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Box Set Includes: 3 LPs of The Future Is Now pressed on extremely limited, nuclear-radiated Glow In The Dark Vinyl 40" x 24" Mear One Poster of the original cover art 10" x 10" Booklet Bonus 7" featuring an unreleased Large Professor-produced song from the original The Future Is Now sessions. Fresh off their NYC Halloween reunion appearance, indie powerhouse Non Phixion drops the ultimate vinyl version of "The Future Is Now". This limited edition box set includes "The Future Is Now" album on 3 LPs, 40" x 24" Mear One poster of cover art, 10" x 10" booklet and a 7-inch record of a previously unreleased Large Professor produced song from the original "TFIN" sessions. 400 will be pressed in the jaw-dropping "Triple Haze" variant and an extremely limited 100 copies will be available in the nuclear-radiated "Glow In The Dark" variant. This triple vinyl box set is limited to these 500 and exclusively available through www.fatbeats.com. A double vinyl version without all the bells and whistles will be available Spring 2015.
Two legendary DJs. One tape. DJ Spinna mixes the best of 90’s west coast hip hop on one side, while J.Rocc mixes the best of 90’s east coast hip hop on the other.
When it comes to making great music, sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. Today’s 140-character absorbed music lover may not be used to the experience of sitting through an entire album, but that is about to change. The first full-length collaboration from Royce Da 5’9” and DJ Premier will be celebrated for its true Hip-Hop makeup and its overall purpose. This is one of the reasons they started making music in the first place, and this is why they formed the group PRhyme. Individually, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9” have long been established in hip-hop culture. PRhyme is the first full-length record from the duo and is comprised of nine tracks featuring the likes of today’s most prolific artists in the industry, including Common, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Mac Miller and Dwele. Sprinkled with classic hip-hop elements, the album is refreshingly contemporary, featuring the slick spitting of Royce Da 5’9 and vivid cuts and scratched hooks that have long been DJ Premier’s calling card. With the entire album composed of samples courtesy of psychedelic soul composer and producer Adrian Younge (Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah), the record stands apart, sounding like nothing else in the hip hop market today. With PRhyme, Royce Da 5’9 and DJ Premier raise the bar and present an unprecedented work of art, reminding listeners what hip-hop is supposed to sound like.
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.
Box Set Includes: 3 LPs of The Future Is Now pressed on extremely limited, jaw-dropping Triple Haze Vinyl 40" x 24" Mear One Poster of the original cover art 10" x 10" Booklet Bonus 7" featuring an unreleased Large Professor-produced song from the original The Future Is Now sessions. Fresh off their NYC Halloween reunion appearance, indie powerhouse Non Phixion drops the ultimate vinyl version of "The Future Is Now". This limited edition box set includes "The Future Is Now" album on 3 LPs, 40" x 24" Mear One poster of cover art, 10" x 10" booklet and a 7-inch record of a previously unreleased Large Professor produced song from the original "TFIN" sessions. 400 will be pressed in the jaw-dropping "Triple Haze" variant and an extremely limited 100 copies will be available in the nuclear-radiated "Glow In The Dark" variant. This triple vinyl box set is limited to these 500 and exclusively available through www.fatbeats.com. A double vinyl version without all the bells and whistles will be available Spring 2015.
A long time in the making! This LP is a special one. One- half funky instrumentals from the Tee See Connection, one- half breakbeats! Featuring some of the heavy hitters from the Colemine roster including Jungle Fire, Monophonics, The Jive Turkeys, and Los Sospechos! All new, original breakbeats recorded live to tape and ready to be chopped up!
Classic Boom Bap sound with great lyrical emcees
Still residing on Planet Earth, Ras G continues his heralded legacy as an international influence in Global Beat-Making and Underground Hip Hop. Down To Earth Vol. 2 is G at his most mellow, undoubtedly crafting his smoothest work to date. The body of work presented is not only his most accessible, but an essential trip towards the origins of Ras G's upbringing. When entering Space Base, visualize Golden Era Hip Hop Polo Jackets & Dashiki Shirts. Restrict your culinary diet to home-cooked Vegetarian Ethiopian Cuisine. Celebrate listening to pioneers Pete Rock, Diamond D, Madlib, and J Dilla. Study the tools of the trade devoutly, not forcefully. Allow the MPC200XL, SP-404, and Technics 1200s to become humble extensions of the human form. "Dedicated to those all over the planet who recognize and respect the sound. Much more music coming sooner than later....roll that weed up...we going everywhere destinations unknown." - Ras G
Fresh off their NYC Halloween reunion appearance, indie powerhouse Non Phixion drops the ultimate premium version of "The Future Is Now", featuring the group's classic debut in full on cassette. Available exclusively through Fat Beats.
2014 2CD/DVD Deluxe edition reissue which includes the original album, executive produced by Rick Rubin, & produced by Hank Shocklee and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D.), better known as the Bomb Squad. It features the classic tracks, "Bring the Noise," "Don't Believe the Hype," "Louder Than a Bomb" and "Rebel Without a Pause." The second disc includes 13 rare bonus mixes, among them the original "No Noise" version of "Bring the Noise," instrumental versions of "Rebel Without a Pause," "Night of the Living Baseheads" and "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," as well as the soundtrack version of "Fight the Power" from Spike Lee's groundbreaking Do the Right Thing movie. The third disc is a DVD of the 1989 VHS release Fight the Power.. Live, directed by Hart Perry and long unavailable for sale. It includes the original videos for "Fight the Power," "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" and "Night of the Living Baseheads" along with several live performances.
The Deluxe Edition of Fear of a Black Planet includes the original album, produced by the Bomb Squad and featuring the hit singles, 'Fight the Power,' 'Welcome to the Terrordome' and Flavor Flav's '911 Is a Joke.' The second disc includes 18 rare bonus mixes, among them, the almost 10 minute-long 'Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley),' three separate remixes of 'Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man!;' an uncensored and extended version of 'Anti-Ni***r Machine'; instrumental takes on '911 Is a Joke,' 'Power to the People,' 'Revolutionary Generation' and 'War at 33 1/3,' in addition to three separate mixes of 'Fight the Power,' including the 'Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee' take, featuring Branford Marsalis on sax. Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stone's list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' and was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2005. The album is certified platinum by the RIAA for more than one million shipped, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Writes Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Torres in the liner notes, 'Though it sits in the shadow of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, Fear of a Black Planet is a formidable contender for one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded.'
Warner Bros. Records has signed a global recording contract with legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, including RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna. The group's first release on the label will be the highly-anticipated 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which will be available December 2nd. This will be the 1st release from the legendary group in 7 years.
The Doppelgangaz is an American Hip-Hop group from Orange County, New York consisting of rapper/producer Matter Ov Fact and rapper/producer EP. They have released four full-length albums (two of which are primarily instrumental) and one EP. The group was included on Raw Roots’ “Top Underground Artists Of 2011 list. They were featured in Europe’s biggest Hip-Hop magazine Juice in support of their 2011 album Lone Sharks. In 2012, the group was covered in the major American Hip- Hop magazine XXL in its “The Break” section, which highlights up and coming Hip-Hop acts. This is the first-ever vinyl release of the group’s debut EP, and includes the original vocal versions with the instrumentals included on the B-side.
This is the first ever vinyl release of "As Live As It Gets", which will be backed by the track's never-before-released instrumental. Limited to 250 copies. 'As Live As it Gets' is a reiteration of their classic hip hop sound with a dope Phoniks beat and Awon and Dephlow doing their thing. - The Music Reform
Two funky instrumentals from Leroi Conroy. Featuring members of The Jive Turkeys, Jungle Fire, and The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble. "Remember When" is a mid-tempo jam that Isaac Hayes would be proud of while the B-side, "La Gran Mesa", is a nasty, gritty joint that sounds more like something RZA would come up with.
When we (New Los Angeles) asked Repeated Measures, aka Chris Norwood, to make us an album, he set out to create a "sci-fi love story," in his words. "A soulful journey through deep space." During the creation of this album, he was hospitalized twice for a medical anomaly that causes one of his lungs to repeatedly collapse. After several surgeries to find and repair the problem, finishing this album served as both a challenge and motivator. Couple that experience with an attempt to take the listener to the place where stars are born, and you have an album that could only be named one thing. Collapse. The deluxe edition of Collapse features not only a gorgeous pressing of the album on top-quality virgin vinyl, but also contains a 32-page, full-color booklet of entirely original art that was created specifically for this release. It also features custom buttons and a Collapse sticker. Only the first 100 copies will be deluxe edition, so you definitely shouldn't sleep on this one.
This exclusive second press on pink/yellow swirled vinyl is limited to 500 copies. The record is pressed at 45rpm for optimal sound quality and housed in a full color gatefold jacket & center labels, complete with lyrics.
After a string of her own DIY EPs, Low Leaf teams up with the burgeoning Fresh Selects label for the release of her official label debut, AKASHAALAY. Her most fully realized and conceptual project to date, Akasha is a 10 song spiritual tribute to Low's homeland, The Philippines. Inspired by her extended stays while touring there in recent years, and heartbroken by the tragedies the islands have recently faced, Low took to her instruments and wrote from the heart to her home. With themes of resurgence, unity, chaos, and gratitude – all rooted in tradition but looking towards the future – AKASHAALAY stands as a unique and powerful statement both to and from a region that's all-too-unheard in American music today. Sonically, Low Leaf is heard here in her sharpest form yet – mixing the acoustic harp sound of her Alchemizing Dawn release, with the electronic experimentation of UNEARTHly – showing much growth and improvement upon them both, with a keen sense for traditional pop songwriting added in as well.
If you need some wires to be hustled, this Wellington, New Zealand-based music production duo is the one to get, ‘cause they are powered by electricity! It’s the kind of electricity that has made fans across the globe, from UK tastemaker Gilles Peterson to KCRW’s own Anthony Valadez and Aaron Byrd, both who cited Electric Wire Hustle’s debut as their favorite release of 2009. Nearly half a decade later, they are back with another batch of mutant electro-soul that combines the ease of 70s yacht rock with 80s-era R&B passion and a 21st century ambiance. Their lyrics take inspiration from the album’s title, Love Can Prevail, to offer up impassioned pleas for togetherness (mostly of the romantic variety). Songs like “If These Are the Last Days” & “Look in the Sky” have echoes of Marvin Gaye’s ability to switch between outright sexiness and a higher consciousness, while the near-instrumental “Light Goes a Long Way” almost veers into progressive rock territory, with its angular synth lines and busy drumming. Like their fellow countrymen Fat Freddy’s Drop, Electric Wire Hustle are defying expectations of what kinds of music to expect from their region of the globe.
A collaboration of Dakim from Detroit and Fumitake Tamura (Bun) from Japan. The two construct beats by exchanging sound sources with each other, everything from ambient sounds to avant-garde beats.
Just in time for Black Friday, Secret Stash Records is releasing “Just How Much Can One Man Stand” by The Valdons. This marks the second new release from these historic Twin Cities soul singers in the last year and the sixth in a continuing series of new 45s from Secret Stash. For years, Secret Stash has reissued and compiled seldom heard sixties and seventies soul, African, and Latin music. Recently they have started channeling those aesthetics and sounds into new recordings. The pair of sides on this new release are a perfect representation of the label's two focuses. The A-side is a new recording by The Valdons, while the flip side unearths a long forgotten 1971 demo of the same song. In Spring 2013, The Valdons hit the studio for the first time in over forty years. Each of the three tracks laid to tape that day had been written and demoed out by the group in the early 1970s, but never finished. The first two tracks were released that winter as their debut Secret Stash 45, “Stop, Wait A Minute Girl” b/w “Whatcha Gonna Do.” Record collectors the world over took note, blowing through its first pressing in a few short weeks. The third gorgeous track from that session, “Just How Much Can One Man Stand,” remained on the shelf. Close to a full year after that session, Valdons singer Monroe Wright III played another cassette for Secret Stash's Eric Foss. It contained an alternate early 1970s workup of “Just How Much Can One Man Stand.” While what the group recorded in 2013 mirrored practically note-for- note their first cassette demo, this version was more laid back; the silky smooth lead from Napoleon Crayton effortlessly floating on top of the band, with guitarist Donald Breedlove dishing out Wes Montgomery- esque octave licks. The cassette had been played many times over the years, and that left the recording sounding rough around the edges. Still, this long forgotten demo, propelled by a tremendous singer and band at their prime, is one of only a handful of existing recordings by these Twin Cities legends. Despite its sonic shortcomings, Secret Stash's Will Gilbert recalled, “There was no way we could let this remain unheard!”
ECLIPSE is the project born from the meeting between Holy Two & Zerolex, for a uniqu, challenging mixture of folk, electro-pop, new wave and hip-hop. A kind of visionary sound experience with Elodie’s elegant, airy voice accompanied by jazz keys, switching with ease between gospel vocals and rap verses -- Eclipse often sounds somewhere between Alt-J, Bon Iver, Patti Smith, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday. If the union between Two Holy & Zerolex may seem unlikely at first, their universe doesn’t make them incompatible. Proof in music with this release offering original tracks, remixes and exclusives. Distilled with care and patience, this project intend to surprise and bring together different the public. It is also and above all motivated by a personal desire to produce challenging new things through a different musical genre.
When director Tony Silver and co-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape was physically transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality, and the voice of their community. In STYLE WARS, New York’s ramshackle subway system is their public playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas. As MC’s, DJ’s and B-boys rock the city with new sounds and new moves, we see street corner breakdance battles turn into performance art. “Anybody who wants to understand what hip hop is all about needs to see a movie called Style Wars.” — KRS-One “A breakthrough documentary.” –– A.O. Scott, The New York Times “The Holy Grail of hip-hop movies.” –– XLR8R “Hip hop’s Rosetta Stone.” – VIBE
Producer/writer/drummer/MC/DJ/master of lampoonery, J-Zone, returns with a 7” single of new material. “Stick Up” is a dirty, dusty instrumental that features J-Zone behind the drum kit trading syncopated funk grooves with carnival- style Hammond organ in a workout that’s as close to a funk 45 from 1969 as you’ll get in 2014. The controversial flip side, “Mad Rap,” is a vocal affair that sees Zone and sidekick, Chief Chinchilla, challenging the word “hater,” a handful of celebrities, rap music and the slow death of the unpopular opinion. Limited to 500 copies.