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“My sound is definitely boom bap, I could never deny that. But I feel like it’s an updated sound,” says Marco, born Marco Bruno, who started making music in 1999 after buying an MPC drum machine with student loan money. The MPC and a pack of Newports as his sole accomplices, Marco made a bold move to NYC in 2001. As an assistant Engineer at renowned recording studio, The Cutting Room, MP honed technical skills and got to know some of the rap game’s finest as he refined his production chops.
The Marco Polo production credit quickly began to hold more and more weight, with production placement on projects from legends such as Masta Ace and Boot Camp Click. MP’s discog of features, collaborations and solo projects grew steadily, leading to the 2007 release of the critically acclaimed “Port Authority.” This debut production album – featuring a who’s-who of MC heavyweights including Large Professor, Kool G Rap and Buckshot – was a career milestone that claimed his place as one of the new school’s most respected beatmakers.
Fueled by the excitement of these collaborations and the exposure they have provided, his focus remains on his love of producing songs with his favorite MC’s and DJ’s. Fall 2013 will see the release of the long-awaited, most anticipated follow-up production album “PA2: The Director’s Cut.”
The lead single is a tribute to the late Keith Elam of Gang Starr, known to most as Guru, who passed away on April 19, 2010 due to complications from cancer. In addition, Marco reunites Organized Konfusion on “3-O-Clock” and King Tee and MC Eiht bring the hydroponic flows on “West Coast Love.” On the aptly titled “Astonishing” Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. and Tragedy Khadafi trade bars over a monster beat featuring scratches by DJ Revolution.
“The album is called ‘PA2: The Directors Cut,’ because it’s 19 songs. If you’ve got A.D.D. this is not the album for you.”
1. “3-O-Clock” f. Organized Konfusion (Pharoahe Monch & Prince Po)
2. “Savages” f. Slaine, Celph Titled & ill Bill
3. “Earrings Off” f. Rah Digga
4. “Can’t Get Enough” f. Big Twin, Nature & F.T.
5. “Astonishing” f. Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. & Tragedy Khadafi
6. “6 Trill” f. Last Emperor
7. “West Coast Love” f. MC Eiht & King Tee
8. “Wrong Girl” f. Reach & Reggie B
9. “Drunken Sleuth” f. Invincible
10. Michael Rapaport Intermission
11. “Emergency Man” f. Malcolm & Martin
12. “Strange Brew” f. Gangrene (Oh No & Alchemist)
13. “What They Say” f. Kardinal Offishall, Lil Fame (of M.O.P.) & Styles P.
14. “Parental Discretion” f. Breezly Brewin
15. “Underdogs” f. Supastition & Shylow
16. “R U Gonna Eat That” f. The Doppelgangaz
17. “Sucka Free” f. Blaq Poet, Hannibal Stax & Panchi (of NYGz)
18. “G.U.R.U.” f. Talib Kweli & DJ Premier
19. “Glory (Finish Hard)” f. Masta Ace, A.G.,Posdnuos (of De La Soul) & Dion Jenkins
-Press Run = 700
-180 gram vinyl LP (x3)
-Tri-fold jacket with 3 pockets (full color, matte laminate finish, spot varnished titles/tracklisting)
-Full color printed inner sleeves (x3) (front & back) to house each of the three records
-This high end Deluxe Edition is limited to the 1st press run only. Any future editions will be on 125-150 gram, and in a single pocket jacket.
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.