hip hop . wonky-hop . breaks


Genre pick of the week Cover of Link Up & Suede by NxWorries.
R&B vocalist Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge are working together as NxWorries (pronounced “No Worries”). in spring 2015 they debuted with the single “Suede” which quickly caught the ears of Dr. Dre. Anderson .Paak went on to record eight tracks with Dre that appeared on his album 'Compton'. Fader declared Anderson .Paak, “the LA savant all over Dr. Dre’s new album.” His own credits go beyond vocalist - he’s a songwriter, drummer, an incredible live performer and producer (if you haven't done already, check out his 'Malibu' LP - a 2016 essential). Knxwledge (“knowledge”) is a prolific hip hop beat maker from Los Angeles whose record Hud Dreems came out this year. His production credits include tracks for Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar’s 'To Pimp a Butterfly' (2015). 

This eight tracker for Stones Throw moves between hip hop, soul and interlude skits. I'm especially loving 'Suede', which chops up Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Bottle' to build a break while Paak lays down another killer rap.

Aesop Rock

The Impossible Kid

    Indie-rap mainstay Aesop Rock’s new album, The Impossible Kid, marks his first solo venture since 2012’s Skelethon. On the new album, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. Like Skelethon, Aesop exercised complete creative control over every aspect of the album, from the production (which he handled himself, with instrumental help from Philly’s Grimace Foundation) to conceptualizing the cover art by his friend Alex Pardee.


    2xColoured LP Info: 2xLP green & pink neon coloured vinyl, custom die-cut jacket, 3’x4’ double sided fold out poster, two illustrated record sleeves, full album lyrics & free digital download card.

    CD Info: Custom die cut CD slipcase with 24-panel double sided poster, illustrated CD sleeve and full album lyrics.

    Dirt Style

    Limited Edition Rare Hard To Find

      Ever wonder where those few DJs at the top find their samples and beats? You know, the kind that make you say, "Damn, where the F@(% did he get those sounds from ?!?" Well luckily for a short time only, Dirtstlye Records is releasing those secrets in a small 5,000 vinyl pressing of their rarest record! DSR believes in exclusivity and having something the other guy doesn't have! You may want to get 2 to juggle and skratch with, 1 to frame, and 2 more to sell later when they go out of print! Be fast, because hopefully they won't be gone by the time you read this!

      J Dilla

      Figure - Donuts Version

        The J Dilla Figure is an official Pay Jay Productions release, produced under the oversight of the Estate of James Yancey.

        The Figure was conceived and rendered by Detroit artist Sintex, designed and sculpted by Seoul-based toy artist P2PL. It was manufactured by Blitzway on behalf of Pay Jay.

        The Figure is 7.5″ tall. The Figure’s hat, sampler and chain are removable, and the Figure’s arms articulate. New to this version is the addition of a removable handmade shirt that replicates the shirt worn on the “Donuts” album jacket. The Figure comes in a custom designed box, wrapped in paper to best attempt to protect the box from rubbing in shipping. The Figure comes in a clamshell case inside the box.

        Eilon Paz

        Dust & Grooves - Adventures In Record Collecting Dust & Grooves (Postcard Box)

          This beautiful box set of 48 postcards contains individual photographs by Eilon Paz from his bestselling book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting. These photos - printed on thick 5×7 inch matte art paper - offer a glimpse into the collections of DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday vinyl enthusiasts. In addition to Paz’s personal favorites from the book, the box set also includes some never-seen-before photos from the Dust & Grooves archives.


          Battle Breaks - White Vinyl Edition

            The first ever skratch sound effect tool for DJs specifically designed with the skratch battle DJ in mind! Continuous samples and beat snippets close together for skratch/juggle friendly usage makes this innovative wax a blueprint for the lot that came! Made in 1991 and started the whole world of skratch-break-battle records you now see in your finer DJ stores! A historical piece of vinyl which every skratch DJ shouldn't be without!


            Bionic Booger Breaks - White Vinyl Edition

              A now classic skratch record, 'Bionic Booger Breaks' continues to be one of the most used tools amongst battle DJs, producers, and skratch musicians alike. From Qbert and Mixmaster Mike's immortal 1993 DMC World routine to DJ Develop's 1998 "This Beat is so Fresh", Booger breaks has stood the test of time as one of Dirtstyle's many invaluable skratch tools.


              Cop Porn Breaxxx - White Vinyl Edition

                Following the same path as the hits: "Superseal" and "Gag-Ball breaks", the master of skipless skratchbreak records is here again once again with the all new, "Cop Porn Breaks"! This is another of the "Superseal" type skipless records you've just got to own in your arsenal of skratch weapons! A new level of skipless skratch toys to play with and you also get a fresh looking displayable item you can show off to your friends and neighbors! Boy, what will Skratchy think up next?


                Gag-Seal Breaks - White Vinyl Edition

                  Taking example from the all time great "Superseal" record, Skratchy's comes back with his 3rd skipless skratchbreak record! Just like the Superseal recipe, this plate includes whole new sets of skip free funky samples and beats making this the must have add-on sequel to its ever so popular predecessor! The variations in skratch samples found here gives the user new different varieties and challenges that will increase his or her skills on the decks! If you love the Superseal record and want more then here's Gag-Seal Breaks!


                  Superseal 3D - White Vinyl Edition

                    A favorite with a collectible twist, 'Gag Seal Breaks'S is now available in a limited run of white vinyl. This is the classic Superseal on steroids, this is 'Superseal 3D'! Three times as many dope sounds as the previous Superseal Records on one record. Some classic sounds have even been reversed creating a new way to take your skratching to a whole other dimension.

                    The record includes a BONUS funky skratch beat produced by DJ Qbert and featured on STREET FIGHTER! One of a kind 3-D-Graffiti artwork by Kid Robot artist East3! Includes Thud Rumble 3-D glasses for your viewing pleasure.

                    Roots Manuva

                    Switching Sides


                      Roots Manuva celebrates Record Store Day with yet another cutting-edge vinyl packed with the kind of combination of “bass and verb” which has made him one of the UK’s most essential musical artists.

                      All 5 tracks are produced by Switch under his new production banner With You.

                      With You are Switch and Daouda Leonard (assisted by Stabber on this outing), with a little help from their friends Crookers, Toddla T and Coldcut, and were written, recorded and produced at his studio in Los Angeles during the ‘Bleeds’ sessions.

                      Limited to 500 copies.

                      Run The Jewels

                      VRTJ Viewer


                        Customised Run The Jewels Virtual Reality Viewer.

                        RTJ takes a step into the tech world with a new fully-immersive virtual reality (“VR) music video for their socially conscious, hit song “Crown”. In partnership with WEVR, the leading VR platform, and directed by Peter Martin, the video for “Crown” will give RTJ fans a chance to experience the video in 360 style with customized RTJ cardboard viewers -- cleverly dubbed as “VRTJ’s”.

                        The VRTJ viewers will be available exclusively for Record Store Day 2016, giving fans the chance to experience the VR video for “Crown” using a fully customized Run The Jewels virtual reality viewer. For the viewer to work, all you need is a smart phone (iPhone, Android, etc). As the VR format becomes more popular, the viewer can also be used for watching future virtual reality content including 360 videos.


                        Animals Have Feelings

                        It all started at a Detroit strip club, with a platter of deep-fried beef taquitos and a dancer whose face looked a bit like Burt Reynolds. It was here that Sam Baker first met a self-described fan of his, who told him to take his music work more seriously. Sam had long since graduated from tapping on piano to working on the MPC and 404 under the name Samiyam, circulating beat tapes among local crew in Michigan. He was among a network of post-Donuts hip-hop producers focusing on instrumentals as the work.

                        Flying Lotus met Sam and picked him for the debut release on his Brainfeeder label, 2008’s Rap Beats Vol. 1. Sam Baker’s Album followed in 2011. His Wish You Were Here showed up on Leaving Records in 2013, along with production work for Earl Sweatshirt, Captain Murphy and PharoaheMonch along the way.

                        Samiyam, extended Stones Throw family for a while now, debuts with 'Animals Have Feelings', an album which he considers the creative sequel to 'Rap Beats Vol. 1'. “'Animals' has roots in beats made around the time of 'Vol. 1', and the new stuff on the record has some of the same sound. ”The record is classic instrumental hip-hop, mixed with a handful of rap tracks he did with the few MC collaborators he chooses to work with: Earl Sweatshirt (Mirror), Action Bronson (Mr.Wonderful), Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd (Lord of the Rings).

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Includes MP3 Download Code.

                        Wax Poetics

                        #64 - Yo! MTV Raps / The Internet

                          Yo! MTV Raps
                          Exploding onto cable television in August 1988, Yo! MTV Raps was a huge hit because it was necessary. Perhaps the most potent catalyst in hip-hop’s infiltration of the mainstream, Yo! beamed future superstars and regional rap heroes alike into living rooms for the first time ever.

                          The Internet
                          Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians have emerged from production, engineering, and DJing roles within the Odd Future crew to claim their own stake in this new movement of Black musical expression. Originally intended to be a Neptunes-like production team, their collective, named the Internet, is now a full-fledged band with Syd taking lead vocal duties. Their third album, Ego Death, doubles down on their questioning of what it means to be young, gifted, and Black in America.

                          After a stint as keyboard player with B.T. Express, Brooklyn’s Kashif turned to writing and producing for other artists, infusing synthesizers into R&B and taking the post-disco genre into a modern boogie wonderland.

                          Mary Wilson
                          After Florence Ballard and Diana Ross left the Supremes, last remaining original member Mary Wilson found that her love for performing was enough to keep the name going into a new era of hits.

                          Also: R&B wild child Miguel; blue-eyed soul crooner Bobby Caldwell and producer Jack Splash team up as Cool Uncle; soulful folk singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd; modern-funk synth wiz kid Brian Ellis; pop-art-soul act Twin Shadow; new blue-eyed-soul/rock duo Young Gun Silver Fox; and Philly’s Sigma Sound Studios.


                          With the 'Cosmic Machine - The Sequel' compilation due soon, Because Music treat us to an upfront RSD taster EP featuring original Euro disco aces along with exclusive reworks.

                          Francis Lai's 1978 track 'Young Freedom' (OGs go for £150+!) is a slinky slo-mo jazz-funk instrumental, so makes the perfect beat for Lex hip hop favourites Golden Rules to rework in a hip hop style (rap and instro mixes included here). On the flip is Arpadys' 1977 space age electrodisco gem 'Monkey Star', which is then given a mega extended edit by the mighty Psyschemagik.

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