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MADLIB INVAZION

Madlib

Medicine Show # 5 - History Of The Loop Digga 1990 - 2000

Back in the 1990s, 'beat tapes', as hip hop producers' demo-reels are now quaintly referred to, were literally that: cassettes of beats made either for self, friends, or potential collaborators. Madlib cranked out a bunch of ‘em in the days between his early productions for the Alkaholiks around 1992, and the release of his Quasimoto album in 2000, after which he took a couple of years off the beats to focus on his fictional jazz outfit Yesterday's New Quintet. This collection showcases the way that Madlib’s early hip hop demos were filtered out to his friends and associates and provides an opportunity for a unique view into his working process. These beats, often freestyled on whatever machine he had at the ready, were picked up by rappers over a period of many years, including tracks later used by the likes of Wildchild and Percee P yet created some years before release. This collection is also punctuated with a series of early solo raps by Madlib and his Quasimoto alter ego, and features the crew known collectively as CDP : rappers who worked side by side with Madlib during the early days of his Oxnard-based Crate Diggas Palace studios.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: We don't usually give a genre pick of the week to a reissue. We like to keep things fresh. But such was the impact of this incredibly creative masterpiece by Madlib, and in leu of anything that could by considered serious competition; it's time to reload on this classic leftfield beat tape. The inspiration for many; and on permanent rotation here at Picc HQ since its release in 2010.

TRACK LISTING

1. Warning (Intro)
2. Static Invazion
3. Stakeout
4. Rapper X Radio
5. Last Day's Music
6. Episode VI
7. Nothing From Nothing
8. Episode VIII
9. Episode IX
10. Episode X
11. Episode XI
12. Episode XII
13. Episode XIII
14. Episode XIV
15. Episode XV
16. Episode XVI
17. Episode XVII
18. Episode XVIII
19. Episode XIX
20. Episode XX
21. Further Adventures Of Walkman Flavor
22. Episode XXII
23. Episode XXIII
24. Episode XXIV
25. Episode XXV
26. Episode XXVI
27. Episode XXVII
28. Live From Outer Space
29. Real Days
30. C.D.P. Assassins Pt. 1
31. C.D.P. Assassins Pt. 2 & 3
32. C.D.P. Assassins Pt. 4
33. C.D.P. Assassins Pt. 5
34. C.D.P. Assassins Pt. 6

Jackson Conti (Madlib & Mamao)

Sujinho

    Madlib reissues his long out of print collaboration with legendary Brazilian drummer Ivan “Mamao” Conti, propellant for lauded jazz fusion archetypes Azymuth, on his own imprint. Alternate cover artwork, photography by B+. When Madlib went to Brazil in 2002 with Mochilla to participate in the production of the Brazilintime documentary, his one mission was to meet Ivan “Mamao” Conti, the drummer of the legendary trio Azymuth. Madlib had made an Azymuth tribute record he wanted to play for him. On a rainy night in Rio, Mamao and Madlib went in the studio.

    Several hours later the rhythm tracks that make up Sujinho were laid and the process began. Featuring the music of Madlib, Mamao, Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Luiz Eca, Baden Powell, Vinicius De Moraes, Marcos Valle, Joao Donato, Dom Um Romao, Airto Moreira and even George Duke… and with guest vocals by Thalma De Freitas — Sujinho is a unique and classic record. Filled with the angularity and edge of a Madlib production and underwritten by the polyrhythmics of Mamao — Sujinho takes Brazilian music into places it has never been, bringing oft forgotten classics like “Upa Neguinho” to 21st century ears.

    TRACK LISTING

    Mamaoism
    Barumba
    Anna De Amsterdam Interlude
    Praça Da Republica
    Papaia
    Brasilian Sugar
    Sao Paulo Nights
    Xibaba
    Upa Neguinho (feat. Thalma De Freitas)
    Casa Forte
    Amazon Stroll
    Berimbau
    Anna De Amsterdam Reprise
    Waiting On The Corner
    Tijuca Man
    Nao Tem Nada Nao
    Sunset At Sujinho
    Segura Esta Onda (feat. Mamao On Vocals). 

    Jackson Conti

    Sujinho - Black Friday Edition

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      Madlib Invazion reissues Madlib’s collaboration with legendary Brazilian drummer Ivan “Mamao” Conti, propellant for lauded jazz fusion archetypes Azymuth. 5000 pressed for worldwide. Debuts on Black Friday. First released in 2008 on CD by the US based Mochilla imprint with vinyl being issued only in Europe on the Kindered Sprits label. Both formats are out of print with vinyl unavailble since its initial run. Alternate cover artwork, photography by B+.

      When Madlib went to Brazil in 2002 with Mochilla to participate in the production of Brasilintime his one mission was to meet Ivan “Mamao” Conti the drummer of the legendary trio Azymuth. Madlib had made an Azymuth tribute record he wanted to play for him. On a rainy night in Rio Mamao and Madlib went in the studio. Several hours later the rhythm tracks that make up Sujinho were laid and the process began. Featuring the music of Madlib, Mamao, Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Luiz Eca, Baden Powell, Vinicius De Moraes, Marcos Valle, Joao Donato, Dom Um Romao, Airto Moreira and even George Duke… and with guest vocals by Thalma De Freitas — Jackson Conti is a unique and classic record. Filled with the angularity and edge of a Madlib production and underwritten by the polyrhythmics of Mamao — Sujinho takes Brazilian music into places it has never been, bringing oft forgotten classics like Upa Neguinho to 21st century ears. 

      TRACK LISTING

      Mamaoism
      Barumba
      Anna De Amsterdam Interlude
      Praça Da Republica
      Papaia
      Brasilian Sugar
      Sao Paulo Nights
      Xibaba
      Upa Neguinho (feat. Thalma De Freitas)
      Casa Forte
      Amazon Stroll
      Berimbau
      Anna De Amsterdam Reprise
      Waiting On The Corner
      Tijuca Man
      Nao Tem Nada Nao
      Sunset At Sujinho
      Segura Esta Onda (feat. Mamao On Vocals)

      Embryo

      Auf Auf

        The lauded Krautrocking, global groove ensemble’s first album on maverick producer Madlib’s label. The late Christian Burchard, who founded the Embryo ensemble in 1969, loved the slogan Auf Auf, German for Up, Up, or Keep On Going. Anyone with anything more than a passing interest in the German Krautock scene of the 1970s and 1980s knows that Burchard followed that intent, all around the world, tirelessly seeking out new sounds and inspirations and creating a catalog of music unlike most anything else the world has ever heard. Madlib has often said Embryo is his favorite rock band. Of course the hip-hop-producer-with-the-deepest-musical-knowledge knows Embryo is more than just a rock band – but, for the purposes of these notes, let’s keep it simple. When Marja Burchard, Christan’s daughter, who grew up with Embryo and toured with them for years, took the reins of the ensemble after Christian’s death in 2018, she started recording what would become this album, over the course of two years, finishing it in the throes of the Covid pandemic in 2020.

        She approached Madlib and Egon, who had, years back, visited and jammed with Christian Burchard, and Embryo musicians Uve Mullrich, Roman Bunka and Jan Weissenfeldt, in a Bavarian wine cellar, with the idea to issue Auf Auf on Madlib Invazion. The reply was a resounding, definitive “yes.” So here is Marja’s take on the Embryo ethos, continuing with her father’s intrepid style, and leading the band in her own style. Auf Auf ranges from the deep, free-form jazz of “Alphorn Prayer” to modal music from Afghanistan on “Baran” to psychedelic-tinged jazz-rock of the title track Joining Marja are those like Embryo veterans Bunka, on oud and guitar, and Karl Hector and the Malcouns/Whitefield Brothers/Poets of Rhythm producer and guitarist Jan Weissenfeldt and others, including important players on the global scene from Afghanistan and Morocco. 

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Besh
        A2. Yu Mala
        A3. Auf Auf
        A4. Baran

        B1. Januar
        B2. Alphorn Prayer 

        Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

        Piñata - 2021 Repress

          Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets but unlike most rappers with similar resumes, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. 'Piñata', a 17 track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining an at times stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer. Piñata is “a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax,” says Gibbs, who came up on the streets of Gary, Indiana, the disregarded city previously best known for producing Michael Jackson. Here he is joined by Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul and a host of others in setting his soliloquies of the streets alongside film snippets and dusted funk, soul and prog musical tapestries. While this is the latest in a series of single-artist collaborations for Madlib, after Jaylib (J Dilla), 'Madvillainy' (MF Doom) and the street-centric 'OJ Simpson' with Detroit’s Guilty Simpson, the pairing is unique as it is the first time for Gibbs working with just one producer. On 'Piñata', where Gibbs can shift from textbook lessons in robbing and drugging on trackslike “Scarface” and “Knicks,” to perhaps the album’s most personal song, “Broken,” a collaboration with Scarface, who, along with Tupac, DMX and 50 Cent, make up the rapper’s own Mount Rushmore of MCs (“You’re getting a hurricane of all those motherfuckers hitting you at once when you listen to Freddie Gibbs,” he says). “Deeper,” a Gibbs favorite and the third single from the album after “Thuggin’” (2012) and “Shame,” (2013) is an ode to hip-hop in the mold of Common’s “I Used to Love HER”; “High,” featuring Danny Brown, is self-explanatory and just what you would expect from Gibbs, Madlib and one of Detroit’s finest; while on “Real,” Gibbs addresses an old score just as Michael Corleone settled all family business on baptism day. As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music. And ten years into his career - a time when other artists become comfortable - Gibbs remains restless, focused, with an eye on the competition and their position relative to his ascent. This is because mentally, he’s still on the corner hustling, which would be the downfall of the average rapper. With 'Piñata', Gibbs confirms that he is anything but average.

          TRACK LISTING

          SIDE A
          1. Supplier
          2. Scarface
          3. Deeper
          4. High Ft. Danny Brown
          5. Harold’s

          SIDE B
          6. Bomb Ft. Raekwon
          7. Shitsville
          8. Thuggin’
          9. Real
          10. Uno

          SIDE C
          11. Robes Ft. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt
          12. Broken Ft. Scarface
          13. Lakers Ft. Ab-Soul & Polyester The Saint

          SIDE D
          14. Knicks
          15. Shame Ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
          16. Watts Ft. Big Time Watts
          17. Piñata Ft. Domo Genesis, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko, & Mac Miller

          Jahari Massamba Unit

          Pardon My French

            The Jahari Massamba Unit features Madlib on all instrumentation with the exception of drums, which are laid down by Karriem Riggins. Like Madlib, Riggins is well-versed in both the worlds of Jazz and Hip Hop. Musically, Madlib’s label says “we would call the project Spiritual Jazz, but jazz great Phil Ranelin told us to call it Black Classical Music, so that’s what we’re going with it.” This is an album put together by students of jazz in its myriad and historic corms who are also proponents of jazz’s future. The resulting recording reflects a lifetime of record collecting, musical study, woodshedding, and a reverential respect for one another’s craft. Regardless of categorization this is an exciting an all new entry in Madlib’s Yesterdays New Quintet canon of difficult to categorize music. 

            TRACK LISTING

            Je Prendrai Le Romanée-conti (putain De Leroy)
            Les Jardins Esméraldins (pour Caillard)
            Un Bordeaux Pré-phylloxéra (pour Le Riche Enculé)
            Deux Fakes Jayers (aussi Pour Le Riche Enculé)
            Riesling Pour Robert
            Du Morgon Au Moulin-à-vent (pour Duke).
            Trou Du Cul (ode Au Sommelier Arrogant)
            Etude Montrachet
            Le Feu (pour Belluard)
            Merde (basse-cour)
            Inestimable Le Clos
            La Closerie (pour Prévost)
            Hommage à La Vielle Garde (pour Lafarge Et Rinaldi)

            Gil Evans to Miles Davis…. Holger Czukay to the ensemble known as Can….Jean Claude Vannier to Serge Gainsbourg on Histoire de Melody Nelson. That’s the only way to explain the specificity of Four Tet and Madlib’s collaboration, in this special album that showcases a two-decade long friendship that has resulted in an album that follows Madlib’s classics like Quasimoto’s The Unseen, Madvillainy and his Pinata and Bandana albums with Freddie Gibbs.

            “A few months ago I completed work on an album with my friend Madlib that we’d been making for the last few years. He is always making loads of music in all sorts of styles and I was listening to some of his new beats and studio sessions when I had the idea that it would be great to hear some of these ideas made into a Madlib solo album. Not made into beats for vocalists to use but instead arranged into tracks that could all flow together in an album designed to be listened to start to finish. I put this concept to him when we were hanging out eating some nice food one day and we decided to work on this together with him sending me tracks, loops, ideas and experiments that I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine. I was sent hundreds of pieces of music over a couple of years stretch and during that time I put together this album with all the parts that fitted with my vision.” Kieren Hebden AKA Four Tet.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: There's no denying that both Madlib and Hebden are two of the most renowned musicians on the scene, and 'Sound Ancestors' does exactly as you'd expect, cementing their reputations and collaborative capabilities with a rich and soulful fusion of IDM and shuffled beatplay.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. There Is No Time (Prelude)
            A2. The Call
            A3. Theme De Crabtree
            A4. Road Of The Lonely Ones
            A5. Loose Goose
            A6. Dirtknock
            A7. Hopprock
            A8. Riddim Chant
            B1. Sound Ancestors
            B2. One For Quartabê/Right Now
            B3. Hang Out (Phone Off)
            B4. Two For 2 -For Dilla
            B5. Latino Negro
            B6. The New Normal
            B7. Chino
            B8. Duumbiyay

            Jahari Massamba Unit

            Pardon My French

              Madlib & Karriem Riggins’ All New Jazz Project! The Jahari Massamba Unit features Madlib on all instrumentation with the exception of drums, which are laid down by Karriem Riggins. Like Madlib, Riggins is well-versed in both the Jazz and Hip Hop worlds. Musically, Madlib’s label says: “we would call the project Spiritual Jazz, but jazz great Phil Ranelin told us to call it Black Classical Music, so that’s what we’re going with.” This is an album put together by students of jazz in its myriad and historic forms who are also proponents of jazz’s future. The resulting recording reflects a lifetime of record collecting, musical study, woodshedding, and a reverential respect for one another’s craft. Regardless of categorization, this is an exciting and all-new entry in Madlib’s Yesterday’s New Quintet canon of difficult to categorize music. 

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Je Prendrai Le Romanée-Conti (Putain De Leroy)
              2. Les Jardins Esméraldins (Pour Caillard)
              3. Un Bordeaux Pré-Phylloxéra (Pour Le Riche Enculé)
              4. Deux Fakes Jayers (Aussi Pour Le Riche Enculé)
              5. Riesling Pour Robert
              6. Du Morgon Au Moulin-À-Vent (Pour Duke)
              7. Trou Du Cul (Ode Au Sommelier Arrogant)
              8. Etude Montrachet
              9. Le Feu (Pour Belluard)
              10. Merde (Basse-cour)
              11. Inestimable Le Clos
              12. La Closerie (Pour Prévost)
              13. Hommage À La Vielle Garde (Pour Lafarge Et Rinaldi)

              Beats by Madlib. Raps by Oh No. Real rap shit by two of the greatest in the game. Also featuring Adub, Elzhi & Chino XL.

              With skitty, experimental beats that wrap around Oh No's serpentine flow perfectly, it's notably different to the boom-bap of "Pinata" or the Atlanta-influenced "Bandana" (two of Madlib's previous collaborations with Freddie Gibbs) whilst still undeniably having the air of a Madlib production.

              Oh No is a rapper and producer who has left his mark across a wide swath of releases. His 2006 concept album Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms (Which exclusively sampled the works of musical theatre composer Galt MacDermot) was highly acclaimed upon its release, as well as his various crate-digging DJ mix projects (Dr. No’s Oxperiment, Dr. No’s Ethiopium). He has produced tracks for the likes of Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Aloe Blacc, Talib Kweli, and Prodigy, while contributing guest verses to tracks by Czarface, Apathy, Murs, Little Brother, and more. 


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: With two Madlib Invasion records dropping this week we're really spoilt. Another week, another rapper it seems, as our favourite Beat Konducta formulates a sublime modern rap opus with fellow Cali cat - Oh No.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. My House
              A2. The Pros
              A3. Payday (feat. Adub)
              A4. Give N Take
              A5. Superhumans (feat. Elzhi & Chino XL)
              A6. Buggin
              A7. CDP Smackdown
              B1. Timeless Treasure
              B2. I Jus Wanna
              B3. Away Too Long
              B4. Make Due
              B5. Tired Atlas
              B6. Dishonored Valor


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