Clear vinyl, limited to 100 units, exclusive to Fat Beats. Nearly four years and a number of solo projects later, Detroit’s Clear Soul Forces are back with their most impressive release to date. Still is what happens when four proven artists continue to hone their craft and find their collective flow. At 11 tracks deep, this album eschews trends and instead provides timeless, straight-up dope Hip-Hop. Speaking on why Still sounds so organic and cohesively produced, group member Noveliss says, “Everyone’s growth has made the creative process easier.” He adds that CSF may have been a team before, but each member had to prove himself individually. “Now, we and the world know what’s up, and it’s all about bouncing off each other and being a unit on every song.” That sense of true teamwork and partnership is heard and felt on each track, from the neck-snapping opening track “Blaow (feat. DJ Odilon)” through to album closer “Don’t Stop” that serves up a wild burner-to-banger beat-switch. Other instant highlights include “Hit Me Now,” which Noveless says features “all of the random things that describe CSF,” and L.A.Z.’s favorite track “They Shootin’,” which is also the album’s lead single. Those tracks, and the majority of the album, were produced by rapper-producer Ilajide, who complements his CSF brothers with beats primed for verses bursting with clever bravado, video game references, and head-spinning wordplay. Still is golden era Boom bap for the modern age, and it’s delivered through a lens that’s wholly unique to CSF. It’s also one of integrity, because there’s no fluff or superficial window dressing here—simply some of the best hip-hop you’ll hear this year.
Fat Beats is excited to announce the Fat Beats exclusive, 15 year anniversary re-issue of Viktor Vaughn's long out-of-print classic, Vaudeville Villain. Starring MF DOOM arguably at the peak of his game, it's one of the most captivating, cartoonish and finest releases in his storied catalog. Fifteen years later, we're proud to commemorate the album's anniversary with a limited 2LP vinyl release, featuring the album's original artwork presented here exclusively on a special silver foil jacket and pressed on two variants, both exclusive to Fat Beats: Black & Silver vinyl, limited to 700 copies, and silver vinyl, limited to 1200 copies. Known otherwise to most as legendary emcee MF DOOM, Metal Fingers, King Geedorah or Zev Luv X of KMD, DOOM's first outing as Viktor Vaughn follows him down a lyrical wormhole, with production from RJD2, King Honey, Heat Sensor and Max Bill. This concept album evokes plenty of high comedy, street technology, and hijinks, with next-school beats that move freely in the spaces between electronica and hip-hop. Take a trip back to the origin of the Super Villain. An unanticipated time travel-machine breakdown left him stuck in the early 90’s where he has no choice but to battle sucka MCs and carry out side-hustles so he can repair the time machine and go back to the future.
Smoke-colored vinyl, limited to 100 units, exclusive to Fat Beats. Philladelphia’s Jamal Smith, aka Poptartpete, is somewhat of living legend of the modern age. Remarkably talented in both skateboarding and making beats, Smith creates in the most effortless ways, which reflects the true breadth of his talent. If you’ve ever heard his production you’ll know why many collate him with the late greats and contemporary titans of the beat scene. Smith is a producer that's so at home producing that his enjoyment is self evident in his music. These beats are some of the most memorable and blunted you’ll ever hear.“One of the classics of my collection.”“J Dilla-esque. Reminds me of Donuts.”“Pure undaground bliss.” “Chillin blunt music.”
Collector's Edition: includes galaxy-colored vinyl LP in black jacket with copper foil print, mystery 7" in white paper sleeve, and official SNL t-shirt. Mach-Hommy has adopted the unlikely art of camouflage to disrupt the so-called rap game. Residing somewhere between the snares, kicks and the syncopated regions is a space-time continuum stretched to the whim of what can be considered, at face value, street poetry. But the value increases when the face isn’t revealed. Saturday Night Lights Vol. 1 & 2 is a priceless collection that finds Mach weaving reinforced rhymes, like a designer Kevlar, with frequent co-conspirator, Tha God Fahim. Together they create a sophisticated texture, a palpable wisdom, there is a mystical God MC energy here. Like much of Mach’s work, SNL will only be released in physical format and will not be found on any digital or streaming services. At press time, quantities are unknown as drops from Mach-Hommy are always exclusive and often disappear without warning.
12 inch release of Kaytranada's Nothin Like U and Chances, with bonus track, "It Was Meant 2 B".
Imagine if you could put together a dream line-up of MCs and producers from all four corners of the rap world? That’s what artist and illustrator Gangster Doodles set out to do when he put together a stellar collection of tracks by the rappers and talent that inspire his work. The all-star line-up features everyone from hotly-tipped emerging producers like Eets, Caleb Stone, Maze Mountain and LoVibe next to underground perennials like Onra, Mndsgn and Jon Wayne all the way up to top flight producer Kaytranada and established rap vets like Madlib, Oh No, Blu and Defari. This second collaboration between All City Records and Gangster Doodles is a jam-packed sonic adventure featuring 27 killer tracks from some of the finest creators out there. Doodles had the idea for a comp two years ago. Hyped after partnering with All City for Knxwledge’s "Wraptaypes" project back in 2015, they initially set out to put together an EP but as the tracks kept coming in it exploded into the sprawling double LP of low-slung grooves and bangers from the best in the business. With everyone on the record being a friend or friend of a friend, the comp just kept growing as GD went to work with the hustle he has learned from penning his post-it sketches day in day out for the last decade. Word spread fast and soon he was being sent beats from all over, even reaching behind the prison walls of Bergen County Jail, New Jersey and securing a track from former Dipset affiliate Max B. The last few years have been busy for Marlon "Gangster Doodles" Sassy. He released his acclaimed Gangster Doodles (The Book) alongside an ever-expanding array of prints, original works, apparel and exhibitions across the globe. Topping that off with animation projects, a graphic novel in the works and now, with this LP titled " Gang$ter Music Vol 1", he is about to debut his first ever music compilation. He says himself: “Every time a new track came in it was like running down the stairs on Christmas morning to open a present. What started as a slow trickle of work coming in soon turned into a tsunami with some of my heroes like Onra, House Shoes, Blu, Jeremiah Jae joining up with young guns Kojaque, Kean Kavanagh, Dream Panther and others to beef up the record” “When an email pinged through with a track from brothers Oh No and Madlib it felt like the final gift and Gang$ter Music Vol. 1 was complete.”
Earl Sweatshirt is ready to step back into Hip Hop's spotlight. The reclusive MC has announced a new album titled Some Rap Songs. The Los Angeles rapper and former Odd Future member will release his third album. Some Rap Songs will be the acclaimed artist's first album since 2015's I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. The upcoming LP addresses the death of his father, South African poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, who passed away earlier this year. ''Me and my dad had a relationship that's not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one,'' Earl said in a press release. ''Talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but it's literally closure for my childhood. Not getting to have that moment left me to figure out a lot with my damn self.''
Deluxe Edition, remastered, lyric sheets & photos compiled into a limited edition hardbound book, reproduction of Slick Rick's infamous eyepatch. The Deluxe Edition LP is on 2LP for the first time. “Children’s Story” Urban Legends/UMe has reissued The Great Adventures of Slick Rick in a deluxe version that includes original hand written lyrics, a booklet of pictures, and unreleased demos which was recorded during the making of the album.
Ta-ku might be the modern day renaissance man. Haven risen to prominence as one of Australia’s most in-demand beatmakers, the Perth-based artist has found himself curator of a rapidly expanding, multi-disciplinary creative empire. Borne from a late-night sideline to his day job shilling health insurance, Ta-ku’s music has quickly become a global, full-time concern. From early days uploading chopped hip-hop cuts to Soundcloud, the “genre-killer”’s prodigious credits now include ambitious projects like 50 Days For Dilla, high-profile remixes for Flume, Chet Faker, BANKS, Childish Gambino and Justin Timberlake, as well as a clutch of co-writes, production efforts and countless self-releases. Teaming up with Jakarta Records on the 823 joint label venture, Ta-ku is sharing his now classic ’25 Nights For Nujabes’ project as a digital/vinyl release alongside two completely new Bonus Tracks - both featuring Toronto based producer Matt McWaters. Drawing inspiration from the likes of D’Angelo, James Blake and J Dilla, Matt McWaters fuses modern electronic production with soul and indie undertones. A love for smooth basslines, soulful keys and catchy melodies allows him to carry out his vision with every track. 25 Nights For Nujabes. A beat a night for 25 nights in dedication to Seba Jun. His music was so full of emotion and beauty. Rest in peace. - Ta-ku
Limited edition transparent orange vinyl. Durand Jones & the Indications aren't looking backwards. Helmed by foil vocalists in Durand Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, the Indications conjure the dynamism of Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, AND the Impressions. Even with an aesthetic steeped in the golden, strings-infused dreaminess of early 70s soul, the Indications' sophomore LP, American Love Call, is planted firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in time. The Indications' 2016 self-titled debut was the product of friends who met as students at Indiana University in Bloomington, In., recorded for $452.11, including a case of beer. American Love Call, the band's sophomore LP is instead the record the Indications dreamed of making, fleshed out with strings, backing vocals, and a newfound confidence in songwriting. Blending a slew of influences from years spent crate-digging, guitarist Blake Rhein says the Indications approach songs in the same way hip-hop producers do, as likely to pull inspiration from 70s folk-rock or classic R&B as they are Nas' Illmatic. "Did I expect to do this shit once I got out of college? Hell no," Jones relays, laughing. "Totally not. But this is what God is telling me to do - move and groove. So I'm gonna stay in my lane."
The GRAMMY® Award-winning maverick channels his signature sense of soul from the crossroads of rock ‘n' roll, blues, jazz, hip-hop, reggae and punk. Clark's most accomplished songwriting and virtuosic performances to date; THIS LAND delivers socially relevant, transcendentally ambitious, and musically rich declaration as unapologetic, undeniable, and unique as he is. He emerges with a body of work that is dynamic in every sense, embodying an ever-evolving sound that transformed him into an artistic force anointed by everyone from President Barack Obama to the late Prince.
Over the course of 3 days in London, drummer/producer Makaya McCraven connected with first time collaborators (Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones, Soweto Kinch, Ashley Henry, Daniel Casimir and Kamaal Williams) and did 2 improvised performances as part of a 2-night showcase called CHICAGOxLONDON at legendary UK Jazz hub Total Refreshment Centre (TRC). The following Sunday afternoon five producers (LeFtO, Ben LaMar Gay, Quiet Dawn, Earl Jeffers & Don Leisure of the Darkhouse Family) were invited to TRC to participate in an event called Fresh Roasted: Live Beat-Making & Battle, where they did live remixes of the recordings from Makaya & cos CHICAGOxLONDON performances. Remixes by Emma-Jean Thackray and Lexus Blondin were added to the pool, at which point Makaya took all the remixes and the raw live recordings from TRC back to his home studio in Chicago, chopped everything up and re-composed the music into two continuous side suites for this CHICAGO x LONDON mixtape.
Die cut 12” gatefold jacket with matte uv finish, custom blue colored vinyl, 4-panel LP size insert containing full album lyrics, and perforated pop out wearable mask with elastic string and free digital download card. Aesop Rock has been credited as one of the most verbose MC's in Hip-Hop today. Known for his dense and abstract wordplay, he manipulates language to illustrate elaborate stories and difficult concepts with sharp clarity. Tobacco is a member of psych-electronic band Black Moth Super Rainbow. Known for working with pre-digital electronic instruments like analog synths and tape machines, he crafts distorted, experimentalist beats that intertwine feelings of tension and anxiety with sensations of bemusement and pleasure. Together, Aesop Rock and Tobacco are... Malibu Ken.
The American hip hop duo Das EFX released their second album Straight Up Sewaside in 1993. Their rapid-fire vocals are just like on their debut Dead Serious innovative and drained in samples and beats. The chemistry between Drayz and Skoob is still present in their choice of wordplay. Iggity style is where the songs are built around and who gives a good expression of the versatile raps. Straight Up Sewaside is available as a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on coloured (solid orange & gold mixed) vinyl.
With an illustrious career spanning three decades, producer Pete Rock can freely decide who he wants to work with. Having already produced for the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, Nas, Common, Cypress Hill, Method Man, Redman, and Jim Jones, just to name a few, Pete Rock has undoubtedly solidified himself as a contender for ‘the greatest producer of all-time.’ When Harlem’s rising star Smoke DZA landed on Pete’s radar, he knew DZA had something special that could not be ignored. Smoke DZA had already garnered the attention of artist like Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Curren$y, and Big K.R.I.T., all of whom he’s collaborated with. After touring the country together on this year’s Smokers Club Tour, the Pete Rock and Smoke DZA are finally ready to reveal their collaborative album, Don’t Smoke Rock to the world. Don’t Smoke Rock is a euphoric voyage that features Pete Rock on production with Smoke DZA commanding the microphone. The album features guest appearances from rap’s elite including Mac Miller, Rick Ross, The Lox (Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch), Wale, Big K.R.I.T, Cam'ron, Dom Kennedy, and Dave East. Based on the undeniable synergy of Pete Rock and Smoke DZA, Don’t Smoke Rock is sure to be a hit.
Following a stellar 2018 for Black Focus, Henry Wu's new imprint that set the levels with acclaimed debut LPs from Kamaal Williams and Mansur Brown, worldwide tours and international collaborations, Kamaal Williams returns with a 12" of fresh cuts. Two new pathways to unknown worlds filtering the Kamaal Williams sound through hypnotic hip-hop on the Darkhouse Family (Don Leisure & Earl Jeffers) co-produced 'New Heights', and melted wah wah psychedelia on 'Snitches Brew', which features Mansur Brown on guitar. To echo Kamaal's friend and collaborator Yelfris Valdés, "This aint jazz no more..."
Big Crown Records is proud to present the debut single from the forthcoming Lee Fields & The Expressions album, “It Rains Love”. The one and only Mr. Lee Fields is back with another instant classic sure to wrap the world up in love and soul. The A side, “It Rains Love”, is the amuse-bouche in the listening experience for Lee’s 5th studio album backed by The Expressions. With a rhythm track that sounds like it could belong to any of the lasts 4 decades, Lee floats on top with his raw yet honeyed vocals and imparts simple but thoughtful wisdom the way only Lee can. The B side, “Will I Get Off Easy”, is a mid tempo ballad that stays true to the music that has made Lee a household name in the soul community. Hard-hitting drums, pretty chords, sweet group backgrounds, and Lee’s tough as nails vocals create a perfect storm that will satisfy any soul junkie looking for a fix. The full length is produced entirely by Leon Michels and due out in April of 2019.
ORGŌNE is one of the most exciting bands in the new generation of funk bands; led by the powerhouse vocals of Adryon de León, ORGŌNE recalls such legendary groups as Rufus and Sly & The Family Stone at their best. Their new album Reasons illuminates a band hitting its stride, capturing the raw power and refined sensibilities that defines ORGŌNE.From the a cappella opening of “All Good Things” to the dance floor filler “Easy Love,” Reasons packs a punch. Vocal harmonies channeling late 70s Fleetwood Mac to synth lines evoking Bernie Worrell's involvement in the Talking Heads, 'Reasons' brings in a new set of influences on ORGŌNE's 10th studio album while maintaining their classic analog sound. De León is front and center on Reasons, and she does not disappoint evoking the deep soulfulness of Chaka Khan and the bedroom sweetness of Minnie Ripperton. Her versatile vocal performance firmly places her in the top echelon of soul singers today. Reasons is another solid step in a long and storied career. ORGŌNE’s accolades are too long to list in entirety. The well-traveled band has released albums on Ubiquity, Shanachie, and Colemine Records and served as the studio band on hits like Alicia Key’s “Teenage Love Affair” and Cee Lo Green’s Grammy-winning “Fool For You.”
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One year after Michigan-based artist Zach Saginaw released his third album as Shigeto, a genre-blending Detroit love letter called The New Monday, he returns with another eclectic display of affection for the musical community that makes Motor City music tick. The four new tracks on his Weighted EP, including a sumptuous remix from Detroit house luminary Andrés, continue to refine and augment the patchwork of jazz, hip-hop, and electronics that Shigeto has built his catalog with. But far be it from Saginaw to repeat himself. Whether it's the heavy, disjointed beats of "Fight Club" or the vibey house roller "The Line Up (feat. Ian Fink)," Weighted drops as many low-key surprises as it does smokey grooves. A track as blown-out and deceptively simple as "Ooh Ooh" might at first feel like an anomaly coming from Shigeto—once the cacophonous production settles in, however, it clearly bears the mark of a master producer flexing new muscles. And that's true of Weighted as a whole. Saginaw is pushing his music into fresh spaces, forming imaginative shapes while keeping his focus on the city and culture that so deeply inspires him.
Finally back in stock! Will Sessions is proud to present The One, their most cohesive and fully realized original work to date. Written and performed with vocalist/keyboardist Amp Fiddler (Parliament/ Funkadelic, Was Not Was, Mahogani Music) and Dames Brown (a female vocal trio), The One is an album that tells the story of a man’s search for the love of his life, and the trials and tribulations that surround their budding romance within the city of Detroit. Stylistically the album has roots that go deep into late-70’s progressive funk, soul and boogie, with layers of live/electronic drums and percussion, funky synth and slap bass lines, snappy guitars, classic analog synths, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, tight horns, and lush string arrangements, all accompanied by the vocal stylings of Amp and the Dames.
The lives we lead can feel like a simulation as the line between our reality and augmented futures continues to blur. Following the ever-emotive Boo Boo, Toro Y Moi’s new album Outer Peace is a time capsule that captures our relationship to contemporary culture into one comprehensive, sonic package. Shortly after the release of his 2015 record What For?, Toro Y Moi (also known as Chaz Bear) packed up his belongings, leaving the comfort of his Oakland base for the relative solitude of Portland to write Boo Boo. Apart from the familiarity of his surroundings, Bear focused on what would become his next sonic statement. In doing so, he was struck by the reign that technology holds over our day to day lives and its ability to obscure the consumption of creativity. His change of environment resulted in freedom from disturbances and, in those quiet and tranquil spaces, the creation of music acted as a protest in favor of peace. Having now moved back to Oakland, Bear’s new record Outer Peace is a response to the lessons gleaned while making Boo Boo — a response to the expendable state of art that is a product of instant gratification. Bear’s ingenuity reveals a multifaceted expression of his universe on this record. It’s the space between the accessible and unconventional where he invites us to experience Outer Peace, which is rooted in finding peace in antithetical conditions: being stuck in traffic, hustling for your next check as a freelancer and all other chaotic moments in life that require digging beneath the surface to find solace. As both a producer and designer, Bear utilizes abstract sound pairings with recognizable samples for his most pop influenced record to date. This is no departure from his funk and disco roots, which can be heard on “Ordinary Pleasure”, later fusing into variations of house with tracks like “Freelance” and “Laws of the Universe.” Smooth interludes melt into fast paced beats, paralleling the feeling of driving through the Bay Area, where Bear spent most of his time writing the album. Outer Peace is duality. It embodies whatever form you choose to inhabit in the moment. Listen and let your imagination become the universe.
Finally back in print! Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday is by no means a sequel to Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth - missing are the poignant and bleak sermons on the pain of inner-city existence, replaced by dusky, sensuous re-workings of tainted love songs Warren had written as far back as 1965, during his time as a songwriter at Shrine and Motown. Still, his unfinished self-reinvention, even heard through the prism of these skeletal remnants, delivers on a remarkable purity of vision: one man's corner of black culture, 24 carats pure and mishandled perhaps until now, finally a bit less misunderstood.
With Darondo’s passing, the world truly lost a singular and unique talent. His “Let My People Go” album has now reached “legendary” status with tracks featured on numerous A-list shows such as Breaking Bad and CSI, gaining legions of new fans in addition to the Soul afficionados who already knew of Darondo’s music. A mystery to most, Darondo records are high on the wants-lists of many collectors. He is spoken about in hushed-tones by other Bay Area musicians. Back in the day he was seen cruising around town in a white Rolls Royce. He opened-up for James Brown and lived a colorful lifestyle hanging with folks like the notorious Fillmore Slim. Take a listen to these tracks, released for the first time together on an album, and you may agree that he could have been the next Al Green or Sly Stone. But about 25 years ago Darondo disappeared. Releasing three singles in the early 1970s he mixed low-rider soul with blues and r'n'b. He delivered in a variety of styles from the socially-charged "Let My People Go" to the sexually-driven funk of "Legs". All three singles were recorded in the Bay Area, and both sides of each of the singles are fantastic productions. The six tracks from the three original singles are featured here, along with three previously unreleased songs that were recently discovered on a demo reel. Recorded in the early 1970s, tracks from the demo reel were taken into a San Francisco studio in the summer of 2005 for enhancement. Darondo over-dubbed missing background vocals and guitar parts alongside up and coming San Francisco soul man Bing Ji Ling.
Amidst critical fanfare and a rapidly expanding US profile, The Snowgoons, the renowned German production team of Det, DJ Illegal, Torben & DJ Waxwork present their regarded sophomore offering, "Black Snow." With guest performances from the upper echelon of independent talent, including Defari (Dilated Peoples), Smif & Wesson, Killah Priest, ILL Bill (Non-Phixion & La Coka Nostra), Outerspace, C-Rayz Walz, R.A. The Rugged Man, Sabac Red (Non-Phixion), among many others, the Snowgoons once again storm the US shores with their distinctive blend of beats paired with the cream of the independent emcee crop. Due to high-demand for this underground classic, Babygrande Records is now offering the digitally remastered version of this album as a Special Edition White Vinyl Set. Tracklist SIDE A:1. The Curse Feat. King Magnetic Charon Don, Sicknature and Reef The Lost Cauze2. Black Snow Feat. ILL Bill and Apathy3. Casualties of War Feat. Smif-N-Wessun and Respect Tha God4. Who? Feat. Outerspace5. Hold Up Feat. R.A. The Rugged Man, Lord Lhus of Bloodline and Savage BrothersSIDE B:6. This Is Where The Fun Stops Feat. Reef The Lost Cauze7. Starlight Feat. Viro The Virus8. Knockatomi Plaza Feat. Side Effect9. Pay Attention Feat. Decay, Astonish and Scheme of The Molemen10. Serve Justice Feat. Killah Priest, Rasulallah and Richard Raw from LCOBSIDE C:11. Still Got The Ammo Feat. Main Flow, Godilla, El Da Sensei and J. Sands12. Ride On Feat. Defari, Maylay Sparks and Sondro Castro13. Incite A Riot Feat. King Magnetic and Adlib14. Lost Feat. Respect Tha God, Block Mccloud and Doap Nixon15. Still Waters Run Deep Feat. Supastition16. Raining Feat. Brainstorm, Edo G and Jaysaun of Special TeamzSIDE D:17. Sick Life Feat. Sick Jacken, Cynic and Bacardi Riam18. The Storm Feat. Boom Bap Project19. Avalanche Warning Feat. Pace Won, Nervous Wreck and Adlib20. The Hatred Feat. Slaine, Singapore Kane and Lord Lhus of Bloodline21. Helpless Feat. Equinox
Back in stock! Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 1, is the debut studio album by American rapper Lil Peep and the only to be released during his lifetime. Come Over When You're Sober Pt. 2 is Lil Peep's second album, and the first posthumous long form album from the prolific artist The New York Times has described as "at the forefront of bridging hip-hop, emo, pop-punk, and one of the most promising musicians in any genre." Come Over When You're Sober Pt. 2 was produced and guided by Peep's friends and collaborators, Smokeasac and George Astasio of IIVI. "Gus was my best friend. Finishing COWYS2 without him is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. At times, I didn't want to finish it, some days it was just too hard to hear his voice and not have him right there beside me but when I got out of my own head, I could feel him there and that and his incredible fans are what got me through it. I really had no choice, it had to be done and I am proud of what George and I have done for Gus and his fans," stated Smokeasac.
Sure Shot Drum Series is the next offering from Paul Nice, the elusive digger who brought us the now Legendary Drum Library Series. The new collection is a culmination of years of excavation, captured for the first time on wax and sure to inspire. It’s hefty volume weighs in with 22 drum tracks culled from thousands of records, perfect for your sampler and jugglers alike. Sure Shot Drum Series is a must for your dj palette.
How do you describe an album out of time, concerned with the disappearance of culture, of humanity, of nature, of logic and emotion? Why make this album in an era when attention spans have been reduced to next to nothing, and the tactile grains of making music have been further reduced to algorithms and projected playlist placement. Why wake up in the morning? Why hasn’t everything already disappeared? Deerhunter’s eighth LP forgets the questions and makes up unrelated answers. It gets up, walks around, it records itself in several strategic geographic points across North America. It comes home, restructures itself and goes back to bed to avoid the bad news. From the opening harpsichord and piano figures of ‘Death in Midsummer’, it is impossible to tell where the record came from. Is ‘No One’s Sleeping’ an outtake of an aborted Kinks recording session in 1977 Berlin with Eno producing? No. That is nostalgia. If there is one thing Deerhunter are making clear it is that they have exhausted themselves with that toxic concept. What they spend their time doing instead is reinventing their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars are left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth. The result is as thrilling, haunting, and unpredictable as anything in their roughly 15-year career. Deerhunter have made a science fiction album about the present. Is it needed right now? Is it relevant? Perhaps only to a small audience. DADA was a reaction to the horrors of war. Punk was a reaction to the slow and vacant 70’s. Hip Hop was a liberated musical culture that challenged the notions presented wholesale about the African-American experience. What is popular music today a reaction to?
Remind Me Tomorrow was written in stolen time. In the four years since Are We There, Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, performed in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival, and wrote her first film score and song for TV – for Kathering Dieckmann’s Strange Weather Tig Notaro’s show Tig, respectively. Van Etten also had a child, and began studying psychology. In the scraps of hours between these endeavors, Remind Me Tomorrow was born. Working with producer John Congleton, Remind Me Tomorrow reveals piano keys that churn, deep drones, distinctive sharp drums. Originally a piano ballad, “Comeback Kid” evolved into a dark, menacing anthem. “Seventeen” began as a Lucinda Williams-esque dirge, but winds up a starspangled nod to Springsteen, exploring gentrification and generational patience. The breadth of Van Etten’s new passions have inflected Remind Me Tomorrow with a wise, warped-time perspective. She explains, “I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school, but yeah, I have a stain on my shirt, oatmeal in my hair. I feel like a mess, but I’m here. Doing it. This record is about pursuing your passions.” This is Remind Me Tomorrow, fusing a pained attentive realism and radiant lightness about new loves.
Custom die cut 6-panel digi-pak with matte uv finish, inner pocket printing, 12-page booklet with full album lyrics & 8-panel insert with cut out wearable mask. Aesop Rock has been credited as one of the most verbose MC's in Hip-Hop today. Known for his dense and abstract wordplay, he manipulates language to illustrate elaborate stories and difficult concepts with sharp clarity. Tobacco is a member of psych-electronic band Black Moth Super Rainbow. Known for working with pre-digital electronic instruments like analog synths and tape machines, he crafts distorted, experimentalist beats that intertwine feelings of tension and anxiety with sensations of bemusement and pleasure. Together, Aesop Rock and Tobacco are... Malibu Ken.
MASTA ACE & MARCO POLOA BREUKELEN STORY On 2007’s “Nostalgia,” a memorable track off Marco Polo’s album, Port Authority, chemistry between Polo and guest MC Masta Ace is easily heard and felt. What was a quick one-off collab was not only a reminder of Masta Ace’s timelessness, but it was also the impetus for a larger, more fleshed out concept between the Toronto beatsmith Polo and the legendary MC. The pair since formed a duo and the result is a powerfully evenhanded project, A Breukelen Story.In 2018 we find hip-hop’s storied journeyman, Masta Ace, at the helm of another sharp, tightly wrought project. He’s traversed hip-hop’s ever-changing landscape for nearly three decades, navigating different eras while expanding his already extensive catalogue. From his formative work with the legendary Juice Crew, to a bombastically renowned stint with Delicious Vinyl, it’s hard to find a more humble master of ceremony than Ace—even harder is finding another figure whose work is equally embraced on both coasts, East and West, as well as abroad.Despite amassing 7 solo albums, 5 collaborative projects and countless additional one-offs, Ace is still trying to show and prove, still moving the needle forward for himself, his fans, and his career. Says Ace: “My goal on A Breukelen Story was to do more lyrical stuff. I’ve done a lot of concept songs, and a lot of topical records, but I made a point to put a couple straight rhyming joints on here to remind dudes I can still do this.”“I met Masta Ace for the first time while interning at Cutting Room studios in Manhattan,” says Marco Polo, longtime Canadian producer whose exploration of samples and boom-bap aesthetics certainly suite his moniker. “Ace came in for a session in the studio years and I introduced myself and gave him a beat CD.” While Polo was a young intern on the rise, he quickly worked the situation to his advantage, eventually producing for giants he grew up admiring— Kool G Rap, Large Professor, Scarface, Sean Price, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, to name a few.Polo is not new to forming quality collabs with others in the art form, with notable stints on the aforementioned Port Authority as well as it’s follow up, PA2, and others like 2016’s work with young MC, A-F-R-O, fittingly titled A-F-R-O Polo. Yet out of Polo’s previous collaborative efforts, this one stands out and is a bit more special, according to Polo: “Ace does not like to write random songs, its usually conceptual and topical,” he says. “But we do have some straight spitting joints on A Breukelen Story which is what makes this album possibly the most diverse of all of my collaborative albums.”The random meeting and a beat CD resultantly birthed A Breukelen Story, a collaborative release between the venerable veteran and an incredibly detailed and prolific producer. 14 tracks with pronounced guests (Pharoahe Monch on “The Fight Song” for example) all strewn together through Ace’s signature skits and interludes that frame the music and while telling the story of Polo manifesting his vision of being an NY transplant via Toronto while pursuing his dream of being a renowned record producer. Other guests range from younger MCs like Marlon Craft to spry OGs like Lil Fame (of M.O.P.), to Smif ‘n’ Wessun, to Styles P (of the Lox) Polo’s pastiche style boom-bap is the drum-driven centerpiece that perfectly couches Masta Ace’s thoughtful stanzas and vivid storytelling for this effusive Brooklyn narrative. – David Ma
It’s been 6 years after the last collab from Statik & Term as 1982. Since the last album, 2012, both have dropped critically acclaimed albums such as What Goes Around & More Politics. They return with their signature sound on songs such as “Can’t Let It Go” & “Different Now”. They also continue the tradition of introducing new talent, as they previously have with the late Mac Miller, Action Bronson, & Freddie Gibbs. Meet UFO Fev, Fat Joe’s newest signee. CJ Fly of Pro Era & battle-champ NEMS also appear. STILL 1982 fills the gap in an era of auto tune & repetitive sounds that will last the test of time.
Cormega (Mega) brings you a secret project entirely produced by STREETRUNNER with Co-Production by Tariq Azzouz. Mega describes this as art, culture and vibes. This project has only one feature by Havoc of Mobb Deep on the song “Live Your Best Life”. All Instrumentals are also featured on this release. Lyrics to all the songs are printed on the back of the vinyl record jacket and in CD and Cassette artwork. This is Cormega’s first solo release since his 2014 Large Professor produced “Mega Philosophy”.
Producer and founding member of Cypress Hill, DJ Muggs and NY’s finest, Roc Marciano announce they have joined for a collaborative album titled KAOS set for release via Soul Assassins Records. KAOS is a 10-song score made to soundtrack an upcoming feature film coming in Spring 2019. The film follows two childhood friends, Muggs and Roc Marci, who were brought up in different areas of New York: Hempstead, Long Island and Flushing, Queens. After a significant amount of time spent apart, they are reunited after Muggs serves out a 10-year prison bid. With hopes to rule the streets once again, the duo act out in ‘kaos’ towards anyone who tries to get in their way.
The long awaited & highly anticipated solo LP from one of Boston's most Legendary MCs and DMS crew member Jaysaun has finally arrived. Kill Ya Boss, The new album is a powerful and sometimes autobiographical look inside the life and mind of the of what many consider Boston's top lyricist. The new full-length features Edo G., Slaine, Reks, Craig G, Reef the Lost Cauze, Freddy Madball & others. With production by Statik Selektah, Marco Polo, Teddy Roxpin, Audible Doctor, Confidence & more. Kill Ya Boss is a rare insight into the diabolical mind of one of Boston most recognizable voices. The album has a consistency from beginning to end not heard by hip-hop audiences in a long time. Jaysaun has been a fixture in the Boston hip-hop scene for many years but this is definitely his best work yet. From the intro song ANYTHING feat. Slaine we are reintroduced to the classic hip-hop head nod many of us have forgotten about, to the title track KILL YA BOSS, the lyrics and beats are infectious. Jaysaun's verses hopscotch between being arrogant, violent, and sometimes suicidal all at the same time. The Statik Selektah produced KINGS is a homage/respect paid to the world’s most famous rappers, singers, actors passed away but never forgotten RIP. While STRAWBERRY is a cautionary street tale for young girls to take heed of, before risking their childhood for a life of misery and prostitution. It is almost a more gritty version of Edo G.s hit Be A Father to Your Child. Jay also lets us into his own life & times on the Audible Doctor produced banger DIVORCED. The super group Special Teamz reunites with partners Edo G. & Slaine (La Coka Nostra) to form like VOLTRON. If u like classic and timeless hip-hop THIS is it period. Jaysaun explains "this album is a direct reflection of what has transpired in my life the last few years, from my struggles with depression, drug use, and divorce as well. I couldn't find a better way to deal with my own demons than to put it on record. Kill Ya Boss represents my way of shining a light on some of the darker corners of my mind and taking the fans along with me for the ride."
ORGŌNE is one of the most exciting bands in the new generation of funk bands; led by the powerhouse vocals of Adryon de León, ORGŌNE recalls such legendary groups as Rufus and Sly & The Family Stone at their best. Their new album Reasons illuminates a band hitting its stride, capturing the raw power and refined sensibilities that defines ORGŌNE.From the a cappella opening of “All Good Things” to the dance floor filler “Easy Love,” Reasons packs a punch. Vocal harmonies channeling late 70s Fleetwood Mac to synth lines evoking Bernie Worrell's involvement in the Talking Heads, 'Reasons' brings in a new set of influences on ORGŌNE's 10th studio album while maintaining their classic analog sound. De León is front and center on Reasons, and she does not disappoint evoking the deep soulfulness of Chaka Khan and the bedroom sweetness of Minnie Ripperton. Her versatile vocal performance firmly places her in the top echelon of soul singers today. Reasons is another solid step in a long and storied career. ORGŌNE’s accolades are too long to list in entirety. The well-traveled band has released albums on Ubiquity, Shanachie, and Colemine Records and served as the studio band on hits like Alicia Keys' “Teenage Love Affair” and Cee Lo Green’s Grammy-winning “Fool For You.”
New album from Richmond, CA rapper Locksmith. Coming off the success of ‘No Question’ (his collaborative album with producer Apollo Brown) Locksmith is back with his 15 track release ‘Ali’. ‘Ali' features Jarren Benton, Murs, and Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks). The lead single “Gimme A Sec” is out on digital stores now and the video is quickly gaining traction on YouTube - already over 100K views. Locksmith’s freestyle videos routinely go viral on social media and he’ll be rolling out several leading up to the album release. He will be also be touring late fall/early winter in support of the album.
NOW AVAILABLE ON CASSETTE!!! Often, art is considered the safe space for dangerous ideas. JPEGMAFIA is a reminder that in a dangerous world, sometimes nowhere is safe. Operating out of Baltimore Maryland but born in New York to Jamaican parents, JPEG spent the bulk of his childhood in East Flatbush, Brooklyn—a neighborhood deeply rooted in West Indian culture and black pride—and the majority of his mid teens in deep south rural Alabama—bouncing from place to place due to rough circumstances at home and after a short stint in prison due to a racially-charged altercation in his late teens, JPEG joined the military where he’d be deployed to different parts of the world, meeting fellow artists and adding new elements to his producing and rapping repertoire. If trap music is the sound of the street, then JPEGMAFIA is trap’s subconscious; dark but not without a humor that makes things even more uncomfortable. His role as villain or satirist, hood protector or nihilist is intentionally hard to put one’s finger on. What more appropriate way to embody the frightening and confusing reality of America today?
Cormega (Mega) brings you a secret project entirely produced by STREETRUNNER with Co-Production by Tariq Azzouz. Mega describes this as art, culture and vibes. This project has only one feature by Havoc of Mobb Deep on the song “Live Your Best Life”. All Instrumentals are also featured on this release. Lyrics to all the songs are printed on the back of the vinyl record jacket and in CD and Cassette artwork. This is Cormega’s first solo release since his 2014 Large Professor produced “Mega Philosophy”.
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Earl Sweatshirt is ready to step back into Hip Hop's spotlight. The reclusive MC has announced a new album titled Some Rap Songs, which is scheduled to drop on November 30. The Los Angeles rapper and former Odd Future member will release his third album. Some Rap Songs will be the acclaimed artist's first album since 2015's I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. The upcoming LP addresses the death of his father, South African poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, who passed away earlier this year. ''Me and my dad had a relationship that's not uncommon for people to have with their fathers, which is a non-perfect one,'' Earl said in a press release. ''Talking to him is symbolic and non-symbolic, but it's literally closure for my childhood. Not getting to have that moment left me to figure out a lot with my damn self.''
This is your brain on drugs. LNDN DRGS; Rapper Jay Worthy and Producer Sean House team up with Producer/Rapper Left Brain of Odd Future for the joint album Brain On DRGS. Jay Worthy and Left Brain trade off vocals over the 9 songs, while production is handled by Sean House and Left Brain. Each song is seamlessly blended together with audio clips of Anti-drug PSA's from 1970's to 1990's. Guest features include New Jersey's Da$H, and New Orlean's T.Y. Any questions?
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Limited to 100 copies. THE LARGE PROFESSOR “THE LP” is Legendary Hip Hop Producer and Emcee Large Professor’s highly anticipated 1st solo debut album that was originally slated to come out on Geffen Records in 1995/1996. Due to label politics at the time, the album unfortunately was never released. 14 Years later in 2009 the official version of “THE LP” became available on CD & Double Vinyl LP. For almost 10 years this Vinyl has been out of print and in high demand. We are now offering a special limited transparent blue colored reissue (500 piece pressing). “THE LP” includes bonus unreleased songs and a few rare unearthed alternate demo versions of classic tracks such as the “Mad Scientist”. It also includes “I Juswanna Chill”, “That Bullsh*t”, the title track “The LP”, “Hard”, “One Plus One” featuring NAS, the newly polished up “Queens Lounge” and many more including the unreleased single “Amaman” b/w “Bowne” that was available on the now out of print 12” vinyl. “Amman” is a coming of age song where Xtra P kicks profound lyrics over a funky soulful track with an intense horn filled chorus. “Bowne” is Large Pro paying homage to his Alma mater: John Bowne High School in Flushing Queens, NY. “Bowne” has an infectious melody with thought provoking lyrics describing how he got his start producing and Emceeing back in High School. All songs are produced by The Large Professor except “Large Pro:Verbs” produced by Vandamator & “Spacey” produced by Toney Rome. This album is officially sanctioned by The Large Professor and being released through Paul Sea Productions. “The LP” is from the BOOM BAP era of Hip Hop... Before “JIGGY” and champagne spitting, money talking rappers became prevalent. As Large Professor states “This album represents a time in the 1990s when Hip Hop was more about the good times, when artists were rich in music and rich in talent and it wasn’t about how much money you had.”
“It must be gratifying for SLEEP to hear the audience roar in approval when guitarist Matt Pike plays the opening notes of Dopesmoker, the live set version coming in around 40 minutes, slimmed down from the studio recording, which clocks in at a little over an hour and three sides. Years after the release of Volume One in 1991, Sleep’s Holy Mountain in 1992 and Dopesmoker in 2003, Matt Pike hard at work with HIGH ON FIRE and bassist / vocalist Al Cisneros with OM, heavy music needed one of its essential minerals back. In 2009, falling in on either side of NEUROSIS drummer Jason Roeder, SLEEP, like a wooly mammoth awoken from centuries of frozen slumber, once again walked the earth. You could almost hear the universe sigh in relief that SLEEP was back. 2014 saw SLEEP release a single sided 12” with a new song, The Clarity, giving fans a glimpse of what would hopefully be more to come. And so, the wait began . . . All good things take time. In 2018 SLEEP fans will have a reason to break out their finest and get it lit because record stores all over the world will have the new SLEEP album. SLEEP has live shows slated for this year. Their studio work is tremendous. However, SLEEP in the live setting must be witnessed to be understood. That three people can create such a perfect, truly massive yet complex and dynamic sonic environment is what keeps their shows selling out. Truly, the band is not to be missed. May it never end. DISCLAIMER: Any attempts to describe the music of SLEEP render this writer almost completely useless. They are that good. PRESCRIPTION: Listen to Dopesmoker as often as possible and prepare for what is to come.”
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Queens, New York M.C. Neek The Exotic returns with a dope new album "Hell Up In Queens". This album is pure Hip Hop at it's finest featuring stellar production by Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest on the title track "Hell Up In Queens", Large Professor produced the very hypnotic track "Bax N Nex", Kwame produced the super catchy track "O.G. Season" that features Hip Hop heavy weight Bumpy Knuckles. Additional production handled by new up & coming producers Kapital who blazed tracks like "Chronic Bars" & "What U Want Me To Be" and others. The hard hitting "Still Fakin' The Funk" features Fredro Starr from ONYX which will be the first music video. Neek also brought along some young new talented artists such as Stoxx, Fame Feddi & Merc The Big Body Benz who are also featured on this album. This is a well thought out and put together album from Neek, who has continued to stay relevant in Hip Hop since day one when he was featured on MAIN SOURCE's 1992 "Fakin' The Funk" from the White Men Can't Jump Motion Picture Soundtrack. He has had a slew of releases since then such as his groundbreaking first 12" single "Exotic's Raw" in 1997 and the 1999 "Backs N Necks" EP featuring & produced by his long time childhood friend and collaborator Large Professor. The Queens Hip Hop duo also released 2010's "Exotic Species" & the 2011's "Still On The Hustle". Neek The Exotic makes a statement on his new album letting the world know that he is still not Fakin' The Funk. The Red Mamba is back and it's gonna be Hell Up In Queens!
"The desert is a recurring theme in a lot of my music and art. Something about it – the contrast of what looks like desolation to the naked eye to the vibrancy that one sees upon looking closer, the silence that allows you to hear the faint sounds in the air, the formations that are colors you've never even heard of before, and night sky that serves as a backdrop for every star in our galaxy – are all elements that I wanted to echo in Death Valley. I wanted to create an album that people could listen to while they cruise through their desert, wherever or whatever that may be for them." - Astronautica Astronautica is back with new music this year, scheduled to release Death Valley with Alpha Pup Records on digital and physical formats, August 24, 2018. Death Valley is the singer-songwriter's much anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed album, Gemini, and the recent Gemini Remixes EP. Written and recorded over the last three years, Astronautica captured Death Valley at her home studio in Los Angeles. This was completed around her Ace Hotel residency, festival dates through the States, a mini-tour up the West Coast, and a month-long stint with Low End Theory. Like her past works, the new record captures the eclectic nature of LA's experimental electronic scene and the connections tethered into various cultures around the globe. Primary instrumentation utilized across Death Valley consists of guitar, Push, Launchkey, and Ultra Nova, with a template drawn from radiant harmonies, experimental overtones, Latin rhythms, and dance floor grooves. Astronautica's vocals trace through the music with an airy veil, spinning out ghost like tones that shimmer through the music with an elusiveness. The feeling of adventure and mysticism is rooted into Death Valley that's unlike anything she's created before. Conceptually, Astronautica reimagined herself in various places of travel through the songwriting process, recreating the original vibes of each setting like a painter contextualizing the most impactful visions they've experienced. This approach takes the listener through their own journeys while giving latitude to provide a window into the essence of her own pathway. This duality of self-reflection and the outward extension to the listener makes this as personal of an album for Astronautica as much as it's a universal representative of humanities complex variations. "A lot of the inspiration for my music stems from traveling to places that I've never been to before or places I continually go back to, and the feelings they evoke in me upon going there," states Astronautica. "I think with Death Valley, it truly is both an inward reflection as well as an extroverted sentiment. The vastness of the desert has always given me this feeling of awe, and Death Valley is my effort to capture that." Rays of warmth shine through the skies of Death Valley with the enveloping, third-eye intro “Sunrise.” Open-hearted “Reasons” wanders the desert wilderness in search of spiritual awakening. Bliss out on an unexplored island with “Racetracks,” a tonic lounge carved from indigenous beats and body-moving bass. Prismatic brightness bubbles up in “I’ve Never Been,” and “Can’t Remember” swirls around a memory glitch. Fireflies float through “California Roll,” a colorful sunset of a song that churns into a twilight vibe. Imbued with a surreal sense of freedom, “Mahogany” is a tropical vacation: palm trees in the breeze, foamy ocean swells, beach bonfires under the stars. “You Should” roams over swift-footed curves and “Sunset” follows the road into a dust-faded dreamland. Vast, expanding, and always exploring, Death Valley transcends into a sacred space. It is that fleeting, glowing moment when everything feels okay. Astronautica has released music with Alpha Pup Records for five years, dropping her debut-full length Replay Last Night in 2013, and following up with the 2014's Waikiki EP and 2015's Gemini LP. Death Valley continues her fruitful journey as one of LA's most prominent and respected voices in the underground and finds the rising artist creating her best work to date. An accompanied merchandise line will launch with the release of Death Valley, along with a handful of tour dates around the US in support.