Four LP version. "It's been over a decade since Roy Montgomery's last album, and RMHQ is a hell of a return. This release contains four distinct records of new material. Listening to any of his work is a visceral experience -- repeating phrases swell and decay, immersing the listener in the cyclical narrative of his compositions. Montgomery was in his rock band period in the eighties, when the dark, minimalist post-punk of The Pin Group lead into the gloriously open-ended freedoms of Dadamah. After a quiet spell, he returned in the late nineties, producing towering spires of guitar lines that exposed fragility between the strums. With his solo releases and in collaboration with Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond (Hash Jar Tempo), and Chris Heaphy (Dissolve), his focus shifted from the truth-mining of rock music to epic celestialism. His ambitious yet humble tracks outstrip their origins, and Montgomery toured the world sitting cross-legged on the floor, playing twenty-plus-minute compositions. A long period of silence followed, marked only with a split album with Grouper (who lists Montgomery as a primary influence), involvement in Torlesse Super Group, and a couple thematic variations serving as soundtracks for films. Instead, he focused on his personal and professional commitments. Unfortunately, two horrific events preceded his return: the Christchurch earthquakes of 2011 condemned Montgomery's entire neighborhood save for his home, stripping his street of a community; and, as a volunteer firefighter, he saw first-hand the destruction and loss of life in the city center. Additionally, since 2014, illness in the family has dominated his life. Self-expression once again demanded an outlet. RMHQ is four albums conceived and recorded over a very short period, each of them carrying a distinct focus and mood."
Double LP version. Disclosure is a subtly intense offering of lush drum-machine nocturnes, gnarly electronica and glorious dives deep into zoned-out dub-space from Kassem Mosse. Evolutionary music, continuously engaged with experimentation both in the studio and the club. Whether prepared solo, or jointly with his spar Mix Mup, a Kassem Mosse recording is less of a stand-alone creation than the next thrilling new fragment clipped from an ever-mutating, unstoppable groove. The result is a back catalog containing some of the most mystical and essential dancefloor-rooted music of the last decade, from dusty, dream state techno on Workshop and Mikrodisko Recordings, to the frazzled percussive beat downs on Trilogy Tapes and Nonplus. Techno and house still animate Disclosure, yet with something newly microscopic about them. Its mesmerizing play of pointillistic percussion, melting-wax chords and fleshy bump'n'grind suggests biological processes at work, as if Mosse has zoomed right into the cellular metabolism ticking away at the music's core. These textures are channeled into some of KM's richest and most emotionally complex music yet, constantly pricked with terse allusions to jazz and dub: the deep blue synthetic brass and dizzying rhythmic fracas of "Phoenicia Wireless"; the swooning moonlit techno of "Collapsing Dual Core" and "Molecular Memories"; the frantic drum-machine tarantella of "Galaxy Series 7"; the heady, heavy-lidded drama of the closer "Purple Graphene". Sometimes, as on the glowering, sub-loaded stomper "Drift Model", his beats sound ancient, caked in soot and dust - an intricate ballet for fossilized drum machines. Disclosure brilliantly offers all the self-contained coherence and artistic authority of an album proper - yet it's always shadowed by the open-ended and questing spirit so vital to Mosse's music, the sense that anything could happen at any moment.
Mr Oizo (aka Quentin Dupieux), the French producer and pioneer of modern electro alongside Daft Punk, Air and Cassius simply can’t and won’t stop working. Having released 5 studio albums, 4 OSTs, a multitude of EPs and directed 6 movies over the past 20 years, the ‘Godfather’ is back with a new album. And this time, he is not alone as the tracklist features an impressive selection of quality guests: Peaches, Boys Noize, Skrillex and Charli XCX among others. This new release will be a new occasion to further explore the mind of one of the most fantastically uncommon artist today. The double LPs + CD edition is a gatefold with yellow vinyl records.
Second pressing on 180 gm vinyl that includes a color printed inner sleeve and an album download. A bonus download of the 'Heavy Sky' EP which featured guest vocals from Robert Smith of The Cure is also included.
The long-awaited first vinyl edition of 65daysofstatics classic, critically acclaimed 2005 album, One Time For All Time. Pressing of 500 deluxe LPs on 180g vinyl on cream vinyl with sepia splatter. All LPs include a large format 12-page color booklet containing the images and titles of all hand-decorated individual Polaroid photos taken by the band and used to create unique customized sleeves for the sold-out limited edition Radio Protector 7 single in 2006, plus a copy of the album CD and a color-printed inner sleeve.
Lady Wray’s newest full-length, Queen Alone is a showcase of Nicole Wray’s inarguable vocal talent. Behind that talent is a musical force deserving of its own recognition. And that’s where the spotlight shines on this release, Queen Alone Instrumentals. The record was written and recorded in 10 days at the legendary Diamond Mine Studios, in Queens NY with Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck handling production. Michels and Brenneck are both multi-instrumentalist. Leon Michels contributes his talents on keys, guitar, sax, flute as well as drums and percussion throughout the project. Brenneck handles guitars and bass as well as percussion. Additional contributions from Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, Dave Guy, Max Shrager, and more help to create a sonic landscape that’s a perfect complement to Wray’s vocal prowess...and also stand as a monumental work all its own. Almost echoing her new record, Nicole says, “You have to go through something for it to be real.” She has been living with one foot in fame and the other in real life. The result is clear: she’s feeling something real in her music again. In no small part due to the incomparable talent and musicianship assembled by Michels and Brenneck for the Queen Alone sessions.
When multi-instrumentalists and sound enthusiasts Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto first came together as The Books they certainly could not have foreseen their 2002 debut, Thought For Food, becoming such a beloved genre-defying masterpiece, an album that rests firmly on countless Top 100 Albums of the Decade lists. Filled with endearing and enduring songs, the Books revisit their wide-eyed beginnings with this remastered Thought For Food, repackaged with all-new artwork and expanded to include lyrics for every song for the first time ever. Carefully and thoughtfully remastered from the original mixes by Zammuto at his new studio outside his home in Vermont, TFF now boasts a warmth and clarity that surprisingly reveals an increased harmonic depth. Having combined and refined their compositional and recording processes over the course of four albums, addressing the technical limitations of these earlier recordings offers the chance to marry the technical, musical and emotional aspects of these songs in a way like never before. To be sure, the differences are subtle, but for a band who have transformed minutiae into modern art, that subtlety is downright sublime. "A quiet triumph - one unlike anything I've ever heard before." - Pitchfork 9.0 / Top 200 Albums of the Decade
Limited to 1000. Contains booklet with the story of this mysterious band, told for the first time. One of the sought-after funk albums: a concept-piece executed by a Las Vegas hustler, pairing the troubled musings of a transient vocalist with the exuberant funk of a teenage trio. Embellished by session musicians in Hollywood with synthesizers and a large horn section, Marvin Whoremonger lurked behind a garish, anonymous jacket and failed immediately, despite producer Cholly Williams exhortations in his liner notes that the album would lead to international stardom for all involved. Forty years later it has aged well, and stands as an immediately accessible - yet bizarre - exercise in late-period, real funk music.
When multi-instrumentalists and sound enthusiasts Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto first came together as The Books they certainly could not have foreseen their 2002 debut album, Thought For Food, marking the beginning of a celebrated career that has spawned four genre-defying masterworks across a decade, collecting countless Albums of the Decade accolades. Their third album, 2005's Lost and Safe, maintained the Books' reputation as a pioneering musical force, even as they flirted with traditional song structures more than ever before. It would go on to be named Album of the Year by the highly influential music magazine The Wire. Lost and Safe is repackaged here with dazzling new artwork and expanded to include lyrics for every song. Carefully and thoughtfully remastered from the original mixes by Zammuto at his new studio outside his home in Vermont, Lost and Safe now boasts an increased warmth and clarity that reveals new details with repeated listens. To be sure, the differences are subtle, but for a band who have transformed minutiae into modern art, that subtlety is downright sublime.
Downwell brings back the retro - of course its soundtrack deserves a proper vinyl release. Black Screen Records is releasing the official soundtrack to the celebrated and much praised video game Downwell on audiophile 180 gram vinyl. The pressing will be available limited edition, audiophile 180g red vinyl. The music was composed by Eirik Suhrke who also contributed his impressive work to the soundtracks of games like Spelunky, Ridiculous Fishing, Hotline Miami and Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom. The soundtrack also includes two additional tracks by Ilkae (Aaron Munson). The Downwell soundtrack comes with a free bandcamp code that enables the customer to download the complete soundtrack as mp3s for free and will feature a brand new artwork by Mushbuh known for his work on Burrito Galaxy 65. Composer Eirik Suhrke on the soundtrack: „For the Downwell soundtrack I set out to create somewhat sparse, exotic, dark little chiptune-centric jazz pieces. Inspired by the likes of Erik Satie, Ryoji Yoshitomi, Minako Hamano, Alex Mauer, Ilkae and Jun Ishikawa. Parts of the soundtrack were written on- and recorded off a Game Boy, other parts were written with the sample-based Impulse tracker. Myself, Joonas and Ojiro all worked closely to make sure music, sound design and gameplay all worked in tandem, with each element influencing each other throughout development. It’s also my personal favorite soundtrack I've written to date. “ A “curious man” with guns for boots, who started out on mobile platforms and PC and due to overwhelming response made it to PS4 & PS Vita in May 2016. Downwell is a game that works as short pastime or for hours of madness, excitement and addiction. While developing and unlocking new features the player will find himself rapidly spurred by the minimalistic and yet haunting music that contributes to this games joyful and unique style and makes it a experience you find yourself returning to over and over again. “Downwell is the best game I've played in 2015“ - Polygon
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Hot off collaborations with Nottz (Titans in the Flesh EP) and Madlb (Bad Neighbor LP), SoCal ambassador Blu has teamed up with the Paris-based production team Union Analogtronics (OJ & Gold) to unleash a new full length album: Cheetah in the City. Featuring Dam-Funk, Phat Kat, Frank N Dank, and more, the album signifies a stylistic sea change for Blu, best known for his dusty, soul sampling collaborations with Exile (Below the Heavens) and his own introspective opuses (Her Favorite Colour, Good to be Home, York!). Rippling with 808s and cinematic strings, Cheetah in the City is an organic evolution from the synth-soaked, futuristic sound of Analogtronics, UNION’s 2012 Fat Beats Records debut album featuring Talib Kweli, MF DOOM, Elzhi, Guilty Simpson, and more. After mutual friends put them in touch at a Parisian post-show after-party, Blu and Union began a musical exchange that spanned continents. Blu returned to LA with UNION’s best beats, and after months of exchanging lyrical ideas, the trio regrouped for marathon recording sessions in UNION’s Paris-based studio. Cloistered for weeks with nothing but drum machines, instruments, keyboards, records, and France’s best bud, Blu became obsessed with infusing his kicked back Southern California sensibilities into UNION’s penchant for pushing the possibilities of technicality into multilayered, densely packed productions. A cohesive story emerged in the songwriting: a young man, raised amongst deadbeats, killers, and hard drugs, metamorphoses into the Cheetah, a money-making predator whose quick talk and cold hustle make him the king of a city that will eventually consume him, heart and soul. We’ve never heard Blu like this.
Back In Print For The First Time In Over 20 Years! Some have made the claim that Get On Down may love James Brown just a little too much. To which the label replies, it’s not possible to love James Brown too much. The label’s welcome obsession with Mr. Brown and the incredible line-up of talent found on his People Record imprint continues with the reissue of Funky People Part 1. Long out of print on vinyl, Funky People Part 1 features the top tier of artists from Brown’s People Records label, including The J.B.’s, Lyn Collins, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Some of the James Brown organizations all-time best material is collected here, including The J.B.’s “Pass The Peas” and “Hot Pants Road”, Fred Wesley’s in your face politics through funk statement “Damn Right, I Am Somebody”, Lyn Collins smash hit “Think (About It)” and many more. Newcomers and diehard fans alike continue to dig into the James Brown and People Records vaults, and the more they do so, the more they realize that it’s a nearly never ending source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the exhaustive efforts of Get On Down.
Ghostface Killah is an American rapper and critically acclaimed for his loud, fast-paced flow and his colourful storytelling rap. His stage name was taken from one of the characters in the 1979 kung fu film Mystery of Chessboxing and he is the founder of his own label Starks Enterprises. He was a prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan and after the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the members went on to pursue solo careers on which Ghostface Killah was the most successful one of the group. The rapper started of his solo-career with Ironman [MOVLP1451] in 1996, which was well received by music critics. He has continued his success over the following years with critically acclaimed albums such as Supreme Clientele (2000), Bulletproof Wallets (2001) and Fishscale (2006). Bulletproof Wallets is the third studio album by Ghostface Killah. Its feature single, ''Never Be the Same Again'', featured Carl Thomas and Raekwon. He had another club hit with ''Flowers'', which featured guest vocals from fellow Wu-Tang members Method Man and Raekwon, and a popular single ''Ghost Showers'' which featured Madame Majestic, who also sung on the popular Wu-Tang track ''Gravel Pit''. 180 gram audiophile vinyl with printed innersleeves feat. Method Man, Slick Rick, RZA, Ginuwine, Raekwon!
SremmLife 2 is the follow-up album to the group’s 2015 debut album Sremmlife which included the platinum selling singles “No Type” & “No Flex Zone,” and debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200.
A.I.M. will be M.I.A.’s 5th studio album. A.I.M. follows the #1 electronic debut of Matangi which spawned the dancefloor/sync hit “Yala”. M.I.A. released the poignant and much talked about “Borders” song and video from A.I.M. late last year that documented the current refugee struggle.
Her last album from 2002 including a 4-page insert! Lauryn Hill is best known for being a member of The Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards, broke several sales records and was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums of all time. The acoustic MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 double album from Lauryn Hill came nearly 4 years after the first solo album and gives an insight in her deeper thoughts and emotions about her life, artist, the judicial system (in ''Mystery Of Iniquity'') and spiritual side. Lengthy intros, conversations and deeply personal songs like ''Conquering Lion'' accompanied with her acoustic guitar, with the audience add to the intimate performance in her typical raspy voice. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and her song ''Mystery Of Iniquity'' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance and used as an interpolation by Kanye West for his single ''All Falls Down''. Great acoustic songs like ''Adam Lives In Theory'', ''Oh Jerulasem'' and ''I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind'' complete the album. MTV Unplugged No 2.0 was her last album and pressed in limited quantities. This reissue comes just in time for its 15th year anniversary in 2017.
Blue Lines is the debut album by Bristol trio, Massive Attack. A critically acclaimed masterpiece that takes American Hip Hop and filters it through British club culture. It’s a slow burner of an album that encompasses elements of house, dub, and hip hop to form what years later the UK press coined “Trip Hop”. Featuring legendary vocalists such as Horace Andy, Neneh Cherry, Shara Nelson, and a young Tricky who would go on to have huge success within the genre. Pressed on 180G vinyl.
Ricky Eat Acid is the main project of musician/producer Sam Ray. Active under the name since 2009, Ray has released countless albums & singles, gleefully refusing to work along genre lines and instead crafting a tableau made up of everything from ambient/drone to candy colored, EDM-adjacent beats. His new record, Talk To You Soon, is his first since Three Love Songs and debut for Terrible Records.
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