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Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons (Salvation Records)
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Tony Starks returns to Staten Island after nine years, like a man returning home from a war. He wants the company of old friends, to reunite with his girl, to live a quiet life. But New York has other plans for him …

CD SALV501CD
Release: 19-12-14
Compost Records celebrates it’s 250th release with the label compilation “COMPOST 250 – FRESHLY COMPOSTED VOL. 2” …
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Electronica

Ugly Tony & Phil The Agony – Antagonysm
Friday, November 14th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ugly Tony & Phil The Agony – Antagonysm

Image: 1593893 Dank “Antagonysm wurden sie vereint – der französische Beatmaker Ugly Tony und der aus LA stammende Rapper Phil The Agony (Strong Arm Steady) haben sich für diese EP auf dem französischen Label Rugged Records (das Label von DJ & Producer DJ Low Cut) zusammengetan. Phil The Agony liefert hier prägnante Lyrics mit seinem atypischen Fluss auf Ugly Tonys Produktionen und Beats, die aus progressiven 80er Electro- & Rock-Samples bestehen. Das Ganze in einer perfekten Alchemie! Available from 19.12.2014

Black Moon – Enta Da Stage (Remixes)
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Moon – Enta Da Stage (Remixes)

Image: 1615792 2017 Remixed & Remastered Edition / Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon simultaneously kicked off and defined the rap renaissance of New York with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier groups had spit rage-filled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black Moon was rising.

Earlier this year, Fat Beats Records presented the definitive Enta Da Stage box set, which was reissued for the first time across three formats (6xLP, 3xCD and 3xCassette). This album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden Age.The box set included vocals, instrumentals and remixes plus extensive liner notes by David Ma (Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change. And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary.

Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as Enter the Wu- Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember that Enta Da Stage preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop once and for all.

1. How Many Emcee’s (Must Get Dissed) (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
2. Act Like You Want It (F.A.P. Mix)
3. Shit Iz Real (Buckshot’s New Vocal)
4. Son Get Wrec (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
5. U Da Man (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
6. Buckshot’s Freestyle Joint
7. Fuck It Up (Rugged and Ruff Mix)
8. I Got Cha Opin (Remix)
9. Buck Em Down (Da Beatminerz Remix)
10. Murder MC’s (B-Side Vocal)
11. Six Feet Deep
12. Reality (Killing Every…)
13. Who Got Da Props- – MW Smooth Mix Available from 17.11.2017

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

Various – Soul Slabs Vol.1 (RSD)
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Soul Slabs Vol.1 (RSD)

Image: 1609103 A selection of 22 tracks from pulled from the 7-inch catalog of
Colemine Records, a label steeped in modern groups recording
deep funk and soul music, similar to Daptone Records. Many of
these tracks are presented here on an LP for the first time. First 2000
copies on RSD exclusive red vinyl and foil numbered.

1. Jungle Fire – Comencemos
2. TheDroptones-Youngblood
3. The Rugged Nuggets – Yo
Todo TuYo
4. The Sure Fire Soul
Ensemble – City Heights
5. Monophonics – Like
Yesterday
6. Alan Evans Trio – Authoritay
7. The Grease Traps – Street
Sweeper
8. Il Carbonaro – High Noon
9. Fat Night – ThingsYou Do
10. In Motion Collective – MTA
11. Orgone – Don’t Stop
12. Gene Washington & The
Ironsides – Don’t Throw You
LoveAway
13. Ikebe Shakedown – Hard
Steppin’
14. Leroi Conroy – Remember
When?
15. The Jive Turkeys – The
Reggie
16. Los Sospechos – Jano’s
Revenge
17. Dojo Cuts -You Make Lovin’
Real Easy
18. On The Spot Trio – Suction
19. Durand Jones & The
Indications – Smile
20. Kris Lager Band – Money &
Loneliness
21. Ephemerals – Things
22. Tee See Connection – Black
Mamba
23. Soul Scratch – Pacified
24. The Gripsweats – Ziggy’s
Walk Available from 22.04.2017

Black Moon – Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition
Thursday, January 26th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Moon – Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition

Image: 1608430 Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon
simultaneously kicked off and defined the rap renaissance of NewYork
with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier
groups had spit rage-filled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust
establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective
anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been
dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage
dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black
Moon was rising.
Working closely with the original members, Fat Beats Records is proud
to present the definitive Enta Da Stage box set. Reissued together for
the first time across three formats – 6xLP, 3xCD, and 3xCassette –
this album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking
to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden
Age. All formats include the Da Beatminerz (Evil Dee and Mr. Walt)
instrumentals and remixes, plus extensive liner notes by David Ma
(Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in
an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers
Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the
bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change.
And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da
Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary.
Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and
its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp
Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect
distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down
breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta
Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to
Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember
that Enta Da Stage preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da
Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop
once and for all.

Enta Da Stage (Main)
1. Powaful Impak!
2. Niguz Talk Shit
3. Who Got Da Props (Evil Dee Mix)
4. Ack Like U Want It
5. Buck Em Down
6. Black Smif-n-Wessun
7. Son Get Wrec
8. Make Munne
9. Slave
10. I Got Cha Opin
11. Shit Iz Real
12. Enta Da Stage
13. How Many MC’s
14. U Da Man Enta Da Stage (Instrumentals)

1. Powaful Impak!
2. Niguz Talk Shit
3. Who Got Da Props (Evil Dee Mix)
4. Ack Like U Want It
5. Buck Em Down
6. Black Smif-n-Wessun
7. Son Get Wrec
8. Make Munne
9. Slave
10. I Got Cha Opin
11. Shit Iz Real
12. Enta Da Stage
13. How Many MC’s
14. U Da Man Enta Da Stage (Remixes)

1. How Many Emcee’s (Must Get Dissed) (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
2. Act Like You Want It (F.A.P. Mix)
3. Shit Iz Real (Buckshot’s New Vocal)
4. Son Get Wrec (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
5. U Da Man (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
6. Buckshot’s Freestyle Joint
7. Fuck It Up (Rugged and Ruff Mix)
8. I Got Cha Opin (Remix)
9. Buck Em Down (Da Beatminerz Remix)
10. Murder MC’s (B-Side Vocal)
11. Six Feet Deep
12. Reality (Killing Every…)
13. Who Got Da Props- – MW Smooth Mix Available from 24.02.2017

Fünf Jahre nach dem Album “Racing With The Sun” sind Chinese Man mit ihrem neuen Opus “Shikantaza” zurück
Monday, January 16th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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“Shikantaza” ist ein Begriff, der in der buddhistischen Schule Soto Zen verwendet wird und wörtlich “nichts als (shikan) genau (da) Sitzen (za)” bedeutet. Es beschreibt die angenommene Haltung während der Zazen-Meditation. Zusammengestellt zwischen Marseille, Bombay und einer geheimen Zuflucht in der französischen Landschaft, schlagen die 16 Tracks des neuen Albums den Bogen zurück zu den […]

Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes
Monday, May 30th, 2016 | Tags: , , , ,
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Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes – born and raised in the ghetto around Olympic Way, West Kingston, Jamaica – established himself as one of the most prolific and influential music producers in the first half of the eighties. ‘Junjo’ actually started his musical career as a singer but it was not until he turned over to production […]

Andy Cooper
Monday, February 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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Unlike most rap vocalists, Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper has rarely worked outside of his band but, recently, he decided to record a ten-song LP to explore his abilities as an MC and producer. ‘Room to Breathe:The Free LP’ features a highly creative Hip-Hop veteran showcasing his mastery of fundamental rap skill while, at the same […]

Hip-Hop veteran Andy Cooper of Ugly Duckling is releasing his debut solo effort ‘Room To Breathe: The Free LP’
Monday, February 15th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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Unlike most rap vocalists, Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper has rarely worked outside of his band but, recently, he decided to record a ten-song LP to explore his abilities as an MC and producer. ‘Room to Breathe:The Free LP’ features a highly creative Hip-Hop veteran showcasing his mastery of fundamental rap skill while, at the same […]

Brainwash 2000 – Funk And Dues / Next Shit
Friday, February 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Brainwash 2000 – Funk And Dues / Next Shit

Image: 1602242 Hailing from The Bronx NYC, Brainwash 2000 – consisting of former
3rd Eye & The Group Home member T.R.O.O.K.U.L.A. aka Troo
Kula & Naut Jugga – made crazy noise in 1996/97 with the rugged
underground banger “Break It Down” (released on 12” b/w “King
of Demos”), which even made it onto the infamous Haze Presents
“New York Reality Check 101 – Mixed By DJ Premier” compilation.
The duo followed up with a second very dope and mad rare 12”
entitled “Funk And Dues / Next Shit” in 1998.
Ill Adrenaline Records proudly present the official re-issue of the
original “Funk And Dues / Next Shit” 12” that became one of the most
sought after and highly valued records of 90’s indie rap.

1. This Side
2. Funk And Dues Pt. 1
3. Next Shit
4. Funk And Dues Pt. 2
5. That Side
6. Funk And Dues Pt. 1 (Instrumental)
7. Next Shit (Instrumental)
8. Funk And Dues Pt 2. (Instrumental) Available from 25.03.2016

Wolf Eyes – Enemy Ladder / Dull Murder Two
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Wolf Eyes – Enemy Ladder / Dull Murder Two

Image: 1599097 Post-industrial/noise group Wolf Eyes and are set to release their new album ‘I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces’ on October 30th. Behold the album’s first single ”Enemy Ladder” b/w ”Dull Murder Two.”

Wolf Eyes history stretches from 97-to present with over 500 releases into the either of the musical world: with units only normal instrument being a lone GUITAR thru the years: give and take some gongs and blues harmonica,: strings here put thru a John Cipollina- in year 2098 live thru a drag strip filter fuzz -damage direct from Jim Baljo. Nathan Young provides vox & electronics from a woods possessed by a spirit thats both too ancient and too futuristic to gain comfort in its own proto- rural/urban musical environment. Final member John Olson rounds out the soundscape with electronics and woodwinds whose only job title can be known as conjuring ”the gut of un-nameable menace” into sound. Here on I AM PROBLEM : the trio are at their peak: relaxed but knife-focused : not a second is wasted on the streamlined atmosphere of scruffy scotch tape-electronics musique’ concrete foundation of splatter used to raise up a monument of individualism and idiosyncratic homemade misfired dribbling ROCK AND ROLL: again from the year 2098, with a new messed up misconfigured FACE.

In conclusion: I suggest you sit back, empty your brain gels: and let this PROBLEM sink/rip/boil into your blood stream and witness the WOLF sound molecules fight their rugged way into your world-view/ personal vision and follow the dissonance to the streets to fight your own lone revolution, from scratch: at day one with YOUR MIND IN PIECES.

Tracks:

A. Enemy Ladder
B. Dull Murder Two

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/thirdmanrecords/enemy-ladder-2 Available from 25.09.2015

Czarface (Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric) – Every Hero Needs A Villain (Brick)
Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , ,
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Czarface – Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran Boston duo 7L & Esoteric – isn’t concerned with the glitz and the B.S. that modern consumer culture is pushing. And neither are the group’s fans.

CD BRK152CD
Release: 19-06-15
Sophomore release from the acclaimed trio of Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , ,
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Czarface – Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran Boston duo 7L & Esoteric – isn’t concerned with the glitz and the B.S. that modern consumer culture is pushing. And neither are the group’s fans. In 2013, the trio appeared relatively unassumingly with their self-titled debut, which was chiefly produced by DJ 7L and included […]

Sarr Band – Double Action
Friday, January 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sarr Band – Double Action

Image: 1595040 Super hot reissue of the original Portuguese Boom Records release of the Sarr Band’s sought after 1979 ‘Double Action’ LP. The title track, a heavy chugging Cosmic gem, is a bit of a holy grail among disco aficionados and a favourite of DJs like Harvey & Rahaan but the rest of the LP is equally as good. Other standouts include dark slo-mo instrumental ‘Soul Machine’, a wonderful cover of Vince Montana’s classic ‘Nice & Nasty’, the dirty drugged up disco groove of ‘Mefisto Boogie’ and not forgetting the highly in-demand ‘Magic Mandrake’, a great slice of off-the-wall dancefloor madness with pumping bass, searing horns and sleazy vocals. Essential disco long player – don’t miss.

TRACK LISTING:

A1. Double Action
A2. Soul Machine
A3. Soul Tango
A4. Magic Mandrake
B1. Nice & Nasty
B2. Mefisto Boogie
B3. Look At Me Baby
B4. Souvenirs Available from 03.04.2015

Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons
Friday, January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons

Image: 1594349 On 36 Seasons Ghostface once again delivers exactly what the hardcore Wu-fans crave: desperate tales from the dark side over soulful boom-bap tracks. The soundscape is provided The Revelations [Brooklyn’s acclaimed soul band/production team]. Their hard-hitting tracks match the intensity of Ghost’s violent narrative. His co-stars on 36 Seasons are legendary lyricists and storytellers in their own right, 3 of the greatest of all-time: AZ, Kool G Rap and Pharoahe Monch. The album also features vocal contributions from Blue Note Records’ rising star Kandace Springs and gritty soul singers Rell and Tre Williams.

Pitchfork Media has said “Ghostface has unparalleled storytelling instincts. He might be the best, most colorful storyteller rap has ever seen”. Q Magazine called him “rap’s finest storyteller”. On his new release 36 Seasons those powers have never been more in-focus, as he takes his listeners on a gut-wrenching journey of double-cross and revenge through the rough and rugged housing projects of New York’s Staten Island.

Tracklisting:

SIDE A
1. The Battlefield
2. Love Don’t Live Here No More
3. Here I Go Again
4. Loyalty
5. It’s A Thin Line Between Love And Hate
6. The Dogs of War
7. Emergency Procedure

SIDE B
8. Double Cross
9. Bamboo’s Lament
10. Pieces To The Puzzle
11. Homicide
12. Blood In The Streets
13. Call My Name
14. I Love You For All Seasons Available from 16.01.2015

Wu-Tang staple Ghostface Killa returns with his new album ’36 Seasons’
Thursday, December 4th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Tony Starks returns to Staten Island after nine years, like a man returning home from a war. He wants the company of old friends, to reunite with his girl, to live a quiet life. But New York has other plans for him … Pitchfork Media has said “Ghostface has unparalleled storytelling instincts. He might be […]

Diabolic – Fightin’ Words
Friday, October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Diabolic – Fightin’ Words

Image: 1592434 Der New Yorker Rapper Diabolic kehrt nach seinem Debütalbum aus dem Jahr 2010 auf dem Immortal Technique Label Viper Records mit Features von Vinnie Paz, Sean Price, Celph Titled, Apathy, R.A. the Rugged Man und anderen zurück. DJ Premier, Engineer, Junior Makhno, Snowgoons und andere sorgen für die Produktion. Available from 14.11.2014

Diabolic – Fightin’ Words
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Diabolic – Fightin’ Words

Image: 1592347 Der New Yorker Rapper Diabolic kehrt nach seinem Debütalbum aus dem Jahr 2010 auf dem Immortal Technique Label Viper Records mit Features von Vinnie Paz, Sean Price, Celph Titled, Apathy, R.A. the Rugged Man und anderen zurück. DJ Premier, Engineer, Junior Makhno, Snowgoons und andere sorgen für die Produktion. Available from 10.10.2014

Castle – Return Of The Gasface
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Castle – Return Of The Gasface

Image: 1589286 This is for those with hard heads, black lungs, and scarred hearts. It’s for the dreamers who construct darts on loose-leaf and those revolting against corporate life and casual Fridays. It’s Castle’s Return of the Gasface, released on Mello Music Group, remixed by Has-Lo with a new track and revamped verses.
The new record tilts at a different angle, but the beats still bludgeon without sacrificing soul. The raps are rugged yet introspective. The North Carolina native’s voice is grizzled and shot through with the fatigue that comes from late nights, cigarettes and coffee. Has-Lo’s beats coax a deeper melancholy out of Castle’s hymns.
This isn’t struggle rap, but rather acknowledgement of human struggles. Old soul loops wind around lamp-less alleys, the sound of footsteps pounding, sirens blaring, and guns clutched tightly amidst scathing winter winds. Just when the darkness seems almost too ominous, Castle cracks a smirk. The nocturnal street disciple is the same dude reading The Onion, writing ballads to Homer Simpson’s nemesis Frank Grimes, and mocking rappers whose lyrics are so kitsch they’re like a graveyard of pink flamingos and garden gnomes.
Don’t dismiss this as nostalgia for the 90s. The chops, scenarios, and smoke are all highly modern, but the mood brings to mind classics of the past from Ghostface Killah, Organized Konfusion and Mos Def. It’s aggressive and sentimental without being saccharine. Deeply soulful music equal parts smart and sad. Hip Hop DXalready called the original Gasface one of 2013’s best and most slept-on records, full of “strong wordplay, comedic wit, and brash demeanor matching the [original] 3rd Bass classic.” No need to make the same mistake twice. This is the only Gasface you’ll ever want to receive
– written by Jeff Weiss

Key Selling Points
1. Castle describes it well: “Pop rappers chastising, claim taht I don’t stack enough. Art rappers chastising, claim that I don’t tap enough.”
2. Hip Hop DX called Gasface one of the best and most slept-on records, full of “strong wordplay, comedic wit, and brash demeanor matching the [original] 3rd Bass classic”
3. Original cover art by New York artist Josh Bayer, who is best known for creating the opening sequences in the HBO show “Rome” as well as the paintings in Alicia Key’s “Girl On Fire” video.

Tracklisting
1. Chateau
2. Finalivin’
3. We Here Though
4. Lighten Up
5. New Stereo
6. Casual Fridays
7. Todd Shaw ft. Has-Lo
8. Clever Bunny
9. Ballad Of Frank Grimes
10 All hat Counts
11. Three Dollar
12. Live Action
13. Two Times Available from 18.07.2014

Various – Haiti Direct EP
Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Haiti Direct EP

Image: 1589869 Hypnotic Carnival rhythms, DIY electro and vital Compas experiments from Haiti…

Claudette & Ti Pierre’s 1979 version of the folk song ‘Zanmi Camarade’ jumps straight out of leftfield. Haunting vocals are accompanied by a heavy drum machine and arpeggiated synth backing for a Kraftwerk-in-Port-au-Prince vibe. Stockholm’s Tropical Treats crew give the track the subtle edit treatment, bringing out the bass and rounding off the sound.

Ti Marcel’s rugged, hypnotic Rara track ‘Nan Point La Vie’ is dominated by the single-note ‘Vaksin’ bamboo flute – nature’s sub-bass – and comes to life with Siwo’s one-take drum machine update, a serious carnival mover.

On the B-side the Ibo Combo cover Coupé Cloué’s evergreen ‘Mateau’, adding beautiful horn arrangements to the acoustic original for a masterclass in the Mini Jazz sound.

Les Loups Noirs offer up ‘Pile ou Face’ (heads or tails), an unhinged slice of psychedelic compas, replete with swirling organs, screeching vocals and a heavy bassline. The tracks is also available on the Haiti Direct compilation on Strut Records.

A1: Claudette et Ti Pierre – Zanmi Camarade (Tropical Treats Edit)
A2: Ti Marcel – Nan Point la Vie (Siwo Version)
B1: Ibo Combo – Mateau
B2: Les Loups Noirs – Pile ou Face
Available from 16.05.2014

Dibiase – Schematiks (Silkscreened+MP3)
Friday, May 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dibiase – Schematiks (Silkscreened+MP3)

Image: 1588838 Multi-time finalist of Red Bull’s prestigious Big Tune Producer Showcase, DIBIA$E has been honing his musical talents for over a decade within LA’s influential beat scene.

His signature sound has been recognized and sought out by some of hip hop and electronic music’s most influential: Blu, Guilty Simpson, Elzhi [Slum Village], Abstract Rude, Battle Cat, DJ Premier, Flying Lotus, Geoff Barrow [Portishead], to name a few.

10thirty Records and DIBIA$E reveal their latest release Schematiks. This full length album gives listeners an audible diagram of DIBIA$ES’ abstract musical genius. Heavily influenced by symbols of traditional boom-bap, rugged soul and smoothed out R&B, Schematiks showcases DIBIA$E’s better known “Dilla- esque” slightly off-kilter sound. Available from 25.04.2014

Various – Encryption Cipher
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Encryption Cipher

Image: 1588665 Pittsburgh Modular follows up the digital only “Encryption Cipher Pt.1” release with a full vinyl episode. This combines modular electronics with the production prowess of Tuff Sound Encoding to present a record that highlights the most talented MCs from Pittsburgh and beyond. Rugged rhymes meet strange and satisfying beats as veteran producer Soy Sos (3 Generations Walking, Soma Mestizo) and brash newcomer, DJ Thermos, create soundscapes for the dancefloor and headphones.

MCs include: Hardo (recent signee to Atlantic Records) and protege of TI, Hardo affiliate Kizzl, rising Pittsburgh rap star Crystal Seth teamed up with risen NYC rap star Action Bronson, Black Sun, Pittsburgh’s best kept secret lyrical technician, Boaz, label mate of Wiz Khalifa, and more.

A1. Hardo – Cutthroat – Soy Sos Remix
A2. Kizzl – Already Did It – Soy Sos Remix
A3. Crystal Seth ft Action Bronson – Onesy and Slippers – DJ Thermos Remix
A4. NeNe – I Dont Love Her
B1. Black Sun – Lighting In A Bottle – Soy Sos Remix
B2. Boaz – Take Me Away
B3. Jon Quest & Shad Ali – Knights of the Templar – DJ Thermos Remix
B4. Ras Maisha & Suliman Perez – Roots & Calabash – Soy Sos Remix Available from 11.04.2014

Max Graef – Rivers Of The Red Planet
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Max Graef – Rivers Of The Red Planet

Image: 1587379 Tartelet have a knack for uncovering virtuosic, off-kilter electronic music. Max Graef’s debut album is no exception. Double vinyl only, this will surely sell out.

Tartelet has a knack for uncovering virtuosic, off-kilter electronic music. Max Graef—born, bred and still holding it down in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg—is their latest artist in this mold. Though adventurous dance music is thick on the ground in the German capital, Graef’s 2013 run of singles, cropping up on Graef’s own Box aus Holz, plus Melbourne
Deepcast, The Gym, Heist and Tartelet, continually surprised, infusing worn-in house with manic energy and acrobatic elasticity. Where many of his peers make languid, self-consciously laid-back tunes, Graef makes brilliantly restless ones. Dropping the needle on one of his EPs, you nearly expect it to pop right off again.
Rivers of the Red Planet, Graef’s first full-length and Tartelet’s latest album project, takes all that wildness and refines, expands, updates and scrambles it. It’s as ambitious and deviously entertaining a record as you’ll hear in 2014, the fulfillment of Graef’s desire to make anything but another contemporary house music album. At any given moment,
Rivers of the Red Planet feels like it could have been recorded through the smoke at a jazz club in the booth at a techno club 30 years from now or inside an MPC stocked with crusty dollar-bin samples. (We’d guess the staff at Graef’s beloved OYE Records in Berlin will have a difficult time settling on which section to file it in.) If it sounds sampled, it’s a testament to Graef’s natural musicianship and production prowess —the record is heavy on sounds he played himself, from drums and Rhodes to fat synth melodies wrung out of an old Crumar Performer water-damaged to perfection. For vocals, Graef enlisted Nigerian singer Wayne Snow, whose rugged soulfulness makes him a natural pairing.
On cuts like “Drums Of Death” and “Speed Metal Jesus,” the clubreadiness of his EPs lives on. But Rivers of the Red Planet may be most at home in your living room, with a good bottle of red and a roaring fire’s crackles mixing with the pops and hiss of the vinyl—a playful listen that sinks in, burrowing deep and getting you all warm and gooey on the
inside.

TRACKLISTING
A1. Intro
A2. Itzehoe
A3. Superswiss
A4. Running
B1. Jazz 104
B2. Tamboule Fudgemunk
B3. Quackeljochen
B4. Ohne Erdung
C1. Muholland Drive
C2. Drums of Death
C3. Vino Rosetto (album version)
C4. Speed Metal Jesus
D1. Buchsenoffner
D2. Jane (Fur Hannah)
D3. Medley of the Drifters (skit)
D4. Outro

www.riversoftheredplanet.com Available from 04.04.2014

Da Beatminerz – Sumthin (Remix) (ft. Tash & Rah Digga)
Friday, January 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Da Beatminerz – Sumthin (Remix) (ft. Tash & Rah Digga)

Image: 1586673 remixed by Da Beatminerz (DJ Evil Dee & Mr.Walt) / b/w “Another World (Remix #2)” feat. Black Star /

Ill Adrenaline Records and Da Beatminerz team up again to put out two dope unreleased remixes coming straight out the vaults from Mr. Walt and Evil Dee.

While the original version of “…Sumthin” (feat. Tash & Rah Digga) got a more funky vibe, the remix of this east coast/west coast collaboration banger is on the rough and rugged tip. Produced by Mr. Walt and featuring Tash of Tha Alkaholiks and Brick City’s Rah Digga, this remix was recorded back in the same year as the original version (1998) and shelved until now.

The b-side remix of Black Star’s (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) “Another World” is another amazing and unreleased remix of this classic tune. Just like the first remix, this drum driven and funky remix didn’t make it onto any release either. Da Beatminerz got hired to do several remixes of this track (originally produced by UK production crew The Creators) in ’98.

Classic Beatminerz production on both tracks! Available from 20.12.2013

Shuko & F. Of Audiotreats – Cookies & Cream 3
Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Shuko & F. Of Audiotreats – Cookies & Cream 3

Image: 1585494 Aller guten Dinge sind Drei. Shuko & F. of Audiotreats sind wieder da. Im Rucksack haben sie den dritten Teil der “Cookies & Cream”-Serie. Seit der letzten “Cookies & Cream” LP ist vor allem bei Platin-Produzent Shuko wieder viel passiert. Der gebürtige Mainzer, der im letzten Jahr mit Produktionen für Talib Kweli und für die Platinalben von 1995, sowie Sexion D’Assault glänzte, konnte auch dieses Jahr wieder Edelmetall in seinem Studioflur auhängen. Es enstanden Produktionen für den Rap-Shooting Star Cro, die Nr. 1-Überraschung des Sommers, Genetikk und das JBG2-Album der Gangstar-Rap Supergroup Kollegah & Farid Bang, dass in der ersten Woche mehr als 80.000 Einheiten über Selfmade Records verkaufte. Außerdem enstanden Kollaborationen mit dem Westcoast-MC Blu für eine weitere Jakarta Records Veröffentlichung als limitierte 10inch und Beiträge auf dem aktuellen RA the Rugged Man Album. F von den Audiotreats hat in der Vergangenheit für Künstler wie Chima, Dendemann und Joy Denalane Produktionen beigesteuert. “Cookies & Cream 3” fügt sich nahtlos in die Reihe der beiden Vorgänger LPs ein. Soulfull und feingliedrige Hip Hop-Beats als Instrumentale, die auch auf Albumlänge funktionieren. Ein deutscher Beitrag zu der z.Zt florierenden Beatscene, die weltweit die Aufmerksamkeit der Major Labels erweckt. Die Vinylversion des Albums ist auf 300 Kopien limitiert. Available from 29.11.2013

Boris Bunnik has finished his third full-­length album as Conforce
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Boris Bunnik has finished his third full-­length album as Conforce. Entitled Kinetic Image, the ten-­track album is to be released on Delsin in December following on from his standout offering, Escapsim, back in 2011. In the last few years, Dutchman Bunnik has established himself as one of the most prolific producers in many different sonic […]

Claude VonStroke
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,
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Stuck in the 9-5 grind, stifled by the impersonality of constant social media and mobile interaction, contemporary urban life can be suffocating. For a certain breed, release cannot be found in the vast, unpopulated great outdoors. Urban Animals congregate in heaving warehouses, seeking solace in the liberating beats of the kick drum. They are bound […]

Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke returns with his third full-length “Urban Animal”
Friday, September 20th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,
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Stuck in the 9-5 grind, stifled by the impersonality of constant social media and mobile interaction, contemporary urban life can be suffocating. For a certain breed, release cannot be found in the vast, unpopulated great outdoors. Urban Animals congregate in heaving warehouses, seeking solace in the liberating beats of the kick drum. They are bound […]

Extra Medium – Extra Medium EP
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Extra Medium – Extra Medium EP

Image: 1581190 Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble and Sam Champ came up together in Pittsburgh, PA, digging through the jazz and soul sections in the legendary Jerry’s Records and then running home to sample and chop up their purchases in an effort to impress one another. This friendly competition continued after Sam relocated to Brooklyn in 2001. Buscrates now plays keys for boogie-funk group East Liberty Quarters (ELQ), regularly DJs in Pittsburgh, produced remixes for artists like Marc Mac, and is featured on the latest Bastard Jazz release, Tempo Dreams Volume 1. Sam has held down various DJ residencies in New York City, released a massively popular D’Angelo Live mixtape in conjunction with Okayplayer, and produced an unofficial remix album featuring D’Angelo (again), Erykah Badu, Usher, and others.

Buscrates and Sam formed Extra Medium to debut Rediscovered, a full-length album based on samples from a single jazz record. The tracks were compiled over the course of several years. The duo just recently enlisted some of their favorite vocalists to contribute to the project.

“This project is incredible! Feeds my soul. Just what the game needs right now.” (DJ Spinna)
“Smoothed out dope! Need this for LA! Need this! Okay there is your quote.. Now can u send me ?? 🙂 Would love to play this tonight on KCRW.. Good stuff man.” (Anthony Valadez)
“Recalling the rugged, soulful production of the Soulquarians, Dilla and D?Angelo, Extra Medium?s new EP is a smooth, head-nodding introduction to this dope, new duo. Sam Champ?s extensive knowledge of music has made him a regular contributor to my mixtapes for a reason, and I especially love the concept here: pulling every sample exclusively from the A and B-sides of a single piece of vinyl! Who does that?! Anyone who still appreciates soulful music and the lost art of crate-digging will enjoy Extra Medium?s debut.” (J. Period)
“This grooves hard?can’t wait to get my copy. This EP is another incredible release from Recordbreakin. Will support to the max.” (Daz-i-kue)
“Buscrates & Sam Champ are amazing remix producers. This is my type of soulful music. The kind that gets yo neck snap’n & bo’bo’s tap’n! This album is setting the bar for the next future wave of soul slingers to come. Long live Record Breakin!!!” (DJ Jamad)
“More heavy, heavy heavy music from my favorite label!!! this hits the spot for me!! peace.” (Adam Rock)

Tracklisting

1. Know Thy Self ft. Miles Bonny,John Robinson
2. Tonight ft. Zaki Ibrahim
3. Born Again ft. Nicholas Ryan Gant,Fresh Daily
4. Eyes of Dreams (Instrumental) Available from 12.07.2013

Jacques Renault
Monday, July 9th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , ,
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Jacques Renault was a post-punk Washington, D.C. native who moved to Chicago in 1997 to continue his studies of viola, but in turn got an education in dance music. Tapping into the well-established Drum ‘n’ Bass scene, he held a residency at Smart Bar and became a buyer at the legendary Gramaphone Records. This broad, […]

All new studio album from Screwball front man and Queensbridge legend Blaq Poet …
Monday, June 20th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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While Blaq Poet has chosen to remain out of the spotlight over the course of his long and storied career, there is no disputing his place in the NYC street-hop pantheon. Blaq Poet was first heard at the age of 17, when he released a blistering diss track, “Beat You Down,” aimed at KRS-One in […]

The Alchemist and Oh No join forces to become Gangrene …
Thursday, November 18th, 2010 | Tags: , , , ,
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The Alchemist and Oh No, respected and accomplished MCs and producers in their own right, weren’t acquainted until they met at a show headlined by Dilated Peoples member and mutual friend, Evidence. Inspired, Al contacted Oh No and proposed a collaborative project. The creative sparring continued, and they began to refer to the work as […]

Mr Day of Metropolitan Jazz Affair and The Dynamics presents his solo debut album …
Thursday, April 15th, 2010 | Tags: , , , ,
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Mr Day is known as the singer of French jazz combo Metropolitan Jazz Affair, the main singer in The Dynamics, for his electro-soul records released on indie label Rotax, as well as his superb featurings on productions by Boozoo Bajou, Patchworks and Mr President! Favorite Recordings is now soon to release “Small Fry”, Mr Day’s […]

DJ Design
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,
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DJ Design was an early member of the Stones Throw roster, releasing the compelling instrumental album “Gather Round” as well as the “Sparkdala” single with Quasimoto, Wildchild and MED. He produced the first two Foreign Legion albums “Kidnapper Van” and “Playtight” and toured the world as the dj for the group. Design also remixed a […]

Former Stones Throw artist and Foreign Legion producer DJ Design with his debut solo album …
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,
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DJ Design was an early member of the Stones Throw roster, releasing the compelling instrumental album “Gather Round” as well as the “Sparkdala” single with Quasimoto, Wildchild and MED. He produced the first two Foreign Legion albums “Kidnapper Van” and “Playtight” and toured the world as the dj for the group. Design also remixed a […]

JEDI MIND TRICKS return with their 5th album …
Thursday, August 24th, 2006 | Posted in News | Comments Off on JEDI MIND TRICKS return with their 5th album …

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This is MELTING POT MUSIC …
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Poppa PRINCE PAUL releases his first instrumental album …
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Poppa PRINCE PAUL releases his first instrumental album …

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