Back In Print For The First Time In Over 20 Years! Some have made the claim that Get On Down may love James Brown just a little too much. To which the label replies, it’s not possible to love James Brown too much. The label’s welcome obsession with Mr. Brown and the incredible line-up of talent found on his People Record imprint continues with the reissue of Funky People Part 1. Long out of print on vinyl, Funky People Part 1 features the top tier of artists from Brown’s People Records label, including The J.B.’s, Lyn Collins, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Some of the James Brown organizations all-time best material is collected here, including The J.B.’s “Pass The Peas” and “Hot Pants Road”, Fred Wesley’s in your face politics through funk statement “Damn Right, I Am Somebody”, Lyn Collins smash hit “Think (About It)” and many more. Newcomers and diehard fans alike continue to dig into the James Brown and People Records vaults, and the more they do so, the more they realize that it’s a nearly never ending source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the exhaustive efforts of Get On Down.
Ghostface Killah is an American rapper and critically acclaimed for his loud, fast-paced flow and his colourful storytelling rap. His stage name was taken from one of the characters in the 1979 kung fu film Mystery of Chessboxing and he is the founder of his own label Starks Enterprises. He was a prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan and after the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the members went on to pursue solo careers on which Ghostface Killah was the most successful one of the group. The rapper started of his solo-career with Ironman [MOVLP1451] in 1996, which was well received by music critics. He has continued his success over the following years with critically acclaimed albums such as Supreme Clientele (2000), Bulletproof Wallets (2001) and Fishscale (2006). Bulletproof Wallets is the third studio album by Ghostface Killah. Its feature single, ''Never Be the Same Again'', featured Carl Thomas and Raekwon. He had another club hit with ''Flowers'', which featured guest vocals from fellow Wu-Tang members Method Man and Raekwon, and a popular single ''Ghost Showers'' which featured Madame Majestic, who also sung on the popular Wu-Tang track ''Gravel Pit''. 180 gram audiophile vinyl with printed innersleeves feat. Method Man, Slick Rick, RZA, Ginuwine, Raekwon!
SremmLife 2 is the follow-up album to the group’s 2015 debut album Sremmlife which included the platinum selling singles “No Type” & “No Flex Zone,” and debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200.
A.I.M. will be M.I.A.’s 5th studio album. A.I.M. follows the #1 electronic debut of Matangi which spawned the dancefloor/sync hit “Yala”. M.I.A. released the poignant and much talked about “Borders” song and video from A.I.M. late last year that documented the current refugee struggle.
Her last album from 2002 including a 4-page insert! Lauryn Hill is best known for being a member of The Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards, broke several sales records and was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums of all time. The acoustic MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 double album from Lauryn Hill came nearly 4 years after the first solo album and gives an insight in her deeper thoughts and emotions about her life, artist, the judicial system (in ''Mystery Of Iniquity'') and spiritual side. Lengthy intros, conversations and deeply personal songs like ''Conquering Lion'' accompanied with her acoustic guitar, with the audience add to the intimate performance in her typical raspy voice. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and her song ''Mystery Of Iniquity'' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance and used as an interpolation by Kanye West for his single ''All Falls Down''. Great acoustic songs like ''Adam Lives In Theory'', ''Oh Jerulasem'' and ''I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind'' complete the album. MTV Unplugged No 2.0 was her last album and pressed in limited quantities. This reissue comes just in time for its 15th year anniversary in 2017.
Blue Lines is the debut album by Bristol trio, Massive Attack. A critically acclaimed masterpiece that takes American Hip Hop and filters it through British club culture. It’s a slow burner of an album that encompasses elements of house, dub, and hip hop to form what years later the UK press coined “Trip Hop”. Featuring legendary vocalists such as Horace Andy, Neneh Cherry, Shara Nelson, and a young Tricky who would go on to have huge success within the genre. Pressed on 180G vinyl.
Ricky Eat Acid is the main project of musician/producer Sam Ray. Active under the name since 2009, Ray has released countless albums & singles, gleefully refusing to work along genre lines and instead crafting a tableau made up of everything from ambient/drone to candy colored, EDM-adjacent beats. His new record, Talk To You Soon, is his first since Three Love Songs and debut for Terrible Records.
Talking Book is the fifteenth album by Stevie Wonder. ""You Are the Sunshine of My Life"", hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and earned Stevie his first Grammy Award. The album's first single, ""Superstition"", also hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts. This reissue is newly remastered from original analog. The package features Braille inscriptions originally available only on the album's rare first pressing.
Includes 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks! Pick A Dub' showcased the enduring strength and pivotal importance of the rhythm to the development of reggae music. Keith Hudson's complete mastery of the genre and the unqualified praise that followed its release was fully justified. The album's ''austere sonic qualities'' are awe inspiring, the superb rhythms are given full rein, unencumbered by extra effects and studio trickery. The overall effect is as mesmerising now as it was over forty years ago. This double LP set contains bonus tracks featuring eight vocal cuts of the featured dubs including two previously unreleased tracks.
"EVERYBODY LOOKING" was recorded in Atlanta with critically acclaimed producers, Mike WiLL Made-It, Zaytoven, and Drumma Boy, over six days immediately following his early release from prison last month.
Get On Down is very proud to announce an LP reissue of one of the West Coast’s most revered, yet underrated, hip-hop classics: The D.O.C.’s No One Can Do It Better. Produced entirely by Dr. Dre and out of print on vinyl in the U.S. for 25 years, this limited edition on black vinyl features original album artwork and thirteen tracks of rap heaven. When his debut album hit in mid-1989, The D.O.C. was in the vortex of the biggest hip-hop happening on the planet: the rise and rule of N.W.A. The group’s breakout album Straight Outta Compton had hit one year prior and had created both controversy and worldwide critical acclaim. As rap history buffs and industry insiders know, the D.O.C. was a crucial behind-the-scenes member of the N.W.A. inner circle – his most important role in the early days of the group, besides his close working relationship with Dr. Dre, was writing many of Eazy-E’s rhymes, including his hit 1988 single “We Want Eazy.” But The D.O.C. wasn’t in N.W.A. and never wanted to be – he was his own man, with his own vision. And after Compton proceeded to blow up (much like Eazy’s 1988 LP, Eazy-Duz-It), the next crew album was No One Can Do It Better. Significantly, it was the first album where Dr. Dre showed his greatness as a solo producer for one MC. And the Dallas-born D.O.C. lived up to the challenge of Dre’s funky, expertly-produced tracks by bringing his A-game on the mic. Boasting four singles – “The D.O.C. and the Doctor”; “Mind Blowin’”; the smash “It’s Funky Enough”; and “The Formula” – the album is flawless from beginning to end. Of particular note beyond the singles is “The Grand Finale,” which was the last time that Ice Cube, M.C. Ren and Eazy-E would rhyme on a track together. Skillfully rhyming over both fast and slow tracks, The D.O.C. showed on this amazing record that he was one of hip-hop’s most talented MCs, especially on the West Coast scene. He nearly died in a horrific car crash as the album was catching fire in the late summer of 1989, but he survived and continues to make new music and act as a sounding board for Dr. Dre to this day.
Super Tight…is the second album from Hip-Hop legends UGK, originally released in 1994. The title of the album is taken from its stand out single “Front, Back & Side to Side”. Bun B and Pimp C (R.I.P.) were already on fire from their debut album a few years prior but they perfected the Southern Playa sound with this record. At the time of its release Super Tight...was only issued on Cassette and CD so it’s a must for fans and collectors to grab the vinyl now that it’s available for the very first time. The album kicks off with “Return”, which after a few snare hits and the bluster of Pimp C’s voice it is clear to the world - the underground kings are back. Countless tracks like “Three Sixteens” (featuring DJ DMD), “Stoned Junkee”, “It’s Supposed to Bubble”, “I Left It Wet for You” and the previously mentioned “Front, Back, & Side To Side” all perfectly showcase the chemistry between Bun B & Pimp C over deep southern funk grooves. The production on this album is stellar, all bass heavy and features Meters lead guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Like their debut album Too Hard to Swallow Bun B and Pimp C were ahead of the game, and with Super Tight...they perfected it.
XL Recordings presents A Moon Shaped Pool, the highly anticipated ninth studio album from the radical and revered British act Radiohead and follow-up to 2011's The King of Limbs. The melodically rich and meditatively mid-tempo eleven-track set was five years in the making and has already been hailed as one of the band's most accessible efforts in years. The album comes preceded by the evocative videos for the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed "Daydreaming" and Chris Hopewell-directed "Burn the Witch" while further shimmering tracks like "Identikit," "Ful Stop," "Present Tense," "Desert Island Disk" and "True Love Waits" have been previously performed live, the latter even dating all the way back to 1995 and an appearance on the 2001 EP I Might Be Wrong.
Ever order a kale salad and discover a neckbone in it? That’s funk. Ever written a love letter on a chicken grease-stained napkin? That’s funk. The Du-Rites are without a doubt the soundtrack to both of those situations, but by definition, The Du-Rites are a duo of New Yorkbased multi-instrumentalists comprised of Pablo Martin (guitar, bass, synthesizer) and J-Zone (drums, organ, bass, turntables, percussion instruments that require little skill). Funk comes from so many places that it’s hard to visit them all, but the duo manages to do just that on their self-titled (and almost wholly instrumental) debut LP on Old Maid Entertainment / Ilegalia Records (with Vinyl LP & Cassette Versions on Redefinition Records). From the greasy, lo-fi and syncopated grooves of the late ‘60s (“Bug Juice,” “Git’n Off,” “Ghetto Ferris Wheel”); to ‘70s cop show funk (“The Chief & I,” “Hustle”); to the slick stomp of the early ‘80s (“Du-N-It”), The DuRites have membership at both the rib shack and the discotheque. With influences ranging from the obvious (Booker T. & The MGs, Lalo Schifrin, Cameo, Kool and the Gang, The Meters, Jimi Hendrix, P-Funk, Motown, Herbie Hancock, and James Brown) to the obscure (overlooked late ‘60s funk bands Warm Excursion, TSU Toronadoes, and Willie & The Mighty Magnificents), The Du-Rites manage to bounce from improvisational, raggedy and psychedelic to tight and snappy with the skip of a track. Pablo’s proficiency in punk, disco, pop and Latin and J-Zone’s deep roots in hip-hop and jazz-funk combine to make one of the more off-kilter, but undeniably funky instrumental long players you’ll dig into.
Parekh & Singh are a pop duo from Kolkata, India. Nischay Parekh sings, plays guitar, keyboards and synths. Jivraj Singh plays drums, drum machines and effects. While their name might recall a small firm of accountants - by day Jivraj keeps books at the family hotel and Nischay keeps accounts for his father’s business - these office dreamers have conjured nine glowing tracks of cosmic pop that shimmer like an Indian sunset. The infectious and melodic opener I Love You Baby charts the agony and the ecstasy of uncertain young love and Me and You offers a carefree paean to youthful innocence rarely heard in these times. The swelling production of title track Ocean ebbs and flows between staying put or setting sail for open seas. Panda’s “forests of the night time” rekindles a childhood imagination fired by the poetry of William Blake. Animals populate their imaginations - they often think of themselves as street dogs - and the paintings of Yashasvi Mathis that grace the cover. The sun casts dark shadows. While undeniably sun-kissed, a darkness lurks within that reflects the contradictory nature of this somewhat eccentric duo. Innocence is tempered by experience. The pill-popping oddity of Hill plays like a ‘B’ movie trailer. With the latter stealing a line from Annie Hall, a shared love of Woody Allen, David Lynch and Wes Anderson comes as no surprise. With Ghost's loping drum and piano rhythms we wallow in delicious melancholy. Newbury Street sees the student Nischay struggle with homesickness under New England skies. As the words of Philosophize suggest - “a New York state of mind in Indian Standard Time” - while both have travelled they are always drawn inexorably back to the city they love, ‘the city that never wakes’, where our two dreamers can be found wandering Kolkata’s uncharted alleys in search of the urban pools (‘pukur‘) that dot through the perilously polluted metropolis like portals to peace and tranquility. Parekh & Singh’s easy way with each other and the dreamy languor that pervades their music belies the dedication of two talented musicians, both immersed in music from an early age. While many influences can be detected across its nine tracks - the cracked beauty of Secrets is dusted with a distinctly Americana feel for instance - Ocean is the fresh new sound of India. A timeless pop masterpiece in the making.
Limited to 1000 on blue vinyl! Over two decades later, KRS One’s debut solo album Return of the Boom Bap finally gets the reissue it deserves. Pressed for the first time on color vinyl, this double LP not only includes a bonus 7” of Kenny Parker remixes, but also features the first-ever color sleeve on a U.S. pressing. Stripping away the intricate production of the final Boogie Down Productions album, Sex and Violence, Return of the Boom Bap saw the already iconoclastic rapper return to the bare bones, gritty territory of his landmark masterpiece Criminal Minded. KRS-One’s delivery, burned with a reinvigorated fury, spits out his rhymes with pummeling cadences and world-wise intelligence. Although the record isn't as focused on social activism and political protest as the latter Boogie Down albums, KRS-One never made his lyrics simplistic, nor did he turn his back on what could now be called prescient social commentary. The combination of raw beats and emotion-driven rhymes made Return of the Boom Bap a genuine comeback for KRS-One, one of the founding figures of modern hip-hop.
Finally back in print, this time as a picture disc. For newcomers, Public Assembly is the full course introduction into Damu's unique catalog of expertly composed instrumental music. For those who have been on board over the years, this special collection connects the dots in one sitting.
Galletas Calientes Records proudly present the “Palenque Records AfroColombia Remix" series. Since the mid 90's, Palenque Records have been actively promoting the Afro-Colombian music and culture. Palenque Records' original artists, such as Son Palenque, Abelardo Carbono, Sexteto Tabala, Batata y Su Rumba Palenquera, Colombiafrica The Mystic Orchestra.., living testimonies of how much Africa has influenced traditional music in Colombia, have developed a remarkable culture, collaborating with african musicians such as Diblo Dibala or Bopol Mansiamina. Most of them are considered to be the precursors of “Champeta", a unique musical genre setting its roots in the west-african Soukous and folklore. This music is the origin of the very interesting "picó” culture of the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The Afro-Colombian legacy is also represented by other artists such as Gualajo, known for their marimba playing skills, typical instrument of the “Currulao” music from the pacific coast of Colombia. The purpose of this remix series is to pay a tribute to Palenque Records who are celebrating 20 years of musical activism in 2016, by releasing some versions of the original songs, produced by the finest artists from today’s worldwide "Global bass" scene. Remixes and edits from Dj Sabo (U.S.), Rafael Aragón (FR), Motin (DE), Ghetto Kumbé (CO), and Solo Moderna (NL) are featured on this first volume. Notice the colourful sleeve, originally hand painted by William “El Maestro" Gutierrez, one of the most reknowned "pico" sound-system visual artists from Barranquilla Colombia
7" release featuring the previously unreleased "Can't Nobody" featuring K-Maxx on vocals and a remix of "Gotta Get Out" not released on The Pendletons "Gotta Get Out" EP.
Following the release of his limited-edition "Boomerang" EP and his cassette-only album "Special Request," Diamond Ortiz brings you his first full-length LP, "Loveline." His heavy, bounce-laden style carries the album from start to finish, cementing him as California's heir apparent to the gutter synth funk sound which originated from Ohio and found an adopted home out west, where it fit perfectly with the cultures of lowriding and popping/locking. Diamond Ortiz proves on "Loveline," as he has with all of his past efforts, that the sound he is a proponent of is not simply "retro" or "old school" - it has a place in the modern day pantheon of electronic music.
Los Angeles hip hop group The Kleenrz (Self Jupiter of Freestyle Fellowship and Kenny Segal of TeamSupreme) are back with their sophomore release Season Two. The Kleenrzs have put together another record that falls in the dark film noir setting of their debut, constructed with an uncompromising lens over Los Angeles culture. The Kleenrz will release Season Two on vinyl and digital formats June 10th with The Order Label and there’s a lot in store. Season Two picks up right where their debut ended, splashing fresh paint on the canvas and heating things up through raw lyricism and organic production. 12 new episodes full of blood, mystery, and mayhem, served with the freshest of hip hop styles you can find from this era. Described by The Kleenrz themselves, “Season Two is left coast, Southern, dark, messy, beautiful, inventive, cool, fun and frothy. However, as always with our music, there’s always nuggets of truths wrapped in with horror that reflects what we see and hear everyday.” The lyrical storylines on Season Two were solely written under the guise of Self Jupiter. Kenny Segal lays down creatively disturbing sample interludes, dynamic multi-instrumentalism and head nodding snare and kick drum. It’s all formulated under a lush scheme of cohesion between the two that touches every corner of hip hop and builds on the creative luminance of their first venture. Features on Season Two bring together many roots of LA music culture, including Busdriver, Myka 9, Penthouse Penthouse, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, D-Styles, Sach, Abstract Rude, AWOL One, Grouch, and Eligh. Everyone featured brought their uniqueness to the LP, adding to The Kleenrz legacy in the most proper of ways. Season Two is absolute heat from Self Jupiter and Kenny Segal, imaginatively weaving some of the darkest corridors of society together and giving it a new world to thrive in.
Black Screen Records will release Jonah Senzel’s amazing soundtrack of the critically acclaimed indie game Pony Island on vinyl this November. The bubbling 8bit soundtrack will come on limited edition 180 gram clear and audiophile 180g black vinyl. The artwork was exclusively designed by the game’s creator Daniel Mullins. The soundtrack comes with a Steam code, which can be used to download full game as well as the mp3 version of the soundtrack on Steam. Composer Jonah Senzel on the soundtrack: "Pony island is a game with two distinct faces: the cheerful outer facade, and the evil lurking under the surface. Most of the soundtrack is based around this idea of the “devil within” that's present throughout the game. The most fun part of writing the soundtrack was composing really over the top cheerful cutesy Tracks for the cheery sections and then turning around and getting as gritty and evil sounding as possible for the devil sections. For the happy sections I channeled my inner children’s TV composer using fun, light and bouncy melodies played on old school 8bit synths as well as real instruments like the ukulele. For the demonic sections I also took a lot of inspiration from classic video game chiptune sounds, but I modified them to sound like they were glitching or broken in some way. Compositionally I incorporated some elements that connect back to the game’s main theme, like the use of augmented fourths within chords Which were banned in earl classical music since they were thought to be the ‘devil’s interval’. Overall it was really exciting to write for such a unique and interesting game. I’d like to thank Daniel Mullins for creating the perfect world for this crazy soundtrack to live in." A trippy and unique experience that will make the player desperate and stunned at the same time. Pony Island is probably most enjoyable when played without knowing what to expect. Without giving too much away, it can be said that the game works mostly on the meta-level and it will take some time to figure out where the story is heading. A marvelous game for long and sleepless nights that will leave you pondering and amazed, while enjoying it's varied music that perfectly fits the constant ups and downs of cheerful and vicious moments. For more information on the game visit www.pony-island.com
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