Rostrum Records presents this 2LP version of Pittsburgh-based rapper Mac Miller's 2011 throwback style debut Blue Slide Park, an album that entered the Billboard Charts at #1, the first independently-distributed release to do so since 1995. Featuring production from fellow hometown team ID Labs along with Ritz Reynolds and Clams Casino, and boasting the successful singles "Frick Park Market," "Party on Fifth Ave" and "Smile Back." In a blossoming hip-hop hotbed of talent, Malcolm “Mac Miller” McCormick has arrived as the latest superstar out of Pittsburgh, PA. A graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, Mac caught the eyes and ears of Rostrum Records, inking a deal in July 2010. A multi-talented musician who can play numerous instruments and a young novice of the freestyle/cipher/battle circuit of his hometown, Mac paved his way to superstardom in his blue-collar hometown for years. Born in 1992, Mac taught himself to play piano, drums, guitar, and bass by the age of 6. Then, after learning to compose songs in a variety of musical genres, he began studying the art of rhyme. Influenced by the styles of artists such as Big L, Lauryn Hill, Outkast, and A Tribe Called Quest, Mac soon developed a reputation for delivering jaw-dropping freestyles in Pittsburgh. Recording his first songs in the Fall of 2007, Mac went on to form a duo called The Ill Spoken. By 2009, Mac began recording solo records. During this time he released “The Jukebox” and “The High Life” and began to generate a legitimate buzz in the streets and online. By of July 2010, Mac’s buzz became undeniable. With a handful of offers on the table, the young phenom decided to sign with independent powerhouse Rostrum Records. In August 2010, Mac released his Rostrum debut K.I.D.S. and took the internet and music industry by storm. Billboard called Mac “The new blueprint of success in the music industry,” while CNN labeled Mac having “a buzz comparable to The Beatles.” Mac was also featured on the cover of XXL Magazine’s coveted Top Freshman list. The Washington Post said “Miller’s skillful rhymes, humorous themes and upbeat demeanor are catching the nation by storm.” Complex Magazine called Miller “The Steel City’s newest rap poster boy.” while the Source Magazine placed him on their cover hailing Miller as “a dominant independent force who is here to stay.” The New York Times praised Mac’s attention to his fans by claiming “Miller’s early plan to give away free music has paid off in big ways.” Rolling Stone praised his progress saying “Mac’s new music is another positive step in his long stylistic evolution.” Mac’s selling potential was also immediately apparent as his debut Rostrum EP, On and On and Beyond, sold over 125,000 copies digitally alone. Mac has now sold over 4.5 million singles total with little to no radio airplay. In November of 2011, Mac continued his surge of success by becoming the first independent artist since 1995 to debut atop the Billboard Charts with Blue Slide Park.
With R Plus Seven, Daniel Lopatin made his first appearance on Warp, and he could not have made a stronger statement. Having carved out a stream of releases grounded on his cherished Juno-60 synth in the last few years, collected in the Rifts compilation and brought into noisier territory on his debut proper, Returnal on Editions Mego, R Plus Seven continued with the wider sample-based palette explored in 2011’s Replica, released on Lopatin’s own Software imprint. The album in many ways feels like Lopatin’s most mature. The angelic synth choirs, arpeggiated Juno patterns and noisy fuzz which produced such psychedelic sensations on previous releases are here treated with a cleaner, bolder touch. On the album’s pillars ‘Zebra’ and ‘Problem Areas’ synthetic layers which might previously have been blended into a poignant smush are given space, coagulating into sharp rhythms before wormholing into languid drones. Elsewhere, sustained organs lull the listener into a trance abruptly broken by candy laser synths on ‘Boring Angel’, and ‘Chrome County’ further riffs upon the tropes of classic American minimalism with piano motifs that recall Steve Reich. The sheer breadth of the record - both musical and emotional - is astounding, with a bewildering array of influences brought together against all odds by the hand of one of electronic music’s most relentlessly inventive voices. Read R Plus Seven’s cover as its make-up: all of Lopatin’s doors and detours are still intact but they’ve been refined into something all the more magical.
Four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK> and two from their ‘alter-ego’ <KAEB, who differ in the aspect that have toured Europe & America several times including performances at Primavera, Glastonbury and numerous ATP festivals. They also recently completed a score for the upcoming Tom Geens psychological drama ‘Couple In A Hole’. The movie and score will be released later in 2015.
Following the success of King Of Rock [MOVLP675], Raising Hell (1986) raised more than just a massive revenue stream by selling over three million albums worldwide. It's a well known fact that the record, produced by Rock/Hip Hop production pioneer Rick Rubin, raised the bar for Hip Hop albums in general. Musically it indeed raises hell, being crammed to the brim with hard-hitting hooks, loops, samples, scratches, inventive tong-twisting braggadocio and catchy choruses. Too many classics on this one: "Peter Piper" with the massive Bob James bell drum sample, "It's Tricky" (putting The Knack's "My Sharona" sample to extremely good use) and the song that popularized a certain brand of shoes in the Hip Hop community, "My Adidas". However the album's flag bearer is undoubtedly "Walk This Way" which literally rendered Aerosmith's original version obsolete. Viewing from an eighties Hip Hop perspective, the collaboration with Aerosmith seemed rather unusual to say the least, but at the same time it proved that Hip Hop and Rock are merely next door neighbors. The album's timeless quality surfaces in its ability to bring together masses of fans of both genres.
On May 9, 1995, the release of an album by a new Memphis rap group changed the future of Memphis rap and the future of rap itself. The release of "Mystic Stylez" by Three 6 Mafia marked the first commercial release of a supergroup that had formed through the merger of DJ Paul and Juicy J, two of Memphis' most popular mixtape DJs in the early 90's. The group would go on to record 9 albums and be the first rap group ever to receive an Academy Award for their song "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp." Three 6 Mafia also helped launch the careers of Lil Wyte, La Chat, Project Pat, Gangsta Boo & more.
LP LIMITED EDITION OF 350 COPIES. PRESSED ON CYAN OPAQUE COLORED VINYL. PACKAGED IN UNCOATED STOCK JACKETS WITH A DOUBLE SIDED INSERT, BLACK INNER POLYLINED SLEEVE AND FREE DOWNLOAD CARD M. Geddes Gengras returns with the anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed Collected Works Vol. 1 The Moog Years (Umor Rex 2013). The music on New Process Music constitutes his first recordings of purely modular composition; while the album was recorded between 2011 and 2012 it has never been released before and we are pleased to present it for the first time as the Vol. 2 of his Collected Works series. New Process Music represents a major aesthetic shift for M. Geddes Gengras, fusing the long-form modular compositions he had been exploring on a bevy of small-run cassette releases with a new obsession with post-production editing to create a deeply tuned aural environment, lush in analog electronics that are gritty along the edges, with rich textures and melodies materializing and wafting away like smoke. For New Process Music, Gengras used only a small eurorack synth and magnavox tape echo for the tracking process; the pieces that emerge act as documents of an artist exploring the limits of his chosen instruments. Most of the patches here were originally written for performance and recorded live. Sequences are twisted and bent, turned in on themselves or combined with random information. Longer tracks like Slider and The Last Time We Were Here zigzag across scales, the latter emulating the endless keyboard technique that was highlighted on Collected Works Vol. 1 The Moog Years, while the former takes the form of a bubbling kosmiche workout that collapses under it's own momentum. Shorter pieces like Glass Dance and Relation offer fractured sequences that refuse to resolve over wavering beds of drone and shade. The overall effect is that of a richly detailed sound world that envelops the listener in a deeply personal space.
'Unkut Fresh' is the long-awaited collaborative album by extraordinaire production duo Jazz Spastiks and Los Angeles based emcees Rebels To The Grain (Cheddy & MP). First hooking up around 2009, these 2 like-minded artists have quietly been working on this full-length project. Consisting of a combination of old and new tracks, 'Unkut Fresh' LP is most definitely worth the wait! 12" Black Vinyl with 3mm spine and full colour sleeve. Limited to 400 copies worldwide.
Scientist's name can be found all over any dub record collection; he was a protégé of King Tubby, and many would say that when dub fell on quieter times it was Scientist who breathed new life into it. His pared-down mixing style suited the dancehall reggae sound that arrived as the '70s rolled into the '80s. This 1982 album includes the priceless dub of Johnny Osbourne's classic "Give a Little Love," as well as further cuts of the likes of Hugh Mundell and Wayne Jarrett. Scientist is always in control. This reissue includes the complete original album (which listed its tracks only as "Five Dangerous Matches" on each side), plus six bonus tracks.
Built on Glass is the highly anticipated follow up to Australian musician Chet Faker’s gold-selling debut 2012 EP Thinking in Textures. Built on Glass was recorded and produced by Chet himself over a two-year period and melds his effortless R&B vocals and pop melodies with a youth spent making house, disco and intricate beats. “I recorded the album at my home studio. I rent a small converted cooling room in the heritage listed North Melbourne meat market. Honesty is a big part of the record. I recorded with easily affordable equipment, the budget was tiny. It’s the first time I’ve ever worked on a full length and I felt like hi-fidelity wasn’t something to strive for working in a room on my own. Lyrically, I wanted to explore how my life directly affected my music – that’s the glass, I guess." Chet has had a dream run since the release of Thinking in Textures in 2012: sell-out shows across Australia, the US, UK and Europe; festival slots including the Laneway Festival, Splendour, Falls and Field Day; media support the world over (including Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens, Pitchfork, Prefix Mag and Filter); deals with influential labels Downtown Records (US), PIAS and Chess Club (UK); and a series of heralded collaborations with Say Lou Lou, Kilo Kish and Flume. Back home, Chet Faker was nominated for five 2012 Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Awards, winning for Best Independent Single/EP and Breakthrough Independent Artist. He was also nominated for two Rolling Stone Awards for Best New Talent and Best Independent Release, winning Best Independent Release. His Flume collaboration, single "Drop the Game" and Lockjaw EP, was certified gold within weeks of its release and polled at #5 in the 2014 triple j Hottest 100.
Sometimes stargazing and sunset-watching is just what the doctor ordered. For those moments, you might want the smooth R&B/rap-infused electronics of Ryan Hemsworth to pull tight around you, warding off the chill and soothing a rattled soul. Guilt Trips is the full-length debut of the Canada-born Hemsworth. Opening with the kaleidoscopic, slow-motion cartwheels of “Small + Lost” (featuring the sultry vocals of London singer Sinead Harnett), Guilt Trips reflects Hemsworth’s studied ear for collaboration and genre-melding. The floating “Against a Wall” features Miami rapper Lofty305, with the vocals playing second string to a heady ebb and flow of synth patterns and shifting backdrop textures. Baths (Will Wiesenfeld) appears on the mood-shifting “Still Cold,” giving the collection a skewed dose of pop melancholy. Instrumentals like “Weird Life” put atmospheric washes to work balancing out the crackle and pop of electronic polyrhythms and echoing vocal loops. “One for Me” drips with Tinashe’s buttery, soulful voice before the hard edge of rapper Haleek Maul glints on “Day/Night/Sleep System.”
Jamie Teasdale, best known as Kuedo, makes a timely return with the scifi designed ‘Assertion of a Surrounding Presence’ his first solo release proper since 2012, and the 2nd issue on his fledgling Knives label after J.G. Biberkopf’s ‘Ecologies’. His celebrated production style remains anterior to modern dance music and electronica, largely by virtue of unbending futurist focus and careful attention to detail. Here flanked by collaborations with erstwhile Vex’d partner, Roly Porter, plus Berlin’s Phoebe Kiddo a.k.a. Mind:Body:Fitness, and Canada’s Egyptrixx, the next chapter in Kuedo’s odyssey expands his scifi dimensions with ever sharper contouring gradients, and hyperreal spatialisation structured around recalibrated footwork, drill and techno engines. Scaling from the vertigo-inducing opener to a finale of panicked gamelan drama, ‘Assertion of a Surrounding Presence’ renders Kuedo’s most affective, elaborate reflection of a nowness, divining a metaphysical, cybernetic zeitgeist in the vaulted reverb structures of his Ghost In The Shell nod, ‘Eyeless Angel Intervention’, or the trance fluid T2000 techstep momentum of ‘Boundary Regulation’, whilst pursuing more tangled emotions and ethereal sensations in the recursive, hyaline gamelan cadence of ‘Border State Collapse’ and ‘Event Tracking Across Populated Terrain’.
Formed in Atlanta, Georgia TLC originally consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. The best-selling female group in music history, the trio greatly influenced the landscape of popular music during the final act of the 20th century, captivating audiences with their signature blend of pop, R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk, and new jack swing. TLC shot to superstardom in the '90s thanks to a series of best-selling albums, including 1992's quadruple platinum Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, 1994's Diamond-certified CrazySexyCool (which has sold over 23 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling album by a girl group in the U.S.), and 1999's FanMail, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and has been certified 7x-platinum in the US and has sold 14 million copies worldwide. Regarded as TLC's masterpiece, CrazySexyCool was nominated for six Grammy Awards winning for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Creep." All four of the album's singles ("Creep," "Red Light Special," "Waterfalls," "Diggin' on You") reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts with both "Creep" and "Waterfalls" hitting #1. Rolling Stone rates the album at #379 on their '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' list, noting that with CrazySexyCool, TLC "emerged with the most effervescent and soulful girl-group R&B anyone had seen since the Supremes."
1998's Moon Safari is the acclaimed full-length debut from French postmodern electro duo Air - acronym for "Amour, Imagination, Reve" (love, imagination, dream) - comprised of sound auteurs Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel. The pair originally recorded Moon Safari's basic tracks on a Fostex D80 in Saint-Nom and then flushed the songs out in Gang Studios in Paris while the album's strings were arranged by music legend David Whitaker at Abbey Road in London. Highlighted by lush arrangements and the stylistic electronic compositions "Sexy Boy" and "Kelly Watch the Stars," Moon Safari's ethereal space-pop not only put Air on the musical map, but it distinguished the duo as gifted musicians and songwriters who only sounded like producers.
180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL, INCLUDES INSERT. LIMITED FIRST PRESSING OF 750 NUMBERED COPIES ON TRANSPARENT VINYL By All Means Necessary is the second album from legendary American hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, and was originally released in 1988. The murder of DJ Scott La Rock in 1987 had a profound effect on KRS-One, resulting in a drastic rethinking of his on-record persona. He re-emerged the following year with By All Means Necessary, calling himself The Teacher and rapping mostly about issues facing the black community. He refuses to allow the community to be stereotyped. His observations are sharp, lucid, and confident. Yet he doesn't fall prey to the peachiness that would mark some of his later work. There are some lighter moments in the battlerhyme tracks, and a witty safe-sex rap in ''Jimmy''. This album is widely considered a landmark in political hip hop and is among the Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. The lyrics from this album have been sampled by everyone from Prince Paul to N.W.A.
Features embossed, "glow in the dark" jacket, gatefold packaging and 12" x 12" insert.Original soundtrack to the highly anticipated 2010 motion picture, composed by the multi-platinum Electronic duo Daft Punk. It's no accident that the group's two visionary musicians, Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, are Tron fans too. Having grown up with an admiration for the ground-breaking Tron film in the 80s, Daft Punk took on the scoring of the next chapter of the story with extraordinary thought and precision. The critically acclaimed French duo composed and produced the album. The Duo assembled a symphony of one hundred world class musicians in London and recorded the orchestra at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain's premier scoring facility. From Daft Punk's first single release in 1993, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were hailed as a new breed of electronic music innovators. Following their seminal debut in 1997 (Homework), the band went on to release two more studio albums (Discovery-2001, Human After All-2005) and two live albums (Alive 1997, Alive 2007), winning them both critical and popular acclaim throughout the world. Daft Punk are known as much for their music and technical innovation as their groundbreaking and elaborate visual universe, which centers around their irrepressible and mysterious Robot personas. In 2006, their directorial art house film debut, ''Daft Punk's Electroma,'' premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2007 they toured internationally with a jaw-dropping live show that was an awe-inspiring combination of their musical and visual prowess. Their collaboration with Kanye West on his #1 hit single ''Stronger'' was hailed as ''The Song of the Year'' by SPIN Magazine (January 2008 issue), which also saw Daft sharing the cover with Kanye, having been awarded ''Tour of the Year'' by the magazine. Daft Punk performed with West on the Grammy Awards in 2008, marking the mercurial duo's first and only television appearance anywhere in the world. ''TRON: Legacy'' marks Daft Punk's first film score.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's CZARFACE & MF DOOM! Who better to team-up with the boom-bap hero de jour CZARFACE, but the super-villain himself...the masked man known as MF DOOM! "Ka-Bang!" accomplishes just that, and is taken from the bestselling 'Every Hero Needs A Villain', the sophomore album from CZARFACE, the collaborative stylings of Wu Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck and indy rap vets 7L & Esoteric. On it, the three MCs assemble for some clobberin' time over a hypnotically sparse and bass heavy track from DJ 7L. The picture disc 10" also contains the lyrical krypton of "Deviatin' Septums" (only available digitally until now), plus the mighty "Ka-Bang! (Suckface's Swine Mix)", which is exclusive to this release! The B-Side features Instrumental versions to all three tracks. All of it is pressed on high quality 10" picture disc vinyl featuring the amazing comic-book-inspired art work of L'Amour Supreme of Mishka NYC fame. Side A depicts CZARFACE tangling with MF DOOM, and Side B has CZARFACE exposing his inner workings. With great power comes great responsibility! CZARFACE embraces that head on, and crusades against wack MCs across the universe!
With influences of the world’s musical past, the professor meticulously synthesizes and reframes specimens of sound to create sound collage that is rooted in principle and steeped in culture. Hard hitting drums, scintillating synths, dancing melodies and grooving basslines construct “Dissertation: Volume 1”, culminating in a cacophony of head nodding slappers.
Deluxe vinyl package includes the album on 3xLP white vinyl, download card and a gorgeous, reflective silver triple gatefold jacket. Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick is the epitome of funk. Ever since debuting with Stones Throw in 2008, Dam-Funk has become one of the genres most passionate proselytizers. In 2013, he released his celebrated partnership with hip-hop's Snoop Dogg titled 7 DAYS OF FUNK. Fresh for '15, Dam returns with a solo project nearly six years in the making: Invite the Light. Dam's partnership with Stones Throw includes everything from his 2009 LP Toeachizown, to an anthology of early productions, Adolescent Funk (2010), to 2013's 7 Days of Funk. As always, Dam flexes his multi-instrumentalist talents by handling all the production but still makes time for guests including rapper Q-Tip, the father-son duo of LEON SYLVERS III & IV, and funk giant Junie Morrison of the OHIO PLAYERS, who opens and closes the album with dire warnings of what could happen in a world without funk. Rest assured, Dam is here to make sure that never comes to pass. As he puts it, "funk is the underdog, the black sheep of black music," and if that's true, Dam-Funk is its shepherd.
It's been nearly a decade since the world was treated to new official music from celebrated rapper and pop-culture icon, Method Man. The Wu-Tang Clan's most successful member is getting back to music with his new album 'The Meth Lab' via Hanz On Music / Tommy Boy (Ghostface Killah / Sheek Louch). Recorded in Staten Island and featuring lifelong cohorts and SI residents Redman, Raekwon, Hanz On, Streetlife, and Inspectah Deck, along with Uncle Murda, Cory Gunz, and Mack Wilds. The album features production from Ron Browz, Allah Mathematics, J57, and 4th Disciple and is exactly what his fans have been craving - 15 new and gritty tracks dripping with Mef's lyrically imaginative, deliberate and laid-back style.
Release Therapy is the sixth studio album from Ludacris. It won the Best Rap Album award for the 2007 Grammy Awards. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album making it Ludacris' third number one album in a row. Release Therapy is Ludacris's darkest album to date, both in mood and subject matter. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign UMe will be reissuing this classic title back on colored vinyl for the first time since it's original pressing 8 years ago.