Future’s second studio full-length begins with the menacing sounds of a single, serpentine guitar line and a carbonated beverage being opened and sipped. Like much of DS2—also known as Dirty Sprite 2—“Thought It Was A Drought” finds the rapper floating along in a syrupy haze, combining effervescing vocals and hypnotic production. Where “The Percocet & Stripper Joint” is a plush and unapologetically languid ballad, “Where Ya At” sees the self-proclaimed Future Hendrix joining forces with Drake for a psychedelic banger. -iTunes
180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL, INCLUDES INSERT. LIMITED FIRST PRESSING OF 750 NUMBERED COPIES ON TRANSPARENT VINYL By All Means Necessary is the second album from legendary American hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, and was originally released in 1988. The murder of DJ Scott La Rock in 1987 had a profound effect on KRS-One, resulting in a drastic rethinking of his on-record persona. He re-emerged the following year with By All Means Necessary, calling himself The Teacher and rapping mostly about issues facing the black community. He refuses to allow the community to be stereotyped. His observations are sharp, lucid, and confident. Yet he doesn't fall prey to the peachiness that would mark some of his later work. There are some lighter moments in the battlerhyme tracks, and a witty safe-sex rap in ''Jimmy''. This album is widely considered a landmark in political hip hop and is among the Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. The lyrics from this album have been sampled by everyone from Prince Paul to N.W.A.
Following the success of his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, in 2012, the rapper Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) is about carrying the weight of that clarity: What happens when you speak out, spiritually and politically, and people actually start to listen? And what of the world you left behind?
Have You In My Wilderness is Julia Holter’s most intimate album yet, a collection of radiant ballads. Her follow-up to 2013’s widely celebrated Loud City Song explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar fodder in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic on her new album. Have You in My Wilderness is also Holter’s most sonically intimate album. Here, she and producer Cole Marsden Greif-Neill lift her voice out of the layers of smeared, hazy effects, putting her vocals front and center in the mix. The result is striking—it sounds as if Holter is singing right in your ear. It sounds clear and vivid, but also disarmingly personal. The focused warm sound and instrumentation — dense strings, subtle synth pads — adds to the effect. Like Holter’s previous albums, Have You in My Wilderness is multi-layered and texturally rich, featuring an array of electronic and acoustic instruments played by an ensemble of gifted Los Angeles musicians. Have You In My Wilderness deals with dark themes, but it also features some of the most sublime and transcendent music Holter has ever written. The ten songs on the album are shimmering and dreamlike, wandering the liminal space between the conscious and the subconscious.
I created an album to promote the journey & also to give thanks to the many that have supported and inspired me on my travels & shows etc. This project was finished in my current "home", Oahu, Hawaii. All tracks were created within Chicago, St. Louis (One For Ferguson) & Honolulu. I hope that it serves as an inspiration to all those that listen. Supreme full circle energy reflection is the key. Stay strong & keep creating and pushing YOUR dreams to REALITY. Thanks for your support. Much respect. Enjoy and see you soon.
Wordsworth, Brooklyn native, Lyricist Lounge Alum, 1/3 of the Hip-Hop group eMC (Masta Ace and Stricklin). Donel Smokes, Los Angeles native, an M.C. also know for producing and mixing music for artist such as Blu, Chali 2na, and The Pharcyde, to name a few. New beginning features Blu, Chali 2na, eMC group members Masta Ace and Stricklin, Queen Herawin of The JuggaKnots, Signif, Range Da Messenga, Adanita Ross, and the new comer Pearl Gates.
Never one to follow a popular trend or path, Brooklyn legend Talib Kweli released a surprise album of rarities, B-Sides and unheard tracks to further his already extensive catalog. With features from Kanye West, Killer Mike, Mos Def, Common and more, the LP is represents an opening of the vaults with an all star lineup.
“Dats That Shit is a collection of beats I made that went on to became hits for various artists. These beats came straight from the Akai mpc 2000 and Akai 950 directly recorded to the Dat Tapes...Nothing was mixed or mastered and the beats appear in the form the artists heard them originally before we went into full productions....Enjoy the rawness and grittiness” - Diamond D
Gossamer is Evan Reiner, a relatively new artist who wears his heart on his sleeve through chill electronic chopscapes. Having only released a couple of EPs so far, his first full length has emerged from Innovative Leisure, a label that are storming the musical earth with releases from BadBadNotGood, Nosaj Thing and Allah-Las. Inspired by sci-fi gaming and Steve Reich, Automaton is a gently swaying record showcasing some imaginative sampling/recording and some very personal themes. It sounds like Reiner has sorted his life out according to the press release. Good on ya. Restrained kick drums play out hypnotic, slow grooves, joined by all sorts of shakers, hand drums, clicks and delicious plucked things and synths. It’s a palette similar to Gold Panda, but arranged closer to Four Tet, Kutmah or Contact Field Orchestra. In fact, second track ‘Print’ bears a strong rhythmical resemblance to ‘Parallel Jalebi’ by the ‘Tet. Breathy syllabic vocals join on tracks 1 and 6, backed by some brooding synths on the latter. I’ve just realised that this is actually a fantastic debut.
Toro Y Moi (aka Columbia, South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick) is the sound the world has been waiting for. This multi-cultural juggernaut gathers up the best musical elements from around the globe - R&B, indie rock, electronic dance and psychedelica - and creates something completely his own! Over the course of his first groundbreaking full length Causers Of This, Toro Y Moi turns the aforementioned musical genres upside-down with his breathtakingly innovative approach. The incendiary power of Toro Y Moi’s funky synth and guitar play, pumping digital rhythms and gorgeously bright vocal harmonies makes for a formidable combination. A soon to be masterpiece of a currently unnamed genre! LP also features digital download card.
The intellectual Brooklyn emcee's sprawling 1996 release, Wrath of the Math was the follow-up to his classic debut, The Sun Rises In The East and it features even more genius production from the great DJ Premier. The album's lyrical content was largely centered around Jeru's commentary on the decline of hip hop during the mid-'90s and the need for a new rap consciousness. Even though the tracks "Whatever," "One Day" and the hit single "Ya Playin' Yaself" represent some of the finest work the pair ever produced, unfortunately Wrath of the Math would be the last collaboration between the hip-hop legends.
Five years on from the release of Demon Days, Murdoc Niccals and co. return with Plastic Beach. The band have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a Plastic Beach HQ, made up of detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.
In the twenty-first century, a time when catfish and trolls are abundant, honesty and authenticity have become revolutionary acts. With Frozen Throne, Jasper Patterson, better known by his nom de plume Groundislava, has created an honest, and truly beautiful piece of work. Patterson takes his diverse sound a step further in Frozen Throne, connecting all 10 tracks with the overarching theme of searching for real love in a futuristic cyber-based reality. Featuring heavy collaboration with Rare Times, the upcoming LA future pop duo of Anthony Calonico and Alex Talan, Frozen Throne takes listeners to a grim fantasy world where escape seems impossible. The smooth R&B vocals from Rare Times mixed with Groundislava's slow-burning beats and melodies wind their way through Patterson's handcrafted narrative. Filled with soul-bearing honesty, Frozen Throne is a cinematic soundscape for evolving into greater consciousness through the technological reawakening.
Original soundtrack to the highly anticipated 2010 motion picture, composed by the multi-platinum Electronic duo Daft Punk. It's no accident that the group's two visionary musicians, Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, are Tron fans too. Having grown up with an admiration for the ground-breaking Tron film in the 80s, Daft Punk took on the scoring of the next chapter of the story with extraordinary thought and precision. The critically acclaimed French duo composed and produced the album. The Duo assembled a symphony of one hundred world class musicians in London and recorded the orchestra at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain's premier scoring facility. From Daft Punk's first single release in 1993, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were hailed as a new breed of electronic music innovators. Following their seminal debut in 1997 (Homework), the band went on to release two more studio albums (Discovery-2001, Human After All-2005) and two live albums (Alive 1997, Alive 2007), winning them both critical and popular acclaim throughout the world. Daft Punk are known as much for their music and technical innovation as their groundbreaking and elaborate visual universe, which centers around their irrepressible and mysterious Robot personas. In 2006, their directorial art house film debut, ''Daft Punk's Electroma,'' premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2007 they toured internationally with a jaw-dropping live show that was an awe-inspiring combination of their musical and visual prowess. Their collaboration with Kanye West on his #1 hit single ''Stronger'' was hailed as ''The Song of the Year'' by SPIN Magazine (January 2008 issue), which also saw Daft sharing the cover with Kanye, having been awarded ''Tour of the Year'' by the magazine. Daft Punk performed with West on the Grammy Awards in 2008, marking the mercurial duo's first and only television appearance anywhere in the world. ''TRON: Legacy'' marks Daft Punk's first film score.
On his second full-length album, the East Coast hip-hop luminary RJD2 does for vintage rock what he did for vintage funk on his auspicious debut, DEAD RINGER. He cuts it up, filters it through a DJ sensibility, and rearranges it into something that's undeniably greater than the sum of its parts.Where DEADRINGER's samples were mostly R&B-based, here "Someone's Second Kiss" mixes breathy vocal samples with ethereal guitar against a rock backdrop, while "Exotic Talk" sounds like a neighborhood garage band rehearsing in their parents' basement with a laptop and an improbably cool flute player. RJD2 hasn't abandoned R&B, though--"Clean Living" nimbly conceals what sounds like a guitar part from Sly & the Family Stone's "Family Affair" among the funk fragments, while "1976" is intriguing quasi-European disco. But just when you think you've got this hip-hop chameleon's number, he hits you with "Through the Walls," its spaced-out vocal placed, karaoke-like, in a power-pop setting. With SINCE WE LAST SPOKE, RJD2 continues to redefine the role of DJ as solo performer.
Bobby Womack is set to release a brand new album on June 12th, 2012. Co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, The Bravest Man In The Universe was recorded at Albarn's 'Studio 13' in west London and New York's Manhattan Center between October and December 2011. It's Bobby Womack's first album of original material since 1994's Resurrection. Includes CD copy of the album.
Kill Emil is a DJ and producer based in Athens, Greece – by way of Brazil – who, since 2009, has created a healthy discography of potent beats and sublime atmospheres. With an early inspiration in hip hop and, importantly, Gangstarr’s Daily Operation, Kill Emil has been prolifically chopping up breaks on his MPC and is now up to his third artist album, the intriguingly titled Salvation. Its twelve tracks introduce dense soundscapes and clever samples over rough, funky rhythms, providing fuel to the DJs and head-nodders alike. Highlights on this Cold Busted release include the bouncy and somewhat spacey “When I See Your Smile”, the wistful yet playful “Can’t Find It”, and the surprisingly cosmic “Such A Long Time”. Kill Emil’s constructions contain many twists and turns within the layers … this imaginative producer keeps things interesting for the full run of his captivating album.
Remember My Name is the major label debut studio album from hip hop artist Lil Durk. One of the rising stars of Def Jam's crop of Chicago rappers and the exploding new subgenre known as drill, Lil Durk uses his lyrics to talk about the city's vibrant rap scene, life on the South Side in Englewood, and his frustrations with what he sees as misplaced blame for Chicago's rampant street violence. Home to the lead single "Like Me" featuring Jerimiah plus additional standoutss like "Tryna Tryna," "Higher" and "Ghetto (Grew Up)."
The Great Depression is the fourth solo from DMX, it was his fourth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album demonstrated his continually strong allegiance with the Ruff Ryders with singles such as "Who We Be" and "We Right Here." Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on vinyl for the first time since it’s original pressing in 2001.
Diva’s forthcoming album on Circle Star Records (Stones Throw), pop music device for healing and transcendence.Intergalactic interdimensional pop star Diva has incarnated here on Planet Earth to share a vision of transcendent existence. Divinity In Thee, her forthcoming album on Circle Star/Stones Throw is a pop music healing device, an experience to awaken your divinity and give space for paradise to emerge on this planet. Her music combines the bubbling sounds of the lofi underworld with the bright sheen of digital pop in an alchemical act of transcending dualism. This is her third solo album after Moon Moods and The Glitter End. Diva has also been in the groups Pocahaunted, L.A. Ladies Choir, Babes, and blackblack. She has toured with Os Mutantes, Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti, Sun Araw, Matthewdavid, M Geddes Gengras, Mi Ami, and more.
There's been a lot of rough and real analog funk, soul and Afro vinyl material released in the last couple of decades, from the Dap-Kings and Antibalas in New York to the Poets of Rhythm in Germany. So far, few have flown the flag for the revival of hard-out analog era Latin music. Quarter Street are doing it. Salsa dura was born on the mean streets of New York in the 1970s, now it's back. Quarter street take their cues from the giants: Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barreto and Willie Colon and the seminal record labels Fania and Tico records and charge straight ahead at the 21stcentury. The time is right.
Ever since he first appeared in 2011 with his three independent online offerings House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which subsequently turned into the chart-topping platinum-selling 2012 epic, Trilogy, Toronto alternative R&B mystic Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd has become one of the go-to voices in music. Everyone from Wiz Khalifa to Juicy J has enlisted his talents for singles. Meanwhile, he became a live draw, joining both early champion Drake and Florence + the Machine for full tours. Now, Echoes Of Silence, part three of the Grammy-nominated trendsetter's critically acclaimed Trilogy series makes its official vinyl debut in 2015. A longlisted nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, the 9-track set featurues production from Illangelo, Clams Casino and DropxLife and is home to the essential cuts "D.D." (a cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana") “XO/The Host” and “Initiation.”
Ever since he first appeared in 2011 with his three independent online offerings House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which subsequently turned into the chart-topping platinum-selling 2012 epic, Trilogy, Toronto alternative R&B mystic Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd has become one of the go-to voices in music. Everyone from Wiz Khalifa to Juicy J has enlisted his talents for singles. Meanwhile, he became a live draw, joining both early champion Drake and Florence + the Machine for full tours. Now, Thursday, part two of the Grammy-nominated trendsetter's critically acclaimed Trilogy series makes its official vinyl debut in 2015. Featuring production from Doc McKinney and Illangelo and the essential tracks "The Zone" with Drake, “Life of the Party” and “The Birds Pt. 1.″
Ever since he first appeared in 2011 with his three independent online offerings House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, which subsequently turned into the chart-topping platinum-selling 2012 epic, Trilogy, Toronto alternative R&B mystic Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd has become one of the go-to voices in music. Everyone from Wiz Khalifa to Juicy J has enlisted his talents for singles. Meanwhile, he became a live draw, joining both early champion Drake and Florence + the Machine for full tours. Now, the Polaris Music Prize-nominated House Of Balloons, part one of the Grammy-nominated trendsetter's critically acclaimed Trilogy series makes its official vinyl debut in 2015. Featuring production from Doc McKinney, Illangelo, and Zodiac plus samples of songs by such diverse artists as Beach House, Aaliyah, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins and Nine Inch Nails.