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Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take A Trip (Coloured Vinyl)
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take A Trip (Coloured Vinyl)

Image: 1607058 ‘This is a journey into sound…,’ These familiar words, accompanied by the rumble of a distant train, signal the opening of ‘Let’s Take A Trip’, the sophomore album from Terrel Wallace aka Tall Black Guy. Since 2013’s ‘8 Miles To Moenart’ TBG has cemented his position as a standard bearer for the current hip-hop / beats scene. Born in Detroit and now residing in the UK, Wallace’s signature style of incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops has won fans across the globe including Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Jazzy Jeff and House Shoes.

Since his debut release in 2011 (a daring and addictive flip of Fela Kuti), TBG has become revered for his unique take on soulful hip-hop production. The swing of the drums, the textures of the instrumentation as well as a fearlessness in taking on the classics (his Soundcloud page includes flips and chops of tracks from James Brown, De La Soul and Michael Jackson) have marked him out from the crowd. One of the best-kept secrets in the scene, his singular talent is now beginning to get the recognition it deserves. In the last 12 months he has remixed Little Dragon and been invited to take part in Jazzy Jeff’s Playlist Retreat alongside the likes of Eric Lau, James Poyser, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Questlove and countless others.

For this album Wallace had a simple inspiration: ‘This album is all about taking a journey. As simple as that. Be it physical, emotional or spiritual. It’s asking and answering personal questions from myself within some of the tracks and also touching on social issues i.e. racism, inequality and privilege…that have been at the forefront of my mind over last three years.’ Sonically there is also a shift: ‘Jazz has definitely been more of an influence in this project, as I have been really inspired by so many up and coming musicians who I’ve been blessed to connect with’. Some of these musicians, including Kenny Keys, Miles Bonny, Diggs Duke and Dee Jackson feature on the project as well as regular collaborators Ozay Moore and Mario Sweet and fellow Playlist alumni Daniel Crawford and Masego. But this is one man’s vision, and for Tall Black Guy this trip is just the beginning…,.

1 A Train Is Coming
2 One Device, One Method, One Thing
3 Rocking from Beginning to End (feat. Kenny Keys)
4 This One Is for the Ladies and Gents (feat. Miles Bonny)
5 The Kids Are Listening Interlude
6 Don’t Box Me In (feat. 80s Babies)
7 Beware of the Groove (feat. Mario Sweet)
8 Come with Me and Fly (feat. Yusef Rumperfield)
9 Is There More to Life? (feat. Diggs Duke)
10 I Will Never Know (feat. Moonchild)
11 Mario Smith Speaks On (feat. Daniel Crawford)
12 Things Deeper Than My Skin (feat. Ozay Moore)
13 Peace and Love (feat. Masego & Rommel Donald) Available from 25.11.2016

Convertion – Let’s Do It (Krystal Klear Remixes)
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Convertion – Let’s Do It (Krystal Klear Remixes)

Paradise garage anthem ‘Let’s Do It’ by Convertion with remixes by Krystal Klear to be released on original Sam Records label. Let’s Do It was originally released in 1981 on Sam Records, and featured production by Greg Carmichael and vocals by Leroy B…

Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos – El Chacho
Thursday, January 21st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos – El Chacho

Image: 1601788 Names You Can Trust presents the debut release from Carmelo Torres y Los Toscos. Featuring acclaimed accordionist Torres, the greatest living representative of the San Jacinto accordion-led cumbia style he inherited from his teacher, the legendary Andres Landero, these recordings are the quintessential bridge between the old and new generations of Colombian musicians. Backed up by Los Toscos, a new ensemble comprised of some of Bogota’s finest musicians including NYCT alumni Mario Galeano on guacharaca (Frente Cumbiero) & Pedro Ojedo on drums (Romperayo), the resulting connection is a yet unheard of concoction of Colombian roots and Garage Fuzz. Torres’ expertise on the accordion glides over the high octane rhythm section, employing electric guitars and bugged out synthesized squelches that transform the A-Side original El Chacho into a wild vallenato gone psychedelic improvisation, while the B-Side version of the classic La Camisola is morphed into an epic uptempo proto-punk/garage rock re-imagination. With the vinyl version housed in a beautifully designed doubled sided deluxe folder from renowned artista Bogotano Mateo Rivano, it’s another glimpse into the burgeoning scene of Colombia’s capital.

1 El Chacho
2 La Camisola
3 Mi Machete Available from 29.01.2016

House Shoes Presents – The Gift: Volume Eight – Raj Mahal
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on House Shoes Presents – The Gift: Volume Eight – Raj Mahal

Image: 1597077 The Gift is a series DJ House Shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. Pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies.

Raj Mahal was a colleague of House Shoes in the Detroit hip-hop scene in the 1990’s, a scene he joined just about the time Fantastic Volume One was recorded (1996). When he moved to Chicago and refined his style, there was widespread talk that Raj would follow in the footseps of other Detroit alumni by releasing a proper album. That album has finally come. Available from 22.05.2015

Buscrates – 16-Bit Ensemble
Friday, October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Buscrates – 16-Bit Ensemble

Pittsburgh native and East Liberty Quarters alumni, BUSCRATES 16-BIT ENSEMBLE delivers “THE SPECTRUM”. A six song instrumental EP with a deep range of tempos that span from that poolside funk to that dance floor boogie. BUSCRATES blasts off into smoot…

Naphta – Solar Empire EP
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Naphta – Solar Empire EP

Welcome aboard Transatlantyk… Get to know a new label from a man who brought Polish music back to the international spotlight.Transatlantyk is a new project from Zambon, the boss of the famous The Very Polish Cut-Outs, the home of diverse edits of f…

STL GLD – My Monday Morning Music
Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on STL GLD – My Monday Morning Music

Two-time Boston Music Award winner Moe Pope and Duck Down producer The Arcitype, who has produced music for artists
such as Vinnie Paz and Ruste Juxx, have come together to release a new album of original, sample-free music entitled ‘My
Monday Morning Music.’
The Album takes the listener on a journey of beats, melodies and lyrics that range from cinematic styles, to harder, grittier
beats. Along with Moe Pope, the album features a wide array of well-known artists such as Dua (Bad Rabbits), Ruste Juxx,
Reks, Jake Merhmann and Chris Klaxton (Tan Vampires), Dutch Rebelle, Tea Leigh, Fran-P, and John Robinson.
Moe Pope is an acclaimed hip-hop artist, songwriter, and contemporary painter, and winner of the Boston Music Award for
Hip Hop Artist Of The Year two years running. His works (Including 2013’s critical smash Let The Right Ones In with producer
Rain) have received widespread praise from outlets such as The Boston Herald, Stuff Magazine, RadioBDC, The Boston
Phoenix, and iTunes Rewind. His style of hip-hop draws equally from the alternative traditions of A Tribe Called Quest, the
abstract prose of Bob Dylan, the adrenaline-soaked fervor of Bad Brains, and the eccentricities of Radiohead.
The Arcitype is a producer from New York, former lead guitarist for Blues/Funk group Tip Top Deluxe, transplanted to
Cambridge, MA, who has previously worked with Moe Pope as well as the likes of Scarface, Guilty Simpson, Ill Bill, Kool G.
Rap, and many more. He is an alumni of Emerson College, and a mainstay of the Boston hip-hop scene, as the proprietor
of AR Classic Records, and The Bridge Sound & Stage, one of the premier rap recording studios in Massachusetts.
The Arcitype himself has said of My Monday Morning Music that the album “…was birthed during the making and mixing of
Let The Right Ones In, and it’s a different type of sound for both Moe and Myself, a more standard (while more musical)
boom-bap direction than that of Moe Pope and Rain, whose sound was more derived from an indie rock inspiration.”

01. The Sunrise (ft. Tea Leigh)
02. Zombies (ft. Ruste Juxx & Reks)
03. Bastard (ft. Jake Mehrmann & Chris Klaxton of Tan Vampires)
04. Kill Em All (ft. Tea Leigh) (LP EXCLUSIVE)
05. Sid Vicious
06. Rock Me Pt 3
01. Conquest/Go-Ho (ft. Dua Boakye of Bad Rabbits)
02. Again
03. Evryday (ft. Chris Klaxton)
04. PNY BOY The Hustler
05. Ovrdose
06. Farewell (ft. Jake Mehrmann of Tan Vampires)
07. GLD
01. Shine (ft. John Robinson, SPNDA & June Lyfe)
02. Dreams (ft. Anonymous)
03. War (ft. Dua Boakye of Bad Rabbits)
04. Cocaine
05. They Want Murder (ft. Dutch Rebelle & Ash White) Available from 15.08.2014

Various – Raw Silk Vol.1
Friday, December 13th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Raw Silk Vol.1

Image: 1586264 The first installment of our compilation series titled RAW SILK, features eight artists from around the world , who came together to put down some of the most sophisticated funk gems of the year. Starting with Sweater Funk’s K-MAXX – “Wanna Play Hooky”, K-MAXX’s soulful voice over his intricate production, professing what’s on every fellas mind when Monday comes a little too fast, this jam makes every day a holiday! East Liberty Quarters alumni, Bus Crates 16 bit Ensemble – “In Gear”, sonically captures the look of love with a solid funk gem that allows a beautiful dialogue between the talkbox and female harmonies to connect the spirits to get in gear ! Toni Clarke’s – “Let’s Do It” draws us out to the floor with G Funk baselines and silky harmonies that will have you two stepping with your partner or boogaloo throughout the universe, either way lets do it to Toni’s debut vinyl appearance ! Grand Ear and Bus Crates join forces again for East Liberty Quarters – “The 206” , A dance floor stepper that baptizes you in that “206” funk that we been enjoying for the last few years ! Sasac’s – “Spring Jam” drops infectious baselines with raw inverted guitar chords, that sweeps us away with a funk that is all his own, leaves us feeling refreshed every time. Benedek’s “Saturday Jam” hits us with melodic synths and intricate baselines over a silky groove has us gliding up and down the block anticipating the nighttime! Henning’s vinyl debut – “Peak of Summer” electrifies us with his intensity , blistering synth and talkbox arrangements that creates a dialogue that is most commonly felt on the hottest days of the year, dripping wet modern funk ! Turquoise Summers’ “All Over Again” seals this compilation up with a sonic baptism, walking us into the light and showering us synthesizer magic leaving us wanting more of what we now call modern funk !

1. Wanna Play Hooky by K-Maxx
2. In Gear by Bus Crates 16 Bit Ensemble
3. Let’s Do It by Toni Clarke
4. The 206 by East Liberty Quarters
5. Spring Jam by Sasac
6. Saturday Jam by Benedek
7. Peak Of Summer by Henning
8. All Over Again by Turquoise Summers
Available from 22.11.2013

Timo Lassy
Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Saxophonist Timo Lassy has cemented his position at the helm of the burgeoning Finnish jazz scene. Gearing up for the release of his third solo album, Lassy has steadily been building his reputation and now it seems that the big time is here for the sax man. Live, the Timo Lassy Band is a scorching […]

Monday, December 28th, 2009 | Tags: , , , ,
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Berlin-based, Swiss-born Yanneck Salvo has been releasing hip-hop, house and techno under the production alias Ianeq since 1999. After a couple of releases on Mental Groove, A Few Among Others and Get Physical, Yanneck felt the need to go back to his deep house roots and started producing as Quarion for Drumpoet Community in 2006. […]

Second installment in the “Relish Compilation” series with new material and remixes …
Monday, October 12th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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It’s been three short years since the introduction of the Relish Compilation idea. With the debut comp showcasing itss then roster, including the likes of Yuksek, Riot in Belgium, Don Cash, Nemesi, David Gilmour Girls, Franz+Shape and Dennis Young. Relish Compilation ll is the second installment in the series with new material, remixes and debuting […]

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