Limited to 200 cassettes! High-Bias teal cassette tape with J-Card in a clear Norelco Box.
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KutMasta Kurt Digs deep into his archives to put together this compelling 6 track EP of previously unreleased recordings he and Keith recorded in 1996-1997. This Post Sex Style and Pre Dr. Dooom material helps further illustrate why they are one of Hip-Hop's favorite collaborators from the 90’s and beyond. Only 100 tapes pressed. 50 with Blue and 50 with Yellow colored shells.
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Original 1999 pressing The problem with being recognized as a creative genius is that you've got to live up to it 24/7. Kool Keith was given such a mantle upon the release of the Dr. Octagonecologist album, and it's not something he seems happy about: on the first track of First Come, First Served, he--as Dr. Dooom--kills Octagon. It's the perfect move for Keith, and it sets the tone for the album, which is a mix of humorous tracks ("Neighbors Next Door," which asks you to imagine having Keith and Jacky Jasper living in the next apartment, and "You Live at Home with Your Mom") and songs on which Keith lays down the law ("No Chorus" and "Leave Me Alone"). Few MCs could hope to match Keith, but here--rapping over knocked-off Octagon grooves (produced with Kutmaster Kurt, they're still more innovative than most) and settling lots of personal scores--he sounds like he's just trying to get a bunch of ideas out of his head as quickly as possible. Still, there's an amazing EP's worth of material here, but it's spread over a full album. Minus the filler, Dooom might just be Octagon's better. --Randy Silver
Just in time for Cassette Store Day, 2016, Coalmine Records is pleased to release a limited edition run of ‘Land of the Crooks’; the collaborative extended play release from the late Sean Price and Melbourne’s go to producer, M-Phazes. The project finds the longtime underground legend lending his distinctive, Brownsville- bred grimy vocals over Phazes’ rich tracks full of dramatic pianos, thunderous basslines, swinging horns and bold drums. Side-A includes the main passes, comprised of four original tracks with the addition of the Small Professor Remix for ”Murdah Type Thinkin” (feat. Guilty Simpson), while the B-Side includes all of the instrumental passes. Additional features on LOTC include Roc Marciano, Billy Danze (of M.O.P.), Maffew Ragazino, Loudmouf Choir and the Dilated Junky, DJ Babu. Cassettes are manufactured on black matte shells with red leaders, and comes complete with the Andres Guzman designed artwork, inspired by the vintage ‘80s movie, ‘Crocodile Dundee.’ Sean Price was Hip-Hop’s Gray Hulk, a barbarian with the pen, with the sharpest of wits. A true Brooklyn legend...riP! If you’d like to make a donation to directly assist Sean’s family, please refer to his CrowdRise fundraiser: https://www.crowdrise.com/seanp
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DJ Shadow, widely acknowledged as a crucial figure in the development of experimental, instrumental hip-hop, will return with ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ worldwide via Mass Appeal Records, his first full length release since 2011. The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ he’s shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more.
With many new roads traveled over the last few years, The Gaslamp Killer is back with the full-length LP Instrumentalepathy. Releasing on vinyl, CD and digital formats, GLK will initiate his new imprint Cuss Records with Instrumentalepathy. French surrealism artist Albane Simon designed the cover, supplying an array of psychedelic imagery that contains a brilliant sense of connection to GLK’s music & the chaos he’s survived. Instrumentalepathy features an impressive cast of artists tied closely to GLK over his music career with Brainfeeder, Low End Theory and beyond. Guests include Gonjasufi, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Niki Randa, Kid Moxie, Mophono, Amir Yaghmai and The Heliocentrics. It’s been over a decade since GLK and Gonjasufi have collaborated on new music, bringing the two natives of San Diego back together for something truly special. As many know, GLK used the triumphs of battling a near death experience three years ago when shaping his debut Cuss Records album. A handful of the tracks were even captured from his bed, unable to walk, with morphine running through his veins and staples in his body. A musical illumination that one could argue helped save his life and steered him towards the achievements he has accumulated with his live band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Instrumentalepathy marks the catalyst point of an important road for GLK and the electronic community at large. Instrumentelephy, like his latest releases, continues down the rabbit hole of his debut full length Breakthrough (Brainfeeder) and the recent live record with his band The Gaslamp Killer Experience. Molding psychedelic ethos and heavy drum breaks with the traditional music language of his ancestors and the futuristic landscapes of modern electronica, GLK continues to push the boundaries of contemporary music. Vinyl & cassette coming soon!
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Chicago producers Scud One (Cult Classic, The Dirty Science, 2012) and T-White (The Gift Vol. V, Street Corner Music, 2014) have been working together in hip-hop production for more than four years. Scud One is a producer and lyricist whose work on Cult Classic and Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid - alongside artist Denmark Vessey - was called “organic and thoughtful, political and soulful, and without being quirky or removed from the streets” (Daniel Isenberg - Nahright.com, Complex Magazine). Scud One has worked, notably, with artists Quelle Chris, Guilty Simpson, and Exile, among others. T-White is a producer, animator and video director whose record debut was the fifth volume in the ten-volume “The Gift” series compiled by House Shoes (Street Corner Music). He has produced for Denmark Vessey on Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid and 2015’s Martin Lucid Dream;T-White produced the single “Don’t Smoke K2” which was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love” “STEVEN TYLER” - a title derived from the combination of the first names of both artists - is a collaboration between Scud One and T-White focusing on the integration of beats, interludes and spoken-word comedy skits delivered with absurd - and sometimes sardonic - wit. It’s a packed album, making use of colorfully-loud, spacey artwork and irreverent humor throughout its tracklist. As a collaborative effort, it showcases the strengths of both its producers - Scud One’s lavish looping skills and sample choices, with T-White’s drum proficiency, interlude construction, and penchant for comedy. “Steven Tyler is hard as fuck.” - House Shoes
Seige Monstracity is an anomaly in the music industry. He rides the fence, providing the contemporary soundtracks for successful commercial artists such as YG, Tyrese, Keisha Cole, and Marsha Ambrosius, as well as producing grimey backdrops for underground artists like Bizarre, Bad Lucc, and Namebrand. This is a collection of the latter. Seige’s debut LP contains 12 incredible doses of heavy beats, chopped up breaks, and obliterated samples. A Detroit transplant in Los Angeles, both cities are omnipresent at all times on the LP. “Swahililand” is a west-coast interpretation of the classic “Stakes Is High”. “Careless” revives a classic David Axelrod moment. “Dirt Bag” sounds like a late night liquor store robbery. “Doves” takes a classic from one of our all time greats who we lost recently, and transforms it into a ride thru the hood on a beautiful day in Los Angeles This is not to be missed. Another classic collection of beats from Street Corner Music.
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Production legend J Dilla's legacy is still gathering momentum, his influence reaching far beyond his chosen genre of hip hop. His weapon of choice to share his music throughout his career? Tapes. Lots of them. BBE's close friendship with Dilla resulted in them releasing not only his debut solo LP 'Welcome 2 Detroit', but also his final, posthumously completed masterpiece 'The Shining'. For Cassette Store Day, and for Dilla, BBE is proud to present both trailblazing LPs on one single, strictly limited cassette tape. So open up the case, slide the tape into your Walkman, sit back and enjoy 2 hours of the most iconic hip hop of all time.
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In celebration of the 15th anniversary of its release, Barsuk Records is pleased to reissue Death Cab for Cutie’s 2001 “The Photo Album” on cassette for the first time. This reissue includes rarity “Gridlock Caravans” which has previously only been available on the vinyl version of the album and on some version of the album internationally. Artwork has been newly redesigned for this release and each cassette includes a download code.
On his latest release, Callus, Gonjasufi glides blissfully between hip-hop, psychedelia and guitar rock, at times suffocating his vocals deep in distortion, though elsewhere, allowing his lyrics to properly sit with you. Made over the course of four years, Callus draws on human ancestry and the state of global politics as lyrical inspirations, keeping Gonjasufi firmly in the conscious rapper box. The vibe is murky, harsh and jarring on the aptly titled album, truly creating a sound that is his own. The opening tracks, ‘Your Maker’ and ‘Maniac Depressant’ are industrial Americana at their core, the lyrical content giving us an insight into the fractured mind of the creator. Elsewhere on the album, heavy effects define ‘The Conspiracy’, with the phlanger insinuating a weepiness to the dubby drones and hanging drums. The album is certainly an entity of its own, and we suggest you rejoice in its offerings. Available on cassette for the first time for Cassette Store Day, along with an exclusive Callus patch!
Swet Shop Boys (SSB) have arrived with Cashmere (via Customs), the debut from Queens, New York’s Heems (Himanshu Suri) and NW London’s Riz MC (Riz Ahmed). Both are prolific artists, actors and activists in their own right, now bringing their creative experience and the riches of their working class immigrant roots together. Rounding out the trio is British producer Redinho, providing the soundtrack for songs like their first single ‘T5’, where the emcees lament the discrimination they face as they amass frequent flyer miles while traveling the world for work. Cashmere seems timely in a world where the US and UK look across the pond for different reasons: Trump and Brexit, trap and grime. From Heems' poignant debut Eat, Pray Thug, to Riz’s acclaimed mixtape Englistan, the Trans-Atlantic, Indo-Pak duo have proudly fused their worlds together here. Musically, the palette draws from a gumbo of Qawwali hand claps, hype harmonium, Bollywood string drama, spiralling sitars, Western synths, and an arsenal of drums - from 808’s to tablas and tars, dholaks and doumbeks. Production on the record from Redinho provides the heat for their melting pot. His debut solo album earned praise from Mark Ronson, Jessie Ware, and Hudson Mohawke who brought him out on tour in the last year. Heems started his career with Das Racist, and has kept busy since with his label Greedhead, a series of university lectures, and rapping from Macau to Malaysia. Riz MC's debut 'Post-9/11 Blues' was banned from UK radio, and his music since has maintained that sharp social commentary as well as his acting career which includes projects like Four Lions, Nightcrawler, and HBO’s The Night Of.
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RVA beatmaker Ohbliv follows up on his recent Baker’s Dozen installment for Fat Beats Records with Cassette Store Day inspired Lewse joints V. Cassette features 18 original beats. Cover art by Ohbliv and layout by Chris Hound (Paxico Records).
After releasing two albums independently (Little Armenia, Saturday Night At The Magic Lamp) as well as scoring music for the recent Vice Films release A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Produced by Elijah Wood), the next release from Los Angeles-based producer Bei Ru is L.A. Zooo, his first instrumental beat concept record which incorporates everything from bugged-out Middle Eastern melodies from the 1970s to obscure Electronic, Funk, Jazz & Soul sounds. Hypnotizing keyboards, pulsating bass lines, and infectious drums guide you through the L.A. Zooo - a playful, yet ominous place where humans and animals coexist and weapons and armor are required for simple walks down the street.
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