What began as a simple idea to pay homage to Pink Floyd birthed a new persona, West Side Of The Moon was the incubator Dert Floyd was hatched in. Donald “DertBeats” Baker has been carving up samples and drum breaks since his adolescent days in West Covina California, but something happened while making the Floyd beat tape. Dert found a voice hidden deep in his psyche that longed for fuzzy guitar licks and aquatic synth lines. Dert Floyd is an avatar emblematic of the rebellious and experimental nature of the records that inspired the moniker, while also holding steadfast to the the concrete cracking boom bap backbone one has come to expect from him. “E C L I P S E” is a new voyage to the outer reaches of sound. A middle passage through varying stages of frustration, rage, depression, and heartache, eventually landing in a place of reconciliation. Wild loops, precise chops, and Dert’s signature bounce all set a course for the side of the moon few have seen, and this time we get to peer into the shadows a little deeper.
A boom-bap study on the discography of Pink Floyd. This vinyl and tape release features twenty of Dert’s personal favorite tracks from the Dert Floyd/Westside of the Moon beat tape remastered and sounding better than ever.
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.
The Debut release from Choi Records is a funk 45 by the brand new Australian band, The Traffic, consisting of some of Melbourne’s best instrumentalists. A brainstorm band brought together by producer/drummer Ivan Khatchoyan (Cookin’ on 3 Burners). The band was recorded/mixed/produced in Melbourne Australia at Choi Production Studios FTG over 3 weeks. The result is a stompin’ 45 with two great covers played instrumental style. Side A is “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix, a classic reformed to become a BBoy style funk epic dance-off number. Side B is the awesome “Bangarang” by Skrillex done in a funk/ dance groove and captures the essence of this hard hitting track. The rhythm section is on fire and the horns are blaring on all cylinders! This is sure to blow the socks off of a dance floor! Stellar line up includes: Ivan ‘Choi’ Khatchoyan - Drums (CO3B) Yuri Pavlinov - Bass (Bamboos) Kumar Shome - Guitar Alexander Howroyd - Trumpet/flute Brett Miller - Baritone sax Jimmy Bowman - Trombone
“One of hip-hop’s most slept on emcees Raw Poetic (of Panacea and Restoring Poetry In Music) recently teamed up with producer K-Def for a Redefinition Records release in the form of Cool Convos in Quantum Speech. Raw Poetic never strays too far away from jazz-underlined production and that still applies for Cool Convos. What makes the emcee so tantalizingly raw with his microphone abilities comes from his natural groove that emulates through his technical but always honey-like flow. K-Def provides drum breaks and jazzy melodies with minor elements of spacey ambiance to create a semifuturistic vibe on Cool Convos in Quantum Speech. Raw Poetic is a modern emcee with a sound brimming in the nostalgia of 90s hip-hop, and K-Def perfectly hones in on a boom-bap sound refined with clean samples, making these two a great duo.” - Hip-Hop Speakeasy
A debut single that is a monster and masterful mix of Afro‐funk meets Balkan brass, and with a dash of hip‐hop simmering in the flow. The a‐side “Monmouth” is a driving original with razor sharp horns and a rumbling sousaphone bassline, while the flipside is an instrumental brass‐infused cover of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode”. Guaranteed to get bodies moving and to get dancefloors sweaty, consider this 45 to be fresh ammuniton for your record box.
At the beginning of November in 2013, a rather special event took place one night at the Mayan Theater here in Los Angeles. The Gaslamp Killer,with the aid of 14 immensely talented musicians, unveiled an incomparable live music experience, much to the mind blowing delight of those in attendance. This event was known as The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Electronics, strings, brass and percussion all came together to illuminate original productions of GLK, in a collaborative musical event that surely burrowed itself into the fiber of every person in attendance. For those of us not fortunate enough to have witnessed this special occasion in the flesh, GLK has compiled the sounds of that evening into an amazing live album.The Gaslamp Killer curated a 15-piece band of incredibly talented Los Angeles-based musicians including Amir Yaghmai of Jogger on guitar, Kamasi Washington from The Next Step on saxophone, one of LA’s most sought after musicians, Gene Coye, at the drums and trumpet player Todd Simon, founder of The Angel City All-Star Brass Band. The recording captures the collaborative performance in which The Gaslamp Killer acted as a modern age conductor, using his iPad to interact wirelessly with the band.
Underground electronic talisman Kutmah doesn’t often release new music. That’s an approach that runs counter to the paradigm; unedited, under considered, unfinished songs being constantly flung up onto blogs and Soundclouds - and that alone makes him stand out. More so though, the quality of his music does. Remember that first, visceral thrill you felt at hearing music made electronically? The sort of thing that came out Germany in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the weird, hypnotic, gripping meld of soul and machine? That’s the sort of shock of the new you hear in Kutmah. Our Mannequin conjures up the spirit of early electronic music in more ways than one. His funk-ridden drums and bass, synths that drench over the ear like waves, and filtered, robotic vocals hark back to German synth-wave and post-punk. The difference is the in the tempo, which clearly demarcates Kutmah's roots in the LA-via-London, leftfield beat scene. The first clubs Kutmah went to were goth industrial nights, where he heard "weird shit that you can dance to." That clearly shows on this latest EP. It’s easy to forget the funk you could hear in early industrial music; can still hear in the long-living pioneers like Richard H Kirk. "No one was chatting, they were just dancing" Kutmah says of clubs such as Kontrol Factory in Hollywood. If he loved the music, he was less keen on the scene. His early musical axis ran between Suicide and NWA, influences that go some way to representing the originality you hear in his music. It was after he was deported back to the UK from LA that he "locked himself in a room and made this dark record." He brought the EPs collaborators into the shadows with him. "Zackey Force Funk usually make’s thug dance music," Kutmah says, "and Seven Davis JR will never do a record like this again." The EP "represents the third member of a relationship," he says, cryptically. One thing is for certain, this is music of rare quality, and it entrances the ear from a first listen. Kutmah’s inspiration may have been darkness, but that locked room was vibrantly fruitful.
Clear Soul Forces and Nameless' new record Fab Five on gold/navy 2xLP vinyl. Available only at fatbeats.com, limited to 100 copies! Detroit’s Ilajide, E-Fav, Noveliss & L.A.Z. (aka Clear Soul Forces) armed with an arsenal of thunderous beats from rising producer NAMELESS combine to form the Fab Five. The group’s vision – combining Golden Era rhymes with a contemporary style – is as clear as ever here, heightened by their collective synergy with Nameless, who handles the majority of the production on the LP, reprising his role as producer to Clear Soul Forces from “Unlimited Bounce”, a highlight off of their last full-length, Gold PP7s. Fab Five ushers in a new era for Detroit’s storied musical tradition – the city that produced Motown, Jay Dee and Eminem has seen a revival of late, with the likes of Black Milk, Danny Brown and Royce Da 5’9” weaving the city’s rich history into their work in increasingly inventive ways. Clear Soul Forces & NAMELESS continue the tradition nodding to the Motor City’s artistic legacy while carving their own path. With production by NAMELESS and raps by the four Detroit emcees, the Fab Five are here to save Hip Hop the only way possible, with quality rhymes over quality beats.
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.
Exactly one year after Volume 1, Damu answers the people with Public Assembly Volume 2, a second installment of quality instrumentals in his signature style. What started as a collection of music curated with the help on his fanbase via social media has turned into another franchise title for Redefinition Records. Over the last 6 years, Damu and his Redef label have released numerous projects big & small across every major format. The music heard on Public Assembly Volume 2 is more like a family reunion than a collection. The release unites sought after rarities, unreleased compositions, archived demos and fan favorites, all gathered on 2 variations of LP in gold (limited) or black vinyl. These instrumentals will not come as a surprise to long time fans of the DC native. However, with the consistent demand of his music in the vinyl market and tracks sourced from rare, out of print titles featured on the release, listeners will have the opportunity to own some of the music missing from their record collections. The Public Assembly series is certainly about providing sounds the fans first. For recent fans and newcomers, Volume 2 is a great introductory title into the vast catalog of Damu the Fudgemunk and will serve as the roadmap to discovering more of his music. Designer and visual artist Joe Buck provides the cover art continuing his long standing partnership with Redef records. Public Assembly Volume 2 is Damu the Fudgemunk's first full release of 2015. The album is the launch of many long awaited and brand new full length titles to follow throughout the year on Redefinition Records.
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").
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.
In 2011 HIT+RUN released the first beat tape by KUTMAH entitled “CLOSURE” [HNR15]. The legendary 12-song album consisted of tracks recorded between 2004 - 2011 in Los Angeles as well as his recently transplanted home of London. The cover art was pulled from his collection of drawings made while in US federal detainment, which was later turned into a traveling art show and accompanying book entitled “Two Soups And A Honeybun”. In 2015, after the success of last year’s vinyl reissue of KUTMAH’s “Black Wave Tapes” series, HIT+RUN has decided to press up “CLOSURE” on limited-edition vinyl for the very first time [HNR15LP]. The 20-minute record consists of 9-tracks from the original album, all pressed on 10” wax, plus housed in a one-of-a-kind screenprinted jacket made by HIT+RUN in Los Angeles.