Three classic Immortal Technique albums, bundled for a limited time at almost 40% less than the combined standard price. Revolutionary Vol. 1Originally self-released in 2002, the plain-spoken politics (the title of this album is not to be taken lightly) and barebones production of Revolutionary, Vol. 1 missed MTV and Rap City entirely, surprise surprise. However, the album built enough underground buzz, helped by the more widely distributed Revolutionary, Vol. 2 the following year, that it was reissued in 2004, sounding as up-to-date as ever. Immortal Technique works the same political side of the street as Dead Prez and the Coup, but much like Chuck D, the godfather of the political rap scene, the Peruvian-born rapper never lets his ideas get in the way of his flow, and manages to express complex and reasoned opinions, only occasionally devolving into simple sloganeering. Those who found beats on Revolutionary, Vol. 2 too skeletal for their likes, however, will likely find it’s predecessor even tougher sledding; however, the homemade-sounding productions perfectly suitable for the non-corporate sentiments of Immortal Technique’s lyrics, and has a smilier rough-edged charm. Revolutionary Vol. 2The classic album from Immortal Technique now available for a limited time on black vinyl. Features Akir, C-Rayz Walz, DJ Roc Raida, Diabolic, Jean Grae, Lou Cipher, Mumia Abu Jamal, Poison Pen, Pumpkinhead & Tonedeff. The 3rd WorldImmortal Technique, the most radical revolutionary rap lyricist to hit wax, combines with Green Lantern and a gang of like-minded MCs to produce THE 3RD WORLD, a furious mixtape which is perhaps Immortal Technique’s best work to date. The title track is a compelling summary of all the Harlem rapper has proclaimed in his past verses, as he reworks Jay-Z’s “Where I’m From” into a scathing diagnosis of the state of the world in the 21st century. Tech also breaks down the power structures behind NYC gentrification on “Harlem Renaissance,” deconstructs accepted understandings of “pimp” on “Reverse Pimpology,” and examines corporate privatization on “Open Your Eyes.” Violent, angry, and unabashedly challenging, THE 3RD WORLD is everything hardcore hip-hop should be.
“The positive response and ongoing success of How It Should Sound 1 & 2 (first released in 2010) was as unexpected for Redefinition as a label as it was for myself as an artist. For the 5th anniversary I wanted to do something special to acknowledge what is arguably my most popular title: I figured that more music in the form of an extended sequel would be a dope way to celebrate. The tracks are combinations of obvious influences, my personal passion to contribute and challenge the craft, and the record collection I was building. I hope the audience is ready for more HISS. I had them in mind first whilst assembling the album.” - Damu The Fudgemunk If you’re reading this, we’ll assume that you are more than ready. Welcome to another installment of archived material from one of the finest purveyors of dusty, neck-snapping instrumentals to ever lay his fingers on those trusty sixteen pads: Damu The Fudgemunk. Pulled together from the same stack of basement-dwelling floppies that went into the creation of HISS Vol 1& 2 we here at Redefinition Records are confident that fans old and new will delight in this now expanded collection of material from the formative years of Damu’s craft. The (previously unheard / unreleased) beats featured in this collection were all created between 2003 and 2007 and although time moves on there are undoubtedly some things that are timeless. This is instrumental hip hop that stays true to its roots whilst building on tradition, the crack and pop of old vinyl nestled contentedly in layered compositions that knock, swing, and groove. Relax and enjoy: perhaps unsurprisingly, it sounds just like it should.
For a limited time, Fat Beats is offering all ten volumes of DOOM's Special Herbs for $84.99 (15% off of the MSRP)! MF DOOM is the man in the iron mask. The most mysterious figure in hip-hop has also become one of the most popular, supplying beats and rhymes for Gorillaz, De La Soul, Madlib, Danger Mouse, and Wu-Tang Clan, and drawing praise from heavyweights like Just Blaze, Nas, and Mos Def. Since 2002, DOOM has released numerous volumes of Special Herbs, one of the longest-running instrumental series in hip- hop history. With obscure loops and dusty samples galore, Special Herbs is a must-have for any DOOM fan or hip-hop head. Each of the five compilations includes a limited-edition bonus 7”, featuring two beats from DOOM’s days as a member of 90s hip-hop trio KMD.
Madlib Medicine Show is a music series the producer began in late 2009 as the official launch of his label Madlib Invazion. The original idea was simple: 12 releases, one per month, alternating between original works and mixtapes spanning different genres. It took a little longer than planned to hit number 12 – so a bonus, No. 13 was added to the mix. Now that the individual CD offerings are increasingly hard to locate, the Madlib Invazion crew has decide to collect the entire series into a single release. We call this collection Medicine Show: The Brick. All Medicine Show releases revolve around the Beat Konducta’s 4-ton stack of vinyl. Get a glimpse of that motherlode with Medicine Show: The Brick. THE MEDICINE SHOW BRICK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING DISCS:1. Madlib Medicine Show No. 1: Before the Verdict - Hip-hop Album feat. Guilty Simpson. Full-length, 17-tracks, combining new material and remixes.2. Madlib Medicine Show No. 2: Flight to Brazil - Mixtape. 80-minutes of Brazilian psyche, folk and jazz.3. Madlib Medicine Show No. 3: Beat Konducta in Africa - Hip-hop Album. Inspired by and based on African records of the early 1970s – obscure &independent vinyl gems from afro-beat, funk, psych-rock, garage-rock & soul movements from Africa.4. Madlib Medicine Show No. 4: 420 Chalice All-Stars - Mixtape. All Jamaican sounds, 80 minutes. Complete with Los Angeles medicinal marijuana guide.5. Madlib Medicine Show No. 5: History of the Loop Digga - Hip-Hop Album. Madlib’s early years, 1990-2000, from beat cassettes produced for local rap crew Crate Digga’s Palace.6. Madlib Medicine Show No. 6: The Brain Wreck Show - Mixtape. Psych-prog-avante-freak-out-funk rock mix CD.7. Madlib Medicine Show No. 7: High Jazz - Jazz Album. All new Madlib productions from his collective of jazz groups and musicians known as Yesterdays Universe.8. Madlib Medicine Show No. 8: Advanced Jazz - Mixtape. A jazz music course with no grades, lecturer or tests – just a room of dusty jazz vinyl and Madlib at the turntable.9. Madlib Medicine Show No. 9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville - Hip-Hop Album feat. Frank Nitt. Loosely-based concept album around an obscure TV show, Nittyville, running on Channel 85. Full-length, 14 tracks.10. Madlib Medicine Show No. 10: Black Soul - Mixtape. The Disco era, 80 mins, mixed by Madlib.11. Madlib Medicine Show No. 11: Low Budget Hi-Fi - Hip-Hop Album. Dirty Demos produced by Madlib, with The Professionals (Madlib+Oh No), MED, Strong Arm Steady, AG, Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, Supreme Team (Madlib+Karriem Riggins), and Jaylib.12. Madlib Medicine Show No. 12: Raw Medicine - Hip-Hop Remixes. Part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. The show runs 60 minute with 30+ tracks.13. Madlib Medicine Show: No. 13: Black Tape - Hip-Hop Remixes. The previously-unannounced encore to the Medicine Show series, and continuation of number 12. 60 minutes, 35 tracks.
22, A Million is part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. The album's 10 poly-fi recordings are a collection of sacred moments, love's torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard as coincidence. If Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.
Grimes' first three releases on Arbutus Records, Geidi Primes, Halfaxa and Darkbloom, are now available for the first time in almost five years. And now, grab all three in one bundle at almost 20% off of the suggested retail price! Grimes - Geidi PrimesGeidi Primes is Grimes' debut LP. Originally available as a free download, and a limited release of cassettes, it's now available worldwide on CD/LP/Digital. It has a strange air of being created unconsciously while the artist herself was asleep. It is a vastly intriguing set of pop tunes highlighted by its amazing fifth and sixth songs: "Avi" and "Feyd Rautha Dark Heart", which are each frighteningly reminiscent of an unaccountable psychic experience you may have never had.It seems like an album made for very tall people about what it's like to be very small. It calls to mind the glowering of a child king amidst the many vestments and decorations of his coronation. Listening to Geidi Primes is what its like to suddenly realize you are being watched while taking a cold shower... on the moon. Grimes - HalfaxaClaire Boucher speaks a different language. And Halfaxa, her second album this year, feels like the dictionary from which we might discern just where this being comes from. Consider the title at face value; Halfaxa is just slightly removed from a place that we can understand and grab onto. This is the perfect way to describe the music of Grimes, a B.C. transplant making waves in the Montreal underground music scene. In Boucher’s last album, the Dune-referencing Geidi Primes (Arbutus), she sings in foreign languages, both real and concocted. But even when presented with comprehendible lyrics, the listener is hard-pressed to glean any concrete understanding. Halfaxa is simultaneously more human than Geidi Primes, and yet falls deeper into a hole of mystical obscurity. These songs feel as though they’re being sung through the tunnel of a labyrinth. Grimes can be the soundtrack to a witch hunt and a tape dub from a night at Danceteria simultaneously. She harnesses dark and light. “Wereglid” opens with synths that sound like plates falling and disintegrating. This gives way to vocal pitching, ominous pads, delayed drum programming and, despite any sonic abstraction, could still be said to fit neatly within a traditional pop song structure. The lyrics, as throughout this album, are designed to be an additional instrument, and not necessarily a device that gives obvious meaning to the proceedings. “Devon” is jarring for its clarity, both in purpose and presentation. Anchored by a spry tropicalia drum loop and shimmering piano chords, the song bursts with light. A gothic blast that could be likened to of a b-side from a Kate Bush/Siouxie and the Banshees collaboration, this is perhaps the only song on the album containing any reference to worldly experience. There is a strong focus on primeval and simplistic percussion to Boucher’s music, though I am apprehensive to compare it directly to club music. Even with all the fog and barriers she presents us with, at the core of her music is the human heart. There is a heartbeat in every note. Her breath is often used as a percussive element. Somehow, Grimes says more about life through her methodology than through what she literally chooses to say. Like all great world music, her sound transcends language.” Grimes / d'Eon - DarkbloomFollowing the middle eastern-tinged R&B of 2010′s Palinopsia, d’Eon’s side functions as a continuous, circular suite that comments on society’s reliance on technology through both its content and presentation (the intro “Telepathy” is largely based around a sample of cell phone interference). Chris d’Eon broadens his stylistic breadth by developing mature, contemporary takes on new and old electronic genres, whether he’s incorporating elements of Chicago footwork and new jack swing or making forays into bygone genres such as UK drum and bass and trip hop. Harnessing the dark energy of her sophomore album Halfaxa with the shimmering dream pop of Geidi Primes, Grimes’s side represents a synthesis of those two sonic personalities. Displaying a level of clarity and craftsmanship heretofore unseen in her music.
Theme + Echo = Krill is the album hip-hop has been waiting for, something that heads will nod to and aspiring rappers will want to emulate. Yes, you can be old school hardcore, slammin' and brand new all at the same time. "Everything about us is old school," says Chucky. "Our boots and old man hats. We've been like this since junior high. New rappers gotta come out with new designer cloths... but the Legion is not going for it." If you like hip-hop all about rhyming, skills, music, flow and flavor, then you'll for the Legion. Check for it!
The 10-track offering-which finds the Detroit lyricist paying homage to Nas's classic debute LP, Illmatic-was produced entirely by Will Sessions. Fellow D-Town MC Royce da 5'9" and Illmatic beatmaker Pete Rock also make appearances.
Bundle includes official 2016 reissues of Beck's seminal classics, Odelay and Sea Change, on LP and 2xLP vinyl, respectively. Odelay (LP -140 Gram Vinyl)Originally released in June of 1996, Beck's second major label album, Odelay, was his chance to prove that he was no one-hit wonder. His major label debut, Mellow Gold, had produced the hit single "Loser," but there was a sense he hadn't quite won over everyone and it was hard to tell exactly who Beck was. Was he joking? Was he serious? Was he simply some sort of beat-poet novelty act? With Odelay, he enlisted the Dust Brothers, most famous at this point for being behind the boards for the Beastie Boys' 1989 sonic-collage opus Paul's Boutique. Together they crafted a classic. Sea Change (2xLP - Gatefold + Download Card)Drawing from hip-hop, folk, psychedlia, pop, rock and experimental, Beck defined himself as a warped poet in the '90s. Always changing and evloving his moods, Sea Change is a prime example of the singer/songwriters evolution within his craft. The finest example of Beck's talents as a singer, songwriter and musician.
For a limited time, grab Skyzoo's A Dream Deferred and Music For My Friends together on colored vinyl at a discounted price, while supplies last! A Dream DeferredThe follow up to Skyzoo's acclaimed debut LP "The Salvation", 2012's "A Dream Deferred" is finally available on vinyl. The sophomore album by the Brooklyn wordsmith features the singles "Jansport Strings", "Range Rover Rhythm", and "Spike Lee Was My Hero" (featuring Talib Kweli). The fan favorited project includes guest spots from Jill Scott, Freeway, Talib Kweli, Raheem Devaughn and more, and boasts production by !llmind, Jahlil Beats, 9th Wonder, Black Milk DJ Khalil and a host of others. After three years it's now available on limited edition purple colored wax for your collection. Music For My FriendsComing off of the success of his critically acclaimed sophomore LP "A Dream Deferred" and the heralded "Barrel Brothers" collabo album with Torae, Skyzoo returns with his third solo effort "Music For My Friends". The album finds Sky back to what he's known for best: vivid storytelling, using elite lyricism to paint the scenes. Backed by production from !llmind, Apollo Brown, Jahlil Beats and more, with guest features from the likes of Jadakiss, Black Thought, Elzhi and Bilal, #MFMF is sure to fill the void of NYC soundtrack storytelling that Skyzoo's fans have been yearning for since his last solo release.
Bundle contains official 2LP gatefold of To Pimp A Butterfly, and an LP copy of Kendrick's new untitled unmastered. LP. untitled unmastered.A surprise new album from Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered. consists of previously unreleased demos that originated during the recording of Lamar's album To Pimp a Butterfly, continuing that work's exploration of politically-charged and psychological themes, as well as its experimentation with free jazz, soul, avant-garde, and funk styles. To Pimp A ButterflyFollowing the success of his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, in 2012, the rapper Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) is about carrying the weight of that clarity: What happens when you speak out, spiritually and politically, and people actually start to listen? And what of the world you left behind?
We're proud to team up with one of our very favorite labels in the world, the endlessly inspiring Constellation Records, to offer their three Fall 2016 releases at in a very discounted bundle, Bundle contains Off World's 1, Automatisme's Momentform Accumulations and Jason Sharp's A Boat Upon Its Blood, each on 180 gram vinyl LP. From the label: We’re staking out some “electronic music” terrain with three new releases this fall, all dropping on September 30th. While our label has always tried to avoid genre tags (increasingly a losing battle given the state of music platforms and discovery these days) and while the world of electronic music is surely the broadest and thorniest landscape of all in this regard, suffice it to say that Off World, Automatisme and Jason Sharp are very different yet satisfyingly leftfield albums that share some suitably frayed electric threads of sorts. Electronic music strategies, technologies, histories and sensibilities come into play, in very diverse ways, with each of these debut records – making them stand out a little differently in the context of the Constellation catalogue perhaps, but also informing one another and making a lot of sense to our ears as an album trio (somewhat in the spirit of our Musique Fragile series). The bundle includes: CST117 • Off World • 1 CST118 • Automatisme • Momentform Accumulations CST119 • Jason Sharp • A Boat Upon Its Blood
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6 Double LPs plus an additional single LP housed in a slipcase featuring printed wraps designed by Jeff Jank mounted to a 80pt. chipboard shell Madlib Medicine Show is a series of album and mixtape releases by Madlib. This is the first time the Madlib Medicine Show “Brick” box set has been released on vinyl. The Brick contains seven albums with thirteen LPs, all of the originally-produced material by Madlib in the series. 1. Madlib Medicine Show #1: Before the Verdict. 17-tracks, combining new material and remixes2. Madlib Medicine Show #3: Beat Konducta in Africa. Inspired by and based on African records of the early 1970s – obscure & independent vinyl gems from afro-beat, funk, psych-rock, garage-rock & soul movements from Africa3. Madlib Medicine Show #5: History of the Loop Digga, 1990-2000. Madlib’s early years, 1990-2000, from beat cassettes produced for local rap crew Crate Digga’s Palace.4. Madlib Medicine Show #7: High Jazz. All new Madlib productions from his collective of jazz groups and musicians known as Yesterdays Universe.5. Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville. Loosely-based concept album around an obscure TV show, Nittyville, running on Channel 85. Full-length, 14 tracks.6. Madlib Medicine Show #11: Low Budget High Fi. Dirty Demos produced by Madlib, with The Professionals (Madlib+Oh No), MED, Strong Arm Steady, AG, Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, Supreme Team (Madlib+Karriem Riggins), and Jaylib.7. Madlib Medicine Show #12 & 13: Filthy Ass Remixes. Part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. These are select tracks from Vol. 12 and 13 of the Medicine Show CD edition.
LP Reissues of Mirrored and Gloss Drop out April 1 2016 in original deluxe packaging with EP C/B EP out on vinyl for the first time. Battles' seminal first two albums Mirrored and Gloss Drop are being given a much needed vinyl reissue, and for the first time ever, a vinyl pressing of the EP C/B EP. The music across these releases spans from 2005 until 2011 and if there ever was a need to, reminds us of just how forward-thinking, yet accessible the group were when they first appeared. These releases have gone on to gain huge admiration from both alternative rock and electronica communities and you will be hard pressed to find an alternative music fan who doesn't recognize tracks like Atlas, Tonto or Ice Cream. Out of print for years and now highly collectible, these classic recordings are being made again for new audiences to enjoy while sure to take space on shelves of long time fans of old who missed them first time around.
Bundle of volumes one and two of Vingthor The Hurler's "Low Budget/LoFi Series" on gorgeous, two-tone color-shell cassettes! Both tapes include download cards. Beautiful 2 tone (yellow/clear and turquoise/clear) cassette shells with white imprint, full color J-card and clear Norelco box.Entirely produced by Vingthor the Hurler with scratches & blends by Kai Allen X aka DJ MVP. This 39 minute continuous blend of beats uses all drums and samples exclusively from vinyl using the BOSS SP-505 and a portable turntable. Artwork by Monsterism.
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