2009’s Imaginary Falcons was its own savvy slushpile of tape-hissy drift-dub haze pop, no question, but 936 takes every facet of husband and wife duo Peaking Lights mighty diamond and shines it even further. The songwriting is killer; “All The Sun That Shines,” “Amazing & Wonderful,” “Tiger Eyes (Laid Back),” all seep into your mindstream and float there like melodic gold dust. Indra Dunis’ silky soul-jazz keys and tranced vocals have never sounded so exquisite, and Aaron Coyes busts out the best bass/drum loops and sneaky dub guitar of his musical lifetime. It is a hauntingly beautiful and intensely immersive record that merges elements of dub, psych, minimal house, disco and krautrock with a distinct pop sensibility and provides a great window into a wonderfully close, creative and prolific songwriting partnership. Recorded by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studios in Iowa City and mastered in Berlin, 936 retains the cool crate-digger grit of their earlier highlights, but within a much more vivid spectrum of sound.
"the soundtrack to speaker-destroying parties across the globe." - Complex"one of the increasingly rare SXSW breakout acts" - Pitchfork TNGHT (pronounced 'tonight') is what happens when two of the most sought after young producers hit the studio together. Both Hudson Mohawke & Lunice have emerged over the last three years as the kings of a modern fusion of hip hop and UK underground dance music which is now reaching critical mass with global audiences and artists alike. Kanye West, Diplo and Azealia Banks have already asked to collaborate, and there will be many more A-listers to come. The duo is releasing their genre-blending, ground-quaking beats in the form of a 5 track EP on 12" vinyl July 24 via Warp and Lucky Me. With buzz building as word spread of a packed headline performance at Warp's SXSW showcase, fans went wild over YouTube rips and coveted Boiler Room streams. The media was soon to follow with BBC 1's Zane Lowe playing a rip of EP track "Bugg'n" as his "Hottest Record in the World," and major outlets such as Pitchfork and Fader declaring love for the project. Hudmo & Lunice are on course for big strides together. It's great to finally announce to the world ... TNGHT
This holiday, instead of blasting “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, get your funky organ groove on to Harris & His Christmas Avengers and “Get Down Auld Lang Syne”. Revved up on whiskey filled egg nog, Harris & His Christmas Avengers get d-o-w-n under the Christmas tree with this seven inch. Starting off with some Auld Lang Syne, this funky fresh side dap dips into some great funk with organ and steady, hard hitting drums throughout. The guitar stays in the pocket and the next thing you know, Grandma will be throwing her shoes off and getting down like the funky granny she is. After all, it is the holidays, and she’s been cooped up way too long to not let it all hang out. She used to dance to Sugar Pie Desanto in the basement ya know. One again, Funk Night Records comes correct, this time with a holiday theme that can be played all throughout the year. Remember the name: Harris & His Christmas Avengers, you’ll be glad you did.
Originally released in an EP format in 1997, Jurassic 5 is a classic hip-hop album. It introduced the world to the collective genius of Cut Chemist, DJ Nu Mark, Chali 2Na, Akil, Zaakir and Mark 7, whose career as Jurassic 5 spawned a total of 4 beloved albums selling well over 1 million units Stateside. Due to contractual disputes, their first effort has been out of print since 2004.
Continuing Get On Down’s People Records deluxe reissues series - which launched on Record Store Day in April 2014 with the release of the JB’s classic 1972 album Food For Thought - this unique box is the celebration of James Brown’s People label and some of the imprint’s most famous singles. Each 45 has been lovingly re-created with visuals taken from the original artwork. And beyond the singles themselves, this set includes a deluxe, cloth-covered carrying case with a People Records logo on the exterior and purple People embossing throughout the interior. Featured 45s include James Brown’s “Escape-ism” (1971); Lyn Collins’ “Think (About It)” (1972); Fred Wesley & The JBs’ “Same Beat” (1973); The Devils’ “X-Sorcist” (1974); and Maceo & The Macks’ “Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)” (1974). This is a soul, funk and hip-hop DJ’s dream!
Now-Again presents a series of four, limited edition 45 rpm singles ranging from Deep American Funk and Soul, Zimbabwean Fuzz Funk, Zambian Proto-Punk, and Rare Disco. 500 copies of each 7" will be produced, and there will not be a repress. These records are packaged in a die cut, picture sleeve and are packaged in a resealable plastic jacket. A download card for all eight tracks from the series is included with each 7". The Sure Shot series continues with Chrissy Zebby Tembo and two proto-punk Zamrock tracks from the drummer behind Paul Ngozi's Ngozi Family Band. The Ngozi Family's output is the focus of ongoing investigation and reissue on Now-Again. "Fisherman" was originally issued on Zebby Tembo's lauded My Ancestors album. "I'm Not Made Of Iron," from his untitled third LP, has never been released in any form. Already available in the Sure Shot series, the split 7" release from Stars of Liberty and Eye Q: two tracks from the 1970s Zimbabwean black rock scene and of course the split 7" from Richard Marks and Buddy Cantrell: two of America's most sought after deep funk/soul sides available on a 7" single for the first time. Rounding off the series will be the Split Decision Band: one of the best independent disco songs ever released, out of the unlikely locale of Des Moines, Iowa, in the late 1970s. A reissue of the original 45 version of this song is paired here with an unreleased version, taken from an album that the band recorded but never released.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the release, in August 1994, of "Dummy", Portishead will be re-issuing the album on vinyl , pressed on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve. There will be no additional material on the re-issue, with the songs remaining exactly as recorded on the original release. Each album will contain a download card of "Dummy".
Music is an exchange of ideas. This album is something for those exhausted with the shuck and jive of pop culture, who believe in the purification rituals offered by hard snares, funky drum kicks, soul-coughing bass, and deeply rooted vibrations. Steadfastly infusing their songs with spirituality and positivity, yU and Slimkat are everymen with preternatural talent. Over the years, they’ve tirelessly built a rep in the DMV, collaborating on yU’s The Earn and Before Taxes, which OkayPlayer called “one of the best hip-hop albums released in the last few years.” In 2009, yU released In the Ruff as the philosophical heart of super-group Diamond District, a record hailed by MTV as “arguably the best hip-hop ever released in D.C.” Slimkat supplies the beats that make the blood rush to your head. Named one of the best producers of 2010 by KevinNottingham.com, he’s dished countless production dimes to the likes of Muhsinah, Eric Roberson, Diamond District, and more. The People of Today is a seamless and head-spinning record. It’s hard-boiled beats and raps laced with wisdom and virtue. The sort of record that you can sit with today and tomorrow, and any time you need to be reminded that we’re all in this together.
From the first glimpses of Henry Laufer's work as Shlohmo, it was clear that the LA native and visual artist turned self-taught musician was onto something. With an effortless grasp on sound design, Laufer combines deceptively simple and emotive melodies, subtle bass drops and swinging slow motion drums. His early work has placed him at the forefront of a new wave of rising talent amongst West Coast producers. Inspired by the desire to write songs and create a release of full-range instrumentation and vocals all his own, Laufer promptly began home-recording Bad Vibes, his proper full-length debut album for the Friends of Friends label. Some might say the songs on Bad Vibes represent the spawn of a new "rhythm and blues" - one that swings and sways under the backbone of Henry's own take on modern electronic music. Augmented with delicate slide guitar playing, homemade synth sounds and lilting, tuneful melodies, Shlohmo's latest output is one that will take you places - specifically the un-paralleled vibes swirling through this young man's head.
"I mostly listened to cassettes until I was around 14 because my brother and I just never put a CD player in our shitty old car," says NATHAN BROADDUS, the 22 year old Harlem by way of Palmrya, Virginia producer known as EVENINGS. The newest signing to the Friends of Friends squad, Evenings is prepping his first release on the label, Yore, a remastered LP consisting of songs previously included on his North Dorm EP and Lately LP. After developing his aesthetic through a steady intake of analog equipment, old cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel machines dug up at yard sales and thrift stores, Broaddus emerged from the vein of second-hand lo-fi haze to produce crisp, crystalline hi-fidelity art that encourages introspection and zen-like meditation. It's music for the morning after the after party to save your soul; drawing inspiration from a wide musical spectrum that spans from Minimalism and Psychedelic, to the Ambient, peripheral electronic explorations of Boards of Canada, and Brian Eno.
For Jasper Patterson, creativity combined with the video game, sci-fi sounds and general aesthetics of the 1980's have been instilled since day one. A young 20 year old hailing from Venice, California, Jasper's father both animated and directed the classic "Take On Me" video by A-Ha and while Groundislava isn't exactly the next logical step from the Norwegian new wave group, Jasper takes that same creative freedom and emotion and injects it into a sound grounded in beats, video games, technology and selfproclaimed "nerdy shit." As part of the Wedidit Collective (helmed by his old schoolmate Henry Laufer, better known as Shlohmo), Groundislava is the next representative stepping into the light and exposing a group of youngsters each with their own nonchalantly expert takes on forms of beat and electronic music. While deeply infatuated with the styles of house music and minimal techno (check "The Dig" or "Stealth River Mission"), on his debut selftitled LP, Groundislava takes old templates of 8 bit and chip-tune styles and turns them into worlds full of oozing, swirling melodies backed by driving drum beats, heavy bass drops and soaring vocal melodies in spots from vocalist Weary. Alongside the crop of up and coming worldwide electronic producers such as Shlohmo, Young Montana? and another former classmate Baths, Patterson is primed and ready to unleash his unique brand of woozy 8-bit composition. Whereas much music that utilizes the 8 bit sound tends to feel fully mechanized and soulless, GIL injects heartfelt harmonies and melodies that demand attention - "Final Impasse" and "One For Her" will surely make you stop in your tracks and listen up. Elsewhere, Wedidit cohorts Jon Wayne and Shlohmo stop by for the track "Shlava," with Wayne delivering super on point and off the cuff raps on top of Jasper's laid-back video game beat vibes. Another early favorite is the sinister and downtempo "Animal," featuring Weary's dark and twisted croons. Included as digital downloads with the 12 song long-player are remixes from Young Montana? and Clive Tanaka.
As postmodernist space odysseys go, Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma has confidently weaved itself into the lineage of Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra's Strange Strings, Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth and Afrika Bambaata's Planet Rock. While Cosmogramma is a monolithic convergence of 20th and 21st century musical forms, high in concept and wide in musical collaboration, Pattern+Grid World pulls the focus back to Steven Ellison and his machines. These machines are speaking (and possibly looking as well, judging by the EP's cover) from the go, as "Clay" introduces itself in a fog of synth and vocoder and gives way to one of the many surprises here, the schizophrenic ping-ponging electro of "Kill Your Co-Workers". Drenched in alternating melodies, it's a synthetic counterpart to the grand string and harp arrangements of Cosmogramma, making acclaimed illustrator Theo Ellsworth's subtly psychedelic cover image of vision-through-noise all the more intimate. When Flying Lotus records hit their stride, all buttons labeled "pause" and "stop" disappear, and this one is no different. "Pie Face" is led by icy keys that could almost be mistaken for classic grime, before the stoned plastic marching band steps in. "Time Vampires" amazingly lands somewhere between vintage DJ Premier and Lee Hazelwood, while the stripped back bass and drum explorations of "Jurassic Notion/M Theory" are as shamanic and ceremonial as anything you're likely to hear come out of California. If "Camera Day" brings to mind a certain crew of dungeon-dwelling ATLiens, it won't come as much of a surprise that Killer Mike found its syrupy bounce recently inspiring. Much of the messages surrounding Cosmogramma's release as well as reportage on the world's ever-emerging beat scenes has painted a picture of Flying Lotus as a patriarchal figure blazing the trail for scores of young artists with new conceptual notions of what can be done with a drum machine and a dream. While this notion is certainly not inaccurate, it sometimes overshadows the fact that FlyLo is also an incredibly singular entity. However, as "Physics For Everyone!" stutters to a close, if you listen closely you might just make out the sound of another kid in his room somewhere in the world, anxiously tapping out his first beat.
Peel back a layer of smog from the LA sky and fold yourself into the blanket of haze. The golden half-light catches glimmers that pass by most eyes. Up here, there are treasures for those who tune in. Matthewdavid operates In this magnetic cocoon, unspooling magic radiance. His music reflects beautiful, fleeting moments and magnifies them. Matthewdavid's compositions float like crackling clouds, antenna amplifying the dreams of the city below. Matthewdavid is a man who builds with warm tones. He travels new paths gathering sounds to enhance the intricate dimensions of his creations. It was this hunt for inspired trails and blazing progress that pulled him to California. Matthewdavid made the move from southern states and was immediately embraced by the Los Angeles community. A willowy figure with wide smiles, his gentle presence and generous talents made him a welcome addition to internationally applauded LA creative circles: dublab, Poo-Bah, Low End Theory and Brainfeeder. Constant collaboration with these collectives helped inspire Matthewdavid to a build a platform of his own. His Leaving Records label has an ear to the next and an eye on the original. Through all these outlets Matthewdavid is dedicated to sharing elevated sounds and visions. The songs unveiled on Outmind are destined for infinite replay. Light, gauzy moments blend with those densely layered. The biggest swing gives way to the slowest sway. These are classic jams obscured in fuzz and fog. Nostalgic jeeps bump invisibly to thumping bass. Outmind was lovingly crafted and resonates with Matthewdavid's heartfelt glow. His music's mysterious simplicity sparks senses. These songs come from far out to resonate within. Rotate your dial to a space between frequencies. Catch these ghost channels of golden pop. Outmind blends familiar rhythms with those lost long ago and others yet to come. Matthewdavid's live performances are akin to watching a sorcerer conjure spirits from the deep. He pulls tones like artifacts from an astral trail that ebbs and flows with fresh discoveries. Along the way Matthewdavid collects exotic sound figures: spiraling amethyst cones and wild flowering buds. He treats each found sound like a bright fiber to be weaved into new waveforms. Outmind pulsates with this sense of constant discovery. It is a mosaic sparkling with mystic, radiant matter. As you listen to Outmind set your ears to slow dissolve. Let yourself be wrapped in warmth and levitate skyward to an elegant high. This is the place Matthewdavid resides and if you want to get into the mindset you must get far far out out.
Looking back, his full-length Warp debut, Los Angeles appears to be much more of a mission statement than a simple introduction - laying the foundation for a field on which an entire generation of artists would soon be playing. While that album was an introspective, moody travelogue through the Californian metropolis, it certainly hinted at Flying Lotus inclination to expand his sound beyond terrestrial means. As you may deduce from the title of his latest opus, he s done just that. Not only has an entirely new range of sounds been unlocked by our intrepid astral traveler, but every genre touchstone associated with his name has been merged into a self-described space opera . Seamless in execution and too wide in scope to properly describe, it is the authentic embodiment of his unique musical heritage. The spirit of his famed aunt, Alice Coltrane permeates the record, notably in the powerful collaborations with relative Ravi Coltrane, bass virtuoso Thundercat and the brilliant harp prodigy, Rebekah Raff. Certainly these are further reaches into a musical space that Flying Lotus had hitherto been exploring, however other collaborators such as Erykah Badu and Outkast string arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and guest vocalists Thom Yorke and a returning Laura Darlington (featured on Los Angeles epic closing track Inifinitum ) help deliver Cosmogramma to dizzying new heights. All this name-dropping, however, is not to detract from the genius of the wizard-like figure behind it all. The most powerful aspect of FlyLo s output has always been it s ability to communicate his boundless love and enthusiasm for music in all it s forms and that is what is boldly on display here.
The first moments of Flying Lotus' "Los Angeles" come on as lush analog waves, just distorted enough to sound like a faded memory of something you once heard on a radio from across a room. Essentially, it's instant transportation. Whether it is forward or backward in time, you'll never know as the shounds of the record leap reckllessly into the future while keeping a sly glance back towards the classics of every genre. In this case, establishing a timeframe is not nearly as important as establishing the setting...which, as the album's title may have tipped you off, is none other than southern California. Like Flying Lotus' full-length Warp debut, Los Angeles and its surrounding areas are studies in deep contrast: haves and have-nots, glitter and grime, sunshine and shadow, whimsy and tension.
‘Crystal Caverns 1991′ is the first single to be taken from the new Lone album ‘Galaxy Garden’ which is without doubt his most complete body of work to date. The album makes varied excursions into his many inspirations and talents, and unearths new corners in his productions whilst maintaining his signature sound and cinematic overtones. ‘Crystal Caverns 1991’ continues his journey through early 90′s London rave/hardcore sounds with revival stabs, hardcore remnants and a frenetic cadence. Vulcan Mill Acid, which is exclusive to this single, sees Lone tease some acid house styles into a trademark heady percussive jam. The ‘Galaxy Garden’ album is going to be one to treasure, and this single gives you just a little taster of what to expect.
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will continue its Respect the Classics tribute to many of hip-hop’s finest with the 20th anniversary vinyl reissue of Hard To Earn from the seminal rap duo Gang Star featuring MC Guru and DJ/producer DJ Premier. Originally released in 1994 as the follow-up to 1992's Daily Operation, Hard To Earn was Gang Starr's fourth full-length and it found the duo stripping things down and offering more of a straight up hip-hop record full of raw beats and attitude. Includes the singles "Mass Appeal," "DWYCK" and "Code of the Streets" plus guest appearances by Group Home, Jeru The Damaja and Big Shug. “With Hard to Earn, one of the things that I was going through sonically was, it was right around the time that Guru started doing Jazzmatazz, and we kept getting categorized as ‘jazz rap.’ Which is why Guru did Jazzmatazz, because we wanted to protect Gang Starr from being categorized like that, because we felt like we were a hip-hop group from day one...Being that Guru was getting aggravated with us being labeled like that, I said, ‘I’m gonna strip this album down,’ just to show that I could use things other than jazz samples. We both wanted to show that anything I use is going to be a hip-hop beat. We said we were going to make it as raw as possible, and less musical, on purpose, just to show we’re good on any track, together." - DJ Premier
The original LP version of Fear of a Black Planet will also be released in a collector's vinyl edition for the first time in 15 years, with a special 'fade to black' 3D cover that, when turned to the left or right, turns black, with just the band's iconic cross-hairs visible. Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stone's list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' and was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2005. The album is certified platinum by the RIAA for more than one million shipped, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Writes Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Andre Torres in the liner notes, 'Though it sits in the shadow of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, Fear of a Black Planet is a formidable contender for one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded.'
Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force “Planet Rock” 12-inch re-issue on glow-in-the-dark vinyl (Limited edition of 1982 copies) B-Boy anthem from 1982 lights up any dancefloor...literally! First time ever on glow-in-the-dark vinyl! Fresh off Bambaataa’s historic donation of his vinyl collection to the Cornell University Hip-Hop Collection and the Fall 2014 “Renegades of Rhythm” tour by DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist celebrating his unparalleled contribution to hip-hop, Get On Down celebrates the song for which the Godfather of Hip-Hop is best known: 1982’s “Planet Rock,” a Kraftwerk-meets-Bronx-B-Boy anthem. Renowned the world over as a never-fail floor-filler, this new 12-inch pressing of the single is pressed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl for the first time ever. Although Bambaataa may have gotten top-billing on the release, it was a team effort, with crucial contributions by a team including DJ Jazzy Jay, Afrika Islam, Arthur Baker, John Robie, a Roland TR-808 drum machine (aka Planet Patrol) and of course MCs Mr. Biggs, G.L.O.B.E. and Pow Wow. This edition is housed in a clear, custom-embossed Get On Down poly-bag to let the glow show through.
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Whether you are a die-hard hip-hop fan or a casual music listener, the song – a tribute to the group’s hometown of Hollis, Queens – remains a classic December jam to this day, that also gets heads bopping in March or August. This version of the 7-inch also includes a little song called “Peter Piper” on the B-side that you may have heard before, plus the full lyrics to “Christmas In Hollis” printed on the back cover. And to make this package impossible to pass up, we are also including a playable “Audible Postcard” of “Christmas In Hollis” in addition to the vinyl – keep it as a collector’s item or send to a friend to become the illest rap gift-giver of the year.
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12" ON SPLIT BLACK & WHITE VINYL REISSUE OF ULTRA-RARE 1983 HIP-HOP MASTERPIECECO-PRODUCED & WITH ARTWORK BY THE LATE JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT The original issue of the 1983 song "Beat Bop" by lyricists Rammellzee and K-Rob has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song's initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat's one-off Tartown Records label, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist (and moonlighting musician and producer). They remain one of hip-hop's "Holy Grail" items, selling north of $1,500 if you can even find one. The audio, which clocked in at over 10 minutes, was issued - with no picture sleeve - on Profile Records soon after the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat (produced by Basquiat) and Rammellzee's and K-Rob's next-level lyricism. The picture sleeve version of the release has never been officially re-issued, and this edition, curated by hip-hop historian Noah Uman, goes the extra mile. It features officially-licensed original artwork from the Basquiat estate and a four-panel folded insert with deep background on the original single's creation, compiled by Andrew "Noz" Nosnitsky - including interviews with many of the artists involved with its production: Rammellzee, K-Rob, Glenn O'Brien, percussionist Al Diaz, Profile's Cory Robbins and more. Rammellzee left this Earth in 2010 and Basquiat passed away in 1988 - with this deluxe reissue, their important contributions to the formative years of hip-hop on wax are remembered and celebrated. A must-own for any hip-hop purist.
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PRESSED ON RED VINYL & GREEN VINYL! Re-issue of the 1987 Profile Records holiday compilation on colored vinyl, with songs by Run-DMC, Dana Dane, Sweet Tee, The Showboys, The Surf M.C.s, Spyder-D, and more Leading off with the Run-DMC smash, “Christmas In Hollis,” this classic Christmas compilation features some of the hottest rap artists of the era, celebrating the holidays, hip-hop style. Highlights include Dana Dane’s “Dana Dane Is Coming To Town,” Sweet Tee’s “Let The Jingle Bells Rock” and even the Surf M.C.s’ “A Surf M.C. New Year,” adding a California surfer (and, ahem, Beastie Boys rip-off) twist to the proceedings. Not to be overlooked is the classic front and back cover artwork, featuring a gift-wrapped B-Boy. It remains an essential, evergreen (pun intended) holiday album to this day. This special Get On Down edition will be run in a colored vinyl pressing with red and green copies randomly distributed.
Limited-edition 10" vinyl release for the second volume of KUTMAH's "Black Wave Tapes" series. This 24-minute album features nine of Kutmah's favorite beats from the original 27-track release. This collectible album comes pressed in classic heavyweight black vinyl, plus is housed in a one-of-a-kind screen printed jacket by HIT+RUN.
Limited-edition 10" vinyl release for the first volume of KUTMAH's "Black Wave Tapes" series. This 24-minute album features Kutmah's "First Beat Recorded" (created circa 1998) plus 8 additional tracks originally recorded in London 2013. This collectible album comes pressed in classic heavyweight black vinyl, plus is housed in a one-of-a-kind, screenprinted jacket by HIT+RUN.