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K-Def – Left In My Dust (feat. Artifacts)
Thursday, July 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on K-Def – Left In My Dust (feat. Artifacts)

Image: 1610810 Back with a surprise release, The Artifacts are well intact with their latest single, “Left In My Dust”. In true New Jersey fashion, the dynamite MC duo of Tame One and El Da Sensei have joined forces with fellow Jersey vet, K-Def handling production. With a collective back catalog of hip-hop gems dating back to the early 90s, the trio comfortably rejuvenates the spirit of the past in this 7” single. Thanks to the vintage 90s era production by K-Def, this is certain to delight fans of Artifacts’ earlier work. The title itself, “Left In My Dust” samples one of the group’s staples, “C’mon the Git Down” and this is as authentic as it gets for 2017. Instrumental on the b-side. Limited pressing.

A.Left in My Dust (Vocal)
B.Left In My Dust (Instrumental Available from 04.08.2017

Artifacts – Easter
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Artifacts – Easter

Available from 19.05.2017

Artifacts – APB (All Points Bulletin)
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Artifacts – APB (All Points Bulletin)

Image: 1592073 From the fading SMPTE sound and the melancholic opening sax riff to “Wrong Side Of Da Tracks,” the Artifacts endeared fans with their backand-forth wordplay and honest rhyming, paying homage to an oft-forgotten aspect of Hip Hop culture: graffiti art. The New Jersey duo went on a mission of demolition as Tame One and El Da Sensei’s lyrical onslaught was perfectly paired with no holds barred production from some of the best boardsmiths of the day. Their aptly titled debut Between a Rock and a Hard Place (1994) symbolized both the blue-collar work ethic Tame and El put forth in their craft and a clever reference to “Brick City,” better known as Newark, NJ. This momentum carried over to their second (and final) album That’s Them (1997), which showed an ability to grow lyrically while maintaining a strong eye and ear on quality control.
Fast-forward to 2014. On this outing, Tame and El team up, reuniting for a rare appearance with Redefinition Records for their latest single “All
Points Bulletin (APB).” Seattle’s Def Dee deftly handles the production duties on Side-A and Germany’s Klaus Layer runs the remix on the flip
side, but please understand: this is a “Nu Jeruz” affair. With that said, Redef provides a home for the two veteran MCs to showcase their talents sans the restrictions and constraints of a corporate machine exerting its will to mold the artists into something artificial versus “artifact”ual. The music takes on an organic feel and leaves the listener feeling like Tame and El haven’t missed a beat. Rounding out the north NJ connection is K-Def, who lends his mastering prowess to the project. This synergy is felt through geographical bonds and an overall desire to make the best art possible, with more music coming to a speaker near you. The Artifacts continue to “show and prove” with their indelible stamp left on Hip Hop, irrespective of time. Never rule out industry vets with an undeniable dedication to all aspects of the culture…can’t forget New
Jersey.

side A – ProduCed by deF dee
01 – Main
02 – Instrumental
03 – Accapella

side b – ProduCed by KlAus lAyer
01 – Remix
02 – Remix Instrumental
03 – Bonus Beat (from Klaus Layer’s “For The People Like Us” LP,
2014)

Available from 19.09.2014

Artifacts – Between A Rock… (Colored+7inch)
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Artifacts – Between A Rock… (Colored+7inch)

Available from 01.11.2013

Artifacts – Between A Rock And A Hard Place
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Artifacts – Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Image: 1584138 Produced by T-Ray, Buckwild, Redman & Rockwilder / incl. “Wrong Side Of The Tracks”, “C’mon Wit Da Git Down” & “Dynamite Soul” / classic from 1994 reissued! Available from 01.11.2013

Modern Artifacts – Din Da Da / In Your Mouth
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Modern Artifacts – Din Da Da / In Your Mouth

A: The Roots – Din Daa Daa Everyone’s favourite hip hop band remakes the 1984 dancefloor classic that is George Kranz’s Din Daa Daa. Ashley Beedle and Darren Morris under their Afrikanz On Marz guise rework it to stunning effect adding the cosmic danc…

Modern Artifacts – Give It Up For Love / Star Of The Ghetto
Thursday, September 5th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Modern Artifacts – Give It Up For Love / Star Of The Ghetto

Image: 1583665 Modern Artifacts is back once again to drop some Heavy Disco joints on all yo’ turntables, this time featuring an Average White Band and Ben E. King double header. AWB & B.E.K. released “Benny and Us” in 1977 and the combination of that soulful voice and a backing band that are tighter than two coats of paint and proved a match made in heaven. The Heavy Disco crew pulled out the Ned Doheny cover “Get It Up For Love” and the timeless “Star Of The Ghetto” and slid them through their “hands in the air dancefloor soul machine” and this wonderful 12″ came out the other side

TRACK LISTING:

A1. Give It Up For Love (A Heavy Disco Joint)
B1. Star Of The Ghetto (A Heavy Disco Joint) Available from 16.08.2013

Artifacts – Between A Rock And A Hard Place
Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Artifacts – Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Image: 1581725 Nach ihrer Wiedervereinigung vor ein paar Jahren kehrt das aus New Jersey stammende Hip Hop-Trio Artifacts (Tame One, El da Sensei und DJ Kaos) mit seinem 1994er Albumdebüt zurück. Das klassische Hip Hop-Album “Between A Rock And A Hard Place” wird über das Label Below System wiederveröffentlicht. Die Neuauflage enthält zwei Bonus Remixes, “Dynamite Soul II (Lip Service Remix)” mit Mad Skillz und “It’s Gettin’ Hot (Remix)”. Mit Produktionen von T-Ray, Buckwild, Redman und den Remixen von K-Def und EZ Elpee produziert, besteht das Album aus einer Mischung aus cleverem Wortspiel, energetischen Beats und dem Besten der beiden MCs. Available from 28.06.2013

Alan Watts – Face The Facts
Saturday, May 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Alan Watts – Face The Facts

Image: 1597286 Celebrating Alan Watts’s 100th birthday year, Jas Walton sets
early Alan Watts recordings to original grooves.
Alan Watts is one of the most important interpreters of Eastern
philosophy for his time and ours. If he were alive today, he’d
probably subvert social media in the same way he helped to
reinvent western culture in his own time—his words are as
relevant now as they were then.
This year, Watts turns 100. Figure & Ground honors his
centennial with this four-track EP that takes the recordings of
his early seminar sessions and sets them to original music.
Alan’s wit and wisdom were first broadcast on radio stations in
the Bay Area in the late ’50s and soon spread across America
through public talks, tape recordings, books, and on screen.
On his portable tape deck, Alan’s son Mark Watts captured
hundreds of hours of his father’s seminar sessions. Alan Watts’s
candid spirit comes through in these psychedelic Californian
ruminations, intriguing incantations, and compelling thoughts
on existence. It’s a trip.
A decade later, New York-based musician Jas Walton found
these recordings. One day while experimenting with chord
progression loops at home in Brooklyn, he decided to drop
in Watts’ voice. He started nudging a few words and phrases
around, and soon enough got carried away and strict about
every word falling in the pocket. On the EP, Watts’s rhythmic
phrases are set in time to Walton’s soulful grooves, textured
with synth and horns. A top saxophone player in New York,
Walton performed as part of the Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor
tribute shows and has played with Antibalas, The Roots, and
Superhuman Happiness, to name a few.
We offer you here an introduction to the music of Jas Walton
and a reintroduction to the world of Alan Watts.

1. Aperture
2. Sound of the Rain
3. Face the Facts
4. What About Background?

10” EP with reverse board jacket cover alongside an eight-
page booklet and download card

• Includes detailed liner notes and interviews with Mark
Watts and Henry “Sandy” Jacobs (producer of Watts’s early
psychedelic LP), along with dozens of rare photos, stories,
and other Watts ephemera
• Publicity support by Dust & Grooves
• Limited to 1000 copies worldwide Available from 05.06.2015

Various – Coalmine Records Presents Unearthed
Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Coalmine Records Presents Unearthed

Image: 1589492 Das Indie Hip Hop-Label Coalmine Records aus Brooklyn zelebriert mit diesem 21 Track langen Sampler sein zehnjähriges Bestehen. Die Doppel-CD umfasst eine von Produzent, Turntablist und Wake Up Show DJ Revolution gemixte Version und eine ungemixte mit drei auf dem Mix nicht enthaltenen Tracks. Mit dabei sind viele namhafte Interpreten und Produzenten wie Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Billy Danze (M.O.P.), Big Noyd, Guilty Simpson, Fashawn, Marco Polo, Ayatollah, Diamond D, Nottz, Khrysis, u.v.a. Available from 30.05.2014

Mabanua – Only The Facts
Monday, September 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mabanua – Only The Facts

Image: 1580812 PREORDER ONLY, DEADLINE 22.04.2013 ! / Jazzy Sport proudly introduce LTD Double vinyl album release of 2nd full album by mabanua !!
mabanua is the one of top multi sound creator who well known as a drummer of soul-jazz-hip hop project Ovall .He also do beat making as a hip hop creator and playing bass ,guitar,keyboard as multi instrumentalist.Ya ,mabanua is fantastic producer and engineer and musician and Artist.
He has done works with Arrested Development?Kyoto Jazz Massive,TWIGY?Gagle?toe as a producer and musician?and make commercial songs for Google?UNIQLO and so many…
And now he drops his 2nd full album ?only the facts?on vinyl format for worldwide.On this album he gave us blend of soul, jazz ,hip hop and so many black rooted music and groove.And there features so guest performance like Xavier Boyer (Tahiti 80),Jesse Boykins III,J*Davey.Nicholas Ryan Gant !!

This is quite limited pressing.
Don’t miss this.

-Track List-
Vinyl 1
Side-A
1 intro
2 talkin’ to you
3 sweetest things feat. Xavier Boyer from Tahiti 80

Side-B
1 until you know feat. Jesse Boykins III
2 new love feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant
3 want to go

Vinyl 2
Side-C
1 drawing
2 abandon feat. J*Davey
3 bustle

Side-D
1 everything
2 drawing Kan Sano Rmx ? Vinyl only track Available from 13.09.2013

Raw, earthy, deep jazz – Spiritual Jazz at its finest! …
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,
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“A whole album of earthy, deep and sublime Spiritual Jazz – a definition of the genre” – Suffused with spiritual uplift but lacking any saccharine in either content or production values, Azanyah communicates in a language that harks back to the great message bearers of an earlier time: the musical language of Coltrane, Pharaoh and […]

Staff Charts 2008
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Oh boy, what a year! 2008 wasn’t a bad one. Once again our beloved industry gave us a full package of spectacle and entertainment. First a fat guy from Fishponds who made a living by selling mobile phones, came right out of nowhere and entered the global charts. Madonna became 50, but she’s still doing […]

FAT BEATS RECORDS expands artist roster for 2006 …
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 | Posted in News | Comments Off on FAT BEATS RECORDS expands artist roster for 2006 …

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Staff Charts 2005
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 | Tags: ,
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Holy moly, the year 2005 is almost over. And so many changes happened we can’t even remember. Most recently we had to congratulate Mrs. Merkel for becoming the first female chancellor of Germany, but honestly nobody really cared. As always the much more important news came from overseas. Have you heard that our beloved newlyweds Jessica and Nick split up after they had stolen the hearts of audiences everywhere? And Britney sold Kevin’s Ferrari. Oh boy…But through all these times of melancholy one thing will remain the same and stay forever, and that’s our pure love for music.

So in good ol’ tradition we asked around what Groove Attack’s employees have been listening to in 2005. Read on ‘cuz this list is for you …

EL DA SENSEI Interview at urbansmarts.com ….
Thursday, April 17th, 2003 | Posted in News | Comments Off on EL DA SENSEI Interview at urbansmarts.com ….

Hip Hop

The art of beatboxing on rootdown.tv feat. Biz Markie, Doug E.Fresh, Scratch and others….
Wednesday, January 16th, 2002 | Posted in News | Comments Off on The art of beatboxing on rootdown.tv feat. Biz Markie, Doug E.Fresh, Scratch and others….

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Florian Kupfer
Monday, February 19th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Florian Kupfer first burst into dance music consciousness with 2013’s insta-classic “Lifetrax”, filling much of the subsequent two years with a flurry of singles (more on L.I.E.S., an anonymous but hotly picked-up white label edit of Sade, plus efforts for Rush Hour’s No ‘Label’ and W.T. Records) and DJ gigs across Europe, Australia, the USA […]

Hunter/Game
Monday, January 29th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Balance is the key to Hunter/Game’s music. It’s part of growing up in Milan – a sophisticated urban centre for film, fashion and art, but whose inhabitants relish the contrast of spending reflective time in the nature that surrounds the city. It started in 2010 with the “Just This” parties. Hunter/Game’s own party, held in […]

Perez – Cavernes
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Perez – Cavernes

Image: 1617345 PEREZ gehört zu den neuen Gesichtern der französischen Szene und ist es seit 2013, als er eine erste EP veröffentlichte und Konzerte spielte, die die Aufmerksamkeit der Presse auf sich zogen. Perez behauptet einen besonderen Geschmack für einzigartigen elektronischen Pop zu haben, und die Musik, die er produziert, bekräftigt es auf jeden Fall. Für sein zweites Album “Cavernes” hat PEREZ mit dem Berliner Produzenten und Freund Strip Steve (Boys Noize, Clone Royal Oak, Waxtefacts) zusammengearbeitet. Hier liefert er einen besonderen Sound, der eine Erzählung kombiniert, die manchmal mit elektronischer Clubmusik an das Fantastische grenzt.

Available from 23.02.2018

Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Parallel Uni-Verses (Colored Vinyl)
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Parallel Uni-Verses (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1617249 Remember the old-school Marvel Team-Up comic book which paired,
say, Spider-Man with Thor, Wolverine with the Human Torch, or the Hulk
and Daredevil? In the spirit of those classic collaborations, Gold Dust
announces Parallel Uni-Verses, a joint effort between Hieroglyphics
founder Del The Funky Homosapien and original Artifacts emcee Tame
One. Produced entirely by Parallel Thought, the album’s ten tracks return
to a time when inventiveness, creativity, funky beats—and, above all,
lyricism—ruled hip-hop.
Oakland’s Del The Funky Homosapien is one of the creators of the
alternative rap genre, a perennial fan favorite who, in addition to releasing
four solo albums—including 1992’s seminal, gold-selling I Wish My
Brother George Was Here–and two group albums with Hieroglyphics,
was featured on the Gorillaz’ epononymous, platinum-selling debut and
Dan the Automator’s sci-f-themed concept album Deltron 3030.
Newark’s Tame One is best known as one-half of the Artifacts, a graffitiwriting hip-hop duo active in the mid- and late-90s, whose output includes
the classic singles “Wrong Side of Da Tracks” and “The Ultimate.” In recent
years, Tame has been a member of two underground supergroups: the
Weatherman (with Cage, Camu Tao, and Aesop Rock), and the Leak
Brothers (with Cage).
Parallel Uni-Verses is that rare rap album which transcends tired clichés
and maintains traditional hip-hop values without seeming retro or passé.
“Man, I ain’t even gonna be egotistical like that and try to say that we
are trying to usher in some new revival of whatever,” Del says. However,
he adds, “I’m a say this: we ARE the element that is missing, not [just]
because I said so. That’s what’s up, we didn’t sell out for all the luxury
and monetary gains. The original ways, we kept at and built upon those.

Tracklisting
1. Intro (Magic)
2. Flashback
3. The Franchise
4. Specifcs
5. Teddy
6. Special
7. Before This
8. We Taking Over
9. Life Sucks

• Ten year anniversary of the now classic cross country collaboration between Del The Funky Homosapien (Hieroglyphics founder and member of Deltron 3030) and Tame One of the Artifacts
• First time ever available on vinyl
• Remastered and pressed on special purple white smoke colored vinyl
• Produced entirely by Parallel Thought Available from 16.02.2018

Various – Oonops Drops Vol.1
Friday, January 12th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Oonops Drops Vol.1

Image: 1617294 Agogo present Oonops Drops Vol. 1, a compilation showcasing Oonops’ radioshow on Brooklyn Radio. It includes tracks by DJ Cam, Nostalgia 77, Shawn Lee, Suff Daddy and more.

Tracklisting 2LP:
A1 Prince Fatty Meets Nostalgia 77 – Little Steps Dub (4:27)
A2 Figub Brazlevic – Shadows In The City (4:02)
A3 Guts featuring Tanya Morgan & Lorine Chia – Score 20 (3:07)
B1 Mankoora – Sonor Tropical (4:40)
B2 Green Street – Don’t Deny It (4:46)
B3 Cro-Magnon – Mysterious Vibes (4:35)
B4 Slakah The Beatchild – Ain’t Nothing Like Hip Hop (1:22)
C1 Nautilus – Root Down (4:27)
C2 Shawn Lee featuring Ohmegga Watts – We Got The Jazz (3:03)
C3 Shin Sight Trio – You Got Soul (4:50)
D1 Suff Daddy – Paper-Proclamation (Pat Van Dyke Remix) (3:32)
D2 DJ Cam Quartet – Mental Invasion (5:16)
D3 Indigo Jam Unit – Sepia (5:28)

‘Oonops Drops’ is the eponymous name of DJ Oonops’ monthly broadcast on Brooklyn Radio (NYC). It’s not your average radio show without talk and comments for which he invites renowned guests with their exclusive mixes from around the globe to create timeless and thematic episodes. In the last sixty shows he got visited by artists like Morcheeba, Guts, Nickodemus, The Herbaliser, Nostalgia 77, Boca 45, Blundetto, Chinese Man and many more.
Born in 1977 he got in contact with music at an early stage and soon discovered his medium of choice: vinyl. Oonops is a dj, selector, digger and is known for his smooth mixing skills to rock parties in his unmistakable wildstyle of jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, beats, edits, reggae, dub and afro. He shared the stages with acts like Nightmares on Wax, The Beatnuts, Jeru The Damaja, Ebo Taylor, Myron & E, Akua Naru and The Artifacts to name just a few.
As a longtime friend of the label and as a resident of its own club night he now gets his own compilation series to showcase his manifold taste in digging, selecting and mixing. His matter was to create a compilation of manifold genres of undiscovered, previously unreleased and for the first time on vinyl delicacies for any avid and discernable listener and dj. Especially for the vinyl lovers he dug many tracks which are treats for every set from warm-up until peak time. This compilation will stay for a long time in the bags.
For the cover artwork he joined forces with San Francisco based oil paintress Lindsey Kustusch who cherishes the mood of this work and its spirit. Enjoy this musical trip from dub, soul, funk, instrumentals, hip hop and jazz!

Available from 23.02.2018

Buy Muy Drugs (Denmarks Vessey) – HyperDope / FWMA (ft. Yasiin Bey)
Thursday, December 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Buy Muy Drugs (Denmarks Vessey) – HyperDope / FWMA (ft. Yasiin Bey)

Image: 1617101 The Buy Muy Drugs’ (taste that venom!) macrocosm is a system animal
that manifests as our natural and physical world. Through an occidental
lens, the current collective experience captures a subversion of normality,
everything is not okay. The sway pharmaceutical monoliths have over
our policy-makers and subsequently, our lives, has effected all sectors
of society. This same power structure shapes the media we regard.
In order to cope with post-truths and fake news, people turn to hyper-
consumerism. In the age of alternative facts, we seek alternative drugs.
To create a truly psychedelic experience, this release has phonotropic
artwork that animates when viewed in camera at 30 frames per second,
in direct light, adding an extra layer to the experience.
The world – in which The Buy Muy Drugs exists – harbors concerted
cries from all walks of life: The voice of two black-market alchemists
with copious amounts of gold. An arcane chairman of a multinational
trap house getting high on his own supply of monoatomic gold (MFKZT,
manna). The working class, affected by the aftermath of MKFZT’s
commercial distribution, teeters in elevated levels of addiction. The
gentry’s license to manna-fest change enables the diet of big pharma-
philosopher’s stone.
All of this, in symphony, depicts a constant theme in history: man’s desire
to transcend the confines of the human condition and become gods.
The Buy Muy Drugs’ sound is 45 minutes of designer dissonance. An
Afro-Brazilian percussive mien hybridized with the aggressive, federally-
sanctioned genre: loom-bap. The bass-drunk 909s, programmed to
stomp mud-holes throughout the full-length’s soundscape, drive the
manic transitions between maximal bliss and minimal dystopia.
Celebrated perspectives include Yasiin Bey, Open Mike Eagle, Quelle
Chris, Billy The Kid, Sassi Blaque, Big Tone and Adad

• Features Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def (Black Star)
• Phonotropic artwork that animates when viewed in camera at 30 frames per second, in direct light
• Denmark Vessey has worked with Earl Sweatahirt, Yasiin Bey, Danny Brown, Snoop Dogg, Denaun Porter (D12), Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Quelle Chris, Exile, Blu, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc, and Dwele
• The full Buy Muy Drugs album features Yasiin Bey, Open Mike Eagle, Quelle Chris, Billy The Kid, Sassi Blaque, Big Tone and Adad

A. Hyperdope
B. FWMA Ft. Yasiin Bey Available from 02.03.2018

Koss – Born To Live
Thursday, November 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Koss – Born To Live

Image: 1616594 “I just use turntables, vinyl and a MPC, that’s it. I always come back to
the basics with production because it forces me to be creative. Giving a
sense to a melody or a rhythm is a powerful thing and it doesn’t happen
every day.” Belgium based producer, Koss can be considered a hip-hop
purist.
His previously released body of work has emulated late 80’s / early 90’s
heaters producing EP’s for Craig G (Juice Crew), AG (Showbiz & AG) and
El Da Sensei (Artifacts). Now Below System Records (Masta Ace, Phat
Kat, Chuuwee & Trizz) will be releasing his official full-length production
album entitled “Born To Live”.
Whereas the previous EPs was one MC per release, the forthcoming
album boasts an all-star line-up of spitters including Torae, Large
Professor, Masta Ace, Keith Murray, Blaq Poet, Ruste Juxx, J-Live and
Craig G. When asked why he decided to have different features on each
track Koss related “I wanted this album to express life and my passion
for the Hip-Hop culture. My aim was to choose MCs that no matter what
is in style at the moment always stay consistent and remember where
they came from.”
The true school vibe of the album even extends to the remixers that
Koss selected. “Born To Live” features track remixes courtesy of K-Def
(Ghostface Killah, Tragedy Khadaf), Large Professor (Main Source, Nas)
and close friends 12 Finger Dan and B-Base.

• Limited edition vinyl
• Features from Torae, Masta Ace, Large Pro, Craig G, Marley
Marl, Blaq Poet, J-Live, Keith Murray, Ruste Juxx
• Featured production/remixes by Large Professor & K-Def

1. Born To Live Part 1
2. And You Don’t Stop (ft. Torae)
3. Longevity (ft. Masta Ace)
4. H.E.R. (ft. Large Professor & Craig G)
5. A Word From Marley Marl (ft. Marley Marl)
6. The Rawness (ft. Blaq Poet)
7. Through The Years (ft. Craig G & Blaq Poet)
8. Straight Up Pretenders (ft. J-Live)
9. This Is Now (ft. Keith Murray)
10. How I Get Down (ft. Ruste Juxx)
11. Born To Live Part 2
12. Longevity Remix (ft. Masta Ace) – Produced by K-Def
13. This Is Now Remix (ft. Keith Murray) – Produced by Large Professor Available from 08.12.2017

Lone Catalysts – Culture
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lone Catalysts – Culture

Image: 1616564 Neues Album von J.Sands unter dem Lone Catalysts Namen mit Gastauftritten von Mr.Complex, Bukue One, Tony Touch, Greg Nice, Artifacts und anderen auf dem französischen Effiscienz Label.
Available from 15.12.2017

Simpkin Project – Beam Of Light
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Simpkin Project – Beam Of Light

Image: 1611299 Hailing from Huntington Beach, the six piece rock reggae band Simpkin Project put a distinct California feel into their work. From the electric guitar accents from group founder and lead singer Phil Simpkin, to the smooth vocal harmonies created with co-founder Sean Kennedy, the sound is at once familiar and refreshing. Having a strong knowledge and respect for roots reggae, the songs blend their favorite influences from Jamaica and California, including latin percussion. The live instrumentation and heartfelt lyrics give these mid-tempo grooves a broad appeal, the music shines like a beam of light. “Beam Of Light” is available as 12-track CD in a digipak) with additional 8-page booklet and as 10-track LP black vinyl in a standard jacket, and will be released on the VP Records sublabel Dub Rockers.

A few marketing facts:

– The music video for first single “Hustling” was premiered on OC Weekly in June: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WFSO1fOpmQ
– Simpkin Poject embark on a California tour beginning in August (visit www.simpkinproject.com for details)
– Simpkin Project will be featured performers at the World Championships of Surfing, held in Huntington Beach in August.
– Dub and acoustic mixes of the first single will be featured with targeted blogs including thepier.org

Tracklisting
CD
1. Hustling
2. Passion
3. Never Forget
4. Some Things Don’t Change
5. Perfect Harmony
6. Coming Home
7. Beam Of Light
8. I’ll Be There
9. Many Rivers To Cross
10. The World’s On Your Shoulders
11. It’s Only Nothing
12. Try To Understand

LP
Side One
A1. Hustling
A2. Passion
A3. Never Forget
A4. Some Things Don’t Change
A5. Perfect Harmony
Side Two
B1. Beam Of Light
B2. I’ll Be There
B3. Many Rivers To Cross
B4. The World’s On Your Shoulders
B5. Try To Understand

THE BAND
Simpkin Project plays a multi-faceted blend of reggae and Americana that varies greatly on its exterior layers but only atop the organic rhythms of reggae music. Their sound has been described as “uncompromising… blending authentic roots reggae rhythms with a wall-of-sound production style”. The lyrical compositions of frontman Phil Simpkin range “from the simply truthful to the stirringly anthemic”. Their dedication and respect for reggae music is both seen and heard through their nunique, enthusiastic live performances, songwriting style and studio recordings.

Rich guitar work that draws from influences in blues and rock’n’roll is rarely in dull company, propelled steadily forward by the band’s thumping drums, bass and percussion, and the clockwork sound of rhythm guitar that defines Jamaica’s most culturally celebrated music. Their keyboard arrangements are lush and vibrant, providing a melodic backdrop against which three-part vocal harmonies shine brightly.

These pieces come together to form a kind of living machine comprised of six cogs that change shape, size and tempo,, moveing not only bodies on a dance floor, but the hearts and minds inside them. Simpkin Project’s music can be likened to a dialect of its parent language – culturally adapted to make sense in its place and time. It is music that addresses the struggles we all face, showing us that there is beauty in all things, from love to loss to injustice, and thus remaining true to the messages of traditional roots-reggae without which it would not exist.

Phil Simpkin: Vocals/Lead Guitar
Nick Zermino: Bass
Sean Kennedy: Drums
Shawn Taylor: Vocals/Keyboards
Jules Luna: Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Sergio Sandoval: Percussion

3 Cornerstone Management:
https://www.threecornerstone.com/

Huffington Post – extended feature including mixtape –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/exclusive-premiere-beam-of-light-mixtape-stylish_us_597f36d2e4b0c69ef70529a8

A few quotes:

“Simpkin Project has it going on! The band’s ability to varnish stylistic modifications over an organic reggae rhythm, producing a gorgeously incomparable sound that is all their own. And if that’s not enough, they leaven the sound with dazzling vocal harmonies, instrumental harmonics and contagious melodies.”
(Huffington Post)

“I don’t use the word amazing lightly, but the simple fact is that there aren’t a lot of contemporary reggae bands that play roots reggae at the level of the bands I listened to growing up. The Simpkin Project is the rare exception.”
(Madcap Music Review)

“Their live performances leave you in a trance, as they often take their well-known songs and break into off-the-cuff jams.”
(OC Weekly Magazine) Available from 03.11.2017

Cornell Campbell – Dance In A Greenwich Farm (Radiation Roots)
Friday, August 4th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Cornell Campbells Album “Dance In A Greenwich Farm” wurde erstmals 1975 auf dem Label Grounation in Großbritannien veröffentlicht. Radiation Roots präsentiert nun eine exklusive Wiederveröffentlichung dieses Reggae-Klassikers.

CD RROO315CD
Release: 04-08-17
Till von Sein
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Alongside his trademark sound, Till von Sein exudes an aura of noble grandeur mixed with the genuine enthusiasm of a child with a favourite toy when he’s busy in the DJ booth. But Tilly’s toy, which in this case is house and its countless derivatives, won’t ever end up forgotten in the corner. Long after […]

Various – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes (2LP)
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes (2LP)

Image: 1610775 In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance.

With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over half a century of Somali music had to be preserved. Thousands upon thousands of cassette tapes and master reels were quickly removed from the soon-to-be targeted buildings. They were dispersed to neighboring countries like Djibouti and Ethiopia, and buried deep under the ground to withstand even the most powerful airstrikes.

“We buried them in the ground so the bomb’s won’t hit,” one former leading journalist with Radio Hargeisa told us.

These audio artifacts were excavated and recalled from their foreign shelters only very recently. Some of those recordings are now kept safe in the 10,000-strong cassette tape archive of the Red Sea Foundation, the largest collection of Somali cassettes in the world, in Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa. The Ostinato Records team digitized a large portion of the archive, distilling 15 songs that reveal the panoramic diversity of styles and sophistication of Somali musicianship.

Over a millennia of trade in the Indian Ocean invited the cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, India, Southeast Asia, and even China to slowly work their melodies, scales, and sounds into Somalia’s rich musical repertoire. Each track is a keen illustration of a carefully refined, rarely revealed cultural crossroads of the world.

The archive offered a living window to the Mogadishu of the 1970s and 1980s, when the coastal capital glistened as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” when wine flowed freely. With its iconic ivory-colored architecture and crescent beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean, Mogadishu was home to the lavish Al Uruba and Jazira sea side hotels, where youthful bands like Iftiin, Sharero, and Dur Dur serenaded cosmopolitan crowds at some of the most elegant nightclubs in East Africa. These damaged cassettes evoked memories of the revered national theater, where Waaberi Band provided unforgettable soundtracks.

Mogadishu’s nightlife culture was rich and booming. Raucous rhythms, rugged horns, celestial synthesizers, and stalking baselines came alive alongside majestic voices like Mahmud “Jerry” Hussen and powerful and adored female singers like Faadumo Qaasim, Hibo Nuura, and Sahra Dawo. Somali music of this era is set apart by its empowerment of women. Female singers, often more prolific than their male counterparts, are inseparable from its evolution. Half the compilation is sung by women, their voices often compared in Somali poetry to the sweetness of broken dates. Poetry, intrinsic to the cultural fabric, forms the foundation of Somali songwriting.

Somali music’s golden age, curiously, occurred under a socialist military dictatorship, which effectively nationalized the music industry. A thriving scene was owned entirely by the state. Music was recorded for and by national radio stations and only disseminated through public broadcasts or live performances. Private labels were virtually non-existent. This music was never made available for mass release. Almost all recorded material came from original masters or homemade recordings of radio broadcasts. As a result, most of it has never been heard outside Somalia and the immediate region.

During the Cold War, Somalia drifted between Soviet and American support — and a decade of U.S. backing allowed soul and funk to capture the imagination of Somali youth, adding the final touch on this masterpiece era.

This project took our team to Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Djibouti, and across the Somali diaspora in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. For the last year, from Minnesota to Mogadishu to Malaysia, we have tracked down the musicians, songwriters, composers, former government officials, and quirky personalities that colored Somali music life. Their words and stories are revealed in a 15,000-word liner note booklet — the only document of its kind to cover this era of Somali music in depth.

Alongside the story of Somalia’s music before the civil war, the selection is also focused on the pan-Somali sound. Spread over much of the Horn of Africa, Somali language and culture transcend arbitrary borders. Somali singers from Djibouti were at home in Mogadishu.

This compilation seeks to revive the rightful image, history, and identity of the Somali people, detached from war, violence, piracy, and the specter of a persistent threat. These 15 tracks should serve as a necessary starting point.

Tracklisting
1. Nimco Jamaac – Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains)
2. Aamina Camaari – Rag waa Nacab iyo Nasteexo (Men are Cruel and Kind)
3. Ali Nuur – Unknown
4. Hibo Nuura – Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If the Artist Let’s You Down)
5. Gacaltooyo Band – Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know) [feat. Faduumina Hilowle]
6. Iftiin Band – Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries) [feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen & Maryan Naasir]
7. Xasan Diiriye – Qaraami (Love)
8. Dur Dur Band – Gorof (Elixir) [feat. Sahra Dawo]
9. Sharaf Band – Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life is Full of Tribulations) [feat. Xaawo Hiiraan]
10. 4 Mars – Na Daadihi (Guide Us)
11. Danan Hargeysa – Uur Hooyo (Mother’s Womb) [feat. Mohamed “Huro” Abdihashi]
12. Sharero Band – Qays iyo Layla (Romeo & Juliet) [feat. Faadumo Qaasim]
13. Waaberi – Oktoobar Waatee? Waa Taayadii (What’s October? It’s Ours)
14. Danan Hargeysa – Mama (feat. Mohamed “Huro” Abdihashi)
15. Dur Dur Band – Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due to My Circumstance) [feat. Muqtar Idi Ramadan]
16. Iftiin Band – Anaa Qaylodhaanta (feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen)

Available from 01.09.2017

Auf Radiation Roots erscheint eine Wiederveröffentlichung des Cornell Campbell Klassikers “Dance In A Greenwich Farm”
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Cornell Campbell hat eine der am längsten laufenden Karrieren aller jamaikanischer Sänger genossen, und er ist mit einem leicht identifizierbaren Stil gesegnet. Er begann seine Karriere für Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd im Jahr 1956, als Rhythmus und Blues in Jamaika Einzug hielten und nahm später einige Ska-Songs für King Edwards auf. Er sang dann mit […]

Swarvy – Bop
Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Swarvy – Bop

Image: 1610607 “Songs of love sung by robots”
From the moment this machine is booted BOP begins buzzing with
kinetic warmth. This is something characteristic of Swarvy’s sound, the
LA-by-way-of-Philly musical polymath with a vast catalog including sunsoaked live instrumentals, jazz-infused loops and lo-f gems. With BOP,
he is musical mad scientist, ?aunting his technical fnesse as he plunges
into the realm of abstraction.
Swarvy makes his mark in BOP even while grappling with its colder,
industrial elements. With broken rhythms and jagged textures, he pieces
together tunes of emotive beauty. The result is undeniably playful and
delightfully odd, something like songs of love sung by robots.
Through its wavy ambience runs a current of aural ephemera – bits of
speech samples, bossa riffs, and R&B with opaque origins. BOP’s genrebending tracks will take you to ten compelling dimensions, forming an
archeology of cyberspace and musical artifacts that’ll leave your cold
robotic heart melting in the LA sun.

1. Bop
2. Ahoy
3. Astrognats
4. Iiicccccyyyymmiiiinnnttt
5. Scrapplefromtheapple
6. Wait4me
7. Marzbow
8. Krunchwrap
9. Circles
10. Well Available from 15.09.2017

No Regular Play
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Greg Paulus and Nick DeBruyn met as 8 year olds growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, bonding over an early mutual love of hip-hop and jazz legends such as A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. This deep-rooted connection allows them to understand each other in a rare and […]

Go Hiyama – I Am Goodbye
Saturday, March 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Go Hiyama – I Am Goodbye

Image: 1609212 Parachute present I Am Goodbye the new album from Go Hiyama.

1/A1 – Embrace
2/A2 – CLUBCLUBCLUB
3/A3 – Rhythmic
4/B1 – Ink
5/B2 – Pad
6/B3 – Piano
7/B4 – Breath

After a prolific career releasing on platforms such as Audio Assault, Token, PercTrax, Stroboscopic Artefacts
and the HueHelix imprint Go Hiyama is back with an astounding piece of work that dictates its own path.
‘I Am Goodbye’ graces us with wondrous sound-design and drum patterns that are just as menacing as they
are intricate. Based on the concept of denial this full-length takes a steep dive into what here at Parachute
we cherish the most – individuality. Steering away from what are his canonic approaches to producing he
chooses to leave behind sequencers and synths to further explore the nature of instruments such as piano
and vibraphone as well as an array of field recordings. The end result is remarkable proof of the concept
behind this album, interpreting denial in an unusually positive course of action allowing him to explore areas
of sound he had previously never visited.
A definite highlight here at Parachute and an exemplary release to kick off our 2017 schedule. The year
couldn’t have started any better!
‚I Am Goodbye’ is designed by Atilla Fidan and released on LP and digital formats.

PARACHUTERECORDS.COM Available from 07.04.2017

OST/Manu Dibango – Ceddo (Bande Originale Du Film)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on OST/Manu Dibango – Ceddo (Bande Originale Du Film)

Image: 1608753 African movie soundtrack “Ceddo” – composed by one of our favourite African artists, Manu Dibango. 6 tracks full of Funk. With a great story behind…. now it’s getting a full vinyl re-issue!

The film takes place during the 17th century : period of slave-trading and of the introduction of Christianity and Islam in West Africa. The adherents of these religions all desired and hoped to pack their buildings, mosques or churches,by whatever means necessary. Arms and alcohol began to appear, as well as shoddy godds — gadgets from another era. Anyone with a rifle tracked down and trated men, women and children. Man became money. After having converted the royal family and government dignitaries, the Imam encounters the refusal of the “Ceddo”. For the Ceddo, adhering to Islam or to Catholicism would mean renouncing African spiritualism, giving up being themselves. To accomplish his goals, the Imam usurps the throne with the complicity of the dignitaries — similar to the coups d’Etat of our days. Combining spiritual and temporal power, the Imam reduces the recalcitrant to slavery in exchange for rifles. He obliges the others by force of arms to accept Islam. Ceddo is a film of reflexion, birnging together bits and pieces of facts and authentic events that took place in a period spanning the centuries up to the present day.

Tracklisting
1. Ceddo
2. Les Cavaliers
3. Le Rêve De Dior
4. La Boisson
5. Marabout
6. Ceddo (Cénérique de Fin) Available from 17.03.2017

P-Original – Regeneration
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on P-Original – Regeneration

Image: 1608017 Veteran underground hip-hop producer from New Jersey, P-Original,
best known for his work with El Da Sensei (of The Artifacts),
Benefcence, Pacewon, and Dr. Becket drops a brand new LP of
blazing instrumentals.
Earthy, warm beats from the MPC and classic SP1200, emblematic
of the award winning cover design by illustrator Brad Yeo featured
in Creative Arts CA that lean on the Jazz and Soul side. A beautiful
pressing on 180 gram vinyl limited to a small run of 300 copies.

1. Re: Birth
2. Perc One
3. Dave’s Axe
4. Interlude
5. Sai Fon
6. Pat’s Conscious
7. Interlude
8. See Thru
9. Joe’s Tune
10. Pretty Funky
11. Dollar Jones
12. Dope Man
13. Brain Rhythm
14. Interlude
15. Cool Cat
16. Jack’s Sax
17. Perc Two
18. Interlude
19. Lil’ Teo
20. And I
21. Cal’s Vibe Available from 20.01.2017

Till von Sein
Monday, September 26th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Alongside his trademark sound, Till von Sein exudes an aura of noble grandeur mixed with the genuine enthusiasm of a child with a favourite toy when he’s busy in the DJ booth. But Tilly’s toy, which in this case is house and its countless derivatives, won’t ever end up forgotten in the corner. Long after […]

Kema – Alle Sorgenti Delle Civilta
Thursday, September 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kema – Alle Sorgenti Delle Civilta

Image: 1606429 The first-ever dedicated album release by pioneering female Italian film music composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Giulia De Muittis (aka Mrs. Alessandro Alessandroni). Rare undercover pseudo-ethnological studio sessions made under her experimental alter ego Kema (The Pawnshop/Abnormal Sensations) combining the ethos of Can’s Ethnological Forgery Series (EFS) with the studio trickery of Delia Derbyshire and unshakable credentials as one of the founding figures of Giallo film music and Italian psych soundtracks.

Perhaps best known amongst fans of Italian production music and Giallo movie soundtracks as the wife of the legendary Alessandro Alessandroni, composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Giulia De Muittis was an equally formidable force who emerged from the formative years of the aforementioned anti-genres and rose to a monarchic status within the country’s vibrant, and seldom rivalled musical secret society. The cliché “behind every successful man, there is a strong woman” might not do Alessandro and Giulia’s long-running creative unison justice but one thing that rings true that in the shadows of Senor Alessandroni’s limelight (illuminated by his work with Ennio Morricone for the films of Sergio Leone and Dario Argento) remained a darker musical feminine force which in time has come to represent the duo’s finest and most sought after sonic artifacts. In a career that spanned four decades until her untimely death in 1984 Giulia’s collaborative work as a reliable creative all-rounder and pop polymath has stood the unshakable test of time like few other musicians resulting in projects like The Pawnshop, Femina Ridens, Revolver, Questo Sporco Mondo Meraviglioso, The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Tomb, Angoscia, Inchiesta Giudiziaria and Witchcraft ‘70 (Angeli bianchi Angeli neri) earning increasing “Most Wanted” status on the collectors’ market. It is of no coincidence that Giulia’s nom de plumes, Kema and De Muittis, have in recent, more educated years, become trusted seals of approval which connect top choice composers such as Raskovich (aka Sorgini), Stelvio Cipriani, Morricone, Braen (aka Alessandroni) Amedeo Tomassi, Piero Umiliani and Bruno Nicolai amongst select others. It is, however, De Muittis’ seldom heard self-initiated solo work for small independent Italian library music imprints that reveal a unique multi-instrumentalist female composer working at her most intimate and uncompromised best

Tracklist:

1. Hamadan
2. Azebajan
3. Diu
4. Tiarug
5. Cuenca
6. Saltillo
7. Iquitos
8. Campeche Available from 21.10.2016

Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope

Image: 1606393 One of the great psychedelic rockalbums is finally back in print on vinyl in a band-licensed reissue. Its roots are in Puerto Rican teenage garage rockers, it was recorded in the Dominican Republic at the high-point of the flower power era, it was only ever pressed in a miniscule run in Mexico.

Now one of the most sought after rock artifacts on the planet, Kaleidoscope is remastered and reissued with an extensive, photo-filled booklet with the story of he band and their album by historian Enrique Rivas Viniegra.

DOWNLOAD CARD INCLUDED

SIDE A:
Hang Out
PS Come Back
A Hole In My Life
Let Me Try
I Think It’s All Right
Colours
SIDE B:
Once Upon A Time There Was A World
A New Man
I’m Crazy
I’m Here, He’s Gone, She’s Cryin’ Available from 07.10.2016

Guy Gerber
Monday, September 12th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Guy Gerber has always favored the road less traveled. The Israeli DJ thrives on confounding expectations. What other underground DJ could collaborate with one of hip-hops biggest moguls, Puff Daddy, or start a left-field night at one of Ibiza’s most commercial clubs, Pacha? What other producer blends the worlds of melancholy and euphoria so effortlessly, […]

P Original – Regeneration
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on P Original – Regeneration

Image: 1606277 An instrumental project by P. Original of Artifacts fame. 21 tracks of bumpin & beatin’. Pic sleeve. LIMITED! Available from 04.11.2016

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