Record Label: Kilawatt Music
Towards the end of last summer, after having toured throughout Europe and Asia, internationally renowned producer Eric Lau locked himself away in his North London studio, and quietly began creating the demos for what was to become his sophomore studio album One of Many. Five years later the unmistakable sound of his debut returns, but progressed, refined, and on an entirely new level. The album sees a familiar group of artists assemble, including singers Rahel, Tawiah, Fatima, Olivier St. Louis and Georgia Anne Muldrow. Recorded in a two-month window, and designed simply as a feel-good album, One of Many also sees Lau collaborate extensively with multi-instrumentalist Kaidi Tatham, whose legendary musicianship adds a new depth to already intricate productions. With lead single “Everytime” already setting the blogosphere ablaze, “One of Many” looks set to be the catalyst in a career with unlimited potential.
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"An outstanding 2LP compiling the best instrumentals of the greatest white rap group ever: the Beastie Boys. New Yorkers Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D crossed over into the mainstream in the mid 80s with their full-length Licensed to Ill and exploded any notions of one-dimensionality with its ambitious followups such as Paul's Boutique, On Check Your Head and Ill Communication. Taking influences from hardcore and hip hop, these innovators performed most of the music while integrating an array of rock samples, 808 beats and witty wordplay into an ever-intriguing sonic smorgasbord.
Tupac Shakur is still the best-selling hip hop artist and a modern tragic hero. Here's the definitive (and unofficial) instrumental collection of the man who was able to bring Hip Hop to mainstream with anthems such as Temptations, So Many Tears, California Love, etc.
It's official, The Doctor is back with a masterful body of work, dedicated to the people of the city where he came from: Compton. This is Dre's first new album since 2001. The album features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, The Game, Ice Cube, Xzibit among others.
In the early seventies, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were playing in rock and soul bands across New York City and the east coast, meeting up with Tony Thompson along the way and forming the rudiments of what would become one of the most powerful and successful pop/R&B outfits ever known. By 1977, Chic sailed into the top rungs of the charts with their smash debut single "Dance, Dance, Dance" along with the killer funk of their self-titled debut album. A year later, their chart fortunes multiplied with the release of C’est Chic. The #1 LP was chock full of hit singles, funk madness and probably some of the finest rock/funk/soul beats ever put to wax. Featuring the huge chart toppers "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love," Chic truly were at the top of their game across the world. Also featuring vocalists Alfa Anderson, Norma Jean Wright and future superstar Luther Vandross, Chic became the group of choice for party people, dance clubs and radio stations alike. Further cuts like the power track "Happy Man" and the stellar instrumental "Savoir Faire," helped C’est Chic sell over six million units during its first run at retail. Chic’s importance is still felt today with top groups like Daft Punk citing the group as an influence and collaborating with the funk and dance groove master himself, Mr. Nile Rodgers in 2013. Friday Music is pleased to usher in the their Chic 180 Gram Vinyl Series with the release of the goup's #1 groundbreaking masterwork C’est Chic, mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and featuring faithfully restored artwork elements.