Search Results for:


Wun Two

Baker's Dozen : Wun Two

    Fat Beats Records is proud to present the next installment of Baker’s Dozen, an exclusive vinyl series that shines a light on the best minds of instrumental hip-hop, ambient, and electronic music. Each instalment gives one artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound. Every volume’s 500-unit strictly limited vinyl pressing features one artist and twelve tracks, and comes equipped with a 5x7” postcard insert that features a photo of the artist’s workspace along with the equipment used in their music-making process. Visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, Baker’s Dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement. Volume Three highlights German producer Wun Two, whose inspiration and process is best described in his own words: “I used to listen to all kinds of music when I was a small child. As a teenager I decided to try to make my own music, but I never had the intention of making it available to the public. Maybe five or six years ago a good friend told me to put some stuff on a Soundcloud page, and everything else took its course. When it comes to making beats, I tend to follow the same scheme…I listen to a lot of music and if I find something that I’m feeling I try to make something with it. I’ll program an easy drum pattern and chop the sample or a whole loop to it and add a bass line. I try to make simple instrumentals; because I don’t play the instruments myself, but rather create something that I would call a ‘collage’. I grew up and studied in a small quiet village surrounded by forests. In this context I would say my music, this “collage”, sounds calm and very much inspired by nature. I just do what I feel; the compositions always mimic this inspiration.

    Black Milk

    Album Of The Year

      As the buzz of many of hip hop's young leaders-to-be evolves from loud commotion into hushed whispers, Black Milk has stayed relevant by remaining focused on creating music that endures. He's achieved recognition from fans, critics, and his peers as one of the best producers around, and when coupling that talent with his sharp lyricism and stylish delivery as an MC, Black has proven to be one of the most vital hip hop artists of his generation. After a difficult 2009 Black Milk announced that his new release would be audaciously titled "Album Of The Year". The set once again sees Black Milk working to break new ground in hip hop production, and to both refine and redefine his sound. While continuing to construct the skeletons of the tracks on his same trusted AKAI MPC-2000 XL that he's been using for years, he now employs a team of studio musicians and session players to add new layers of fat and muscle to his songs, with most of the players parts composed by Black himself. A broad range of influence shines through in the tracks, with tinges of rock, reggae, and Afro-beat joining his trademark hip hop bangers. Other than the heavy contributions from both members of his live band (vocalist / keyboardist AB and drummer Daru Jones), the album exclusively features players and vocalists from his hometown of Detroit, including vocalist Melanie Rutherford, bassist Tim Shellaberger, and the versatile horn player and string arranger Sam Beaubien (who arranged horns and strings on Mayer Hawthorne's "A Strange Arrangement").

      Union Analogtronics & Blu

      Cheetah In The City

      Hot off collaborations with Nottz ("Titans in the Flesh EP") and Madlib ("Bad Neighbor LP"), SoCal ambassador Blu has teamed up with the Paris-based production team Union Analogtronics (OJ & Gold) to unleash a new full length album: "Cheetah in the City". Featuring Dam-Funk, Phat Kat, Frank N Dank, and more, the album signifies a stylistic sea change for Blu, best known for his dusty, soul sampling collaborations with Exile (Below the Heavens) and his own introspective opuses ("Her Favorite Colour", "Good to be Home", "York!"). Rippling with 808s and cinematic strings, "Cheetah in the City" is an organic evolution from the synth-soaked, futuristic sound of "Analogtronics", Union’s 2012 Fat Beats Records debut album featuring Talib Kweli, MF DOOM, Elzhi, Guilty Simpson, and more. After mutual friends put them in touch at a Parisian post-show after-party, Blu and Union began a musical exchange that spanned continents. Blu returned to LA with Union’s best beats, and after months of exchanging lyrical ideas, the trio regrouped for marathon recording sessions in Union’s Paris-based studio. Cloistered for weeks with nothing but drum machines, instruments, keyboards, records, and France’s best bud, Blu became obsessed with infusing his kicked back Southern California sensibilities into Union’s penchant for pushing the possibilities of technicality into multilayered, densely packed productions. A cohesive story emerged in the songwriting: a young man, raised amongst deadbeats, killers, and hard drugs, metamorphoses into the Cheetah, a money-making predator whose quick talk and cold hustle make him the king of a city that will eventually consume him, heart and soul. We’ve never heard Blu like this.

      Baker’s Dozen, brand new from Beat Records is an instrumental hip-hop mix of ambient, electronic and soul music. Baker’s Dozen is an exclusive series to showcase the best minds of these genres. Each installment gives one artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound. Exile is featured on the series, a true believer of making music from nothing, pre-internet a more hands on approach of growing his style and making music. “It doesn’t matter if you use a Roland MS1 or MPC 2000XL, sampling records or sampling yourself playing the keys… get lost in the music, stay thankful, and remember the feeling of why you do this. That is my process.” Visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, Baker’s Dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement.


      Millie says: Say no more than ‘Instrumental Hip Hop’ and I am on board. With a mixture of samples and. Some J Dilla vibes on ‘Heaven’s Gate’ and the track ‘Do You Know?’ is one of the best off the album.

      Baker’s Dozen heads back to the East Coast where veteran producer Marco Polo brings a welcomed boom bap flavor to the series. New York City is the birthplace of Fat Beats (and as many would say, hip-hop in general) and current NYC resident Marco Polo is true to form in representing our roots. As always, every volume of BDZ features one artist and twelve tracks (with limited random copies including the Baker’s Dozen bonus track on a flexidisc) and comes equipped with a 5x7” postcard insert that features a photo of the artist’s workspace along with the equipment used in their music making process.

      A personal narrative of how they got into beat making in the first place is featured on the back of the jacket. Visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, Baker’s Dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, and whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement. “Another nerdy thing I dig about these versions is most of them are the OG raw MPC versions before they got all mixed down and separated. My fellow producers can relate to the agonizing process of “chasing the demo sound” in the final mix…we wanted to keep it 100% rare and unreleased.” – Marco Polo 

      After seemingly coming out of nowhere, Your Old set the internet aflame in 2014 with his self-titled debut EP, catching the attention of bloggers all over the web from New York Magazine’s Vulture to Before long, conspiracy theories started and people began to posit that Droog was another older, legendary New York rapper in disguise. Profiled in The New Yorker, Droog (meaning “friend” in Russian) set the record straight about who he was: a twenty-something Ukrainian immigrant who fell in love with hip-hop when he arrived in South Brooklyn as a small child.

      The timbre of his voice resembled that of a hip-hop legend but Droog’s content had more to it than street dreams or observations from a project window. His music reflected his own unique life experience as he referenced everything from sports, to crime, to Seinfeld and C-Span in his rhymes. He was an intelligent hoodlum with a stand-up comedian’s sense of humor—unafraid to be as self-deprecating as he was self-aggrandizing. On his critically-acclaimed debut, the Your Old Droog LP, he vowed to “bring back storytelling” and now on his sophomore album, PACKS, Droog delivers on that promise. In addition to the raw rhyme displays on songs like the Alchemist-produced, “Winston Red” Droog flexes his narrative muscles both comically (“My Girl Is A Boy”) and dramatically (“G.K.A.C”) on this new album.


      Matt says: One of rap music's most charismatic newcomers, Your Old Droog follows up his Nas-indebted rise to fame with fourteen punchy sagas from the streets. Cloaked in understated demeanour and garb, Droog delivers a flow so fierce, quick-fired and inventive it could have only come from life in New York. Alongside Ratking's Wiki, Droog is keeping the OG hip-hop spirit alive in NYC.


      Coloured LP Info: Smoke coloured vinyl

      Respected hip hop DJ / producer DJ Premier brings us his FIRST EVER official mix CD. Even his most die hard fans couldn't possibly own all of the tracks produced under his Works Of Mart banner. With this in mind, Premier has selected 17 of his favourite, but more underground, lesser-known works and crafted the first volume of his new mix series: "Rare Play". The music on this mix will remind people how hip hop used to be before the current slump in the scene. The tracks on here are ruff, rugged and raw!

      Latest Pre-Sales

      143 NEW ITEMS

      Kickin' P gracin' the 1s n 2s at NQ institution Common 2nite from 8pm... then it's over to Patrick Ryder's Talking…
      Sat 24th - 2:28
      The weekend is upon us... Try these staff selections for size...
      Sat 24th - 12:29
      ...and here’s the window in a little bit of sunshine...
      Sat 24th - 10:44
      Good Morning World! Shining tunes a plenty from in store DJs Mine & Millie... @trevorjofficial @alvanoto
      Sat 24th - 10:30
      Ahead of stocktaking next week, we've had a tidy up. Loads of one off warehouse finds here: Don't snooze!
      Fri 23rd - 12:11
      E-newsletter —
      Sign up
      Back to top