Record Label: Duck Down Music
Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun have joined forces for a MONUMENTAL album. Pete Rock has provided the entire production on the album, as well as vocals on several key tracks including the title track, MONUMENTAL. The album features Bun B, Raekwon, Styles P, Sean Price, Buckshot, Black Rob, Freeway, Memphis Bleek, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Hurricane G, Top Dog of Boot Camp Clik, and Jahdan of Noble Society.
Limited first pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent 180 gram Vinyl. Soft Machine released their third album, surprisingly called Third in 1970. It is a double album with each side of the vinyl consisting of a single long composition. Its music explores the emerging Jazz Fusion of the type present on Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, which was released just a few months earlier. Third marks the most major of Soft Machine's several shifts in musical genre over their career, completing their transition from psychedelic music to Jazz. It is a significant milestone of the Canterbury scene, featuring interplay between the band's personnel: Mike Ratledge on keyboards, Robert Wyatt on drums, Hugh Hopper on bass and newest member Elton Dean on saxophone.
"Welcome to "Don't Look Down". This album is my ode to the ebbs and flows of life. It's ultimate credo is to keep your head up in the toughest of times. This collection of songs in its own way asks us repeatedly if we can stand up after being knocked down. With music born from my own successes, failures, and hard learned lessons, this poetry is woven as a cloak to conceal & nurture me when times are tough and as a consistent and reliable conduit to bliss in my attempts to live life vividly. Thematically, the album begins by following the main character through a harrowing set of circumstances (Pounds of Pressure and The Abyss). Due to the emotionally jarring nature of what occurs in tracks 1 & 2, the protagonist falls into a state of depression on track 3 (Everyday We Pray). By the end of "Everyday We Pray", optimism starts to seep back into the protagonist's outlook and the song "Let Go" represents just that. He is letting go of the challenging situations that have caused him despair. "A Better Day" is perhaps the height of his optimism shone through a lens of clarity & realism. "Whizdom", "Mission Accomplished", & "World Renown" represent ways in which I dive deep into poetry in order to create my own world and provide myself a respite from the ills of society . "iLL" is a turning point in which vulnerabilities creep back toward my surface. A deeply reflective state sets in, and I am left to ponder the ways of the world as I wish for something more. The closing track, "Don't Look Down" continues this reflective & humbled state, yet hauntingly echoes our mantra of resilience. I hope this album finds a place in your life as it is truly me sharing some important pieces of mine..." -Mr. Lif
David Bowie's The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars erased borders, eliminated stereotypes, broke open cultural possibilities, and spawned a legacy like no other. More than four decades after its release, the record remains one of the most electrifying and brilliant works ever released. Again available on 180g vinyl LP, it is here presented in freshly remastered sound that does justice to Bowie, Mick Ronson, and company's creative genius. Ziggy Stardust is an album written by an aspirant rock star in the guise of a hugely successful one. This nifty deceit has led to it being dubbed the first post-modern pop record. Its songs obtusely referenced aspects of rock history, whilst at the same time tell a story of a future world of extraterrestrial intervention and space-age androgyny. Ziggy Stardust works so well because it's a concept album with the ‘concept' taken out. So much of pop music would have been unthinkable, unimaginable, without this record. In pop, you're always best remembered for your initial breakthrough. Bowie's career trajectory through soul, electronica and avant-garde pop is perhaps, in part, an attempt to free himself from this stereotyping circa 1972.