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Rejoicer

Spiritual Sleaze

    Rejoicer is a Tel Aviv-based musician making cosmic jazz-tinged electronica. He has collaborated with Mndsgn, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins, as well as being a member of the band Buttering Trio and running the Raw Tapes label. Several tracks on ‘Spiritual Sleaze’ include vocals, with featured guests including iogi, KerenDun, Nitai Hershkovits, Jenny Penkin and Sam Wilkes. Rejoicer cites Sun Ra, Aphex Twin, Steve Reich, Dabrye, Eric Satie, Wu Tang Clan and Scientist among his musical inspirations.

    For fans of Kiefer, Mndsgn, Teebs, Flying Lotus, BADBADNOTGOOD, Thundercat, Shigeto.

    Prophet

    Don’t Forget It

      Prophet is the high-spirited machine funk alias of Anthony Butler, originally from Louisiana. He debuted in the 80s with his influential album ‘Right On Time’, a holy grail among boogie / funk vinyl collectors. His first album on Stones Throw, ‘Wanna Be Your Man’, was co-written and co-produced by Mndsgn. ‘Don’t Forget It’ is an album full of soul ballads and upbeat funk tracks.

      For fans of Mndsgn, Thundercat, Doug Hream Blunt, Dam-Funk, Karriem Riggins, Stimulator Jones

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Yellow vinyl.

      Jamael Dean

      Black Space Tapes

      20-year-old jazz prodigy Jamael Dean’s debut is the latest edition on Stones Throw Records. ‘Black Space Tapes’ is co-produced, compiled and sequenced by Carlos Niño, internationally celebrated producer, composer, arranger and DJ. At age 15, Jamael played with Kamasi Washington on his 2018 album ‘Heaven And Earth’ and toured as part of Thundercat’s trio. Jamael’s music reflects the dual influence of his contemporaries in the Los Angeles scene and that of jazz ancestors including Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and soul jazz drummer Donald Dean - who is also his grandfather.

      Athena is the debut album from violinist, singer, songwriter and producer Sudan Archives. Sudan Archives is widely acclaimed for her thrilling combination of styles: powerful and anthemic R&B, electronic music, a violin style inspired by Northeast African fiddling, and West African rhythms. For Athena, she collaborated with a wide cast of songwriters, producers and musicians for a sound that is her fullest and richest to date, while staying true to the unique blend of influences that has won her fans around the world.



      STAFF COMMENTS

      Millie says: It’s difficult not to swoon over Sudan Archive’s incredible violin playing abilities, it’s so deep in its intensity and soulful to the core. Refreshingly original and artistic, her sound is like nothing else, ‘Confessions’ and ‘Glorious’ are out of this world good!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies exclusive bronze and marble coloured vinyl.

      Lee Scratch Perry / Peaking Lights / Ivan Lee

      Life Of The Plants

        Widely revered as the godfather of dub, iconic musician Lee Scratch Perry is known to all fans of dub reggae. ‘The Life Of The Plants’ pairs Lee Scratch Perry’s signature voice and lyrics with the modern psychedelic dub sound of Peaking Lights and Ivan Lee. It includes three new tracks and a dub version

        New album by jazz pianist and producer Kiefer, the follow up to ‘Happysad’ (2018). ‘Superbloom’ is a double A-side vinyl release and CD containing the tracks from earlier 2019 release ‘Bridges’ plus seven new tracks. The digital format does not include ‘Bridges’. Since the release of his last full-length, ‘Happysad’ in Summer 2018, Kiefer released the mini-album ‘Bridges’, toured the USA and Europe and produced beats for Anderson .Paak’s albums ‘Ventura’ and ‘Oxnard’. Animation on cover drawn by London based artist Joe Prytherch. For fans of Thundercat, Badbadnotgood, Mndsgn, Kamaal Williams and Kamasi Washington. Kiefer is a frequent collaborator with others: he’s a constant in Mndsgn’s live trio, has shared the stage with Moses Sumney and Terrance Martin and has lent production talents to the likes of Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak.

        Automatic

        Signal

          Automatic is a three-piece electronic post-punk band from LA formed in 2017: Lola Dompe (drums / vocals), Izzy Glaudini (synths / vocals), and Halle Saxon Gaines (bass / vocals). Automatic’s explosive live shows have earned them countless fans on the West Coast. They have shared the stage with bands such as Surfbort, Poptone and Flat Worms For fans of: Savages, Suicide, Neu!, Broadcast.

          Los Retros, aka Mauri Tapia, is a 19-year-old from Oxnard, CA who traces his musical inspirations to American AOR from the 70s and 80s, soft rock crooners and leftfield pop from Central and South America.

          His debut mini album, "Retrospect", is a collection of open-hearted songs whose unforgettable melodies and woozily romantic atmospheres are perfect for the heady summer months.

          Demos Los Retros has uploaded to YouTube & Soundcloud have racked up millions of streams. This is his first official release.

          For fans of Mac DeMarco, Mild High Club, Cuco, Yellow Days, Cola Boyy.

          Prophet

          Right On Time / Tonight

          When Funkadelic asked us all to swear on the bible and flag, proving our funk credentials, Prophet was right in the front line, shirtless and soulglowed AF. This Stones Throw 7" hits us with the two toughest, roughest and most radical tracks from the great man's 1984 boogie holy grail "Right On Time". On the A-side, the title track electric slides through wormhole fx and nebulous filter sweeps, locking us into an outrageous bit of zero gravity funk. Falsetto vocals, slick bass licks, vamping keys and strutting guitars come together like a good game of Tetris, lifting you to a new interdimensional plane. The tape saturated thrust continues on B-side bubbler "Tonight", a post Paisley romp that replaces Prince's androgyny with a brandy sipping masculity.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Not since the glory days of PPU have we had a tape saturated boogie bomb of this magnitude. Imagine a soundtrack to an imaginary club scene in which all your favourite arcade game characters have an orgy.

          Gabriel Garzón-Montano

          Golden Wings

          Gabriel Garzón-Montano follows up his 2017 album ‘Jardín’ with this new single, recorded at the famous analogue Waterfront Studios in Hudson, NY.

          Contemporary R&B / soul for fans of Moses Sumney, Sampha, Nick Hakim.

          Stimulator Jones’ music never draws on just one place or time, instead dipping in and out of classic R&B / Soul styles from the 1970s and 1980s to the present day. On his debut album, ‘Exotic Worlds And Masterful Treasures’, Stimulator Jones’ elastic voice and instrumental grooves evoke the heady feel of R&B favourites like Rick James, K-Ci & JoJo and The Gap Band. For fans of Jamie Lidell, Mndsgn, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne. Artwork by Dewey Saunders (Anderson .Paak, OWSLA).

          DJ Harrison

          Rule The World & I’m From Virginia B/w Brown Water Blues

          The son of a radio DJ who introduced him to the world of record collecting, Harris grew up with music, progressing from violin, to high school drumline, to the Jazz Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also continued working with other instruments and developed an interest in sampling. His development as a producer – at first, without a computer or sampler – came first learning to replay samples on thedrums, piano, bass or guitar. DJ Harrison finds himself inspired by local musicians in the Richmond scene that’s as diverse and nonexclusive as they come. Among rappers, producers, punks and bluegrass bands, he falls within reach of an expansive pool of musicians to collaborate with. He lives and works in Jellowstone, a house turned recording compound occupied by his band mates in Butcher Brown, a “garage punk jazz funk” group. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: Stones Throw record label introduces us to DJ Harrison, his use of experimental samples and muffled hip-hop beats creates a completely new sound. Definitely worth checking out!

          NxWorries (Knxwledge & Anderson .Paak)

          Yes Lawd! Remixes

            Yes Lawd! Remixes, is a new reworking of the critically acclaimed debut album from NxWorries. Knxwledge continues a Stones Throw tradition started by Madlib, by remixing his own album, adding a new interpretation to the tracks featuring Anderson .Paak’s vocals. “Two artists working at the absolute height of their talents” – Pitchfork “One of the best albums of 2016” – Complex “Yes Lawd! is an album that feels alive, a living and breathing object that nods to the past while staying in the present” - The FADER “The inspired combo of Paak’s soulful rasp and Knxwledge’s cratedigging sample...makes this album something special in a year that’s already filled with strong R&B LPs”

            NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge)

            Yes Lawd! Remixes

              Yes Lawd! Remixes is a new reworking of the debut album from NxWorries. Knxwledge continues a Stones Throw tradition started by Madlib by remixing his own album, adding a new interpretation to the tracks featuring Anderson .Paak's vocals. Praise for Yes Lawd! "Two artists working at the absolute height of their talents" - Pitchfork "One of the best albums of 2016" - Complex "Yes Lawd! is an album that feels alive, a living and breathing object that nods to the past while staying in the present" - The FADER "The inspired combo of Paak's soulful rasp and Knxwledge's crate-digging sample...makes this album something special in a year that's already filled with strong R&B LPs" - Noisey

              Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge are NxWorries. •All vocals by Anderson .Paak, whose solo LP Malibu and numerous guest features (Dr. Dre, Mac Miller, Kaytranada, The Game) made him the breakout star of 2017. All tracks by Grammy award-winning producer Knxwledge, the man behind beats for Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt & Action Bronson.

              Sampled by Drake (“Jungle”) and G-Eazy (“Running”). Instrumental versions of Gabriel’s Stones Throw Records debut Jardín now available on limited edition wax. Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s formidable skills have come to fruition on Jardín in his Stones Throw debut. “This album came out of wanting to make music that reminds people how beautiful life is and how delicate their heart is,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to make music that is healing, comforting, and funky. I named the album Jardín hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on. “A garden is full of life, growth and beauty,” Gabriel said of choosing that unifying image as the title for his new album. “It makes me think of green and white and all the colors as they appear in different flowers.” That vivid spectrum bursts forth on Jardín itself and the album contains references to fruit of all sorts, sour mango, juicy tangerines and sweet peaches. From the heartache and aching vocals that float over the dusty drums of “Crawl” to the stutter-step thump of “Bombo Fabrika” to the high falsetto he nails on “Octave,” Garzón-Montano proves himself to already be one of 2017’s biggest breakout talents.

              Vex Ruffin’s definitive full-length statement featuring a guest appearance from hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy. Fab 5 Freddy’s feature is his first musical project since “Change the Beat,” 30 years ago. Fab hopped onto Vex’s track after an intro from his friend Ben Marlowe, the director/animator of Vex’s new video. Fab 5 Freddy says, “I liked the way this idea organically developed and I began to see my involvement as a sort of art performance piece. The track reminded me of cool dance records that downtown NY DJ’s played back then in the 80’s at places like The Mudd Club, The Garage, Area, Danceteria and Nells where I hung out so I put myself in that mindset when working on my lyrics for this song.”



              STAFF COMMENTS

              Patrick says: Frenetic, frantic and overflowing with ideas, the LP jumps between dubby punk funk, abstract electronica and wonky hip hop, landing at an imaginary collaboration between vintage DFA and Brainfeeder - nuff said!

              After releasing their self-titled debut in 2015, Tuxedo (the joint project between Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne) have returned with their second full-length, Tuxedo II. II is an 11-song offering that mixes elements of funk, soul, and dance music to deeply infectious effect, with Jake and Mayer demonstrating their prowess as veterans of those styles throughout.

              Tuxedo is the duo of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One

              Tuxedo II is their second album, following the success of their self-titled debut LP

              Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One have achieved significant profile individually in the respective fields of soul and hip-hop. As Tuxedo, they come together to mix elements of funk, soul and dance music to deeply infectious effect

              Gabriel Garzón-Montano

              Jardín

              Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s formidable skills have come to fruition on Jardín in his Stones Throw debut . “This album came out of wanting to make music that reminds people how beautiful life is and how delicate their heart is,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to make music that is healing, comforting, and funky. I named the album Jardín hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on. “A garden is full of life, growth and beauty,” Gabriel said of choosing that unifying image as the title for his new album. “It makes me think of green and white and all the colours as they appear in different flowers.” That vivid spectrum bursts forth on Jardín itself and the album contains references to fruit of all sorts, sour mango, juicy tangerines and sweet peaches. From the heartache and aching vocals that float over the dusty drums of “Crawl” to the stutter-step thump of “Bombo Fabrika” to the high falsetto he nails on “Octave,” Garzón-Montano proves himself to already be one of 2017’s biggest breakout talents. 

              NxWorries (Knxwledge & Anderson Paak)

              Yes Lawd!

              The men at the heart of this LP — soul styler Anderson .Paak and loop beast Knxwledge — make an exceedingly clean pair, even as they deal almost entirely in the gritty: vocals that sound lived in for a couple of lifetimes; beats that kick up dust as they bump; and an 18-track set that plays like a mixtape merging skits, songs, and snippets into a package of fluid groove and rough-cut rap 'n' soul gems. You may have heard these two out in the world, on their own or sprinkling some of their musical gold dust on someone else's songs, but this is what happens when .Paak and Knx get home, lay back, light up, and let it go. If there's a Blaxploitation vibe to Yes Lawd!, that's just the depth of NxWorries' funk and strut showing. If there's gospel in the grits, that's the history of the cooks.

              Each grew up with religion. It was Knxwledge's job to tidy up the family church in Jersey as a kid, and when he was done, he got to play on the instruments. Better still, when those instruments went bad, he kept them. Similarly, he'd soon find sounds in his growing vinyl cache, and when he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 as a beat maker, his compositions ensured he'd be home at Stones Throw. His hypnotically dank 2015 LP Hud Dreems was the tip of an iceberg—75 Bandcamp collections, and counting. Paak was neck deep in those songs when Knxwledge reached out. The singer grew up in Oxnard drumming in his own family's church. His folks got locked up when he was a teen, and while he'd eke by on odd jobs (grocer, trimmer, personal assistant), he was homeless for a spell with a newborn son. But .Paak pushed forward, building a career via imaginative albums (2016's Malibu), and collaborations that always seem to make him the star, even when he's just there to sing the hook. 

              'Yawn Zen' is LA-based hip-hop producer Ringgo Ancheta’s debut album for Stones Throw. Mndsgn’s psychedelic beats have already won him fans such as Danny Brown, who snapped him up to produce a track the lead track for his Classic Drug Referencesrelease and BBC Radio 1’s Benji B. Dazed & Confused described him as “one of the west coast’s finest beat-smiths… each track is a patchwork of lush electronic samples blended together to create warm, sun-drenched little charmers.”

              On 'Yawn Zen', his debut for Stones Throw, Mndsgn has carved himself an unusually calm-sounding place in the Los Angeles beat scene. The influence of labelmates Madlib and J Dilla on this on this collection of laid-back beats is never far off, but Yawn Zen has a psychedelic, jazzy flavour that equally recalls the likes of Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi and Samiyam.

              The Stepkids

              The Lottery / The Art Of Forgetting

              The Stepkids are three singer/songwriters. “A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself,” says bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg. “It’s not either of us; it’s about creating an entity where the entity itself is what’s important.” As a result, every song on the Stepkids self-titled debut album is written with equal input from each member. “All three of us write and all three of us sing,” says Jeff Gitelman, who resigned from touring as Alicia Keys’ guitarist to concentrate full-time on recording the Stepkids self-titled debut album. Drummer Tim Walsh continues, “There’s an equal split in the creative process. Any lyric, any melody, any idea could have been done by any of us.” This approach comes from more than a decade of musical experimentation and experience. Raised on the East Coast jazz and R&B circuit, individual band members went on to share stages with 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill, tour internationally with indie punk band Zox, score movies and commercials and produce solo albums. The Stepkids groove is a fusion of punk and jazz, West African and 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical. The band produce, engineer and record themselves on a reel-to-reel. There’s no singular icon, no singular sound, and no singular way of making it happen for the Stepkids. It’s psychedelia for the 21st century, where the focus is on the whole.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Philippa says: Have Steely Dan reformed? Blue-eyed soul meets yacht rock with just a touch of jazz-funk on this two tracker.

              San Francisco duo Myron & E create modern soul music with a classic throwback feel, set to release their debut on Stones Throw Records, 'Broadway'.

              Myron & E are backed by Timmion Records house band The Soul Investigators, who worked with them on a string of 45s released on Timmion in recent years, as well as with Nicole Willis. 'Broadway' is produced entirely by Didier Selin of the Soul Investigators.

              "We maintain a relationship with classic soul," Myron says. "To me, that was the greatest music that ever existed. There were hundreds of groups back then that were never discovered, but are phenomenal. We're trying to keep the spirit of that alive." Songs like ‘Broadway’ and ‘Give You All My Love’ may boast classic soul instrumental and vocals, but modern production and unforgettable hooks bring the sound up to date.

              With their release of 'Broadway' on Stones Throw, Myron & E affirm the cult US indie label’s standing as a hub for modern soul music that appeals to a range of audiences, following in the footsteps of recent successes Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              The Lions

              This Generation - 7" Box Set

                Inspired by reggae, sound system culture and the myriad of musical styles influenced by Jamaican music old and new, The Lions’ sound is firmly placed in soul music. All the guys in The Lions grew up on classic Jamaican records so since they began they have wanted to give their records that same edge and roughness that they grew up hearing on LPs by The Upsetters, Soul Syndicate, The Rockers Band and Roots Radics. The rhythm section was all recorded to tape, the Hammond buzzed a little, fuses blew and good mistakes were left in. They basically made the dusty reggae soul LP THEY have been wanting to hear for years. The band draws together a dozen or so of LA’s elite reggae and soul forerunners who loosely coalesced as The Lions in 2007. The band features Deston Berry and Alex Désert, members of the legendary ska band Hepcat, who form half of the vocal team. The other half is the sweet falsetto of Malik Moore and DJ stylings of Black Shakespeare, the charismatic cousin of Robbie Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame). Production is by Connie Price. This special vinyl version of the album is packaged in a limited edition 45 box set, comprised of seven 45s, plus a Stones Throw bonus fan club 45.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                7" Box Set Info: 8x7" box set.

                Another Wolf mixtape, this time giving props to some of the best old school female MCs to touch the mic. From hip hop-disco, via electro and stripped-down beat-box jams and on to hip-house, this is 80s hip hop with ladies first. The set features 30 cuts including Roxanne Shante, Monie Love, Heather B, and a whole load more ultra-obscure lady, girl and women rhymers from way back in the day.

                This is Stones Throw's first ever full label compilation, covering everything from the very first single (Charizma & PB Wolf's "My World Premiere") to jewels from 2006. The compilation mixes classics from the likes of Madvillain, Jaylib and Lootpack with incredibly rare and desirable previously promo-vinyl only tracks such as Cut Chemist & MED's "Blind Man". "Stones Throw: Ten Years" is the perfect introduction to the label for the curious, the best next step for those who've only bought Madvillain, Jaylib or Quasimoto albums, and essential for any fans of the label or quality leftfield music.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xCD Info: Includes bonus J Rocc mix CD.

                J Dilla

                Donuts

                  Not a conventional album by any means, Dilla's "Donuts" is a collection of numerous short productions that he kept to himself rather than use on his work with Madlib, Q-Tip, Common and Slum Village. Like a private DJ mixtape, they clock in on average at around nintey seconds, yet this is not merely a beats compilation, but mini sample-manipulations glommed from other funk, soul, disco, rap and rock sources. With awfully coincidental timing, Dilla passed away the week that the album was released, having been suffering from an incurable blood disorder. A fitting epitaph to a unique talent.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xLP Info: US Stones Throw pressing with cartoon artwork by Quasimoto album artist Jank. Back in stock.

                  Madvillain

                  Madvillainy

                    MF DOOM and Madlib's leftfield hip hop opus finally drops, featuring the singles "Money Folder", "Curls" and "All Caps" plus more out-there raps and breaks. Medaphoar, Quasimoto, Wildchild, Viktor Vaughn and Stacy Epps all come along to join Doom on the mic, as Madlib drops some of the most disturbed backing sounds of his career (he even samples Daedelus at one point!), milking his B-movie samples and impenetrable rhythms. With short hits and a quickfire tracklist, "Madvillainy" is an explosive and schizophrenic experience, the most complete Madlib hip hop production since Quasimoto's "The Unseen".

                    Long-awaited meeting of the minds between production gurus Jay Dee and Madlib from 2003, rapping on each other's beats in alternation throughout the entire LP. They came up with the album's title by each choosing their favourite Northern English positive adjective - with J Dilla going for the Geordie classic and Madlib going for the Mancunian favourite.

                    When it came time to repress Madlib and J Dilla's 'Champion Sound' in 2007, Madlib quietly handed Stones Throw a disc of remixes he'd done for his half of this album - it was too good to pass up, so this deluxe reissue was born.


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xCD Info: 2xCD reissue contains the original album, 11 previously unheard bonus tracks and remixes alongside 15 instrumental tracks never before available on CD.


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