The Greek beat-head massive is represented once again on the Cold Busted label with Beatbop Street. It’s an album from the cool new project AndyFellaz, a collaboration of Athens-based producer Billa Qause (Beatquick) and percussionist Nikos Martziokas (Wolfy Funk). Influenced by ’90s hip hop, trip hop, Latin montunos, jazz, and lounge, the pair have delivered fourteen exciting cuts that groove and shimmer with the best of ’em. Highlights include the melancholic skank of “Just One More Time”, “Rumbetas”’s classic acid jazz style, the funky swing of “Two Weirdos”, and “Madrugada”’s dreamy cosmic salsa. The set also includes contributions from Wolfy Project’s bass player Konstantinos Stamou, as well as Yegor Cergei who reveals an elegantly cut-up remix of “Just One More Time”. Beatbop Street will satisfy the hip hoppers, the loungers, the jazzers … pretty much any fan of funky downtempo will be convinced by AndyFellaz. Dig it.
Clutchy and Fatty....High desert crunch meets city life punch for this collaborative project in sound. Instrumental elements of soul, jazz, hip-hop, rock and more resonate throughout the record. Just what any Clutchy Hopkins or Fat Albert Einstein fan would ask for; track after track of laced up loveliness. These two gents pair banging rhythms with lush melodies and top them off with their signature low brow high fi sound. Guaranteed for some straight nasty. Acoustic and electric instrumentation set the tone and in their individual styles; Clutchy and Fatty navigate your journey through psych folk caverns of cactus dust and marine layer funk with bloodshot rust. It is distinctive, original and fresh, paying homage to the past, present and future. Visionary folk funk.
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With numerous 2016 releases, some including his Craft Singles series and The Carrollton Heist with rapper Curren$y, Alchemist hits 2017 with a new chapter in the Rapper’s Best Friend instrumental series. The fourth in its series, Rapper’s Best Friend 4, is comprised of instrumentals of tracks produced by the Alchemist for artists such as Sean Price, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Migos, Danny Brown and more.
On the heels of his debut collaborative LP with Evidence, Lord Steppington, and production on Directors of Photography, the latest from legendary L.A. outfit Dilated Peoples, comes a new chapter in the Alchemist’s Rapper’s Best Friend instrumental series. The third in its series, Rapper’s Best Friend 3 is comprised of instrumentals of tracks produced by the Alchemist for artists such as Schoolboy Q, Styles P and Mobb Deep.
Hailing from within the heat of Florida, Brandon* is a gifted producer whose musical style is an eclectic blend of hip hop, jazz, lounge, and latin flavors. Tough beats move alongside swirling strings, soundtrack-ish atmospheres, and nostalgic orchestral arrangements, all seemingly lifted from obscure vinyl thrift store finds in the sunny retirement capitol. It’s a refreshingly perfect mix of elements, resulting in ‘beats music’ that is amorous and enchanting. This is even more apparent on Brandon*’s latest long-player on the Cold Busted imprint, titled Dreamscape: Part 4*. The producer’s other Dreamscape releases explored his distinct sound, and this latest brings Brandon*’s M.O. to further maturity and acclaim. From the bombastic bossa of “Cabana Chat” to “Oasis”’s gentle acoustic guitars to the tropical jazz vibe of “Rio Dio”, Dreamscape: Part 4* will delight and captivate, and nicely compliments an exotic cocktail.
Funky DL ignites his renaissance project to A Tribe Called Quest’s 1993 classic album “Midnight Marauders”, with his brand new album... “Marauding At Midnight: A Tribute To The Sounds of A Tribe Called Quest” This boom-bap bonanza comes in the form of a completely samplefree remake of the entire “Midnight Marauders” album, and after spending the summer of 2016 in the studio studying, dissecting and re-creating all the original samples Tribe used, DL laced the colorful and melodic grooves in true hip-hop style adding harmonic vocal chants over the beats. His aim was to strictly follow the original Tribe arrangements, - but without sampling any breaks - to garnish subtle touches of musical magic, providing his own lift and vibe for each track. The November 2016 surprise release of Tribe’s “We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service” makes Funky DL’s tribute to arguably the greatest group in Hip-Hop history more poignant and demonstrates DL’s exemplary but serendipitous timing for this project.
Limited to 500. The San Francisco Bay Area tradition is as one of those magical centers of musical energy, sending out waves of jazz, psychedelia, rock and funk into the ears of the world. The M-Tet carry on that tradition. Featuring Joe Baer Magnant on guitar, Gary Pitman on Hammond organ, Chris Lujan on bass and Michael Reed on drums, the M-Tet have for the past few years been honing their own very special sonic blend. The M-Tet has managed to wrap up the entire history of Hammond-led groups, from their earliest days when jazz and R&B were wrestling in urban barrooms, through the soulful bookends of Booker T and the MGs and the funky Meters, and into the future, yet never losing sight of their roots. Here, with their new release, the M-Tet offers up fourteen statements of the groove guaranteed to please everyone from the dusty-fingered connoisseur to the Friday night good-timer looking for something to shake it to.
According to Merriam-Webster, Vignettes means, a short descriptive literary sketch/brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie). The album is aptly titled where 15 musical scenes, each with their own unique settings, are stitched harmoniously together to provide a universal message to the audience in which they use the gift of their own interpretation. At just over 2 hours long, the listener is given an unfiltered front row performance into the heart, mind and soul of the the artist. This latest effort from Damu the Fudgemunk is of typical and unorthodox proportions. Musically, it’s what you should expect from the man who brought you the How it Should Sound franchise, Supply for Demand and The Spur Momento Trailer. Intellectually, it’s his most vulnerable piece of work to date. Hoping to challenge and inspire the listener through a musical narrative, it’s content is open ended.Any resulting opinion that provokes thinking is encouraged given the message in this Vignettes album. Even the art direction is intentionally abstract and undefined to welcome the attention of all people. The album is completely instrumental except for “Openings,” the lone vocal track which features Raw Poetic. With a “Quality over Quantity” slogan, Redefinition Records adds Vignettes to it’s legacy and marks their first 3LP vinyl release which is exclusive to redefinitionrecords. com/vignettes, while double cd’s (in Mini Lp style packaging with printed inner sleeves) and double cassettes (in a unique side by side case instead of the standard double cassette box) are available everywhere. Though the word vignettes may refer to something brief, Damu the Fudgemunk’s new album “Vignettes” has a long future ahead for years to come. “Vignettes is a true example of ‘art imitating life.’ All the commentary/ music is a collection of my personal experiences and those reflections applied to music to document an honest depiction of my current perspective on life and the world we share.” - Damu The Fudgemunk
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Limited Run of 500 Copies! This is a journey into sound…’ These familiar words, accompanied by the rumble of a distant train, signal the opening of ‘Let’s Take A Trip’, the sophomore album from Terrel Wallace aka Tall Black Guy. Since 2013’s ‘8 Miles To Moenart’ TBG has cemented his position as a standard bearer for the current hip-hop / beats scene. Born in Detroit and now residing in the UK, Wallace’s signature style of incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops has won fans across the globe including Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Jazzy Jeff and House Shoes. Since his debut release in 2011 (a daring and addictive flip of Fela Kuti), TBG has become revered for his unique take on soulful hip-hop production. The swing of the drums, the textures of the instrumentation as well as a fearlessness in taking on the classics (his Soundcloud page includes flips and chops of tracks from James Brown, De La Soul and Michael Jackson) have marked him out from the crowd. One of the best-kept secrets in the scene, his singular talent is now beginning to get the recognition it deserves. In the last 12 months he has remixed Little Dragon and been invited to take part in Jazzy Jeff’s Playlist Retreat alongside the likes of Eric Lau, James Poyser, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Questlove and countless others. For this album Wallace had a simple inspiration: ‘This album is all about taking a journey. As simple as that. Be it physical, emotional or spiritual. It's asking and answering personal questions from myself within some of the tracks and also touching on social issues i.e. racism, inequality and privilege...that have been at the forefront of my mind over last three years.’ Sonically there is also a shift: ‘Jazz has definitely been more of an influence in this project, as I have been really inspired by so many up and coming musicians who I've been blessed to connect with’. Some of these musicians, including Kenny Keys, Miles Bonny, Diggs Duke and Dee Jackson feature on the project as well as regular collaborators Ozay Moore and Mario Sweet and fellow Playlist alumni Daniel Crawford and Masego. But this is one man’s vision, and for Tall Black Guy this trip is just the beginning…. Produced by Tall Black Guy Artwork by Dan Lish
PayJay Productions, Inc. was the company James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey founded in 2001 to house his production company and his publishing company. The Estate of James Yancey has revived PayJay as a functioning imprint, and announced the release of J Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary. The tracks come straight from multi-track masters found on 2-inch tape shortly after Dilla’s passing in 2006. Many were mixed by Dilla himself. Those that weren't have been mixed by engineer Dave Cooley, who worked extensively with Dilla during his years in Los Angeles. Using Dilla’s original demo mixes as his guide, Cooley attempted to finalize Dilla’s vision for these tracks, while keeping all of the elements that Dilla had in place in his original demos present. The Diary is an album of vocal performances recorded between in the early 2000s over production by the likes of Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and others. The Record Store Day vinyl issue of The Diary includes a special 7” pressing of The Ex that will only be found on the RSD issue of the LP.