. Now, Lil Fame and Billy Danze are back with their new CD Street Certified. Executive produced by DJ Premier, Street Certified is full of the raw, unfiltered hip-hop that fans have come to expect from the Mash Out Posse. Featuring Maino, Busta Rhymes, and Mobb Deep, Street Certified defines classic New York hip-hop at its finest.
Giraffage’s signature remixes of R&B favorites quickly took him from blogs to Boiler Room and beyond, as he won over dancefloors worldwide with lush, bass-driven sets. No Reason marks another new turning point for this artist, who has grown from flipping Janet Jackson songs to crafting indelible slow jams of his own. The chopped vocals and bubble wrap riffs of “Tell Me” combine for a Tumblr-era love ballad like none other, and the entire EP is as heartfelt as it is head-nodding.
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St. Louis based F5 Records presents a collaboration of beatsmiths and lyricists from across the map. The undeniable Grap Luva, SP-12 veteran and hip hop legend, provides the tracks for the A side with original production from the late 90s, with rhymes by Black Spade and Count Bass D including instrumentals. The B-side also holds SP production by Crucial and Spade, featuring Fresh Daily, Dharma Jane, and Kryptonite. This is a limited press of 400 on 12" vinyl with full color jacket.
Los Angeles wunderkind Flying Lotus makes his Warp debut with a distinctly off-kilter fusion of dark electronic soul, psychedelic rock and far-flung dancefloor jams. Much has been made of his Coltrane and Dilla connections, but Reset serves as both a proper musical introduction and a tantalizing peek into what to expect from his later releases.
"the soundtrack to speaker-destroying parties across the globe." - Complex"one of the increasingly rare SXSW breakout acts" - Pitchfork TNGHT (pronounced 'tonight') is what happens when two of the most sought after young producers hit the studio together. Both Hudson Mohawke & Lunice have emerged over the last three years as the kings of a modern fusion of hip hop and UK underground dance music which is now reaching critical mass with global audiences and artists alike. Kanye West, Diplo and Azealia Banks have already asked to collaborate, and there will be many more A-listers to come. The duo is releasing their genre-blending, ground-quaking beats in the form of a 5 track EP on 12" vinyl July 24 via Warp and Lucky Me. With buzz building as word spread of a packed headline performance at Warp's SXSW showcase, fans went wild over YouTube rips and coveted Boiler Room streams. The media was soon to follow with BBC 1's Zane Lowe playing a rip of EP track "Bugg'n" as his "Hottest Record in the World," and major outlets such as Pitchfork and Fader declaring love for the project. Hudmo & Lunice are on course for big strides together. It's great to finally announce to the world ... TNGHT
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PLAzA is the sound of Johan Churchill, a vintage drum machine and synthesizer freak, churning out a hybrid of playful acid house, boogie-funk, and italo, and often pairing it with a fine wine. Armed with the Oberheim DX drum machine, a 707, 202, Prophet 600, OB-8, Roland jx-Sp, and countless others, PLAzA corralled and manipulated this arsenal of electronic friends to create the Party Games EP in his home studio, The Voyeur’s Loft, in San Francisco. The EP additionally features Moon B handling remix duties on the track “Night Lines”, taking the track to an extra “nocturnal” location.
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"I mostly listened to cassettes until I was around 14 because my brother and I just never put a CD player in our shitty old car," says NATHAN BROADDUS, the 22 year old Harlem by way of Palmrya, Virginia producer known as EVENINGS. The newest signing to the Friends of Friends squad, Evenings is prepping his first release on the label, Yore, a remastered LP consisting of songs previously included on his North Dorm EP and Lately LP. After developing his aesthetic through a steady intake of analog equipment, old cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel machines dug up at yard sales and thrift stores, Broaddus emerged from the vein of second-hand lo-fi haze to produce crisp, crystalline hi-fidelity art that encourages introspection and zen-like meditation. It's music for the morning after the after party to save your soul; drawing inspiration from a wide musical spectrum that spans from Minimalism and Psychedelic, to the Ambient, peripheral electronic explorations of Boards of Canada, and Brian Eno.
As postmodernist space odysseys go, Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma has confidently weaved itself into the lineage of Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra's Strange Strings, Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth and Afrika Bambaata's Planet Rock. While Cosmogramma is a monolithic convergence of 20th and 21st century musical forms, high in concept and wide in musical collaboration, Pattern+Grid World pulls the focus back to Steven Ellison and his machines. These machines are speaking (and possibly looking as well, judging by the EP's cover) from the go, as "Clay" introduces itself in a fog of synth and vocoder and gives way to one of the many surprises here, the schizophrenic ping-ponging electro of "Kill Your Co-Workers". Drenched in alternating melodies, it's a synthetic counterpart to the grand string and harp arrangements of Cosmogramma, making acclaimed illustrator Theo Ellsworth's subtly psychedelic cover image of vision-through-noise all the more intimate. When Flying Lotus records hit their stride, all buttons labeled "pause" and "stop" disappear, and this one is no different. "Pie Face" is led by icy keys that could almost be mistaken for classic grime, before the stoned plastic marching band steps in. "Time Vampires" amazingly lands somewhere between vintage DJ Premier and Lee Hazelwood, while the stripped back bass and drum explorations of "Jurassic Notion/M Theory" are as shamanic and ceremonial as anything you're likely to hear come out of California. If "Camera Day" brings to mind a certain crew of dungeon-dwelling ATLiens, it won't come as much of a surprise that Killer Mike found its syrupy bounce recently inspiring. Much of the messages surrounding Cosmogramma's release as well as reportage on the world's ever-emerging beat scenes has painted a picture of Flying Lotus as a patriarchal figure blazing the trail for scores of young artists with new conceptual notions of what can be done with a drum machine and a dream. While this notion is certainly not inaccurate, it sometimes overshadows the fact that FlyLo is also an incredibly singular entity. However, as "Physics For Everyone!" stutters to a close, if you listen closely you might just make out the sound of another kid in his room somewhere in the world, anxiously tapping out his first beat.
The Doppelgangaz is an American Hip-Hop group from Orange County, New York consisting of rapper/producer Matter Ov Fact and rapper/producer EP. They have released four full-length albums (two of which are primarily instrumental) and one EP. The group was included on Raw Roots’ “Top Underground Artists Of 2011 list. They were featured in Europe’s biggest Hip-Hop magazine Juice in support of their 2011 album Lone Sharks. In 2012, the group was covered in the major American Hip- Hop magazine XXL in its “The Break” section, which highlights up and coming Hip-Hop acts. This is the first-ever vinyl release of the group’s debut EP, and includes the original vocal versions with the instrumentals included on the B-side.
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Packed with rough raps over experimental backdrops courtesy of WARP Records/Brainfeeder luminary Jeremiah Jae, HIT+RUN released the debut 9-song EP by OLIVER THE 2ND entitled “The Kill Off” [HNR38] on cassette-only in January 2014. Commemorating the one-year anniversary of that album, HIT+RUN will release a limited-edition 12” vinyl format of “The Kill Off” [HNR38LP] which contains two previously unreleased bonus tracks “Gravity” (ft. Isreal & Eugene Snow) and “Speaker Spell”. Produced by Jeremiah Jae for 6789 Productions, and also featuring appearances by Zeroh, Isreal, trenttruce and Jeremiah Jae. Limited to only 250qty of these 36-minute black 12” vinyl records, each come housed in a hand-screenprinted jacket by HIT+RUN in Los Angeles.
Disparate producers with complimentary sounds, Evil Needle and Sivey met in an online beat community 6 years ago and to this day have never met in real life. Here, they present their first official EP, 'Constructive Interference', to the world. 'Constructive Interference' was created over the span of 3 years and embodies the unique soundscapes of each producer. Evil Needle, based in Strasbourg France, just on the border of Germany] pulls inspiration from traditional hip hop, neo-soul and trap music while seamlessly weaving in open synths and chunky chord progressions. Manchester, UK-based Sivey incorporates soulful beat-oriented music with what he calls "emotional highs and lows that are still musically stimulating" adding a beautifully uptempo sensibility.
Ray West and OC pick up where they left off on Ray's Café, setting the scene of an encore set at the end of an intimate performance. Pressed on red vinyl, Ray's Cafe: The After Hours EP will feature four new songs and a previously unreleased instrumental.
Better known as outsider house auteur Vereker, Zipcode’s debut 12” on Delroy Edwards’ L.A. Club Resource is packed with four rough-hewn analog techno exercises -- all untitled in the imprint’s typically inscrutable fashion -- and comes less than a year since he broke out with two powerhouse releases on L.I.E.S.
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After a successful tour Europe in the fall of 2013. Constant Deviants and Sparrow The Movement met the multi- member and highly talented crew SWC based in Lausanne, Switzerland. This chance meeting by the powerful production team assisted with the aid of German super engineer CARSTEN DÄMBKES spawned a six track EP entitled ALPINE METROPOLIS, a name taken from the popular SWISS resort at the highest summit in the Eastern Alps (ALPINE METROPOLIS). Compiled and assembled by SWC head The Almighty DJ Eagle, this purist sonic blend features M.I. of Constant Deviants, Fla Fla of Sparrow The Movement, Steve Colossal and ROME. Produced, recorded, mixed, mastered and manufactured entirely in Europe.
Coalmine Records is pleased to release the release of Sean Price & M-Phazes’ collaborative extended play effort, Land Of The Crooks. The EP contains 11 tracks, and is comprised of four original tracks, with the addition of the Small Professor Remix of “Murdah Type Thinkin,” featuring Guilty Simpson, along with all of the instrumental passes. Additional features include Roc Marciano, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Maffew Ragazino, Loudmouf Choir and the Dilated Junky, DJ Babu. Included on the tracklist is the “Crookapella” (track #11), which includes various scratch stems taken from the EP, in addition to the isolated drums and sound effects used on “Land of the Crooks,” as well as the song’s acapella.
After Ugly Heroes' 2013 classic self titled LP, Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill are back again with a new EP coming out August 19th. The new EP features five new songs (including a Murs feature) and 5 bonus track b-sides. Ugly Heroes will also being touring Europe for a few weeks this August, starting with the legendary Hip-Hop Kemp Festival before hitting London and a number of other spots (all the dates will soon be up on the MMG Event Calendar). The new EP will first be available digitally with a vinyl edition to follow late in the year. Original artwork by illustrator Paul Grelet.