Record Label: Fat Beats Records
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From the duo who brought you the modern classic Below The Heavens comes the first official release in anticipation of their forthcoming follow up album Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. Dirty Science & Fat Beats are proud to release the Maybe One Day EP, a limited 10" featuring marquee tracks and instrumentals from Blu & Exile. While merely a taste of what is to come, "Maybe One Day" Is the perfect step in reaffirming the duo’s position at the forefront of LA’s burgeoning beat scene.
A1 - Maybe One Day ft. Black Spade
A2 - I Am Jean
A3 - Cent From Heaven
B1 - A Man (Keys, Instrument Arrangement & Additional Vocals By I,CED)
B2 - Maybe One Day Inst.
B3 - I Am Jean Inst.
Tronic is the third Solo album by Detroit MC/Producer Black Milk, originally released in 2008. Considered by many to be the LP that elevated Black to a new level after previously releasing solo efforts Popular Demand and Sound of The City. After being out of print for over six years, the deluxe silver edition reissue of Tronic is pressed on double silver vinyl, with a bonus 7” featuring five unreleased beats.
As one of the most-celebrated auteurs of his generation of hip hop artists, Black Milk has conditioned fans and critics to always expect the unexpected each time he releases new music. Few producers have earned the notoriety and respect he has as a musician, and when that is coupled with commanding talent as an emcee, it’s no surprise that his solo releases are met with exalted anticipation. The new full-length album “No Poison No Paradise” continues Black Milk’s trend of releasing material that maintains his signature sound while pushing it into new territory. Musically, each of Black Milk’s releases have kept one foot dipped in classical boom-bap and the other stomping with a fierce originality and willingness to expand his listeners’ sonic palate. “No Poison No Paradise” leaves behind the density and heavily- layered sounds of his 2010 release “Album of the Year” in favor of a more stripped-down approach. Some tracks showcase the raw sample-driven styles that helped make him one of Detroit’s hottest young talents nearly a decade ago. Others flex some of the sophistication and musicality that have helped to make his live show among the most-acclaimed in hip hop. Whichever direction he decides to take it, all of the trademark characteristics of Black’s music are fully apparent throughout the album: hard drums, melodic synths, and nimble flows. Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of “No Poison No Paradise” is the evolution of Black Milk’s lyrical style. While he’s never been shy to get personal on the mic, Black introduces a refined ability as a storyteller on the new release, mostly told through the dreams of a character named Sonny. The album’s songs are steeped in autobiographical themes and construct rich visceral imagery of everything from the experience of growing up in a rough working-class neighborhood of Detroit to the struggles of maintaining one’s inspiration and success as an artist. Even with his lyrical progression, Black’s rap styles are unquestionably sharper and more varied than ever. “No Poison No Paradise” is another accomplished full-length solo release for Black Milk, and a return to form for one of hip hop’s most versatile talents. The album features guest appearances by Grammy-Award winners Black Thought (The Roots), Robert Glasper, and Dwele, as well as long-time collaborators Will Sessions, Mel, and Ab.
Produced entirely by MF DOOM Following the success of two collaborative releases (EMC “The Show”/2008 and Ace & Edo G “Arts & Entertainment” /2009), Masta Ace joins forces with the metal faced MF Doom for Son of Yvonne, a highly personal concept album that celebrates the life and legacy of Ace’s recently departed Mother. Like his 2004 landmark Disposable Arts, Son of Yvonne is meticulously constructed with stories, settings, and characters that resonate with flesh and bone humanity. Interstitial vignettes provide a thematic backbone to the experience, and each track complements and completes the previous to form a narrative whole: a sometimes visceral, sometimes nostalgic slice of Ace’s young life in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Entirely underscored by MF Doom’s iconic Special Herbs instrumentals, Son of Yvonne features the Juice Crew general Big Daddy Kane, new comers Pav Bundy (The Bundies), Reggie B and even MF Doom on the mic. It’s Masta Ace’s no frills flow, however, that looms largest above the dusty samples and digger loops that define Doom’s production. Ace’s photo-realistic rhymes about stick-up kids, spraycan artists and wack emcees add extra gravity to his already celebrated reputation as “truly an under-appreciated rap veteran and underground luminary” (Allmusic Guide). Like Eminem recalls in his 2008 autobiography The Way I Am, “Masta Ace had amazing storytelling skills. His thoughts were so vivid.”
With a wide-ranging repertoire that includes funk, soul, jazz, and hip hop, Will Sessions has been one of Detroit’s most active bands for many years. In addition to releasing numerous singles for the cult vinyl-only label Funk Night Records, the band has collaborated with artists as diverse as Elzhi (The Elmatic LP), Griz, Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce 5’9”), Danny Brown, Mayer Hawthorne, and Black Milk. In 2011, they even backed Motown legend Dennis Coffey on the main stage at Bonnaroo. In 2012, Will Sessions introduced Mix Takes 1 / 2, live recreations of some of their favorite hip hop songs presented with seamless transitions in the style of a mixtape. On June 23, 2015, Fat Beats Records will release the third and fourth installment of the series, focusing on classic funk/soul covers, pressed on limited edition vinyl. The complete collection of all four “Takes” will also be released simultaneously as a deluxe edition CD. Mix Takes showcases the band’s individual talents and reflects the airtight performances that have made them one of the hottest live bands in Detroit. Now with Mix Takes complete, Will Sessions prepares to release their first album of funk originals in late 2015.