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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. 

    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.

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      Ltd LP Info: 3000 copies only worldwide.

      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

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      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.

      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

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      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

      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. 


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      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.

      For episode 6 of the "Medicine Show", Madlib dons the guise of psych-prog-avant-freak-out-funk-rock kosmisch-ologist. Although pegged primarily as a jazz head ever since Quasimoto’s "Jazz Cats" in 2000, our host has always been a passionate fan of far-out rock styles, from the Tropicalia of Brasil to the Krautrock of Germany to the fuzzy sounds of West Africa, and the Beat Konducta’s rock tastes know no cultural bounds. Inscribing the master disc “Admission - One Brainticket” in tribute to one of his favorite bands of the era, Madlib created ‘Brain Wreck Show’ as a delightfully freaky funked up trip into the rock side of his collecting conscious. Get along for the ride.


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