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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

      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)

        Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto

        Quatermass Seven

        Little Barrie And Malcolm Catto Team Up For Seven Tracks Of Breaks And Sci-Fi Fuzz For Maverick Producer Madlib's Label. Quatermass Seven, the meeting of minds between guitarist Barrie Cadogan, bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer Malcolm Catto represents a re-birth of sorts for Little Barrie, with these their first recordings since 2017’s Death Express and the untimely passing of their gifted drummer and friend Virgil Howe.

        As Lewis explains, the sessions played a part in the healing process, a way to re-connect through music without any intentions to necessarily come away with a finished record. “It was good to get in the studio again after such a long break especially as we didn’t go in with any agenda or expectations,” he explains. There was no preconceptions that we would make a new Little Barrie record, it was just an opportunity to work on some things Barrie had written for fun with zero pressure.” With most tracks recorded live with minimal overdubs, and produced by Malcolm at his Quatermass studios, The Heliocentrics’ main man brings new flavour to the band’s rhythm section by blending his power behind the drum kit and his expansive skills behind the mixing desk to take Little Barrie’s music forward into new territories.

        Recorded on Catto’s treasure trove of analogue gear, and mastered onto ¼” tape, the overall effect is guitar, bass and drums finding a sweet spot where genres collide, delivering a record that takes the influences of the past and pushes them towards somewhere more contemporary. “I definitely hear in Barrie’s songs a lot of common musical ground’” explains Malcolm. “It felt like a great thing to do, work with Malcolm while we’re figuring out what we wanna do,” Barrie concludes, “let’s just go in and do some playing and see what happens, and we came out with more than we ever intended.” Quatermass Seven delivers a dark, deep and expansive set of grooves, layered with frazzled and flawless guitar and flowing melodies, as well as pointing toward a future of exciting new musical opportunities. “Still here, so fine, just a little darker state of mind” sings Cadogan on ‘Steel Drum’, words which sum up hope in times of uncertainty, whilst unintentionally offering a perfect description of Quartermass Seven. 

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Rest In Blue 
        A2. You’re Only You
        A3. Repeater #2  
        A4. T.R.A.B.S.  
        B1. Steel Drum  
        B2. After After
        B3. Repeater #1

        Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

        Piñata (The 1974 Version)

          3000 copies only worldwide. This special version of Piñata, the acclaimed rap album from 2014 that debuted at Number 39 on Billboard’s Top 200, is presented for RSD 2020 in a unique variant cover. Acclaimed designer Jeff Jank finds inspiration for the cover in the unique graphics and content of 1970s Blaxploitation films for Pinata: Blaxploitation Version exclusively for Record Store Day 2020.

          TRACK LISTING

          A Side.
          1. Supplier
          2. Scarface
          3. Deeper
          4. High (ft. Danny Brown)
          5. Harold’s
          6. Bomb (ft. Raekwon)
          7. Shitsville
          8. Thuggin’
          9. Real
          10. Uno

          B Side.
          1. Robes (ft. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)
          2. Broken (ft. Scarface)
          3. Lakers (ft. Ab-Soul & Polyester The Saint)
          4. Knicks
          5. Shame (ft. BJ The Chicago Kid)
          6. Watts (ft. Big Time Watts)
          7. Piñata (ft. Domo Genesis, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko, & Mac Miller)

          The UK’s cosmic, psychedelic-funk ensemble issue their second album on maverick producer Madlib’s label, Madlib Invazion. The Heliocentrics’ albums are all confounding pieces of work. Drawing equally from the funk universe of James Brown, the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra, the cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone, the sublime fusion of David Axelrod, Pierre Henry’s turned-on musique concrète, and Can’s beat-heavy Krautrock, they have regardless of the label on which they’ve released their music - pointed the way towards a brand new kind of psychedelia, one that could only come from a band of accomplished musicians who were also obsessive music fans.

          Drummer Malcolm Catto and bassist Jake Ferguson are the Heliocentrics’ masterminds and producers, and they are obsessive weirdos in today’s musical climate, searching, progressive humans who are often out-of-time with current trends. They have been playing together for nearly two decades and their collective drive is to find an individual voice. The Heliocentrics search for it in an alternate galaxy where the orbits of funk, jazz, psychedelic, electronic, avant-garde and “ethnic” music all revolve around “The One.” With Madilb’s label Madlib Invazion for Telemetric Sounds, the Heliocentrics have returned to develop their epic vision of psychedelic funk, while exploring the possibilities created by their myriad influences Latin, African, and more

          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: Hip-hop jazz troupe, Heliocentrics continue to keep America's most blunted head-noddingly happy as they deliver more of their idiosyncratic cosmic jazz.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Telemetric Sounds
          A2. Devastation

          B1. Space Cake
          B2. Rehearsal 24
          B3. Shattered Mind
          B4. The Opening
          B5. Left To Our Own Devices

          The UK’s cosmic, psychedelic-funk ensemble issue their first album on maverick producer Madlib’s label, Madlib Invazion. The Heliocentrics’ albums are all confounding pieces of work. Drawing equally from the funk universe of James Brown, the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra, the cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone, the sublime fusion of David Axelrod, Pierre Henry’s turned-on musique concrète, and Can’s beat-heavy Krautrock, they have – regardless of the label on which they’ve released their music - pointed the way towards a brand new kind of psychedelia, one that could only come from a band of accomplished musicians who were also obsessive music fans.

          Drummer Malcolm Catto and bassist Jake Ferguson are the Heliocentrics’ masterminds and producers, and they are obsessive weirdos in today’s musical climate, searching, progressive humans who are often out-of-time with current trends. They have been playing together for nearly two decades and their collective drive is to find an individual voice. The Heliocentrics search for it in an alternate galaxy where the orbits of funk, jazz, psychedelic, electronic, avant-garde and “ethnic” music all revolve around “The One.” With Madilb’s label Madlib Invazion for Infinity of Now, the Heliocentrics have returned to develop their epic vision of psychedelic funk, while exploring the possibilities created by their myriad influences, Latin, African, and more

          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: These psychedelic jams and heady, funked-out percussive groovers have found the perfect home on Invazion, with more than a nod to classic hip-hop, but imbued with the psyhedelic spirit and lysergic air of a 70's outdoor gathering. Jazzy, funky and fun throughout

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. 99% Revolution
          A2. Venom
          A3. Elephant Walk
          A4. Burning Wooden Ship

          B1. Hanging By A Thread
          B2. Nonsense Part 1
          B3. Light In The Dark
          B4. People Wake Up!

          More exclusive 12" hits taken from the most recent Freddie Gibbs & Madlib album: "Bandana". The fiery “Half Manne Half Cocaine” and “Palmolive” both come with instrumentals and also included is two bonus tracks: "Zebras In The Mist" and "Night Vision".

          "Bandana" was released last year to critical acclaim and is the second album featuring Madlib & Freddie Gibbs.

          Limited edition in picture sleeve!


          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: Freddie & Madlib: like chocolate and crisps, prosceco and lemon cake and coffee and donuts; has become a well established & very pleasing combo. The Atanta-raised pottymouth and California's most blunted shove two fingers up to rest of the hip-hop industry.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Half Manne Half Cocaine (Vocal Version)
          A2. Half Manne Half Cocaine (Instrumental)
          A3. Zebras In The Mist (Bonus Beat)
          B1. Palmolive (feat. Pusha T & Killer Mike)
          B2. Palmolive (Instrumental)
          B3. Night Vision (Bonus Beat)

          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

          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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