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PRESALE - Edan - Beauty And The Beat, 2022 Reissue (Lewis Recordings)

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Estimated Shipping Date: 10th June 2022

While Edan's critically acclaimed debut Primitive Plus was both an unorthodox and unabashed celebration of hip hop's golden age, his sophomore LP, Beauty and the Beat, is a vast musical collage that contains many different influences; hip hop, rock, pop, dusty breaks, hazy loops, luxurious off-kilter samples and curveball tempo changes that are all commingled into one brilliantly cohesive piece of art. Though Edan's vivid lyrical imagery and technical wizardry (he also self-produced every track) alone make Beauty and the Beat a standout LP, Edan's guest roster includes two of Boston's finest, as Def Juxie Mr Lif graces Making Planets and Edan's musical partner in beats and rhymes, Insight, rekindle their undeniable chemistry on Funky Voltron and The Science of the Two. Legendary Bronx emcee Percee-p also makes a noteworthy appearance on the kinetic Torture Chamber.

Track Listing:

A1. Polite Meeting (Intro) A2. Funky Voltron (feat. Insight) A3. I See Colours A4. Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme A5. Murder Mystery A6. Torture Chamber (feat. Percee-P & Dubb)
B1. Making Planets (feat. Mr. Lif) B2. Time Outt (Segue) B3. Rock And Roll (feat. Dagha) B4. Beauty B5. The Science Of Two (feat. Insight) B6. Smile B7. Promised Land

PRESALE - Bobby Oroza - Get On The Otherside (Big Crown Records)

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Estimated Shipping Date: 10th June 2022

Bobby Oroza puts his desire for the profound on wax with his sophomore album Get On The Otherside. Musically, he has updated the formula we were introduced to on the first record. But lyrically, songs are bravely rooted in the more complicated, ubiquitous inner tangles of life like self-examination and coming to terms with the vastness of the human experience.

With Coronavirus bringing the world to a halt, Bobby—a father and husband—had to do something. No tours to play or studio time to fill, Bobby found himself back in the construction yard, doing blue-collar work to provide for his family. "I was super grateful for the work—a lot of my colleagues didn't have an option like that," Bobby admits. More than a few personal hardships forced him to acknowledge and work through some brutal truths. And what came of it? Well, for one, this new record Get On The Otherside which pretty well describes what Bobby's been through: He had to demolish his ego, his old ways of thinking, and his tried approaches to anchor into a refreshed perspective with new understandings. As Bobby tells it, "I had to do some real self-searching, come to terms with what was wrong, and how much of it I was responsible for."

Surprise Chef - Velodrome b/w Spring's Theme (Big Crown)

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A: Velodrome B: Spring's Theme

Big Crown is proud to present the first 7” offering from Surprise Chef, the newest band signed to the label. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, these guys caught our ear with their unique sound and approach. They are something of a funky blend of Jazz, Hip Hop, and Soul with a shade of David Axelrod which all comes out their own. These two tunes on this 45 are a taste of what is to come.

The A side “Velodrome” starts out with a heavy drum break and an earworm synth line guaranteed to have you humming it long after the song is over. The intro gives way to beautiful and tasteful arrangements showing their music prowess as well as their ear for restraint.

The B side “Spring’s Theme” is a gorgeous and moody instrumental ballad that starts out with guitar that plays cat & mouse with the percussion until they decide to give the drummer some. Again, they run through arrangements that link together like chapters in a book taking the listener through a myriad of energies that all fit together to make this a quick favorite here at HQ.

PRESALE - GA-20 - Lonely Soul (Karma Chief)

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Dispatch Date: 18th May 2022

For Fans of JD McPherson and The Black Keys. GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock and Roll of the late 50s and early 60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Feeling a void in current music, the duo have set out to write, record and perform a modern version of this beloved art form. Live, GA-20 is a trio of 2 guitars, vocals and drums. Raw, passionate and honest performance, both on stage and in the studio, is the only goal. Lonely Soul, the title track to their debut album embodies their sound: raw, cutting, and authentic.

PRESALE - Vince Staples - Vince Staples (Motown)

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Dispatch Date: 18th May 2022

Here comes one you've been waiting for - the vinyl release of Vince Staples' triumphant self-titled 2021 album. As one of the leading lights of modern rap and RnB, Staples offers a subtly off-kilter take on the style without losing sight of immediacy and relatability. From 'Are You With That?' to 'Law Of Averages' you can hear an artist growing ever more confident in himself and his message, whether he's rolling with that sung-spoken swerve or dropping bars. The oddball hooks get under your skin while the lyrics clamp onto your brain with one listen - it's a true landmark release for Staples which his career will be measured against from here on out.

Oneness of Juju - Bush Brothers & Space Rangers (Strut)

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J. Plunky Branch and his band, the Oneness Of Juju, are absolute units of the US funk scene. Active on the circuit for 30 years, their style blends a peaceful mix of African jazz, funk and blues, and has seen them go as strong as they were upon their initial formation in San Francisco. Now, though, they throw a curveball: focusing more on the instrumental side of things, the new album 'Bush Brothers And Space Rangers' lays down a slew of tunes that were specially recorded without the use of a single guitar, which helped spur on this album's more soulful direction.

Mongo Santamaria - Sofrito (Concord)

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This release marks the first vinyl reissue of the jazz classic by master conguero Mongo Santamaría. First released in 1976, Sofrito combines jazz with Afro-Cuban grooves, funk and soul. From the simmering blues of “Spring Song” to the devastating bass line of “O Mi Shangó” to the rousing groove of the title track, this set exemplifies the heady ambition of ’70s Afro-fusion at its most soulful. This edition features lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins - Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (Impulse!)

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Originally recorded in 1962 and released in 1963, Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins' collaborative masterpiece remains one of the greats of all time. As well as Ellington on piano and Hawkins on saxophone, you get the sheer joy of Ray Nance on violin, Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums. That's not the whole line-up either, but fundamentally this is about Ellington's compositions, which get played out with a silken touch. Pieces like 'The Ricitic' feel as light as a feather, proving how subtlety and delicacy are just as much a testament to skill as any performance fireworks.

Raw Poetics And Damu The Fudgemunk - Laminated Skies (Def Presse)

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Laminated Skies is the new album by Jason Moore aka Raw Poetic, produced alongside friend and frequent collaborator Earl Davis aka Damu the Fudgemunk and featuring guest musicians Pat "P" Fritz on guitar and Luke Stewart on bass. Sessions for ‘Laminated Skies’ took place in the sweltering summer heat in 2019 at Windom Road studio in Brentwood, Maryland; with Damu’s production adding a tapestry of instrumentation including live and programmed drums, strings, vibraphone, kalimba, melodica, vinyl scratching and synthesizers. Musically pulling from the genres that make hip hop; the multidimensional work also draws inspiration from Ralph Ellison’s novel The Invisible Man, spirituals, and their individual influences -, on which Jason says “I was an English major, Luke is a jazz bassist, Pat a classically trained guitarist, and Earl brought in a wealth of knowledge that funneled us through a direction that worked.”

Monophonics - Sage Motel (Colemine Records)

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Monophonics cordially invite you to attend the grand re-opening of the once thriving, once vibrant establishment, the legendary Sage Motel. A place where folks experience the highs and lows of human existence. A place where big dreams and broken hearts live, where people arrive at without ever knowing how they got there. It's where folks find themselves at a crossroads in life.

So join us as we examine where the stories are told and experiences unfold.....and sink into a soft pillow of soulful psychedelia.....down at the Sage Motel.

Sage Motel, Monophonics' fifth studio album since 2012, tells its story. Once again produced by brilliant bandleader Kelly Finnigan, the album captures a timeless sound that blends heavy soul with psych-rock. With their previous album, It’s Only Us, selling over 10,000 physical units and garnering over 20 million streams, Monophonics have built a reputation over the past decade as one of the most impactful bands in the country.

If these walls of the Sage Motel could talk, this is what they'd say. So join us as we examine where the stories are told and experiences unfold.....and sink into a soft pillow of soulful psychedelia.....down at the Sage Motel.

PRESALE - Main Source - Breaking Atoms (Mr Bongo)

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Estimated Shipping Date: 15th July 2022

Thirty years after its original release, Main Source’s debut album Breaking Atoms has lost none of its capacity to surprise or delight. It remains a prime example of a classically styled hip-hop LP - two DJs, one MC, 11 tracks, no flab or filler. It wasn’t a slow burner - it was adored on release and hasn’t left the top ten of any serious rap fan ever since.

What makes it so special? Perhaps it’s in the group’s ear for a hook and sample, with Large Professor mounting a whole, celebrated career off the back of this gem. Perhaps it’s in the way he manages to balance bragging with more political, thematic tracks such as ‘Just a Friendly Game of Baseball’ and ‘Peace is not the Word to Play’ without ever coming across as preachy.

Few albums of this length are able to spawn four singles - all of them must-haves - while still having material galore on the album that could have been pressed as a 12”. ‘Snake Eyes’ ‘Vamos a Rapiar’ and ‘He Got So Much Soul (He Don’t Need No Music) could have been singles in their own rights, an embarrassment of riches.

Sample-wise, it’s all about the skillfully woven mixture of the obvious and the obscure, with a tapestry of samples approach that’s just not legally possible anymore. So while you might recognise a snatch of Donald Byrd’s ‘Think Twice’ on the timeless ‘Looking at the Front Door’, it’s layered with elements from Ken Lazarus, Detroit Emeralds, The Third Guitar and more. It’s an approach that pays constant dividends and rewards repeated listens. Presented in its original format, this is the essence of Breaking Atoms, one of the best albums in the long history of this genre.

Track Listing:
1. Snake Eyes 2. Just Hangin' Out 3. Lookin' At The Front Door 4. Large Professor 5. Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball 6. Scratch & Kut 7. Peace Is Not The Word To Play 8. Vamos A Rapiar 9. He Got So Much Soul (He Don't Need No Music) 10. Live At The Barbeque 11. Watch Roger Do His Thing

PRESALE - Various Artists - Wild Style (Mr Bongo)

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Estimated Shipping Date: 10th June 2022

Animal Records – founded by Chris Stein of Blondie fame – only ever released one album in its brief early-80s history, but what an album that was. Wild Style remains the most seminal soundtrack in hip-hop history, a snapshot of the scene as it evolved from the streets to the recording studio. But it's not just a vital document, it's also a damn good listen.

The line-up is a who's who of those who stood out from hip-hop's nascent block party days. The Double Trouble pairing of Rodney Cee and KK Rockwell, The Chief Rocker himself, Busy Bee, the mighty line-ups of both The Cold Crush Brothers and The Fantastic Freaks. The music captures the free-form, roaming nature of the film – it's rough at the edges, it's occasionally amateurish, but it's completely, utterly glorious.

The original Animal track listing, of which this is a reissue, is full of recurring sounds and motifs, all of them co-produced by Chris Stein and Fab Five Freddy, stepping away from breakbeats to produce a sound that reminds you of them, while being totally unique. The epic drums are courtesy of Lenny 'Ferrari' Ferraro, a Vietnam vet and punk drummer whose career spanned stints backing Aretha Franklin and Lou Reed.

Over time, those sounds – the Charlie Chase and Grand Wizard Theodore scratches, the indelible lyrics - have become hip- hop touchstones, endlessly sampled and referenced, the bedrock of so much music to follow. That's because the soundtrack perfectly encapsulated the essence of the film, the scene and hip hop's emergence from The Bronx to the attention of the wider world. Presented in this reissue with the original artwork, it remains the blueprint.

Track Listing:
1. Grand Master Caz & Chris Stein - Wild Style Theme Rap 1 2. The Chief Rocker Busy Bee Vs Lil Rodney Cee & D.J. Grand Wizard Theodore - M.C. Battle 3. The Cold Crush Bros Vs The Fantastic Freaks - Basketball Throwdown 4. Kevie Kev, Master Rob, Prince Whipper Whip, M.C., Rubie Dee, Dota Rock, D.J. Grand Wizard Theodore - Fantastic Freaks At The Dixie 5. Grand Wizard Theodore & D.J. Kevie Kev Rockwell - Military Cut-Scratch Mix 6. Grand Master Caz, Jdl, Easy Ad, Kg, D.J. Charlie Chase, D.J. Toney Tone - Cold Crush Bros. At The Dixie 7. Double Trouble, Rodney Cee, K. K. Rockwell - Stoop Rap 8. Rodney Cee, K. K. Rockwell, D.J. Stevie Steve - Double Trouble At The Amphitheatre 9. Grand Master Caz & Chris Stein - Wild Style Subway Rap 2 10. The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Dj Aj - The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, D.J. Aj At The Amphitheatre 11. D.J. Grand Wizard Theodore & Kevie Kev Rockwell - Gangbusters Scratch Mix 12. Rammellzee & Shock Dell & The Grand Mixer Dst - Rammellzee And Shock Dell At The Amphitheatre

PRESALE - Action Bronson - Cocodrillo Turbo (Loma Vista)

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Estimated Shipping Date: 7th October 2022

Like all great competitive warriors, Action Bronson uses every perceived slight as fuel to be even better. The rare rapper to marry critical acclaim with a devoted, rabid following, Action Bronson isn’t anyone’s idea of an underdog. And yet, on his brilliant new album, Cocodrillo Turbo, he sets out to prove that his lingual versatility is stronger than it’s ever been, that age has only made him a better rapper, and that anyone still sleeping on him as one of the best MCs on the planet better wake the hell up.

“I don't feel like I'm given the fucking respect that I deserve,” Bronson explains. Cocodrillo Turbo is Bronson demanding that respect. He’s gotten in the reps, constantly refining his poetic flow and relying on the instincts he’s cultivated with over a decade in the game under his belt. Now, sit back and enjoy the show.

PRESALE - Pan Amsterdam - Eat (Def Presse)

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Estimated Shipping Date: 15th July 2022

EAT is the brand new album from your favourite rapper trumpeter, Pan Amsterdam. Made with fans of both food and hip hop in mind, the LP opens up a new pocket in the Pan Am dimension: the rapper-producer album. The whole thing’s a collaboration with underground legend and Def Pressé family Damu The Fudgemunk.

EAT lands in the wake of the success of Pan Am’s second album, HA Chu. Food, of course, was a vital component in the culture of that work, with GUTS-produced single Carrot Cake receiving plaudits from the likes of BBC 6 Music, and interludes taking place over Chinese food. HA Chu was named his ‘hostile industry diss record’ by Bandcamp and ‘a jazz musician’s vision of what hip-hop can be’ by The Times.

Whereas HA Chu was conceptualised while Pan Am’s real life alter ego Leron Thomas was on tour as Iggy Pop’s bandleader (Iggy had loved Pan Am’s debut LP, The Pocket Watch, leading to him asking him to write and produce his 2019 album Free), and saw guests such as Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson and Doves’ Jimmy Goodwin in his El Diablo guise, EAT’s genesis was slightly different.

About to fly on tour in Europe last year, Pan Am was in need of a DJ. Up steps Damu The Fudgemunk, fresh from creating his KPM library-sampling opus Conversation Peace (on Def Pressé Editions). Tour life led to a mutual musical respect, Damu creating soundscapes in his head as he got to know Pan Am’s intricacies whilst performing together.

Czarface - Czarmageddon, Record Store Day 2022 (Silver Age)

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With Wax Pack of Eight Czarface Universe Trading Cards

The LP Is Housed In A Deluxe Gatefold Jacket And Includes A Wax Pack of Eight Czarface Universe Trading Cards That Will Only Be Included With The RSD Release!

Hot off their two smashes for Marvel’s blockbuster film Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Czarface is back, triumphantly swinging into your universe with their new LP Czarmageddon! Expect many twists and turns as Wu-Tang’s Inspectah Deck and Esoteric go to war with an all-new, all-different soundscape from Czarface producers the Czar Keys. Alt-rap icon Kool Keith shatters the lyrical glass and the enigmatic Frankie Pulitzer, who first appeared on the Venom soundtrack on Czarface’s Today’s Special, is back with guns blazing. Collectors will crash the gates for this all new chapter of the Czarface saga. Includes exclusive trading cards illustrated by Czarface chief artist Lamour Supreme!

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman - John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Impulse!)

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This beloved 1963 Impulse! LP is a career highlight for both Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane. Hartman was apparently Coltrane's suggestion for the recording date, and his deep, dark voice meshes perfectly here with Coltrane's tenor. The material is well-chosen, including definitive readings of 'My One and Only Love' and 'Lush Life.' McCoy Tyner fills out the chords, augmenting the harmonies and keeping the tone of these ballads respectful but not overly sentimental. All the players get to the deep structure of the songs and are not afraid to play in the most essential and elegant manner.

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3 (Seeker Music)

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Limited Heavyweight Reissue On Opaque Gold Double Vinyl Edition.

Run the Jewels 3 is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Run the Jewels, which consists of rappers El-P and Killer Mike. It was self-released through their Run the Jewels, Inc. imprint via RBC Records digitally on December 24, 2016, and physically on January 13, 2017. The album serves as the follow-up to their 2014 album, Run the Jewels 2. It features guest appearances from Danny Brown, Joi, Trina, Boots, Tunde Adebimpe, Zack de la Rocha, and Kamasi Washington. The album was supported by three singles: "Talk to Me", "2100", and "Legend Has It". Similar to Run the Jewels 2, it was released as a free download on their website as well as being physically released on CD and LP.

Much like its predecessors, Run the Jewels 3 received widespread acclaim from critics. It debuted at number 35 on the US Billboard 200, with 23,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, and later peaked at number 13 on the chart.

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels (Seeker Music)

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"Run the Jewels - Hip-hop's preeminent collaboration between veteran rhyme-slayers El-P and Killer Mike —have gone from a whim-driven underground rap project to a worldwide sensation since the release of their 2013 debut Run The Jewels. Mixing the industrial grime of New York City with the vibrant bounce of the dirty South, they forge hip-hop's future while adhering to the core tenets of its bedrock: gymnastic displays of skills, incendiary political rhetoric, merciless braggadocio, battle-honed assholery, R-rated punchlines and a back-and-forth that brings the interplay of the shell-toe Adidas era screaming into our contemporary nightmare.

Tearing up the music industry rulebook, their self-titled 2013 debut was originally released through a series of website-crashing free album downloads. Featuring Outkast's Big Boi on Banana Clipper and Prince Paul on Twin Hype Back, it's a "rough and rabid ride"; a "swaggering victory lap for two artists at the peak of their creativity"; and been dubbed "one of the best hip-hop records of 2013"."

Migos - Culture III (Motown)

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Culture III is the fourth studio album by Migos. The album features guest appearances from Drake, Cardi B, Polo G, Future, Justin Bieber, Juice Wrld, Pop Smoke, and YoungBoy Never Broke Again. It is the follow-up to their 2018 album Culture II and serves as the conclusion to their Culture trilogy

Bobby Oroza - The Otherwise b/w Make Me Believe (Big Crown)

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A: The Otherwise B: Make Me Believe

While Bobby Oroza puts the finishing touches on his next album, he treats us to this killer two-sider to end out 2021 and hold us over until the new record is finished. Bobby's debut album This Love made big waves around the world and amassed him a cult following from the US to Japan and everywhere in between. He found big love in the sweet soul scene early, but has since made fans in a myriad of circles and subcultures globally. It has by now become clear that his music is not just one thing, analog soul textured for sure, but also with an array of influences that span far beyond the soul ballad world. It is that inability to really nail down his sound that has become the biggest charm, an esoteric and profound passion permeate the lyrics and vibe of everything about Mr. Oroza.

Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova (Wagram)

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"Soul Bossa Nova" is a popular instrumental, composed and first performed by musician and record producer Quincy Jones. It appeared on his 1962 Big Band Bossa Nova album on Mercury Records.

Jones said that it took him twenty minutes to compose the piece, which features prominently a cuíca (responsible for the distinctive "laughing" in the first bars). Roland Kirk was the flute soloist, Lalo Schifrin was the pianist, Chris White was the bassist, Rudy Collins was the drummer, and Jerome Richardson was the alto flutist. The album liner notes do not specify the brass players.

Soul 2 Soul - Keep On Movin' (Remixes) [Funki Dred]

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If you start with a tune like Keep On Movin’, more a national treasure than simply a classic, you really have to do something special with the remix.? As you’d expect from the team that brought you the original song back in 1989, Funki Dred Records have revisited their triumph in four unique mixes the bring it right up to date, while celebrating the legacy it left and the heritage that surrounded it.

A1) Keep On Movin’ (Booker T Mix)
A2) Keep On Movin’ (Booker T Satta Dub Mix)
B1) Keep On Movin’ (Salsa Mix)
B2) Keep On Movin’ (Zepherin Saint Go Go Mix)

Hank Mobley - Curtain Call (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)

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It’s a sign of the sheer volume of top-notch hard bop that Blue Note was recording in the 1950s-60s that a supremely swinging date like Hank Mobley’s 1957 album Curtain Call would sit in the vaults unreleased until 1984. Mobley himself was in the middle of a particularly prolific streak that year with the tenor saxophonist recording 6 sessions for Blue Note in 1957 alone. This highly-enjoyable 6-song set includes 4 Mobley originals including the extended opener “Don’t Get To Hip,” the hard-charging title track, and the bright swing of “The Mobe” along with 2 standards (“Deep In A Dream” and “My Reverie”) performed by a quintet with Mobley joined by Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Jimmy Rowser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums.

A1: Don’t Get Too Hip A2: Curtain Call A3: Deep In A Dream
B1: The Mobe B2: My Reverie B3: On The Bright Side

Cymande - Promised Heights (Mr Bongo)

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Third album from the legendary Cymande. 180 gram vinyl, mastered from original tapes, replica original artwork, offcial Mr Bongo reissue. Licensed from John Schroeder Enterprises.

A1. Pon De Dungle / A2. Equatorial Forest / A3. Brothers On The Slide / A4. Changes / A5. Breezeman
B1. Promised Heights / B2. Losing Ground / B3. Leavert / B4. The Recluse / B5. Sheshamani

Tim Maia - Disco Club (Mr Bongo)

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Official Mr Bongo reissue. Replica original cover artwork.

Recorded in 1978, this is a latter-period gem from the larger than life legend, combining the glitz and glamour of disco’s heyday with Maia’s raw funk and soul roots.

For 'Disco Club', Maia left his usual band and went into the legendary Estudios Level with an ensemble of Rio’s finest including Paulinha Braga on drums, Jamil Joanes on bass, Robson Jorge on clarinet, Hyldon De Souza on guitar, Sidinho on percussion, trombonists Edmundo Maciel and Darcy Seixas, and Juarez Assis on tenor sax. Arranger and keyboardist Lincoln Olivetti was a crucial presence during these sessions – he added the all-important string flourish and brassy joy to the uptempo tracks, leaving Maia enough room to express himself.

Bell Biv Devoe - Poison, Record Store Day 2022 (Get On Down)

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BBD’s Landmark Debut Is Presented For RSD Black Friday In A Never To Be Repeated Cherry Red Pressing.

Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe first rose to prominence as members of New Edition. With the group on hiatus in the late 80s, none other than Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis suggested the three branch out on their own, and Bell Biv DeVoe was formed. With a hip hop swagger the group’s approach turned the tables with R&B pulling from Hip Hop rather than the other way around. In fact it was Public Enemy producers Eric Sadler along with Hank and Keith Shocklee who made significant contributions in helping Bell Biv Devoe craft their debut album Poison. The title track and full-length both hit number1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop chart, entered the top 5 on both the single and top 200 charts and went on to be certified Platinum 4 times over.

Various – Breakin' - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Record Store Day 2022 (Polydor)

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3000 pressed worldwide. First time on vinyl for many years. Permanently Exclusive color variant. Out Of Print On Vinyl For Nearly A Decade Get On Down Presents This Pivital Soundtrack For RSD in a never to be repeated Coke Bottle Clear Pressing. The 1984 film Breakin' is for many a reference point for the explosion of hip-hop in the United States and across the world. With its colorful cast of characters and dazzling array of dance moves, the movie became an international hit and the soundtrack captures the sounds that inspired an entire generation of breakers and b-boys to push their craft to new heights.

A Side: 1. Breakin’...There’s No Stopping Us - Ollie and Jerry 2. Freakshow OnThe Dance Floor - Bar-Kays 3. Body Work - Hot Streak 4. 99 1/2 - Carol LynnTownes 5. Showdown - Ollie and Jerry.
B Side: 1. Heart Of The Beat - 3-V 2. Street People - Fire Fox 3. Cut It - Re-Flex 4. Ain’t Nobody - Rufus and Chaka Khan 5. Reckless - Chris “The Glove” Taylor and David Stoors

Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle, Record Store Day 2022 (Warlock)

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De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest may have been more commercially successful, but the afrocentric, jazz political rap movement and unfadeable Native Tounge Massive started with the Jungle Brothers. Their debut full-length Straight Out the Jungle opened up many doors that are walked through by artists like Mos Def, Common and even Kanye West.

Their taste for jazzy horn samples helped kick-start the entire jazz-rap movement, and their James Brown fixation was one of the first. Plus, the group's groundbreaking collaboration with legendary house producer Todd Terry, "I'll House You," paved the way for numerous hip-house hybrids that shot up the dance and pop charts over the next few years and appeared to be a staple on every East Coast Rap Album from '88 until '92.

Lootpack - The Lost Tapes (Crate Diggas Palace)

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Before Madvillain, before Yesterday’s New Quintet and before Quasimoto or any other of his several alter egos, Madlib perfected his craft as an MC/producer in the Lootpack. Along with DJ Romes, and fellow rhymer Wildchild, they released the dusty full-length, Soundpieces: Da Antidote back in 1999, that laid down the foundation for the unique and dusty sound now associated with Madlib.

The loose, freeform recordings on this collection are circa 1996 when the group was managed by Madlib’s father, and they show the now-renowned maverick producer in comparatively restrained form. Madlib’s scope and imagination was clearly fixated on East coast jazzy hip-hop production from the early ’90s, laying down soundscapes for his hungry crew including the likes of Kazi, Declaime and Medaphoar, who have all become well known underground rap vets. Madlib’s own strong mic presence is noticeable given his now only-on-rare-occasion rhyming, but it’s his production that is the most fascinating element here. While a resolutely hip-hop project, theburgeoning jazzy flourishes and Madlib’s heavily accomplished ear for sound makes the record an important starting point for adherents of his more recent exploratory work.

Denny Zeitlin - The Name Of This Terrain (Now-Again Reserve)

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Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt and Zeitlin-chonicler Andrew Gilbert collaborate here to tell the story of this amazing album. Never-before seen photos and ephemera appear in the oversized book with the LP only. Download card for WAV files for all vinyl tracks, as well as bonus tracks, included with the LP. At Now-Again, we avoid hyperbole, yet we believethat this album is one of record collecting’s ultimate finds: the missing entry in jazz pianist/ composer / psychiatrist Denny Zeitlin’sdiscography, a wonderful and weird fusion of avant-classical, jazz, funk, rock and electronic music.

The Name Of This Terrain was recorded and pressed in a scant, custom run as a demo in 1969 –and it so defied its own existence that, even after its producer died and his copies were discovered, Zeitlin steadfastly resisted its release for almost 20 years, destroying his remaining demos so not to posthumously suffer the same ignominy. Following his reappraisal, this album is issued with its creator’s blessing and guidance. You will surely never hear an album like this again, by the musician the venerable jazz critic Leonard Feather called, “the most versatile young pianist to come to prominence in the early sixties,” and who took a left turn at the end of the decade, documenting a pivotal 20th century moment with passion, intellect, and humor in turn. The Name Of This Terrain found its way out of the depths – wonderful and having aged well, like well-corked, deep wine stored in a cold cellar. Ready for another moment to shine and be understood, redolent of the tastes and textures of a different time, one we pine for and that we won’t often see again, but can happily, momentarily, indulge.

Special LPs

Stig of The Dump - Kubrick (Lewis Recordings)

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"Stanley Kubrick was a Master of the hidden narrative, a virtuoso of subtext, composition & attention to detail & a perfectionist with obsessive vision. Executively produced & heavily scored by legendary UK veteran, Jehst. The #KubrickLP by Stig Of The Dump is a story rife with gritty comedy & layered in honest tragedy. What begins as a heavy neck snapping, braggadocio laden rap album, effortlessly plot twists into an open & poetic autobiography. A story arc reflected in the continually developing sound track. The script bursts with geeky film references, dextrous word play & poignant story telling, while the backdrop morphs subtly between classic Boom-Bap & weighty bangers to moving, stripped back piano loops & jazzy, spaced out glitch hop" A movie for the blind - "Press play & then smoke until it's all gone Kubrick" Art Over Money, Love Over Everything.

Special Offer DVDs

Secondhand Sureshots DVD + CD

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DVD Secondhand Sureshots the film + CD Original music by Daedelus, J-Rocc, Nobody and Ras G, plus a megamix by Kutmah

Special CDs

Dooley O - I Gotcha CD

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Dagha ­ The Divorce CD

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DJ Yoda 'Home Cooking' T-Shirt Black

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The official 'Home Cooking' T-Shirt illustrated by Ben Connors

- 100% cotton t-shirt
- Full colour screen printed

NYC Street Photography... It's the Joint - Brian Nobili & Ricky Powell (Hardback Cover)

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NYC Street Photography... It's the Joint is a collection of 10 of New York's most prolific street photographers today. Through their photography they tell stories from every corner of the city from the early '80s until the present day.

Thud Rumble - Butter Rugs 7" Slipmats

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The revolutionary slipmat design by Q-Bert. Q-Bert has done away from the traditional felt mat, and replaced it with a thin synthetic fiber fused onto a thin plastic layer. Lightweight and super-smooth, these mats produce little friction while offering the grip you need for scratching and back-cueing. Recommended.
- comes as a pair
- super slick, thin construction

- designed for scratching & back-cueing

 Yo! MTV Raps Trading Cards (Pack Of 10) (Series 1)


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Home Taping Is Killing Music And It's Illegal...T-Shirt
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Clothing label BLT has exclusively given Rap And Soul their stunning new T-shirt design !!
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