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Brownout “Berlin Sessions” (Fat Beats Distribution)

2020-03-20T19:54:00+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Brownout’s legendary status as a “Funk Powerhouse” (Stereogum) is a reputation well deserved. The band of musicians have an impressive resume performing with Prince (RIP), GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Bernie Worrell (RIP), and accolades from Ozzy Osbourne for their Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath project. The latter helped grab the attention of Fat Beats Records, who worked with the band to release the critically acclaimed Public Enemy instrumentals project Fear of A Brown Planet in 2018. The Austin 9-piece is back with their first full length album of original music in over 8 years. The album, aptly titled, Berlin Sessions (out March 6, 2020 on Fat Beats) was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and is the first with lead singer Alex Marrero, whom they originally collaborated with on their wildly successful Brown Sabbath records. Berlin Sessions finds the group merging a multitude of styles, from rock to psych and of course the Latin Funk and Breakbeat on which they have built their sixteen-year career and reputation as Austin’s premier party-starters.

NPR recently featured the band on their heralded “Tiny Desk Concert” series, performing songs off the new album. NPR described the diversity of the band, stating, “One of the things you need to know about this band is that they can change traditions or genres almost on a dime. The core members dip into soul, Latin funk, a form of Peruvian cumbia called chicha, and funk covers of both Black Sabbath and Public Enemy. What each configuration has in common is the almost telepathic bond the band has developed after 15 years of working stages across the country. As you can see on the video, it’s so infectious that Prince once used them for a while as a back-up band.”

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Clear Soul Forces “Detroit Revolution(s)” (Fat Beats)

2019-11-29T03:52:19+00:00November 29th, 2019|

First official US vinyl pressing, first pressing of any kind since 2012

After their debut mixtape “Clear Soul Radio”(2010), follow-up EP “The Departure”, an A3C Festival appearance, two SXSX showcases, induction to Red Bull Academy’s Soundstage program, and performances with Tanya Morgan, Just Blaze, Alchemist, Talib Kweli, and Freeway, the release of 2012’s “Detroit Revolutions” LP put the Detroit collective Clear Soul Forces on the radar of hip hop fans worldwide – led by the viral hit Get No Better. Since then, CSF has toured the globe, released three (Gold PP7s, Fab Five, Still) albums with Fat Beats Records, and have no plans of slowing down with a new album slated for 2020. Until then, Revo is making an official return to wax as the missing piece in many CSF vinyl collections.

 

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Ohbliv “Give Thanks” (Fat Beats)

2019-05-17T19:11:26+00:00May 17th, 2019|

Ohbliv has caught recent looks for his hugely prolific output, a fiery catalogue of 50 Bandcamp releases, celebrated collabs, and an entry on Fat Beats’ prestigious Baker’s Dozen series. Not a bad ascendant for someone who started in the late ‘90s emulating past masters through making pause-tapes.

“I’m 36. I grew up on Large Pro, Pete Rock, Preemo, Ced Gee, Paul C, Bomb Squad, especially the pause tape aesthetic. In my developmental stages, those are the main ones,” he says, before adding: “My parents are also a big inspiration. I feel like my dad was a real digger before it was even a thing. I’ve found records in his collection that I haven’t even found out in the field while I’m digging. I credit him for that.”

Richmond, Virginia isn’t particularly known for its booming music scene but Ohbliv (pronounced “Obliv,” short for Oblivion) has seen a steady rise in awareness of his hometown’s musical offerings. On his local scene, he says: “Everybody has his or her own style. There are pockets and different sounds. There’s the more street side of things, the more traditional hip-hop, the more progressive guys. There’s no one solid style, everyone’s doing their own thing, but everyone works together too.” 2018’s joint with another Richmond stalwart artist, Fly Anakin, produced Backyard Boogie and cemented this notion, showcasing a mature beatsmith who could thoughtfully lace Anakin’s colorful rhymes with dynamic boom-bap. This year, Ohbliv reunites with Fat Beats with whom he’s always had a fruitful working relationship. “I would consider this a proper follow up to the second Baker’s Dozen release. I also have two tapes through Fat Beats, two Lewse Joints cassettes. But this is the first proper follow-up,” he says. With a lot of familial pride and years of experience behind this moment, the new album is fittingly titled, Give Thanks.

The project is a woozy pastiche of eclectic samples chopped to bits with the aid of an SP-4O4, PT01 turntable, and digi-recorder. While Ohbliv does use an MPC 2000 here and then, the 404-SX is his main weapon of choice. “I’ve just always end up within the Roland family,” he says.

The title cut is Dilla-esque in the best, most respectful and un-trite way those words possibly entail. “Give Thanks is me digging deeper into my style but stretching it a bit. Different sample sources and different quality of samples, like using vinyl-based originals, he says. “I was also able to learn and used different mixing techniques for an overall cleaner sound.”

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Roc Marciano “Reloaded” (Fat Beats)

2018-04-20T14:16:37+00:00April 20th, 2018|

From Hempstead, Long Island, representing an area that boasts some of rap history’s most iconic giants (Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, EPMD, De La Soul), Roc Marciano will settle for nothing less than greatness. After a long history with Busta Rhymes and The Flipmode Squad in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Roc found himself in limbo without a solo deal. Undaunted, Roc continued to record at his Long Island home studio which became the meeting grounds for his brain child The UN.

With his solo debut on Fat Beats Records, and collaborating with some of the new producers in the game (Marco Polo, DJ Babu and The P Brothers), Roc plans to show the world his raw lyricism and production savvy. “I just remember sitting next to the radio trying to tape Marley Marl’s Rap attack” adds Roc. “It was all about Rakim, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Granddaddy I.U all of that. Back then whoever was the nicest on the mic had to get dealt with. You couldn’t just be talking about anything on the mic. That was millions of blunts ago. I wanna bring a little of that feeling back.” With songs like “Snow” and “Thug’s Prayer” he is well on the road to doing just that.

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Roc Marciano “Rosebudd’s Revenge” (Fat Beats Distribution)

2017-10-01T19:46:55+00:00June 14th, 2017|

Fourth Studio Album from the venerable New York emcee and producer. Includes features from Ka and Knowledge the Pirate and production from Knxwledge, Arch Druids and Roc Marci himself.

Time waits for no man, but venerable New York emcee and producer Roc Marci remains a rare exception to the rule. Enchanting listeners with his dexterous lyricism, methodically soulful beats, and steely persona on releases like 2010’s critically-acclaimed Marcberg, and his revered 2012 effort, Reloaded, the pride of Hempstead, Long Island emerges from the shadows after a three-year hiatus with the equally spellbinding Rosebudd’s Revenge. This is the rapper’s fourth studio album. Aside from appearances on landmark releases, including De La Soul’s Grammy-nominated And the Anonymous Nobody, and Ka’s Days With Dr. Yen Lo, Roc Marci’s presence has been scarce, making Rosebudd’s Revenge one of the more anticipated hip-hop releases of 2017.

Enlisting his band of collaborators to join him on every song on his last release, Roc Marci flips the script on his latest offering. Rosebudd’s Revenge’s lone features are frequent collaborators: Brownsville emcee Ka on the epic sparring session “Marksmen,” and Knowledge The Pirate on “No Smoke.” This uncluttered lineup gives Roc Marci ample space to deliver his tales from the strip. Key selections from Rosebudd’s Revenge include the suave, keyboard-laden affair “Better Know,” “Killing Time,” “Pig Knuckles,” and the hard-boiled title-track, and boasts musings that rank among the best of Roc Marci’s tenured run.

Spilling his fluid flow over production from the likes of Grammy-nominated producer Knxwledge, as well as George Paulin, Animoss, Don C, Modus Op, and himself, Roc Marci reaffirms his placement on the musical avant garde and standing as one of hip-hop’s preeminent lyricists on Rosebudd’s Revenge, a defining effort that will leave fans salivating for more.

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