I See You is marked by a tonal shift to something close to pure, crisp pop structure, adorned by unusual crescendos that echo a dextrous DJ inching their dancer toward climax without ever quite lifting the house lights. Its lyric sheet moves from the danger and hopelessness of love to its deliciousness and rapture; a move into a more outward looking proposition. I See You is recognizably still The xx but is now powered by the voluble ambition of its three perfect counterweights to one another starting to not just realize but harness their full potential. You might even want to think of the decisive move from Joy Division to New Order here, too. When they take their plum festival slots in 2017, armed with the ten most robust songs of their career, The xx should prick the skin and touch gently the shoulder of an audience reaching to the back of the field.
Dublin born audio/visual duo CLU release four track Mood EP. Influences of trance, R&B, videogame and film scores, grime and industrial permeate his productions, which bubble with multitudes of synths and maintain a focus on bass driven twists. Visually, CLU engages in a surrealist depth that skips on the brink between digital film and generative animations. This connection between the two forms a symbiotic chemistry that aims to bridge the gap between the white cubed galleries of visual art and the dark basements of electronic music to create soaring galactic oddities.
One of Italy's brightest new talents, Clap! Clap! (aka Cristiano Crisci) returns with his second album for Black Acre, following his colorful breakthrough debut LP, Tayi Bebba (ACRE 006LP, 2014). Bringing together disparate inspirations and styles onto the dancefloor of his mind, A Thousand Skies sees Clap! Clap! create a high energy and inventive kaleidoscopic fusion of sound - drawing on the traditional global rhythms of the old world, hip hop, footwork, UK bass and house.
First time on vinyl - Limited to 500 Copies and includes a poster! Blast your speakers with the new sound of The Breed!
Limited Edition of this new Instrumental Series by the German producer Mr. Backside!
First time on vinyl - Limited Edition of 300 Copies. The magnificent Collabo of Pro Era & DigiCrates - Hus Kingpin rhymin on fresh Chuck Strangers Beats. Real Hip Hop stays connected!
Limited Edition of 300 Copies! Housed in special Picture Cover with middle hole. Includes a Bluestaeb Remix - Mastered by Figub Brazlevic! From nine to five, from five to nine. As soon as the day-job is done, the formal shirt is replaced by a hoodie – buttons get pushed rhythmically. Nighttime brings out the Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and the S. Fidelity in this Swiss boy living in Berlin. With his first EP "Five to Nine" S. Fidelity carefully compiled a small collection of gems kept secret – until now. Over the course of 8 tracks, he showcases a wide variety of styles, ranging from laid-back instrumentals to rap and futuristic neo-soul. For the completion of his debut EP, the 22-year-old beatmaker joined forces with the Berlin singer LaNó and Tokyo's Tajima Hal on one track and Rob Really from Moontroop featuring on a second one. The features add a complementary touch to S. Fidelity's compositions and thereby contribute to the complete range of his sonic spectrum.
Limited Edition of 300 Copies worldwide! Multi-talented hip-hop, beat art & electronic beatmaker Ta-Ku is showing his mellow side. Following the tradition of legendary Japanese producer Nujabes, Beat Sketches Vol. 1 invites the listener into a beautiful melodious Cosmos!
Limited to 500 Copies. After a fair few months of anticipation Coops has dropped his debut LP, God Complex, the follow up to his revered mixtape, Lost Soul. The 15-track effort is Coops attempting to consolidate his place as one of the most exciting Hip Hop acts in the UK, spitting smart, slick rhymes over masterfully constructed instrumentation, soaked in the true essence of Hip Hop. Dope music of pensive, expressive rap covering themes of spirituality, self-belief and unshakeable vices.
Limited to 300 Copies! Specially First time on vinyl. None other than the vehemently correct, on point being Le Flah veterans Tru Comers– what! What! Here it is! Who doesn’t like’em, them dark, somber, and menacing beats in the best tradition of the golden era? No Prisoners are goin’ to be taken, bwoay!
Limited Edition of 300 copies worldwide! Special Double Picture Disc housed in a PVC-Gatefold Sleeve. Necro's Classic became very rare on vinyl - now we present this very special re-issue on double picture disc with the great artworks from the Prefix of Death Area.
From the first few notes, this record grabs you. It’s raw soul and funk music crafted to perfection. Wailing vocals, soaring horns, and a super tight rhythm section. With a dirty production style, Soul Scratch serves up something that’s familiar, fresh, and never more relevant.
Vocalist Joyce Wrice, featuring Kay Franklin, produced and arranged by Mndsgn. The 45 is released on Akashik records, co-founded by Mndsgn and Alima Jennings, and distributed by Stones Throw.
Limited to 150. Back in 1990 a group known as 2 Mad & Company consisted of a young Ray West combined with an aspiring teenageMC 2 Mad . Together they formed a short lived group the consisted mostly of basement recordings & street corner ciphers. These recordings come from a rare studio session that took place in 1991 @ the Box Studio in NYC. Remastered from a demo tape cassette and pressed on a 7 inch vinyl, consider this a time capsule dating back to 1991. This 7 inch contains 2 full songs & a bonus track from 1991 featuring Poetic Prince.
Compiled by Sofie Fatouretchi of Boiler Room, these 24 tracks by 26 different artists mix together the best of hip-hop and Soul underground. An enticing selection of artists that should be on your radar, the album varies from ISSUE’s (Bay-area based artist and E40’s son) space age rap on “Ferrari” to slow jams like artists Ill Camille and SiR’s heartfelt plea to never giving up on the Mndsgn-produced “Almost There.” Other artists include Mndsgn, Kutmah, Stimulator Jones, DJ Harrison, Gifted & Blessed, and more.
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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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