Castle - 'Return Of The Gasface' CD Now Shipping
3/28: This is for those with hard heads, black lungs, and scarred hearts. It's for the dreamers who construct darts on loose-leaf and those revolting against corporate life and casual Fridays. It's Castle's Return of the Gasface, released on Mello Music Group, remixed by Has-Lo with a new track and revamped verses.
Redman - 'Whut? Thee Album' Vinyl Pre-Order
3/27: The last of hip-hop's great party albums, Whut? never had to take itself too seriously and Redman made sure you didn't either. His weed-fueled rhyme-flow sizzled on the album's many P-Funk inspired tracks (courtesy of EPMD's Erick Sermon), and many songs ("Time 4 Sum Aksion," "Rated R"), jumped with an energy that tore the roof off and burned the house down. But more than just churn out bouncy club anthems, Redman showcased a wit ("How to Roll a Blunt") and laid-back flair ("Tonight's the Night") that helped plant his foot as one of hip-hop's most vibrant MCs.
CD version also available.
Grieves - 'Winter & The Wolves' CD/ Vinyl Now Shipping
3/27: Known for a unique blend of hip-hop and alt-soul, Grieves has co-produced 14 new tracks with B. Lewis, combining organic pianos and guitars with synthesizers; a dramatic backdrop for his vocals. Reflecting on growth and maturity, Winter & The Wolves is about the instinctual fight for survival. Finding yourself alone, facing hindrances to your livelihood, and having the courage to overcome them. Tackling subjects like addiction and heartbreak, Grieves signature combination of humor & gloom depict the inner turmoil between abandoning the dreams of his youth, and carving a new path for himself.
B.D.P. - 'By All Means Necessary' Vinyl Now Shipping
3/27: Includes an 18" X 24" poster! From the moment the album starts with the infectious saxophone sample on "My Philosophy" or the Reggae influenced "Stop the Violence" to the straight up braggadocios "I'm Still #1", By Any Means Necessary proves why it's one of the most important and classic albums ever recorded. Other stand out tracks include "Illegal Business" which is a look at how the drug trade corrupts the police and government, while "Jimmy" warns us to the pit falls of a "big butt and a smile."
Young Fathers - 'Dead' CD & Vinyl Now Shipping
3/27: This, this is an album where great slabs of sonics are obscured by larger slabs. This is the album that you wanted to happen, the one where that sound of old Rocksteady vinyl sides, where the bass is fifty f*cking percent of the record, where the singing somehow sits on top, where echoes and screeches and crashes battle against each other, where nothing is clear, but the voice of the music is pure, the darkness is deep and you know, even if you're a man, but, the girls understand. You absolutely know, even if you can't explain. Just know.
Molecules & Showbiz - 'Revenge' 7" Vinyl Now Shipping
3/27: Very rare and dope storytelling track by Molecules (of The Legion) with production handled by Showbiz (of Showbiz & AG/ D.I.T.C.) "Revenge" was recorded back in spring of 1995 and only made it onto the sought after and limited edition Japanese D.I.T.C. CD album "All Love". "Revenge" is also taken off The Legion "Lost Tapes" CD album, dropping soon on Ill Adrenaline Records.
O.C. - 'B-Boy Stance' 7" Vinyl Now Shipping
3/27: B-Boy Stance is a collaboration release between Australian producer DJ Force and O.C. The 7" is a limited edition, hand numbered release with only 200 units being distributed world wide. The track serves as a return to the 'Boom-Bap' and an ode to everything we love about hip-hop. Produced, mixed and mastered by DJ Force, the 7" comes with the original version A-side and the Cassette Version as the B-Side.
String Theory - 'String Theory' CD & Cassette Now Shipping
3/24: String Theory is Epidemic's Hex One and Swedish beat maker Boom Bappin' Zombie Darney. A graceful marriage between multilayered resonance and the seemingly forgotten art of rap. The inception of this body of work blurs the notion of identifying it as an album, as it is simply a juncture made possible by infinitely specific circumstances, without which String Theory would never have existed at all. If we are a simulation, then in the ways that matter to us... we are real enough.
Vinyl LP available for pre-order.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'All Souled Out (Deluxe Edition)' CD
3/24: Now shipping. In the summer of '91 All Souled Out officially introduced Pete Rock & CL Smooth to the hip hop listening community, and it is hard to imagine a stronger or more confident introduction. The "Good Life" starts things off with its perfect mix of horns and catchy bassline, while CL lays his trademark flow while speaking of the pros and cons of wealthiness. Next up is the standout "Mecca & the Soul Brother" which shows the duo at their best - hard pounding drums, signature horns (which will become Pete's trademark) and CL on the mic. By the time the smooth flute of "Go with the Flow" comes in it's clear why this is one of the most important EP releases of the 90s. This deluxe edition of All Souled Out makes the best even better with the inclusion of five back in the day remixes and instrumentals.
Delphi Oracle - 'The Ill Laboratory EP' Vinyl Pre-Order
3/21: Delphi Oracle is: Frankenstein + AZ. "The Ill Laboratory" EP is entirely produced by Frankenstein and includes three tracks from the original 12" singles plus six previously unreleased gems.
Frankenstein's full length - 'The Science Of Sound' CD now available.
Danny Brown - 'Old (Deluxe Edition)' Vinyl Pre-Order
3/21: Limited Edition 180g vinyl w/ Bonus Album Instrumentals + Full Lyric Booklet + Poster. Danny's 19 track magnum opus features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs, Purity Ring, Charli XCX, and more over production from the likes of A-Trak, Rustie, SKYWLKR and Paul White. A must-listen!
Non-Deluxe Vinyl available for pre-order and Non-Deluxe CD now shipping.