Hip-Hop

Madlib “Bandana Beats” (Keep Cool)

2020-05-21T20:50:25+00:00May 21st, 2020|

The instrumentals to the acclaimed 2019 collaborative album from Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, now available on vinyl.

Madlib, the prolific producer and adept sampler with a record collection spanning all genres and eras and Freddie Gibbs, the gravel-voiced braggadocios rapper, a vocal athlete. As a pair, they exude a natural chemistry and craft an alchemical music. Reunited after their widely celebrated 2014 album Piñata, Gibbs and Madlib are back with Bandana, a brand new collaboration for 2019. Bandana includes first single, “Flat Tummy Tea,” which received critical praise upon release from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Vulture, Pitchfork, FADER, GQ, and more. The album will also include features from Pusha T, Killer Mike, Yasiin Bey, and Black Thought and more.

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Fatima “Yellow Memories” (Eglo)

2020-05-21T20:50:03+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Eglo Records are proud to present Fatima’s highly anticipated debut album ‘Yellow Memories’.

Featuring production work from the likes of Floating Points, Theo Parrish, Oh No, Scoop DeVille, Computer Jay, Knxwledge and more… the velvet toned Swede has truly crafted something special.

Offering a modern take on classic Soul and RnB, the album strikes a beautiful balance of cutting edge, contemporary production, soulful expression, melancholic introspection and vibrant, candy coated melody. An accomplished singer /song-writer with a stunning range, her prowess and versatility are a force not to be reckoned with. As powerful and mesmerising on stage as she is in the studio, Fatima possesses a talent heard all to rarely in todays musical climate.

Two singles have so far been released from the album, including the Flako the produced double A-Side ‘Family’ and ‘La Neta’, the video’s for which can be found HERE and HERE Upfront tracks from the album are already in heavy rotation amongst musical luminaries such as BBC Radio 1’s Benji B, 6Music’s Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs as well as wide spread support from contemporary broadcast institutions like Rinse FM and NTS. Resident Advisor recently featured Fatima on their front page having recorded a deeply emotive live performance of the album track ‘Gave Me My Name’ – which can be seen HERE.

Born of Swedish and Senegalese parentage, Fatima moved to London in her early twenties. It was here that she met Eglo Records label bosses Alex Nut and Floating Points. After several chance encounters a relationship blossomed leading to the creation of several now classic releases including ‘Mind’, ‘Redlight’ and ‘Innervision’ as well as her Award winning performances fronting the Floating Points Ensemble. Other collaborations include Dam Funk, Shafiq Husayn (SA-RA) and Scratcha DVA on Hyperdub. Currently residing in New York Fatima will be returning to the UK/EU mid April for a string of live dates and launch parties through out May accompanied by the Eglo Live Band. Her live shows are not to be missed!

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Atmosphere “Whenever” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2020-05-21T20:49:57+00:00May 21st, 2020|

For over 20 years, Atmosphere have pursued the underbelly of what it means to be human with a rabid curiosity. Ant’s dusky production has provided the pulse for Slug’s evolving and matter-of-fact pen. As Slug transitioned from throwing-up-in-the-backseat-raps to holding-hands-when-you-cross-the-street-raps, Ant has grown to be a master of crate digging and unearthing the humanity of a drum loop. Thriving at the intersection of guttural and self-effacing, Atmosphere will go down as some of America’s best archivists.

On Whenever, the duo continue to move in lockstep. Within the minutiae lie clues they’re still struggling with mortality and the need to protect emotional energy, as on previous releases, but there’s a quiet romanticism now, with Slug sounding—reluctantly—in love with life. And no other producer can pull truths out of a rapper like Ant fishes the blues out of Slug. Be it the twinkle of “Bde Maka Ska” leading into twanging guitars, or the anxious skitter of “Lovely,” Slug finds obvious comfort in working with Ant. “Postal Lady” recounts the simplicity of Slug’s life over warm and enveloping production, while “Romance” recalls God Loves Ugly with its undulating glitches, as if we crawled through Ant’s drum machine. It’s clear the pair’s harmony is reaching new peaks.

These aren’t dad-raps, these aren’t anti-establishment-raps, and these aren’t chasing-old-fire-raps. Even at its darkest (“You’re Gonna Go”) Whenever houses blessed-to-be-alive-raps. The album breathes in the way only Slug and Ant could summon a collective breath. On Whenever, the duo inhale panic and exhale greatness.

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Kool Keith X Thetan “Space Goretex” (Anti-Corporate Music)

2020-05-07T20:41:55+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Includes insert and download. “Highlighting the artist’s singular lyrical attack, Space Goretex is the first album combining all of Kool Keith’s primary personas — Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom and Black Elvis. The instrumentation is primarily comprised of bass, drums, theremin, and synth, performed by Thetan’s Chad L’Plattenier and Dan Emery. The album also includes some special guest appearances, including Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) who performs as Officer Lola. Casey Orr (Gwar, X-Cops) appears as his X-Cops character Sheriff Tubb Tucker, marking the first time he has recorded anything as this character since 1996. Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves provides a monologue alongside Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band and DJ Black Cat Sylvester, inventor of the Synth-Table. Blowfly’s right-hand man Uncle Tom Bowker also makes an appearance.”

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Skalpel ‎”Highlight” (Nopaper)

2020-05-07T20:41:38+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Throughout the years, Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło have been blending local, traditional jazz inspirations with means of new electronica. This original and now signature approach initially sparked the interest of Ninja Tune, for whom Skalpel recorded two enthusiastically received albums: Skalpel (2004) and Konfusion (2005). Both albums brought them particular acclaim in the form of a Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award nomination and excellent reviews in NME, The Wire, and DJ Mag, along with a worldwide tour. Transit (2014), Skalpel’s third album marked a significant shift in their creative technique, a shift from samples to virtual instruments. From an emerging duo to major acclaim the pair’s new album Highlight, sees Skalpel take another turn, delivering their most comprehensive body of work to date. Finding a range of influences from the likes of Miles Davis, leftfield avant-garde, minimal, and the extensive legacy of both Warp and Ninja Tune as always, Skalpel allude to roots in Polish jazz and trip hop. However, within their creative process Skalpel’s focus remains centered with a contemporary sound coupled with their own autonomy and originality. The forthcoming album Highlight is a further extension of this method, existing as a demonstration of joyful, creative explosion and constituting their most rhythmically diverse and harmonically enhanced body of work to date.

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Kognitif “Monometric” (Yes High Tech)

2020-05-07T20:41:16+00:00May 7th, 2020|

KOGNITIF is back with MONOMETRIC 2020 EDITION, 6 years after the first edition. He totally reinterprets this deeply Trip-Hop album with a very wise and sharp ear and invites you to rediscover his classics , such as “Bande de Dégénérés” or “So Let’s Begin”. Jeannette Robertson’s gorgeous voice being delightfully enhanced by this remastering.

The most important pieces are still the 4 original tracks scattered across the album so just get ready, open ears wide and check this out !

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Torb The Roach & Floppy McSpace ‎”Tape Echo / Gold Floppies” (KingUnderground)

2020-05-07T20:41:14+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Limited edition repress with a slightly switched up cover.

Inspired by Ultraman and Norwegian nature, Torb the Roach and Floppy McSpace joined forces and cooked up their instrumental debut. The result, Tape Echo Gold Floppies. It tickles your senses with low fidelity rhythms, time warping space echo, rare world spices and psychedelic field recordings.

Along with the project they’ve also released a 15-minute motion picture revealing the extraordinary story of how the record came to be; a dramatic piece involving ski accidents, black coffee magic and brutal fight scenes.

The album is a combination of beats from the SP1200/S950 combo as well as dubs & effects from the Roland 201 Space Echo. Torb collects rare, obscure, world funk and rare groove records from India, Thailand, China & Japan. There are a bunch of dusty loops on the record made from his digs.

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Shafiq Husayn “The Loop Instrumentals” (Nature Sounds)

2020-05-07T20:41:11+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Shafiq Husayn is a talented musician, producer, songwriter, and recording artist who has defied boundaries and worked with some of the top artists in R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk, and beyond. Perhaps best known as one third of innovative Los Angeles musical collective Sa Ra Creative Partners, Husayn has produced for the likes of Erykah Badu, Andre 3000, John Legend, Kanye West, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jurassic 5, Bilal, and many more. Shafiq’s musical roots date back to when he attended parties thrown by both by the Zulu Nation and Uncle Jamm’s Army, carrying crates for pioneering DJ Afrika Islam. By the early 90s he was working under the alias SLJ, producing tracks for hip-hop luminaries like Ice T, Lord Finesse, and King Tee. In recent years, Shafiq has helped launch the careers of some of the most influential new artists to emerge from L.A., serving as an early mentor to Anderson .Paak and working with Ty Dolla $ign before his rise to fame. His solo debut “Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka” received widespread critical acclaim, and he earned a Grammy for his work on Robert Glasper’s breakthrough album “Black Radio”.

Recently, Shafiq Husayn returned with the long-awaited new project “The Loop”. The eclectic album features an all-star cast of Shafiq’s most prominent collaborators, including contributions from Erykah Badu, Anderson .Paak, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and more. Blending lush live instrumentation with futuristic synths and otherworldly vocals, “The Loop” is a genre-defying opus incorporating spaced-out funk, raw neo-soul, free jazz, hip-hop beats, and electronic elements. This the official instrumental version of “The Loop”, showcasing the album’s stellar production on limited-edition vinyl.

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Kool Keith “Saks 5th Ave.” (Volunteer Media)

2020-05-07T20:41:05+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Arguably poised as Kool Keith’s most sophisticated release to date, “Saks 5th Ave” serves as both a stepping stone forward in the artist’s prolific career, as well as a much needed reminder that the world’s most innovative emcee has a thorough grasp on far more than your average rapper. Touching on everything from the use of high fashion products to personal experiences including a near fatal car crash which occurred in 2017, The 16 track studio album produced by the versatile beat maker Dean “Landon Price Beats” Trotter channels Keith in a smoothly conscious state while laying down effortless bars over modern yet timeless hip hop production. From the artist who brought you “Dr. Dooom”, “Sex Style”, “Keith” and everything in between, “Saks 5th Ave” is the latest and greatest haute couture in a world of Gap and Old Navy hip hop.

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Whoarei “Love Spectrum” (Timetable)

2020-05-07T20:41:00+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Love Spectrum is the debut album from Whoarei – released on Nosaj Thing’s Timetable Records imprint, these are 14 incandescent canvases produced in Whoarei’s bedroom between the years 2013 to 2017.

It includes the official release of “Loving You Ain’t Complicated,” the main sample from Kendrick Lamar’s “u” on To Pimp A Butterfly. Synthesized in full, the album is akin to Dam Funk collaborating to make fluorescent sub-tropical heaters with Kaytranada or Toro y Moi creating music from memory based on the legacy of Vito Ricci.

But of course, this is the uncut vision of Whoarei, a composer, musician and Grammy-Award winning producer from Sacramento, CA. You can hear the ancestral rhythms of his Salvadorian and Puerto Rican roots in the soulful fusion of the soundscapes. Salsa plays an elemental role in these compositions. Much of Whoarei’s childhood was spent in Puerto Rico, where he absorbed this classical blend of jazz and African rhythms. On Love Spectrum, you can hear this in the technicolor mélange; these are compositions that celebrate and clearly understand the artist’s heritage. Each recording is crammed with lapidary detail, the imperfections retained to add to the swelling humanity.

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Clams Casino “Moon Trip Radio” (Clammyclams Productions)

2020-05-07T20:40:59+00:00May 7th, 2020|

New Jersey-native Clams Casino stands amongst the most respected hip-hop producers in the game today. After several years of underground notoriety, Clams became widely known after producing several of the standout tracks on A$AP Rocky’s monolithic debut mixtape Live. Love. ASAP and has received widespread critical acclaim for his collaborations with Lil Peep, Vince Staples, Lil B, Mac Miller, The Weeknd, Joji amongst others. Clams released his hugely anticipated instrumental album Moon Trip Radio late last year, a stunning collection of tracks that showcase his immense talent as both a composer and producer.

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B0nds ‎”Phantom Versions” (Cold Busted)

2020-05-07T20:40:58+00:00May 7th, 2020|

After a steady run of acclaimed beat tape transmissions, the multi-faceted instrumental hip hop producer known as B0nds joins the Cold Busted fam for the 14-track album Phantom Versions. Inspired by the likes of J Dilla, Madlib, and Flying Lotus, the DC-area adjacent B0nds has been making beats for 15 years, developing a style that’s vibey and deep, characterized by down-low rhythms and layers of obscure samples and funky synth flavors. Recently B0nds co-produced “Park Closes at Dusk” with Fushou, and the track grabbed over 7 million plays on Spotify. B0nds is clearly on the rise.

Phantom Versions brings together all the essential elements in the B0nds toolkit. There’s loping after-hours rhythms and space-funk synthology in the dream-like “Elsewhere.” Jazz drums and pulsating R&B vibrations intermingle in “Lonely Afternoon.” “African Groove” assembles a team of loose percussion, funky guitar riffs, and snatches of lost-in-time vocals. And “On The Late Night Tip,” with its delicate construction and moonlit tones, epitomizes the feel of Phantom Versions. These are tracks that channel a mood felt in the latest and loneliest of hours, no matter the time of day. Let B0nds be your sonic guide through the shadowy night.

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Esbe ‎”Late Night Headphones (Vol. 2)” (Cold Busted)

2020-05-07T20:40:57+00:00May 7th, 2020|

After re-releasing Vol. 1 for the first time in digital and physical formats, the Cold Busted label continues on the path with Late Night Headphones Vol. 2. And from the opening snare crack of “Love Apple” the listener knows to get ready for a special hip hop excursion. Exquisite sounds abound, such as the exotic tones that reverberate throughout “Rotten Heart” and the echoey “Broken Lights.” Bittersweet chords and sentimental melodies play with the heartstrings on “Midnight Ocean,” and the mental thought-space gets expanded by “A Recipe for Lucid Dreaming.” There are 17 heady cuts in total and it’s deep stuff, all accompanied by phat, dusty boom-bap beats.

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Mndsgn “Bed” (MNDSGN)

2020-05-07T20:40:56+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Originally hand dubbed on limited cassette tape in 2013, “bed” is a sonic expedition into the subtleties of sleep and the destinations reached through the comfy vessel. g’maury pays tribute to an old dear pet cat. art by deleon.

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Showbiz & AG “Runaway Beats” (D.I.T.C Studios)

2020-05-07T20:40:55+00:00May 7th, 2020|

A product of the tight knit Bronx underground posse D.I.T.C., Runaway Slave is a cornerstone album of hip-hop’s middle school phase. Building on and borrowing from the layered, jazz-influenced sound of such contemporaries as Gang Starr and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Showbiz & A.G. affixed a gangster mentality to grainy, fortified beats, etching their own unique style. While the crossover “Soul Clap” and “Party Groove ” are club cuts, the rest of the album is more densely expressive. Showbiz and his talented peer Diamond shape their beats around simple, deep drum tracks — but add subtle loops of chaotic horns, loose strings, or abrupt piano notes to create concise and hard-hitting overtures
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RJD2 “The Fun Ones” (The Orchard)

2020-05-07T20:40:46+00:00May 7th, 2020|

The latest RJD2 release “The Fun Ones” was set up to place RJD2 in the studio by himself to explore all different styles and sounds. The song selection for an album really dictates the story that gets told. What is most different about this album is that he disregarded any concern for showing versatility; The songs were chosen strictly by which were the funnest to listen to, hence the title ‚The Fun Ones‚. By and large, it is a funk record. Once the songs were completed and ordered, the idea was to sequence the album like a mixtape or treat the raw songs as selections in a mixtape. The concept of the album became the stories of purpose that everyone told. Because of this, the digital version of the album plays like a mixtape of sorts, while the vinyl version plays as the raw audio tracks. So a listener could choose which way they prefer to hear the songs themselves.
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Shabazz Palaces “The Don Of Diamond Dreams” (Sub Pop)

2020-05-07T20:40:27+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Cruise the city in a night ship, dressed to kill in the Seville. Float down waterfalls and fountains, reclined on some pimp shit. The time zone ghost returns to paint a picture that echoes through infinity. The sun is put to rest, the soliloquy is killer bee. A diamond purpose lying beneath the surface. Nothing is ever what it seems, but forever is the theme. It’s time. Shabazz Palaces are back with yet another classic of divine mathematics design. More dazzling Afrofuturist sutras to illuminate distant constellations with sacred abstractions. Enter The Don of Diamond Dreams, raw and uncut, but glowing with 10,000 karat shine.

In his unstinting drive to reimagine hip-hop, Butler remains one of the preeminent visionaries of the last quarter-century. His first album with Digable Planets, Reachin (A New Refutation of Time and Space, nodded at Miles Davis in the first half of its title, but 27 years later, he has become one of the most vaunted inheritors of the trumpet deity’s rarefied legacy — still innovating as he enters his fourth decade as a working musician — splintering, rebuilding, and expanding the possibilities of sound. He has collaborated with like-minded visionaries Flying Lotus and Thundercat, Battles and Animal Collective. While all-timers like Radiohead and Lauryn Hill have invited him to join them on tour.

It remains impossible to accurately describe a Shabazz Palaces album without lapsing into cosmic tropes. Yet sometimes clichés are stand-ins for eternal truths. Therein, The Don of Diamond Dreams embodies a futuristic manifestation of ancient myth, full of robotic vocoder and warped auto-tune, Funkadelic refracted into different dimensions, weird portals and warm nocturnal joy rides alongside the coast (a reflection of it being mixed near the beach in California). The synthesizers are alien but the drums speak a universal language. It is hip-hop, dub, jazz, R&B, soul, funk, African, experimental, and occasionally even pop. But over the course of five albums, Shabazz Palaces have conceived the fluid boundaries of their own one-band genre.

Even though the construction of the album is meticulous, it’s a startling masterpiece of improvisation and instinct. It’s both cerebral and automatic, with Butler jotting down phrases and ideas in his phone and eventually shaping them into amorphous abstract expressionist canvasses. If anything, their latest illustrates Butler’s gift for being a conduit of sounds and experience. It’s partially shaped by his own reflection on being a parent and watching his son, Jazz, become internationally renowned as the artist, Lil Tracy. If you listen closely, you can hear the interplay between father and son, as Butler does what is impossible for most veteran artists: he absorbs the sounds of today’s youth, but filters it through his own fractured lens, spitting back convex poems with wild cadences, freestyling with the wisdom of age and the frenetic passion of someone still trying to show and prove. It’s confident and suffused with the thing that defines almost all great art: the willingness to risk attempting something new.

In some respects, it’s difficult to consider the possibility that this might be the best Shabazz Palaces album yet. Very few musicians have ever peaked in their fifth decade on earth, but whoever said they were actually from earth? It’s wrong to say that Shabazz Palaces have gone beyond the looking glass. This time they’ve shattered it entirely and created a brilliant new universe in each one of the shards.

Shabazz Palaces The Don of Diamond Dreams will be available April 17th, 2020 worldwide on Sub Pop. The 10-track album includes the highlights “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate),” “Chocolate Souffle,” “Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss), and “Thanking The Girls.” It also features contributions from singer/keyboardist Darrius Willrich, Percussionist Carlos Niño, Knife Knights collaborator OCnotes, Saxophonist Carlos Overall, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes.

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Brother Ali “Us” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2020-04-30T22:45:21+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Brother Ali’s last album, the critically acclaimed, The Undisputed Truth, was a landmark in hip-hop, an album that carried weight equally with critics and fans alike, an album of bold statements and bolder beats, politically and socially aware without being preachy. His new album, Us (Rhymesayers Entertainment), is a progression that will make Brother Ali one of the most enduring figures in hip-hop; while still aware, Ali has turned his gaze inward, and started examining the human condition from the outside in. A profound personal glimpse into a vulnerability seldom seen or heard in music, Us touches on the strengths and flaws of the human condition, exploring drug abuse, divorce, homophobia and many more topics that most people are scared to touch in their own lives, much less on an album for the world to see. As with previous endeavors, the beats here are courtesy of Ant, whose production work seems to be getting more soulful and lush by the minute. The guest appearances only accentuate Brother Ali’s strengths, with Chuck D, Freeway, Joell Ortiz and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition making strong appearances.

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UGK “Dirty Money” (Get On Down)

2020-03-20T19:52:29+00:00March 19th, 2020|

After the release of UGK’s third studio album, the wildly influential, and critically acclaimed Southern hip-hop classic Ridin’ Dirty, the duo of rapper Bun B and rapper/producer Pimp C took a five-year hiatus from releasing albums. This is not to say that the pair didn’t keep busy during their time away from putting out records; if anything some of their highest profile appearances occurred during this period. Through guest slots on now iconic tracks like Three Six Mafia’s “Sippin’ On Some Syrup”, and Jay-Z’s Billboard smash “Big Pimpin’” UGK managed to greatly increase their profile, and build even greater anticipation for a fourth studio album.

This album, titled Dirty Money, would arrive in November of 2001, after having been shelved by their label Jive Records since 1998. Across 14 tracks of syrup-soaked, drawling Southern hip-hop tracks, UGK stretched their creative chops and showed that in the five years since Ridin’ Dirty they hadn’t lost their step in the slightest. Bun B’s and Pimp C’s rhymes were free-wheeling, clever, and irreverent as they had ever been, while the production was classic Texas rap, courtesy of Pimp C and Southern hip-hop legend N.O. Joe, who shared production duties. Guest contributions from Juicy J & DJ Paul of Three Six Mafia, Big Gipp of Goodie Mob, Too $hort, Devin The Dude, and more helped bolster the duo’s codeine-drenched witticisms, over samples from the likes of BB King, Barry White, and The Staple Singers among others.

Riding on UGK’s newfound mainstream fortunes, Dirty Money managed a remarkable #19 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as reaching #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In spite of this, Jive failed to capitalize on the attention the duo was receiving; with a lack of promotion and marketing behind it the record left just as quickly as it had arrived. We at Get On Down haven’t forgotten this album’s greatness though; we now present to you this color vinyl reissue of Dirty Money, an under-appreciated and oft-forgotten relic of Southern hip-hop, one that has never before been committed to wax.

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The Professionals “The Professionals Instrumentals” (Madlib Invazion)

2020-03-20T19:52:49+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Madlib is a highly regarded and influential hip-hop producer and occasional rapper, who has left his distinct and stylized sound on classic tracks and critically beloved albums by the likes of MF DOOM (Madvillain), J Dilla (JayLib), Talib Kweli (Liberation), Georgia Anne Muldrow (Seeds), and more. Madlib’s collaborations with rapper Freddie Gibbs (Pi ata & 2019’s Bandana) are some of the most acclaimed hip-hop records of the past decade, and his various DJ mix compilations (Madlib Medicine Show, Beat Konducta) have earned high praise from a vareity of journalistic sources. On The Professionals, Madlib joined forces with fellow rapper/producer and biological brother Oh No, unleashing thirteen tracks of trippy, frequently psychedelic underground hip-hop, upon an unsuspecting public to great acclaim from fans and critics. Now, Madlib’s own imprint Madlib Invazion proudly presents the instrumental tracks for this anomalous record, which puts every twitchy, paranoid, and anomalous beat from the legendary beatsmith on full display.

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Edan “Beauty & The Beat” (Lewis Recordings)

2020-03-20T19:53:03+00:00March 19th, 2020|

While Edan’s critically acclaimed debut, Primitive Plus, was a celebration of hip-hop’s golden age and a true throwback, his sophomore album, Beauty And The Beat, is a vast musical collage that contains many different influences; Hip-hop, rock, pop, dusty breaks, hazy loops, luxurious off-kilter samples and curveball tempo changes that are all crafted into one cohesive piece of art.
In 2015, FACT placed it at number 30 on the “100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time” list. In 2013 NME placed it at number 392 on the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

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Helter Skelter

2020-03-19T20:18:37+00:00March 12th, 2020|

Tracy Lynn Curry, better known by his stage name The D.O.C., is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer, who released his second studio album Helter Skelter in 1996. After a 1989 car crash accident which damaged his vocal cords, this was his comeback album. His voice had changed a lot, but with a fantastic live band the gangsta rap comes alive. His lyrics are still great and worthwhile to listen to. Helter Skelter is available on vinyl for the first time and the package includes a 4-page booklet.

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1988

2020-03-19T20:32:49+00:00March 12th, 2020|

In Stock March 17, 2020

1988 is the follow up to Knxwledge’s official debut album Hud Dreems (Stones Throw, 2015). The same year Hud Dreems was released Knx worked with Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly, earning the producer his first Grammy. A duo with Anderson .Paak called NxWorries was formed around the same time. Their single  “Suede” became a viral hit, vaulting the singer to R&B stardom, and their album Yes Lawd! followed through on that song’s immense promise. Knx and Paak have quietly continued collaborating, and some of the new work is heard on 1988.

A prolific artist in the extreme sense of the word, Knxwledge continues to redefine instrumental hip-hop almost in real-time with a stream of beat tapes numbering in the hundreds on Bandcamp, and video remixes on Instagram.

This prolific output began early. 1988 takes its name from the fact that much of the new record was created that very year, when Knx was an infant. As the story is told, little baby Knx was left alone by his mother for just a few moments and crawled to a family member’s vintage SP–12 sampler. When his mother returned he had already produced his first beats and nearly mastered the machine. These tracks, all produced before nap time while rocking a Nike diaper, were stored over the years on floppy discs, then brought to his studio in recent months where they were finished up, mixed, and mastered.

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Me Against the World

2020-03-19T20:36:28+00:00March 12th, 2020|

The gruesome details surrounding Tupac’s third solo offering are enough to give any music fan the willies. Released when Tupac was in jail serving time for a rape conviction and just after his recovery from being shot-up gangland-style at a recording studio, this was his most introspective piece of work to date. The heavy-hearted album opens up with a radio commentary describing the circumstances surrounding his shooting, and then plunges headfirst into Pac’s infatuation with death. “So Many Tears,” “Death Around the Corner,” and “If I Die 2Nite” are all dark, eerily prophetic tunes that lend credence to widespread theories which suggest that Pac anticipated his impending death. The perpetually thugged-out wonder reveals a more benevolent side when it comes to gender and family issues. On “Dear Mama”—a fitting tribute to his mother recorded in the “Keep Ya Head Up” vein—Pac takes listeners into the loving recesses of his heart, while on “Can U Get Away,” he echoes similar respectful sentiments to black womynkind. This is probably Pac’s most progressive issues-oriented release before he signed to Death Row and became a full-blown thug. —Dalton Higgins

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Eyedea & Abilities “By The Throat” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2020-03-13T20:33:48+00:00March 5th, 2020|

After a five year break exploring new sounds and building their personal repertoires, the dynamic duo of Eyedea & Abilities return with the follow up to their 2004 critically acclaimed sophomore album E&A. With biting guitars, fuzzy keyboards, melodic choruses, and some of their most intricate turntable work to date, By The Throat cuts right to the vein and advances far beyond Eyedea & Abilities battle tested history (winners of HBO Blaze Battle, Rocksteady, Scribble Jam and the DMC’s). Throughout the nineties the duo played an important role in the development of the emerging underground Hip Hop scene alongside friends Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, EL-P, the Living Legends, Sage Francis, Blueprint and more. Always pushing the boundaries, Eyedea & Abilities have not only grown but have elevated their talents and once again successfully brought them together with By The Throat.
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K-Solo “Times Up” (Music On Vinyl)

2020-03-13T20:34:10+00:00February 28th, 2020|

K-Solo is an American rapper who was part of the Hit Squad in the 1990s. He released two albums under his moniker K-Solo. His second album ‘Times Up’ was released in 1992. K-Solo rapping style is slightly aggressive and the music itself is based on a sample-heavy format. Lyrically it’s diverse, focusing on themes as prison live, crime and the daily struggles. Comes on 180 gram vinyl.

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Pigeondust “Way Back When” (Cold Busted)

2020-03-13T20:34:14+00:00February 20th, 2020|

“For me, sampling is like a collaboration,” says DJ Yuta Yamaoka, better known to global beatheads as Pigeondust. Residing in Chiba, Japan, Pigeondust spends his days either vinyl-digging or sourcing samples — that is, creating sonic collaborations — from his discoveries. Pigeondust is also a member of the EN TOKYO crew, representing a new generation of Japanese beat-makers who draw from a large variety of genres. In 2015, Pigeondust joined Cold Busted with his fantastic album Moon, Wisdom & Slackness. He now follows up with an ambitious double album titled Way Back When.

Way Back When explores a galaxy of hip hop styles throughout its whopping 36 cuts. The vibe is gritty and street-smart, samples from jazz, funk, world music, and other pathways poured into one groovable stew. “Chienowa” sets the tone with its tough beat, funk bass pops, and fly-by musical riffs. “Spiral Beat” is also notable for its arpeggiated jazz loop that shifts into gentle ‘70s piano soul. And the collaborations aren’t exclusive with samples — Turkish producer Ozoyo joins Pigeondust for the drum-twisting nature walk of “Magicnight,” and Swiss producer DRWN. appears on cut-up jazz jam “Intense.” There’s much to explore here.

The album is available from Cold Busted on double vinyl, its packaging a loving homage to Yo! MTV Raps and its sought-after trading cards. Each album comes with a Pigeondust trading card complete with artist photo and vital stats. Represent.

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Juicy The Emissary “Timber!” (Street Corner Music)

2020-03-13T20:34:14+00:00February 20th, 2020|

The follow up to Juicy The Emissary’s fantastic 2017 SCM debut isn’t truly a follow up. The A-side of 2019’s “Timber” was found by SCM head House Shoes in 2016 while digging around on SoundCloud. ‘Shoes hit Juicy and let him know he was interested in releasing it on Street Corner Music, he just needed him to give him the B-side tracks. Juicy said he would oblige, but told ‘Shoes he had just finished another project and would sent that thru as well. That project would turn out to be ‘Attention Kmart Choppers’, one of the illest beat tapes ever in the medium. Juicy dissected a vault of Kmart’s musical library that would be played in-store while customers shopped in the 1980’s. Flawless.

He eventually completed the B-side that ‘Shoes needed to complete the album that initially garnered his interest in Juicy.

And here it is. Timber. Chop Chop.

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D.I.T.C. “The Official Version” (D.I.T.C. Studios)

2020-03-13T20:34:15+00:00February 20th, 2020|

The Diggin’ in the Crates Crew, commonly abbreviated as D.I.T.C., is a hip hop collective from New York City. It was founded by Diamond D and Showbiz and its name is from the art of digging for records to sample for production. The members have achieved substantial and consistent recognition in the music industry and Hip Hop circles. They have collaborated with underground and commercial artists from around the world. All of the members are from the Bronx, with the exception of the late Big L from Harlem, and O.C. from Brooklyn.

D.I.T.C., “The Official” Version is an alternative version of D.I.T.C.’s self-titled album D.I.T.C. which was not officially available on vinyl upon its initial release via Tommy Boy when it became apparent that group maintained vinyl rights of the album.

The Official Version has a different track listing with many of the songs being totally different versions than the ones appearing on the first album and also 2 tracks that weren’t on D.I.T.C. at all – “All Love” and “We Known For That” (which is actually a remix of the 12″ single “Internationally Known”). The album is executively produced by Show and re-released on D.I.T.C. Records with distribution by Fat Beats Distribution -20 years after its initial limited pressing.

Many of the songs appear in remixed forms that had yet to be released, some remixes and some original versions. Highlights include “Where Ya At”; the Big Pun/Milano collaboration but here, instead set over a slamming DJ Premier remix. Likewise, the “Way Of Life” features a totally different Buckwild beat, that is actually the original version of the track, that stands in stark contrast to the B-Boy anthem heard on the Tommy Boy album.

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The God Fahim “Lost Kingz” (Nature Sounds)

2020-03-13T20:34:15+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Known for impressive lyricism and streetwise wordplay set to dusty soul and jazz loops, Atlanta native Tha God Fahim has defied expectations for hip-hop from his city, and his steady stream of output continues to draw attention.

Just a few years into his career, the talented emcee/producer has already released more than 100 projects, establishing himself as one of the most prolific artists in rap today. Despite his rapidly growing audience, Tha God Fahim remains an enigma, releasing little background information and maintaining an air of mystery about himself, similar to frequent collaborator Mach-Hommy.

Now, Nature Sounds is proud to announce “Lost Kingz”, a brand new album from Tha God Fahim. “Lost Kingz” features appearances from Mach-Hommy and Vinnie Paz, plus production by DJ Muggs, The Architect, C-Lance, and Fahim himself.

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Abstract Orchestra “Fantastic 2020 V.1” (Ne’Astra Music Group)

2020-03-13T20:34:42+00:00February 7th, 2020|

The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey -better known to the world as J Dilla- to the world of hip-hop can’t be overstated, and nowhere is his legacy more apparent than his work as a member of Slum Village. A founding member of the trio, (alongside rappers T3 and Baatin) Dilla provided the group’s distinctly esoteric, free-wheeling sound, built around winding basslines, quirky drumbeats, subtle low-end frequencies, and classic jazz & soul samples. Against the backdrop of Dilla’s rich production, T3 and Baatin’s free-flowing style of rhyming would also earn wide critical praise, leading to comparisons as the successors to A Tribe Called Quest.
All these elements would come together in a truly prodigious fashion in the early 00s, when Dilla and Slum Village would release their second studio album Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2. The group had already made critically acclaimed waves with Volume 1, but few could have predicted at the time of its release that Dilla’s production, which combined portions of alternative, gangsta, and soul hip-hop, meshed with T3 and Baatin’s deft lyrical flows, would become such a far-reaching influence. Artists like D’Angelo and Erykah Badu have name-checked Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2 as a key influences, while The Roots’ drummer ?uestlove declared that they hands down “…birthed the neo-soul movement.”

Enter the Abstract Orchestra. Helmed by composer and saxophonist Rob Mitchell, this 18-piece ensemble has become renowned for their distinct sound, which reinterprets some of the most famous hip-hop productions of all time (right on down to the sample material) into a unique blend of big band jazz and live hip-hop. The group has toured alongside the likes of John Legend, Amy Winehouse, and Adele among others, and have provided live backup for Mos Def, and many more. They previously have released orchestral versions of revered hip-hop record Madvillian and a tribute to Dilla to critical acclaim as well.

On this, the 20th anniversary of Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2’s release, the Abstract Orchestra are proud to pay tribute to this highly innovative hip-hop classic. Across two volumes of vinyl and a 2-CD set of studio recordings, the big band applies their own jazzy spin to Dilla’s classic productions, with occasional assistance from the surviving members of Slum Village themselves. The end result is Fantastic 2020, a hybrid blend of smooth, funky brass rhythms with boom-bap sensibilities that is just the kind of tribute that an often unsung, but highly influential group like Slum Village deserves, and is a more than welcome addition to any Dilla completist’s library.

Abstract Orchestra “Fantastic 2020 V.2” (Ne’Astra Music Group)

2020-03-13T20:34:41+00:00February 7th, 2020|

The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey -better known to the world as J Dilla- to the world of hip-hop can’t be overstated, and nowhere is his legacy more apparent than his work as a member of Slum Village. A founding member of the trio, (alongside rappers T3 and Baatin) Dilla provided the group’s distinctly esoteric, free-wheeling sound, built around winding basslines, quirky drumbeats, subtle low-end frequencies, and classic jazz & soul samples. Against the backdrop of Dilla’s rich production, T3 and Baatin’s free-flowing style of rhyming would also earn wide critical praise, leading to comparisons as the successors to A Tribe Called Quest.
All these elements would come together in a truly prodigious fashion in the early 00s, when Dilla and Slum Village would release their second studio album Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2. The group had already made critically acclaimed waves with Volume 1, but few could have predicted at the time of its release that Dilla’s production, which combined portions of alternative, gangsta, and soul hip-hop, meshed with T3 and Baatin’s deft lyrical flows, would become such a far-reaching influence. Artists like D’Angelo and Erykah Badu have name-checked Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2 as a key influences, while The Roots’ drummer ?uestlove declared that they hands down “…birthed the neo-soul movement.”

Enter the Abstract Orchestra. Helmed by composer and saxophonist Rob Mitchell, this 18-piece ensemble has become renowned for their distinct sound, which reinterprets some of the most famous hip-hop productions of all time (right on down to the sample material) into a unique blend of big band jazz and live hip-hop. The group has toured alongside the likes of John Legend, Amy Winehouse, and Adele among others, and have provided live backup for Mos Def, and many more. They previously have released orchestral versions of revered hip-hop record Madvillian and a tribute to Dilla to critical acclaim as well.

On this, the 20th anniversary of Fan-Tas-Tic Volume 2’s release, the Abstract Orchestra are proud to pay tribute to this highly innovative hip-hop classic. Across two volumes of vinyl and a 2-CD set of studio recordings, the big band applies their own jazzy spin to Dilla’s classic productions, with occasional assistance from the surviving members of Slum Village themselves. The end result is Fantastic 2020, a hybrid blend of smooth, funky brass rhythms with boom-bap sensibilities that is just the kind of tribute that an often unsung, but highly influential group like Slum Village deserves, and is a more than welcome addition to any Dilla completist’s library.

The Professionals “The Professionals” (Madlib Invazion)

2020-03-13T20:34:42+00:00February 7th, 2020|

The Professionals – Beats by Madlib. Raps by Oh No. Real. Rap. Shit. Featuring Adub, Elzhi, Chino XL
Madlib is a highly regarded and influential hip-hop producer and occasional rapper, who has left his distinct and stylized sound on classic tracks and critically beloved albums by the likes of MF DOOM (Madvillain), J Dilla (JayLib), Talib Kweli (Liberation), Georgia Anne Muldrow (Seeds), and more. Madlib’s collaborations with rapper Freddie Gibbs (Piñata & this year’s Bandana) are some of the most acclaimed hip-hop records of the past decade, and his various DJ mix compilations (Madlib Medicine Show, Beat Konducta) have earned high praise from a vareity of
journalistic sources. Oh No is a rapper and producer who has left his mark across a wide swath of releases. His 2006 concept album Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms (Which exclusively sampled the works of musical theatre composer Galt MacDermot) was highly acclaimed upon its release, as well as his various crate-digging DJ mix projects (Dr. No’s Oxperiment, Dr. No’s Ethiopium). He has produced tracks for the likes of Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Aloe Blacc, Talib Kweli, and Prodigy, while contributing guest verses to tracks by Czarface, Apathy, Murs, Little Brother, and more Madlib. Oh No. The Professionals.

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ANoyd & Statik Selektah ‎”Yuck!” (Tuff Kong)

2020-03-13T20:34:42+00:00February 7th, 2020|

Connecticut MC ANoyd has partnered with Statik Selektah and Show Off Records to release their full-length collaboration, the disgustingly good Yuck!. The 10-song collection showcases one of the most exciting artists coming out of New England rapping over productions of one of the busiest man this year, seen that the legendary producer has released several incredible projects this year such as Trillstatik with Bun B, the instrumental album Mahalo and his collaboration with Curren$y Gran Turismo. This banging project features collaborations with Haile Supreme, Nick Grant, fellow 1982 bandmember Termanology and rising star UFO Fev, to bring you one of the freshest projects out this year!

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Big Pun “Capital Punishment” (Get On Down)

2020-03-13T20:34:42+00:00February 7th, 2020|

2020 repress. “Big Pun remains on the best rappers ever list to this day. Reasons for this weigh largely on his debut Capital Punishment. His commanding voice and rapid fire delivery make it clear there will never be another Big Pun. Pun was New York. His confidence on the mic made him stand out among his contemporaries. Similarly, the production — by a cast of many — remains ever so New York loyal. The close cousins ‘I’m Not a Player’ and ‘Still Not a Player,’ may have been the hits off this album but it is packed with so many more that show Pun’s true abilities. ‘Beware’ and ‘Dream Shatterer’ are great examples of Big Pun at his best, dark cinematic production with just enough room to let him breathe fire. On ‘Twinz (Deep Cover)’ Big Pun is trading bars with his mentor Fat Joe over a remake of Dr. Dre’s classic beat. Here Pun delivers one of his most quoted verses that contains among others ‘Dead in the middle of Little Italy little did we know that we riddled some middlemen who didn’t do diddly.’ There are numerous guest appearances, the best of which include afore mentioned Fat Joe (on several tracks), the Roots’ Black Thought on the MC showcase ‘Super Lyrical,’ Prodigy and Inspectah Deck on ‘Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy),’ and an extra-insane Busta Rhymes on ‘Parental Discretion.'”

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Da Lench Mob “Guerillas In Tha Mist” (Get On Down)

2020-03-02T07:05:09+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Deluxe green and orange splatter-colored vinyl “Possessing lyrics heavily focused on political and social justice, inspired heavily by West Coast gang culture and Islam, Da Lench Mob made waves throughout the hip-hop scene when they first appeared on the track ‘Rolling With Da Lench Mob’, off Ice Cube’s famed 1990 solo record AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. Initially, the titular ‘Lench Mob’ of the track namesake referred to Ice Cube as well as the other participating rappers, but J-Dee, Shorty, and T-Bone would adopt the name for their own in time. Their standout appearance on the Ice Cube track would earn the trio critical interest, (as well as shout-outs on Ice Cube’s 1991 follow-up Death Certificate) and generate palpable anticipation for a studio album of their own. Guerillas In Tha Mist, their 1992 debut record, was recorded in the wake of the Rodney King riots, taking its name from infamous comments made during the riots. The record was uncompromising and confrontational in its depictions of urban decay and an unjust system wreaking havoc on an economically disadvantaged Black population. It was starkly realistic (bordering on abrasive) in the content of tracks like the armed revolution-advocating ‘Freedom Got An A.K.’, the kill-your-idols style of ‘You And Your Heroes’, and the anti-pusher anthem ‘All On My Nut Sac’. These harsh manifestos were made all the more smooth via Ice Cube’s jazzy G-funk and Bomb Squad-influenced production, which sampled heavily from classic songs by Parliament, Kool & The Gang, The Incredible Bongo Band, and even Vangelis. Cube himself would make guest appearances throughout the record, as well as an appearance by B-Real of Cypress Hill on the track ‘Ain’t Got No Class’. Guerillas In Tha Mist was a Billboard success upon its release, reaching #24 on the Billboard 200, and rendering rap radio hits out of its title track and ‘Freedom Got An A.K.’, but Da Lench Mob would fall into obscurity over the years, eventually going their separate ways after creative differences, financial rifts, and the life conviction of rapper J-Dee for suspected murder in 1993. Despite their loss of commercial fortunes, Guerillas In Tha Mist would develop a strong reputation as an unheralded gem among hip-hop heads, and would be considered one of the great lesser-known releases of the era among critics (in 2018 Complex would declare the title track as one of the 100 Best L.A. Rap Songs). Decades after its initial release, and in tribute to the memory of Da Lench Mob member Shorty, who passed in 2019, Get On Down now presents an exclusive LP reissue of Guerillas In Tha Mist, which previously was only released officially on wax in Europe. Remastered audio and a painstakingly recreated full color jacket.”

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Soul AM “AM Life” (Vinyl Digital)

2020-01-23T21:27:41+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Crackling jazz and relaxed Lofi Vibe. These are the two points that the new album “AM Life” by Soul AM revolves around. The producer from Medellin, Colombia holds up to what his name promises: Very soulful music with a special passion for beautiful piano melodies embedded in relaxed beats around them. Just sometimes he occasionally complements this arrangement with other instruments like a butter-soft saxophone. This jazzy sound is perfect for a chic dinner or just a few quiet hours on the couch at home.

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Mt. Fujitive “Sanctuary” (Vinyl Digital)

2020-01-23T21:27:41+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

For many fans out there lofi hiphop is a real sanctuary and mt. fujitive not only has the same opinion, but definitely is an integral part of it.

The impact of lofi hiphop is often underestimated by the general public. But whoever dives deeper into this scene knows what he has on these mellow sounds. With his new album “sanctuary” the beat maker from Reykjavik has set a monument to his favorite music genre. Like hardly any other producer, he knows how to create certain moods with his minimalistic beats. Each song on the record conjures up a different picture and yet “sanctuary” works as a beautiful unit that will convince all fans immediately!

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Mndsgn “Breatharian” (Fresh Selects)

2020-01-23T21:27:41+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

L.A. producer, Mndsgn’s most recent project, Breatharian, gets the official re-issue treatment via the newly formed Fresh Selects label. The rising instrumentalist – best known for his work with the likes of Danny Brown, Jonwayne, Sonnymoon, Blu, Knxwledge, and more – sees his first retail release in over 4 years and has pulled out all the stops for the occasion.

A diverse, conceptual beat tape that takes a varied approach into exploring the strange phenomenon known as “breatharianism” – the project made waves when it first dropped last summer and has now been professionally mixed, mastered, and pressed to vinyl for the first time. Along with it are two new bonus beats, “Hiking” and “Bweyy” (featuring co-producer, Swarvy); the album also marks Mnd’s first ever official music video – in the form of two-fer, “Hiking” / “Fif Dim.

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108 “Mission Infinite” (All City)

2020-01-23T21:27:41+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

NBN Archives is proud to debut a forthcoming series of Hip-Hop and R’n’B reissues with a little known Californian project from “108”, a short lived Bay Area group which consisted of rappers Encore (Shaya Bekele) and Grand The Visitor (Everett Aknowledge) along with composer-producer Sedric Edwards. Originally released in 1996 in a very limited quantity of one hundred CD’s, the album “Mission Infinite” never really got the attention it deserved until now.

By the mid-90s Encore and Grand had already been gravitating around the San Jose Hip-Hop scene, releasing music in connection with Bay Area Hip-Hop Icon Peanut Butter Wolf – both featuring on one of Wolf’s first 12’s “Step On Our Ego’s?” (1996, South Paw Records). In the same year, Grand released his first solo single “The Visitor” on Blind Side Recordings produced by PB Wolf and Encore’s first single was one of the very first releases on Stones Throw in 1997. Sedric Edwards was a sound engineer working locally when he met Chris Cut (aka PB Wolf). They set up a studio together where he met the two MC’s. According to Encore: “One day, Sedric was playing some of his Jazz-infused instrumentals in between sessions, and we were like: ‘We should try something with this!’”

Working with Sedric’s simple home studio set-up and with local musicians adding instrumentation to his bass playing, they managed to achieve a “live feel” on the album. Released upon completion via Wake Up Records, the LP was promoted with a couple of shows in small clubs around the San Jose area – where most of the CD’s were sold. However without distribution or promotion the record fizzled out. It remains a mystery up until today how this album remained so slept-on for over two decades.

At a time when rapping over live instrumentation was not very common, a style popularized by bands like The Roots, the 108 project truly stands out amongst other Hip-Hop releases of that era. NBN Archives is extremely proud to present this 90’s Hip-Hop underground masterpiece, remastered from the original DAT tapes, for the Jazzy Hip-Hop Aficionados.

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Black Moon “Rise Of Da Moon” (Duck Down)

2020-01-23T21:27:41+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Black Moon returns with Rise of Da Moon. The 15-track album features Method Man, Smif N Wessun, and Rock of Heltah Skeltah. The project is entirely produced by Da Beatminerz. The CD is a custom digipak with a die-cut silhouette of Buckshot, 5FT & Evil Dee. 9.5″ x 28″ poster included. 8-page booklet w/ exclusive photos from the recording sessions.

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Smuv “Sandy Beaches” (Vinyl Digital)

2020-01-23T21:27:41+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Between distorted guitars, echoing birds, rambling basses and mystic sounds you’ll find yourself in your head wandering over sandy beaches.
Smuvs next lofi vinyl works without beeing repetetive but suprising moments and samples you may haven’t heard before.
The beautiful drawn cover gives you a perfect description of the minimalistic works which will simply bring joy to your speakers.

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Brother Ali “Secrets & Escapes” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2020-01-23T21:27:04+00:00January 23rd, 2020|

Secrets & Escapes is a compendium of Brother Ali’s time with Evidence over the course of three trips to California, recording in a Venice garage with no regard for pleasing the internet or competing with the music industry. Ev chopped up records on old-school samplers and ran them through a compressor (2 track) so they couldn’t be re-arranged or mixed. Brother Ali sat with the mic and spit rhymes as they came to him, without writing or organizing them into songs. Ev smoked a lot of weed, Ali prayed a lot, and their influences on each other can be heard in the recordings. Every time they made something that reminded them of what they’ve become known for, they threw it away and started something new. Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and CS Armstrong all came through to bless the project with contributions too. This album is two friends making rap music for no other reason than because it’s what they love to do.
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JPEGMAFIA “All My Heroes Are Cornballs” (JPEGMAFIA)

2020-01-09T21:50:54+00:00January 9th, 2020|

This album is really a thank you to my fans tbh. I started and finished it In 2018, mixed and mastered it in 2019 right after the Vince tour. I don’t usually work on something right after I release a project. But Veteran was the first time in my life I worked hard on something, and it was reciprocated back to me. So I wanted thank my people. And make an album that I put my my whole body into, as in all of me. All sides of Me baby. Not just a few. This the most ME album I’ve ever made in my life, Im trying to give y’all niggas a warm album you can live in and take a nap in maybe start a family and buy some Apple Jacks to. I’ve removed restrictions from my head and freed myself of doubt musically. I would have removed half this shit before but naw fuck it. Y’all catching every bit of this basic bitch tear gas. This is me, all me, in full form nigga, and this formless piece of audio is my punk musical . I hope it disappoints every last one of u.

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Gang Starr “One of the Best Yet” (Gang Starr Enterprises)

2020-01-09T21:49:58+00:00January 9th, 2020|

Gang Starr is undoubtedly one of the most revered, beloved and influential groups in Hip Hop. Over the course of their distinguished career, they became a cultural institution and a brand you could ultimately trust. With a handful of indelible classic albums on their resume, DJ Premier and Guru’s catalogue has not only persevered but mastered the test of time. Simply, Gang Starr did not follow trends, they created them.
One Of The Best Yet is many things. Yes, it’s the first new Gang Starr album in sixteen-years and it is a historic event to be celebrated and rejoiced, but it symbolizes much more than that. One Of The Best Yet further cements Gang Starr’s legacy. This literal gift of an album not only harkens you back to Gang Starr’s seminal work of the past, but it re-establishes their impact in a modern-day perspective. Album includes guest spots from: M.O.P / Q-Tip / Royce da 5’9” / Jeru The Damaja / J. Cole Ne-Yo / Nitty Scott / Talib Kweli / Big Shug / Freddie Foxxx.

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DJ Cam “‘90s” (IATTYTUDE)

2020-01-09T21:49:57+00:00January 9th, 2020|

Born in 1973 in Paris, DJ Cam has been one of the most influential artists in the “French Touch” era, thanks to his participation in La Yellow 357 together with Dimitri From Paris.

DJ Cam is back with an instrumental hip hop album – a tribute to his favourite producers and MC’s, and to his childhood spent in New York during the summer of ‘92. Cam’s beat are infused with the cool daisy age vibes popularised by A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla.

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Ice-T ‎”O.G. Original Gangster” (Music On Vinyl)

2019-12-20T22:46:21+00:00December 20th, 2019|

O.G. Original Gangster, Ice-T’s 4th album, is arguably Ice’s best album as he continued his streak of classic albums that he started with Rhyme Pays. Ice reached his peak on here, as his lyrics and beat selection were the best they had ever been. Ice-T was a pioneering force for the west coast, especially in the ’80s, as he was one of the first gangster rap artists. At his finest hour, he connected his street language to subjects as violence, social structures, and ghetto life. The refined flow of the beats marks this essential record and masterpiece. The album peaked at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was featured in many Best Rap and Hip-Hop lists, as well as the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Emapea “Seeds, Roots & Fruits” (Cold Busted)

2019-12-20T22:45:38+00:00December 20th, 2019|

Accomplished Polish beat-maker Emapea has made memorable appearances on many Cold Busted label compilations – such as in the IWYMI and Bust Free series – and has been selected for inclusion in Mark Farina’s next Mushroom Jazz installment. All this activity has mouths watering for the debut full length album from Emapea, and the appearance of Seeds, Roots & Fruits doesn’t disappoint one bit. Featuring sixteen exceptional tracks ranging from hip hop to acid jazz to psychedelic trip hop in the style of Mo’Wax, Emapea’s long player is indeed, as a wise man once said, “a journey into sound.” Seeds, Roots & Fruits rises above the average beats album to reveal the enduring depth of this young producer.

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Maple Syrup “High Tides”(Millenium Jazz Music)

2019-12-20T22:45:38+00:00December 20th, 2019|

High Tides is the second album by Russian beat maker, Maple Syrup. After the success with his debut LP Vacations, he was excited to get back to work and come up with new material, and after two years in the making High Tides is ready to go on 12″ vinyl and digital platforms. We hope you enjoy this project as much as the Vacations LP.

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Obijuan x Grimm Doza “the king’s wishes” (Bad Taste)

2019-12-20T22:45:38+00:00December 20th, 2019|

Bad Taste is proud to present the new joint from Obijuan and Grimm Doza ~ the king’s wishes. Ten tracks that tread a whole spectrum of lo-fi hip hop and the LP edition includes two bonus tracks as vinyl only exclusives.

Originally from the Bahamas but now living internationally with no fixed abode, Obijuan is a rising 23-year-old rapper that has been active with a series of solid solo projects as well as collaborations with the likes of Philanthrope, looms., Lord Apex and Toonorth. Grimm Doza is a prolific artist from New Jersey that’s previously produced beats for Roc Marciano, Tha God Fahim, Retch and Xxxtentacion.

‘Layin Low’ sets the tone of the record; Obijuan spitting headstrong lyrics and keeping it 100 over a with a hazy, low slung beat. ‘London Pack’ picks up the pace and re-affirms Obi’s nice flow, soon followed by a blunted trip to the clouds for ‘Waverunner (feat. Puddlegod)’.

‘sand scripts’ shows a rawer side to the project, Grimm Doza’s beat feels anxious, almost paranoid and Obi stating “…too much knowledge make the world feel frightening” is apt for the times we live in. Closing track ‘CAPSIZE’ continues that rawness; grungy production from the murky depths whilst Obi calls on Looms for a guest verse before making mc’s walk the plank.

the king’s wishes gets straight to the point. Obi let’s a track run for however long feels right, be that one minute or three. It’s about the vibe, the bars and the feeling that its done its thing. That’s why it’s best experienced in full, top to bottom, start to finish. Don’t just dip your toes in the ocean when you should be diving in.

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Various Artists “Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz…” (Hay, Reid & Smith)

2019-12-20T22:45:37+00:00December 20th, 2019|

Re-imagined instrumentals of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Follow the Leader album from Eric B. & Rakim.  Endorsed and fully supported by Eric B. & Rakim.

Jonathan Hay, Benny Reid, and Mike Smith had numerous discussions on how to respectfully, faithfully, and creatively re-imagine Eric B. & Rakim’s classic 1988 album, Follow the Leader. The difficulty was twofold. One, Follow the Leader is a revered and iconic hip-hop album and had to reflect its adoration. Two, how can it be translated to a jazz style, especially omitting the centerpiece, Rakim’s voice? Reid (lead instrumentalist – tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, bari saxophone, flute) and Hay’s (producer) initial strategy of replaying Rakim’s extended, rhythmically intricate rap verses organically morphed into a more improvised, classic jazz style. The emcee vocal style and flow along with Eric B.’s through-composed instrumentals, served as a model for Hay, Reid, Smith and musician Mani Ajami to draw inspiration.

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J. Cole & Dreamville “Revenge of the Dreamers III” (Dreamville)

2019-12-13T05:54:53+00:00December 13th, 2019|

The third compilation album from J. Cole and record label Dreamville features contributions from a supergroup collective of the label’s artists, available here on vinyl. Representing community and unsung artists who fight for their voices to be heard, this expansive double LP features contributions from DaBaby, EarthGang, Bas, Ari Lennox, J.I.D, T.I., Vince Staples, Young Nudy and so many more. 2019,

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2Pac & Thug Life “Thug Life : Volume 01” (Interscope)

2019-12-06T04:26:12+00:00December 6th, 2019|

Thug Life: Volume 1 is the only studio album by American hip hop group Thug Life, started by 2Pac. It was released on September 26, 1994 by Interscope Records. The group featured Big Syke, Macadoshis, Mopreme, The Rated R and 2Pac. Among the notable tracks on the album are “Bury Me a G”, “Cradle to the Grave”, “Pour Out a Little Liquor” (which also appears on the soundtrack to the 1994 film Above the Rim), “How Long Will They Mourn Me?” and “Str8 Ballin’.” The album is Gold certified by the RIAA.

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