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Genre pick of the week Cover of Fantastic Vol. 1 - Bonus 7" Edition by Slum Village.

Slum Village

Fantastic Vol. 1 - Bonus 7" Edition

The debut release from the legendary Detroit collective Slum Village (Baatin, T3, Jay Dee) returns with an official vinyl reissue. While 'Fantastic Vol. 1' brings the now beloved raw and rugged lyricism of the 1990s, it is the first taste of the now heralded production of Jay Dee that makes 'Fantastic Vol. 1' a must-have on wax. What started as a local Detroit phenomenon blossomed into a Worldwide classic thanks to the signature style and rhymes of James Yancey. As Questlove said, “The success that was deserved eluded the original line-up for Slum Village... Those who were 10 years tardy to the party can find their invite within the selections of this disk”. In addition to the entire album on two pieces of vinyl, this new version of 'Fantastic Vol. 1' includes a bonus 7” featuring the previously unreleased “Keep It On (Instrumental) and “Bounce Wit a N*gga”.

'Sour Soul' is the collaborative album from Toronto jazz / hip-hop band BadBadNotGood and Staten Island rap champ Ghostface Killah. Inspired by and taking inspiration from 1960s and 70s music and the recording techniques and production of that era, and eschewing sampling in favour of live instrumentation, BBNG with producer Frank Dukes have created a dramatic, cinematic musical staging for Ghostface’s vivid storytelling. 'Sour Soul' also features guest spots from MF DOOM, Elzhi (Slum Village / J Dilla), Danny Brown and prodigal new rapper Tree (Project mayhem).

Beastie Boys

Ill Communication - 180g Vinyl Edition

"Ill Communication" follows the blueprint of "Check Your Head", accentuating it at some points, deepening it in others, but never expanding it beyond the boundaries of that record. It was the first Beastie Boys album not to delve into new territory, but it's not fair to say that the band were coasting, since much of the album finds the group turning in muscular, vigorous music that fills out the black-and-white sketches that comprised "Check Your Head". Much of the credit has to go to the group's renewed emphasis on their rhyming; there are still instrumentals, but the Beasties do push their words to the forefront, even on dense rockers like the album's signature tune, "Sabotage". But even those rhymes illustrate that the group is in the process of a great settling, relying more on old-school-styled rhyme schemes and word battles than the narratives and surreal fantasies that marked the high points on their first two albums. With this record, the Beasties confirm that there is indeed a signature Beastie Boys aesthetic, with the group sticking to a blend of old school rap, pop culture, lo-fi funk, soulful jazz instrumentals, Latin rhythms, and punk, often seamlessly integrated into a rolling, pan-cultural, multi-cultural groove.


2xLP Info: Remastered 180g vinyl pressing.

Future Brown are a crew comprised of producers / artists Daniel Pineda, Asma Maroof, Fatima Al Qadiri and J-Cush. The supergroup construct their sonic corridors by fitting together intangible obelisks collected through artistic community, collaboration and global travel.

From US regional rap mutations to UK grime, dancehall to reggaeton, Future Brown weave a deep, hallucinatory electronic aesthetic to reveal the innate connections between global street sounds.

Collaborators on the album include: Kelela, whose ‘Cut 4 Me’ mixtape won her praise from tastemaker press and artists alike, including Björk, Solange and Kendrick Lamar; Tink, currently working on her debut album with Timbaland and Andre 3000; Roachee, member of Roll Deep along with Wiley, Skepta and others; Rapid & Dirt Danger, founding members of East London’s Ruff Sqwad.

“A kind of gold standard for the global underground” - Pitchfork

LuckyMe show some mad A&R skills with their latest release, securing the up-and-coming Obey City (otherwise known as Sam Obey) to deliver a genre melding EP of leftfield dancefloor sounds and eclectronic brilliance. The 18 months since the Brooklyn producer released his superlative debut EP ‘Champagne Sounds’ have seen him tour Europe, the US and Japan (releasing the ‘Shochu Sounds’ EP as a Japan exclusive which topped their native Electronic chart on its first week) as well as get down to business in the studio in LA and NYC. Merging the production styles of the Neptunes, Jamie XX and the neo soul of FKA Twigs and Frank Ocean, Obey City producers a unique and cutting edge sound as future proofed as it is classic. EP opener, "With Grace We Go" is a euphoric neo soul cut with a sublime "Slave To The Rhythm Sample", while "Waterbed" is as sleazy and seductive slow jam as you'd find in a lifetime of Westwood radioshows. "The Motion Blurs" and "Cloud Lust" are frenetic future beats blasting out of the crossroads between nu garage, neo soul and grime, while "Chante" is a brain melting example of cutting edge rap sounds. It's perhaps EP closer "Airy", which gives us the most obvious example of Sam's skill as a songwriter. A timeless ballad featuring the gorgeous vocals of Kelela, "Airy" sounds like a modern take on a Prince classic, boasting that perfect balance of melodrama and kitchen sink that purple one did so well. 

Seattle duo Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White return as THEESatisfaction with ‘EarthEE’, the follow up to their acclaimed 2012 debut ‘awE naturalE’.

The album, led by highlights ‘Recognition’, ‘Nature’s Candy’ and the title track, was recorded in Seattle and Brooklyn and features guest appearances from Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler, Meshell Ndegeocello, Porter Ray and Taylor Brown. The set features Stas and Cat rapping and singing over sublime soul-jazz, SA-RA style wonkiness and spacious psych-funk textures, creating a seductive album that draws you in.

‘EarthEE’ was produced by THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood, mixed by Blood at Protect And Exalt Studios: A Black Space and mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering in Seattle.


Snakes & Ladders - Bonus Disc Edition

On ‘Snakes & Ladders’, Wiley’s fourth album with Big Dada, Wiley reminds us exactly what the Bow-born Godfather Of Grime is all about. Innovative, banging beats and fast, scattershot, brilliant rhyming, all held together by a personality that is as compelling, contradictory and charismatic as any in modern music.

The album includes features and production from stalwarts of the UK scene (JME, Flirta D, Skepta, Terror Danjah) as well as some of the most exciting, increasingly recognized talent in the UK Grime scene (Solo 45, Stormzy) as well as a feature from American rapper Cam’ron tying into his long awaited comeback.


2xLP Info: Includes 'Steps 1-20' bonus CD while stocks last.

CD Info: Includes 'Steps 1-20' bonus CD while stocks last.

Various Artists

DJ Muro - 7 Inches Of Rap 45s A Go Go

Japanese DJ mix maestro Muro gets super busy on the ones and twos, cutting between strictly 80s and 90s rap classics on 45! Can you imagine the pile of sevens he needed to create this mix?! Includes Ultramagnetics, BDP, Jungle Brothers, Steinski, MC Shan, Main Source, Fat Boys, Biz Markie, Slick Rick and many more. Comes in tasty Real Roxanne 'Bang Zoom' card sleeve.

Various Artists

DJ Muro - Tribe Vibes

DJ Muro delivers a double disc salute to A Tribe Called Quest on this new 11154 release. On CD one we get a stellar selection of ATCQ remixes and rarities. On CD two Muro digs in the crates for all the original tracks sampled by Q-Tip and Co, including the likes of Donald Byrd, Eugene McDaniels, Freda Payne and Minnie Riperton. All tracks are given the turntablist treatment by Muro, creating the perfect hip hop and funk / soul / jazz mixtape for cruising in your Jeep (*cough*Nissan Micra*cough*).

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