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Grand Agent rocks Germany left, right and center….
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Hip Hop

Nolan The Ninja – YEN
Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nolan The Ninja – YEN

Image: 1610884 Hip-hop is an art form and culture that is constantly changing. Musically
speaking, new technology and the latest trends have a very real in?uence
on the records released from year to year. It’s easy to get caught up in
the pop culture hype machine and triplet beats that currently dominate
rap. Trends come and go, but the proven elements of hip-hop music will
continue to be relevant for years to come. For instance, MC’s that spit
ferocious bars over dusty, head-splitting beats will never go out of style.
Enter Detroit’s Nolan The Ninja and his latest record, YEN. Released on
DJ Soko’s imprint, Left Of Center (LOC), YEN picks up where Nolan’s
earlier projects left off.
Nolan, who has been gaining momentum in Detroit and beyond,
continues to demonstrate his ability to rip a microphone. Underneath
Nolan’s agile delivery is an element of storytelling that is sometimes
lost in rap. From Nolan’s rhymes to guest appearances by Blu, Add-2,
Denmark Vessey, and Quelle Chris, there is no shortage of heavy bars
on YEN. “Calisthenics,” which features Royce Da 5’9, is an exceptional
track that showcases Royce’s talent and lyrical depth. With stand out
production from Black Milk, 14KT, Chanes, Denmark Vessey, Scud One,
and Nolan himself, YEN is 17 tracks of non-stop heat that creates the
perfect backdrop for Nolan’s strong delivery.
While certain trends in hip-hop move one way, it’s clear that Nolan The
Ninja is content going the other direction. His new album isn’t reliant on
catchy hooks, trap beats or the glorifcation of party culture. Instead, YEN
is a combination of heavy bars and head-splitting beats that accurately
re?ects Nolan’s perspective and life experiences. YEN exemplifes the
type of music that will remain relevant even after the current trends have
faded and something new becomes popular.

LP:
1. Lex
2. CLDGME II
3. Exodus feat. Jaye Prime
4. Calisthenics feat. Royce Da 5’9
5. 14K
6. Lei$ure feat. Blu
7. Capiche feat. A-Minus
8. Corner Pantry
9. Grammi feat. Denmark Vessey
10. R.N.G.$.
11. Phoenix feat. Ashley Rose
12. YEN
13. Schoolcraft
14. Modesty feat. Denmark Vessey + Quelle Chris

• Featuring Royce Da 5’9, Blu, Denmark Vessey, Quelle Chris, A Minus, and more
• Production from Black Milk, 14KT, Chanes, Denmark Vessey, Scud One, and Nolan himself
• YEN is a combination of heavy bars and head-splitting beats that accurately re?ects Nolan’s perspective and life experiences and exemplifes the type of music that will
remain relevant even after the current trends have faded and something new becomes popular Available from 29.09.2017

Nolan The Ninja – He(art)
Friday, May 20th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Nolan The Ninja – He(art)

Image: 1603344 Nolan The Ninja is a throwback in many regards. In an era where many are just thrust into the realm of music without having gone through a proper stretch of artistic development, Nolan has been through the gauntlet and honed his abilities to the razor’s edge over the past few years. Nolan’s debut EP “F*ck The Hype” dropped on Left Of Center and attracted praise from 2DopeBoyz, Huffington Post, Pigeons & Planes, Egotripland, URB, watchLOUD, Respect and numerous other outlets. After eye opening live appearances on DJ Eclipse’s Halftime Show and Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesdays Shade 45 show it was clear the world needed a full length album from him.

The wait is over. Nolan’s debut LP “he(art)” is the culmination of years of performances and recording until he was ready to deliver a concise, well-rounded album that represented his evolution into a fully formed artist. “he(art)” exhibits the growth, depth and introspection you’d expect from an artist coming into their own and finally realizing their true potential. “he(art)” takes you on a journey of a young man from Detroit finally seeing his lifelong dreams of becoming an emcee following in the footsteps of his idols and influences coming to fruition.

“he(art)” showcases production from several prominent beatsmiths including MoSS, Def Dee, Nick Speed while also boasting features from rhyme veterans and up and comers alike such as Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Finale, Noveliss (Clear Soul Forces) and Red Pill (Ugly Heroes). After listening to this project it will be clear to the listener that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the sky’s the limit on this remarkable talent. The heart is what sets everything else in motion in the human body and without love for the art of the craft you will never try to achieve greatness.

• Features include Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Finale, Noveliss(Clear Soul Forces) and Red Pill (Ugly Heroes)
• “he(art)” showcases production from several prominent beatsmiths including MoSS, Def Dee, and Nick Speed
• Nolan The Ninja has recieved praise from 2DopeBoyz, Huffington Post, Pigeons & Planes, Egotripland, URB, watchLOUD, Respect and numerous other outlets

1. Opulence
2. Immortality
3. Dianetics
4. Depoli
5. Abyss
6. Pennie$
7. Integrity
8. Amour
9. 40 acres
10. Reel shit
11. Potency
12. Coda Available from 01.07.2016

DJ Soko – Domino Effect (Colored Vinyl)
Friday, July 10th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Soko – Domino Effect (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1597875 Michigan native DJ Soko is part of a long line of great technical DJ’s, musical innovators, curators and those who broke key artists and introduced acts that forever changed the landscape of the music scene. Soko’s ear and ability to put emcees in position for them to shine over the perfect production is never more evident than it is on his debut project released on his imprint Left Of Center. DJ Soko uses his years coming up in the Detroit scene, his experiences DJ’ing in his current home (the planet of Brooklyn, NY) then blends both of those worlds together seamlessly. The end result is a gritty, boom bap Rap album that is equally as soulful and introspective as it is rooted in a blue collar lyrical Hip-Hop aesthetic. “Domino Effect” is ultimately brought together by Soko’s deft cuts and scratches which elevate each composition and make them resonate with listeners even further.

DJ Soko picked from the best and brightest among his immediate circle of associates, including his crew members The Left (Apollo Brown & Journalist 103). Soko reached out to groups like Clear Soul Forces and Ugly Heroes in addition to heavy hitters and veterans like Guilty Simpson, Finale, Marvwon, Kaimbr, Hassaan Mackey and Rasheed Chappell all the way down to up and comers like Nolan The Ninja, Stryfe and Jae Musick then matched them up with production harder than frozen over sidewalks in February provided by Apollo Brown, Def Dee, Newstalgia, Slimkat78 and NAMELESS amongst others. “Domino Effect” refers to when an event sets off a chain reaction of events or by-products that grow progressively larger and larger in scope over time.

Each beat sets the stage for the emcees. Each verse sets up the next verse and ramps up the level of lyricism. Each one of DJ Soko’s scratches push the beat and lyrics forward even further. This happens song after song over the entire project until the final product stands out amongst an era of disposable music. “The Domino Effect” is about seeking to make timeless art in hopes that propels the next project then another thus creating a much larger domino effect which spreads until it results in better quality music being released across the board. Just press play and watch what happens next…Album available August 21st, 2015 on Soko’s Left Of Center imprint, distributed through Fat Beats.

1. Intro feat. Mr. Walt (Da Beatminerz), Guilty Simpson, House Shoes, & Finale (prod. by Def Dee)
2. Domino Effect (prod. by Def Dee)
3. Stand Up feat. Guilty Simpson & Hassaan Mackey (prod. by Apollo Brown)
4. Take Notes feat. Hassaan Mackey, Marvwon & Finale (prod. by Def Dee)
5. Concoction feat. Nolan The Ninja (prod. by Nolan The Ninja)
6. The Cronkite feat. Journalist 103 (The Left) (prod. by Newstalgia)
7. Shadow Boxing feat. Jae Musick (prod. by Newstalgia)
8. Kyle Reese feat. Guilty Simpson (prod. by Def Dee)
9. Confrontation feat. Kaimbr, Hassaan Mackey & Jae Musick (prod. by Slimkat78)
10. Built Bridges (Interlude) feat. Big Jazz (The UN), Noveliss, DJ Sicari, Journalist 103, Def Dee & Caiden (prod. by Slimkat78)
11. Sober Thoughts feat. Red Pill (of Ugly Heroes) (prod. by ATG)
12. Soko Flow feat. LAZ (Clear Soul Forces), Red Pill (Ugly Heroes) & Noveliss (Clear Soul Forces) (prod. by NAMELESS)
13. The Beast feat. Guilty Simpson (prod. by Newstalgia)
14. Land Mine feat. Rasheed Chappell (prod. by Apollo Brown)
15. Ambassador Bridge feat. Stryfe (prod. by Newstalgia)

All cuts by DJ Soko
Mixed & mastered by AP at The Dugout
A&R direction: Dart Adams
Executive producer: DJ Soko
Co-Executive producers: Finale, Def Dee
Artwork: Frank William Miller Junior
Photography: Andrew Lopez, E. Vincent Stephens
Available from 11.09.2015

FJAAK
Monday, November 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Fjaak’s path led them from the periphery to the centre and from there further through the world. Their self titled debut album for Monkeytown is as much of a summary of what had happened in the previous three years as it is an artistic statement. “FJAAK” combines the energetic peak-time sound of the Berlin-based trio’s […]

Multiinstrumentalist und Produzent Sly5thAve veröffentlicht ein wahrlich meisterhaftes Album
Monday, November 6th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Mit “The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre” veröffentlicht der Multi-Instrumentalist und Produzent Sly5thAve eines seiner bisher erfolgreichsten Werke. Das Album kommt von einem Ort der Zusammenarbeit und eröffnet eine Offenheit für Improvisation und Experimentieren, was zu einer Sammlung von visionären Jazz Crossover-Tributen zu Dr. Dres Arbeit führt. Unterstützung bekommt Sly5thAve von Will […]

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 […]

FJAAK
Monday, January 2nd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Fjaak’s path led them from the periphery to the centre and from there further through the world. Their self titled debut album for Monkeytown is as much of a summary of what had happened in the previous three years as it is an artistic statement. “FJAAK” combines the energetic peak-time sound of the Berlin-based trio’s […]

Fabio Fabor – B81
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fabio Fabor – B81

Image: 1607612 Fabio Fabor is a mysterious composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music, but also experimental and electronic library music, the latter being the case of this release: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. Originally published by the legendary Seri e Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, this hard-to-find title is finally available again thanks to Schema Records.

Due to an overwhelming number of reissues and to the steady and meticulous work of collectors and passionate music lovers who have been spreading the word about it, the realm of Italian library music has moved from being some kind of hidden cult to becoming a well defined niche. Authors such as Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sciascia, Tommasi and Sorgini have become more accessible to the uninitiated, while pricesof the original presses of their records keep surging.

Among the multitude of composers that wrote library music in their careers, Fabio Fabor is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. Born in Milan in 1920, Fabio Borgazzi (this was his real name) was a composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music. Lingering between his love for the classic canon and pop and electronic experimentalisms, Fabor developed a parallel career as author of Italian pop music (his songs had been interpreted by popular singers as Fred Buscaglione, Nilla Pizzi e Nicola Arigliano at the renowned Festival di Sanremo) and – more interestingly for us – as a composer of experimental and electronic library music. Among the numerous releases he left, “B 81” and “B 82”, Ballabili “Anni 70” (Underground) are worth remembering: both published by the legendary Serie Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, these titles are available again now thanks to Schema Records.

“B 81” and “B 82”, both released in 1970, are library music in its most traditional meaning: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. If we take for good the description of “Paradiso Hippy”, one of the tracks on the record, the release is a ‘moderato pop, melodic, effectively nostalgic but vibrant’. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST CD
01 Satanas
02 Blue Meditation
03 Telegraph Center
04 Curandera
05 Sexy Tours
06 Cat Ballade
07 Matildas
08 Skinnj
09 Alexandra
10 Orsella
11 Paradiso Hippy
12 Violini Allegri Available from 16.12.2016

Fabio Fabor – B81 (LP+CD)
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fabio Fabor – B81 (LP+CD)

Image: 1607614 Fabio Fabor is a mysterious composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music, but also experimental and electronic library music, the latter being the case of this release: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. Originally published by the legendary Seri e Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, this hard-to-find title is finally available again thanks to Schema Records.

Due to an overwhelming number of reissues and to the steady and meticulous work of collectors and passionate music lovers who have been spreading the word about it, the realm of Italian library music has moved from being some kind of hidden cult to becoming a well defined niche. Authors such as Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sciascia, Tommasi and Sorgini have become more accessible to the uninitiated, while pricesof the original presses of their records keep surging.

Among the multitude of composers that wrote library music in their careers, Fabio Fabor is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. Born in Milan in 1920, Fabio Borgazzi (this was his real name) was a composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music. Lingering between his love for the classic canon and pop and electronic experimentalisms, Fabor developed a parallel career as author of Italian pop music (his songs had been interpreted by popular singers as Fred Buscaglione, Nilla Pizzi e Nicola Arigliano at the renowned Festival di Sanremo) and – more interestingly for us – as a composer of experimental and electronic library music. Among the numerous releases he left, “B 81” and “B 82”, Ballabili “Anni 70” (Underground) are worth remembering: both published by the legendary Serie Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, these titles are available again now thanks to Schema Records.

“B 81” and “B 82”, both released in 1970, are library music in its most traditional meaning: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. If we take for good the description of “Paradiso Hippy”, one of the tracks on the record, the release is a ‘moderato pop, melodic, effectively nostalgic but vibrant’. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Satanas
A2 Blue Meditation
A3 Telegraph Center
A4 Curandera
A5 Sexy Tours
A6 Cat Ballade
B1 Matildas
B2 Skinnj
B3 Alexandra
B4 Orsella
B5 Paradiso Hippy
B6 Violini Allegri Available from 16.12.2016

Fabio Fabor – B82
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fabio Fabor – B82

Image: 1607618 Fabio Fabor is a mysterious composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music, but also experimental and electronic library music, the latter being the case of this release: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. Originally published by the legendary Seri e Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, this hard-to-find title is finally available again thanks to Schema Records.

Due to an overwhelming number of reissues and to the steady and meticulous work of collectors and passionate music lovers who have been spreading the word about it, the realm of Italian library music has moved from being some kind of hidden cult to becoming a well defined niche. Authors such as Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sciascia, Tommasi and Sorgini have become more a ccessible to the uninitiated, while prices of the original presses of their records keep surging.

Among the multitude of composers that wrote library music in their careers, Fabio Fabor is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. Born in Milan in 1920, Fabio Borgazzi (this was his real name) was a composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music. Lingering between his love for the classic canon and pop and electronic experimentalisms, Fabor developed a parallel career as author of Italian pop music (his songs had been interpreted by popular singers as Fred Buscaglione, Nilla Pizzi e Nicola Arigliano at the renowned Festival di Sanremo) and – more interestingly for us – as a composer of experimental and electronic library music. Among the numerous releases he left, “B 81” and “B 82”, Ballabili “Anni 70” (Underground) are worth remembering: both published by the legendary Serie Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, these titles are available again now thanks to Schema Records.

“B 81” and “B 82”, both released in 1970, are library music in its most traditional meaning: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. If we take for good the description of “Paradiso Hippy”, one of the tracks on the record, the release is a ‘moderato pop, melodic, effectively nostalgic but vibrant’. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST CD
01 Mildred
02 Park Line
03 Daly Telephone
04 Expo 2000
05 Executive
06 Muslims
07 Nerofumo
08 Daytona Sprint
09 Full Time
10 Continuum
11 Tigre Nera
12 Apollo Center Available from 16.12.2016

Fabio Fabor – B82 (LP+CD)
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fabio Fabor – B82 (LP+CD)

Image: 1607619 Fabio Fabor is a mysterious composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music, but also experimental and electronic library music, the latter being the case of this release: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. Originally published by the legendary Seri e Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, this hard-to-find title is finally available again thanks to Schema Records.

Due to an overwhelming number of reissues and to the steady and meticulous work of collectors and passionate music lovers who have been spreading the word about it, the realm of Italian library music has moved from being some kind of hidden cult to becoming a well defined niche. Authors such as Alessandroni, Umiliani, Sciascia, Tommasi and Sorgini have become more a ccessible to the uninitiated, while prices of the original presses of their records keep surging.

Among the multitude of composers that wrote library music in their careers, Fabio Fabor is still surrounded by an aura of mystery. Born in Milan in 1920, Fabio Borgazzi (this was his real name) was a composer and musician who wrote mostly operas, symphonies and chamber music. Lingering between his love for the classic canon and pop and electronic experimentalisms, Fabor developed a parallel career as author of Italian pop music (his songs had been interpreted by popular singers as Fred Buscaglione, Nilla Pizzi e Nicola Arigliano at the renowned Festival di Sanremo) and – more interestingly for us – as a composer of experimental and electronic library music. Among the numerous releases he left, “B 81” and “B 82”, Ballabili “Anni 70” (Underground) are worth remembering: both published by the legendary Serie Usignolo, a sub-label of Fonit, these titles are available again now thanks to Schema Records.

“B 81” and “B 82”, both released in 1970, are library music in its most traditional meaning: short tracks aiming to accompany radio and TV shows, orchestral Pop à la Bacharach, space age pop, hints of bossa and beat from the previous decade. If we take for good the description of “Paradiso Hippy”, one of the tracks on the record, the release is a ‘moderato pop, melodic, effectively nostalgic but vibrant’. Enjoy!

TRACKLIST LP
A1 Mildred
A2 Park Line
A3 Daly Telephone
A4 Expo 2000
A5 Executive
A6 Muslims
B1 Nerofumo
B2 Daytona Sprint
B3 Full Time
B4 Continuum
B5 Tigre Nera
B6 Apollo Center Available from 16.12.2016

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

Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music (Numero Group)
Friday, May 6th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Joanna Brouk’s little-known body of work exists at the nexus between ambient, new age, drone, and classical minimalism-stark in its simplicity, lush in its expanse.

2CD NUMERO069CD / 2LP NUMERO069LP
Release: 06-05-16
Numero Group releases rare and unreleased recordings from New Age Music pioneer Joanna Brouk
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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She was a composer who wrote scores with geometric shapes, a poet who became a pioneer of early electronic music. Joanna Brouk’s little-known body of work exists at the nexus between ambient, new age, drone, and classical minimalism-stark in its simplicity, lush in its expanse. Studying under Robert Ashley and Terry Riley at the fabled […]

Plusmacher – Die Ernte (Kopfticker Records)
Friday, January 15th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Der Berliner Plusmacher holt die Ernte auf dem frischen Label Kopfticker auf dicken Beats rein.

CD KOPF001-2
Release: 15-01-16
Plusmacher
Monday, December 14th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Achtung Finanzwelt! Jetzt lernt ihr, wie man richtig Plus macht und dabei noch den Kopf nicken kann. Vergessen Sie Seminare, Tagungen und Meetings. Der Plusmacher ist da und zeigt wie man erntet. Kenner kennen ihn bereits durch “BWL/Bordsteinwirtschaftslehre” oder “FSW/Freie Schwarzmarktwirtschaft”. Doch dieses Mal bringt der Plusmacher seine Erfolgsrezepte auch im großen Stil an den […]

Der Berliner Plusmacher holt die Ernte auf dem frischen Label Kopfticker auf dicken Beats rein
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Achtung Finanzwelt! Jetzt lernt ihr, wie man richtig Plus macht und dabei noch den Kopf nicken kann. Vergessen Sie Seminare, Tagungen und Meetings. Der Plusmacher ist da und zeigt wie man erntet. Kenner kennen ihn bereits durch “BWL/Bordsteinwirtschaftslehre” oder “FSW/Freie Schwarzmarktwirtschaft”. Doch dieses Mal bringt der Plusmacher seine Erfolgsrezepte auch im großen Stil an den […]

Mano Le Tough returns with new album “Trails”
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Mano Le Tough spends a lot of time in the club. In 2014, the Irish-born artist played more than 100 gigs all around the world-landing at number eight on Resident Advisor’s annual DJ Poll in the process-but when the time came to make Trails, the follow-up to his much-lauded 2013 debut album Changing Days, Mano […]

The Edge Of Daybreak – Eyes Of Love (Numero Group)
Friday, October 16th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Incarcerated funk has no right to feel this free. Musical convicts and actual convicts from across the Commonwealth, The Edge Of Daybreak’s membership wrote and recorded Eyes Of Love while serving out sentences of six to sixty years.

CD NUMERO061CD / LP NUMERO061LP
Release: 16-10-15
The Edge Of Daybreak – incarcerated funk has no right to feel this free
Monday, October 12th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Incarcerated funk has no right to feel this free. Musical convicts and actual convicts from across the Commonwealth, The Edge Of Daybreak’s membership wrote and recorded Eyes Of Love while serving out sentences of six to sixty years. Set to tape inside Powhatan Correctional Center on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia, these intimate 1979 sessions […]

New release from celebrated jazz quintet The Greg Foat Group
Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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This major new release from the Greg Foat Group sees celebrated jazz quintet making the most of the acoustics of an ancient church, accompanied by a full ensemble of supporting musicians. The fourth album from the celebrated jazz combo will further delight Foat fans who have been consistently enthralled by the taste and finesse with […]

JR & PH7 (Ft. Chuuwee) – The South Sac Mack (Below System)
Friday, May 15th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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JR & PH7 and Chuuwee are pleased to announce news of their collaborative LP, The South Sac Mack. The project brings the German production duo together with the Sacremento spitter for 17 breezy tracks that epitomize the sound of the new West.

CD BS011CD
Release: 15-05-15
Sacramento spitter Chuuwee has linked up with German production duo JR & PH7
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on Sacramento spitter Chuuwee has linked up with German production duo JR & PH7

JR & PH7 and Chuuwee are pleased to announce news of their collaborative LP, The South Sac Mack. The project brings the German production duo together with the Sacremento spitter for 17 breezy tracks that epitomize the sound of the new West. The South Sac Mack will give listeners a street level perspective of Sactown, […]

Camea
Monday, February 16th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Her sound can be described as Seattle cool meets Brooklyn edge meets Berlin chic, and it has secured her a regular tour schedule worldwide. Camea was born and raised in Seattle as a classical and jazz pianist and music enthusiast, and in her youth she studied a variety of instruments and played in several bands. […]

It’s time for the Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary celebrations!
Monday, October 20th, 2014 | Tags: ,
Posted in Magazine, News | Comments Off on It’s time for the Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary celebrations!

This year sees the 15th Anniversary of Tru Thoughts Recordings, the pioneering and innovative label from Brighton which won the coveted Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award for Best Label way back in 2005 and has continued to go from strength to strength, amassing a truly international roster and fanbase as well as mainstream acclaim. This double […]

Oliver Huntemann
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Myths abound in the north when it comes to techno ground zero, and they refuse to go away. Oliver Huntemann is one of a handful of children of the north who, for what seems like an eternity, add an element of credence to the mythology. He does not, of course, live in a snowy forest […]

Brazilian-tinged jazz and funk by European guitar legend Pierre Cavalli
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Brazilian-tinged jazz and funk from Switzerland/ Italy 1972-75, recorded by European guitar legend Pierre Cavalli with the ensembles of music masters Angel Pocho Gatti and Bruno Spoerri – all original material, previously unreleased. Library- and Soundtrack-like album full of bossa breakbeat tunes, scat funk, jazz fusion and trippy interludes – with acoustic or spacey electric […]

Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
Thursday, June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel

Image: 1589940 When Bobby Brown left New Edition at the peak of their fame in 1986 he was staying true to his rules of “really not giving a damn” and doing what felt right to him. And while his solo debut King of Stage (1986) wasn’t bad, it wasn’t what fans were really yearning for “Hopefully he just goes back to New Edition” one fan wrote in a 1987 issue of Word Up! Magazine. Little did we all know by the time King of Stage was dying down he was already
hard at work on the follow up, Don’t Be Cruel, and no one was even prepared for what was coming.
Don’t Be Cruel immediately was a smash hit, to any naysayers this was the punch in the face, to NE fans this was a game changer, and honestly to many this was their first time even hearing him. Don’t Be Cruel crafted the perfect match of amazing songwriting and the newly christened New Jack Swing sound that was flooding the streets. Bobby Brown proved why he was “good to go solo” as he owned each track on this album. The new ‘King of R&B” was here. The albums singles: “Don’t Be Cruel”, “My Perogative”, “Every Little Step” & “Roni” all were number 1 singles. “Rock Wit’cha” made all other R&B ballads at the time pale in comparison. The album was one of the best selling albums of the 80’s (33 to be exact). Don’t Be Cruel over-exceeded what any R&B fan would expect. The albums producers L.A Reid, Babyface and Teddy Riley all did outstanding work channeling the right mix for Brown to finally take center stage. And after 20 + years this album still has a strong hold as the R&B blueprint for making hit albums.

SIDE A:
Cruel Prelude
Don’t Be Cruel
My Prerogative
Roni
Rock Wit’cha
SIDE B:
Every Little Step
I’ll Be Good To You
Take It Slow
All Day All Night
I Really Love You Girl
Cruel Reprise Available from 06.06.2014

Fatnice – Peace Love Unity and Havin Fun
Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Fatnice – Peace Love Unity and Havin Fun

Image: 1589954 DJ support from Rich Medina, Kev Beadle, DJ Cash Money, Eavesdrop Radio and KCRW. Fatnice is multi talented to say the least. The avant garde MC, producer, singer, and writer grew up listening to tons of records and tapes from his aunts collections which were comprised primarily of soul and funk gems. A prolific house head, Fatnice became entrenched in the boombap sounds of hiphop via the roar of Melle Melle rhyming The Message in 1982. An avid writer of poetry Fatnice found it addicting being able to combine rhymes with beats to create music.

Born in Chicago and being in love with education, Fatnice traveled to Atlanta, GA, in 1992 in pursuit of higher learning at Clark Atlanta University. During his matriculation Fatnice continued to delve deep into the abyss of music via record collecting, checking out shows at the famous Funk Jazz Cafe, and battling MC’s around the Atlanta University Center. Although Fatnice had been performing since the age of 11, he would get a true taste of the stage upon landing in the City of Philadelphia in the fall of 98.

Fatnice found himself in Philadelphia, once again pursuing higher learning and rocking open mics on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania’s’ Veranda Room(The Gathering). Shortly after his arrival Fatnice linked with classmate Darin Tolliver (aka Gamez) and became a member of Philly juggernaut Prophets of Ghetto having the honor of opening up for the likes of Public Enemy and Dilated Peoples. Upon graduating from PENN in 2000, Fatnice’s decision to stay in Philly led him to a life of recording and traveling internationally with the now defunct Philadelphia based hiphop trio 84. Fatnice has had the humbling experience of working with greats such as DJ Cash Money, Bahamadia, Cee Knowledge of Digable Planets and a host of others.

Presently Fatnice, a true believer in the art of moving the crowd, still performs, records and writes as well as flexing his vocal talents under the alias Mojo Green. Along with his production partner Blaak the 9th Man, the two have created Welcome To Soulville where Fatnice releases material such as his project ‘It’s Nice To Meet You’

“Soulville is like being on a runaway train with no direction..You don’t know what to expect..All you know is that it will be a soulful & funky ride musically..” (DJ Cash Money)

“Fat Nice & Blaak The 9th Man are two of Philadelphia’s best kept musical secrets. People really have no idea how deep their sonic rabbit hole goes. These guys got more talent in their left pinky finger nails than many of your favorite pop stars have in their entire entourages. Yeah, I said that. Welcome to Soulvillle.” (Rich Medina)

“Soulville is like a never ending well of knowledge & Fatnice/Blaak are like the men who replenishes the people of the village.” (Hezekiah)

Tracklisting

1. Peace Love Unity and Havin Fun (Lil’ Dave Fun Size Mix)
2. Peace Love Unity and Havin Fun (Windy City Mix)
3. My Favorite Things (The Buscrates Vibrate Mix) Available from 30.05.2014

Blitz The Ambassador – Afropolitan Dreams (Jakarta)
Friday, April 25th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Ghanaian-born, New York-based musician, composer and producer Blitz The Ambassador shakes up images of Africa and immigration with his new album “Afropolitan Dreams”.

CD JAKARTA070-2 / LP+MP3 JAKARTA070-1
Release: 25-04-14
Blitz The Ambassador shakes up images of Africa and immigration with “Afropolitan Dreams”
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Ghanaian-born, New York-based musician, composer and producer Blitz the Ambassador is poised to take the music scene by storm this spring with the release of his third studio album “Afropolitan Dreams” on Jakarta Records. The 12-track album is an intoxicating collection showcasing Blitz’s penchant for old school NY hip hop with the indelible influences of […]

Camea
Monday, April 14th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Charts, Magazine | Comments Off on Camea

Her sound can be described as Seattle cool meets Brooklyn edge meets Berlin chic, and it has secured her a regular tour schedule worldwide. Camea was born and raised in Seattle as a classical and jazz pianist and music enthusiast, and in her youth she studied a variety of instruments and played in several bands. […]

Blitz The Ambassador
Monday, April 14th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
Posted in Artists, Magazine | Comments Off on Blitz The Ambassador

Ghanaian-born, New York-based musician, composer and producer Blitz the Ambassador is poised to take the music scene by storm this spring with the release of his third studio album “Afropolitan Dreams” on Jakarta Records. The 12-track album is an intoxicating collection showcasing Blitz’s penchant for old school NY hip hop with the indelible influences of […]

Lawrence
Monday, December 9th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Peter M. Kersten aka Lawrence / Sten launched the dial label in 2000 together with his flat mate and dj friend Carsten Jost. In 2005 he started the record store and label Smallville in Hamburg St. Pauli. Almost a decade after his last dial records album, and an enormous amount of releases on labels like […]

Jonwayne
Monday, October 28th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Jonwayne came onto the Los Angeles music scene by way of the east Los Angeles club Low End Theory circa 2008-09, then emerging as the epicenter of a new generation of hip-hop beat makers: Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Nosaj Thing, Kutmah, Daedelus. Fresh out of high school, Jonwayne jumped in with homemade rap mixtapes and […]

Oy – Kokokyinaka
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Oy – Kokokyinaka

OY aka Joy Frempong, the half Ghanaian and half Swiss multi versed vocalist is definitely one of a rare breed – at home in the left-of-center sound but gifted with a penchant for writing sticky unforgettable melodies.Three years after her vivacious de…

Collection of previously unreleased soundtrack recordings by Hungarian-born guitarist Attila Zoller
Friday, September 20th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Collection of previously unreleased soundtrack recordings, produced 1962-67 in a Berlin studio. Soulful jazz from the arthouse films of Hansjürgen Pohland (“The Bread of Our Early Years”, “Cat and Mouse”, “Tamara”), improvised directly in front of the screen by Hungarian-born guitarist Attila Zoller (1927-1998) and his musicians. Lost treasure by “one of the 10 most […]

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