Smokecloud records is back with their 20th vinyl only release and it’s a continuation of the “Bedroom Disco” series with the tempos sitting in the mid and lower bpm range. This release showcases the current active roster of DJ / Producer talent on the label with Beatdown style reworks spanning the genres of Soul, Funk & Rock. Hand stamped natural chipboard jackets. Limited pressing.
AG of DITC & John Robinson have been recording with producer Ray West for the better part of the past 4 years. Originally planning on recording a single LP, their chemistry and body of work grew & became extensive. AG & John Robinson mesh over a heavy Jazz influenced style production to touch on subject matters of social substance along with culture wise ideals of preservation. “They Watchin” is the first of a series of releases coming from the duo, along side of Ray West. Pressed on 12 inch black vinyl EP, contains 5 vocal songs, two skits and one instrumental.
Los Angeles-based sister duo Jennifer and Jessie Clavin knew things were going to be different for their band Bleached's sophomore LP Welcome The Worms. Not only had they managed to charm world renowned producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) to join them and their bassist Micayla Grace in the studio, but the sisters had been crawling out of their own personal dramas. While emotionally spinning, they dove head first into music. In the studio, Chiccarelli and co-producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, YACHT) helped the band perfect their fervent songs into fearlessly big pop melodies. They drew inspiration from the iconic hits of everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Heart to Roy Ayers. The result is an ambitious rock record with a new found pop refinement that somehow still feels like the Shangri-Las on speed, driven forward in a wind of pot and petals, a wall of guitars in the back seat. After touring extensively worldwide and finding success with their hit single "Wednesday Night Melody" Bleached is back with four new blazing tracks on their Can You Deal? EP. Fueled by the experiences they've had as women in their calling for music, Can You Deal? takes on the complexities of issues female musicians encounter in an industry dominated by men. With this fire in their bellies, they connected with Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Mars Volta) to produce the EP. With their singularly triumphant mix of sunny melodies, thrashing guitars and lyrics highlighting the darker sides of life, Bleached continues to demand your attention.
After releasing a collaborative EP with Warp’s Bibio, who is also featured as a producer on “Ever since the fall”, this 2nd solo release by the Olivier St. Louis marks the starting point of worldwide live show efforts for Olivier 2017. After a successful UK Tour with Laura Mvula, Olivier is getting ready to join AnnenMayKantereit for another Tour in spring 2017 to support his upcoming release “Ever since the fall EP”, out on Jakarta Records in February 2017. Six tracks somewhere in between lo-fi soul, drum computer sounds, warm basslines and funk trenched live compositions. Olivier will also join his partner in crime Oddisee for his “The Iceberg” Wolrd Tour until summer. Olivier St.Louis went on to receive significant international attention for his work as a featured singer/songwriter back then still under the name Olivier Daysoul. He worked and toured worldwide with various artists including Oddisee, C2C, Onra, Bibio and Hudson Mohawke as such as other producers from the Warp Records family. Despite all of this, Olivier felt something was missing...A true reflection of his own voice and sound. Less bass music, more organic soul, less producer features and more independent unique compositions all by himself.
Melbourne’s M5K...where G-Funk, Modern Funk, Boogie, House, and Hip Hop all intersect to give you the most bang imaginable (via real synthesizers and drum machines). West Coast Lead Lines meet Detroit Sub Bass Frequencies; Raw Drum Machine Stabs Snap and Crack while Lush Chords flow from Analog and Digital synths. Ultimately, deep vibes are created, arranged, and mixed down into undisputed dance-floor bangers, making real thick and juicy jams for the ears and bodies of party-goers. The “Absolutely Real” EP on Hobo Camp Records bangs out 5 tracks of Raw Street-Level business (featuring Midnight Runners on the track “Let’s Try It Out”), straight from M5K’s Melbourne Studio right to your sound-system.
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Limited edition 10" vinyl pressing of Long Beach, CA rapper Vince Staple's six-track EP Prima Donna. Originally issued in August 2016 as the follow-up to Staple's acclaimed double-LP debut, Summertime '06, the raw, unhinged EP features production from DJ Dahi, James Blake, John Hill and No I.D. and guest contributions from A$AP Rocky and Kilo Kash. Staple on his inspiration for the release to Rolling Stone: "I just know I never want to do the same thing twice. I don't care about any of this shit. I don't care about album sales, I don't care about the radio. I just want to do cool shit, because that's what everybody was doing in time periods that matter. You gotta think about it: We're about to have probably a decade or 20 years of music that no one remembers anything from. Like, who's the rock star right now? We got Kanye West, that's it. That's fucking sad. There are no Mick Jaggers, no Steve Tylers, none of those fucking people. No Keith Richards. That shit doesn't exist anymore. No fucking Jimi Hendrix."
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).
The labels Vinyl Digital & WSP (Wortsport) are proud to present the German Hip Hop live band of the year - Tribes of Jizu! After touring through Germany with the Loop Sessions & also by playing at the biggest Hip Hop Festival, the Splash, it was just about time to release their music on Vinyl. Features come from Juju Rogers & Teknical Development (Man of Booom), Dexter & Brenk (Betty Ford Boys), Maniac and many more...
Debut EP from producer Farhot as his Fuchy character. Farhot produced for top german artists as well as internationally known Mcs and singers like Talib Kweli, Isaiah Rashad, Nneka, Meyhem Lauren, Selah Sue and various others. A refugee. An orphan. A street urchin. A 11 year old bearded, sticky fingered now-where-did-your-cellie-go?! type miscreant. The prodigal son of the Afghani Big Lebowski. The street corner shit talker. The Bart Simpson of Kabul. The brother who claims he knows your moms and your girl, intimately. A hustler. Young Fuchy. The kid who used to sell poppy heads by the kilo. One of many, but one of a kind. A beat maker. A maverick. A musical hypnotist. A kid on a mission to avenge Kenny for every single one of his deaths. The youngin' with a truly odd future. A fucking menace with a golden heart. Flashback. There is a war raging in Kabul. After a bomb strike, Fuchy stands in front of what used to be his home: all that is left is debris and paralyzing pain. He looks around. He is left with nothing but his queer mind and his superpower: music. Equipped like this, he embarks on a journey to the distant, foreign and uncertain world of the West. This is the narrative context for the adventures of the odd midget fighter Fuchy. The story of a refugee from Afghanistan, who tries to explore his new environment on his own terms. Fuchy is drawn, animated, made up. He’s like the oriental hiphop version of Bart Simpson. But at the same time, he couldn’t be more real – because he’s full of contradictions. Fuchy, is not only the protagonist of “420”, he’s also the alter ego of Farhad “Farhot” Samadzada, a Hamburg-based music producer. Farhot, who was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, 34 years ago, has not only worked with top German artists like Max Herre, Haftbefehl, Samy Deluxe, Karate Andi and Xatar. He has also successfully worked for internationally renowned artists such as soul-singer Nneka from Nigeria, multi-platinumselling Belgian artist Selah Sue and UK grime queen Ms Dynamite or the US hip-hop stars Talib Kweli and Isaiah Rashad. Recently, Farhot founded his own label Kabul Fire.
After spending the past three years cutting acclaimed records for such esteemed imprints as Innervisions, Hotflush, and Acid Test, Recondite has rejoined the Ghostly International fold with an EP that builds on the robust field recordings and pale, moonlit melodies of the Berlin producer's breakthrough LP Hinterland. Named after the foreboding family of birds that includes ravens and crows, Corvus is a chilling listen inspired by everything from The Revenant's Ryuichi Sakamoto soundtrack to Max Frisch's heady novel Homo Faber. After all - the Rottal-Inn native insists there's a light at the end of this particular tunnel. Or as he puts it, "Melancholic doesn't necessarily mean dark. Music can be happy and moody."
Deep in the city of Porto Portugal, lives the unique,deep groove floating dialogue of a modern funk artist known as SAIR. His debut self-titled album displays his natural ability to let the groove unfold in his arrangements. In a landscape of rising G Funk arrangements, SAIR's peeks through the horizon with an EP woven together with as many natural drum arrangements as there are programmed drum arrangements, giving listeners a diversity we haven't heard much of since post disco's golden era of 1980-83. SAIR's songwriting ability moves the conversation forward with intricate drum arrangements framing beautiful chords and passionate synths, that give SAIR a voice that will move many in the worldwide community of modern funk and beyond.
Superstructure has been blessing the world for 15+ years with underground cassette tape's and limited 7 inch records that have most likely been in your favorite producers collection since day one. Superstructure now unearths SUPERPOSITION, a six song EP guiding us through a secret valley of gems displaying his multifaceted songwriting ability, proving there is so much more to be seen in the landscape of modernfunk. Sonically baptizing listeners with sophisticated and intricate synthesizer arrangements before for carrying them on the backs of warm bass-lines through a journey of drums, where no detail is to be spared. The mechanics of SUPERSTRUCTURE immerses listeners in heady chords before ascension into dimensions previously unseen, giving listeners a perspective not to be scene but heard that transforms consciousness into its SUPERPOSITION.
After a series of great releases in 2015 Red Apples 45 is proud to release another piece to the catalogue, This time bringing it all the way back home to the Bronx with one half of The Ghetto Dwellas & DITC affiliate D-Flow. Pairing the MC with the Red Apples 45 own, producer Ray West they bring you “Three Sides To Every Coin.” Not only a play on words but some insight into the fast pace hustle of NYC’s paper chase. There are many reasons one would strive to get ahead in this town & in this Ep D-Flow breaks down 3 different reasons why one would strive. Hence “Three Sides to Every Coin” Released on 12 inch vinyl. Mixed By Dave Dar , Executive producer AG of DITC & Art work by the legendary Joe Buck the record Contains 3 full songs, 2 instrumentals & one 7 minute instrumental piece by Ray West titled Soliloquy.
Limited to 500. A 60 min Cassette Mix by Randy Hotthobo with a Two Step Boogie A Side and a Sweet Soul B Side. Artwork by Dyami O’Brien.
French producer Hugo LX returns with a new EP called “Ascent” out on Menace, 8 beautiful beats made with an incredible precision. Hugo LX has been working in past with Elzhi, Large Professor, Homeboy Sandman, Oddisse, Sadat X, The Funk League, he is also known as a really good house producer, he proved that again with his recent releases on Faces Records, Jazzy Couscous or My Love is Underground. This release represent our first collaboration with the legendary Fatbeats. Words of the artist : This batch of music pieces is what happened during this hot, dark and rainy summer, when the phone didn’t ring anymore and nobody would take time to return my calls. It is dedicated to all my fellow musicians and beatsmiths who endured long invisibleness before finally enjoying some success. A thought for the late great Q, you were there, you keep on being here, One for my friends and brothers, we been through a lot. One for Ms. S.Q, thanks for the poetry. One for the Kojo-Chin’s, you became my family.
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