Record Label: Fat Beats Records
“Time Leak” features Talib Kweli on the verses and Sly Johnson’s soulful belting on the hooks. The music video pays homage to The Matrix, David Cronenberg, and , with the visuals showing Union ‘controlling” a female body with their instrumentals, getting her to dance. Check It Here.
This 12” is a very special offering from Fat Beats Records newest and most mysterious signees, Union. The single comes in a Neon, triangle shaped vinyl in a clear plastc poly bag. The A side is main version, along with the banging, spacey instrumental that Union is known for. The B Side contains two remixes: Redefinition Records’ own Damu the Fudgemunk, and Project Mooncirlce’s fLako.
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 Fall of 2011.
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.
A1) Time Leak feat. Talib Kweli and Sly Johnson
A2) Time Leak Instrumental
B1) Time Leak (REDEF Remix) by Damu the Fudgemunk
B2) Time Leak (fLako Remix)
The meeting of the German and US Underground Rap Titans - who else could done it than the Goons? Side A is selections from the German Snow remix album & Side B is selections from Terroristen Volk.
1985's Radio is the groundbreaking debut from rap legend LL Cool J and the flagship full-length release on Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons' Def Jam Recordings. Recorded when he was just 17 years old, Radio revolutionized rap with Rubin's bare-bones yet aggressive production peppered with DJ scratches and the occasional sample and rhymes arranged more like pop songs with verses, choruses and bridges. With B-boy anthems like opener "I Can't Live Without My Radio," muscular standouts like "Rock The Bells" and unprecedented rap ballads "I Want You" and "I Can Give You More," Radio represented a seismic shift in hip hop history, a landmark record that altered the genre and its possibilities, ushering in its golden age in the process. "Radio remains an artistic and commercial triumph 28 years after its initial release. While Rubin’s minimalist production approach might feel foreign to modern listeners, the stripped down beats were state-of-the-art beat-making upon the album’s release, and LL’s hyper-aggressive rhyming style made him an instant star in hip-hop. Meanwhile, the album would connect with listeners going on to be certified platinum by 1989 and launching not only LL Cool J’s long-running career but helping bolster the status of Def Jam to the forefront of hip-hop. Radio remains one of the most essential hip-hop albums of all-time." - B.J. Steiner, XXL
Camp Lo’s late-‘90s hip-hop classic “Luchini aka (This Is it)” is, to put it simply, a sure-shot head-nodder. Upon making its way through any public-facing speaker system, then and now, it drives revelers to one of two important places – the dancefloor or the bar. It’s a feel-good rap track of the highest order, and sounds as good today as when it hit two decades ago. Featuring Bronx MCs Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede and produced by then up-and-comer Ski Beatz (who, during the same era, helped a young Jay-Z begin his steady and triumphant ascent), the cut oozes warmth and MC bravado. Sonny and Geechi are both technically top-shelf, but not backpacker stiff. Riding over an inventive chop of Dynasty’s electro-soul groover, “Adventures In The World Of Music,” they made it look very easy. The song would go on to create a stir on the Billboard charts in 1997, not only on the expected “Hot Rap Singles” list, but also well up the pop rankings of the “Hot 100” (peaking at #50). As with a few tracks from the era, it stretched beyond the rap world, as the group and their peers helped push hip-hop to the no-turning-back point, making the music into a true global phenomenon. The hit we know and love on the A-Side is complemented here with the 12-inch’s original B-side, “Swing”: a pimp-strutting, stuttering groove (also produced by Ski Beatz), with faster, more aggressive flows from both MCs. If “Luchini” was for popping bottles at the club, “Swing” was meant for the late night afterparty cipher. It even features a cameo by one of the crew’s lyrical idols: Butterfly of Digable Planets.
Dubbed the "James Dean of Hip-Hop," G-Eazy is an Oakland, California rapper, songwriter and producer who issued his independent albums The Epidemic LP in 2009 and Must Be Nice in 2012. Billboard describes G-Eazy as having a "retro sound remixed in a dazzling, original way" while Pigeons & Planes hails that "G-Eazy has built a movement and has put himself in the position to compete with rap's biggest names." His label debut, These Things Happen, will be released on Blueprint Records and features previously unveiled fan favorites “Almost Famous,” "Far Alone" and "Been On" and boasts guest appearances and production assistance from such artists as A$AP Ferg, E-40, Jay Ant, Remo, Danny Seth, John Michael Rouchell, Devon, Anthony Stewart and Blackbear. “The record’s about a strange, surreal window of time where the best bad decisions get made,” says G-Eazy. “The narrative...captures that energy of being young, living fast, in the moment and chasing whatever it is you want.”