Thursday, 30 October
Incredible Deep fried head music direct from the dome of Black Zone Myth Chant, originally issued as tape + CDr by High Wolf's Winged Sun label in 2011, now released on vinyl by Laitdbac Records (Big Jus, Alpine Decline). It's gotta be the most fugged-out, abstract hip hop/drone session since Dem Hunger's 'Caveman Smack' session in 2010, holding our bonce under a slow moving whirlpool of samples and screwed voices across nine tracks until we pass out into their nexx plane of detached, disorienting psychedelia. The severely down-pitched vocal is a constant throughout the tr… Read more
**Includes the tracks RGB and Fall Apart as an instant download** **DELS' sophomore LP starring production by Micachu and Bonobo plus vocals from Tirza, Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham** "Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could h… Read more
**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats ma… Read more
Thursday, 23 October
**2014 Reissue** Lord Quas’s first solo 12” on Stones Throw Records! Features three songs also available on Quas’s The Unseen, but get ‘em here with artwork by DJ Design. Instrumentals too.
*2014 Reissue* This 12-inch was released leading up to the full-length Further Adventures of Lord Quas. Cover by Jeff Jank showing the night view of Quasimoto's building where who-the-hell-knows-what goes on at all hours of the night.
Lord Quas, Madlib and Melvin Van Peebles on some fantastic, nightmarish planet, tripping hard. As hallucinatory a hip hop experience as you can possibly hope to experience without mushrooms. For some reason, the remix was featured first, and, as a result was the version featured on The Unseen album. So peep the original version – available only on this 12.”
Grab this to pick up some quality nightmarish hip hop not available on Quasimoto’s The Unseen album. And don’t forget about the Dino-Brain Beat, also only available on this 12.”
Thursday, 16 October
**180g vinyl. Foil-blocked jacket with download code** A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done … Read more
Thursday, 02 October
**4 x 180g LP pressing of You're Dead! album, plus You're Dead! Instrumentals. All vinyl in printed inner sleeves, outer sleeves and rigid box and lid. Includes download code card redeemable from the label** Flying Lotus flexes his most earnest jazz muscles on this fifth solo album, his 4th for Warp. Star-lit with guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, it's the work of heightened, enlightened minds projecting into spheres beyond this mortal coil. Funny then that it all sounds so fami… Read more
Thursday, 25 September
*Includes download code* Hud Mo brings a rambunctious, hyper-coloured sound to 'Chimes'. Currently soundtracking an Apple advert, the lead cut flips the switch between airborne arpeggios and chest-puffing brass vamps inna Drill style we could easily imagine Kanye romping over. He's equally impressive when leaving the beats behind too, as with the wobbly kosmische flash of 'Brainwave', whilst 'King Kong Beaver' brings back the funk showmanship with flamboyant chops and the nuttiest drums. For the insatiable, there's also a rushin' junglist trap remix by Gammer.
Thursday, 04 September
*2LP pressed on 180g vinyl includes digital download code, 12” square insert lyric sheet and blue paper inners. ‘Octagon’ and ‘How Your Sprinkler System Work’ (ft Del The Funky Homosapien) are vinyl only tracks* "Busdriver’s 8th studio album proper, ‘Perfect Hair’, features production from Mono/Poly, Jeremiah Jae, Great Dane, Kenny Segal and Riley Lake. Album artwork courtesy of the legendary and talented John Lurie (formerly of the Lounge Lizards and known for his roles in Jim Jarmusch films amongst others). The album features guest performances from Detroit’s irrepressible Danny Brown (Fool… Read more
*2LP gatefold with photo collage from Tricky's personal archive + free CD inside* Tricky's back, flanked by a squadron of female vocal accomplices - Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Bella Gotti - plus a hook-up with Mykki Blanco and production from Blue Daisy. Whilst he still sounds vocally menacing and paranoid as ever, he still can't give up that thing for naughty rock guitars which really dates the whole thing. OK, there are moments of relief in the mercurial electro glyde of 'Nicotine Love' with Francesca Belmonte, in the dank boogie of 'Right Here' featuring Oh Land, and the pulsing trip hop slink of 'Something In The Way', but then those guitars reappear…
Gully New York hip hop coated in scuzzy noise by Gut Nose, back on his home city's Styles Upon Styles label. Landing squarely between the eyes of Parallel Thought's rugged beat suites and classic El-P produce, 'Filthy City' evokes a bloodshot, street-level view of a wasted metropolis in eleven concise parts. It all feels haunted by the dread ghosts of late '90s boom bap, DJ Spooky, Wordsound, RZA's 'Ghostdog' soundtrack et al, and is also prone to wigging out into collapsing industrial house structures at will. As a sort of sonic psychogeographic derivè it really takes us there.
Thursday, 21 August
*First solo EP from LV collaborator Okmalumkoolkat with production from Cid Rimand The Clonious* "After his breakthrough on LV's album Sebenza on Hyperdub, Okmalumkoolkat continues blazing a trail with yet another big impact release. The EP Holy Oxygen I is produced by LuckyMe signing Cid Rim and The Clonious, known for his excellent releases on Affine and Ubiquity Records. This collaboration was booted into life during the Viennese producers latest South African tour with stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Umlazi, Durban born Simiso Zwane skilfully manages to mix his mother tongues a… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
Four neck-snapping, collapsing hip hop beats from UK's Jon Phonics. "Drawing as much from early 90’s hip-hop as it does early 00’s grime and 80’s funk, the predominantly instrumental EP is topped off with two stand- out vocal performances from South-London rapper Rup and soul vocalist Yasine. With early support from Alexander Nut, Moxie, Scratcha DVA and more, this is a must have for any fans of twisted hip hop-infused electronica."
Thursday, 03 July
*Special edition with volumes five and six of the acclaimed series on vinyl for the first time in years, plus a bonus 7"* MF Doom is the man in the iron mask. The most mysterious figure in hip-hop has also become one of the most popular, supplying beats and rhymes for Gorillaz, De La Soul, Madlib, Danger Mouse, and Wu-Tang Clan, and drawing praise from heavyweights like Just Blaze, Nas, and Mos Def. Since 2002, DOOM has released numerous volumes of Special Herbs, one of the longest-running instrumental series in hip-hop history. Now, volumes five and six of the acclaimed series are ava… Read more
Thursday, 26 June
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label for both tracks plus bonus Claude remix** "Neko Neko drops the first part of his "Between Two Cities" series, entitled "Where", backed by remixes from everyone's favourite French beat-maker, Fulgeance. Neko Neko's original mix on the A-side pairs lush harp samples with hefty kicks, claps and layered percussion loops. The track evolves nicely til the halfway point when it shifts direction, breaking down to a cosmic arpeggiated synth line that gets tweaked away while the other elements are expertly weaved in and out of th… Read more
Thursday, 12 June
**12” casebound book: includes 2CD, 2LP and 24-page booklet enclosed in foil blocked and debossed sleeve. Featuring brand new remixes by Optimo, Morgan Geist, Paul Woolford & Loco Dice**
Thursday, 05 June
Four years on from his brilliant 'Neoclassical' and 'Battlefield' LPs, Kareem linked with Skam's Shadow Huntaz on a real bleak and dystopian Hip Hop session. 'Irreparable Damage' foregrounds Breaff, Dream and Nongenetic's incisive lyrics against a miasma of Kareem's melting electronics, noirish atmospheres and blunt, neck snapping breaks, making for a real treat for the darker, abstracted HipHop fiends.
Thursday, 29 May
Royalty & AD Bourke, as well as Scruff himself, re-work album cut ‘Render Me’ featuring Denis Jones.
Thursday, 22 May
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Tokyorkshire" producer Kidkanevil cuts out a kawaii 2nd album for Project: Mooncircle. 'My Little Ghost' was inspired by a summer spent in Tokyo, thousands of miles from his Yorkshire base, collaborating, exploring and generally refusing to grow up. It's a subtle fusion of cute Japanese-infelcted melodic accents and neatly tweaked rhythm programming complemented by guest spots from another Brit-in-Japan, Submerse, and the fragile vocals of Cuushe.
Thursday, 15 May
*Yellow Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude’s own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. “I spent a lot of time breaking it in all the right places,” says TOBACCO. “It ends up making the whole thing breathe — sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive.” This is easily TOBACCO’s most diverse set to date — his own Stereopathe… Read more
**2LP gatefold jacket with download code redeemable from the label** Vocal-heavy fifth album from Mr. Scruff on Ninja Tune. Laced with numerous guest appearances by Lancashire's answer to Jamie Lidell, aka Denis Jones, plus Robert Owens and Vanessa Freeman, 'Friendly Bacteria' delivers Scruff's patented feelgood wobble in spades over twelve tracks destined for adverts and student house parties.
The first single taken from Vadim's upcoming album Dubcatcher, features the vocals of rio hemopo (mr trinity roots and part time ffd playa!) and sabira jade from my group the electric. Horns courtesy of new zealands biggest reggae soul group...
Thursday, 01 May
*Vinyl set bringing together the previously tape-only Raw Fruit series - includes a download code redeemable from the label* Heady martian ghetto beat-offs by the smoking man of Leaving Records. Ras offers some background: "Raw Fruit is the name of my beat tapes, alot of these joints never cut it 4 the ASP releases… because they're all like freestyle beats. shit i make 2 smoke weed to, that i never save… i just make em, record em and on 2 the next one… RAW SHIT… no rules just all out fuck it…" So, if you've come looking for polished neck snappers, you're in the wrong place. However, if you li… Read more
UK's Bambooman makes good on the promise of his compilation appearances for Brownswood Bubblers and Project: Mooncircle with a full debut suite of lean, crooked hip hop/tronica with soul for Sonic Router. The Yorkshirman's got a unique sound, attributable at least in part to his production palette of entirely found sounds and field recordings, but also the way he rubs them together, relishing in their elasticity and frictional qualities with microscopically detailed sound design and teetering, polymetric rhythm arrangements. It's a canny simulacra of the organic and the synthesised, weaving between … Read more
Thursday, 17 April
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Kelis switches to a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme relating to her studies as a saucier - she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu c… Read more
Thursday, 03 April
*Double LP features poster, oversticker and digital download code redeemable from the label* ‘So It Goes’ is the debut album on XL imprint Hot Charity from arsonists Ratking - aka Wiki and Hak - and producer Sporting Life. Wiki met uptown-raised Hak, now 19, when they were both in the 2nd Grade. They’ve been friends and conspirators ever since. Sporting Life, 32, hails from Virginia but has been in the city since 2005. Eventually they all met at a rap show and soon started serious collaboration. The sound isn’t the boom-bap and outmoded slang of ‘95. The circumstances have changed but the melting … Read more
"Elements of light and dark meet dense orchestration, breakbeats and a fresh approach to sampling across all six tracks, which remain true to The Range’s love of R&B, Hip Hop and Drum & Bass channeled in a way that he has made his own. After several EP’s across the last two years, The Range released his breakthrough album Nonfiction in October 2013 on Donky Pitch, receiving ‘Best New Music’ and a place in the Top 50 Albums of the year on Pitchfork. Further praise came from Billboard, XLR8R, Dazed & Confused, Line of Best Fit, Dummy and many others. Since its release, The Range has toured extensiv… Read more