First off I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be a busy and productive year for us, we have plenty of new box sets in store and tons of vinyl on the way. We would also like thank everyone for their support on our book – Beat Box : A Drum Machine Obsession - it was a long time coming and am proud to say it’s one of our finest releases.
Now… lets get down to it – we have a grip of vinyl that just came in and we are excited to have in stock!
First up we have the modern classic Lord Willin’ by (sibling) Duo Clipse. Pusha T and Malice pull no punches on their second record (although considered their first to some) painting a vivid picture of life in Virginia over A+ Neptunes production. Pharell and Chad Hugo were able to combine their cyberpunk production with just the right group to create a street masterpiece. But really, I got one word – “Grindin’”. Tell me another song in the past decade that came out of nowhere that had this much punch with little more than an off kilter drum beat and rapping? Available now on double LP, for more info and to buy – go here.
Next up we have Lord Finesse with his sophomore album Return of the Funky Man. At the time of it’s release (’92) I was already a huge D.I.T.C/Finesse fan so this album was highly anticipated and didn’t disappoint. Loaded with trademark Finesse punch lines and head nodding beats, Return… just became one of those albums where you change your mind every other listen as to what your favorite song is. “Stop Sweating the Next Man”,”Yes You May”,”Save that Shit” the title track – all make this album a tour de force by the BX wordsmith. Available now on double LP, for more info and to buy - go here.
Taking things to the Queens side we have the debut album from Capone N Noreaga, The War Report. Dropping in the summer of ’97 The War Report was part of the new era that the Q Boro had been ushering in – an extension of the dunn language if you will. With Tragedy as the groups ringleader (and unofficial 3rd member) and Capone and Noreaga with their unorthodox rap styles, they crafted The War Report to the classic status that it is today. Stand out tracks like “Illegal Life”, “Stick You”,“T.O.N.Y” and the albums lead off song “Bloody Money” all became anthems that summer, making this one of the Greatest Debut Albums in Hip Hop History according to Complex Magazine. Available now on double LP for more info and buy – go here.
Following the launch of two critical and street acclaimed releases, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs return with the EP Deeper before their long awaited full length Piñata drops. Freddie Gibbs sounds right at home over Madlib’s never ending supply of bangers. On the B Side “Harold’s” steals the show for me and is evident why this combination just works perfectly. For more info and to buy – go here.
Taking a turn in a different direction we have some amazing releases from everything from Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock n Roll and (dare I say it) a prototype to the Techno Sound.
First we have The Blackbyrds Walking in Rhythm : The Essential Selection 1973-1980. This 3 LP set features all of their classics spanning the 7 years where they changed the landscape of the Jazz Funk fusion. This compilation features countless hits like “Gut Level”, “Blackbyrds Theme”, “Walking in Rhythm”, “Mysterious Vibes”, “Supernatural Feeling” the B Boy anthem “Rock Creek Park” plus many many more (remember it’s 3 LP’s!). A must have for anyone looking for a definitive Blackbyrds collection on vinyl. Available now, for more info and to buy – go here.
Next up we have the all star filled album Super Blues. With a line up consisting of blues legends Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Little Walker the results could only be amazing. Recorded at Ter Mar Studios in 1967, Super Blues serves as an ‘experiment’ of sorts putting 3 legendary musicians in a studio and seeing what happens. Tracks such as Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man”, Muddy Waters “I Just Want To Make Love To You” and Little Walter’s “My Babe” stand out making this album a great addition to the trio’s catalog. Long out of print, we are proud to add it to our catalog. For more info and to buy – go here.
Chuck Berry is undoubtedly the father of Rock n Roll. That’s just fact. But by the 70′s his studio output would come to a slow crawl. It was during this time that Berry returned to Chess to release the overlooked San Francisco Dues in 1971. The album was pretty obscure and largely unnoticed, but remains a fascinating glimpse into Berry’s musical mind, and is now looked upon by critics as a slept on classic. Songs such as “Oh Louisiana”, “Bound to Loose” and “Viva Rock & Roll” shape this album into the forgotten gem that it is. For more info and to buy – go here.
Finally we take things to Detroit with the seminal Techno album Enter by Cybotron. Released at a time when the genre ‘Techno” wasn’t even a thing, Enter is a landmark release in the storied history of Detroit and dance music. Founded by visionary Vietnam veteran Rik Davis and teenage wiz kid Juan Atkins, Cybotron combined a fondness for electronic gear (as favored by groups like Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra) with a dark lyricism that echoed the urban blight of Detroit and advanced prophetic environmental concerns. This long-overdue reissue has been carefully curated to satisfy the most discerning fans, as well as provide an accessible entry point to one of the most influential electronic music releases ever. For more info and to buy – go here.
As an extra bonus we also have the clear 12″ pressing of Cybotron’s Dance floor smash “Clear” b/w “Techno City”. For some the music is easily recognizable as the main element to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control” and countless other dance records, but the genius lies in the original. With an infectious groove and minimal vocal drops “Clear” is easily one of most groundbreaking dance records ever recorded. And honestly, the clear pressing looks amazing, a must have for any collector. For more info - go here.
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