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DIG Magazine - Spot The Zebra, First Ever Issue!

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Dig magazine is a new mini magazine that will fit in your pocket (perfect to take to the record shop) full of esoteric info and ones to watch for from a selection of fine DJs.

Mr Thing, DJ Format, Mr Krum, Spex, Susanslegpolicy and more all spill the beans on a curio from their collection including anecdotes, info and cover images and there’s even a URL at the end so that you can preview said tracks in an online mix. It comes in a neat stickered sleeve that makes it look like a milk crate which the (ironically) CD-sized mag slips inside, waiting to be dug into.

 






Signed By The Whole Band! The Shacks - My Name Is... / Sand Song 7" (Big Crown Records) Also General Issue Available.

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Big Crown Records is proud to present the next single from The Shacks instant classic debut album Haze.

The A side ‘My Name Is…’ is one of the first songs The Shacks wrote shortly after they met. Producer Leon Michels had the track and the title for it and sent it on to The Shacks to pen the lyrics. Max Shrager says of writing the lyrics “this song is about setting a time and place to meet up, wandering around like ghosts until we spotted each other in a crowd of strangers. It is inspired by ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ by The Flamingos”. Musically, it has the infectious attraction that all of El Michels productions do. A poppy melody balanced out by the rough and tough rhythm section made this the perfect match for Shannon’s subtle and sweet vocals.

The B side, ‘Sand Song’ is a beautiful tune about an ugly subject; global warming. The hauntingly beautiful guitar melody that the Shrager produced track begins with is met with the equally somber vocals from Shannon. Reverb drenched background vocals and organ flourishes follow suit with the arrangement showcasing The Shacks razor sharp musicianship. A stand out tune from the album and the embodiment of what made iD magazine call The Shacks “classic American sounds…simultaneously recalling Sesame Street and David Lynch’s nocturnal crooners”.

 





Eric B & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique, Back To Black Reissue, 180Gram (Universal)

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This is Back To Black Reissue, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

On their fourth and final LP, Eric B. & Rakim left the stage with one of their most eloquent and soulful performances. Don’t Sweat The Technique combined the strutting jazzy hip-hop style that the pair had patented from Paid In Full-onwards with impassioned bars that took in everything from the Gulf War to New York City’s crack epidemic. Originally released in 1992, the album now gets a double-LP reissue on Universal.

 





Eric B & Rakim - Let The Rhythm Hit 'em, Back To Black Reissue, 180Gram (Universal)

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This is Back To Black Reissue, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

Double vinyl LP pressing. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em is Eric B. & Rakim's third album, originally released on May 22, 1990. Despite the fact that it didn't produce any hit singles as popular as the duo's previous albums, it is considered by many to be their most coherent album, and is one of only a few rap albums that have received a 5-mic rating when it was reviewed in The Source Magazine. This will be the first time the album is available as 2LP format. Eric B. & Rakim formed in Long Island, New York, in 1986, composed of Eric B. (born Eric Barrier) and MC Rakim (born William Michael Griffin Jr.).

 





Eric B & Rakim - Follow The Leader, Back To Black Reissue, 180Gram (Universal)

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This is Back To Black Reissue, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

Universal Music Enterprises is proud to present expanded editions of Eric B. & Rakim's masterful one-two punch straight-in-'88's 'Follow The Leader'. Each hip hop masterpieces in their own right - Paid In Full carries 'I Ain't No Joke', 'I Know You Got Soul', 'Eric B. Is President' & The massive title track 'Paid In Full', while Follow The Leader bears 'Microphone Fiend', 'Lyrics Of Fury', 'The R' and its blistering title track "Follow The Leader" - both albums are augmented with bonus tracks, liner notes and detailed annotations and rare photos.

 





Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full, Back To Black Reissue, 180Gram (Universal)

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This is Back To Black Reissue, 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

Double vinyl LP pressing. Paid in Full is the debut album from hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, originally released on July 7, 1987. Often credited as a benchmark album for the golden age hip hop, the album produced five singles: "Eric B. Is President", "I Ain't No Joke", "I Know You Got Soul", "Move the Crowd", and "Paid in Full", all of which set a higher standard of lyricism in the genre and served as a blueprint for future rappers and producers to come. Eric B. & Rakim formed in Long Island, New York, in 1986, composed of Eric B. (born Eric Barrier) and MC Rakim (born William Michael Griffin Jr.).

 








Cut Chemist - Die Cut 2LP SIGNED By Cut Chemist, EDAN And Chali 2na (A Stable Sound) Limited Number Available!

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On his long-awaited second full-length solo album Die Cut, the trailblazing DJ and producer underwent a creative birth reflected in its 17 tracks. The artist augments his signature approach famously earmarked by impeccable sample selection, searing scratching, and big-screen worthy arrangements with the inclusion of A-list musicians, songwriter structure, and a whole lot of team spirit including Los Angeles producer, curator and purveyor of culture, Carlos Nino. Cut Chemist called his longtime friend to act as associate producer and production coordinator. He holed up in Comp-ny Studios four blocks from home and invited a revolving door of high-profile musicians to contribute such as drum superstar Deantoni Parks [The Mars Volta], rap legend Biz Markie, actress Erika Christensen, tune-yards, Farmer Dave Scher, Dexter Story, and more. They comprised his studio band . Between his high-profile reunion with his rap group Jurassic 5 at Coachella 2013, he dedicated nearly two years to arranging crazy amounts of cutting room material before starting the mixing process during 2014 with Benjamin Tierney [Kamasi Washington, The Gaslamp Killer Experience] and Andy Kravitz [Billy Joel, The Fugees, Cypress Hill, Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince]. Operating out of The Exchange in London, Mike Marsh completed mastering in 2017 as the final product brought a comprehensive and airtight vision to life. Die Cut features a variety of artists including Biz Markie, Chali 2Na, Hymnal, Dean, Mr. Lif, Deantoni Parks, Laura Darlington and more. TRACKLIST: 1. Metalstorm feat. Edan & Mr. Lif 2. Die Cut Intro (Interlude 1) 3. Die Cut (Theme) feat. Deantoni Parks 4. Home Away from Home feat. Laura Darlington 5. Rhythm Method feat. Myka 9 6. Moonlightin' with Biz feat. Biz Markie 7. Work My Mind feat. Chali 2na & Hymna 8. Prelude for a Madman feat. DNTEL 9. Madman feat. Vox Populi! 10. Energy (Interlude 2) 11. You Want It, I Got It feat. Hymnal 12. I Gotta Weapon 13. Plains 14. Plane Jane feat. Hymnal & The Precious Hectic 15. The Lift, PT. 2 (The Dream Sequence) 16. Home feat. Laura Darlington 17. Die Cut (Wrap) feat. Myka 9 & Deantoni Parks



Adrian Younge Presents: Voices of Gemma (Linear Labs)

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Adrian Younge is a prolific composer whose brassy, ‘70s-centric arrangements recall the work of soul music legends Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, and often emulate the soundtracks of blaxploitation movies like Shaft and Super Fly. He’s also a willing collaborator who’s produced music for everyone from Ghostface Killah and the Delfonics to Bilal and PRhyme. Younge’s music was also featured in popular Netflix series Luke Cage and the 2009 film Black Dynamite, a comedy classic starring actor Michael Jai White. Though Younge is clearly the primary voice behind all of his work, he tweaks his sound to suit each artist he pulls into his orbit.

For his new album, Adrian Younge Presents: Voices of Gemma, the composer works with two vocalists—opera singer Brooke deRosa and jazz singer Rebecca Englehart—and builds an unrelenting mix of funk, RnB, jazz, and folk, all refracted through a kaleidoscopic, psychedelic lens. Album opener “Stranger by the Sea” warms up with off-kilter guitar strums and rising vocals that sound like they’re trying to conjure a spirit, before a loose drum beat is joined by a meandering bassline. Elsewhere, on the extravagant “Heaven’s Found,” aggressive drum rolls, oscillating horns, and rumbling bass combine for a lush gem set somewhere in the 1950s. DeRosa and Englehart are the clear focus of the LP, with Younge’s instrumentation floating alongside their beautiful voices. In deRosa and Englehart, he’s found two immensely talented singers who give a shining resonance to his work, making Gemma an essential part of Younge’s already vast discography.

 





Beastie Boys - Solid Gold Hits 2LP, Compilation, Repress, Gatefold (Capitol)

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The Beasties need no introduction by any means. They've been putting classic stuff out since the early 80's. Mixmaster Mike has literally been one of the best DJ's on the planet for ages. Seeing him live is an experience to say the least. Like Roc Raida said, "this guy is unbelievable he kills every record he touches, it doesn't matter in the slightest if he knows it well". EMI always does a good job with these greatest hits type of compilations so you know the track selection is going to be top notch.

 





Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad presents - The Midnight Hour CD & 2LP (Linear Labs)

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The Midnight Hour is Black excellence: an ode to the cultural sophistication that the Harlem Renaissance established for its people. The Midnight Hour is comprised of Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, alongside a tight rhythm section and a full orchestra.

The album has features from CeeLo Green, Raphael Saadiq, Masha Ambrosius, Bilal, Eryn Allen Kane, Karolina and more. Adrian and Ali began working on this album back in 2013, but put the project aside as they would score the hit Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage (the two even perform in an episode of the upcoming second season). The Midnight Hour is a soul/jazz/hip hop album which continues the conversations started by yesterday’s jazz and funk pioneers; those that created the bedrock of samples for hip hop producers in the 80s/90s. The Midnight Hour is sophisticated hip hop that fans will enjoy, capturing their jazz rhythm section, and a full orchestra, to analog tape. One of the seminal compositions, “Questions” originally began as an unfinished Midnight Hour demo with Cee-Lo Green. However, Kendrick Lamar heard the track and wanted to sample portions for his GRAMMY-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly (the song ultimately made it to Kendrick’s 2016 compilation Untitled Unmastered as "Untitled 06 | 06.30.2014."). The full, completed version of “Questions” is now the lead single on The Midnight Hour. “So Amazing” is a reimagining of Luther Vandross’ 1986 single. Ali and Adrian took Luther's original vocal stems and composed new music, as if they were in the room with Luther originally. This transcendental recording is something that really makes The Midnight Hour special.

 







E-40 - Federal (Get On Down) California Rap Classics, Limited Edition

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The development of hip-hop during the 1990s is partially indebted to the styles that were cultivated on the West Coast, more specifically in the state of California. When one thinks of the California hip-hop scene invariably the G-funk of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Los Angeles comes to mind, but to ignore the equally impressive San Francisco bay area scene is a travesty. It was in this environment where Earl Stevens, better known by his stage name E-40, came up in and developed his following.

Alongside regional staples such as Too Short, Spice 1, and Ant Banks, E-40 was among the first West Coast rappers to sign with a major label, and scored a Billboard-charting hit record with 1995's In A Major Way. His flamboyant attitude, mixed with a driven, DIY spirit, would lead to further Billboard-charters, as well as collaborations with top-tier names of hip-hop, from California peers like Tupac Shakur, Too Short, and Keak Da Sneak, to underground legends like Tech N9ne, Bun B, and Danny Brown, to modern MCs like 2 Chainz, YG, and Juicy J, to even the company of comedy trio The Lonely Island.

While E-40's break into the mainstream came with 1995's In A Major Way, he had recorded on numerous EPs and features, as well as a studio album through his own self-run label Sick Wid It Records. That studio album, 1993's Federal, would also serve as his solo debut, and paint a picture of things to come for the bay area rapper. With it's stark and aggressive sound, over top of beats that sampled classic funk and soul staples like Isaac Hayes, Sly & The Family Stone, and The Ohio Players, Federal put E-40s skills as an MC on full display, as well as promising things in the following years. Not to mention solid guest spots from his fellow Californians B-Legit, Kaveo, Little Bruce, and various others.

 





Lebron Brothers - Llegamos: We're Here LP (Get On Down)

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The venerable Cotique existed at the juncture where Afro-Caribbean music met the rootsy sounds of soul and r&b that blossomed in the United States during the '60s and '70s. Some of the finest albums in the boogaloo and Latin soul genres were recorded for this label, including sessions by Joe Bataan, Johnny Colón and Larry Harlow. Cotique's product was marked by a refined aesthetic and unerring good taste - consider Machito's foray into r&b idioms on the Soul Of Machito LP. The label was also wise enough to invest in down-to-earth salsa, recording New York's ultimate barrio orchestra, The Lebrón Brothers.

The Lebrón Brothers celebrated their 50th anniversary in the business in 2016. Their career spans five decades of doing things uniquely and uncompromisingly in their way: making funky, gritty, streetwise and relentlessly swinging music that mixed Spanish lyrics, Latin tunes and English-language r&b/soul-oriented numbers. “Lebrón Brothers are the only other band (besides Willie Colón) to arrive during the boogaloo era and survive long after boogaloo was dead and buried,” comments Ray Rosado, leader of Maña. “I believe that for these two bands, boogaloo was merely a means to an end.” Originally called Angel Lebrón and his Orchestra in 1965 (co-founded by Puerto Rico-born brothers Angel on bass and José Lebrón on piano,) they changed their name to Lebrón Brothers at the suggestion of George Goldner (1918 - 1970) when they signed to his Cotique Records label during the peak of the 1966 - 1969 boogaloo craze. The eldest, Pablo Lebrón, sang Spanish lead vocals with the band until 1981 - when sadly, he suffered a stroke. Between 1967 and 1982, the band recorded 16 albums for Cotique, during which time brothers Carlos and Frankie joined on bongo and conga, respectively. The multitalented José and Angel wrote and arranged most of the material. Fania Records took over Cotique in the early '70s and drafted star bandleader Larry Harlow to produce one of the band's albums and Johnny Pacheco, the label's co-founder, to produce another three. Reportedly, Fania boss Jerry Masucci (1934-1997) tried to persuade the Lebrón Brothers to replace Pablo with a younger, thinner white lead singer. Proud of their Afro-Boricua heritage, they resisted and were consequently excluded from major industry opportunities. Angel and José eventually took over the reins of production on the band's 14th Cotique release in 1980, and Angel took the producer credit on the remaining two albums for the imprint (Frankie produced a one-off return to Cotique in 1998). “On all of their recordings, the coro is precise, the swing formidable and the message is both timely and seemingly prescient. That's more than enough to make up for whatever naïveté one might observe in their recordings at first blush,” says John Walsh, trumpeter with the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, who began playing with Lebrón Brothers in the mid-'80s. “And then there's the vibe. When they walk on stage, they made their presence felt: five or six of them, not one under six feet or less than 225 pounds!

 





Bukka White - Parchman Far, Reissue (Traffic)

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"Born Booker T. Washington White, Bukka's trajectory as a blues performer follows a familiar template for his time.

Born in Mississippi, maybe in Houston, MS -- maybe in Aberdeen, MS -- maybe in 1902, maybe in 1909 or even 1906 he recorded throughout the 1930s. Bukka even recorded while incarcerated in the Mississippi State Penitentiary aka Parchman Farm. Asked about his time at Parchman White commented 'Well, I mostly played guitar.' During the 1940s and 50s as Blues moved from the Delta to Chicago, from rural to urban, Bukka's career went dormant. And then, like many of his time, his talent was 'rediscovered' in the early 60s, in no small part thanks to a brilliant guitarist in his own right, John Fahey. Performances and all new recordings happened throughout the 60s, building interest in Bukka White's Delta roots. This compilation of White's best early material was first issued in 1969 (1970 in the US), collecting Bukka's 78s recorded for Vocalion and Okeh. His influence on rock performers of that day cannot be understated. He opened for rock bands he'd inspired at venues like The Fillmore, played his instrument in such a fashion that some said it's like he was trying to destroy that guitar, his most famous guitar, a 1933 National Duolian, was even known as 'Hard Rock.' And then there's the fact that his song 'Shake'em On Down' was so influential on Led Zeppelin that they, 'borrowed' from the song for both 'Hats Off To Roy Harper' and 'Custard Pie.' Bukka White was many things, a strong influence on his cousin B.B. King, a cotton picker, a mule driver, a hobo, a player in the old Negro Leagues, a boxer, a preacher, a convict, a factory laborer and, as celebrated here, one of America's blues pioneers."

 





Willie Colon - Wanted By The FBI: The Big Break - La Gran Fuga LP (Get On Down)

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The Big Break is a masterpiece of Latin music, the kind of formidable artistic statement that established the Fania label as a cultural icon-- going beyond the parameters of a company specializing in crowd pleasing dance music. Needless to say, this is still a great party album, filled with dance friendly classics such as “Barrunto” and “Abuelita”. At the same time, it crystallizes the Colón/Lavoé aesthetic that the duo had been developing on previous albums ("The Big Break" was Colón's sixth release on the Fania label.)

This session is a roller coaster of intensity-- a symphony of contrasting flavors, colors and feelings. Perhaps the one moment that best encapsulates the transcendental qualities of this collection is the bridge of “Panameña”-- the moment when the tune stops on its tracks, Lavoé introduces la salsa de Puerto Rico, el aguinaldo (Puerto Rico's own salsa, the aguinaldo) and all hell breaks loose thanks to Colón's roaring trombone and the spidery piano lines courtesy of the maestro Profesor Joe Torres. The resulting effect is nothing less of apocalyptic.

Of the many brilliant LP covers that graphic designer Izzy Sanabria designed for Fania , The Big Break may be the most notorious one. The art capitalized on Colón's ‘Malo’ image (he was initially called El Malo because the older musicians thought he was a poor trombone player, not a bad kid-- Willie then decided to use the gangster archetype as a gimmick.) This time, Sanabria flew with the idea and devised a cover that replicated a Wanted by the FBI poster. Using the project's limited budget to his advantage, the designer included a cheap photo of Colón and random fingerprints to create a realistic looking poster. After its release, the company was contacted by the real FBI, which requested that the ‘Wanted by FBI’ text be removed from the cover.

Listening to these eight, timeless tracks decades after their original release, the music compels you to ask: how could two young men in their '20 have so much to say? How did they manage to record an album of such depth and beauty? It may be advisable to stop pondering such heady issues and enjoy the music instead.

 






Big Bill Broonzy - Big Bill's Blues LP (Get On Down)

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Born Lee Bradley Conley, the revered blues musician Big Bill Broonzy first picked up performing at the early age of 10, playing a violin made from a cigar box. He switched from fiddle to guitar in the 1920s, after returning from a two-year World War Two service in Europe, and immediately leaving his home in Arkansas for Chicago, sensing opportunity. From there, Broonzy immediately set to work establishing himself, performing at various parties and social gatherings.

Throughout the late 20s and into the 1930s, Broonzy's fortunes gradually increased as word spread of his talents. During this time he recorded numerous singles for classic blues labels like Paramount, Gennett, Champion, and Vocalion, and began to regularly perform in Chicago's South Side venues. Broonzy was one of the few classic bluesmen to record with a full band, but he particularly defined himself from his peers through the remarkable range and power to his singing voice, which served him well as blues started to give way to the earliest incarnations of R&B music.

Big Bill Broonzy also set himself apart from his contemporaries into the 1940s. Many of the progenitor bluesmen of the time had given up music during the Great Depression, but Broonzy persisted, and continued to evolve his sound beyond traditional country blues. During this time, Broonzy would record one of his best-known singles, “Key To The Highway”, (a blues standard which would also be covered by Little Walter, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones) and set the stage for a new wave of blues performers, and later rock and rollers, by being among the first of his genre to introduce electric instrumentation into his act.

The 1950s were a banner year for traditional folk and country blues, where renewed interest in the styles led to new audiences in England and America. As numerous classic bluesmen began to come out of retirement to perform, Broonzy was already several steps ahead, having found additional success as part of a touring folk revue, and was featured alongside legendary folk singers such as Pete Seeger and Brownie McGhee. He continued to perform across folk and jazz clubs earning critical praise and standing ovations up to his death in 1958, having left behind an indelible blues legacy that inspired a wealth of legends, from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton to Jerry Garcia.

 





Hardrive - Deep Inside / Deep Inside (The Dub) 7" (Get On Down)

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DEEP DEEP DOWN INSIDE!

With the Masters At Work name under contract elsewhere at the peak of their career, Kenny Dope and Louie Vega had little choice but to work under other names for their Strictly Rhythm projects. Hardrive became popular, largely thanks to the iconic 'Deep Inside' vocal hook (from, Barbara Tucker's 'Beautiful People') and bass line, which helped made the track become one of House Music's most memorable hits. "Sometimes a record just manages to capture and distill the true essence of what this is all about and 'Deep Inside' is one such record, it bears all the hallmarks of golden era Masters At Work, all the signposts of what was happening in NYC's clubs in the early to mid-90's were there within its grooves. You know a record is good when it's still being, quite literally, hammered nearly 25 years later". It's no surprise even Kanye West would sample this classic to make another chart topping track! This one's a straight up essential for any self-respecting house music aficionado. Available for the first time as a 7". Original mix on the A, Dub on the Flip. You know what to do!

 





Aly-US - Follow Me / Follow Me Dub Mix 7" (Get On Down)

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FOLLOW ME, WHY DON’T YOU FOLLOW ME...

If Peace, Love, Unity and Freedom are some of the pillars of house music "Follow Me" is a call to action. This vocal driven cut instantly become an anthem and one of house music's most revered songs. Although they did not release more than a dozen singles, Aly-Us made their greatest impact with the 1992 single "Follow Me." Produced by Kyle Smith and written by Smith with vocalists Eddie "Super" Lewis and William "Kaylin-X" Jennings, the deep and uplifting track became an early-'90s house classic and continues to be one of the most memorable tracks.

 





The Underground Solution - Luv Dancin' 7" (Get On Down)

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YOU GOT ME LUV DANCIN’...

Luv Dancin' is an absolutely ESSENTIAL record. The Underground Solution was one of the monikers for Roger Sanchez, one of the most prolific house music producers in the 90s. This 1990 anthem 'Luv Dancin' is a NYC deep house benchmark. Based on Arthur Russell's Disco classic 'Is it all over my face' and with elements of 'The bottle' interspersed with a deep, rolling garage bassline, dreamy keys and pads, the "S" Man crafted a timeless piece of dance music that still inspires today and is often imitated yet obviously never bettered!

 





Bobby Oroza - This Love Pt 1 (Big Crown Records) 7"

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Bobby Oroza’s debut single “This Love” has already made it’s way from Finland where it was recorded around the world and into the hearts of soul music lovers. Bobby’s emotion drenched vocals paired with Cold Diamond & Mink’s production make for a modern day soul song that walks the line between gritty and sweet. Already a favorite in the Chicano Soul / lowrider scene this tune leaves everyone who hears it waiting for more. Bobby Oroza’s full length debut is due out in late 2018 on Big Crown Records. Stay tuned.

 





Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Xxplosive / Burn (Big Crown Records) 7"

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band return with another instantly classic 45 guaranteed to be all over DJs set lists. With their sophomore full length coming in September, they treat us to another bomb of a two sider.

Side A is a cover of the Dr Dre hit “XXplosive” done up in proper BRSB fashion, smashing drums and steel pans playing the lead and bass lines. They take this one into new territory by adding synth parts and dubbed out horn lines playing Nate Dogg’s infamous vocal hook melodies. Side B takes on one of NYCity’s grimiest Hip Hop club anthems, Mobb Deep’s “Burn”. We decided to do this tune and demoed it out long before the unfortunate passing of Prodigy. Unfortunately, he will never get to hear this cover, and that has been one of the nicest things in covering some of these more current Hip Hop tunes. Rest In Peace P.

BRSB manages to do it again…..a version equally as raw and punchy as the original. Pans bang out the iconic riff from the original, theremin ushers in the changes, and the low rubble of the synth bass is sure to crush the subwoofers. Another Big Crown Sureshot…

 





The Nextmen Vs Gentleman’s Dub Club – Pound For Pound CD & LP (Pound For Pound Recordings)

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‘Pound for Pound’, is a twelve track collaboration between much loved music makers The Nextmen, and Leeds to London lads of live dancefloor destruction, Gentleman’s Dub Club.

This is both a musical masterclass in that uniquely UK tradition, blending dancehall, dub, ska, reggae, roots and rap, and a foray to fields of future fun: meticulously tight and precise production that’s soaked in swagger and sway. This is an album to put on and instantly warm to, and repeat and repeat and repeat. Featuring a raft of raucous guest vocals including Eva Lazarus, Kiko Bun, Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Hollie Cook, P Diggs (Shapeshifter), Gardna, J Man & Parly B.

We’re all aware that The Nextmen know a good groove having been the purveyors of people’s pleasure for two decades deep. Releasing their own albums, setting clubs and festivals ablaze and working with everyone from ZTrip, Public Enemy, Wilkinson, The Pharcyde, Ms Dynamite, Groove Armada, Plan B, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Tippa Irie, Cutty Ranks and a million more, this duo are the doyens of the dancefloor. Nine-piece Gentleman’s Dub Club’s live shows are a legendary mix of unbridled talent, frenzied fun and infectious energy, reflecting their desire for a damn hot dubbed out paradise of pure celebration. Their studio albums carry that same cool to coddle, embracing sounds so wild and free with focus, passion and precision.

 







Deadelus - Of Snowdonia & Something Bells, Colored 2LP, Compilation (Fatbeats) , Limited

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First time on vinyl. Strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Formative album from Daedelus, 2003’s Of Snowdonianever before issued on vinyl) is Los Angeles’ Beat Scene just burgeoning, with accompanying Something Bells EP bundled into double vinyl. Additions from an early Busdriver, edIT, Omid, Abstract Rude, among others. The whole LP based around a childhood trip to Wales, is skittering beats, plucked guitar strings, and remnant R&B... all still resonate!

 







El Michels Affair Feat. Piya Malik - Unathi / Zaharila (Big Crown Records)

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El Michels Affair returns with a new 45 that is simultaneously a new direction and the signature sound he is known for. This time EMA dips their toes into the world of Bollywood Funk and recruits Piya Malik of 79.5 for vocal duties. He has crafted yet another two sider of heavy duty shit. It also comes in a gorgeous picture sleeve courtesy of Chicago’s Deadly Prey gallery.

From the start of side A, Unathi reels the listener in and keeps them through a journey of psychedelic arrangements, unexpected detours, and relentless rhythm. El Michels again showing the performance and production prowess that has spawned not only bands, but also some independent record labels. Lyrically, Unathi is a song about progress, a vociferous call to arms urging people to come together and work collectively to achieve it.

Side B, Zaharila, is cinematic, dynamic, and an almost visual number as if it were the score to a film that’s never existed. Bent guitar notes and blaring horn stabs ride the peaks and valleys of this epic tale about poisonous whispers that destroy a beautiful love affair. Starting slow and calm with Piya’s ethereal melodies floating atop, the song eventually becomes poisoned, panicked, and frantic by the final note.

 







Nick Faber - What Happened Yesterday, 12", Limited Edition, Orange Crush (Fabyl)

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Faber by name, fabled by nature. Nick Faber’s recording career has borne remixes for pop royalty such as Kylie Minogue and the Sugababes, further credits for critics choices Badly Drawn Boy, Lakuta and John Turrell, and a wealth of his own material over the last three decades, both solo and as part of the Appleseed and Hightower Set crews alongside Greg Belson and Wrongtom. And with much more besides, he of the Blues Conspiracy is rolling out with a label adding to the man, the myth, fittingly christened Fabyl.

Fabyl’s first album/compilation foray ‘Arrival’, brings together a host of names including Faber’s old sparring partner and one-time ‘Gentleman of Leisure’ Jadell, and cult heroes in waiting such as The Umbilical Chord, The Mike Coleman Congregation and The Supervillains. Pop gets pushed slightly to the left, downtime dub and lounge funk comes with plenty of boogie under the hood, and undercover hip-hop gives clues as to the shape of things to come.

 







Jackson Sisters - Jackson Sisters, Official Reissue, LP & CD (Mr Bongo)

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Officially reissued at last! Considered by many to be a genuine ‘holy grail’ of soul & funk. Featuring ‘Miracles’ as sampled by Public Enemy, Basement Jaxx, Arrested Development and many more.

Originally from Compton, Los Angeles, the Jackson Sisters were one-hit wonders who briefly shone and made some noise in the early 1970s before quickly fading into obscurity. Their only US chart entry was ‘I Believe In Miracles,’ a funky slice of bubblegum soul with a catchy, sing-along chorus released on the Prophesy label that briefly saw them make the lower reaches of the R&B charts in September 1973. Even though the sisters ceased performing together in 1975, their greatest tune, ‘I Believe In Miracles’ began to live a charmed life. In 1988, the song was resurrected as part of the UK ‘Rare Groove’ scene which resulted in it denting the bottom end of the UK pop charts (it peaked at No. 72). British vocal group, The Pasadenas, cut their own version of the tune in 1989, and a year later, Public Enemy sampled ‘Miracles’ for their track, ‘Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man.’

 








Jedi Mind Tricks - The Bridge and The Abyss 2LP - Brown/Orange Vinyl (Enemy Soil)

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For more than twenty-two years, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty independent hip-hop. From their debut album, The Psycho-social, in 1996 to their seminal sophomore release, Violent By Design, to their musical expansion on Servants and Heaven, Kings in Hell, JMT has made an indelible impression on the independent music scene while arguably forging its own subgenre of rap. Led by the fiery vocals of controversial frontman, Vinnie Paz (who has also built an auspicious solo career over the last decade), and the enigmatic producer, Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind, the group has sustained a successful career as a result of its consistently, uncompromising rap music.

On June 22nd, the duo drops their ninth studio album, The Bridge and The Abyss, featuring the singles/videos for “San La Muerte” and “Marciano’s Reign.” Speaking on the new album, Vinnie Paz, says, “Each time out we face a challenge of not wanting to make the same record, but at the same time doing what we do, which is make hardbody rap. I try to balance my ignorant raps with songs that are a little more conceptual and personal. I think we found a nice balance on this album.”

JMT’s success can’t be measured in chart positions or platinum plaque counts. Their success is most accurately measured in the passion and respect of their growing legions of hardcore fans who have packed JMT shows around the world from Boston to Bogota to Bucharest. Paz says, “When you see someone with a tattoo of your logo or your album art on their body, that’s a level of dedication that a sales chart can’t possibly capture. We’re blessed to have some of the most dedicated fans in music. We’ve always sort of been music industry pariahs and I think our fans like that we don’t cower to the politics of the business.” JMT’s music embodies the spirit of DIY defiance and their longevity is a testament to their blue-collar work ethic coursing through the bloodlines of their hometown of Philadelphia.

 







Roc Marciano - RR2- The Bitter Dose (Fat Beats) Limited Edition 2LP

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We are presently in the post-Marcberg era of rap. After Roc Marciano released his solo opus in spring 2010, a new continuum began which gathered tremendous momentum in 2012 following the release of his Metal Clergy compatriot Ka’s Grief Pedigree and Roc’s amazingly concise sophomore effort Reloaded. Subsequently, a divergent path opened in modern rap heavily influenced by the sonics, tone, and aesthetic of those three projects. Since then, Roc Marciano has released a critically acclaimed producer album Marci Beaucoup, bookended by the release of his project The Pimpire Strikes Back in multiple formats. In the years since this string of releases, a new crop of emcees and producers emerged heavily inspired and influenced by Roc’s oeuvre while many others’ careers have been left doing the running man in their wave.

With multiple modern rap classics already under his Ferragamo belt, last year Roc Marciano liberated the first half of his two part project titled Rosebudd’s Revenge. If the initial offering showcased Marc reestablishing himself as the innovator of the present rap wave then RR2 - the Bitter Dose will cement Roc Marciano’s status as its linchpin. From the opening bars of “Respected” to when “Power” finally fades out he fashions another top to bottom high end sonic experience that will be both envied and emulated for years to come while he administers a double dose of pimpin’.

Production on RR2: The Bitter Dose is handled by Roc Marciano in addition to Animoss (Arch Druids) (on “Bohemian Grove” & “Happy Endings”), Don Cee (Arch Druids) (on “C.V.S” & “Major League”) and Element) (on “Respected” & “67 Lobby”). Knowledge The Pirate appears on both “Bohemian Grove” and “Major League” while Action Bronson contributes a verse to “Corniche.” Whether it comes to hard bars, slick talk or hustler wisdom, Roc Marciano is unmatched. The Bitter Dose is nothing more than an American master lecturing a captive audience. It’s a guidebook on how to manipulate the English language and convey ideas and concepts and visuals that will evoke a wide range of emotions in listeners. The wait is over. Thank God for Roc Marci.

 







David Axelrod - Song of Innocence 2LP (Now Again Records)

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David Axelrod delivered one of the great psychedelic albums with 1968’s Song of Innocence, based around the poetry of William Blake. It is considered by many his masterpiece. Song of Innocence is this weird hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could ever really describe. The listener is pulled in by his melodies, simplistic at first blush, but colored by odd chord progressions and turn arounds, grounded by the drummer Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements – a jazz vibraphone solo here, a fuzz guitar tear here, a nod to the baroque in Don Randi’s clavichord comps – and put at ease, always, by Axe’s arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no 1960s arranger did. It’s worth noting that there are really count-on-your- hand examples of anything that might even be compared to Song of Innocence. Perhaps Arthur Verocai’s self-titled and only artist album, issued on the Brasilian Continental label in 1972, or the collaborations between Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, which found their epitome in 1971’s Histoire de Melody Nelson. LP / CD Contains 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview with Axelrod by Eothen Alapattand Wax Poetics’ Brian Digenti.

 







Eddie Harris - Plug Me In (Get On Down) Reissue LP

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Saxophonist Eddie Harris – a favorite sample staple of jazz-leaning hip-hop producers of the ‘90s – was a very busy man in the 1960s, releasing albums at a brisk pace since his first as a leader in 1961. By the late ‘60s he had fully hit his stride, as both a performer and an innovator.

A case in point is heard very clearly on this gem from Harris’ expansive catalog – 1968’s Plug Me In, which features his pioneering use of the Varitone saxophone effects processor unit (first heard on his 1967 album, The Tender Storm). The effect, used on “It’s Crazy” and “Ballad (For My Love)” never gets in the way, but gives the proceedings a feeling of “the next.” 1968 saw jazz entering a new era, influenced by electronic advances as well as the soul music dominating the pop charts of the day. Plug Me In slid perfectly into the vanguard of the day.

There is a soulful warmth to the proceedings on this classic LP, starting with album opener “Live Right Now,” which builds and swirls to a beautiful crescendo, with notes ricocheting back and forth amongst a top level crew of players including Jodie Christian, Chuck Rainey and Richard Smith. “Lovely Is Today” and “It’s Crazy” also feature wave


s of sunshiney brass and group interplay, alongside album ballads like “Winter Meeting” and “Ballad (For My Love).”

 






Les McCan - Layers (Get On Down) Reissue LP

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Starting in the late 60s, jazz music started to take an interesting, and very soulful turn. Influenced by the funk of the day – from James Brown to Sly & The Family Stone – the artform, generally not considered a funky musical genre, started to stretch out and fit into the times. It was a fertile era, and to reciprocate, funk, soul and groovy rock fans started to discover accomplished, open-minded jazz artists like Les McCann, whose tunes made sense to their ears, even if bebop hadn’t grabbed them.

This incredible album – long a favorite of forward-thinking hip-hop producers and DJs – washes over listeners from the first chords of the incredible album opener, “Sometimes I Cry,” led by McCann’s array of analog synthesizers and backed by an excellent rhythm section (Donald Dean on drums; Ralph McDonald on percussion and Jimmy Rowser on bass).

Truth be told, highlights are hard to pick out, but fans never go long without returning to the fuzzed-out funk of “The Harlem Buck Strut Dance,” “Let’s Play (Til Mom Calls)” and “It Never Stopped In My Hometown.” These keyboard-drenched grooves sat alongside record stacks brimming with Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye’s 70s soul and, of course, Miles Davis’ space funk experiments of the era (like Bitches Brew).

 







Latyrx - The Muzappers Mixes: 20th Anniversary 2LP (Real People) 2 X Colored Vinyl

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Bonus cuts feature production by DJ Shadow, DJ Z Trip, and The Herbaliser. Includes DL card for the entire album, plus a brand new track from Lyrics Born’s upcoming album ‘Quite A Life’ More than 20 years after its initial release, Latyrx “The Muzapper Mixes” has stood the test of time and with this reissue is sure to enter the pantheon of certified Bay Area classics. Latyrx, the duo consisting of lyricists Lyrics Born and Lateef The Truthspeaker initially partnered while at UC Davis in the early 90s driven by brothers-in-beats-and-rhymes Blackalicious and DJ Shadow. This was the earliest incarnation of the Solesides collective. Partially by design, and partially out of necessity, Latyrx—and the Solesides crew as a whole—became trailblazers. Lyrics Born Remembers, “We really wanted to explore. New styles, new subject matter, new textures, new vocabulary. It came down to even wanting to do words in the English language that you had never heard in a rap song before. It was all about pushing.” This double LP edition features the entire A and B side from the original Muzappers Mixes vinyl release along with a second LP containing material not found on the original issue including the cuts “Storm Warning”, “The Wreckoning”, “Watch Out” and “Ocho Puntos.” As an extra special feature, the D side rounding things out with an untitled and unreleased bonus cut.

 







The Beatnuts - The Beatnuts 2LP (Traffic) Limited Edition, Reissue

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The self titled record called The Beatnuts, or more affectionately referred to as Street Level, is the full length debut album by the Queens trio. It was released on June 21, 1994 by Relativity Records just a year after their impressive debut EP, Intoxicated Demons had turned the Hip Hop world on it's ear.

The cutting edge production is supplied by Juju and Psycho Les themselves, with contributions from V.I.C. and Lucien (A Tribe Called Quest). It features guest appearances by Grand Puba (Brand Nubian), Miss Jones and DJ Sinister (The X-Exutioners) amongst others. The Beatnuts garnered commercial success charting on the Billboard 200 and boasts two singles, "Props Over Here" and "Hit Me with That". It is known for its diverse production, hedonistic lyrics and cover art inspired by Hank Mobley's The Turnaround. It marks the last Beatnuts album before emcee (Kool Ass) Fashion left the group to pursue a solo career under the Muslim inspired alias Al' Tariq.

 







Slum Village - The Lost Scrolls Vol.2 (Slum Village Edition) LP Produced By J Dilla

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“If you are a Dilla fan today is your day.” - Okayplayer

An underground classic in every sense of the term, Slum Village's 1998 production Fantastic, Vol. 2 was a breath of fresh air for hip-hop heads when it finally hit shelves in 2000, earning heavy acclaim and artistic clout for the trio of T3, Baatin, and the late production legend J Dilla. Fantastic, Vol. 2 featured vibes and lyrics harkening back to the classic sounds of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, smooth and infectious production that would go on to set a blueprint for the 00's arrival of neo soul, and top-shelf guest appearances from Q-Tip, D'Angelo, Busta Rhymes, and many more. Now, upon the 20th anniversary of the album’s completion, Ne'Astra Media Group is proud to bring a whole new collection of long lost tracks from the Fantastic, Vol. 2 sessions to you. Produced between 1996 and 1999, The Lost Scrolls Vol. 2 (Slum Village Edition) features 11 unreleased demos and remixes featuring the classic Slum Village lineup. Tracks that have never previously been heard, and might not have ever seen the light of day otherwise. Featuring a never-before-heard freestyle from J Dilla, a newly discovered remix of the single “Hold Tight” featuring Q-Tip, a long-lost Kurupt-guesting track “Talk About Hoes”, a posthumously discovered Baatin solo cut, and numerous other unearthed gems of underground hip-hop.

 







Spice 1 - Spice 1, LP (Get On Down, Jive, Triad Records)

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Spice 1 was first discovered by Bay Area legend Too $hort and became a member of $hort’s group The Dangerous Crew. Though lacking the national name recognition of Too $hort, Spice 1 is a legend all his own in and around the Bay. His name is an acronym for Sex, Pistols, Indo, Cash and Entertainment – also a fitting description of topics he rhymes about. Before dropping his debut full-length Spice 1 dropped an EP in ’91 on California Indy label Triad Records. The EP peaked at # 69 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, no small feat. With sales this brisk, he was picked up by Jive Records and this, his self-titled debut, was issued the next year. Week one sales were disappointing, but that all turned around the following week with 900,000 scans, a Gold record and a permanent spot in Bay Area Hip Hop history. THIS RELEASE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED NATIONWIDE BUT WILL PRIMARILY BE FOUND IN CALIFORNIA RECORD STORES.

 









J Dilla - Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix (Pay Jay) 2LP & CD, 2018 Reissue Of 2003 Mix.

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When Ruff Draft saw its initial release in 2003, J Dilla possessed production skills on par with anyone in hip-hop – technically and creatively. “At the top of his game,” says longtime friend and collaborator, Karriem Riggins. After years of building while modestly deferring to others of both greater and lesser notoriety, Dilla finally completed the first solo endeavor on his own label, entirely on his own terms. The significance of such an autonomous success often gets overlooked, and partly accounts for why Ruff Draft is one of the lesser-referenced entries in Dilla’s oeuvre. “It’s a mysterious little project,” says his mother, Maureen Yancey. “But out of his entire career, that was the happiest time.” Prior to recording the EP, Dilla found himself at a crossroads. Estranged from his label, MCA, and separated from the mother of his youngest daughter, frustration abounded both personally and professionally. Dilla spent parts of 2002 and 2003 working on an album for MCA that featured his rapping over contributions from other producers with whom he had connected and whose music he respected. At the time, he was known primarily for his beats, yet reviled for his MCing by most anyone not from his hometown of Detroit. The project was to be an intentional freak of the industry. The project would go on to spur his collaborative album with Madlib, Jaylib, and would first showcase the template that he would take to his greatest heights with 2006’s Donuts. The Stones Throw reissue of Ruff Draft from 2008 featured remixes of the songs from the album, done without Dilla’s involvement. This version of the album takes Dilla’s recently discovered mixes of the album and restores his vision for the project. “Straight from the mothafuckin’ cassette,” as he phrased the sound he was going for on the EP’s intro.

 








J Dilla - Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix - Instrumentals (Pay Jay) LP, 2018 Reissue Of 2003 Mix.

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The producer’s own mixes – recently rediscovered – of his seminal EP, expanded with bonus tracks and now available in a special instrumental edition. Single LP. Contains download card for WAV files.

The project would go on to spur his collaborative album with Madlib - Jaylib - and would first showcase the template that he would take to his greatest heights with 2006’s “Donuts”. The Stones Throw reissue of “Ruff Draft” from 2008 featured remixes of the songs from the album, done without Dilla’s involvement. This version of the album takes Dilla’s recently discovered mixes, and restores his vision for the project.

 









J Dilla - Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix (Pay Jay) Cassette, 2018 Reissue Of 2003 Mix.

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When Ruff Draft saw its initial release in 2003, J Dilla possessed production skills on par with anyone in hip-hop – technically and creatively. “At the top of his game,” says longtime friend and collaborator, Karriem Riggins. After years of building while modestly deferring to others of both greater and lesser notoriety, Dilla finally completed the first solo endeavor on his own label, entirely on his own terms. The significance of such an autonomous success often gets overlooked, and partly accounts for why Ruff Draft is one of the lesser-referenced entries in Dilla’s oeuvre. “It’s a mysterious little project,” says his mother, Maureen Yancey. “But out of his entire career, that was the happiest time.” Prior to recording the EP, Dilla found himself at a crossroads. Estranged from his label, MCA, and separated from the mother of his youngest daughter, frustration abounded both personally and professionally. Dilla spent parts of 2002 and 2003 working on an album for MCA that featured his rapping over contributions from other producers with whom he had connected and whose music he respected. At the time, he was known primarily for his beats, yet reviled for his MCing by most anyone not from his hometown of Detroit. The project was to be an intentional freak of the industry. The project would go on to spur his collaborative album with Madlib, Jaylib, and would first showcase the template that he would take to his greatest heights with 2006’s Donuts. The Stones Throw reissue of Ruff Draft from 2008 featured remixes of the songs from the album, done without Dilla’s involvement. This version of the album takes Dilla’s recently discovered mixes of the album and restores his vision for the project. “Straight from the mothafuckin’ cassette,” as he phrased the sound he was going for on the EP’s intro.

 








Mike Nyoni And Born Free - My Own Thing (Now - Again Reserve) 2LP & CD - Incl Booklet And Download Card.

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The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series is Zamrock musician Mike Nyoni and Born Free’s – My Own Thing: some of the funkiest music issued on the African continent in the 1970s. Bonus 2nd LP contains the groovy genesis of the Kalindula music Nyoni would master in the 80s… available only to subscribers. Shipping to subscribers now! Single LP version will be released to stores in early June.

Zambian guitarist and singer/songwriter Mike Nyoni’s music is Zamrock only because he came of age during the country’s rock revolution. His preferred wah-wah to fuzz guitar, James Brown to Jimi Hendrix. His 70s recordings – often politically charged, and ranging from despondent to exuberant – are amongst the funkiest on the African continent. He was also one of the only Zamrock musicians to see his music contemporaneously issued in Europe.

Bonus 2nd LP – available only to subscribers – contains the genesis of the Kalindula music Nyoni would create in the 80s. Extensive, photo-filled booklet contains an overview of the Zamrock scene and Nyoni’s story. Download card for WAV files, with bonus tracks.

 









Lyrics Born - Later That Day, Green Vinyl, Gatefolded (Real People) 2LP & CD

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Lyrics Born of Latyrx fame drops a burning full length solo joint – and if we didn't recognize it as in instant classic on the early 00s it's earned that designation over time! This is pretty much entirely produced, arranged, programmed and written by LB, so if you know the style, you know you can expect a lot of funky live instrumentation, syrupy summer nightlife drums topped off with soulful hooks – but upon revisiting this, where stunned at it how relevant the lyricism as after all these years. LB's rhymes bounce playfully over his west coast funk, sometimes hilarious, somewhat bragging, definitely harmonious and most definitely real wordplay. Check the smooth reggae duet "Love Me So Bad" with Joyo Velarde, the lowrider bass in "Bad Dreams", or the righteousness of "Last Trumpet". There's other guest spots by Cut Chemist, Gift Of Gab, Lateef and the Whitefield Brothers. Plus "Rise And Shine", "Stop Complaining", "Pack Up", "U Ass Bank", "One Session" and more!

 








Adonis - No Way Back (Get On Down, Trax Rec) 7 Inch

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While both Adonis' music and the entirety of the TRAX imprint are usually found slamming hard on 12", Get On Down have decided to reissue 1986's "No Way Back" onto 7". Is this a conceptual move? Perhaps, but what we do know is that this material was among the very first house productions to break off from disco and boogie, so the format is somewhat justified. The tune itself is an unmissable anthem to this day, with its seductive bass engulfing anything in its path, not to mention those drum-machine swings! There's an instrumental, too, in case you wanna fool around a bit.

 








Frankie Knuckles - Baby Wants To Ride / Your Love (Get On Down, Trax Rec) 7" Single

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A gem by dearly departed don and house innovator, Frankie Knuckles. This is pure Paradise Garage vibes from start to finish, each track spewing gritty beats and sexy melodies with an unmistakable disco flavour. "Your Love" is a tune that needs to introduction and it's probably the reason why you're here now browsing through the house 12"s. Essential doesn't even cover it.

 








Adonis - No Way Back (Get On Down, Trax Rec) 7 Inch

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While both Adonis' music and the entirety of the TRAX imprint are usually found slamming hard on 12", Get On Down have decided to reissue 1986's "No Way Back" onto 7". Is this a conceptual move? Perhaps, but what we do know is that this material was among the very first house productions to break off from disco and boogie, so the format is somewhat justified. The tune itself is an unmissable anthem to this day, with its seductive bass engulfing anything in its path, not to mention those drum-machine swings! There's an instrumental, too, in case you wanna fool around a bit.

 









The Four Owls - Natural Order, CD & Colored 2LP, Limited, Repress (High Focus Rec)

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'Natural Order' is the second album from UK supergroup The Four Owls (Leaf Dog, Fliptrix, BVA & Verb T) entirely produced by Leaf Dog featuring guest production from the legendary DJ PREMIER. This certified classic limited edition double vinyl 16 track album features Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter and Smellington Piff.

The limited edition re-release comes in two forms:

The Deformed Wing & Rusty Take Off edition which comes on silver & gold vinyl

The Bird T & Big Owl edition which comes on red & blue vinyl

This pressing is limited to 500 copies of each colour way!

 









Czarface & MF Doom - Czarface Meets Metal Face (Silver Age) Cassette

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- Long time rumored full length collaboration album from Czarface and MF DOOM, fan favorite "Ka-Bang" from Czarface's 2015 sophomore LP Every Hero Needs A Villain had fans begging for more.

Rising from the wreckage of a war torn planet, Czarface joins forces with MF DOOM in the epic Czarface Meets Metal Face! Blending DOOM's trademark abstractions and CZARFACE's in-your-face lyrical attack, this album is ripe with cartoon violence, societal observations and pop culture musings. Over banging beats provided by The Czar-Keys, the armored team give you the witty unpredictable treats any hip-hop fan can sink their fangs into.

Expect beats, rhymes, and metal as Czarface controlled by WU-TANG CLAN powerhouse Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric team up with everyone's favorite villain, MF DOOM. With track titles like "Nautical Depth","Meddle With Metal", "Astral Traveling" to "Madness of Badness" this album packs a punch with 16 brand new tracks. Add that with features from Open Mike Eagle and Jedi Mind Tricks' Vinnie Paz, we promise you mind-bending metaphors and brain-melting beats as this powerful pairing sounds off in March 2018!

 








Czarface & MF Doom - Czarface Meets Metal Face (Silver Age) Instrumentals Cassette

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INSTRUMENTAL VERSION

Rising from the wreckage of a war torn planet, Czarface joins forces with MF DOOM in the epic Czarface Meets Metal Face! Blending DOOM's trademark abstractions and CZARFACE's in-your-face lyrical attack, this album is ripe with cartoon violence, societal observations and pop culture musings. Over banging beats provided by The Czar-Keys, the armored team give you the witty unpredictable treats any hip-hop fan can sink their fangs into.

Expect beats, rhymes, and metal as Czarface controlled by WU-TANG CLAN powerhouse Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric team up with everyone's favorite villain, MF DOOM. With track titles like "Nautical Depth","Meddle With Metal", "Astral Traveling" to "Madness of Badness" this album packs a punch with 16 brand new tracks. Add that with features from Open Mike Eagle and Jedi Mind Tricks' Vinnie Paz, we promise you mind-bending metaphors and brain-melting beats as this powerful pairing sounds off in March 2018!

 






The Lightmen - Free As You Wanna Be, 2LP And Now CD As Well! (Now Again)

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This anthology produced by Eothen Alapatt. Associate production by Mark Taylor. Liner notes by Lance Scott Walker and Eothen Alapatt, with a contribution by Flash Parks.

Tape and vinyl transfers, restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters, Los Angeles, USA. Select tape transfers by Len Horowitz for History of Recorded Sound, Los Angeles, USA. Lacquered by Chris Potter at Electric Mastering, London, UK.




Jay Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, Reissue 2014 Release, US Pressing (Roc-A-Fella Rec)

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New Double Vinyl Album!

Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life is the third studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It went on to become his most commercially successful album, selling over 5 million copies in the United States. Vol. 2... became Jay-Z's first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. The album won G9ammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards.

 








Jay Z - In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, Reissue, 2014 US Pressing (Roc-A-Fella Rec)

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180g vinyl reissue of In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 from the iconic and legendary producer/rapper Jay Z.

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 is the second studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released on November 4, 1997, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. The majority of the production is handled by Puff Daddy's production team The Hitmen from the Bad Boy label, giving the album a generally glossier sound than its predecessor.








SIGNED The Shacks - Haze (Big Crown) - CD, Vinyls And Posters!!

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The Shacks — equal parts Max Shrager and Shannon Wise singing in her soft whispered voice — sound like they’re playing alone with nobody watching. This dreamy, voyeuristic sound was born in a Queens, NY studio in 2014. And while they describe themselves as a rock band, don’t expect the conventional kind.
The story goes that Max brought Shannon to the studio. Max was playing guitar on a track produced by Leon Michels — the producer and co-founder of Big Crown Records — and Michels needed a vocalist. They put Shannon in the booth to try it out. It was her first time ever recording. Then, in one take, the song “Strange Boy” had a singer who completed the vibe. The Shacks were born.
There are elements of doo-wop and early, pre-Elvis rock in their musicianship. Combine that with a deeply personal songwriting approach and it’s a familiar-yet-fresh sound. Like The Five Keys met Neil Young and cut a record with Brigitte Bardot — but in English.
Here’s the thing: Max and Shannon are barely in their twenties. Most of their musical influences are from before they were born. It’s contradictions like this that signify something intriguing is happening with The Shacks.
Max and Shannon met while going to the same NYC high school. By that time, Max was already a musical wunderkind.
Raised in Princeton, NJ, at fourteen Max emailed Gabe Roth of Daptone Records with a rough, home-recorded demo. By seventeen, he had penned the lead single, “Sinner,” on Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens’ 2014 Cold World LP.
Shannon comes from a strong musical pedigree. Her father, a producer, ran a Manhattan recording studio, and her mother is a singer-songwriter. Artists and bands of all stripes passed through her life growing up. While her history isn’t yet as extensive as Max’s, she’s writing it right now. Her infectious, eclectic voice and songwriting skills are testaments to her remarkable natural talent.
Their first record together, entitled Haze and forthcoming on Big Crown Records, is jointly produced by Shrager and Michels. Each song sounds both like an exploration and reflection of the relationship between Shannon and Max. You can hear a kind of invigorating creativity between them — songs written for and about each other, trying to express the inexpressible aspects of youth and love.
“We just want people to get excited about real music again,” says Max. “When we record we try to capture what’s happening — in our lives, things between us, something in the studio that day, just something honest. Not something pieced together and hyperreal.”
In a modern culture where most music is manufactured and artificial, Max Shrager and Shannon Wise want to introduce their generation to a more honest kind of music. A kind that’s written from life and made with integrity and value. And all this before either of them can rent a car.



The Shacks - SIGNED Debut 7 Track E.P. 10" Vinyl (Big Crown)

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When you listen to the Shacks’s self-titled debut EP, you might imagine that Shannon Wise and Max Shrager are much older than their respective 18 and 20 years. But when Shannon’s whisper-vocals breeze through the speakers, you hear the youthfulness of their sound which then in turn explains the fearlessness of their songwriting. Both vaguely familiar and completely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute. Since the release of their first single, “Strange Boy”, which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shacks have been compared to 90’s indie icons like Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Broadcast. As good as those bands are, you wouldn’t find a single one of their records in Max and Shannon’s music collection. All these bands are drinking from the same well, just 20 years apart.



Brownout - Fear Of A Brown Planet CD (Fatbeats)

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Twenty-eight years ago, pissed-off twelve-year-olds around the universe discovered a new planet, a Black Planet. Public Enemy’s aggressive, Benihana beats and incendiary lyrics instilled fear among parents and teachers everywhere, even in the border town of Laredo, Texas, home of the future founders of the Latin-Funk-Soul-Breaks super group, Brownout. The band’s sixth full-length album (out May 25th) Fear of a Brown Planet is a musical manifesto inspired by Public Enemy’s music and revolutionary spirit.

 








Sebb Bash - Imports 2LP (ALC Rec, Fatbeats)

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Executive production by the Alchemist.

The writer Malcolm Gladwell describes the process of attaining mastery in any given field as a discipline. One that takes, at the very least, 10,000 hours to achieve. 10,000 hours of constant mistakes, constant doubts, constant frustrations, constant starts, constant stops, and constant incompletions. While there are those who get a glimpse of that, very few truly achieve it. Maybe it’s because of the toll that the path to mastery takes on you. It’s something akin to a monastic order, practicing the same thing day in, day out. It’s the difference between a new + trendy sushi spot in downtown LA and Jiro Ono’s modest sushi stall in the Ginza ward of Tokyo. Tucked away at the bottom of a stairwell in a subway station, Ono’s nondescript shop is easily passed up. There are no outwards signs hinting at a master dwelling within but those who know, know. The sushi that he and his staff prepare - day in, day out - is simply the best. You can taste the work in it. All of those hours mixed down to one bite.

 








Dam Funk - European Nites 12”, Limited EP (Glydezone Rec)

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Following co-labs with DJ Spinna and Ekkah on previous Glydezone outings, Dam Funk takes to his own label controls solo for the first time with this piquant trio of loose limbed future funk tales. "Electric Breeze" sets the scene perfectly with subtly sleazy electroboogie flavours, "Nyghtryder" spaces the beats out a little more for added cosmicity while "She Lights Me Up" is all about the big double clap gusto and life affirming chords. Hot dam!







Cut Chemist - Die Cut CD & LP (A Stable Sound)

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On his long-awaited second full-length solo album Die Cut, the trailblazing DJ and producer underwent a creative birth reflected in its 17 tracks. The artist augments his signature approach famously earmarked by impeccable sample selection, searing scratching, and big-screen worthy arrangements with the inclusion of A-list musicians, songwriter structure, and a whole lot of team spirit including Los Angeles producer, curator and purveyor of culture, Carlos Nino. Cut Chemist called his longtime friend to act as associate producer and production coordinator. He holed up in Comp-ny Studios four blocks from home and invited a revolving door of high-profile musicians to contribute such as drum superstar Deantoni Parks [The Mars Volta], rap legend Biz Markie2 actress Erika Christensen, tune-yards, Farmer Dave Scher, Dexter Story, and more. They comprised his studio band . Between his high-profile reunion with his rap group Jurassic 5 at Coachella 2013, he dedicated nearly two years to arranging crazy amounts of cutting room material before starting the mixing process during 2014 with Benjamin Tierney [Kamasi Washington, The Gaslamp Killer Experience] and Andy Kravitz [Billy Joel, The Fugees, Cypress Hill, Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince]. Operating out of The Exchange in London, Mike Marsh completed mastering in 2017 as the final product brought a comprehensive and airtight vision to life. Die Cut features a variety of artists including Biz Markie, Chali 2Na, Hymnal, Dean, Mr. Lif, Deantoni Parks, Laura Darlington and more. TRACKLIST: 1. Metalstorm feat. Edan & Mr. Lif 2. Die Cut Intro (Interlude 1) 3. Die Cut (Theme) feat. Deantoni Parks 4. Home Away from Home feat. Laura Darlington 5. Rhythm Method feat. Myka 9 6. Moonlightin' with Biz feat. Biz Markie 7. Work My Mind feat. Chali 2na & Hymna 8. Prelude for a Madman feat. DNTEL 9. Madman feat. Vox Populi! 10. Energy (Interlude 2) 11. You Want It, I Got It feat. Hymnal 12. I Gotta Weapon 13. Plains 14. Plane Jane feat. Hymnal & The Precious Hectic 15. The Lift, PT. 2 (The Dream Sequence) 16. Home feat. Laura Darlington 17. Die Cut (Wrap) feat. Myka 9 & Deantoni Parks


J Dilla - Dillatronic, 2LP, 2018 Release (Vintage Vibez, Ma Dukes Official)

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From the smooth, soulful soundbeds he laid down for A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, Common, The Roots, and D’Angelo to the hard-edged, synth-heavy tracks he crafted for Busta Rhymes, Jaylib, Oh No, and Phat Kat, Jay Dee’s music continued to grow and evolve throughout his brief time on this planet. As Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes explains, “He didn’t come with a limited capacity, and real producers produce, produce, and produce. “There are no formats for genius workers…just non-stop creations.” Now, a fresh batch of those creations will be made available to the world for the first time, in the form of the latest official J Dilla release, Dillatronic





Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, AMP Live – Gate 13, 2LP, Now Also CD (IOT Records)

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Del the Funky Homosapien and Amp Live – two of the most innovative and respected names in hip-hop – have just united for one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Gate 13, out 4/20. The 16 tracks on Gate 13 mix hip-hop, funk, and electronica, and feature Goapele, Eligh, Simi, Zyme, Adult Karate, Mr. Micro, and James Melo, creating a “portal into something progressive, futuristic, and fun.”

After working together during Amp’s Radiohead remix project, these back-when friends from Oakland embark on 15 tracks filling an electronic melting pot, with guests including Goapele and Eligh. Their chemistry bids to elevate hip-hop through a portal to the progressive, futuristic and fun. “13 represents bad luck”, Del says of the title’s significance. “Basically, we’re the baddest out. This is a gateway to how we do”.







Sunny & The Sunliners - The One Who's Hurting Is You / Should I Take You Home (Big Crown)

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Another stone classic 45 from the legendary Sunny & the Sunliners. Following up on the compilation project and full length reissues we have done, we keep on pressing up some must-haves from his amazing catalog of music. Diehard fans will love to see this one.

The A Side is “The One Who’s Hurting Is You” which was never on an album and the original 45 is pretty tough to find, and pretty expensive when you do, to put it mildly… A killer tune that starts out with Rudy Palacios signature guitar riff, dropping into the haunting back ground vocals and met with Sunny’s lead riding the line between gruff and sweet. Sunny lays down the law and tells it as fact, “there’s one thing that’s for certain, I won’t be doing the hurting. The one who’s hurting is you….”

The B Side, another non album cut, and one of the hardest 45s from Sunny to come across, is the original recording of “Should I Take You Home”. Originally released on Sunny’s Key-Loc label, this is the first version, later in life they remixed it to license it to another label making it brighter and more punchy. This is the lo-fi, the gritty, the original mix, one we are sure fans are going to be happy to finally get a copy of. Another killer two-sider, another Big Crown Sureshot.







Thee Lakesiders - Si Me Faltaras Tu / Parachute (Big Crown) 7"

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Thee Lakesiders are a duo out of Los Angeles comprised of Marie and Necalli who we were introduced to by our friend El Oms. He thought it would be great to get them out here to NY and into the the studio with El Michels. Turns out, he was very right. They spent two days in The Diamond Mine with The Shacks as their backing band and Leon producing and writing with them and cut three songs. Two of which are here on this nice two sider of a 45.

Side A “Si Me Falteras” is worked up into something of a Latin Psych number, it’s a cover of Los Terricolas’s tune they cut in 1973 redone with some more muscle. Ben’s driving beat and Max’s guitar work set the stage for Marie to showcase the powerful side of her voice.

Side B “Parachute” finds them in one of their favorite styles, a dreamy ballad that floats over guitar chanks, brush hits, and vibraphone rolls. This time Marie shows us a different side of her range, her beautiful and lush vocals ride perfectly in the pocket making for a gorgeous b side that can ride right alongside the oldies.






Heavy Metal Kings - Black God White Devil, Ltd Edition, 2LP & CD (Enemy Soil)

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Double black vinyl album with white splatter color including insert and download card

Rappers Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks) and ILL Bill (Non-Phixion) return with their sideproject, Heavy Metal Kings, to drop their first studio album together in over 6 years, Black God White Devil.
Both MCs have been staples of the independent hip-hop scene for more than two decades having followed unrelenting paths to their current destinations as they made their bones during a prolific period of independent hip-hop in the '90s and early '00s. They are like-minded rappers who eschewed the traditional routes of the industry matrix and, instead, took a fiercely independent attitude when it came to their craft. Beyond their indelible work with their respective groups, Jedi Mind Tricks and Non-Phixion, Paz and Bill have built successful solo careers while also putting in work with supergroups such as Paz's battle-tested outfit Army of the Pharoahs and Bill's collective of accomplished MCs, La Coka Nostra.




Army Of The Pharaohs –In Death Reborn, Camo Green Marbled, 2LP (Enemy Soil)

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After a four year gap, Army of the Pharaohs (an indie-rap supergroup helmed by Vinnie Paz and Esoteric) return with their latest offering, In Death Reborn, a hard-hitting slab of jacked-up fight music that combines aggressive beats with aggressive (yet intricate) wordplay. Over beats served up by the likes of underground and highly slept-on producers Stu Bangas and Vanderslice (who crafted one of hard rap's classics in Blaq Poet's 2011 Blaq Poet Society) among others, Vinnie and Esoteric team up with affiliates ranging from Apathy, Celph Titled, Reef The Lost Cauze and Blacastan to drop knowledge on tracks whose titles and subject matter resemble a B Movie horrorfest.

Check lead single "God Particle," produced by the aforementioned Stu Bangas, on which you can hear Paz, Esoteric, Celph, Planetary and Apathy spit next-level shit over the hyperkinetic boom-bap Bangas serves up. We're not breaking any new ground on In Death Reborn, and the onslaught may prove a tough listen for some, but if you're looking for a dose of no-nonsense hard street shit, press play on this one. (Enemy Soil)





Army Of The Pharaohs – Heavy Lies The Crown, Clear Vinyl, 2LP (Enemy Soil)

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Army of the Pharaohs returns just six months after the release of In Death Reborn with its second of two albums planned for 2014. Heavy Lies The Crown is the result of one of the most productive creative periods of the AOTP crew's 16-year history. "When we started working on In Death Reborn, the songs kept coming and by the time we looked up, we realized we had enough material for two albums," says AOTP frontman, Vinnie Paz. "The hardest part for us over the years has been getting everyone back together again after finishing one record to make the next record, so we just decided to keep things rolling and make two records at one time."

The Army of the Pharaohs crew was founded in 1998 by Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz as homage to the incredible rap crews of the 80's and early 90's, the Army of the Pharaohs has, from its outset, been an ever-evolving collective of celebrated emcees from the indie hip-hop scene.





Jedi Mind Tricks - The Thief And The Fallen, White/Blue 2LP (Enemy Soil)

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After a six year hiatus, the original Jedi Mind Tricks duo of front man, Vinnie Paz, and producer, Stoupe, have reunited to record the group's eight studio album, The Thief and the Fallen. Forged in the indie rap Golden Era of the mid -90's, Jedi Mind Tricks' consistency has been unparalleled. For two decades, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty underground hip-hop. From their debut album, The Psycho-social, in 1996 to their seminal sophomore release, Violent By Design, to their musical expansion on Servants and Heaven, Kings in Hell, JMT has made an indelible impression on the independent music scene while arguable forming its own subgenre of rap.




Vinnie Paz - The Cornerstone Of The Cornerstore, 2LP, Red/Yellow Vinyl (Enemy Soil)

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Vinnie Paz, the dynamic frontman of Jedi Mind Tricks and orchestrator of the supergroup Army of the Pharaohs, returns with his third full-length solo album, The Cornerstone of the Corner Store. After more than 20 years in the game, Paz once again demonstrates his craft with the acumen and reverence of a well-schooled veteran. Independently released on his own imprint, Enemy Soil Records, The Cornerstone of the Corner Store is the culmination of a lifetime of dedication. According to Paz, the sound and aesthetic of Cornerstone is a heavy dose of grit and grime; ''It's a dirty record by design. It's an homage to that era I grew up in.''
Indeed, Cornerstone is flled with the type of ferocious rhymes and snarling delivery that the Philadelphia MC is known for. The growl is thick, the vocal weaponry is heavy, and Paz delivers each track with his unique blend of raw street gospel and philosophical consciousness.




Vinnie Paz - Carry On Tradition, EP, Split Color 12" (Enemy Soil)

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Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharaohs, Heavy Metal Kings) is back with his third solo release in as many years following up last year's God of the Serengeti album and its successful singles for "Cheesesteaks" and "The Oracle." With Carry On Tradition, Vinnie set out to assemble an EP project featuring mainly rising emcees from the indie hip-hop ranks whose music he respects. "When I was coming up, I didn't have anyone around me who could help put me on, so I've always made it point to use any influence I have to put the spotlight on emcees who I think deserve more shine," says Vinnie. "That was part of my motivation to put the Army of the Pharaohs records together and now this record."

On Carry On Tradition, a new wave of emcees team with industry veterans to create eight diverse tracks that range from the hardcore hip-hop that has become synonymous with Vinnie Paz to more concept-laden songs dealing with the dangers of the cult of personality ("Envy The Dead") and arguably Vinnie's most personal song to date which details his long battle with depersonalization disorder ("Is Happiness Just A Word?").




Vinnie Paz - God Of The Serengeti, Clear 2LP(Enemy Soil)

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For more than a decade and a half, Vinnie Paz has been a mainstay at the top of the independent hip-hop scene. He is the frontman of both Jedi Mind Tricks and Army of the Pharaohs and one half of the Heavy Metal Kings duo with ILL BILL. In 2010, he stepped out as a solo artist with his album, "Season of the Assassin," which featured the popular track, "End Of Days."

On October 22, 2012, Vinnie Paz releases his sophomore solo album, "God of the Serengeti," featuring guest appearances by Scarface, Mobb Deep, Immortal Technique, La Coka Nostra, Army of the Pharaohs, Kool G. Rap, R.A. the Rugged Man and more with production by DJ Premier, Havoc, Psycho Les (The Beatnuts), C-Lance, Marco Polo and others. The 18-track album promises to add another chapter to the growing legacy of Vinnie Paz's uncompromising brand of hardcore hip-hop.



Eamon - Golden Rail Motel, Red LP (Ho- Wop Rec & Huey Ave Music)

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After a decade-long hiatus, Eamon (pronounced Aim-in), the R&B singer and songwriter behind the hit single, "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)" returns with a fiery collection of new material, an album soaked in soul that plays like a modern soundtrack to a bygone era of music making.

After selling millions of records worldwide and hitting #1 on the charts in over 40 countries, Eamon returns with a renewed passion on his new full-length LP, Golden Rail Motel. The LP not only signifies a return of one of R&B's most powerful voices, but also serves as a new chapter for Eamon, both personally and professionally. An early onslaught of fame, money, and all the trappings of instantaneous, worldwide success led to hardships and struggles for the young Eamon, and his demons almost derailed his very promising career and life-a journey that is captured in several songs on the album.






Apollo-Brown& Planet Asia – Anchovies, LP, Limited Edition (Mello Music Group)

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Anchovies aren’t for everybody. They’re greasy, smelly, salty and oily. Some people love them. Some people hate them. Apollo Brown & Planet Asia’s new collaboration album took inspiration from these polarizing fish and created a project that takes a certain palette to enjoy.

Classic Hiphop meets minimalism and dusty vinyl on Anchovies. Cali Agents alum Planet Asia is as sharp as ever with his lyrical smithing. Apollo Brown’s style is evident behind the dust and grime of these smoky samples. The Detroit producer approached this album like a director would a movie. Apollo painstakingly laid out every detail of the project and knew what he wanted from the finished product. He knew that only one rapper could execute his vision. Enter Planet Asia. The West Coast legend was able to fit directly into the plan and bring his talents to the album, creating a perfect match.

After Apollo Brown’s 2016 The Easy Truth debuted at #3 on the iTunes hiphop charts and #16 on Billboard, the underground veteran has returned with a project aimed at the most diehard fans with the most dirty sensibilities. Anchovies arrives everywhere on August 25, 2017 on Mello Music Group.


Baby Huey - Listen To Me / Hard Times 7", 45 RPM, Single (Soul Brother Records)

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Baby Huey drew comparisons to Otis Redding, but a fatal heart attack in 1971 prevented him seeing the fruition of a successful career and the actual release of this Curtis Mayfield penned song. An original pressing on Curtom originally sold for over £300. Hard Times has been sampled over 50 times by artists including A Tribe Called Quest, Lil Wayne, Biz Markie and The Chemical Brothers. Listen To Me has been sampled by Eric B and Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan. Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash and many more. This is the first time these tracks have been released in the UK.


Near Mint - Microfibre Cloth

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100% Microfibre Cleaning Cloth.
To be used alongside Near Mint - 360 Vinyl Cleaning Solution.
Machine washable.

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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.

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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

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Dooley O - I Gotcha CD

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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.





The J Dilla Turntable - NOW IN STOCK!

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Contains an exclusive 7-inch single: J Dilla "The Sickness" feat. Nas, produced by Madlib. Vocal b/w Instrumental. Only available in this package.
An official product of the Estate of James Yancey.

This turntable was designed to be portable, but functions as a stand-alone record player and can plug into any stereo system that accepts an RCA jack or a USB input. It also allows you to record music directly into your computer (transcription software disc included in package). It also contains a 1/8? headphone jack and dynamic, full range stereo speakers. It comes with a replacement stylus and a 45 adaptor.

Artwork by Mason London.

3 speed turntable (33 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM)
USB and RCA Outputs
1.8" Headphone Jack
Stereo Speakers
Contains 45 adapter and replacement stylus
Transcription software disc included in package

Near Mint - 360 Vinyl Cleaning Solution

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"There's always records to clean"
Developed in the UK by DJ's, Record Collectors & Vinyl Enthusiasts.
Near Mint has been specially blended to make sure your vinyl is cleaned to the highest standard. Using a greater percentage of integral ingredients and purified chemicals, Near Mint can offer the best results in cleanliness, ensuring no residue remains on your record.
Near Mint is the most effective, chemically balanced & hard hitting record cleaning solution on the market to date boasting a double strength attitude.

Donuts Smile T-shirt - J Dilla (Stones Throw)

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J Dilla's Donuts album cover on Alternative Apparel Men's Crew, 4.9 oz, 24/1 100% Ringspun Carded Cotton Tubular Tee, Pre-shrunk. 90/10 cotton-poly.
Body Width: XL-24" / XXL-26"

Donuts T-shirt - J Dilla (Stones Throw)

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Description: The illustrated version J Dilla's Donuts album cover by Jeff Jank. Alternative Apparel Men's Crew, 4.9 oz, 24/1 100% Ringspun Carded Cotton Tubular Tee, Pre-shrunk. 90/10 cotton-poly.
Body Width: M-20" / L-22" / XL-24"

Dilla Donuts T-Shirt (Stones Throw)

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Artwork from J Dilla's 2006 album Donuts: "Dilla Donuts" overspray stencil-like design. Printed on AAA 100% Cotton Tubular Jersey. Preshrunk to minimize shrinkage.
Body Width: S=18 inches, L=22 inches, XL=24 inches. Length: S=28 inches, L=30 inches, XL=31 inches.
Dilla Donuts T-Shirt (Stones Throw)

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Artwork from J Dilla's 2006 album Donuts: "Dilla Donuts" overspray stencil-like design. Printed on AAA 100% Cotton Tubular Jersey. Preshrunk to minimize shrinkage.
Body Width: S=18 inches, L=22 inches, XL=24 inches. Length: S=28 inches, L=30 inches, XL=31 inches.
Stones Throw Black Beanie

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Fine gauge cotton blend beanie with a woven label. Can be worn folded or unfolded.

Stones Throw Grey Beanie

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Fine gauge acrylic beanie with intarsia knit logo. Can be worn folded or unfolded.

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.
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Big Crown Tote Bag

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Book of Stones Throw illustrations by Munguni

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Book of illustrations by Munguni.
Munguni draws Stones Throw artists. The book is 100 pages, full color, paperback. The size is 5x8 inches. Layout by Alima Jennings.


 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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