Wu-Tang Clan’s first ever 12” presented in a split yellow & black colored vinyl pressing. In 1993, an unsuspecting – and some might say dozing – hip-hop world was bumrushed by a force that would dominate its consciousness for the rest of the decade: the nine-member Wu-Tang Clan. This is the song that started it all. Originally self-released on cassette and vinyl (with producer and group patriarch The RZA’s Staten Island home address on the label), the song blew up in a way that has rarely been equaled in the hip-hop world. The grass roots groundswell it created is part of what built the Wu-Tang legend and kept it strong. The song, beat-wise, is a driving, dusty musical assault. That description holds true lyrically as well, thanks to eight out of nine group members attacking the mic (Masta Killa was absent), one by one – each showing their unique flow and methodic madness, from GZA’s even keel to Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s manic train of thought. Within months of first exploding on college radio, the song was dominating mainstream hip-hop shows around the world. Eventually picked up by Loud Records, it remains one of the most explosive hip-hop posse cuts of all time, full of intelligence, righteous indignation (at record labels who had dropped and dissed various members of the crew) and raw power. This limited edition 12-Inch is pressed on split yellow and black vinyl for the first time ever, with a reproduction of the original cover art and a plastic Get On Down-branded outer sleeve.
"Four Tet hasn't released a full album of all new material since 2010's sublime 'There Is Love In You' on Domino, so needless to say 'Beautiful Rewind' is incredibly exciting. Last year's 'Pink' collected together recent singles with more of a straight-up, dance floor edge to them, and his own Text Records imprint has released endlessly inventive works that push club music in all sorts of directions from the likes of Burial, Rocketnumbernine and Daphni in recent years. But there's really no telling where the sounds that make up 'Beautiful Rewind' will come from or what exactly to expect. All we do know is that, going on previous form, this is going to be pretty essential listening." - Bleep.com
Six new tracks with a Neo-Psychobilly sound: sludge, psych, garage rock and samples. “Throwbacks & revivals exist based on the theory that time travels in cycles. Remember to recycle. Just follow those arrows, folks, and let’s turn that trash pile into a smile with Garbage Night!” – Dayve Samek from Trance Farmers
Minority Rules presents the 45 rpm vinyl of "99%"produced by JM Productions b/w "Mad House" produced by Plawz Briganti.
A New Groundbreaking album from M9, "Mind Police", is a Punk Rock experience that you've been longing for! Punk fans, Rap fans, Reggae and Rock fans will dig Dave Dub's latest album! Backed by the Sutter Cain Gang all 12 of the tracks kick a*$.
Leroy Ace Miller was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, homeground for the careers of Otis Redding, James Brown and Little Richard. Ace was very close to securing his place in Macon music history back in the 80s with his recording “Teacher”, released by the indie California label Marina Sound run by Ron Patton. The following year, Patton began a new label Baywest, which he immediately came back to Ace for two more sides. Today, Leroy Ace Miller is an attorney in Macon, Georgia, he spends every spare minute writing and recording in his home studio.
'Look' is a 6 track instrumental project by Pings & Mr Brown. All the tracks have been created by sampling a multitude of cover versions of a well-known song from the late 60's. The initial idea for the project came about when the two producers over the years exchanged beats they had created from different versions of the song. This resulted in a perfect concept for a record. Graphic design and visuals play a vital role in all KingUnderground releases and this project is no exception. It has been influenced by jazz record sleeves from the 60's - 70's, in which, instead of showing the artist on a graphically designed album cover, they used wildlife, shadows, geometric shapes and other great photographs. This deliberately created contrasts and worked with and against the grain of the album titles. In other words, these album covers made you 'look'. Artwork by Bee, photo taken by Matt Drane.
Chits is Zach Brill, a 22-year-old producer based in Pennsylvania with a penchant for melding eclectic styles. His hands dig just as deeply into hip-hop as they do techno to craft a distinct product that is patient, uplift and harmonically rich. The typical Chits song is a slow burner. Mechanic instrumentations form rhythms and melodies that constantly morph and layer upon each other, coquettishly enticing each track to its crescendo. The result is a careful form of entanglement, an invitation to move, a strange new sonic architecture that writhes and breathes. This release marks the first in Astro Nautico’s recently launched vinyl series.
Truth & Soul is proud to present a sneak peek into our 2015 roster with this exclusive Record Store Day release. Unreleased tracks from six of our artists' upcoming full lengths pressed on a green translucent colored vinyl in a picture sleeve. Brand new music from Truth & Soul heavy hitters Lee Fields & The Expressions, Lady Wray, and EL Michels Affair as well as new label signees Paul & The Tall Trees, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, and Jr Thomas & the Volcanos. Some of the mixes on this record will only be on this limited RSD vinyl release. Here's a sneak peek into the future of Truth & Soul Records, enjoy.
Mickey (Cosmic Chronic) and PPU group effort here, long over due..
Celebrating Alan Watts’s 100th birthday year, Jas Walton sets early Alan Watts recordings to original grooves. Alan Watts is one of the most important interpreters of Eastern philosophy for his time and ours. If he were alive today, he’d probably subvert social media in the same way he helped to reinvent western culture in his own time—his words are as relevant now as they were then. This year, Watts turns 100. Figure & Ground honors his centennial with this four-track EP that takes the recordings of his early seminar sessions and sets them to original music. Alan’s wit and wisdom were first broadcast on radio stations in the Bay Area in the late ’50s and soon spread across America through public talks, tape recordings, books, and on screen. On his portable tape deck, Alan’s son Mark Watts captured hundreds of hours of his father’s seminar sessions. Alan Watts’s candid spirit comes through in these psychedelic Californian ruminations, intriguing incantations, and compelling thoughts on existence. It’s a trip. A decade later, New York-based musician Jas Walton found these recordings. One day while experimenting with chord progression loops at home in Brooklyn, he decided to drop in Watts’ voice. He started nudging a few words and phrases around, and soon enough got carried away and strict about every word falling in the pocket. On the EP, Watts’s rhythmic phrases are set in time to Walton’s soulful grooves, textured with synth and horns. A top saxophone player in New York, Walton performed as part of the Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor tribute shows and has played with Antibalas, The Roots, and Superhuman Happiness, to name a few. We offer you here an introduction to the music of Jas Walton and a reintroduction to the world of Alan Watts.
Cultures of Soul is proud to release the highly anticpated follow-up to the widely successful Tropical Disco Hustle, an album full of rare disco tunes that exude a Caribbean flavor. This volume takes us back to Trinidad and Jamaica and sends us on a few new adventures in St. Lucia and Guadeloupe. Three tracks by Wild Fire including "The Dealer," as well as two other classic disco tracks, "Dance With Me" and "Try Making Love," can be heard on this new compilation. The album also features two killer disco workouts by the Tru Tones, "Dancing" and "Let's Party," with the latter having been heavily influenced by the Jacksons. Both tracks are rare and in demand by DJs and record collectors alike. Also featured here is an excellent cover of Chanson's "Don't Hold Back" by reggae legend Derrick Harriott, and the under-the-radar, African-influenced disco tune "Caribean People" by Camille Hildevert. This album was compiled and researched by Deano Sounds, with edits by french DJ-extraordinary Waxist Selecta and legendary UK disco DJ Al Kent.
The Gift is a series DJ House Shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. Pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies.Raj Mahal was a colleague of House Shoes in the Detroit hip-hop scene in the 1990’s, a scene he joined just about the time “Fantastic Volume One” was recorded (1996). When he moved to Chicago and refined his style, there was widespread talk that Raj would follow in the footseps of other Detroit alumni by releasing a proper album. That album has finally come.
Featuring songs from upcoming releases produced by Younge, including 12 Reasons To Die II (with Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & RZA); Something About April II; and The Midnight Hour (with Ali Shaheed Muhammad); alongside Younge catalog classics dating back to 2000. LP format features bonus track: “Sirens II,” from upcoming Bilal album. In less than a year’s time, Adrian Younge’s Linear Labs imprint has made a very firm impression on fans of forward-thinking, analog-based music from multiple genres. One notable fan, among many, is DJ Premier, who produced his late 2014 PRhyme album exclusively using samples drawn from Younge’s catalog. To give fans a chance to revel in Younge’s range and – just as importantly – give followers a sneak-peek at four impressive 2015 albums already slated for release, Younge is proud to release the compilation album, Los Angeles. On Los Angeles, many hip-hop fanatics will impatiently skip forward to the graceful, galloping and appropriately dramatic “Return Of The Savage,” from the upcoming Younge-helmed 12 Reasons To Die II. The song features Ghostface Killah alongside Raekwon and RZA. But track-skippers will soon head back to the album’s opener: the dusky, Baroque soul of “Memories Of War,” from the upcoming Something About April II, with vocals by Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier. Also on the upcoming tip: a track from the Adrian Younge / Ali Shaheed Muhammad concept album The Midnight Hour, entitled “Feel Alive,” with silky vocals by Karolina, alongside longtime Younge collaborator Loren Oden.
Seafloor is the experimental-dance music brainchild of Brooklyn-based musician, producer and graphic designer Matthew Young, heretofore better known for his role as keyboardist/vocalist in the synth-dance outfit Body Language. For ‘Lure’, his third official release as Seafloor, Young has sculpted four heavy-hitting tracks that take cues from the classic house model but re-contextualize them within the constantly mutating scene of club music. Pronounced melodies, textures and rhythmic elements are woven together seamlessly to create rich, vibrant songs that engage the listener as well as inspire kinetic movement.
Looking for the Perfect Remix Volume 1 is a highly potent 45 by DJ EFN & K-Def, featuring some of the best MCs, past and present, including Your Old Droog, Reks, Royce The 5’9, OC, Kurupt, King T and Fashawn, across two tracks. DJ EFN is a key player in Miami’s hip-hop scene. He was arguably the city’s first mixtape DJ, and certainly its most influential. His mixtapes, featuring exclusives and freestyles from hip-hop’s biggest names, made him a power broker in the region and enabled him to move into marketing, clothing, and even movies, with his recent Coming Home series (now airing on Diddy’s Revolt TV Network). His new album Another Time (Crazy Hood / Empire / Redef) features appearances from Scarface, Talib Kweli, Juvenile, Kurupt, Killer Mike, Redman and Ras Kass, among many others. While his album stands on its own as a complete work, EFN did not hesitate when the opportunity to connect with the legendary beatsmith K-Def came about. The results are now available to you in the form of this 45. In the early ‘90s, a young producer from Jersey by the name of K-DEF was scouted and mentored by none other than the one and only Marley Marl. K spent several years working under Marley at his famous “House of Hits” studio, where he quickly racked up production credits for the likes of Lords of the Underground, LL Cool J, Real Live, ADOR, Tragedy Khadafi, Da Youngstas, and many more. No doubt K was already a skilled producer when he got the call from Marley, but it is evident that K’s time with Marley, working on the big board with superstars and emerging talent like, only further helped him to hone his skills. Fast forward to the present day; K-Def is a masterful producer and while he retains his classic sample chopping and programming abilities, K has taken things a step further than many of his peers from the past, with a new sound is now more polished and refined. The easiest way to sum it up is that K’s present day sound is similar to the sonic qualities that could rival the only and only Dr Dre.
We are back again with the defining funky and soulful downtempo beat series Street Bangerz , welcoming in Volume 8 with a body of work by Akshin Alizadeh, the man from Azerbaijan. Taking his cue from his native country, this album sits at a crossroad between East and West incorporating the producer’s strong funk and nu jazz influences as well as his ability to combine funky groves with punchy hip-hop beats. Expect exotic flutes, sidewinding strings, and hypnotic horns accompanied by groovy guitar riffs and slick percussion from hi-hats, snares, claps, and sometimes castanets. Vocal chops and scratching accent select cuts. Like a set of sensational spices, this release is certain to leave a lasting trail of sweet aromatic memories in its wake.
Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism. The album's guests treat the material with a hushed respect: Roc Nation songwriter and Jessie Ware collaborator Sam Dew turns "Infrared" into a sublimely soulful, dimly-lit portrait of inverted R&B; Milo & Busdriver's vicious, rapid-fire verses contrast a pastoral downbeat to brilliant effect; and elsewhere, Pinback's Rob Crow and Latin electronic-folk crooner Helado Negro navigate splintered tropics with passive grace. As a stand-alone album, Rivington Não Rio ranks extraordinarily high in the Prefuse 73 canon. As a centerpiece to an epic triptych that includes the Forsyth Gardens and Every Color of Darkness EPs, it's a new peak from a pioneer who appears to only just now be hitting his prime. For an artist who has played an undeniably integral role in the careers of so many influential artists, it's not just refreshing to hear him return to top form...it's revelatory.
BUNDLED WITH A 22" x 22" POSTER OF THE COVER ART Maceo Parker was one of the most revered and loved members of James Brown’s famed J.B.’s band from the late ‘60s to the mid-1970s. Alongside his instantly-recognizable alto saxophone solos, he occasionally performed as comedian before James Brown shows, in addition to playing MC. He was a true renaissance man. And while other members of The Godfather of Soul’s inner circle – most notably trombonist Fred Wesley – had solo albums at the advent of Brown’s People Records, Maceo had to wait his turn for a couple years. By the time 1974 rolled around, this talented musician and personality could not be denied, and he burst onto the scene as a group leader with one of the most impressive albums in the People catalog: the simply titled, but deeply felt, Us. Maceo’s group (occasionally called The Macks) and Fred Wesley’s J.B.’s were essentially the same unit – including guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon “Cheese” Martin, drummer John “Jabo” Starks, saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney and of course Fred Wesley on trombone. Unsurprisingly, the material here is never-endingly funky. But as shown in the song selection (presumably by Parker, with heavy-handy assistance from the Godfather himself), there are as many ballads and soul groovers as there are straight-up funk workouts. Cases in point include the mellow, Gamble & Huff-penned “Drowning In The Sea Of Love” (with organ, most likely played by James Brown, slithering in the background) and the syrupy “Show and Tell.” The album’s closer is also on the slower side, going very deep and striking a chord, as Maceo and Brown talk about conditions in the Black American landscape of the day over the course of 10-plus minutes. And there is, of course, plenty of diesel funk here as well: singles like “Soul Power 74” and “Parrty” are downright nasty grooves, known well by James Brown fans old and new. “Soul Power 74” additionally features very early proto-sampling, with a baby’s cry as well as Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have Been To The Mountain Top” speech. And Maceo’s take on the J.B.’s classic “Doing It To Death” is a unique version, more muted and of course featuring Maceo’s gorgeous horn front and center. Appearing at the apex of both James Brown’s and People Records’ power, Us is a treasured jewel in the J.B. catalog, and rightfully so. This 150 gram vinyl LP comes in a Stoughton Jacket, housed in a custom People Records poly bag, and includes 24” x 24” poster.
Despite their relatively short career, the Stark Reality’s catalog is among the most celebrated and storied in the world of far-out psychedelic jazz in which they operated. Their album Roller Coaster Ride has long been one of the most sought-after pieces of their catalog, unavailable until it was issued in 2003 as 1969. Roller Coaster Ride features the original tracks restored and remastered from the original tapes, along with extensive liner notes and annotations by Egon of Now Again Music and legendary musician Ahmad Jamal, who released the band’s legendary album ...Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop on his boutique label AJP Records in 1970.
The Stark Reality’s legendary album, ...Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop, is a funky, jazzy, fuzz-toned cult classic, consists of very original interpretations of a children’s album written by Hoagy Carmichael and was originally released on Ahmad Jamal’s boutique label, AJP Records. For years, the album made the rounds in underground hip-hop circles (being sampled along the way by the likes of Large Professor, J-Live, Madlib, and Black Eyed Peas), trading hands for ridiculous sums on the second-hand market -- even after it saw a reissue on Now Again as part of the Acting, Thinking, Feeling 6xLP boxset which gathered other recently discovered, previously unreleased material from the band’s career. Now, ...Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop is available on vinyl for the very first time since its initial 1970 release in a deluxe 3-LP release including 56 page booklet with never before seen photos, extensive liner notes by Egon of Now Again Records with commentary by AJP founder Ahmad Jamal and annotation and an interview with Monty Stark, the band’s frontman. “The music of the Stark Reality is as playful as it is wild... as fantastic as it is frazzled.” - Rolling Stone “One of the most prized ‘funk’ artifacts of all time, Stark’s project allies Hendrix-stoned guitars, heavily-fuzzed vibraphone and Bitches Brew rhythms...” - Mojo Magazine
With Frankie Rothstein, his first album on Fat Beats Records which features production from the likes of J Rocc, J Dilla and DJ Rhettmatic, L.A. based, Detroit-bred MC Frank Nitt brings his distinguished, decades-long career full-circle, packing his inimitable style and years of industry-hardened grit in with a newfound maturity and growth. From a young age, Frank Nitt was quick to absorb the rich musical history of his native Detroit, forming the rap duo Frank N’ Dank in his teens. The group eventually landed worldwide attention & acclaim for their contributions to Dilla’s debut album Welcome 2 Detroit in 2001 and soon after signed to MCA Records. Poised to release their debut full length 48 Hours (entirely produced by Dilla) the album ended up shelved, seemingly indefinitely, due to label politics. It wasn’t until 2013 that the album finally saw a proper official release, garnering critical praise for its irreverent, light-hearted rhymes and unconventional production. After years as a group, Nitt parted ways with Dank to pursue a career as a solo emcee, eventually connecting with prolific LA beatsmith Madlib to release Nittyville, an installment of Madlib’s acclaimed Medicine Show series. Most recently, Nitt released Sunset Blvd., a collaborative full-length with Illa J (younger brother to the late J Dilla) over unreleased Dilla productions and featuring hip hop heavyweights Common, Talib Kweli and members of De La Soul and the Pharcyde.
Released four years after its previous album, Hard to Earn, this album could be perceived as a comeback, with a newer, updated style of the group's already-established jazz-tinged hip-hop. The album is the group's most commercially successful album to date. The lead single, "You Know My Steez," became the duo's second Billboard Hot 100 appearnce in 1997. Continuing with it's Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on vinyl for the first time in 15 years.
Originally a batch of beats conceived in 2011 after the Alchemist returned home from a trip to Israel with a bag of records he gathered from numerous small stores and outdoor flea markets, Israeli Salad was initially set to be released as an instrumental project immediately but as beats from it were used on various projects and albums, the end result wound up sitting in a folder unfinished as a work in progress. Last year, inspired by another trip to Israel, the Alchemist decided it was finally time for the project to see the light of day, hooking up with Unga of Haifa’s Broken Fingaz crew for the cover art. Israeli Salad comes in two variations: “Avocado”-colored 2xLP and black 2xLP, both of which include a sticker sheet.