Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (The Neptunes) have been the hottest producers in urban/pop music for years now. On their debut as performers they take a left turn from the hard hitting tracks they've produced for everyone from Jay-z to Britney Spears and give us a fresh, innovative, classic record. IN SEARCH OF Is the debut album from the hip-hop, rock, funk band N.E.R.D (No One Every Really Dies). The group is comprised of super producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, along with their longtime friend Shay Haley. Fusing rock and rap more forcefully and convincingly than any other album at the time, IN SEARCH OF successfully bridges the worlds of Pop/R&B and Alternative/Classic Rock into a blessed union of sound, making it one of the best albums of 2002. As part of the Respect The Classics series, UMe will be putting this classic double LP back in print on white vinyl. The reissue also includes the original electronic version of ''Run To The Sun'' as a bonus track.
"Do It, Do It Disco" released in the form of a classic disco 12-inch. Side A has two remixes of the original album track, one by Tom Noble, the second by J Rocc. Side B features the original, unreleased extended version of the track which runs over 12 minutes.
An interplanetary space/love odyssey featuring Melvin Van Peebles (Brer Soul, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song). Following Heliocentrics' Out There and 13 Degrees of Reality albums. 2 CD – Instrumentals included on bonus second disc. Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and the trilogy of Brer Soul albums he released in the 70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters. The Last Transmission comes nearly ten years after Van Peebles' appearance as the third member of Quasimoto on Stones Throw Records' 2005 release The Further Adventure of Lord Quas. For the Heliocentrics, The Last Transmission represents their third Now-Again album, following Out There in 2007 and 13 Degrees of Reality in 2013. Van Peebles makes for the Heliocentrics' ideal foil: he did graduate work in astronomy in Holland in the 1950s and maintains an avid interest in cosmology. The Heliocentrics, as their name conveys, draw inspiration from both the philosophic leanings of the likes of Stephen Hawkings and interstellar mysteries, like those surrounding the Malian Dogon tribe's knowledge of the Sirius B star hundreds of years before it was discovered. Their music is as indebted to Sun Ra's interstellar jazz as it is inspired by psychedelia's spiritual expanse. The Last Transmission, presented as a vocal album and an expanded instrumental selection on a bonus disc, can be taken as both the band's interpretation of Van Peebles' poem and a musical voyage inspired by Van Peebles' vivid imagery. The band considers it their defining work, the result of more than a decade of playing and recording together. They've found a voice as a band, one that meshes with Van Peebles,' as he weaves an intergalactic "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In between producer/drummer Malcolm Catto's thunderous syncopation and producer/bassist Jake Ferguson's bellowing bass lines, amidst the analog electronics and atmospheric interference naturally accorded by their organic analogue process, Van Peebles' voice floats in and out, spectral in its tone, complete in its conviction in the unfathomable sense that life's eruption in the cosmic expanse made, and in love's ability to transform and transcend death.
First official wide release with album art on vinyl for the bands best-selling critically acclaimed album Featuring the "Riot" album cover artwork in gatefold sleeve including liner notes. Double album on audiophile 180 gram vinyl.
Limited edition 7" pressing with selections from the highly collectable 1995 EP, Big Willie Smith. Produced by Kutmasta Kurt in 1995.
Unreleased archive track recorded in 1994 produced by Kutmasta Kurt. Limited edition hand numbered yellow vinyl.
The instrumental project from Detroit producer Apollo Brown (The Reset, Brown Study, Gas Mask). While most have come to know Apollo’s production for its smashmouth, head-nodding grime, Clouds reveals another aspect of his production ability. This complex, mellow instrumental album is ideal on a winter afternoon, or as a nightcap to the day. Each track is hypnotic and imaginative. Clouds is a 52-minute instrumental ride, a backdrop for reflection. For some, clouds come to mind when pondering over the definition of being lost in thought. Formed in different sizes, shapes, and colors, set high in the sky or hanging low at arms reach, clouds seem to stir up a type of calm that we all need at times. This album is a collection of instrumentals put together to do just that. Whether to meditate on a certain mood within, or to accompany heavy reflection, Clouds puts forth music to provoke thought.
The Product is the latest album by UK based production duo Jazz Spastiks. Initially only released via Digital Download and CD format, we're very happy to announce that we have teamed up with them to bring you the full 16-track album, on vinyl.
This 10″ picture sleeve EP is being released in conjunction with the deluxe CD reissue of the album. Loose Change is a trip to the T&S vaults, we dusted off the reels to some alternate mixes and previously unreleased songs from the SOTC sessions, including a little “interlude” featuring the one and only Lee Fields. This is a limited edition 1000 piece pressing, and for those that have been asking, yes, there are two new El Michels Affair records in the works.
Slaine is a storyteller. For years, the rogue Bostonian has exhaled eloquent and gritty tales through hip hop, wrestling demons as an acclaimed solo rapper, and among fellow nihilists in La Coka Nostra. Concurrently, he’s channeled his roller coaster life experience through dialogue, carrying memorable roles in a trio of the most celebrated dark dramas in the past decade – Gone, Baby, Gone (2007); The Town (2010); Killing Them Softly (2012). At every turn, Slaine has shared key scenes with heavy weights including Brad Pitt, Jon Hamm, Ben Affleck, and Jeremy Renner. Slaine’s third official solo LP, The King Of Everything Else, boasts blessings from Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz, Tech N9ne, Madchild of Swollen Members, Bishop Lamont, Apathy, Jaysaun, Termanology, Reks, and The Arcitype, and is predominately produced by longtime Slaine collaborator Lu Balz. Also tagging along are some of Boston hip hop’s younger aces, including Rite Hook and Moroney.
Thrice Great brings you an all instrumental version of Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild’s Silk Pyramids album in the form of full-length vinyl LP. Featured on this album are the type of classic beats that made D.I.T.C. producer Buckwild a legend. These instrumentals are in the style that fans want most: that classic 1990’s hardcore sound; jazzy, soulful and raw as hell! As a bonus, we have included two unreleased full songs not included on the CD or digital versions of the album. Silk Pyramids is already creating quite a stir among true Hip-Hop fans worldwide; this is your chance to have a look under the hood with the great Buckwild.
“The Session” catapulted The Arsonists as one of the pillars of the then-new, bubbling indie scene that was coming out of New York in the early to mid 90’s. With heavy play on the famed Stretch Armstrong show (hosted by Bobitto – who initially released the song on his legendary Fondle ‘Em Records) the song stood out showcasing the charismatic MC’s over an infectious jazzy bassline. Part Leaders of the New School, part Native Tongues, “The Session” was a special blend of originality that was lacking in the climate of Hip Hop at the time of its release. For the B-Side with “Halloween”, The Arsonists take things conceptually pointing out the many “masks” people wear stating that “every day’s like Halloween/nothing’s what it seems” over an equally powerful piano laced beat. The single overall was a breath of fresh air and gave Hip Hop fans a taste of what was lacking – and an idea of great things to come from The Arsonists.
The first official release from multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer Adrian Younge was Black Dynamite, the meticulously crafted sonic accompaniment to the 2009 Michael Jai White comedy. Now, for the first time ever, Mr. Younge presents the instrumentals from Black Dynamite on his on Linear Labs imprint. Inspired by the great blaxploitation soundtracks of the 1970s, Younge commands the Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet, harpsichord, synthesizer, vibraphone, guitar, bass, flute, sax, cello, and drums to craft a singular vision of the era. Since its release, the film has grown into a formidable franchise including a comic book and animated television series on Cartoon Network. Now five years later, the score is being reissued with the full set of instrumentals and four additional tracks including a rare version of “Jimmy’s Dead” by Tommy Davidson. A certifiable cult classic, the film centers around ex-CIA agent Black Dynamite’s fight to avenge his brother’s murder while cleaning up the streets of the deadly Anaconda malt liquor. Having been involved with the film from its inception, Younge’s score is intimately woven into the film’s narrative. As editor, Younge worked closely with director Scott Sanders to ensure the authenticity of the film’s pace and musical accompaniment. The final result is a clever homage that sounds more like an unearthed gem from the ‘70s—complete with MPC-ready Wu-Tang samples—rather than a modern creation. This authentic sound is one that Younge has been cultivating for years. His ability to replicate the nuanced stylistic effects of a bygone era are the result of utilizing exclusively vintage analog recording equipment and techniques, and long hours studying the sounds of heroes like Ennio Morricone and Curtis Mayfield. Laboring away in his Los Angeles-based Linear Labs studio, Younge played every instrument on the record, teaching himself anything he didn’t already know. Through a dogged work ethic and determination, Younge has painstakingly constructed a modern vintage sound that harkens to the past with its sights on the future. Black Dynamite is a must-have for any fan of the blaxploitation era and dark soul music, a modern-day classic whose legendary status will only grow stronger over time.
If you’re just tuning into Open Mike Eagle’s stellar career, the LA Weekly anointed him last year as the hottest thing in indie rap. Pitchfork called him a “whiz with matching easy-going hooks to intimate personal reflection.” But Dark Comedy could be the best thing he’s ever done—a record that captures the perennial struggle between art and commerce, the last half- century of widening class rift, and the need to be funny or die. This is intended to dump whiskey on the unsuspecting heads of those with false ideas of authenticity or what rap should be.
Directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud), the now classic and cult Take Shelter tells the story of a young husband and father – interpreted by Michael Shannon - who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions. He questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm or from himself as he descends gradually into madness. The film received praise for its beautiful and minimalist score. The hypnotic score was composed by David Wingo (Mud, Joe), leader of indie rock band Ola Podrida. Almost three years after its initial release, the soundtrack to Take Shelter is finally being released on 180 gram pressed vinyl with a download card included. The release features the entire score and the end credit song “Shelter” performed by Ben Nichols. This vinyl release features an original and alternative artwork created by acclaimed illustrator Jay Shaw – famous for his numerous collaborations with Mondo.
Better known as outsider house auteur Vereker, Zipcode’s debut 12” on Delroy Edwards’ L.A. Club Resource is packed with four rough-hewn analog techno exercises -- all untitled in the imprint’s typically inscrutable fashion -- and comes less than a year since he broke out with two powerhouse releases on L.I.E.S.
A vinyl exclusive mega mix of 70s/80s Afrika Bambaataa/Zulu Nation dub plates and acetates. HOUSED IN A HAND SILK-SCREENED JACKET FROM ANTIDESIGNS. Compiled by DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist in commemoration of their Renegades Of Rhythm tour, this exclusive mega-mix is culled from previously unheard Afrika Bambaataa acetates and celebrates the legendary group's artistry.
Two tracks taken from El Michels Affair's debut album, Sounding Out the City. "Creation" is a hard-hitting soul instrumental with a Burt Bacharach-esque arrangement while "Behind The Blue Curtains" is a beautiful instrumental with cinematic overtones.
Another Truth & Soul must have, an instant classic two sider. Truth & Soul is proud to present the "Just Can't Win" b/w "Still Gets Me Down" 45. Two incredible tracks from Lee's Emma Jean LP with the super fresh boxing glove art labels. Side A "Just Can't Win" is a sure shot with the punching drums and heavy production covered by Lee's in the pocket lyrics paying homage to persistence and dedication.We released the digital single for this tune and the video starring Boardwalk Empire's Margot Bingham back in May. Both got rave reviews worldwide, and finally we got the records back from the press!!!Side B is "Still Gets Me Down" an epic mid tempo ballad about the lingering feeling of an ex even long after life has moved on. Typical slamming production from T&S with Lee pouring his heart out over the cinematic arrangements.
Ever wonder what it would have sounded like if Black Sabbath took holiday in Ethiopia... and jammed with magicians? FEAR NOT! The time is nigh for the darker corners of the Daptone Universe to bring forth a waxen treasure of said fortitude and doom. We called upon the Budos Band, whose history, etched in forgotten stone slabs buried far beneath the bedrock which Staten Island reigns upon, answered with a fuzz-induced rite! BEHOLD! After four years, the Budos have come down from the mountain and something is not quite the same. The music echoes a call that is both ancient and familiar, pulling the listener into a wilderness of stinging distortion, melody and unbridled dissonance, forming a sound that has harnessed a primal energy, cloaked in a shroud of shimmering psychedelia. Daptone Records humbly presents: Burnt Offering b/w Seizure. Dig it, or become the offering!
Homeboy Sandman is set to release Hallways, his second full-length album on Stones Throw Records. It is an ode to the space between where you are and where you are headed; a space in flux, and a space where Sandman himself noticeably thrives in this release. Producers on Hallways include Knxwledge, Blu, DJ Spinna, Oh No and Jonwayne, who produced the first single, "America, The Beautiful." The prolific Queens MC has been prominently published in Gawker and Huffington Post, plus featured in an array of media outlets such as NPR, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone even naming him as "Artist to Watch." Since signing with Stones Throw Records in 2011, Homeboy Sandman has made himself at home releasing a full length - First of a Living Breed - along with a series of five short records, establishing himself as one of the most productive and creative lyricists of this generation.
Moniquea's Yes No Maybe is an album that is steeped in the synthesizer-heavy aesthetics of 1980's R&B funk (often referred to as "boogie") but is modern enough to move past the "retro" label into something that builds a fresh sound upon the blueprints created by seminal 80's acts such as Prince, Midnight Star, or Evelyn "Champagne" King. It is Moniquea's vision to set herself apart by "bringing back" a more standardized song structure to the burgeoning modern funk genre, an ideal which can be considered a commodity in what has largely branded itself as an avant-garde musical movement. Yes No Maybe's production, provided by XL Middleton & Eddy Funkster, is the springboard for the main focus of the album, Moniquea's vocals, delivered in a sassy, yet silky tone which shows that she has done her homework in studying her predecessors, while turning it into something modern, and uniquely her own.
Eddie Pendergrass Present’s second release brings two of XL Middleton’s modern funk tracks to vinyl for the first time. Both tracks embody his unique version of g-funk influenced, unmistakably West Coast, modern funk style.
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Mark James (AKA The 45 King) is a world renowned DJ/Producer pioneer in Hip Hop music. His breakbeat classic “The 900 Number” has been a staple among DJs since its release in 1987 (notably featured as the song to “The Ed Lover Dance” on MTV’s Yo MTV Raps). Throughout the last 30 years, 45 King has managed to stay relevant, producing hits for some of Hip Hop’s biggest names including Jay-Z & Eminem, with production for their hit songs “It’s A Hard Knock Life” & “Stan”, respectively. With a prolific output and catalog of beats, he has set out to release a series of limited edition 45s with brand new and never before heard music. M.A.S.H. is a single- sided 45 EP of beats featuring 45 King’s signature sound; breaks chopped and looped to perfection.
If you’re looking for 23 fresh gems to vibe with, then Supa Dave West has got you covered with, Beat Boxing. Simply put, SDW is a producer that’s mastered the art of putting the boom in the bap. Though fans may have first tuned in to the sounds of the former Jamaica, Queens drummer / beatsmith with his production contributions to De La Soul’s catalog over the years, on tracks like “Bionix,” “Baby Phat,” “Watch Out,” “The Grind Date,” and many more, that’s just scratching the surface. With recent credits that include “The Doe” and “No One’s Home” from J Dilla’s Give Them What They Want maxi-single (to be featured on the late producer’s album, The Diary), as well as various tracks with the likes of Talib Kweli, Common, Slum Village, Planet Asia and Ghostface Killah, SDW has aligned himself with some of the best to ever do it. The beauty of Beat Boxing lies in it’s ability to act as an ambitious, well rounded project that is well rooted to the foundation of the craft, while also venturing into new territories. Instead of seeming thrown together, Boxing comes across as a meticulously planned construct. Its scattered, unexpected drums bear production sensibilities resemblant to Dilla, and the sound coming out of The Ummah’s production camp at the time, while being unique enough for people to get a sense of what West is all about. Supa Dave West’s Beat Boxing has received co-signs from The Source, XXLMAG, Egotrip, Mass Appeal, Okayplayer & 2Dopeboyz, to name a few, and for good reason: his music is awesome.
Turn The Tables featuring OC is taken from JS1’s upcoming album “It Is What It Isn’t.” This limited 7” features OC giving his ode to the DJ and comes with an exclusive Acapella on Side B.
This 12-inch was released leading up to the full-length Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Cover by Jeff Jank showing the night view of Quasimoto's building where who-the-hell-knows-what goes on at all hours of the night.
Lord Quas, Madlib and Melvin Van Peebles on some fantastic, nightmarish planet, tripping hard. As hallucinatory a hip hop experience as you can possibly hope to experience without mushrooms. For some reason, the remix was featured first, and, as a result was the version featured on The Unseen album. So peep the original version – available only on this 12".
Lord Quas’ first solo 12” on Stones Throw Records! Features three songs also available on Quas’s The Unseen, but get ‘em here with artwork by DJ Design. Instrumentals too.
Led by Ester Mae Smith’ s unmistakeable voice, the Como Mama’ s have found their place at the gospel end of the Daptone table alongside a legendary stable of soulful musicians. However , as stirring as their music is, up to now , all of their recordings have been a capella. With this record they join forces with the boys of the Menahan Street Band (billed pseudonymously here as The Radi ant Rhythm Band) to lay bare the funkier side of gospel music. “The rhythms we all play were already right there in their vocals,” explains drummer Homer Steinweiss, “so it felt natural to lay down the grooves behind them.” Thomas “T-N-T” Brenneck, the up-and-coming producer who brought us both Menahan Street Band and Charles Bradley, presided over the collaboration, which took place in the old Dunham Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Composed by the prolific keyboardist/producer Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah, “Tattletale" has been a sinister, funky flute-driven live staple for Antibalas for many years, drawing from musical inspirations of Ethiopian funk and jazz masters Mulatu Astatqe, Wallias Band and Mahmoud Ahmed of the the mid-1970s. After years of performing it to audiences across the globe, the band recorded “Tattletale" at the Daptone House of Soul during the album sessions for their self-titled 2012 LP. Since then, like a trove of military secrets, the song has sat marinating in the Daptone archives, waiting for just the right time to expose the dark, sinister side of Antibalas.”
DJ/Producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad is a hip-hop icon. As one-third of legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, his influence and impact on the musical landscape is still felt today. Last year, Muhammad received an invitation from Adrian Younge to work on fellow Golden Era legends Souls of Mischief’s There Is Only Now. He narrated the album, playing a DJ for fictional local Oakland radio station K-NOW, while providing background music to accompany the narration. The results were impressive enough to ignite a creative burst in the two producers that quickly produced an album’s worth of material in a matter of weeks. Muhammad shares his thoughts on Younge, “He’s such an easy person to work with, he has such vision when it comes to music. We really get each other, and that’s the other fun part of creating and finding a partner you’re on the same wavelength with.” Excited to support the There Is Only Now album, Muhammad got to work on a ten-track remix album that carefully re-imagines the original. Looking for a different mix and sound, Muhammad shares, “I wanted to make it as emotional and moving as the original compositions. So even though it’s a remix, it has the feeling of an original work. But bringing something else to the sound.”
Stones Throw's debut release, the 12-inch single by Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf, was recorded circa 1993 and released in 1996. Sure, we're biased, but we're gonna go ahead and call it a hip-hop classic.
In an age of slammin’ superhero crossovers, get ready for a Hip-Hop team-up to beat them all: Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark! With the Delicious Vinyl release of their album-length eponymous collaboration, the legendary Pharcyde MC and Jurassic 5 DJ/producer have created a soulful Hip-Hop soundtrack for the ages. Ever since his time as a founding member of The Pharcyde, Slimkid3 has stood out for his relationship raps, both warm-hearted and coolly observant. As an innovative member Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark has long propelled golden era sounds into the future. "Ding ding! True school is in session!" trumpeted okayplayer.com when Tre & Nu-Mark released their freebie EP Another Day, Another Dollar in 2011. The duo knew they were onto something good, and re-upped to create new music. The new album's standout tracks include "Bouillon" featuring Del and Murs, "King" featuring Diamond D, reggae-fueled summer jam "Bom Bom Fiya" and "I Know, Didn't I" a savvy flip of Darondo's soul classic. Single releases from Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark will come on 45rpm vinyl 7-inch format. Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark will be performing together through the end of 2014.
KanKick grew up in the city of Oxnard, along with several fellow hip-hop musicians including Madlib, Oh No, DJ Romes and Dudley Perkins. In the early 90's he was an integral part of Lootpack, appearing on several of their tracks. He has also produced some of The Alkaholiks' early tracks. Later he went on to produce a number of solo instrumental albums, as well as collaborate with several rappers and producers such as Planet Asia, Declaime and DJ Babu. His 2001 release, From Artz Unknown was his first official solo introduction and featured West Coast rappers such as Declaime, The Visionaries, Krondon, Phil Da Agony, Planet Asia and Wildchild.
Coalmine Records is pleased to release the release of Sean Price & M-Phazes’ collaborative extended play effort, Land Of The Crooks. The EP contains 11 tracks, and is comprised of four original tracks, with the addition of the Small Professor Remix of “Murdah Type Thinkin,” featuring Guilty Simpson, along with all of the instrumental passes. Additional features include Roc Marciano, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Maffew Ragazino, Loudmouf Choir and the Dilated Junky, DJ Babu. Included on the tracklist is the “Crookapella” (track #11), which includes various scratch stems taken from the EP, in addition to the isolated drums and sound effects used on “Land of the Crooks,” as well as the song’s acapella.
For one of New York's most notable "underground" rappers, Talib Kweli has been involved in some pretty high-profile endeavors, like the 1998 Black Star album that topped countless hip-hop polls, and his collaborations with Hi-Tek. However, it's on his own that Kweli can really focus on his vision and direction. Musically, TK is as eclectic as ever here; the manifesto "Rush" features hard-rock guitar riffing; "Where Do We Go" is a gentle, melodic track driven by sparkling piano and poignant strings. Along the way, Quality incorporates samples of everyone from Nina Simone to Chuck Mangione. Lyrically, Kweli is as positive and creative as ever, boldly continuing to provide an effective contrast to the downcast, violent themes so prevalent in hip-hop. As in all his other work, the message is ostensibly simple--wake up and look around you--but as any good lyricist (a category in which Kweli certainly belongs) must know, the devil is in the details. And it's those details that put some powerful flesh on this album's bones.
NEHRUVIANDOOM is Bishop Nehru's debut album. Produced by Metal Fingers and featuring MF DOOM vocals on several tracks, it's a compact nine track, 30 minute long player. Bishop Nehru's breakthrough mixtapes, released from the age of 15 saw him rhyming over DOOM produced instrumentals. DOOM joined the line of MCs who co-signed the young rapper including heavyweight lyricists Kendrick Lamar and Nas, who introduced him on stage during his set at SXSW as "The future of music". Still only 17, Bishop has wrapped up his debut album for Lex, a collaborative project with MF DOOM.
You’re Dead! is a shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife. A sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity that amounts to a transcendent, mind-expanding plasm that could only exist between our world and another. The enduring universe of Lotus’ supporting cast has expanded and evolved to feature in order of appearance, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, alongside mind blowing original artwork by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago.“The album isn’t about the end, it’s really the beginning. It’s a celebration of the next experience. It’s the transition and the confusion. It’s not ‘hey you’re dead.’ It’s ‘hey you’re dead!’”
After Ugly Heroes' 2013 classic self titled LP, Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill are back again with a new EP coming out August 19th. The new EP features five new songs (including a Murs feature) and 5 bonus track b-sides. Ugly Heroes will also being touring Europe for a few weeks this August, starting with the legendary Hip-Hop Kemp Festival before hitting London and a number of other spots (all the dates will soon be up on the MMG Event Calendar). The new EP will first be available digitally with a vinyl edition to follow late in the year. Original artwork by illustrator Paul Grelet.
Luv N’Haight along with Shane “DJ Sureshot” Hunt presents “Catch Action: The Sophisiticated Boogie Funk of Sheridan House Records.” With a total of 27 tracks allocated over 6 x 12”s along with a booklet and housed in a slipcase, the boxset compilation provides a comprehensive story of Kent Harris’ Los Angeles based label releasing obscure yet timeless gems from the golden-era of modern soul, boogie and funk.
In the wake of the release of A Tribe Called Quest's first album, 1990's stellar People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, critics who had previously ignored hip-hop sat up and took notice of Q-Tip's sophisticated and unorthodox productions, and Phife Dog's party rocking but winningly self-deprecating rhymes. But the critics often overlooked Tribe's far-reaching roots in the hip-hop underground and their larger place in the history of black music in general. The Low End Theory was in many ways a conscious attempt to redress these critical oversights; it also happens to be one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded. From the sinuous Art Blakey samples and myth-making rhymes of "Excursions" to the joyous free for all of the epic posse cut "Scenario", The Low End Theory is a stone masterpiece that establishes Tribe's place in hip-hop's history. They draw on everything from the crowd-hyping improvisations of their early park jams, to the complex sciences of Golden Age rhyming styles. Simply put, The Low End Theory is essential for anyone seeking to understand hip-hop.
The contents of this mini-refrigerator include the final recorded output of Nashville’s soul-jazz champions, the Coolin’ System. Recorded on Memorial Day 2012, this session represents the peak of a 7 piece band that lit up the catalog of GED Soul Records with their finely-tuned, straight to tape sessions. The band members all moved on to even greater things, and the session remained locked in the vaults. Until now! Tackling classic deep-cut tunes by Horace Silver, Jimmy McGriff, Lou Donaldson, Cedar Walton, and many more, this record mixes a fierce funk attack with movements that take the listener straight into outer space. By the end of the classic Keith Mansfield tune, “Soul Thing,” you will want to flip this record right back to Side A and start it all over again. Fans of the tight-knit group of musicians who brought the world DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Magic In Threes, and AJ and The Jiggawatts will flock to this statement of well-oiled soul machinery. And this little fridge filled with cooled out music will be well placed in any music lover’s collection. This refrigerated album is limited physically to only LP and comes complete with a full download code.
In an age of slammin’ superhero crossovers, get ready for a Hip-Hop team-up to beat them all: Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark! With the Delicious Vinyl release of their album-length eponymous collaboration, the legendary Pharcyde MC and Jurassic 5 DJ/producer have created a soulful Hip-Hop soundtrack for the ages.Ever since his time as a founding member of The Pharcyde, Slimkid3 has stood out for his relationship raps, both warm-hearted and coolly observant. As an innovative member Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark has long propelled golden era sounds into the future."Ding ding! True school is in session!" trumpeted okayplayer.com when Tre & Nu-Mark released their freebie EP Another Day, Another Dollar in 2011. The duo knew they were onto something good, and re-upped to create new music.The new album's standout tracks include "Bouillon" featuring Del and Murs, "King" featuring Diamond D, reggae-fueled summer jam "Bom Bom Fiya", and presented here "I Know, Didn't I", a savvy flip of Darondo's soul classic. Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark will be performing together through the end of 2014. See you there!
The deluxe edition of the vinyl is limited to 1,000 copies and contains a second bonus LP. Download card included. Guitarist/vocalist Paul Ngozi's debut album – under the name Ngozi Family - is an important record: not just in the Zamrock genre, but in the global rock canon. Day of Judgement is an introduction to the most intense, raw and inimitable golden era Zamrock recorded, as it paved the way for a dozen Paul Ngozi and Ngozi Family releases (the most famous being drummer Chrissy Zebby Tembo's My Ancestors) that straddled the line between funk and punk, of driving hard rock and Zambian folk melodies and rhythms.Day of Judgement was released in 1976, the same year as other, now famous, Zamrock albums, from WITCH's Lazy Bones!! to Rikki Ililonga's Zambia. But it sounds like none of its counterparts. Part of that stems from its frenzied primitivism, the Ngozi Family's attempt to overcome a lack of musical acumen with sheer force of will.That will allowed Paul Ngozi to overcome a humble upbringing to become the most unlikely combination: Zamrock's most beloved star in its brief but now-well chronicled arc; the only musician to maintain his fame and recording prowess in the dark ages of the '80s; an inspiration to not only aging but young Zambians - and now others, beyond Zambia's borders.But one cannot imagine Paul Ngozi without this album, a full-on aural assault that sounds as wild nearly forty years after its release as it must have sounded in the developing Zamrock landscape from which it emerged. We listen to this anachronistic yet prescient album now as a wholly original, completely unpredictable album in line with those from mavericks from across the world – from the Ramones to the Sex Pistols to Death. And, though it's been over two decades since Paul Ngozi's passing, his voice and vision still seem exciting, powerful, unique, unvarnished, new.
Step In the Arena is the second studio album by hip hop duo Gang Starr (DJ Premier and Guru), originally released on January 15, 1991.
With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, De La Soul’s 1989 debut album, 3 Feet High & Rising, is considered a hip hop masterpiece. It is also the band’s biggest commercial success to date, with their subsequent albums selling progressively less, despite receiving high praise from critics. A measure of 3 Feet High and Rising’s cross-over appeal was the fact that it was voted Album of the Year by NME, a title better known for its taste in guitar-based music. De La Soul has influenced numerous other hip hop artists such as Camp Lo, The Black Eye Peas, and Digable Planets. They were also influential in the early stages of rapper/actor Mos Def’s career, and are a core part of the Spitkicker collective. They are the second longest standing Native Tongue Posse group, after the Jungle Brothers.The album marked the first of three full-length collaborations with producer Prince Paul, which would become the critical and commercial peak of both parties. It is consistently placed on ‘greatest albums’ lists by noted music critics and publications. Robert Christgau called the record “unlike any rap album you or anybody else has ever heard.” In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source Magazine’s 100 Best Rap Albums.
His debut LP for Definitive Jux, DJ/producer RJD2's DEAD RINGER is a deeply creative and musically poignant hip-hop record for summer 2002. Creating a raging underground listenership from a series of 45s and white labels and being the only non-MC signed to Def Jux, RJD2's talent as a DJ and as producer, to match beats and lay cult/pop gems over dusty soul tracks, is paralleled only by people like DJ Shadow and Z-Trip. However, his ability to record and marry MCs to his primarily instrumental and sample-based style is evidenced in outstanding tracks with Copywrite and Blueprint as well as his legacy with the MHz crew; at the end of the day that puts our man from Ohio ahead of his primarily one-dimensional peer group. This set will stand out as monumental for Definitive Jux, who with their first record outside of the New York MC box continues to stride toward really being definitive in their roster and catalog of independent hip-hop.