Known for their explorative and restless sound, taking influence from old style rock like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and Pink Floyd as well as from electronica and hip hop, each of Radiohead's albums marks a cornerstone in their musical evolution. Debut Pablo Honey (1993) was their answer to grunge while follow-up albums The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997) offered atmospheric, almost avant-garde tones. With the near impossible task of following up their critically acclaimed masterpiece OK Computer, Radiohead took another bold leap at the turn of the millennium with Kid A, an experimental album built largely around the union of electronica and mood. Musically, Kid A is as accomplished as anything Radiohead has ever produced and its overflowing with eye-opening musical mosaics which are absolutely stunning in their insight and beauty. Kid A initally proved to be controversial as critics labeled the mixture of electronic beats, jazz horns and strings as "difficult" but tracks like the soaring "Optimistic" kept fans loyal and saw Radiohead crowned as masters of composition. A left-field hit, Kid A was eventually nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year and won for Best Alternative Album.
The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience is a compilation album, released in 1993. It is one of the fastest selling comedy albums of all time and is certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. The album features a variety of musical genres, mostly hard rock and heavy metal bands. Many of the songs are intercut with commentary by Beavis and Butt- Head. Continuing with it soundtrack reissue initiative, UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on a picture disc for the first time.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is a compilation album, released in 1996. The album features a variety of musical genres, mostly hard rock and heavy metal bands. Many of the songs are intercut with commentary by Beavis and Butt-Head. Continuing with it soundtrack reissue initiative, UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on a picture disc for the first time.
Grab all three of the new PIK tapes at a discounted price! All three limited to 100 cassettes. Don't sleep! Foul Mouth - Winner Takes All Foul Mouth season has returned! “Winner Takes All” is the highly anticipated follow up to last year’s PIK beat tape “Soul Louis.” This is a continuation of the head nodding, face scrunching soul infused production Foul Mouth has become known for and includes 15 slaps containing Soul/R&B sources, hard drums & ill transitions. Peace Of Mind - Drum Addict Peace Of Mind’s “Drum Addict” is his long awaited return to form and his re-dedication to his art and his first love of making music. Over 22 tracks, he crafts yet another monstrous opus full of tracks you’ll put on repeat that will have heads nodding and faces scrunched up worldwide. Newstalgia - The Formula The Formula” is conceived as the score/soundtrack to an international spy film utilizing sample sources from international music. “The Formula” tells a story of murder, lies, deceit, espionage, terror and mystery over 18 tracks.It’s an action packed, thrill a minute, must hear audio adventure by Newstalgia. “The Formula”, playing in headphones and out of aux cords everywhere.
This Double LP Is Packaged With a Stand Alone 100 Page Full Color Book, Filled With Incredible Photos And Words By Nigerian music historian Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?) The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s. Presented in two volumes, each in a 100 page book full of never-seen photos along with detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves.
The CD Comes Packaged In A Hard Cover 100 Page Color Book, Filled With Incredible Photos And Words By Nigerian music historian Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?) The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s. Presented in two volumes, each in a 100 page book full of never-seen photos along with detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves.
Waxwork Records is excited to announce their long awaited release of THE WARRIORS. This deluxe double LP is three years in the making and features the re-mastered 1979 original soundtrack, in addition to, the vinyl debut of the complete film score by Barry DeVorzon. Directed by Walter Hill and based off of the 1965 novel by Sol Yurick of the same name, THE WARRIORS is the absolute definition of an influential cult-classic film. THE WARRIORS has permeated the landscape of pop culture, music, film, fashion, comics, and video games. Waxwork tirelessly worked directly from the original master tapes of both the original 1979 soundtrack and film score to bring audiences a brand new transfer of every musical cue heard in the movie, for the very first time on vinyl. In keeping with Waxwork’s deluxe packaging theme, the label has gone to great lengths to ensure THE WARRIORS double LP release is the highest quality soundtrack release to date. New artwork by Marvel Comics artist Dave Rapoza graces the packaging.
The sixth studio album by Radiohead, released in 2003, Hail to the Thief was seen as a return to alternative rock, drawing its sound from every era of the band's existence. Band members described the album as having a more "swaggering" sound and a relaxed recording process, in contrast to previous tense sessions. At nearly an hour in length, the album is the band's longest, with many of its songs within the two-to-three-minute range, shorter than the band's average. Thom Yorke said he was inspired by Beatles songs of that length which he thought felt much longer.
Although it's more song-driven and acoustic than Kid A, Radiohead's Amnesiac was hulled from the same sessions and it marked the first time in the band's career that a new record didn't bring about a complete shift in artistic priorities. It's nevertheless another brilliant offering from the most musically innovative band in modern music and another fine example of the fact that they're comfortably in a league all their own.
The Bends is the second studio album by Radiohead. In 1995, two years after an incredible debut in Pablo Honey, Radiohead were under tremendous pressure to deliver. Much to the delight of critics and fans the world over, they did more than deliver—they far exceeded expectations. Building from the sweeping, three-guitar attack that punctuated the best movements of Pablo Honey, The Bends is grand and forceful; it resonates with anguish and despair. Although the influences—R.E.M., the Pixies, and U2—are still there, this is unmistakenly Radiohead maturing and defining their own sound.
Limited to 100 cassettes! The Formula” is conceived as the score/soundtrack to an international spy film utilizing sample sources from international music. “The Formula” tells a story of murder, lies, deceit, espionage, terror and mystery over 18 tracks.It’s an action packed, thrill a minute, must hear audio adventure by Newstalgia. “The Formula”, playing in headphones and out of aux cords everywhere. Don’t sleep.
Limited to 100 cassettes! Peace Of Mind’s “Drum Addict” is his long awaited return to form and his re-dedication to his art and his first love of making music. Over 22 tracks, he crafts yet another monstrous opus full of tracks you’ll put on repeat that will have heads nodding and faces scrunched up worldwide. Don’t sleep.
Limited to 100 cassettes! Foul Mouth season has returned! “Winner Takes All” is the highly anticipated follow up to last year’s PIK beat tape “Soul Louis.” This is a continuation of the head nodding, face scrunching soul infused production Foul Mouth has become known for and includes15 slaps containing Soul/R&B sources, hard drums & ill transitions. Don’t sleep!
Every few years in the genre of Hip Hop there comes an album that gracefully, yet unapologetically steers clear of the redundantly trodden path that so many artist become accustomed to walking. Such bravery is often rewarded by the Art Gods, this time is no exception as UK Born , New Jersey Emcee Cymarshall Law & Hungarian Producer Mr. Joeker team up for the 3rd time and bring you the masterful, Hip Hop in the Soul 3, the first in the series featuring KRS-1 , this time a colorful bunch of guests are invited. Cymarshall Law weaves in and out of different song topics that have rarely been touched if at all effortlessly as his lyrical prowess has yet again moved forward in innovative and original way.The MCs refusal to “ walk in a straight line” is refreshing in a way that lets you know some artists still value originality and crafting a skill of their own. Mr. Joeker steps forward to prove he is a true gem in the form of a super producer.The production here raises the bar boom bap reigns supreme, though Mr. Joeker shows great range by taking us into new musical dimensions of his own creation, the result is Hip Hop in it’s purest , rawest form with a new school twist, an album that by all means will wake many people up to take notice, as this duo is finally putting the Soul back into Hip Hop
Soul / Funk from Topanga Canyon, CA. Recorded and Mixed at Killionsound by Sergio Rios. Side A is a mid-tempo soulful landscape with a heavy backbeat. Featuring vocals by bass player Terin Ector that takes off into a Jazz influenced horn driven B section. Side B is an instrumental in 3/4 incorporating overlapping rhythmic layers into a modern/funky afrobeat style. Focusing on the grove and sonic colors, this track will be sure to make your body move all led by a melodic horn melody.
Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Diamond Ortiz brings you his first full-length physical release with “Special Request,” following 2014s “Zooted” 7” and 2015s “Boomerang EP.” Opting this time for a cassette release, fans of all things on the one can also expect to see vinyl at some point in the near future. In any format, “Special Request” stands as a further testament to the juicy, hard-bottomed slabs of funk that Ortiz is known to serve up, combining licks from all of his weapons of choice - analog synth, vocoder, talkbox, guitar, and bass. He runs the gamut, from his frenetically paced ode to Roger Troutman’s gutter Ohio funk on “Playeristic Tendencies” to the more austere, yet still danceable, boogie-laced feel of “Slow Mo.” For those who prefer their music to have the stank in it, “Special Request” is the perfect soundtrack.
Tippa Lee’s new album Cultural Ambassador will be released on Stones Throw, May 20, 2016. Tippa Lee was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He started performing on his fathers Sound System as a child, standing up on a beer bottle box to reach the mic. He made his first recordings at King Tubby‘s studio at the age of 12. Eventually he teamed up with Rappa Robert and as a duo had a number of hits including “No Trouble We”, an anthemic statement against police harassment, which was a number one Jamaican hit in 1988 and is still played often on Jamaican radio. In more recent years he has been based in the US, performing live and releasing his own underground CDs.
Tippa Lee’s new album Cultural Ambassador will be released on Stones Throw, May 20, 2016.Available now is the dub version of the album, Dub Them with Reality, mixed by producer Tom Chasteen (Dub Club, Natural Numbers), who has reconfigured the tracks live on the mixing board with echo, reverb and various arcane electronics. The LP covers, in two variations, were screen printed in gold and black by Hit & Run, with artwork by Ellen G. Tippa Lee was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He started performing on his fathers Sound System as a child, standing up on a beer bottle box to reach the mic. He made his first recordings at King Tubby’s studio at the age of 12. Eventually he teamed up with Rappa Robert and as a duo had a number of hits including “No Trouble We”, an anthemic statement against police harassment, which was a number one Jamaican hit in 1988 and is still played often on Jamaican radio. In more recent years he has been based in the US, performing live and releasing his own underground CDs.
Since his first 12” as Pantha Du Prince in 2002, Hendrik Weber has steadily built himself a career as a progenitor of the organic, humanistic branch of minimal techno that has helped the genre – and experimental electronic music more broadly – earn itself the place at the cultural table that it now has. And with his first proper solo Pantha Du Prince LP in 6 years, coming after 2010’s beloved, now-canonical Black Noise (and his acclaimed 2013 collaboration with The Bell Laboratory, Elements Of Light), Weber has further refined and advanced his uniquely naturalistic style into a sweeping and grand, but detailed and absorbing album, whose tracks evoke the tides’ crashings as much as the orchestra’s chamber, a cool night in a damp, mossy forest as much as the thrum of the dancefloor. A brilliant addition to an already spectacular career, The Triad is Pantha Du Prince’s most far-reaching statement yet, and a testament to the deeply human, enchanting potential in electronic music.
Awake represented a high-water mark for Scott Hansen, the San Francisco musician better known as Tycho. Described by Hansen as, “in many ways, the first True Tycho record,” Awake announced the arrival of Tycho as a full band, and it found Hansen streamlining the group’s sound, focusing on the drums and aiming to capture the energy and power of the group’s live set. The story of Awake arrives at its natural conclusion with this 12” of remixes, on which Hansen’s songs are re-interpreted by producers who make the songs their own while retaining all of their core elements. Baio, who splits his time between solo work and his role as bassist in Vampire Weekend, gives “Plains” a kind of soulfulness, adding a driving rhythm to the original’s beatless ambience and dropping in snatches of vocal for texture and warmth. RJD2 takes the swift-kicking “Apogee” and transforms it into tranquil instrumental funk; In the hands of Few Nolder, “Montana” becomes tense and driving, four-on-the-floor beat undergirding bright, rippling synths. Additional remixes from Com Truise, Christopher Willits, Bibio and Beacon, which had been previously released, have been added to this package. Taken together, the Awake Remixes offer a parallel narrative for Tycho’s artistic breakthrough.
For the last decade, Tim Heidecker (along with his comedy partner Eric Wareheim) has proven to be one of our cult-comedy greats with his Adult Swim series "Tim & Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!" and "Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories." He's starred in indie films and played sold out stand-up sets around the world. But who is Tim Heidecker? Is he a real man with all the regular feels? Well, yes, of course he is. He resides on a hill in Glendale, CA, up to his armpits in diapers, bills, his mortgage, in the workaday life of a writer. It's this pedestrian side of his life from which Heidecker pulls the fodder for the aptly titled In Glendale, his first earnest collection of songwriting under his full name. In Glendale shows Heidecker shifting deftly from the mundane to the idiosyncratic; from the sentimental to the caustic; from the earnest to the humorous. His knack for crafting catchy tunes amid curious subject matter pops up in spades across In Glendale. "Ghost In My Bed" is a lovely little number about cutting off someone's head, sticking it in a plastic bag and burying it beneath the Hollywood sign. After an album's worth of songs about Hollywood murder fantasies, diaper changes and even a cameo from director David Gordon Green, you're left desperately trying to wipe the smile off your face.
4AD are pleased to announce the release of Day of the Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music. Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation is a wideranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long. All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3. This is the 20th album of original music produced by Red Hot to further its mission. Day of the Dead is the follow up to 2009’s Dark Was The Night (4AD), a 32track, multiartist compilation also produced by Aaron and Bryce for Red Hot. Dark Was The Night has raised over 1.5 million dollars for the organizations fighting AIDS to date.
Adult Jazz first appeared back in 2013, amid a flurry of praise surrounding their joyous and addictive debut single 'Springful'. Their unanimously acclaimed debut album Gist Is followed in 2014, self-released on their label Spare Thought, with The Sunday Times calling it "utterly riveting" and the NME and The Line Of Best Fit both naming it their album of the week. Gist Is was a startling and mesmerising voyage from start to finish, taking a labyrinthian, fragmented pop-not-pop path, incorporating songs within songs, while maintaining a sense of humour through some of its complex themes surrounding religion, gender and humanity. Following the release of Gist Is, the band went on to play sell out tours around Europe as well as festivals including Latitude, End of The Road, CMJ and Iceland Airways. The latter was attended by none other than Bjork, who was moved to write about Adult Jazz as ones to watch for Art In America Magazine. David Byrne followed suit and asked them to play at last year's Meltdown festival with Young Marble Giants, while further endorsements came from diverse remixes by Oliver Coates, Happa and a very rare re-work from Shabazz Palaces. Since then the band have been busy collaborating, including producing OKAY KAYA's recent single 'Durer' / 'Keep On Pushin'. Adult Jazz return with a new record 'Earrings Off!' released on May 6 2016 via TriAngle. Comprised of seven tracks, it experiments with sound and song structure as well as its themes and narrative. Harry explains: "The record is about masculinity. Embodiment, lust, idealisation, privilege, legitimacy and limitation. It's about acknowledging the weight, with a view to liberation from its past clout. It's about picking your ideal body, and playing with body language to achieve authenticity. It's about the possibility of authenticity."
Since the invention of Serato, creating the perfect break record is a lost art form. In the twenty teens break record releases are few and far between for vinyl purists. DJ’s and producers alike rely on instant access to curated sound libraries bypassing all the junk. Breaks For Hire is the immediate tool for the job. If you’re a DJ looking to build a potent battle routine for the recent wave of 45 only nights or the producer in search of the ideal break exclusive to vinyl, this record will keep the productivity seamless. Carefully assembled by DJ Mekalek, this 7” scratch/break record (plays at 33RPM) is packed full of phrases, skipless kits and even a side of ultra-rare drumbreaks supplied by legendary rap producer K-Def. Breaks for hire is ready to work for you.
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