Record Label: (iN)Sect Records
Reaganometry aka Reagan VanMatre and Butcher Bear aka Butch Webster, come to you from deep inside the TEXAS border. Born and raised in Temple and Austin, respectively, they have been pushing the envelope separately and together for the last 12 years. They met while working in the group Attack Formation, and went on to write and release 3 LPs with that group. Since then, they have been creating electronic sound scapes that focus on the ethereal, Reaganometry, and the dark chords filled with fierce drum blasts, Butcher Bear.
Their new split LP, entitled “R&B”, is the first vinyl offering from both of these guys. The music inside this package is night and day between the two of them. Instrumental experimental music with a Bear on one side and an ex-president at the helm who is dreaming in color on the other. Highlights include a cover of another (iN)sect artist, “GFY” written by California Party Girls with Butch flipping the drums from the as-yet- unreleased ‘all-drum’ LP by another Texas man, AADM OUR HATLEY. Reaganometry provides extra keys on side “BB”, while Butcher Bear offers some extra guitar work on the “R” side. This is a mind-bender but a truly solid offering from TEXAS
This marks their first vinyl release together. And it’s on black wax. Photography by Exclamation Marc Artwork by RECSPECT
Brookyn-based Hip-Hop indie, Coalmine Records, gets set for the limited edition 7-inch pressing of Blu’s “”Kiss the Sky”” single, produced by M-Phazes, b/w the Large Professor Remix, featuring DJ Revolution. The A-side version, originally released digitally in May of 2012, has been revered as one of Blu’s strongest solo effort singles to date, reminiscent of his sound akin to 2007’s, ‘Below the Heavens.’ This 7-inch is to be released in conjunction with Coalmine Records’ forthcoming compilation LP, ‘Remineded: A Collection of New & Old Remixes,’ and will be packaged with a free album download card of the compilation. “The title ‘Kiss The Sky’ is very defining to myself holding the name Blu…” -Blu
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With over 8 years in and appearing on over 30 vinyl releases, Damu the Fudgemunk has built a modest following and a collectible catalog. With his latest release, Public Assembly (cover photo shot at the legendary Fat Beats record store in NYC), his label Redefinition Records decided to empower fans with a role in the selection process. Is this a greatest hits? Not quite, but a highlight reel of sorts influenced by carefully analyzed comments in Redef's social networking community, hence the LP title. Many consider, "The Greatest Hits Album" overdue, but for a man who considers "his best work has yet to be released", Public Assembly is the Fudgemunk's artist statement that brings things to date full circle. 10 full length instrumentals from various projects are consolidated into one album. Over half the featured tracks were either never released on vinyl (Hole Up and Streamline instrumentals) or released in limited quantities (Supply Intro). For newcomers, Public Assembly is the full course introduction into Damu the Fudgemunk's vast catalog. For those who have been on board over the years the record connects the dots in one sitting. Either way, with the growing expansions of Damu and Redefinition records, it's safe to assume this won't be last of their projects rallied by the people.
This 12-inch was released leading up to the full-length Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Cover by Jeff Jank showing the night view of Quasimoto's building where who-the-hell-knows-what goes on at all hours of the night.
Lord Quas, Madlib and Melvin Van Peebles on some fantastic, nightmarish planet, tripping hard. As hallucinatory a hip hop experience as you can possibly hope to experience without mushrooms. For some reason, the remix was featured first, and, as a result was the version featured on The Unseen album. So peep the original version – available only on this 12".