Record Label: (iN)Sect Records
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Guilty Simpson, Detroit MC and all-around Bad-Man on the MIC drops two unreleased tracks over underground producers from Detroit, California and Texas.
The A-side , "Close Curtains", is a crazy Bass-filled production by Mexicans With Guns real-life alter-ego Ernest Gonzales (Innovative Leisure) who hails from San Antonio with DJ NickNack (Crowd Control Records) on the cuts.
Side B starts off with "Unbelievable" , a banger with production from underground veteran Slautah (from Guilty’s crew Almighty Dreadnaughts out of Detroit), also featured is a Remix provided by brand new beatsmith, Boom Baptist, who hails from Austin, TX and recently played Low End Theory & Beat Cinema on his West Coast Tour. Think DIBIA$E or DEVONWHO.
The two additional remixes of "Close Curtains" are both digital only. They include that of duo KONE (who just dropped his LP, "New Los Angeles" on Alphapup) and Fat Albert Einstein. Both of whom can be found on any given Thursday night in L.A. with House Shoes spinning that real shit. Here they give up a soulful live take on the song with Al on Drums. The second comes from Austin’s soundfounder (iNSECT). He manages to rip an amazingly simple but crushing beat for his flip. With Cowbell and Vincent Price. He recently dropped his LP "Complete Dream Home" on the (iN).
This release is limited to 300 copies Worldwide on Red Vinyl, with Blue Labels and Yellow Cover.
Brookyn-based Hip-Hop indie, Coalmine Records, gets set for the limited edition 7-inch pressing of Blu’s “”Kiss the Sky”” single, produced by M-Phazes, b/w the Large Professor Remix, featuring DJ Revolution. The A-side version, originally released digitally in May of 2012, has been revered as one of Blu’s strongest solo effort singles to date, reminiscent of his sound akin to 2007’s, ‘Below the Heavens.’ This 7-inch is to be released in conjunction with Coalmine Records’ forthcoming compilation LP, ‘Remineded: A Collection of New & Old Remixes,’ and will be packaged with a free album download card of the compilation. “The title ‘Kiss The Sky’ is very defining to myself holding the name Blu…” -Blu
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With over 8 years in and appearing on over 30 vinyl releases, Damu the Fudgemunk has built a modest following and a collectible catalog. With his latest release, Public Assembly (cover photo shot at the legendary Fat Beats record store in NYC), his label Redefinition Records decided to empower fans with a role in the selection process. Is this a greatest hits? Not quite, but a highlight reel of sorts influenced by carefully analyzed comments in Redef's social networking community, hence the LP title. Many consider, "The Greatest Hits Album" overdue, but for a man who considers "his best work has yet to be released", Public Assembly is the Fudgemunk's artist statement that brings things to date full circle. 10 full length instrumentals from various projects are consolidated into one album. Over half the featured tracks were either never released on vinyl (Hole Up and Streamline instrumentals) or released in limited quantities (Supply Intro). For newcomers, Public Assembly is the full course introduction into Damu the Fudgemunk's vast catalog. For those who have been on board over the years the record connects the dots in one sitting. Either way, with the growing expansions of Damu and Redefinition records, it's safe to assume this won't be last of their projects rallied by the people.
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".