MAGIC MIX

hip hop . wonky-hop . breaks

WEEK STARTING 24 Nov

Genre pick of the week Cover of Knicks Remix by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib.
Following the launch of what most critics (Billboard, Pitchfork, NPR, Piccadilly's own Matt Ward amongst them) are calling one of the best rap records (if not one of the best records) of the year, producer Madlib and rapper Freddie Gibbs reunite for a final EP - "Knicks Remix". This EP contains exclusive tracks not available on the pair’s "Piñata" album. “Knicks” in remixed form, now features a new verse by Gibbs alongside Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom. The B-side, “Home,” features BJ The Chicago Kid - the velvet voiced vocalist from the duo’s earlier “Shame” - and Madlib’s two-part soul-flip carries Gibb’s narrative about a traveling man’s disregard for his woman at home. Both sides are completed by previously unheard Madlib instrumentals.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Freddie's ode to slingin' illicit products from high school hits as hard as anything else on Pinata, and trust me, that's saying some.

Rene Costy / J Dilla Aka Jay Dee

Scrabble / F*ck The Police

Release number 3 on the Originals label gets a limited repress due to popular demand. Lifted from the impossibly rare 1972 library music album 'Chappell Mood Music Vol. 26', René Costy And His Orchestra's 'Scrabble' adds the only thing missing from the incredibly funky backing track - jazz violin! Pitching the funky intro down for a head-nod hip hop feel, and upping the swear word count, the late great James Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla sampled the track for his underground club hit “Fuck The Police”. Both tracks feature here on a nice collectable 45 along with bonus cuts from the one and only DJ Jazzy Jeff.

DistantStarr

The Vibe EP - Feat. Hudson Mohawke

The latest star in NYC's long line of hip hop royalty comes of age on this ear catching debut solo release, featuring the production nous of HudMo, Mecca:83 and Buscrates, and the vocal stylings of Blu and Al Mighty. Following on from numerous collaborations with the likes of Fulgeance, Mike Slott and Kissey Asplund, the prolific DistantStarr steps out on his own with 6 tracks of deep insightful lyricism, and giving us a taste of what to expect from his full-length album due for release in 2015. The EP opens with "Feste", the first of two Hudson Mohawke productions on the release. The track is a straight up hip hop banger led by a sturdy piano riff, somewhat in contrast to HudMo's more leftfield output, but still featuring his trademark neck snapping drums and deep bass; later in the EP he also provides the beat for "Buttafly" which is more in keeping with what we've come to expect from the renowned Scotsman. Another strong collaboration comes from LA's finest Blu, who lends his vocals to the sublime head-nodder "Laminated Looseleafs" which is produced by DistantStarr himself. Also flexing their skills on the boards are Expansions Collective members Mecca:83 and Buscrates, who create the post-Dilla-esque backdrop for "Feeling Like", another high point to the release, featuring guest vocals from Al Mighty.


Krystal Klear Featuring Flex Washington

Cash Champagne

TONIC003 shows label founder Krystal Klear joining forces with a fresh off the boat vocalist in the form of Flex Washington. A two track 12 alongside a crafty Accapella for the Djs showcases a another step in a darker club foundation for the label head merging elements of new jacking R n B on top of rigorous drum patterns all tied together by the romanticism in Flex's vocal tone.

The tracklisting of the release was inspired by classic vocal 12's of the late 80's early 90s which is represented by the alternative acid flexing drum-a-pella version of the A side alongside a 12 inch only bonus of the bare accapella giving a tip of the hat to KK's musical heritage ranging from turntablism to body rocking.

Musically this is representing the deeper crevices of the streets that not all of us see...the darker side of midnight.

Support coming from P Diddy, Jackmaster, Jacques Greene, Midland, Tensnake, Alan Sugar, Bill Brewster, Skream & Joy Orbison.

Piccadilly Records

End Of Year Review 2014

    Back in the day, confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead.

    Nearly two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now come packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush artwork (perfect bound this year!) by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

    This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. Or if you prefer, you can view it online here as a PDF (be warned though it's a large PDF file so it's probably not worth trying to download this on your phone!)

    Enjoy the read!

    Please note: If you're ordering this on its own you will be charged our standard rate of postage and packing for sending a CD/7".

    Elliott Power

    On The Windrush / Portend Feat. WIFE

    Marathon Artists are very happy to announce the return of Elliott Power, this time with a little help from feted Tri Angle newcomer WIFE. The pair’s pulsating collaboration heralds the beginning of some very exciting things to come from Elliott, with this being just the tip of the iceberg. This is a Marathon Artists Singles Club release.

    Elliott Power is a West London-bred artist who, instilled from an early age with a love of wide-ranging electronic musical touch stones, has collated diverse but tightly knit influences into his own distinctly forward thinking tracks. Seamlessly incorporating elements of club-savvy soul and UK bass, along with a touch of paranoid trip-hop, Elliott’s work, from sound to vision, offers a whole private universe we have fortunately been invited into.

    Nottingham's Sleaford Mods are a duo that need little introduction, having fiercely penetrated people's consciousness on a large scale with their sixth album Austerity Dogs in 2013.

    Since then they've garnered critical acclaim with their subsequent work and now they're joining forces with Ipecac Recordings to release a physical version of their previously released digital compilation Chubbed Up, which is released on October 28th. This version will include three previously unreleased tracks "The Committee", "Bring Out The Canons," and "Fear Of Anarchy" - check out the full track list below.

    Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic siutations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performances, Williamson moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years and trod the boards there for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009.
    Soon after that return he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Fearn’s first work was on the production of “Wank” – the Mods’ fifth CDr album. Soon after that started stalking the stage and studio with Williamson. Andrew’s involvement meant that Jason was now able to stop creating the samples and loops that littered the early recordings and concentrate on the lyrics, whilst Andrew created numerous tunes for Jason to vent his spleen over.

    Just after the release of “Wank” the duo were invited to play a three day festival curated by Nottingham’s Rammel Club. During that weekend a working relationship with Nottingham’s abstract-punk Harbinger Sound label was formed. A relationship which – a year later – resulted in the release of the “Austerity Dogs” vinyl album. This release would be followed by numerous shows around the UK and Europe, including further festival appearances. As word- of-mouth praise for the album slowly spread out and onto the record-buying publics’ radar, “Austerity Dogs” soon sold out of its intial run of 300 copies and has gone one to, as of today, a fourth pressing of the vinyl edition and a CD version was also released. Rave reviews would start to appear in magazines as diverse as The Wire and Uncut, along with interviews being published both on paper and on-line, both here and abroad. The album featured, and topped, many writers polls for the best records of 2013.

    Sleaford Mods

    Tiswas EP - Orange Vinyl Edition

      “In times of complacency, what we really need is a band to rock up and tell everyone to fuck off.” NME. “Stream-of-consciousness tirades that conjure up a world of sticky cafe table-tops, grinding hangovers, and the cold comfort of consumerism.” The Guardian

      It’s been an utterly insane year for SLEAFORD MODS. Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop", their last two albums, ‘Austerity Dogs’ in 2013 and this year’s ‘Divide And Exit’, both on Harbinger Sound, have achieved the kind of critical acclaim that less inspired bands could only dream of. Equally, their live gigs have become rapid-fire, explosive, cathartic performances, drawing in endless sold-out crowds of people blown away to finally witness something that matters and actually has something to say.

      November 24th heralds the arrival of some highly-anticipated new music from front gob Jason Williamson and music master Andrew Fearn in the shape of the ‘TISWAS EP’. Released through Invada Records (the Bristol label responsible for BEAK>, DROKK and numerous soundtracks including Drive / OldBoy), the ‘Tiswas EP’ features four brand new studio tracks alongside ‘Tiswas’, lifted from the ‘Divide And Exit’ album.

      It is released on both yellow and orange Tiswas coloured vinyl (3000 units in total – 1500 of each variant) and sees Sleaford Mods pushing and developing their bile and style.

      Sleaford Mods

      Tiswas EP - Yellow Vinyl Edition

        “In times of complacency, what we really need is a band to rock up and tell everyone to fuck off.” NME. “Stream-of-consciousness tirades that conjure up a world of sticky cafe table-tops, grinding hangovers, and the cold comfort of consumerism.” The Guardian

        It’s been an utterly insane year for SLEAFORD MODS. Once dismissed around their native Nottingham as "two skip rats with a laptop", their last two albums, ‘Austerity Dogs’ in 2013 and this year’s ‘Divide And Exit’, both on Harbinger Sound, have achieved the kind of critical acclaim that less inspired bands could only dream of. Equally, their live gigs have become rapid-fire, explosive, cathartic performances, drawing in endless sold-out crowds of people blown away to finally witness something that matters and actually has something to say.

        November 24th heralds the arrival of some highly-anticipated new music from front gob Jason Williamson and music master Andrew Fearn in the shape of the ‘TISWAS EP’. Released through Invada Records (the Bristol label responsible for BEAK>, DROKK and numerous soundtracks including Drive / OldBoy), the ‘Tiswas EP’ features four brand new studio tracks alongside ‘Tiswas’, lifted from the ‘Divide And Exit’ album.

        It is released on both yellow and orange Tiswas coloured vinyl (3000 units in total – 1500 of each variant) and sees Sleaford Mods pushing and developing their bile and style.

        Introducing Jesse James Solomon with his much anticipated debut EP "Jesse From SE". You may remember the name from a couple of tunes with Crave Moore and Rejjie Snow that have been floating around online for a long while now, if you don’t then today’s a great day for you. This swift little EP is a great insight in to what Jesse is about. His music is chilled out, his flow is super smooth and there’s a nice little feature from Rejjie in there too. Hopefully this is the starting gun for a continuous stream of music from the South London rapper. Intelligent rhymes, an unmistakably colloquial accent and futureproof beats make this a sure fire hit for anyone into a penchant for UK hip-hop / grime and bass. The release of this EP has been a long time coming and it’s flicking all the right switches here, so we're hoping not to be waiting too long for the next installment. Most recommended.


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