Limited Edition of 300 Copies! Housed in special Picture Cover with middle hole. Includes a Bluestaeb Remix - Mastered by Figub Brazlevic! From nine to five, from five to nine. As soon as the day-job is done, the formal shirt is replaced by a hoodie – buttons get pushed rhythmically. Nighttime brings out the Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and the S. Fidelity in this Swiss boy living in Berlin. With his first EP "Five to Nine" S. Fidelity carefully compiled a small collection of gems kept secret – until now. Over the course of 8 tracks, he showcases a wide variety of styles, ranging from laid-back instrumentals to rap and futuristic neo-soul. For the completion of his debut EP, the 22-year-old beatmaker joined forces with the Berlin singer LaNó and Tokyo's Tajima Hal on one track and Rob Really from Moontroop featuring on a second one. The features add a complementary touch to S. Fidelity's compositions and thereby contribute to the complete range of his sonic spectrum.
Limited Edition of 300 Copies worldwide! Multi-talented hip-hop, beat art & electronic beatmaker Ta-Ku is showing his mellow side. Following the tradition of legendary Japanese producer Nujabes, Beat Sketches Vol. 1 invites the listener into a beautiful melodious Cosmos!
Limited to 500 Copies. After a fair few months of anticipation Coops has dropped his debut LP, God Complex, the follow up to his revered mixtape, Lost Soul. The 15-track effort is Coops attempting to consolidate his place as one of the most exciting Hip Hop acts in the UK, spitting smart, slick rhymes over masterfully constructed instrumentation, soaked in the true essence of Hip Hop. Dope music of pensive, expressive rap covering themes of spirituality, self-belief and unshakeable vices.
Limited to 300 Copies! Specially First time on vinyl. None other than the vehemently correct, on point being Le Flah veterans Tru Comers– what! What! Here it is! Who doesn’t like’em, them dark, somber, and menacing beats in the best tradition of the golden era? No Prisoners are goin’ to be taken, bwoay!
Limited Edition of 300 copies worldwide! Special Double Picture Disc housed in a PVC-Gatefold Sleeve. Necro's Classic became very rare on vinyl - now we present this very special re-issue on double picture disc with the great artworks from the Prefix of Death Area.
Compiled by Sofie Fatouretchi of Boiler Room, these 24 tracks by 26 different artists mix together the best of hip-hop and Soul underground. An enticing selection of artists that should be on your radar, the album varies from ISSUE’s (Bay-area based artist and E40’s son) space age rap on “Ferrari” to slow jams like artists Ill Camille and SiR’s heartfelt plea to never giving up on the Mndsgn-produced “Almost There.” Other artists include Mndsgn, Kutmah, Stimulator Jones, DJ Harrison, Gifted & Blessed, and more.
Fredfades & Sun Raw are keeping alive the gritty, analogue sound with 12-bit drums and loops but with their own unique style. Fred has been working with KingUnderground for the last 3 years and has a flock of releases. Sun Raw from Stockholm, Sweden is new to the crew but about to drop his debut “Beat Weeks”. The duo are both part of Mutual Intentions crew and find inspiration from old music, from Jazz, funk, soul, rock and anything they find in the crates. Planet Asia has been affiliated with KU from early on with a release and some features. Some MC’s have been left behind, Asia isn’t one of those. He’s been kicking out better and better verses since he first showed up on the scene in the early 90’s and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. The pair are working on a collaboration album (currently untitled) to be released in 2017. This 45 is a taster of what to expect. This is a limited edition pressing run of only 300 units. There are 2 songs, all straight SP1200 both featuring Planet Asia with one of the tracks featuring one of PA’s friends Waz on the hook. We’ve stepped up our quality of vinyl pressing and moved to a new plant so you should hear the results in this new release.
Veteran underground hip-hop producer from New Jersey, P-Original, best known for his work with El Da Sensei (of The Artifacts), Beneficence, Pacewon, and Dr. Becket drops a brand new LP of blazing instrumentals. Earthy, warm beats from the MPC and classic SP1200, emblematic of the award winning cover design by illustrator Brad Yeo featured in Creative Arts CA that lean on the Jazz and Soul side. A beautiful pressing on 180 gram vinyl limited to a small run of 300 copies.
The most powerful non-chemical flashbacks are induced by memories of adolescence—the time of your first kiss, first spliff, and those sounds that irrevocably alter the course of your life. Calvin Valentine’s “Eugene” captures the intensity of those feelings. Released on EYRST, it is a love story to the artist’s Oregon hometown, replete with swooning strings, angelic melodies, extraterrestrial talkboxes, and evocative nostalgia. It’s rap, it’s R&B, it’s soul. It’s one of those indefinable albums that allows you to understand why genre is obsolete. It’s music—a timeless project from an artist who is acutely aware of how much time has elapsed. On Eugene, Valentine managed to do one of the most difficult things in music: write affecting love songs without coming off sappy, conveying the madness that sweeps you during the first flush of teenage romance without losing a hip-hop edge. Valentine’s Eugene is a stark declaration of a singular talent. It’s the work of an artist fiercely aware of what made him, who he is, what he loves, and where he’s going. This is an album about growing older and falling in love with different things but never forgetting those memories, never forgetting the place you’ll always call home.
From the first few notes, this record grabs you. It’s raw soul and funk music crafted to perfection. Wailing vocals, soaring horns, and a super tight rhythm section. With a dirty production style, Soul Scratch serves up something that’s familiar, fresh, and never more relevant.
Formed in 1988, and disbanded in 1994 , Raised By Seuss was a collective that had received notoriety from the famous 411VM Skateboard Video Magazine on issue #6, and was an actively looked for demo and was impossible to find, until now. A full length lp, only 300 pressed and on limited colored and black wax of both their first two previously unreleased demos. Remastered from the master tapes and pressed for your convenience. Featured guest: Charizma (Courtesy of Stones Throw Records) The Next of Kin Unit Dj Pioneer and The Harvest Children! This has been highlighted and shared by the good folks at Ego Trip Land, Diggers with Gratitude, Okay Player and several other media outlets.
Limited to 300 copies! Armed with his unique delivery, gruff voice, and sharp wit, U.G. is well-equipped to do just as he wishes when he hits the booth. Whether on his own or earning critical acclaim as one-half of the Cella Dwellas, the Brooklyn rapper has been a giant amongst the NYC rap underground since '94. And on Portals, his long anticipated solo debut, U.G. proves that his formula for crafting excellence has no expiration date. Portals is a 14-track journey into just what U.G. set out to accomplish—a movie-like atmosphere anchored by well complemented production (entirely from IDE) and extraordinary rapping. That much was evident on lead single, "The Mystic," which is equally eccentric in its wordplay and technical displays as U.G. flows over the creeping instrumental. Elsewhere, the BK spitter taps into his cinematic vision with joints like the harrowing "Might & Magic," and the super-grimy, "Ready for War." Interestingly enough, U.G. credits his movie-like approach with what makes his music so appealing to his fans. "That inner-kid comes out of them when they hear that stuff," he says. "We (U.G. and IDE) are both visual artists as far as our approach to sound is concerned." Beyond the concept, the rapper and producer just love Hip-Hop culture and wanted to represent it right. They may be taking a Boom bap excursion into another dimension—and likely one in a distant galaxy—on Portals, but this is pure, raw, unadulterated Hip-Hop to the bone gristle.
Let the good times roll! DJ Yamin and Quickie Mart have created the very first New Orleans Breakbeat record! This 12” contains exclusive drum breaks and samples for all you DJ’s and Producers. If you like raw and funky beats with hard to find samples from the Crescent City than this album is for you. Very limited release!
Stereo remastered album on heavyweight 180g vinyl! Originally released: March 1983
The stereo remastered album on heavyweight 180g vinyl! Originally released: August 1987
The soundtrack to the film, Miss Sharon Jones!, directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, which follows the dynamic Dap-Kings frontwoman through her 2013 battle with cancer and her triumphant return to the stage around the 2014 release of Grammy-nominated album Give The People What They Want. The soundtrack, featuring the exclusive song "I'm Still Here," boasts a selection of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings classics ranging from her early singles on Daptone to tracks from Give the People What They Want. Much like the film, the soundtrack gives you an intimate, candid look into the life of a woman who refuses to be defined by the challenges she faces – the perfect accompaniment to a truly extraordinary film. Exclusive to the Double LP is the performance of "His Eye On The Sparrow" as heard in one of the most powerful scenes in the film, performed by Jones in her local church in Augusta, GA.
Gotham-based beat scientist Space People returns to Styles Upon Styles with Wet, the long-awaited follow-up to last years debut, SHMM. From the neck-snapping wobble of East to the clap-that-ass insistence of Work, Wet finds Space People combining a postTimbaland, found-sound futurism with a powerful helping of gridless, hard-swinging cosmic slop. But here, a hard ear for the weird doesnt mean a lean towards the tedious, as is often the case: the six-track set clocks in at just shy of 16 minutes, a refreshing bid for concise length and split-second motivic development in an age in which the oceans motion is often all but an afterthought. Wet succeeds as a work both succinct and expressive, tending as much towards the psychic as the overtly sexual, and uniting the two in a humid orgy of avant-garde boom-bap and boogie bass. A capable multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker, Space People builds frenetic, funk-laden tracks using digital and analog synthesizers, drum machines, and an expansive sample library. His work showcases a sound that is just as likely to recall Charles Stepneys cinematic arranging or Giorgio Moroders harmonic palette, as it is J Dillas poltergeist trying to skype you through your home appliances. His career as a collaborator has been unusually fruitful. Hes maintained a decade-long partnership with songwriter Gabriel Garzón-Montano with several releases to date, most recently the official remix of Mayer Hawthornes Lingerie & Candlewax. He has garnered critical acclaim for his production work on Chiren, the 2016 EP from fellow Styles artists Quincy Vidal, and remains an indispensable part of their live performances. Most recently, he served as music director for the debut live performance of Latasha Alcindors B(LA)K at National Sawdust. The visual components to Wet - both the album design and the title tracks accompanying video - were carefully crafted by longtime Styles collaborator, multimedia artist Santiago Carrasquilla.
Limited Run of 500 Copies! This is a journey into sound…’ These familiar words, accompanied by the rumble of a distant train, signal the opening of ‘Let’s Take A Trip’, the sophomore album from Terrel Wallace aka Tall Black Guy. Since 2013’s ‘8 Miles To Moenart’ TBG has cemented his position as a standard bearer for the current hip-hop / beats scene. Born in Detroit and now residing in the UK, Wallace’s signature style of incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops has won fans across the globe including Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Jazzy Jeff and House Shoes. Since his debut release in 2011 (a daring and addictive flip of Fela Kuti), TBG has become revered for his unique take on soulful hip-hop production. The swing of the drums, the textures of the instrumentation as well as a fearlessness in taking on the classics (his Soundcloud page includes flips and chops of tracks from James Brown, De La Soul and Michael Jackson) have marked him out from the crowd. One of the best-kept secrets in the scene, his singular talent is now beginning to get the recognition it deserves. In the last 12 months he has remixed Little Dragon and been invited to take part in Jazzy Jeff’s Playlist Retreat alongside the likes of Eric Lau, James Poyser, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Questlove and countless others. For this album Wallace had a simple inspiration: ‘This album is all about taking a journey. As simple as that. Be it physical, emotional or spiritual. It's asking and answering personal questions from myself within some of the tracks and also touching on social issues i.e. racism, inequality and privilege...that have been at the forefront of my mind over last three years.’ Sonically there is also a shift: ‘Jazz has definitely been more of an influence in this project, as I have been really inspired by so many up and coming musicians who I've been blessed to connect with’. Some of these musicians, including Kenny Keys, Miles Bonny, Diggs Duke and Dee Jackson feature on the project as well as regular collaborators Ozay Moore and Mario Sweet and fellow Playlist alumni Daniel Crawford and Masego. But this is one man’s vision, and for Tall Black Guy this trip is just the beginning…. Produced by Tall Black Guy Artwork by Dan Lish
Reissue of their much sought-after first album, finally getting the wider release it deserves courtesy of the bands own Duophonic imprint. It has been re-cut as a triple vinyl set, and is being made available on CD for the first time. The 3LP edition comes with a download card for the full album. The recordings here actually represent the genesis of the whole Cavern Of Anti-Matter project: commissioned by artist Nicolas Moulin to come up with a double album of original material, Tim Gane (formerly of the much-loved Stereolab) hunkered down in his home studio for three weeks with a collection of old sequencers, drum machines and analogue synths. With the assistance of Joe Dilworth and Holger Zapf he produced the 1 6 tracks that comprise blood drums. The initial pressing sold out instantly, and offers followed to play live and make more records. As a result of this positive response, Cavern Of Anti-Matter have gradually evolved from one-off experiment to full-time band.
ZAVALA (Alexander Zavala ) is a Chicago based electronic music producer born and raised on the outskirts of Chicago. For the past 15 years Zavala has been creating and defining a unique sound of his own with influences heavily based in golden era hip hop & house. A sound of which is dense in melody & textural soundscapes and is often described as a moody combination of the dark with the blissful, all built on a foundation of analog synthesizers, drum machines & samplers. Zavala first gained recognition in 2010 with his debut "Canciones Modernas" A vinyl only - split 12" W/ Legendary Chicago producer DJ PNS Of The Molemen) released on vinyl-centric Fieldwerk Recordings, a record label co-founded by Zavala. All the while, Zavala began his role as production and 1/2 of the left field hip-hop duo DARK TIME SUNSHINE. The duo combining Veteran MC Onry Ozzborn (of Grayskul/Rhymesayers) gained critical notarity later that year in 2010 with their debut LP "Vessel" released on Fake Four Inc. and subsequently spent the following 5 years touring extensively. Since his debut release in 2010, Zavala has worked very little outside of Dark Time Sunshine with only a few solo releases on labels such as iNSECT RECORDS & Fake Four Inc. as well as remixes for the likes of Aesop Rock, Busdriver & Sister Crayon. Fast fwd to 2015 where you can find Zavala delving into the realm of House music, a genre near & dear, representing a time of musical discovery, youth, the roller rink, and being the essential influence for his melodic explorations and niche. More so than ever you can find Zavala's output steeped in the influence of Chicago house, UKG & Techno. His 2016 Release FANTASMAS is a clear representation of that & yet another reflection of his unique & imaginative vision.
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