Record Label: Fat Beats Records
There’s a lot to be learned from Large Professor – how to produce, how to rhyme, how to cultivate new talent, how to stay creative and consistent for decades. The passing years only increase his legendary status – as a major collaborator with Main Source, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, etc. – while re-confirming his originality with each new project. So what’s on the syllabus for the Professor’s latest class? In his own words: “taking it back to the B-boy uprock style.”
His latest masterwork Professor @ Large drops June 26 on Fat Beats Records. Large’s impeccable craftsmanship shines on each of the 15 songs, many of them at upbeat park jam tempos. Whether he’s spitting hard with MOP’s Lil Fame, dropping an ill instrumental, or casting his wizened gaze out of the kaleidoscopic cover art, Large Pro is always smooth, on point and uniquely himself.
In addition to Lil Fame, the album features a connoisseur’s selection of fine MCs: Busta Rhymes reminiscing in double-time on “Straight from the Golden”; Cormega and Tragedy Khaddafi bringing the streets on “Focused Up”; Mic Geronimo and Grand Daddy IU keeping cool on “Mack Don Illz”; and Cormega, Saigon, Roc Marciano and Action Bronson comprising the stunning “M.A.R.S” – easily the best posse cut of 2012. In a classy move, Large Pro gives Marco Polo the album’s only production guest spot on the title track.
4th Edition, limited! Lil Ugly Mane is a rapper and producer from Richmond, Va. who also happens to be what is known as “the truth.” As the most mysterious affiliate of Spaceghostpurrp’s Raider Klan collective, he’s that dude who designs all their Master P-meets-Morbid Angel lookin’ album covers. As a producer, he makes beats so thick and creamy it makes Clams Casino’s shit sound like Drake songs. Vibe-wise, the dude just gets everything right. Think Pimp C on a Gravediggaz track. If that doesn't make your dick hard, then your dick is retarded.
Limited to 100 units and exclusive to Fat Beats, the Pizza Boxset of A Couple Of Slices features a shirt, 7", LP and "Secret Cassette", all enclosed in a custom screenprinted "A Couple of Slices" pizza box. Couple Of Slices Red Apples 45's Couple Of Slices pairs the production of Ray West and the lyrics of the legendary Kool Keith. The original cover illustration by Greg Mac depicts a futuristic pizzeria set in outer space, a perfect setting for the wizard Kool Keith to serve up slices to hungry space travelers. Keith's wizardry intertwines with Ray West's melodies to create a mood of sarcastic romance at the same time setting rappers straight. Proudly recorded in the Bronx, all the writing and concepts were done together in the studio. Mixed with great detail by Phil Moffa at Butcha Sound NYC with features from AG of DITC, Cormega, 3rd Eye & Dyin Breed.
2LP white vinyl, limited to 1500 copies. Includes bonus material not on the digital version. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with a download card. Invada Records is proud to announce to the release of the score to Alex Garland’s 2015 Sci-fi film EX MACHINA, by Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow on vinyl. The film having already been released in the UK has enjoyed rave reviews including Sight & Sound naming it their ‘Film Of The Week’ and the Guardian describing it as a “dazzlingly good-looking technological thriller”. EX MACHINA is the directorial debut of Alex Garland, the man behind 28 DAYS LATER and SUNSHINE. It stars a trio of rising stars – Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander, who portrays a robot built to test the boundaries between humans and machines. Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow join forces for a second time since their creation of DROKK, their unused score for 2012 motion picture DREDD, to create the dark, synth heavy score for EX MACHINA. Recently speaking to Gigwise of working with Geoff and Ben, Garland explains: “they have an incredibly high quality control level. I think they’re kind of amazing. What they do is they keep you honest, they are pretty fierce”. Geoff Barrow says, “It’s been great for Ben and I to be working with Alex again, and hopefully we have written the kind of score an intense sci-fi thriller like this needs” with Salisbury adding "we wanted to slightly get away from the type of soundtrack album that has a huge track-list with lots of short cues. Instead, we’ve tried to put together an album of fuller length tracks, by segueing some of our cues and creating a structure and shape that mirrors the film in some way."
The Academy Award-nominated score for Aliens is an appropriate musical companion to this wildly successful sequel. Much like the film, the soundtrack is a departure from the original, but equally beloved. Composer James Horner took the reigns from Jerry Goldsmith and made something his own: blending the suspense and horror that the franchise is known for, with an element of fun that is unique to this entry. This deluxe edition soundtrack features over a dozen cues that have never before been released on vinyl, including 5 bonus tracks. Commenting on the design, artist Killian Eng said, “I wanted the alien to play a big role but at the same time incorporate its shape into the materials of the space station, almost like it becomes the station itself, keeping the marines in a steady merciless grip.”