There are few young UK artists who can unite the affections of Chris Brown, Flying Lotus, Just Blaze, Battles and The Weeknd--however that's just the effect Hudson Mohawke's neon-lit take on postmodern R&B has on people. The Glaswegian producer's ascent has been swift and steady over the past few years. The one-two punch of the Polyfolk Dance EP and full-length Butter has made fans not only out of wide eyed clubgoers, but also the kind of critical minds in the position to make grand statements. One such grand statement in a recentissue of The Guardian called Hudson Mohawke ''the new J Dilla'' while placinghim atop a new generation of producers including Mark Ronson and Jamie xx. On 2009's Butter, HudMo took in a spectrum of influences ranging from Cybotron and Outkast to Aaliyah and Prince. Satin Panthers casts just as wide a net in its five tracks, with a particular eye on the energy of early rave records. Fusing the sound of contemporary American R&B and the still-present specter of classic UK rave may sound like an obvious proposition, but nowhere has it been executed so well as here.
'There Is Love In You' finds Kieran Hebden mixing the tunefulness of his classic 'Rounds' with a more 4/4 oriented pace in keeping with the more club focussed music on the stunning 'Ringer' EP. The single, 'Love Cry', announced the return of Four Tet in spectacular fashion, setting dancefloors alight.
Black Up is the new sonic move from Shabazz Palaces. Like rich velvet hijabs or gold threaded abayas. Luxury as understood by the modest. Shabazz Palaces. If Bedouins herded beats instead of goats and settled in Seattle instead of the Atlas Mountains, this would be their album. Forward thinkers but nostalgic for a sparer time when ancient astronomers only recognized five planets. Hip hop. Black light uses electromagnetic radiation to eradicate microorganisms, but shabazz didn't come to kill a sound, just to shine their own incandescent lamp on this. Hear. Hard and clear. Fifty thousand years in the making. Honorable.-palaceer pink gators. Produced by Knife Knights.plcrs at Gunbeat Serenade Studio in Outplace Palacelands. It was recorded and mixed in Lixx-alog by Blood.
Limited to 50 copies in the U.S. and Canada! Get ready for white light on white wax, baby. Spinning your way at 45 rpm, The Bombay Royale’s latest piece of retro-Bollywood-freakadelic-disco is not powered so much by the forces of nature, as it is by forces beyond nature. You may say “Eurovision on acid in Mumbai,” but we say “Wild Stallion Mountain.” On the flip side is Khubsoorat Bewafa, a dark, pulsing, late night tale of treacherous hearts. Kalyanji and Anandji meets Blondie at the Heartbreak Hotel. A side and B side, light and dark, are balanced to create a harmonious whole. On the subject of Wild Stallion Mountain, Bengali Mystic Sri Shanti Bhattacharya says the following: When a heart yearns for something it cannot name, there are many ways to God, many vehicles by which the seeker may travel: a light beam, a cosmic chariot, a whispered mantra in a quiet mind, a DRTC bus. In an elevated state of consciousness you find yourself in a wilderness of towering peaks, emerald forests, flowing streams and sparkling mirror balls, where the wind caresses your hair. Free from the wheel of suffering, you are lost and you are found. Gazing into the pool, the euphoria rising in your chest, the heart of the wild stallion beats strong within you. The touch of polyester excites you. You know that there is more, that you can go deeper. Be ready to answer the knock of adventure. Be ready to ride. Climb that mountain. There is no way down.
Since it took almost two years to make, the fifth album by now bonafide superstars Sly & the Family Stone had everyone salivating in anticipation. Needless to say, Sly did not disappoint! 1971's There's A Riot Goin' On finds the Bay Area-based genius getting funkier than before, even as his artistic vision becomes darker. Some may have been disappointed that Sly didn't simply re-create the chart successes of earlier singles, but who can argue with the flat-out brilliance of turning recent big hit Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) on its head to create the mind-boggling "Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa" Two of this hypnotic album's best tunes "Family Affair and Runnin' Away" were gigantic chart hits, proving beyond any doubt that Sly Stone could totally deliver the goods!
By 1994 the Beasties had settled into their cultural role as the grand arbiters of cool, and Ill Communication is pretty much a catalog of coolness: live funk, a bit of hardcore, ingenious samples of obscure records, keyboards by analogue master Money Mark, guest shots by Q-Tip and Biz Markie, MCA's cop-show metal number "Sabotage," and the inevitable cascade of witty old-school rhymes. But it's also a surprisingly mature record from a band that had, after all, been at it for 12 years already. The original jazz-funk instrumentals hold their own with the group's favorite sample sources. Their voices are modestly buried in the mix, and they've tempered their old snottiness with lyrical compassion: check out "Bodhisattva Vow," a salute to Buddhist spirituality.
Murder Was the Case is a 1994 short film and soundtrack album starring Snoop Doggy Dogg. The 18 minute film was directed by Dr. Dre and Fab Five Freddy and chronicles the fictional death of Snoop Dogg and his resurrection after making a deal with the Devil. The film's title comes from Snoop's song of the same name from his debut album, Doggystyle, which was released a year earlier. The album topped the Billboard 200 on the number one spot on November 5, 1994 with 329,000 one week sales as well as on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. The following week it stayed on top with 197,000 copies sold and was certified Gold. The album is certified 2x platinum with 2,030,000 copies sold. The single "What Would You Do" was included on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in 1996.
Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter is the fourth studio album from Jay-Z.. It exhibits a return to the street-oriented sound of his first album, Reasonable Doubt. Production for the album was handled by several big name hip hop producers, including Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, K-Rob, DJ Premier, Rockwilder, DJ Clue and Irv Gotti. In celebration of Def Jam's 30th Anniversary, UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on vinyl for the first time in years.
The third and final volume to MF Grimm and Drasar Monumental’s buzzed-about collaborative trilogy, Good Morning Vietnam, “The Phoenix Program” continues in the vein of its celebrated predecessors, exploring the social and economic unrest of a generation. Told through the cinematic vision of producer Drasar Monumental, The Phoenix Program riffs on the distinctive visual styles of iconic film auteurs Oliver Stone and Akira Kurosawa, painting a world that ascribes a conscious sense of realism and foreboding. The duo is certainly one to be reckoned with, and this final chapter in their remarkable trilogy -- one that will likely come to define each artist’s individual legacy.
“Don’t Count Your Money,” the latest from certified ‘new oldies’ crooner Reality Jonez, finds him asking his lost love’s new suitor not to rub their romance in his face - it’s like counting money in front of a broke man. The flip, “Just Not That Girl,” is a midtempo ‘stepper’ dedicated to the girls of the world who just couldn’t win the heart of Mr. Jonez.
Easily one of the most influential hip-hop producers of all time, (mentioned frequently in the same breath as production legends like J Dilla, DJ Premier, and The RZA) Pete Rock played a pivotal role in the development of the critically acclaimed alternative hip-hop scene of the 1990s. His signature production style features obscure R&B, funk, and jazz records, rough drum breaks, and frequent use of brass sections, and was considered integral in developing the connection between hip-hop and jazz music. Before his celebrated solo work, he formed the production half of the duo Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, which featured philosophically-minded rapper C.L. Smooth on vocals. The two only released two full-length studio albums, but to massive critical acclaim and influence. These two albums, 1992's Mecca & The Soul Brother and 1994's The Main Ingredient are considered classics in the pantheon of 90s hip-hop, and rendered timeless rap singles like "Straighten It Out" and "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)." Mecca & The Soul Brother is regarded as one of the greatest hip hop debuts of all time, home to the duo's signature track, "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" The album is propelled forward by Rock's quick, soulful interludes; usually bits of old R&B tunes layered with his signature trumpet and sax loops. Smooth's liquid freestyle delivery pieces together the perfect vocal match that, together, creates a sprawling, nearly 80-minute-long album on which not a single song or interlude is a throwaway or a superfluous piece. Though Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth were considered heavy-hitters in hip-hop, the duo was by no means solid, and frequently found themselves at odds with each other creatively. The two would cease working together as a duo in 1995, intermittently working together on individual tracks, but falling shy of a full-fledged third studio release. Though the group would eventually reunite after the untimely death of rapper Guru of Gang Starr, so the prospect still remains.
Third album from the rapper J. Cole, named after his childhood home address 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Produced by J. Cole with guest producers Elite, Ron Gilmore, Tray Samuels, DJ Dahl, Illmind, Cardiak, CritCal, Vinylz, Organized Noize & Jproof. The album has no built-up single, no pre-release teaser. 2014 Forest Hills Drive will, inevitably, be analyzed to every last verb and snare. But the music speaks for itself. 2014 Forest Hills Drive does more than immortalizes an address in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It speaks to a progression in a young life emotionally and also from a socio-economic vantage point. From an all black trailer park in cramped quarters to a two-story house on a tree lined street with a carport and bedrooms for each family member. As the years and jobs of his mother improved so did the living situations and therefore the openness to get creative. With the new private bedroom coupled with a growing interest in rap music fueled by one summer-long visit by a cousin from down south who ushered in No Limit style hip hop the seeds of the future rapper were there. The songs create a narrative and the mood varies from song to song. He wants success ("Fire Squad"), he sees growth ("A Tale Of 2 Citiez"), gets deep on storytelling ("'03 Adolescence", "Wet Dreamz"), hits bumps (""G.O.M.D.," "No Role Modelz") and comes full circle to what it all means to him and the notion of love ("Apparently," "Love Yourz").
You can't accuse N.W.A. of being subtle. The original gansta-rap group was unabashedly angry, with controversial songs that reflected the troubled streets from which it came. N.W.A.'s unpleasant style touched a nerve; critics called it offensive at least, dangerous at worst. But to simply dismiss N.W.A. as a group of violent, misogynist troublemakers is to completely miss the point. N.W.A. made an indelible mark on the world of rap music with its funk-infused, slow-grind style of rap (created by producers Dr. Dre and Yella) and its frank depiction of life in the inner city. Ice Cube's sublime lyrical timing and delivery complemented MC Ren's self-assured, off-tempo rhyming and Easy E's straightforward style. N.W.A. launched the gansta-rap genre, not to mention the careers of several major rap stars, while exercising (and defending) its rights of self-expression.GREATEST HITS includes such rap classics as "F*** Tha Police" and "Gangsta Gangsta" along with a few previously-unreleased mixes and 12-inch tracks, all proof of N.W.A.'s considerable impact on both pop music and pop culture.
If you love energetic beats coupled with explosive lyrical content then Blackout! is your album. This highly anticipated effort features the combined powers of the Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man and the Def Squad's Redman--it's 19 cuts of pure excitement. Production highlights include the RZA-produced "Cereal Killer," Erick Sermon's "Maad Crew," and the dark-and-dirty sounds of "Run 4 Cover," featuring the Wu's Ghostface Killah and Streetlife. The album remains focused throughout without trying to appeal to any specific audience. Lyrically Red and Meth consistently come with the best in wit and wordplay, weaving a musical tapestry that should hang on the wall of any hip-hop fan. You won't find any specific messages, themes, or philosophies, but any true head will tell you that Blackout! is hip-hop at its best.
The instrumentals to Dre's classic LP, 2001, are finally available on wax. Encased in a plain black sleeve with a 2001 sticker.
Breakestra leader and brainchild stepped out on his own last year to release his guitarcentric rock n’ soul album The Fool Who Wonders. He took a shot at remixing his own track “Everything” & flipped it with a little influence from dub & psych rock music. The flip side “The Fool Who Wonders” is steeped in some deep ‘60s, stomping R&B meets Texas guitar blues. This is a limited, 500-only pressing for Record Store Day.
The Gift is a series DJ House Shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. Pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies. The Gift, Vol. 7 marks the first time House Shoes himself releases an installation in his acclaimed “The Gift” series., comprised of beats he composed between 1997-2011 for Elzhi, Proof, Quelle, Danny Brown and others.
Producer, writer, drummer, MC, DJ, jack-of-all-trades, master of none, J-Zone presents the latest installment in his limited quantity, half-instrumental-half-rap 7” single series. “I Smell Smoke” is an up-tempo (by current standards), psych-inspired instrumental that employs a mixture of raw live drums (with break), campy ‘60s anti-drug propaganda, bizarre organs and off-the-wall chants. The tune closes and the tempo ramps with a bonus b-boy break that features Zone on both drums and bass in the spirit of James Brown. Then a funky conga player jumps into the groove. You may want doubles. The b-side/vocal cut, “Time For A Crime Wave,” sees J-Zone and his sidekick, Chief Chinchilla, ruthlessly (albeit humorously) addressing gentrification, police brutality and the music business over brash clavinets and lock-step marching drums. Only 500 copies pressed. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
25th anniversary LP reissue of Eazy-E’s platinum-selling debut album. Produced, co-written and featuring Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, M.C. Ren and D.J. Yella, Eazy Duz-It is a true Hip Hop classic that the Los Angeles Times called “a landmark album brimming with violence, profanity, sexually explicit content and antigovernment themes.” Raw and irreverent, it’s the perfect companion to N.W.A’s masterpiece, Straight Outta Compton.
Opening to the scream of F1’s speeding around a racetrack, and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter, is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics just vague enough to let each listener mold it into something unique. Chaz presents you with a few themes: love, beauty, nature; and gently lets go of your hand so you can wander off on your own. A feeling of searching for something threads its way through every song on the album, which is aptly named What For? It feels contradictory in a very human way, like Chaz is swinging between waiting for something and not being able to wait anymore. But the swinging isn’t panicked or frustrated, it’s just a situation that he’s reflecting on. The songs are heavy with nostalgia, too, for simpler times, better music, more fulfilling relationships. Chaz references Weezer to warn you that “there is no one to destroy your sweater” and, in another song, recalls Big Star to declare that “rock and roll is here to stay.” It feels like he misses everything (even things he wasn’t around for yet), but is somehow excited for what comes next. What For? is a glimpse into the life of a guy trying to figure out what it all means. The music is influenced by bands like Big Star, Talking Heads, Tim Maia, Todd Rundgren, but it doesn’t quite sound like any of them in particular. And it isn’t trying to. It has that special something that Chaz imbues in every Toro Y Moi album, his personal filter on the world he experiences. So whatever message you take from the album, don’t forget that it’s good. As Chaz himself so candidly believes, “Good is good. Good finds its own audience.”
Roll over, Josie and the Pussycats, and tell the Archies the news: There is a new cartoon band in town, the poppy, trippy, hip-hoppy Gorillaz. But cosmonaut vixens or pie-faced high school kids the Gorillaz are not; instead, they're an urban-chic troupe of misfits known as Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D. For more on their story, go to gorillaz.com. As for the music, well, the people who actually created Gorillaz sorry to spoil the fantasy include avant-garde hip-hop producer extraordinaire Dan the Automator Dr. Octagon, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Deltron 3030, Blur vocalist Damon Albarn, Cibo Matto singer Miho Hatori, rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, and former Talking Heads/current Tom Tom Club members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz. The album is a tasty brew of the many musical stylings purveyed by its creators. The single, "Clint Eastwood," combines the Automator's toe-tappin' beats with Albarn's chipper, oh-so-British vocals "I'm feeling glad/I've got sunshine in a bag", and Del's tough-guy raps "Chicks and dudes/Who you think is really kicking tunes?". Other standouts include the aptly titled, minute-and-a-half Albarn screamfest "Punk"; Del's Grandmaster Flash-style rap "Rock the House" featuring the call-to-action "I want y'all to just get down"; the groovy indie rock of "Re-Hash," featuring Hatori's sweet backing vocals; and the ominous Pink Floyd-esque art-rock of "M1 A1," which features a sample from the horror flick Day of the Dead. Yep, this album is all over the place, but the Automator's production skills and seamless segues hold it all together. Action figures sold separately. - Barnes & Noble, Bill Crandall
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Powers That B will be a double disk CD and vinyl consisting of two separate albums, Niggas on the Moon and Jenny Death. The first album, Niggas on the Moon was released as a free digital download over the summer on Death Grips' website.
Limited to 500 copies and includes download card and bonus 7”. With a wide-ranging catalog of releases, production credits and remixes for artists as varied as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Eminem, George Michael, De La Soul, Roy Ayers and Mary J. Blige, DJ Spinna is celebrated as one of the most talented, accomplished and versatile producer/DJs in the world. The fourth and latest installation in his acclaimed, long-running series of instrumental projects, Compositions, spans the length of Spinna’s storied career to the present, compiling tracks that span his storied career from his extensive catalog, reflecting on his production and remix genius.
Soundtrack album for the 1995 comedy film “Friday” starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. The soundtrack reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and spawned the successful Dr. Dre single "Keep Their Heads Ringin'". In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of this soundtrack, UMe will reissue this classic back on vinyl with a limited edition lenticular cover with an animated joint that lights up and smokes. RESPECT THE CLASSICS!!