Fantastic Volume 2, the most highly lauded release from Detroit’s Slum Village, receives its praise largely from the production of the late James Yancey. His subtle yet unforgettable bass lines and unmistakable soulful groove make the production value of Volume 2 yet another feather in the cap of Jay Dee’s career. For the first time ever on 3LP vinyl, Jay Dee’s beats are on full display on Fantastic Volume 2: Instrumentals.
This deluxe package features the entire original tracklisting plus the later released remixes on three pieces of wax, housed in a stunning 6 panel gatefold jacket. The release also included a limited edition 24x24 poster.
A1: Intro A2: Conant Gardens A3: Climax (Girl Sh**) A4: Jealousy
B1: Hold Tight B2: Tell Me B3: I Don’t Know B4: What It’s All About
C1: Forth And Back C2: Untitled / Fantastic C3: Fall In Love C4: Get Dis Money
D1: Raise It Up D2: Once Upon A Time D3: Players
E1: Eyes Up E2: 2U4U E3: CB4 E4: Go Ladies
F1: Hold Tight (Remix) F2: Forth And Back (Remix) F3: Hustle
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".
Lord Quas’ first solo 12” on Stones Throw Records! Features three songs also available on Quas’s The Unseen, but get ‘em here with artwork by DJ Design. Instrumentals too.