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)
In 2015 Adrian Younge provided Ghostface Killah with a sonic backdrop equal parts hip hop and Italian horror, as much Ennio Morricone as sweet boom bap. Select singles from the project will now be available, presented here “Death’s Invitation b/w Let The Record Spin” in a full color jacket. 12 Reasons To Die II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop. Younge’s work of course sounds great – as presented here, it looks as good as it sounds with the Italian horror inspired graphics splattered all over the full color jacket.
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is, simply put, one of the most perfect albums in the history of recorded music regardless of genre. From the lyrical flow of Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, Imani and Fatlip to the cover art by Fuct the project is the embodiment of excellence start to finish. Musically, the foundation of this perfection is the production work of J-Swift. His use of jazz samples, phat beats and live instrumentation had the ultimate effect of “creating their own sonic utopia”, as NME put it. As such it’s more than fitting that Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde be released as an all instrumental outing. Swift’s adventurous use of samples from jazz, R&B, funk, classic rock and more melded with his personal additions of live instrumentation including piano, bass, and Fender Rhodes along with drum arrangements from fellow producer JMD create a lush, jazzy soundscape that works well as a stand alone recording. Though the west coast’s predominant G-Funk sound of the time or the east coast’s conscious kings De La Soul may have sold more records at the time, The Pharcyde and J-Swift’s work on Bizarre Ride has stood the text of time and continues to resonate with fans new and old in a way that few records have or ever will.
Get On Down presents a unique way to proudly re-live your “hip-house” past, with a 7” reissue of the Jungle Brothers’ infectious 1988 hit “I’ll House You,” which was arranged by the legendary Todd Terry. On the B-Side is a fan favorite from the group’s stellar Straight Out The Jungle album, “On The Run,” which was released as its own single in 1988. Group commentary on both songs, taken from Brian Coleman’s book Rakim Told Me: I’LL HOUSE YOUMIKE G: That was produced by Todd Terry and us. It was [a different] Todd Terry song, initially. They left us with the track and we wrote the lyrics to it, and did our mix version to it. At the time, we were getting into house music, and hitting all the clubs.AFRIKA BABY BAM: They were laughing at it at first, but it became our biggest hit of that time! We were just having fun with it. There used to be a house show on Kiss FM after Red [Alert], so he’d always play that as his last song. ON THE RUNAFRIKA BABY BAM: That was complicated to make. DJ Sugar Shaft from X-Clan used to cut up that break all the time. “Push Up,” by some rock band, I think. I looped it up like a machine gun beat. The bassline was from “The Mexican” [by Babe Ruth]. Mike kicked the lyrics to me at first over the phone. He said, “I’m a Scooby Doo so I don’t be late” and I was like: “Wow!”