Record Label: Fat Beats Records
After waiting patiently behind two singles, a dope video, and a neon-blue triangle shaped vinyl, Union is ready to unleash the most musically challenging, painstakingly crafted, MC-packed album in the dawn of 2012 - Analogtronics. Featuring Talib Kweli, Elzhi, MF DOOM, Roc Marciano, Guilty Simpson, and more, Union produces space-aged bangers that mold perfectly around each guest, in addition to sprinkling in a few lush, eye-widening instrumentals. This is the full length we have all been waiting for, as bonus tracks provide over twenty songs hypnotic interstellar boop-bap.
Union consists of two Parisian producers whose otherworldly approach to analog-driven, melodically abstract, sample free hip-hop inspired Fat Beats Records to extend a label invitation immediately. When a mysterious, monolithic, glossy black package arrived at FBHQ with nothing more than a cryptic note and an unlabeled CD inside, the staff wasn’t sure if Stanley Kubrick had risen from the dead to make mixtapes or if their lives were about to be transformed forever. Luckily it was the latter, and today the legendary label is poised to unleash Union’s debut album Analogtronics on an unsuspecting Earth in the dawn of 2012.
Union was born when OJ, a Dilla-obsessed beat junkie with an unhealthy obsession for science fiction, met Gold, a jazzhead whose vast collection of vintage keyboards and synths left little room in his flat for trifling vanities like clothing and kitchen appliances. Though both shared a parallel vision for the music of tomorrow, they each occupied opposite corners of Paris’ electro underground when their worlds collided in 2009. OJ, upon catching a flash of Gold’s keyboard prowess at a Belleville loft party, approached the funky technician immediately in hopes of applying his melodic touch to a nearly finished beat tape. Gold loved what he heard, and thus two unique creative energies become one distinct Union.
This Instrumental Collection of Necro features heavy Beat Classics of Necro Albums like “I Need Drugs” as well as various productions for other artists including Non-Phixion, Ill Bill, Cage, & Missing Linx!
Ivan Ave can’t do wrong. After dropping his critically acclaimed “Low Jams” EP with Mndsgn (Stones Throw), he now is back with another project to hold you over till his solo LP entirely produced by Mndsgn will drop early spring 2016. “Frutiful” though, was entirely produced by his Norwegian partner in crime Fredfades, who has been making noise in his own & has a handful of releases under his belly. Proving Norwegian HipHop is cool as Norwegian outdoor temperature, his versatile sound largely incorporating his incredible collection of rare modern soul and boogie is the perfect backdrop for Ivan Ave’s poetic tales about urban life, relationships and daily observations. Just like his project with MNDSGN, Ivan seems to have a gift in finding producers with which he manages to create coherent projects that don’t sound thrown together... Follwoing their “Brains” from 2009 & “Breath” EP 2014 by Fred and Ivan, the “Fruitful”LP was a just the next logical step, after Ivan moved to Oslo. The two started to hang out more and started recording new music. Fred took care of the mixing and tried to make a red line sound wise. The combination of these two is so fresh and brings a new, whilst still classic, sound to the game with a little help from guests such as Jakarta’s own JuJu Rogers and Fresh Daily. Ivan Ave’s solo album, entirely produced by Mndsgn will drop early in 2016.
After a two year hiatus, the Hi-Ht Club returns with volume 7 of the Melting Pot Music producer series. The Hi-Hat Club layed the foundation of the German beatmaker scene of today and kicked off the careers of artits like Twit-One, Suff Daddy, Dexter, Brenk Sinatra and Full Crate. Back in 2009 MPM hooked-up with photographer Robert Winter with the mission to give the burgeoning a platform and a good look too.