At the beginning there were two of them - Avey Tare and Panda Bear - banging drums and tweaking synths in their bedrooms, singing strange and sometimes heartbreaking songs about imaginary friends and childhood pets. Carried along by washes of squalling feedback, the music was noisy, and it was weird, but it was, at heart, pop music. This was the start of Animal Collective. For fifteen years Dave Porter (Tare), Noah Lennox (Bear), Brian ''Geologist'' Weitz and Josh ''Deakin'' Dibb have been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia. Their wild path has taken them from cramped concrete basement shows and forest floor singalongs to immersive installations at the Guggenheim and performances to millions on national television. So where now from here? Here Comes The Indian is the fifth full length album, and first to include all four members of Animal Collective (Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin). It was recorded over a few days in Brooklyn in 2002 at Rare Book Room Studios with Nicolas Vernhes. Additional overdubs were done at Avey's apartment that same year. Here Comes The Indian was also the first album to use the name Animal Collective and the first release on Paw Tracks. It was originally released on Paw Tracks in 2003 as PAW1.
Limited to 300 copies. Inspired by Ultraman and Norwegian nature, Torb the Roach and Floppy McSpace joined forces and cooked up their instrumental debut. The result, Tape Echo Gold Floppies. It tickles your senses with low fidelity rhythms, time warping space echo, rare world spices and psychedelic field recordings. Along with the project they’ve also released a 15-minute motion picture revealing the extraordinary story of how the record came to be; a dramatic piece involving ski accidents, black coffee magic and brutal fight scenes. The album is a combination of beats from the SP1200/S950 combo as well as dubs & effects from the Roland 201 Space Echo. Torb collects rare, obscure, world funk and rare groove records from India, Thailand, China & Japan. There are a bunch of dusty loops on the record made from his digs. Hand drawn illustrations, pictures of equipment and a photo of Floppy McSpace make the cover, design by Ocht & Torb.
He is Dominique Purdy, born and raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles. His first hip-hop influence was his own mother, who made jewelry and hung tight with Ice T, the Rhyme Syndicate, and Grandmaster Caz. “I remember Caz showing my mom how to freestyle on cassette, just fucking around. He was basically saying have fun with it, say something that comes from right where ever you are.” Purdy moved from corner to corner through Koreatown his whole life, drawing, writing, and developing his own brand of experimental hip-hop, fused with comedy, and impromptu performance. He wrote and starred in the independent feature Driving White Black (2016). As The Koreatown Oddity, rocking a wolf mask he bought back in high school for 70 bucks, he’s been doing shows anywhere and everywhere, whether he’s invited or not: L.A.’s The Laugh Factory, Wendy’s, and Greyhound Stations. Finna Be Past Tense is his first album with Stones Throw, following a long line of independently released cassettes. Finna Be Past Tense was produced entirely by Vex Ruffin, who met the MC after one of his public stunts. The album – also featuring Joyce Wrice, Black Moses, Tron7Seize, DJ Lala, DJ Luman – is based around a loose concept of Koreatown Oddity reckoning with life, death, and the passage of time. Finna Be Past Tense cover art by Oscar Ayala.
Limited to 250. If there’s anyone who lives up to the concept of “Supply and Demand,” its veteran producer, K-Def. With 4 full length projects and an EP with rapper K.A.A.N. all released in 2016, he’s back with his first offering for 2017; In The Moment. So much has been and can be said about K over 2 plus decades in the industry as one of hip-hop’s elite producers. What else is left? Well, honestly K is not stuck on the accolades of his past and he prefers to look at his art as “his best work is yet to come”, even after so many monumental career accomplishments. Recently, he was featured in Mass Appeal’s viral web series, Rhythm Roulette, to great appreciation from longtime fans and newfound acclaim reaching a younger audience previously unaware of his brand. Capitalizing on buzz, K realizes that mass abundance is never a bad thing as long as your product is good. So he continuously assembles project after project, adding new chapters to his legacy. A man of many tricks who guards his secrets, peers and record nerds are often dumbfounded by many of the techniques K-Def exhibits in his well constructed tracks. Never one to shun new technology, many of his latest works show what can be done with sound when software and a complex mind meet. However, as advanced as K-Def evolves, he’s never abandoned his fundamental approaches to beat production no matter what tools he applies. He’d rather make room for both. With the invention of Akai’s MPC Renaissance, as advertised, it put K in a tactile headspace of hardware before the software it controls. Why stop there when K had bags of diskettes he accumulated from his work on the classic MPC 60ii and the MPC 3000? The nostalgic process inspired K to incorporate all this weapons to make timeless current day music regardless of perceived limitations. Creatives often refer to their optimal stride in coined terms like ”The magic hour” or ”In the zone”. Using all the tools and experience at his disposal (mainly MPC’s), K captured his stride documented in these generous 23 tracks. When asked about the album’s background and composition, he said simply, (he) “was in the moment”. It resonated and there you have it. K-Def’s new LP is titled “In the Moment” so you’re “in luck” if you’re “in the know.”
After more than three decades as a lost classic, the debut album by Washington DC soul/gospel outfit Enlightment is finally receiving a proper release. Founded by ordained bishop Larry H. Jordan and his brother-in-law Frank Tinsley in the early 1980s, Enlightment was among the first groups to fuse modern R&B production with gospel themes. Unfortunately, the independent release of their 1984 debut album Faith Is The Key was torpedoed when both their distributor and pressing plant went out of business. “We knew we were getting airplay across the country, but we couldn’t get the product in the stores at the time”, explains Tinsley of the missed opportunity. Only a handful of Faith Is the Key LPs ever made it into the public’s hands. As a result, the record became a holy grail for collectors. It was rediscovered around the year 2000, when copies started selling online for over $2000. While disappointed in the record’s lack of immediate impact, the group’s founders are not surprised by its recent revival. “It’s just good music with a spiritual message, that’s why it stood the test of time,” says Tinsley. “We made sure we had very crystal clear production,” adds Jordan. “We knew we had a gospel beat, but we wanted to be dynamic and innovate.” Thanks to an official vinyl rerelease via Nature Sounds with worldwide distribution, listeners can now experience that innovation first-hand.
Enjoy The Toons Records is proud to bring to you Fraggle Rock on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years! Pressed on colored vinyl themed after the characters & limited to 150 copies each. The album consists of 24 tracks from the iconic 1980s Hit TV Series . Housed in an upgraded 300gsm gatefold jacket featuring a hand drawn map of the Fraggle’s world. Pressed on 140 gram colored vinyl with full color center labels featuring the Fraggles on the A side & Trash Heap on the B side.
Limited to 500. Best of Nicktoons 12” Compilation - 4th pressing pressed on Orange Splat & Slime Green split color vinyl. The album features 41 tracks of musical highlights from all of the Nicktoons that had been produced up until 1998 (Besides Doug) including Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Angry beavers, Kablam and the original cat dog theme is listed as a final “bonus track.” For all those 80s and 90s kids out there, this album is a real treat down memory lane complete with double sided lyric sheet.
Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, a.k.a. one-fourth of the founding members of Animal Collective, has had a far-from-quiet few years since the release of his fourth solo record, 2011's Tomboy. Since the breakout success of 2007's universally-adored Person Pitch, each new Panda Bear release is a highly anticipated event, and with a high-profile Daft Punk collaboration later, that's more the case than ever. But if the title of his fifth solo album as Panda Bear seems to portend certain doom, think again. Taking his inspiration from '70s dub duo albums like King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown and Augustus Pablo Meets Lee Perry & the Wailers Band, Panda Bear prefers to frame his latest work as less of a battle and more a collaboration. ''I see it [as] more comicbooky, a little more lighthearted,'' he says. ''Like Alien Vs. Predator.'' Young Prayer is the second full length solo album by Panda Bear. It was recorded in Panda Bear's childhood home in 2002 by Deakin and further produced by the mysterious Animal Collective brothers known as Come Winter. It was originally released in 2004 on Paw Tracks as PAW2.
Caught somewhere between the clouds and the depths of the underground club scene, Kingdom's music embodies moments of both tears of joy and anxious suspension. Tears in the Club is his debut album and features collaborations with SZA, Syd from The Internet, and Shacar, is an 11-track collection of left-field pop songs and Kingdom's most complete vision of his club R&B microverse yet. The music is a journey through Kingdom's psyche- enchanted, darkly atmospheric instrumentals and a crystalline femme sound scape - simultaneously erotic, melancholy and resilient. Recorded and mixed entirely by Kingdom himself, the sonics of Tears in the Club establish a mix of polished R&B and sample-based DIY production Kingdom pioneered on previous releases on Fools Gold, Night Slugs and his own imprint Fade to Mind. After the success of those projects as well as in producing records for alt-R&B mainstays Kelela and DWN he was able to strike a balance with collaborators that matches his unique tone and vision. Tears in the Club features two collaborations with TDEs rising star singer SZA, the angular uptempo banger "Down 4 Whatever" and pillowy companion song "What is Love". Tears in the Club includes two mixes of "Nothin", featuring The Internet's Syd. The original mix is an intimate confession of inadequacy floating over digital west coast R&B, while the East Coast Club Mix moves on from regret to celebration, referencing the booty bass aesthetic of So So Def club mixes from the late 90s.
From his early releases as Lusine onward, Jeff McIlwain's electronic explorations make up one of the more diverse discographies of the past decade and a half. Effortlessly blurring the lines between techno, electro-pop and experimental composition, the Texas-raised/Seattle-based producer's arrangements are meticulously constructed, but also filled with emotion and soul. With an introspective turn that's hinted at in the record title, Lusine's fourth album for Ghostly sees McIlwain diffusing the pop-leanings of 2013's The Waiting Room with opaque, brush-stroked melodies washing over these new buoyant productions. Sensorimotor is a visceral album, with gorgeous opener "Canop"” slowly building into an empyrean cloud of music box chimes and an amorphous thrum. The following "Ticking Hands" is just as beguiling yet also more formed, with the processed melancholy vocals of McIlwain and his wife Sarah filtered into a chilling lament that unfolds over the song’s light skitters and Kraftwerkian pulse. Sensorimotor finds other past Lusine collaborators returning as well: Benoit Pioulard's narcotic croon loops into a swirling arpeggio during "Witness," and Vilja Larjosto's sun-kissed vocal melodies are spliced and splayed across the steady pulsing bass and fluorescent synth pads of "Just a Cloud," and later on "Won’t Forget."
Following up their hugely acclaimed debut, Thought For Food, The Lemon of Pink was the album that cemented the Books as a pioneering musical force. It would become their biggest-selling album (a feat usurped only by the recently released The Way Out), and still stands as perhaps the most beloved album in the Books’ unfailingly brilliant catalog. As with the recently reissued Thought For Food, The Lemon of Pink is repackaged with dazzling new artwork and expanded to include lyrics for every song for the first time ever. Carefully and thoughtfully remastered from the original mixes by Zammuto at his new studio outside his home in Vermont, The Lemon of Pinknow boasts a warmth and clarity that surprisingly reveals an increased harmonic depth.
Spaceways features live performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra from New York City in 1966 and 1968. Free and “spacey” as ever, the recordings capture Sun Ra in his element with over a dozen Arkestra members backing him up. The recording was remastered for vinyl and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.
Atlantic Records has announced the highly-anticipated release of The Hamilton Mixtape, an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.Executive produced by The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon & more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos.
Confessions of a Dance Floor returns on Pink Vinyl. On Confessions of a Dance Floor, Madonna, the most popular and significant female artist in pop music, returns unapologetically to her roots. A stunning blend of musical styles with one foot in early disco and the other pointed toward the future, Confessions On A Dance Floor ''is all about having a good time straight through and non-stop,'' says the Material Mom, who co-wrote and co-produced every track.
Mobb Deep is an American duo from the Queensbridge Houses in New York City that consist of group members Havoc and Prodigy. The group is best known for its dark, hardcore delivery and became one of the most successful rap duos in hip hop. Murda Muzik is the fourth album released in 1999 by the rap duo. It is their most successful album ever, selling over 1 million copies in the USA and was certified Platinum. It reached to #3 on the Billboard 200 album charts, #2 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard album chart and entered solid positions in Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom. Mobb Deep cleverly uses old and new samples and even a part from a speech by Ronald Reagan. The standout track is ''Quiet Storm'' which samples ''White Lines'' by Grandmaster Melle Mell and ''A Quiet Storm'' by soul crooner Smokey Robinson. Additionally tracks like ''It's Mine'' featuring NAS, ''The Realest'' featuring Kool G Rap plus guest appearances from Raekwon, Big Noyd and Lil' Kim altogether guarantee the sound of Mobb Deep with hardcore yet thoughtful lyrics. Includes ''Quiet Storm (Remix)'' featuring Lil' Kim, ''It's Mine'' featuring Nas and ''U.S.A.''
The Muggs Presents The Soul Assassins (Chapter 1) album was originally released in 1997 and is produced by DJ Muggs. It features tracks from a veritable 'who's who' list of rappers like Dr. Dre & B Real, Mobb Deep, RZA/GZA & Genius (Wu-Tang Clan), Krs-One (Boogie Down Productions), Goodie Mob plus contributions from his Cypress Hill fellow band members B-Real and Sen Dog. DJ Muggs is Cypress Hill's official DJ and producer and the leader of LA art collective Soul Assassins. He also produced tracks for Funkdoobiest, House of Pain, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Depeche Mode, Die Antwoord and more. The apocalyptic grooves on Muggs Presents The Soul Assassins (Chapter 1) steal the show, while the street beats and stark lyrics bring an eerie trip-hop feel to the whole album. Earning critical praise from the hip-hop community, fans and censors, the Muggs Presents The Soul Assassins (Chapter 1) album reached #86 on the Billboard 200. Highlights of this diverse LP are "Puppet Master" by Dr. Dre & B Real, "Third World" by RZA/GZA & Genius plus the hidden gem, only to be found on the European release, "Runnin' Wild" from the LA Art Soul Assassins crew.
Limited vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release from the West Coast rapper. Devised as a two-part album to mark two decades since the release of his classic début Soul On Ice, Intellectual Property is the first slice of Ras Kass' crowd-funded vision. Since this offering is supposed to invoke Ras' original masterpiece it's hard not to compare it with his first album, but when you do that, you're putting a classic next to a classic. The features list and producer list speak for itself. If you are a fan of Ras Kass you will get Ras Kass on Intellectual Property plus much more.
Limited vinyl LP pressing includes poster and digital download. 2016 release, the sixth studio album from the R&B singer/songwriter. From the human condition to global politics, Here offers a keen glimpse of everything that matters most to Keys. Here is Keys' first album in four years, following Girl on Fire (2012). Keys said that she was not planning a hiatus, but after she finished recording material for the album, she found out she was pregnant which "put a different time spin on things." Her son Genesis was born in December 2014. Keys has sold over 18.4 million albums in the US, and over 30 million albums worldwide.
Limited to 500 copies. Extended edition including 10 fresh vinyl bonus tracks - After the successful underground tape release through our Russian friends of Dirty Beauty, this definitely deserved a wax release on double-LP!
The fifteenth and FINAL volume in the expansive drum loop series. Mr. Paul Nice is known as of the best world premier breaks diggers - and here’s the proof. All just raw drum loops here - no synthetics! Lifted from some of the rarest vinyl available then cleaned and looped nicely, this is great for your sampler and jugglers alike.
Limited to 300 copies. After releasing his debut on vinyl “Reel Street Jazz” with his buddy BluntOne the Hungarian beatmaker, Mujo is back with another dope Instrumental release. On “Nature Friend” you can listen to 30 of the finest jazzy beats. Enjoy these crispy, natural release!
Mark de Clive-Lowe delivers an outstanding 4 track EP recorded live at Los Angeles’ Blue Whale jazz club. The EP finds MdCL revisiting the grand piano, putting his first instrument front and center with his technological world of keyboards and electronics. It’s his signature amalgamation of acoustic sound sparring with new technology, joined by a world-class crew: Josh Johnson (Miguel Atwood-Ferguson / Wayne Shorter) on sax and flute, Brandon Eugene Owens (Robert Glasper/Terrace Martin) on bass and Gene Coye (Thundercat/Flying Lotus) on drums. The instrumental EP opens with an original composition, ‘Evergreen’. Solo piano sets the mood as the composition evolves into a head-nodding, beat-driven journey of improvisational conversation. As the music progresses, we hear MdCL programming beats and electronics live and on the spot – manipulating and sampling his own piano, keyboards and Johnson’s sax – creating a musical palimpsest inspired by hip hop’s sampling aesthetic. Only here, the samples are all organic - performed, captured and manipulated completely on the fly. The following tracks pay homage to three of MdCL’s heroes – Yusef Lateef firstly on the loping ‘L+H’ – inspired by Yusef’s ‘Love + Humor’ with Owens and Coye underpinning the groove while MdCL and Johnson play and become live samples themselves. Sun Ra gets honored the EP’s centerpiece – an 11 minute exploration of his composition ‘The Golden Lady’ – once again, MdCL’s piano is the central focus here, leading the way through a mystically evocative soundscape that reimagines the great master. Johnson switches to flute here bringing his playfulness and musical guile to the mix with the piece culminating in an intoxicating blend of beats, live samples and acoustic band. We close out with an interlude of Ahmad Jamal’s ‘Swahililand’ – most famously sampled for De La Soul’s ‘Stakes is High’ by iconic producer J Dilla. It’s a real treat to hear MdCL and band in full-flight live show mode with none of the safety nets of studio production. Live at the Blue Whale hints at what’s more to come from a truly individual musician.
We are very excited to announce that the award-winning video game development studio The Chinese Room and Black Screen Records have teamed up to release Jessica Curry’s incredible soundtrack to the indie hit and genre defining video game Dear Esther on limited edition 180g double vinyl just in time for the game’s 5th anniversary on February 14th, 2017. Dear Esther is the award-winning first-person exploration game that paved the way for The Chinese Room’s collaboration with Frictional Games on Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and the BAFTAwinning Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. It’s a ghost story, told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly uncovered when exploring the various locations of the island, making every each journey a unique experience. Dear Esther features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack from composer Jessica Curry. Originally released on PC and Mac in 2012, Dear Esther was brought to PlayStation 4 & Xbox One with the Landmark Edition in 2016, which featured a directors’ commentary, remastered audio, added accessibility features and trophies / achievements.
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