J-Dilla's Donuts began simply enough, in summer 2005, as an idea to turn a particularly good demo beat tape into a full-length release. We think we can safely say it has since became a classic hip-hop album, one of the defining works of the artist's life. This box set includes the album on seven 45s and a bonus 45 with "Signs" from the long out-of-print Donuts 'Fan Club 45' b/w DOOM & Ghostface's "Sniper Elite & Murder Goons" - two tracks over Donuts beats which were recorded in late 2005 prior to the original release of the album. These two tracks were released digitally in 2008, but have never before appeared on vinyl. Side D contains the "Donuts Outro/Intro" appearing as an interlude at the beginning of "The Diff'rence" which dates back to the first, original sequence of the album. Completed during a year in which J Dilla spent mostly in a hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Donuts would gain particular poignancy when, only three days after it's release, February 10, 2006, the artist passed away, losing his battle with a rare blood disease. Announced in Fall 2005, the concept of a “rap album without rappers” struck some critics as either a novelty, or a minor break beat album - but Donuts would prove to transcend the rigid definitions of what a hip-hop album could be. It plays part like a DJ mix, and part like a hip-hop beat-maker at work, sounding like a producer turning the dial on an imaginary radio station. But it's an unmistakably modern album, and one which perfectly encapsulated the J Dilla's reputation among his peers and fans as the definitive architect of soulful hip-hop.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are here to help music fans get into the holiday spirit. The band offers up a succinct soulful soundtrack to this holiday season with their new album Its A Holiday Soul Party, out October 30th. Kicking off with 8 Days (Of Hanukkah)--the bands ode to The Festival of Lights--the 11-song set of original and classic holiday songs is the groups first holiday record and follows their Grammy-nominated 2014 album, Give The People What They Want. Theres no other band today that plays with the rhythm, feeling, or explosive power of the Dap-Kings. Since releasing their first album in 2002, the group has toured the world countless times, garnering a legion of loyal fans, and a slew of tremendously successful TV appearances. Sharon, the Queen of modern-day Soul, has collaborated with some of musics biggest names, including David Byrne and Michael Bublé. Be sure to add this soon to be classic to your Holiday checklist, shopping list, et al.
Limited to 1000 units. Mr. Len (Company Flow/Dirty Disco Squares) and Natasha Diggs (Mobile Mondays) collaborate to curate a 10 record box set of 45s for the hallowed Brunswick label. Fueled by the soul and disco jams by the likes of Exit 9, The Chi-Lites, and Vaughan Mason & Crew, the duo compile tunes to keep dancers grooving, skaters rolling, and beat lovers bopping. The limited edition box set slated for a November release include: Barbara Acklin Sidney Joe Qualls Boobie Knight The Chi-Lites Exit 9 The Lost Generation Johnny Jones Tyrone Davis Vaughan Mason & Crew Young and Company Willie Henderson Young Holt Unlimited
Released in 2003 as MF DOOM's star was rising into the stratosphere, Take Me to Your Leader finds the Metal Faced Supervillain going by his Monsta Island Czar alias and recording for the envelope-pushing U.K. label Big Dada. It was his second solo album: following Operation: Doomsday but before Vaudeville Villain , Mm...Food, and Madvillain. Produced entirely by DOOM himself, it's got all his signature characteristics: absurdly catchy loop-driven beats culled from a wide variety of genres, big and chunky beats, dizzying tempo changes, bizarro Godzilla dialogue samples, and gruff but clever wordplay delivered in a husky flow and liberally peppered with random pop culture references. The featured guests (Kurious, Scienz of Life, Grimm, Rodan, Trunks, Hassan Chops, Mr. Fantastik, and Gigan) are all impressive. But it's still DOOM's show, and he delivers one of the best albums in his lengthy discography. There's not a weak track here, but "Fastlane," "Next Levels," "Anti-Matter," and "Fazers" are especially fresh.
Slice Of Spice is proud to have collaborated with Ed Piskor and Fantagraphics for Issue #12 of the award winning comic, Hip Hop Family Tree. Each issue comes with a free playable flexi-postcard featuring the track, “Hip Hop Family Tree Pt.1”, produced by Jorun Bombay. There is also a very special limited edition front cover variant of Issue #12, featuring an exclusive Biggie Smalls illustration, not available in your local comic book store.
Includes the Original Album Plus Previously Unreleased Mono Reference Versions, Vocal Overdubs & Alternate Takes! On December 9th, 1964, John Coltrane and his classic quartet (Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner) went into the legendary Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and recorded A Love Supreme - the four-part suite that has influenced musicians and reached generations of fans far beyond the jazz world. Far less known is the fact that Coltrane, his classic quartet and two additional musicians - the legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp and second bassist, Dr. Art Davis - returned to the studio the next day to cut the opening part of the suite again.Until now, the complete picture of what happened on those two days, including all takes, overdubs, and even studio chatter, has been unavailable. That will change when Verve Music Group proudly releases A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of this seminal recording. It will include this alternate version, taken from reels from the personal collection of John Coltrane and originally recorded in incredible sonic detail by Rudy Van Gelder, along with revised notes and detailed information on these amazing lost sessions.With the availability of long-lost session reels, A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters brings together all existing recordings and written outlines for the first time to paint the most comprehensive and accurate picture of the A Love Supreme story. It reveals how Coltrane's masterpiece came together, from its initial conception as a nine-piece performance - it turns out the original plan was for a nine-piece band, including three Latin percussionists - to how it changed and developed in the studio. While the 2002 edition of A Love Supreme did include some of the music recorded at the second session, The Complete Masters is the first to feature all six takes of "Acknowledgement," the opening section of the suite, in their entirety, providing a deeper understanding and appreciation of how Coltrane would allow music to mature in the studio. A Love Supreme was Coltrane's most pre-conceived, meticulously planned musical recording: "This is the first time I have everything ready," he famously told his wife Alice after composing the suite in their Long Island home. It was also his most successful, a high-water mark in Coltrane's career and popularity in 1965-generating two Grammy Award-nominations, and earning him top position in various polls that year. That A Love Supreme remains a permanent fixture in lists of Greatest and Most Important musical recordings of the modern era - Rolling Stone magazine places it at No. 47 in its "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - speaks to the enduring significance of Coltrane's music and his message of spirituality.As Kahn writes in the essay to A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters: "Fifty years after its release, voices that speak of divine light and supreme love have trouble being heard. Lines that divide people run deep. At odds with itself, the world lacks the spirit to ascend and is needful once again of a spiritual recharger like A Love Supreme. The sound and message of John Coltrane remain more relevant than ever."
We are pleased to announce that Light In The Attic & Third Man Records are joining forces to show impressionable, young minds the virtues of good music and vinyl records with our exclusive children's compilation, This Record Belongs To______ available November 6th on LP, CD & digitally accompanied by Third Man Record's new portable light-weight children's turntable with built in speakers and a USB port for converting vinyl records to digital. Parents everywhere rejoice! What if your favorite children's book were not only a timeless story but came with a soundtrack of tunes that kids and grown-ups alike would love? Hold onto your boots... it's here! This Record Belongs To______ is the antidote to your standard kids compilations. You won't find boy bands, princesses, or purple dinosaurs here. Instead the record consists of two halves-an upbeat side for daytime dancin' and a mellow side for bedtime lullabies. Among the many gems featured include songs from Carole King, Woody Guthrie, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Garcia, Nina Simone, Kermit The Frog and more. Inspired by the classic Little Golden Books Series and Sesame Street's In Harmony albums, This Record Belongs To ______ stems from a love of music, reading, and a passion for teaching future generations the interactive experience of holding an album in your hands, putting needle to groove, and immersing yourself in the pages of a record's sleeve as the music plays. The compilation was compiled and sequenced by DJ and friend, Zach Cowie, who is as dear to our hearts as this collection of songs (previously passed around as a gift between friends) and is the soundtrack for many LITA & TMR offspring. These kiddos now all have undeniably excellent taste in tunes. The record is accompanied by an original, full-color storybook illustrated by acclaimed artist, Jess Rotter, which tells the tale of five forest pals who find a mysterious object-a round, flat disc that they proceed to investigate. The animal friends finally solve the mystery and learn how to play a record and let their bodies move to the groove (within the grooves). How can you fully introduce your children to the magic of vinyl records without letting them interact with the record player a bit themselves? Third Man Records realizes your high end turntable might not be kid-friendly, so they are co-releasing a portable, suitcase record player just for the kids. The new Third Man Records children's turntable made by Jensen is compact and portable, featuring images of Manny, the Third Man mascot. The three-speed turntable with built-in speakers has a USB port for converting vinyl records to digital, an automatic return tone arm, and is as lightweight as a portable turntable can be.
The “retro soul” tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded before 1980, and Mayer Hawthorne is aware of how trends come and go. On How Do You Do, his first major label effort for Universal Republic Records, Hawthorne proved that he is not part of a trend. The classic Motown sound that provided the blueprint for his self-produced independent debut, A Strange Arrangement, remains, but is joined on How Do You Do by music reminiscent of late 1960s California pop and the best work from the likes of Steely Dan and Chicago. Universal Republic Records has teamed up with Fat Beats Records to reissue How Do You Do in a stunning 7” vinyl box set featuring the entire album and it’s previously unreleased instrumentals. Housed in a hard case “black on black” box set, this collection features 12 pieces of 7” wax in 12 picture jackets, along with a custom plastic display sheet which holds each of the 12 sleeves in a 4x3 collective mosaic. Snoop Dogg once heralded Hawthorne as his new favorite artist, praise shared via Twitter by other stars such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and John Mayer. With this re-release of How Do You Do, such sentiment is sure to grow, just as Hawthorne himself continues to grow as an artist and performer. It was soul music from which he came, and those roots will never be left behind. But there is more to this artist than just soul music.
A Collection of Over 30 Images Inspired By Vintage Analog Synthesizers, Sequencers and Other Tools That Shaped Modern Music.
Endtroducing is 20 years old and to celebrate this milestone DJ Shadow has re-opened the sessions to personally curate a bonus album of remixes by a carefully selected roll call of electronic music luminaries, which he has christened Endtroducing Re-Emagined. This will come with expanded notes from a new interview conducted by Eliot Wilder and never-before-published photographs to create the 20th anniversary release as Deluxe 6LP.
Joseph Washington Jr.'s 1983 holiday LP puts a soulful, funky, suave ribbon on nine frosty Christmas cuts. In that season of music's traditional descent into threadbare schmaltz, Merry Christmas to You restores joy and wonder to a blizzard of bland. Under this tree, find undiscovered classics for our cynical age: the buoyant "Jesus’ Birthday," the hot and bothered soul of "Merry Christmas," the ridiculously catchy wallet-opener "Shopping." The world of records produces just a precious few yuletide keepers: Spector's A Christmas Gift for You; Fahey's The New Possibility; Guaraldi's indelible Charlie Brown Christmas. Down another nog and file Joseph Washington Jr. comfortably next to those.
"EXTRATERRESTRIA is DJ QBert's much-anticipated follow up to his groundbreaking debut album and feature film, Wave Twisters. Several years in the making, Extraterrestria is a wide collection of various types of music from other planets and dimensions from around the galaxy. The compilation of sounds were collected by the Galactic Skratch Federation, which is similar to the Grammy committee here on (Gaia) Earth. Featuring DJ QBert's signature skratching, the album is accompanied by several well-known musicians to boost the sonic soundscape; from world-acclaimed cellist and trombonist Dana Leong to super producer Chad Hugo of The Neptunes / N*E*R*D fame to the eclectic instrumental exotica sounds of Tipsy. Extraterrestria transcends what turntablism is and what skratch music sounds like in the future. GALAXXXIAN is an imported album from Earth (Gaia) to the Galactic Skratch Federation's compilation of music. It features DJ QBert's skratching with a host of talented MC's: Kool Keith, Del The Funky Homosapien, Bambu, Soul Khan, Mr.Lif , El-P, Madchild, DZK, Roscoe Umali, Tassho Pearce, The FMD & Z-Man. With DJ QBert's partnership with Algoriddim's DJay app and Novalia's capacitive touch technology collaboration, Thud Rumble was able to conceptualize and develop the WORLD'S FIRST INTERACTIVE ALBUM PACKAGING. With this innovation, the album's gatefold cover is transformed into an actual DJ controller. By accessing DJ QBert's album (or any MP3) through the DJay app, you're able to manipulate and effect the songs with the use of the built-in controller. Includes 2 CDs in custom vinyl-style holders and the Extraterrestria Interactive DJay Controller; as featured in Popular Mechanics, The Source, Mass Appeal, The Verge, Complex, Ego Trip, Billboard, Gizmodo, PSFK, SF Bay Guardian and BBC UK.
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.
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Joseph Abajian (DJ Jab) founded Fat Beats in 1994 with nothing more than a shoestring budget and an earnest obsession with the music, the culture, and the brotherhood of New York’s burgeoning rap scene. What began as a simple vinyl shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate on new projects. Joseph’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable. When the 90’s cultural zeitgeist – and, in turn, the music industry establishment – chose hip-hop as its new arbiter of cool.
International tourists and touring artists alike flocked to Fat Beats for rare vinyl, kindred spirits, and exclusive in-store performances from Jay Z, Eminem, Gang Starr, Outkast, Slum Village, Mos Def, and more. One thing was clear: the Fat Beats phenomenon could no longer be contained in a single basement shop.
In the late nineties, Abajian proceeded to open new stores in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. He further expanded the company’s profile to include global distribution and record label branches. Distribution has since proven to be the company’s strongest and most enduring enterprise. Today Fat Beats Distribution stands poised as one of the country’s pre-eminent distributors of vinyl & specialty item records: a proud survivor in an industry now famous for its mortality rate. Despite market fluctuations, technology innovations, and stylistic revolutions, Fat Beats has remained steadfast in its commitment to the timeless vinyl format and to the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
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