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KMD – Black Bastards
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on KMD – Black Bastards

Image: 1527032 back in stock ! / group consists of Zev Luv X aka MF Doom and his brother Subroc (R.I.P.) / 2nd album that got shelved by Elektra due to controversial cover / incl. “What A Niggy Know” & “It Sounded Lice A Roc” / official re-release on Doom’s label! Available from 10.03.2017

MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday
Friday, October 28th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday

Image: 1606605 Back again on vinyl where it belongs, MF DOOM’s 1999 classic Operation: Doomsday is now presented on a premiumgrade
LP, with audio re-mastered from the original Fondle’Em Records release, and a poster of the album cover art!
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his
first group)’s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one
half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF
DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol’ Dirty Bastard kind
of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles
are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through
his abstract wordplay, spitting ‘only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude
on self-destruct.’
Who You Think I Am? features DOOM‘s crew M.onster I.sland C.zars, while on “?” he trades hot verses with former
Columbia artist Kurious Jorge. Doom’s avant-garde ghetto-rhyme philosophies take even more intentionally weird twists
on “Tick, Tick…” where he and guest MC MF Grimm’s flows warble over a rhythm track whose tempo speeds up and
slows down continually. The comic-book themed skits, will help take you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly
as they come. And in today’s bland commercial Rap universe, Operation: Doomsday’s left-of-center beats and
rhymes are the perfect remedy.

COMES BUNDLED WITH AN 18 x 24”
POSTER OF THE COVER ART SHOWN HERE

A1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit) • A2. Doomsday
A3. Rhymes Like Dimes (feat. DJ Cucumber Slice)
A4. The Finest (feat. Tommy Gunn) • A5. Back In The Days (Skit)
B1. Go With The Flow • B2. Tick, Tick… (feat. MF Grimm)
B3. Red & Gold (feat. King Geedorah)
B4. The Hands Of Doom (Produced by DJ SubRoc)
C1. Who You Think I Am? (feat. M.I.C.)
C2. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit) • C3. Hey!
C4. Greenbacks (feat. Megalon & King Geedorah)
C5. The M.I.C. • C6. The Mystery Of Doom (Skit)
D1. Dead Bent • D2. Gas Drawls
D3. ? (feat. Kurious Jorge) • D4. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue) Available from 21.10.2016

MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday

Image: 1606392 MF91 & MF92 are sold out! Back again on vinyl where it belongs, MF DOOM’s 1999 classic Operation: Doomsday is now presented on a premiumgrade LP, with audio re-mastered from the original Fondle’Em Records release, and a poster of the album cover art!
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his first group)’s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol’ Dirty Bastard kind of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through his abstract wordplay, spitting ‘only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude on self-destruct.’
Who You Think I Am? features DOOM‘s crew M.onster I.sland C.zars, while on “?” he trades hot verses with former Columbia artist Kurious Jorge. Doom’s avant-garde ghetto-rhyme philosophies take even more intentionally weird twists on “Tick, Tick…” where he and guest MC MF Grimm’s flows warble over a rhythm track whose tempo peeds up and slows down continually. The comic-book themed skits, will help take you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly as they come. And in today’s bland commercial Rap universe, Operation: Doomsday’s left-of-center beats and rhymes are the perfect remedy.

COMES BUNDLED WITH AN 18 x 24” POSTER OF THE ORIGINAL COVER ART

A1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit) • A2. Doomsday
A3. Rhymes Like Dimes (feat. DJ Cucumber Slice)
A4. The Finest (feat. Tommy Gunn) • A5. Back In The Days (Skit)
B1. Go With The Flow • B2. Tick, Tick… (feat. MF Grimm)
B3. Red & Gold (feat. King Geedorah)
B4. The Hands Of Doom (Produced by DJ SubRoc)
C1. Who You Think I Am? (feat. M.I.C.)
C2. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit) • C3. Hey!
C4. Greenbacks (feat. Megalon & King Geedorah)
C5. The M.I.C. • C6. The Mystery Of Doom (Skit)
D1. Dead Bent • D2. Gas Drawls
D3. ? (feat. Kurious Jorge) • D4. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue) Available from 07.10.2016

MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF Doom – Operation:Doomsday

Image: 1605114 Back again on vinyl where it belongs, MF DOOM’s 1999 classic Operation: Doomsday is now presented on a premium-grade split-colored
LP, with audio re-mastered from the original Fondle’Em Records release, and a poster of the album cover art!
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his first group)’s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep
album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol’ Dirty Bastard kind of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through his abstract wordplay, spitting ‘only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude on self-destruct.’ Who You Think I Am? features DOOM‘s crew M.onster I.sland C.zars, while on “?” he trades hot verses with former Columbia artist Kurious Jorge. Doom’s avant-garde ghetto-rhyme philosophies take even more intentionally weird twists on “Tick, Tick…” where he and guest MC MF Grimm’s flows warble over a rhythm track whose tempo speeds up and slows down continually. The comic-book themed skits, will help take
you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly as they come. And in today’s bland commercial Rap universe, Operation: Doomsday’s left-of-center beats and rhymes are the perfect remedy.

SPLIT BLACK & RED VINYL
PRESSING LIMITED TO 1000
COMES BUNDLED WITH AN 18 x 24”
POSTER OF THE ORIGINAL COVER ART

A1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit) • A2. Doomsday
A3. Rhymes Like Dimes (feat. DJ Cucumber Slice)
A4. The Finest (feat. Tommy Gunn) • A5. Back In The Days (Skit)
B1. Go With The Flow • B2. Tick, Tick… (feat. MF Grimm)
B3. Red & Gold (feat. King Geedorah)
B4. The Hands Of Doom (Produced by DJ SubRoc)
C1. Who You Think I Am? (feat. M.I.C.)
C2. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit) • C3. Hey!
C4. Greenbacks (feat. Megalon & King Geedorah)
C5. The M.I.C. • C6. The Mystery Of Doom (Skit)
D1. Dead Bent • D2. Gas Drawls
D3. ? (feat. Kurious Jorge) • D4. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue) Available from 19.08.2016

KAAS
Monday, June 27th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Snapchat-König und Paradiesvogel KAAS war zusammen mit den “Jugglerz” in Jamaica. Einzige Zielvorgabe dabei: bring eine fertige “Kaas & Jugglerz in Jamaica”-EP mit zurück. Ob am Ende Hardcore-Dancehall, Roots-Reggae, Rap oder Gospel herauskommen würde, war dabei völlig offen. Das Stuttgarter Soundsystem Jugglerz, bestehend aus Shotta Paul und Meska, ist weit über die schwäbischen Landesgrenzen aktiv […]

KAAS (Orsons) präsentiert mit seinen Stuttgarter Kumpels vom Jugglerz Soundsystem die “KAAS & Jugglerz in Jamaica” EP
Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Snapchat-König und Paradiesvogel KAAS war zusammen mit den “Jugglerz” in Jamaica. Einzige Zielvorgabe dabei: bring eine fertige “Kaas & Jugglerz in Jamaica”-EP mit zurück. Ob am Ende Hardcore-Dancehall, Roots-Reggae, Rap oder Gospel herauskommen würde, war dabei völlig offen. Das Stuttgarter Soundsystem Jugglerz, bestehend aus Shotta Paul und Meska, ist weit über die schwäbischen Landesgrenzen aktiv […]

MF DOOM – Live From Planet X
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF DOOM – Live From Planet X

Image: 1603767 Experience the exceedingly rare genius of an MF DOOM live
performance with these exclusive “straight from the soundboard”
audio recordings. Broadcasting from an undisclosed location, this
limited-edition vinyl pressing of “Live From Planet X” offers fans a
chance to own the most comprehensive glance into Doom’s lengthy
career available.
Debuting under the alias Zev Love X, DOOM first graced the world
of hip-hop on the 3rd Bass single “The Gas Face.” A couple years
later Zev re-emerged alongside his younger brother DJ Subroc, in
New York’s legendary KMD. The group’s first album Mr. Hood was
released in 1991 on Elektra Records but KMD was quickly dropped
from the record label when, in the wake of Subroc being killed by a
car, they returned in ‘93 with an unflinching attitude and an album
titled “Bl_ck B_st_rds”. Deeply affected by his brother’s tragic death,
while also carrying a grudge against the industry that screwed him,
Zev disappeared from the rap scene for five years. It wasn’t until
1999, that Zev suddenly reemerged, face masked, as MF DOOM
with his 1999 solo debut and underground classic “Operation:
Doomsday”.
Since then DOOM has completely reinvented the indie-rap landscape
with a string of offbeat projects under an array of monikers: Metal
Fingers, Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, Monsta Island Czars,
Madvillain, DangerDOOM, NehruivanDOOM, and more. “Live From
Planet X” includes over 50 minutes of live recordings spanning
Operation Doomsday, Madvillain, MM…Food?, and more.

• MF DOOM is one of the top-selling independent artists in hiphop history, but his life remains shrouded in mystery, and live performances are increasingly rare.
• “Live From Planet X” is a historic document: a fullly-realized, vibrant, engaging live stage performance from this enigmatic genius, captured in pristine audio at an important moment in his career.
• This is the first DOOM live record to ever be available on vinyl

Tracklisting
1. Change The Beat
2. Name Dropping
3. Greenbacks
4. Go With The Drawls
5. Gas Flows
6. Operation Doomsday
7. Hey!
8. Accordian
9. Great Day
10. Rhymes Like Dimes
11. I Hear Voices
12. My Favorite Ladies
13. One Beer
14. Fine Print Available from 20.05.2016

MF DOOM – Live From Planet X
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on MF DOOM – Live From Planet X

Image: 1603767 Experience the exceedingly rare genius of an MF DOOM live
performance with these exclusive “straight from the soundboard”
audio recordings. Broadcasting from an undisclosed location, this
limited-edition vinyl pressing of “Live From Planet X” offers fans a
chance to own the most comprehensive glance into Doom’s lengthy
career available.
Debuting under the alias Zev Love X, DOOM first graced the world
of hip-hop on the 3rd Bass single “The Gas Face.” A couple years
later Zev re-emerged alongside his younger brother DJ Subroc, in
New York’s legendary KMD. The group’s first album Mr. Hood was
released in 1991 on Elektra Records but KMD was quickly dropped
from the record label when, in the wake of Subroc being killed by a
car, they returned in ‘93 with an unflinching attitude and an album
titled “Bl_ck B_st_rds”. Deeply affected by his brother’s tragic death,
while also carrying a grudge against the industry that screwed him,
Zev disappeared from the rap scene for five years. It wasn’t until
1999, that Zev suddenly reemerged, face masked, as MF DOOM
with his 1999 solo debut and underground classic “Operation:
Doomsday”.
Since then DOOM has completely reinvented the indie-rap landscape
with a string of offbeat projects under an array of monikers: Metal
Fingers, Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, Monsta Island Czars,
Madvillain, DangerDOOM, NehruivanDOOM, and more. “Live From
Planet X” includes over 50 minutes of live recordings spanning
Operation Doomsday, Madvillain, MM…Food?, and more.

• MF DOOM is one of the top-selling independent artists in hiphop history, but his life remains shrouded in mystery, and live performances are increasingly rare.
• “Live From Planet X” is a historic document: a fullly-realized, vibrant, engaging live stage performance from this enigmatic genius, captured in pristine audio at an important moment in his career.
• This is the first DOOM live record to ever be available on vinyl

Tracklisting
1. Change The Beat
2. Name Dropping
3. Greenbacks
4. Go With The Drawls
5. Gas Flows
6. Operation Doomsday
7. Hey!
8. Accordian
9. Great Day
10. Rhymes Like Dimes
11. I Hear Voices
12. My Favorite Ladies
13. One Beer
14. Fine Print Available from 20.05.2016

J.Rawls – Essence Of (Fifteenth Anniversary Redux) (RSD)
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on J.Rawls – Essence Of (Fifteenth Anniversary Redux) (RSD)

Image: 1601975 In February of 2001, a young up and coming producer by the name of J Rawls released his first album titled “The Essence of….” The seminal album from the producer who would go on to produce for the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Beastie Boys, Us3 and many more featured a myriad of guests from the burgeoning underground hip hop scene. The album would go on to become a favorite among beat enthusiasts and lyric heads alike.

In accordance with RECORD STORE DAY (April 16, 2106), Rawls is set to re-release this classic on vinyl only with brand new added previously unreleased BONUS songs recorded around the same as the songs from the album. The bonus songs include never before heard material from Talib Kweli, Makeba Mooncycle, Doseone, Rubix, Wordsworth and more. The album also features a new cover and new artwork taken from the same photo sessions as the original album.

“Essence of J.Rawls” was the first solo album release from J Rawls. (producer for Blackstar (Mos Def and Talib Kweli, J Live, Beastie Boys, Aloe Blacc, Eric Roberson and Casual of Hieroglyphics)

· The album includes the hits “Check The Clock” featuring Grap Luva, of the group INI (Elektra) and Pete Rock’s younger brother, “Far Away” featuring Apani B Fly Emcee & Mr.Complex

· “The Essence Of J.Rawls” features MC’s J.Live, J.Sands, Grap Luva, Mass Influence, Apani B Fly Emcee, Mr.Complex, Unspoken Heard, Rubix, Capital D (All Natural), and more.

· PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS SONGS: “We” featuring Talib Kweli and Makeba Mooncycle, “Listening” featuring Doseone, “Aquarias” featuring BJ Digby, Rubix & Wordsworth, “I Said It” featuring Columbus, Ohio Legendary Hip Hop group S.P.I.R.I.T.

· All PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS SONGS were recording during this vintage time period when other songs were being recorded for the album.

· Featuring a brand new UNRELEASED song titled “RIO REMIX” performed by J Rawls as a follow up to Rawls’ final SOLO album THE LEGACY.

Side 1 
1 What You Want (performed by Pase La Rock)
2 Super Hero (performed by Mass Influence)
3 Birds of a Feather (performed by Top Emcees)
4 Elegy (performed by Rubix)
5 Great Live Caper (performed by J Live)

Side 2
6 Meniscus (performed by Doseone & Fat Jon of the Five Deez)
7 Blue #2 (performed by Holmskillit)
8 Cold Turkey (performed by Capital D of All Natural & Mr. Greenweedz)
9 Far Away (performed by Apani B Fly & Mr. Complex)
10 Lone Catalysts Remix (performed by Lone Catalysts)

Side 3
11 Check the Clock (performed by J Sands & Grap Luva)
12 Nommo (performed by Asheru of Unspoken Heard)
13 They Can’t See Me (performed by J Rawls)
14 Blue #2 Saxophone Reprise (performed by Charles Cooper)

Side 4
15 Listening performed by Doseone (circa 1998)
16 We performed by Talib Kweli and Makeba Mooncycle (circa 2000)
17 Aquarius performed by Holmskillit, Rubix & Wordsworth (circa 2001)
18 I Said It performed by Spirit (circa 1999)
19 Rio (Remix) performed by J Rawls (circa 2015) Available from 16.04.2016

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – All Souled Out
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pete Rock & CL Smooth – All Souled Out

Image: 1602509 1991 was the year that it all broke loose for producer Pete Rock and his rhyme partner, CL Smooth. But the duo was far from
an overnight sensation. The two friends had been on the grind since high school in Mt. Vernon, NY in the mid-‘80s, and Pete
had been building up to his big moment since he first manned the decks on WBLS’s hugely influential “In Control With
Marley Marl” radio show, starting in 1987.
In ‘91, Pete’s talent finally forced him from the studio shadows into the spotlight, and after remixes and co-productions for
Heavy D (1989’s Big Tyme album), Johnny Gill (“Rub You The Right Way,” 1990), and Elektra label-mates Brand Nubian
(“Slow Down,” 1990), it was time for top billing. As Pete’s rep skyrocketed with a revolutionary remix to Public Enemy’s
“Shut ‘Em Down” in 1991, the stage was set.
The duo’s debut EP, “All Souled Out”, was the perfect set-up – and bridge to – their flawless LP, Mecca & The Soul Brother,
which appeared only one year later. Fans new (thanks to a recent revival, resulting from the song’s use in a Google / Android
commercial) and old are sure to know the EP’s only single, “The Creator.” The cut is a perfect slice of early ‘90s hip-hop –
jumpy, funky and rolling along at a sprinter’s pace, with killer horns that sew up the chorus. Interestingly, it’s the only song
on the EP where Pete Rock rhymes (and solo at that, with lines written by Brand Nubian’s Grand Puba).
The remaining five of the EP’s songs, with CL Smooth in full charge of the mic, are no less impressive. The sleeper is perhaps
“Go With The Flow,” a kinetic groover with an egregiously thick, muted bassline, surgical cuts and never-endingly captivating
lines by the liquid-tongued CL. “All Souled Out” boasts all of the Pete Rock trademarks – a jumpy, filtered bassline,
beautifully stitched horn samples on the hook, and this time with a faster tempo. CL has no issues with Pete’s BPM
challenge, proving he can drop knowledge at any speed. And of two different versions of “Good Life” on the platter, the EP’s
final cut, the “Group Home Mix,” is perhaps the winner, with an abundance of musical action to back up CL’s lyrical musings
on ways to achieve success and comfort in life.
25 years after its initial impact, “All Souled Out” sounds as heavy and essential as ever, and will remind fans how important
this duo was to the artform.

SIDE A:
1. Good Life
2. Mecca & The Soul Brother
3. Go With The Flow
SIDE B:
1. The Creator
2. All Souled Out
3. Good Life (Group Home Mix) Available from 11.03.2016

KMD – Black Bastards (Deluxe Edition)
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on KMD – Black Bastards (Deluxe Edition)

Image: 1598335 Zweites Album von KMD, der zunächst von 3rd Bass (Pete Nice, MC Serch & Daddy Rich) protegierten und durch deren Song “The Gas Face” eingeführten Gruppe um den Kult-Rapper MF DOOM (damals noch Zev Luv X). DOOMs Bruder, Produzent, MC & DJ Subroc verstarb tragisch gegen Ende der Aufnahmen zu diesem Album 1993. Das Album sollte ursprünglich bei Elektra erscheinen, wurde aber aufgrund des kontroversen Covers zurückgehalten und erschien erst viele Jahre später, nachdem MF DOOM sich solo unter seinem neuen Pseudonym bei Fondle’em einen Namen gemacht hatte. Nun erscheint das Album als Doppel-CD mit raren Versionen, Remixen und Instrumentals. Available from 21.08.2015

KMD – Black Bastards (Deluxe Pop Up Book w/7")(RSD)
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on KMD – Black Bastards (Deluxe Pop Up Book w/7")(RSD)

Image: 1595601 MF Doom’s first group and their controversial sophomore
release Bl_ck B_st_rds reissued for Record Store
Day 2015 in the format of a children’s book. Included are
the full album on CD and a second disc of bonus
material. The back cover of the book houses a full color
7” picture disc featuring the group’s iconic mascot. The words “lost classic” get thrown around from time to time, but KMD’s sophomore album, Black
Bastards, truly ts the bill. Originally scheduled for release in the spring of 1994, Elektra Records
unceremoniously shelved it at the eleventh hour due to controversy over the provocative cover art.
Surviving group member MF Doom (then known as Zev Love X) – as fans know, his younger
brother Subroc was killed in 1993 – tried to release the album on other labels, but met more dead
ends. Sadly, it languished in hip-hop purgatory until six years later. Even then, the album had only
a limited release via small indie labels.
Beyond the fact that the controversy surrounding the cover – featuring the group’s long-standing
“Sambo” mascot being hanged by a makeshift gallows – was unfair, the group’s fans being denied
access to this album only compounded the injustice. Because musically and lyrically, it was a truly
amazing record, full of youthful creativity, tinged with the stress of growing up as Black men in
urban America. Unlike on the group’s 1991 debut, Mr. Hood, Subroc had fully come into his own as
both a producer and an MC on Black Bastards, and his untimely death made the album’s shelving
that much more tragic.
Heavily in uenced by the mind-bending spoken word album Blue Guerrilla by Gylan Kain (from
1970), songs like “What A Nigga Know” (the only single released o the album), the slippery,
bass-driven “Get U Now” and the album’s title track explore black consciousness viewed through
young-but-experienced eyes. Musically alternating between bouncy and raw – many times both
concurrently – the tracks gave both MCs the springboard they needed to express themselves
clearly, whether on the catchy, more lighthearted “Sweet Premium Wine,” the psychedelic, abstract
“Suspended Animation” or the intricate mash-up of television samples heard on the instrumental
“Garbage Day #3.” Finally given deluxe treatment more than two decades after its completion (and 15 years after its rst release), this special Record Store Day 2015 set features 2 CDs containing all
14 of the album’s original vocal tracks, with a second “bonuses and instrumentals” CD, which features rare cuts and remixes. The set also contains a 7-inch picture disc of the single
“What A Nigga Know.” It is all encased in a truly unique hard-page Children’s Book package with pop-up. You have never seen anything like this before!
Available from 18.04.2015

Schwesta Ewa
Monday, January 5th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Wann polarisierte Rap so heftig und war gleichzeitig so real, wie bei Schwesta Ewa? Egal ob Fan oder Hater, an dieser Frage und dieser Rapperin kommt man nicht vorbei! Wie bereits auf dem gefeierten Mixtape “Realität” deutlich zu vernehmen, nimmt die frühere Prostituierte aus Frankfurt am Main kein Blatt vor den Mund und berichtet aus […]

The Autumn Defense – The Autumn Defense
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Autumn Defense – The Autumn Defense

In November 2013 we got talking to Pat Sansone and John Stirratt of The Autumn Defense after their gig at The Lexington in London. We asked them why their self-titled album hadn’t come out on vinyl and they explained that they’d always wanted it to, b…

Schwesta Ewa veröffentlicht ihr langersehntes Debütalbum auf dem Erfolgs-Label Alles Oder Nix Records
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Wann polarisierte Rap so heftig und war gleichzeitig so real, wie bei Schwesta Ewa? Egal ob Fan oder Hater, an dieser Frage und dieser Rapperin kommt man nicht vorbei! Wie bereits auf dem gefeierten Mixtape “Realität” deutlich zu vernehmen, nimmt die frühere Prostituierte aus Frankfurt am Main kein Blatt vor den Mund und berichtet aus […]

Leon Ware – Leon Ware
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Leon Ware – Leon Ware

Image: 1594326 Leon Ware’s self-titled 1982 album has long been a holy grail for rare groove record collectors. Indeed, mint copies are rarely found for less than £100. So Be With Records, a new vinyl-only reissue label, is pleased to mark its first release with Ware’s classic – a set that features the timeless Why I Came To California, a beautiful example of early 80s soul funk. A truly unsung legend, Leon Ware has written a stunning variety of classic soul music over the course of six decades. He joinedMotownin the late 60s and became one of the label’s key writers. His most indelible contribution at Motown was Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece I Want You. Ware’s production and songwriting memorably took Gaye to another creative level. Despite recording a handful of critically acclaimed solo albums for Motown and Elektra, including this one here, he has remained a secret to many outside the music industry. Be With Records hope this timely reissue goes some way to rectifying that.

Tracklisting
1. Slippin’ Away
2. Lost In Love With You
3. Shelter
4. Why I Came To California
5. Deeper Than Love
6. Can I Touch You There
7. Words Of Love
8. Miracles
9. Somewhere
10. Where Are They Now Available from 19.12.2014

Leaders Of The New School – A Future Without A Past
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Leaders Of The New School – A Future Without A Past

Image: 1588425 Busta Rhymes begann seine Karriere als Teil der New Yorker Hip Hop-Formation Leaders Of The New School. Die Crew begann bereits 1989 mit Hilfe von Chuck D und der Bomb Squad (Public Enemy) mit den Aufnahmen, veröffentlichte aber erst 1991 auf dem im Hip Hop mit Hilfe der A&R Kompetenz von Dante Ross aufstrebenden Elektra Label. Neben Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, KMD und Del Tha Funky Homosapien gehörten sie zu den heißen Eisen im Feuer von Dante Ross bei Elektra Anfang der 90er Jahre. Das Album enthält die Hit-Singles “Sobb Story”, “Case Of The PTA” und “The International Zone Coaster”. Available from 11.04.2014

Dean Wareham – Dean Wareham
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dean Wareham – Dean Wareham

Image: 1587132 Dean Wareham singer/songwriter of Galaxie 500 quickly follows up last years mini album with his self titled debut album produced in full by Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

In an unprecedented burst of creativity, Dean Wareham follows his well-received solo mini-album ‘Emancipated Hearts’ just over four months later with his solo debut proper. Consisting of eight original songs and a cover of Michael Holland’s ‘Heartless People’, the self-titled album is a very different record to its predecessor, much less understated and more self-assured. No doubt partly due to its producer, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, who also plays on some of the tracks here (and turns in a remix of ‘Happy & Free’ as the iTunes bonus track). Dean has admitted that Jim James pushed him in more of a “rock” direction, something which mini-album producer Jason Quever actively shied away from. This has resulted in surprisingly direct likes of ‘Holding Pattern’ (an ode to bicoastal commuting, which inexplicably turns into a list of AOR bands “Kansas, Boston, Toto, Journey, Foreigner and Styx”) and ‘I Can Only Give My All’, which sit comfortably alongside the countryfied rock of ‘Happy & Free’ and the retro-pop of ‘The Dancer Disappears’. Dean Wareham biography Between 1987 and 1991 Dean Wareham was singer/guitarist/ songwriter with Galaxie 500, who recorded three albums for Rough Trade (now available on Domino). His next band, New York-based quartet Luna, recorded seven studio albums for Elektra and Beggars Banquet between 1992 and 2004. He has since released three albums with his wife Britta Phillips as Dean & Britta. Their most recent release was a soundtrack to accompany their multi-media show ‘13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests’. Dean has recently acted in the film ‘Frances Ha’, directed by Noah Baumbach, and written a memoir, ‘Black Postcards’, for Penguin Books.

KEY SELLING POINTS:
• The debut solo album proper by former Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman Dean Wareham.
• Produced by Jim James (My Morning Jacket) at his studio in Louisville,Kentucky.

TRACKLISTING CD
1. The Dancer Disappears
2. Beat The Devil
3. Heartless People
4. My Eyes Are Blue
5. Love Is Not A Roof Against
The Rain
6. Holding Pattern
7. I Can Only Give My All
8. Babes In The Wood
9. Happy & Free

http://www.soniccathedral.co.uk/ Available from 07.03.2014

Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around

Image: 1586099 Fantastic reissue of two 1981 Elektra promo cuts from the late great Donald Byrd including his anthemic hit ‘Love Has Come Around’. An instantly recognisable classic from its opening guitar and piano riffs, this amazing disco-tinged track has become one of the heavyweights of jazz-funk history and no wonder – having had floors in a spin for nearly quarter of a century with its incessant grooving bass and keys, funking horn stabs topped with wonderful soaring vocals, this cut defies you not to dance! Turn over for the fantastic soulful slow-burning ‘I Feel Like Loving You Today’, sampled by many including Erykah Badu. Penned and produced by the king of the down-tempo sexy groove Isaac Hayes, this has a gorgeous hypnotic dreamy feel lent by the sultry female vocals and Byrd’s superlative swirling horns. Funk doesn’t get better than this – essential!

A. Love Has Come Around
B. I Feel Like Loving You Today Available from 20.12.2013

Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts

Image: 1584430 The first ever solo album from Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta). Produced by Jason Quever (Papercuts). Includes the single ‘Love Is Colder Than Death’, as premiered on Pitchfork. ‘Emancipated Hearts’ is a downbeat collection that suggests Galaxie 500 playing bucolic folk-rock. As if to underline this comparison, there’s a cover of The Incredible String Band’s ‘Air’. “I know they can be a bit silly, but they can be hilarious too,” says Dean. “Our version was recorded in Jason’s living room, just him and me.”
Before this almost light-hearted conclusion, however, the album explores much darker territory, something that is evident from just the titles of the songs. It’s no so much political as politicised, as Dean explains: “Each of these songs started with a line or phrase
I borrowed from a poem or film or newspaper headline. The idea is you steal a line and then build your own song around it…”
Between 1987 and 1991 Dean Wareham was singer/guitarist/ songwriter with Galaxie 500, who recorded three albums for Rough Trade (now
available on Domino). His next band, New York-based quartet Luna, recorded seven studio albums for Elektra and Beggars Banquet between
1992 and 2004. He has since released three albums with his wife Britta Phillips as Dean & Britta. Their most recent release was a soundtrack to accompany their multi-media show ‘13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.

Other things Dean has done recently:
• Acted in the film Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach.
• Relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.
• Written a memoir, Black Postcards, for Penguin Books.
• Galaxie 500 were the subject of an oral history by Mike McGonigal. Originally a series of Pitchfork interviews, now a book called Temperature’s Rising.
• Played on ‘Mad Love’, the cult 2012 album by Cheval Sombre, which also came out on Sonic Cathedral.
• Recorded a second solo album, due for release early in 2014.

TRACKLISTING CD
1. Love Is Colder Than Death
2. Emancipated Hearts
3. The Deadliest Day Since The Invasion Began
4. The Longest Bridges In The World
5. The Ticking Is The Bomb
6. Air
7. Emancipated Hearts (My Robot Friend Remix) (CD only) Available from 01.11.2013

Oddisee
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 | Tags: ,
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Oddisee emerged on the Hip-Hop scene in 2002 with a bang when he produced and performed the stand-out track “Musik Lounge” on DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “The Magnificent” LP. Since then, Oddisee has earned his reputation as one of Hip-Hop’s hottest and most sought after producers, crafting classic gems for the likes of Talib Kweli, Little […]

Miami rapper and true hustler RICK ROSS presents the mixtape album “The Street Catalog” …
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Steve Spacek
Friday, February 17th, 2006 | Tags:
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After producing two stellar albums of ambient soul with his group Spacek, London-based singer and producer Steve Spacek set up in California and recorded his first solo album with occasional help from the likes of heavyweight producer J Dilla (R.I.P.) and legendary Motown figure Leon Ware. Released in October 2005, “Space Shift” on Sound In […]

Staff Charts 2004
Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 | Tags: ,
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Same procedure as every year. Once again we asked around what Groove Attack’s employees have been listening to during the past year.

A sure thing in 2004 was the huge comeback of house music. Moody 4 to the floor rhythms ruled the office. Theo everywhere. And there was the return of rock music. A sort of Eagles Of Death Metal rock music. Hot and sweaty. Maybe we’ll grow out of the hip hop box real soon. But what the hell do I know? Just wondering what the next year has in store for everyone. Read on ‘cuz this list is for you …

Hieroglyphics Imperium
Monday, February 9th, 2004 | Tags:
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Rooted in the creative atmosphere of the Bay Area, Hieroglyphics has emerged as a powerful force within underground hip-hop culture. Comprised of Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the group Souls of Mischief, this crew is one of the first to successfully forge careers as a collective and as individual artists. If you felt the Hieroglyphics camp for the first time when Del emerged on the scene in ’91 with the classic, “I Wish My Brother George Was Here” (Elektra) you had to know that great things were ahead.

In 1997, armed with experience and insight, Hieroglyphics formed their own independent company, Hiero Imperium …

Staff Charts 2003
Thursday, December 18th, 2003 | Tags: ,
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Attention everybody! Wanna know more about what’s up? We drop a list with the music that some of Groove Attack’s employees have been listening to the past year. So if you wear flip-flops and a tank top, drink Pickfords Old Style Cola Beer and go mad for Loleatta Holloway listen up ‘cuz this list is for you!

Nobody
Monday, August 18th, 2003 | Tags: ,
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Nobody’s new album “Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 1” unfolds a new West Coast psychedelic sound. It salutes the Byrds, Beach Boys, and Love while shaking hands with Manitoba, DJ Shadow, and Prefuse 73. Featured collaborators on this album include include members of the Postal Service, Beachwood Sparks, Dntel, Languis, Athalia, and the Mars […]

Groove Attack Staff Charts 2002
Tuesday, January 7th, 2003 | Tags: ,
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Have you ever asked yourself what the people at Groove Attack listen to when they’re sitting at home alone? Is it true that they’re all thugs n shit? Or do they like the more sensitive sound of Donny Osmond and Mick Guzauski? Here’s the answer!

Our favourite things in 2001…
Friday, December 21st, 2001 | Tags: ,
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… were records. Nearly everybody at Groove Attack (and their moms) have put together their Top 20 albums and singles of 2001. The winners are…

Beatbox Classics
Monday, September 3rd, 2001 | Tags:
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25 tracks that rocked the Beatbox from 88-93 in no particular order. Compiled by resident Beatbox spinners Mue Meuser, Jorge and Herr Preddy. 01. Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions (Flying) 02. Soul 2 Soul – Back To Live (Virgin) 03. James Brown – Stone To The Bone (Polydor) 04. A Tribe Called Quest – If […]

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