A-Trak established his reputation as a producer by delivering some of the most ubiquitous remixes of the last ten years. The Grammy nominated DJ hero and renowned tastemaker has built a legacy that traverses eras and scenes, with a discography that is adored by all. This body of work is commemorated for the first time with In The Loop. The 12-track compilation (out in December on Fool’s Gold) effectively traces a recent history of EDM from the point of view of one of its biggest stars, collecting A-Trak’s most notable remixes — from blog favorites to festival smashes — and contextualizing them with anecdotes from their creator. In The Loop: A Decade Of Remixes will be available on all digital services and CD, as well a beautiful limited edition vinyl box set; the latter features six 7” colored vinyl singles in custom sleeves, accompanied by a 32 page booklet with A-Trak’s behind-the-scenes stories on each remix. Read his introduction below: I learned how to produce by doing remixes. It was my testing ground. In 2006 I had been DJing for over 10 years and my brother Dave was a seasoned musician, but I was still a novice in the studio. Making a full original song can be daunting, so here I was able to hand-pick my favorite vocals, steal a few kickdrums and chop up some cool synths. My remixes also allowed me to get my music heard. I didn’t have to finish a full project. They gave me an à la carte formula, landing on various labels. The great thing about remixes is they create an ecosystem.It’s almost like a shared economy. They forge bonds between artists: a remix request is the equivalent of giving your peer a pound and saying “you’re dope, give me some of that sauce.” They connect bands to DJs, producers among themselves, and all of them to new fans. For me this all started as electronic music blogs were spreading. We rarely went through managers. You would track down someone’s email and hit them up, cold. We helped each other finish tracks. I often delivered mine very, very late. But even to this day as I work on more original music, my sound is the result of these experiments.
Limited And Numbered 3CD + 2LP Super Deluxe Edition! Twenty years after their international debut, French multi-platinum selling band Air consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel release their first anthology, 'Twentyears.' The Best-Of includes on its first disc 18 tracks selected by Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. This disc features essential selections from the Air discography, including "Sexy Boy," "Playground Love," "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Le soleil est près de moi." It also includes studio album tracks from 'Premiers symptômes' (1997), 'Moon Safari' (1998), 'The Virgin Suicides' (2000), '10 000 Hz Legend' (2001), 'Talkie Walkie' (2004) and 'Le voyage dans la Lune' (2012). The second disc of this Best-Of gathers 14 rare and unreleased tracks, including "Crickets" and "The Way You Look Tonight" from the 'Pocket Symphony' and '10 000 Hz Legend' sessions, "Adis Abebah" from the 'Quartier lointain' soundtrack, "Roger Song," written for 'Corman's World,' a documentary about cult B-movie director Roger Corman, "Land Me," taken from the vinyl-only 'Music For Museum' release in 2014 and "The Duelist" performed by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jarvis Cocker during the Pocket Symphony recording. Limited and numbered SuperDeluxe Edition including the Best-Of on CD and random coloured vinyl, plus a third CD featuring Air remixes for other acts - including David Bowie, Beck, Depeche Mode and Neneh Cherry – as well as a collector poster.
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First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on red & black mixed vinyl. Includes Gatefold packaging, 6-page insert and PVC protective sleeve. The Phantom of the Opera is the soundtrack to the 2004 Andrew Lloyd Webber film-adaptation of the musical, The Phantom of the Opera. In 2006, The Phantom of the Opera won the Japan Gold Disc Award for "Best Soundtrack Album of the Year." Chart-wise, the album performed fairly well, reaching the top position of Billboard's soundtracks chart as well as the sixteenth position on the Top 200 chart. It was also certified Platinum in the US and Gold in the UK and Greece.
In September 2015, Atmosphere began releasing a series of individual songs digitally. In the months leading up to their new album, Fishing Blues, they released a total of seven digital singles. Much to the surprise of Atmosphere fans, none of these digital singles would appear on Fishing Blues, and they remained available as digital singles only... Until now. These seven songs, now packaged together as Frida Kahlo vs. Ezra Pound, will be available for the first time as a 7” boxset. All songs are produced by Atmosphere featuring guest appearances by Aesop Rock, Grieves, Prof, Blueprint, deM atlaS and Eric Mayson. All seven songs, plus their accompanying instrumental versions, each individually complemented by the beautiful artwork of Dave Quiggle; this is a must-have for all fans of Atmosphere. Custom 7” Slipcase containing seven different 7” records each with a unique illustrated jacket containing artwork by Dave Quiggle. Includes Free Digital Download Card.
LP Reissues of Mirrored and Gloss Drop out April 1 2016 in original deluxe packaging with EP C/B EP out on vinyl for the first time. Battles' seminal first two albums Mirrored and Gloss Drop are being given a much needed vinyl reissue, and for the first time ever, a vinyl pressing of the EP C/B EP. The music across these releases spans from 2005 until 2011 and if there ever was a need to, reminds us of just how forward-thinking, yet accessible the group were when they first appeared. These releases have gone on to gain huge admiration from both alternative rock and electronica communities and you will be hard pressed to find an alternative music fan who doesn't recognize tracks like Atlas, Tonto or Ice Cream. Out of print for years and now highly collectible, these classic recordings are being made again for new audiences to enjoy while sure to take space on shelves of long time fans of old who missed them first time around.
Bundle includes official 2016 reissues of Beck's seminal classics, Odelay and Sea Change, on LP and 2xLP vinyl, respectively. Odelay (LP -140 Gram Vinyl)Originally released in June of 1996, Beck's second major label album, Odelay, was his chance to prove that he was no one-hit wonder. His major label debut, Mellow Gold, had produced the hit single "Loser," but there was a sense he hadn't quite won over everyone and it was hard to tell exactly who Beck was. Was he joking? Was he serious? Was he simply some sort of beat-poet novelty act? With Odelay, he enlisted the Dust Brothers, most famous at this point for being behind the boards for the Beastie Boys' 1989 sonic-collage opus Paul's Boutique. Together they crafted a classic. Sea Change (2xLP - Gatefold + Download Card)Drawing from hip-hop, folk, psychedlia, pop, rock and experimental, Beck defined himself as a warped poet in the '90s. Always changing and evloving his moods, Sea Change is a prime example of the singer/songwriters evolution within his craft. The finest example of Beck's talents as a singer, songwriter and musician.
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The Ultimate Collection features 31 classic Black Sabbath songs, all of which have been remastered by Andy Pearce (Motorhead, Deep Purple) and curated by the band themselves. Pressed on heavyweight vinyl and housed in a limited edition "crucifold" package, this release is a must-have for fans both new and old.
LIMITED EDITION OF 5000 • FOIL STAMPED LINEN WRAPPED BOX • COLORED VINYL TWELVE 8X10 PHOTO PRINTS BY BUTCH HOGAN • ESSAY BY NATHANIEL KRENKEL Boxset includes: Fevers and Mirrors (2xLP - Maroon Vinyl - Gatefold) LIFTED… (2xLP - Black/Yellow Vinyl - - Gatefold) I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (LP - Light Yellow Vinyl) Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (2xLP - Light Blue Vinyl - Gatefold - w/ D-side etching) Cassadaga (2xLP - Clear Vinyl - Gatefold) The People’s Key (LP - Orange Swirl Vinyl)
Limited edition red translucent vinyl. Trout Mask Replica is Captain Beefheart's masterpiece, a fascinating, stunningly imaginative work that still sounds like little else in the rock & roll canon. Given total creative control by producer and friend Frank Zappa, Beefheart and his Magic Band rehearsed the material for this 28-song double album for over a year, wedding minimalist R&B, blues, and garage rock to free jazz and avant-garde experimentalism.
Cassius’ story thus far is already the stuff of dance music mythology. They emerged amidst Paris' defining French Touch movement, where the likes of ‘Feeling For You’, ‘1999’ and ‘The Sound of Violence’ - alongside friends such as Daft Punk - helped shape the future of electronic music. Cassius is back with “Ibifornia”, a double-sided album which gathers their crew of friends (Pharrell, Cat Power, Mike D...), fondly nicknamed “Cassius and their Family Stone” by the duo.
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Double LP including 72-page screenplay, metallic o-card (sleeve), 2 LP printed sleeves. 2013 sophomore full-length album from writer, actor, standup comedian and rapper Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino. The recording process for the album began in 2012 and continued until October 2013. Because the Internet features guest appearances from Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko and Azealia Banks, with production handled by Gambino himself, Christian Rich, Thundercat and Ludwig Goransson among others.
Cliff Martinez's iconic soundtrack to the cult classic film 'Drive' by Nicolas Winding Refn is turning 5, and to mark the anniversary, Invada Records and Lakeshore Records will be co-releasing a limited edition version of the soundtrack. This features Martinez's score and all other music used in the film, including the legendary tracks by College, Kavinsky and Desire. This release will feature brand new liner notes written by the film's director Nicolas Winding Refn, and also by the score's composer Cliff Martinez. Pictured above, this edition is also presented with stunning new artwork by Lakeshore art director John Bergin. Cliff Martinez has made a name for himself as one of the soundtrack world's most innovative composers, having worked on many other classics such as Solaris, Farcry 4, The Neon Demon and Lincoln Lawyer.
This limited edition issue of Lord Willin’ features seven “big hole” 7”s on white vinyl covering all 13 tracks in the original album sequence, plus a bonus remix of “Grindin‘”. The vinyl is housed in a plastic case featuring the original album art and each 7” is housed in a mini Star Trak die-cut jacket – replicas of the label’s original 12” sleeves. The first hip-hop group signed to The Neptunes' newly formed Star Trak label in the early 2000s was a Virginia based duo known as The Clipse. The group’s first single “Grindin’,” impacted young people with its bare-boned but infectious drum beat in the same way that Run-DMC’s “Sucker MCs” did almost two decades earlier. MCs Pusha T and Malice, combined with The Neptunes’ groundbreaking production, sent a clear message to the rap world – “we are not the same” (as rapped by Malice on his opening verse on “Cot’ Dam”). Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were able to combine their electro-punk production with just the right group to create a street masterpiece. Following in the footsteps of such rap criminologists as Kool G Rap, Nas, Jay-Z and Mobb Deep, the Clipse offer a hustler's viewpoint, with clever, hard-hitting lyrics that are consistent throughout the album. The album starts off pulling no punches. On the lead-off track, “Intro,” you get a very personal testament of crack and the drug game, a recurring motif. Songs like “Virginia” or “I’m Not You” (featuring Jadakiss, Styles P and Roscoe P Coldchain) have lyrics that play as a musical notes alongside The Neptunes’ tailored beats. “Young Boy” and “Comedy Central” fit perfectly alongside “When the Last Time” and “Cot Dam” as each song plays its part as chapters to the Lord Wilin’ masterpiece. And the stand-out “Gangsta Lean” features a slightly lighter feel paired with Pharrell's trademark falsetto hook. All in all, each song on Lord Willin’ – which was certified Gold – is essential to making it the classic that it. Fans can’t deny that it sounds as good today as it did when it first hit in 2002.
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Cypress Hill teamed up with Get On Down to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1991 debut with an ultra deluxe "25th Anniversary Skull" reissue. The entire set is housed in a unique, hard resin black skull - a faithful, 3-D physical recreation of the group's 1991 logo. A CD with remastered audio and a 100-plus page hardcover book are also included. The book features extensive liner notes by journalist Chris Faraone with input from B-Real, Sen Dog and DJ Muggs, and also includes full album lyrics and rarely seen photos provided by the group, as well as press clippings from 1991. Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album was hard as nails, with very few pop concessions. There was humor, but it was laced by cackling, homicidal sneering. Not well known outside of the hardcore hip-hop scene at first, faces of the three group members weren’t usually shown clearly in press photos; they preferred the shadows. As their first singles began hitting the airwaves and record racks, the press and music fans started to take notice. From the opening notes of the group’s first single, “The Phuncky Feel One,” to deeper album cuts like “Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk” and “Tres Equis,” it was clear that Cypress Hill was something different. And very, very dope. The world Cypress Hill espoused was gang-ridden and far from cheery, but they managed to laugh through the pain. Lead rapper B-Real took each fuzzed-out, rock-hard DJ Muggs beat as a challenge, jumping around it like a spark off a joint as it makes its way to the concrete. MC Sen Dog always had B-Real’s back, to bring intensity and a no-bullshit gruffness that made the group both menacing and unpredictable. When they introduced percussionist Eric Bobo to the mix in the early 90s, it brought new dimension to the band, making their live performances one of the most unique and accomplished shows in hip-hop. Journalist and author Chris Faraone highlights the group’s relationship in the reissue’s liner notes (which is included only in limited edition Skull) saying, “[By the late ‘80s] the undisputed Cypress unit finally formed. B and Sen realized that their diametric styles - the latter’s deep wrangle, the former’s inimitable high notes - complemented one another righteously. By then Muggs had bangers in the bag, as well as industry experience from a jaunt with the New York duo 7A3. B and Sen waited while Muggs messed with 7A3, and in that time began to build the blueprint for their raucous and weeded no-holds-barred style. Besides getting schooled on industry pitfalls, Muggs had also grown into hip-hop’s most formidable young producer, while straddling the bi-coastal gap.” Cypress Hill’s debut went gold by the end of 1991 and has since pushed past double platinum status, making it the first album for a Latino-American hip hop group to do so. The album received raves from the likes of Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times, saw a #1 Hot Rap Single with the release of “The Phuncky One” and helped the band win Artist Of The Year at the 1992 Source Awards. After 25 years, it should come as no surprise that Cypress Hill is a cornerstone of the group’s live set to this day.
“The positive response and ongoing success of How It Should Sound 1 & 2 (first released in 2010) was as unexpected for Redefinition as a label as it was for myself as an artist. For the 5th anniversary I wanted to do something special to acknowledge what is arguably my most popular title: I figured that more music in the form of an extended sequel would be a dope way to celebrate. The tracks are combinations of obvious influences, my personal passion to contribute and challenge the craft, and the record collection I was building. I hope the audience is ready for more HISS. I had them in mind first whilst assembling the album.” - Damu The Fudgemunk If you’re reading this, we’ll assume that you are more than ready. Welcome to another installment of archived material from one of the finest purveyors of dusty, neck-snapping instrumentals to ever lay his fingers on those trusty sixteen pads: Damu The Fudgemunk. Pulled together from the same stack of basement-dwelling floppies that went into the creation of HISS Vol 1& 2 we here at Redefinition Records are confident that fans old and new will delight in this now expanded collection of material from the formative years of Damu’s craft. The (previously unheard / unreleased) beats featured in this collection were all created between 2003 and 2007 and although time moves on there are undoubtedly some things that are timeless. This is instrumental hip hop that stays true to its roots whilst building on tradition, the crack and pop of old vinyl nestled contentedly in layered compositions that knock, swing, and groove. Relax and enjoy: perhaps unsurprisingly, it sounds just like it should.
First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on blue/black/white marbled 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, includes gatefold sleeve and 4-page booklet. The soundtrack to Tim Burton's neo classic moving picture Big Fish (2003), starring Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Lange, collects classic Pop songs and a score of longtime collaborator Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks! and others). The 2LP soundtrack also contains a new song from Pearl Jam, specifically written for the movie: "Man of the Hour". The soundtrack's Pop songs range from Bing Crosby's early-'30s Jazz hit "Dinah" to the '50s nostalgia of Buddy Holly's "Everyday" and Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up", right up to the '60s and '70s recollections of Canned Heat's "Let's Work Together" and "Ramblin' Man" by the Allman Brothers Band. The album was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
Since its introduction in 1992, over 400 million of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books have been printed in 32 languages, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. Now, the literary phenomenon gets its big screen debut. Its story revolves around a teenager who teams up with the daughter of a young R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black), after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland. The score to Goosebumps is in the hands of industry icon Danny Elfman. Over the last 30 years, Elfman has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry. He is known for creating The Simpsons main title theme, and scoring many movies, including the majority of his long-time friend Tim Burton's films. He has also collaborated with such directors as Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. His impressive resume mentions film scores for a.o. Milk, Good Will Hunting, Big Fish and Men in Black (all Oscar nominated), Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man (1 & 2) and many more. Elfman won a Grammy Award for Tim Burton's Batman, and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme.
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Joseph Abajian (DJ Jab) founded Fat Beats in 1994 with nothing more than a shoestring budget and an earnest obsession with the music, the culture, and the brotherhood of New York’s burgeoning rap scene. What began as a simple vinyl shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate on new projects. Joseph’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable. When the 90’s cultural zeitgeist – and, in turn, the music industry establishment – chose hip-hop as its new arbiter of cool.
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In the late nineties, Abajian proceeded to open new stores in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. He further expanded the company’s profile to include global distribution and record label branches. Distribution has since proven to be the company’s strongest and most enduring enterprise. Today Fat Beats Distribution stands poised as one of the country’s pre-eminent distributors of vinyl & specialty item records: a proud survivor in an industry now famous for its mortality rate. Despite market fluctuations, technology innovations, and stylistic revolutions, Fat Beats has remained steadfast in its commitment to the timeless vinyl format and to the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
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