Record Label: Redefinition Records
Introducing Klaus Layer...
This 7" flexi disc features "Illest In Charge" by Klaus Layer featuring Cali's finest MC: Blu!
"Illest In Charge" (3:07)
Produced by Klaus Layer
Vocals Written & Performed by Blu
What's a Flexi Disc / SOUNDSHEET?
It's a phonograph record made of a thin, flexible vinyl sheet with a molded-in spiral stylus groove on one side, and is designed to be playable on a normal phonograph turntable. Flexible records were commercially introduced by Eva-tone in 1962, but were previously available in the Soviet Union as "roentgenizdat", "bones" or "ribs", underground samizdat recordings on x-ray film.
Now ! About Spare Overtime / Damu The Fudgemunk & RedefinitionIt was 5 years ago. If you’re familiar with “How it Should Sound” (RDF007), this is how it all started. Back in winterof 2008, Damu the Fudgemunk released a collection of instrumentals entitled, “Spare Time” (RDF002) as a free digital download to the masses. It was this album that introduced Damu as a solo artist and Redefinition Records to thousands, taking blogs and file sharing sites by storm. “Spare Time” was such a success, that a sequel “Overtime” (RDF003) was released in the summer of 2008. Collectively, both “Spare Time” and “Overtime” have exceeded over 200,000 downloads to date. With the rapid growth of Redef and the expansion of Damu the Fudgemunk, several titles have been released since in various formats making both the brand and artist, one of the most respected and relevant in independent hip hop. Ironically, “Spare Time” and “Overtime” never saw a proper release on vinyl or cd until now. The fans have spoken over the years requesting this material in physical form and to popular demand, “Spare Overtime RE-Inspired...” is the answer.Damu is a producer/DJ (and an occasional MC) from Washington DC who co-owns and operates Redefinition Records. Redef is a 100% indie hip-hop label that releases music on all formats and despite their low-key and humble approach, Redef has has released music featuring a surprising cast of characters including hip-hop icons such as MF Doom, Talib Kweli, Blu, Pete Rock, Grap Luva, K-Def, Kev Brown, The Artifacts, Germany’s Klaus Layer, and even Kanye West.About Spare OverTime...Newly recorded, re-sequenced and retitled versions of the beloved instrumentals were prepared for this album. Both “Spare Time” and “Overtime” have been consolidated into one and in the vein of “How it Should Sound”, Damu revisited all the old floppy disks to create the best listening experience. Constructed on his MPC 2000, the album is intact with The Fudgemunk’s signature production style and interludes. Two freshly composed unreleased tracks were conceived exclusively for the deluxe version which includes a 45. This is quite a bonus for fans who want more new music from Damu the Fudgemunk. Damu’s previous release, the “Spur Momento Trailer EP (RDF-C001)” was a step in a new sonic direction. His latest, “Spare Overtime Re-Inspired...” is reassuring that he hasn’t completely abandoned the sound he is known for, unlike some other artists who progress.
Klaus Layer uses his sampler as an instrument to construct the many layers of music all wrapped up in his songs. The Berlin Wall coming down was a huge event that opened up this musician’s mind and ears to whole new horizons, and it is a huge part of what he sounds like. Able to digest new music, artists, and movies, this historic time would propel him forward and shape his sound we know it today. Klaus’ fascination with antique bizarreness and the surreal grants his work a unique and instantly recognizable personality that transcends his inspirations. It’s a sound that demands and rewards repeat listens. On Restless Adventures, the beloved East Coast aesthetic of his influences are inverted somewhat with what seems to be a preoccupation with the sublimity of the organic green world. The effects are minute, subtle, and highly effectual. The ambient sounds of nature that Klaus organically weaves between layers of snappy drums and warped samples could be described as both psychedelic and organic … unfamiliar, yet strangely comforting. Kudos to Klaus for delivering a brave and experimental album to be enjoyed on numerous levels; it swings right for Hip-Hop heads, has layers of exotic instrumentation on top, and potentially something else in-between for listeners who like to look for narratives in their music. Perhaps most impressively, it does all of this a lot more cohesively than the title would have you think. The (Restless) Adventures of Captain Crook continue. All Songs Produced & Recorded by Klaus Layer in Germany.
Born and raised in Washington DC, Damu The Fudgemunk of the hip hop group Y Society has been building a loyal fanbase through his soulful, multi-layered beats, which he crafts using little more than an Akai MPC 2000, a huge record collection and a stack of floppy discs. With How It Should Sound Volume 1 & 2, Damu looks to continue to build upon his already solid discography, while simultaneously reaching new fans and keeping his core audience satisfied with new music. This release bears all the hallmarks of Damu’s signature aesthetic. Crunchy drums bolster intricately woven narratives of soul-infused samples in compositions that thump and groove all at the same time. Horns appear from nowhere before dissolving sumptuously into the mix. Layers are steadily unveiled only to gradually fold back in on themselves. As with Damu’s previous releases, retailers and fans should expect this release, especially the limited cassette versions, to move rather quickly.
One word summary: DRUMS! Enter the world of J-Zone, the self-proclaimed jack of all trades / master of none. Truth be told, J is one of Hip Hop’s most underrated rapper / producer / author / drummers. The Iconic NYC native earned his stripes as a veteran producer and MC with a string of critically acclaimed albums in the late 90’s-2000’s and recently made his mark impact as an author with his honest and humorous look at the music biz in “Root For The Villain.” Redefinition Records & The Drum Broker are proud to bring you this special treat: J-Zone’s ‘Lunch Breaks’ is a compilation of original and familiar drum breaks performed and recorded by J-Zone. This break record/album is a must have for any drum aficionado, beatmaker, producer, or J-Zone fan. As a writer, producer, MC, and now Drummer, the Chief Chinchilla has earned himself a cult following that deserves nothing less than full attention. These are must have drums!