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Thursday, 26 February

JAYLIB - Champion Sound (2015 Repress), Stones Throw
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JAYLIB

Champion Sound (2015 Repress)

Stones Throw

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: I-STH2062

*2015 Repress* "Reissue of that long awaited matching of two of the hottest hip hop producers of their day, Whaaat a blaaast - Madlib and Jay Dee, foolz, L.A. vs Detroit, heavyweight battle styles. It's bomb business from the get-go salvo 'Mcnasty Filth' feat Jay Dee's homeboys Frank-N-Dank which drops cut and spliced heavy horn stabs that are meshed up into a phat ass break from the Madlib with some serious street rhyming from Jay Dilla and his Detroit homies. A heavy start and the best introduction to this match made in hip hop heaven. Onto the indian rhythms of the second singl… Read more
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JAYLIB - Champion Sound (2015 Repress), Stones Throw
J DILLA - Ruff Draft (2015 Repress), Stones Throw
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J DILLA

Ruff Draft (2015 Repress)

Stones Throw

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: I-STH2153

*2015 Repress* J Dilla's 'Ruff Draft' has quite rightly become the thing of hip-hop folklore - with his untimely death providing the impetus for Stones Throw to dust off the masters and reissue it as a bonus drenched double set. An aural missing link that provides a thrilling insight into the sonic jump Dilla made from his early work as part of Slum Village and production whizz for A Tribe Called Quest, Common, The Pharcyde and De La Soul, over to the experimental and technically intense oeuvre which marked his collaborative venture with Madlib. Where there was once dust-in-sunlight… Read more
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J DILLA - Ruff Draft (2015 Repress), Stones Throw
J DILLA - Donuts (2015 Repress), Stones Throw
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J DILLA

Donuts (2015 Repress)

Stones Throw

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £16.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: I-STH2126

*2015 Repress* Jay Dee's CV is about as faultless as they come in hip-hop; part of A Tribe Called Quest's production team, he helped craft bona-fide hits for the likes of Busta, De La Soul and Pharcyde, before cementing an entire sound through his minimalistic beats for Common, Q-Tip and Slum Village in the late 90's. He then changed his name to J Dilla, formed a duo with Madlib (Jaylib), released a solo album 'Welcome to Detroit' and then constructed one of the most original hip-hop albums for years; without an MC in sight... Made up of brief sample-heavy vignettes, 'Donuts' origins as… Read more
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J DILLA - Donuts (2015 Repress), Stones Throw
J DILLA - Rebirth Of Detroit (Instrumentals 2015 Repress), RUFF DRAFT RECORDS
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J DILLA

Rebirth Of Detroit (Instrumentals 2015 Repress)

RUFF DRAFT RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £19.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: I-RDR004

*2015 Repress* Detroit represents with this highly anticipated and posthumous collection of instrumental Dilla beats. Operating under the shadow of the city's derelict Michigan Central Station on the sleeve, the late James Yancey's friends and family have collected, dusted off and restored twelve typically exceptional beats bumped off the man's MPC and buttered up for consumption with all the quirks, tape smudge, drop outs and sirens you could wish for. On disc one we're taken in with the shimmering soul bump of 'Detroit Madness' and treated to some outstanding… Read more
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J DILLA - Rebirth Of Detroit (Instrumentals 2015 Repress), RUFF DRAFT RECORDS
MF DOOM - Special Herbs 9 & 0 (2015 Reissue), Nature Sounds
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MF DOOM

Special Herbs 9 & 0 (2015 Reissue)

Nature Sounds

Format_dot_vinyl2LP + 7" // £18.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: NSD166DLP

**Double vinyl reissue of two volumes from MF Doom's acclaimed series - plus bonus 7-inch.** What, Doom's instrumental beat series comes to an end??!!? Maybe this will bring the excitement back after Doom's insatiable attitude to releasing every project he can think of which has no doubt made many of his recent releases a little less than fully essential. Thankfully this thirteen track set finds his instrumental tracks on fire - more recent killers mix with unreleased bombs. By now you know the ingredients in Doom's Special Herbs, they are very tasty indeed. Bid farewell to an inspiring series with this excellent double chapter.
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MF DOOM - Special Herbs 9 & 0 (2015 Reissue), Nature Sounds
RAS G & THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM - Other Worlds, INSECT RECORDS
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RAS G & THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM

Other Worlds

INSECT RECORDS

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £9.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: IRS045-7

**Red 7" wax. Jukebox hole. Edition of 300** L.A.'s modern day hip hop Sun Ra bumps with Insect Records. It's an MPC murderation, chopping chants, rhymes, boomin' 808s and dusty wax detritus into five dope beats, at best in the Afro-centric rhythmelodies and Haacked Dilla vibes of 'Fried Plantanos'.
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JEEDECI (WAJEED) - Cry 4 U, DIRT TECH RECK
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JEEDECI (WAJEED)

Cry 4 U

DIRT TECH RECK

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £9.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: DTR005A

*Limited edition of 65 copies with prints pressed on red vinyl, signed certificate and download card* “Cry 4 U” b/w “Cry 4 U Melody” is the third offering of imaginary 21st century R&B group Jeedeci. Jeedeci is Jeedo's intepertation of 90's classic R&B with some hip-hop slap and contemporary influences. “Cry 4 U Melody” carries his avant-garde Dirt Tech sound, while “Cry 4 U” offers a smoother touch. The cover features works by Spanish fashion photographer Sergio del Amo and Russian model Nastya Kovaleva, and is designed and illustrated by Jeedo using mixed medium. A combination of spray pa… Read more
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JEEDECI (WAJEED) - Cry 4 U, DIRT TECH RECK
FULGEANCE & DJ SCIENTIST - The Soviet Tape (Vol. 1), First Word Records

FULGEANCE & DJ SCIENTIST

The Soviet Tape (Vol. 1)

First Word Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: FW129

**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** "The Soviet Tape is a new collaboration between Fulgeance & DJ Scientist. Their debut single 'Moscow Nightlife' is the perfect introduction to their sound: heavy instrumental hip hop culled exclusively from Scientist's un-rivalled collection of vintage Soviet-era records. Scientist, one of Germany's most prolific record collectors (check out his incredible 'Soviet Grooves' mix for Solid Steel) dug out a slew of samples from his archives, enlisting Fulgeance (MPC virtuoso and one half of Souleance) who transfor… Read more
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FULGEANCE & DJ SCIENTIST - The Soviet Tape (Vol. 1), First Word Records

Thursday, 19 February

18+ - Dry, Houndstooth
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18+

Dry

Houndstooth

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £5.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: HTH036

Houndstooth's hip pop property on a psyched-out cloud rap footing. 'Dry' is a very strange take on syrup trap peppered with alien vocal inflections and a lean vibe recalling that wicked Jack Dice 12". 'Body' twists the lines even further with oily, slipping synth discord and lethargic percussion emulating the most fugged-up state of mind.
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Thursday, 12 February

K15 - Mist, No Room For Air
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K15

Mist

No Room For Air

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £8.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: NR4A01

Achingly good soul from Detroit's K15 on No Room For Air - the sister label to Kyle Hall's Wild Oats. Hitting levels of Sa-Ra-esque psychedelic lustre and Dilla-style bump, A-side glydes in with buttered strings and rhodes laced to button cracking drums and celestial vocal - basically instant classic business - followed thru with the FlyLo/Alice Coltrane vibings of Twilight', and a lip-bitingly sweet remix of Zhane's '90s soul peach, 'Crush' that's been in demand for years now. Don't sleep!
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Thursday, 22 January

J DILLA - Beats Batch (Vol. 1), Yancey Media Group
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J DILLA

Beats Batch (Vol. 1)

Yancey Media Group

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £18.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: YMGI2V1KOB

*Volume One - Each 10” Contains Ten Previously Unreleased, Untitled J Dilla Beats* "The E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum machine and sampler was the first electronic instrument Jay Dee worked with while crafting the incomparable styles and sounds which defined the early stages of his legendary production. The SP-1200 was his primary tool of choice at the inception of his career. During this period, he created classics for early Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, among many others. Yancey Media Group now proudly presents the J Dilla Batches series. Each 10” features 10… Read more
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J DILLA - Beats Batch (Vol. 1), Yancey Media Group
J DILLA - Beats Batch (Vol. 2), Yancey Media Group
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J DILLA

Beats Batch (Vol. 2)

Yancey Media Group

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £18.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: YMGI3V2KOB

*Volume Two - Each 10” Contains Ten Previously Unreleased, Untitled J Dilla Beats* "The E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum machine and sampler was the first electronic instrument Jay Dee worked with while crafting the incomparable styles and sounds which defined the early stages of his legendary production. The SP-1200 was his primary tool of choice at the inception of his career. During this period, he created classics for early Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, among many others. Yancey Media Group now proudly presents the J Dilla Batches series. Each 10” features 10… Read more
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J DILLA - Beats Batch (Vol. 2), Yancey Media Group
J DILLA - Beats Batch (Vol. 3), Yancey Media Group
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J DILLA

Beats Batch (Vol. 3)

Yancey Media Group

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £18.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: YMGI4V3KOB

*Volume Three - Each 10” Contains Ten Previously Unreleased, Untitled J Dilla Beats* "The E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum machine and sampler was the first electronic instrument Jay Dee worked with while crafting the incomparable styles and sounds which defined the early stages of his legendary production. The SP-1200 was his primary tool of choice at the inception of his career. During this period, he created classics for early Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, among many others. Yancey Media Group now proudly presents the J Dilla Batches series. Each 10” features … Read more
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J DILLA - Beats Batch (Vol. 3), Yancey Media Group
J DILLA - Beats Batch (Vol. 4), Yancey Media Group
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J DILLA

Beats Batch (Vol. 4)

Yancey Media Group

Format_dot_vinyl10" // £18.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: YMGI5V4KOB

*Volume Four - Each 10” Contains Ten Previously Unreleased, Untitled J Dilla Beats* "The E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum machine and sampler was the first electronic instrument Jay Dee worked with while crafting the incomparable styles and sounds which defined the early stages of his legendary production. The SP-1200 was his primary tool of choice at the inception of his career. During this period, he created classics for early Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, among many others. Yancey Media Group now proudly presents the J Dilla Batches series. Each 10” features 1… Read more
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J DILLA - Beats Batch (Vol. 4), Yancey Media Group

Thursday, 15 January

MONSOONSIREN - Falstrati, PROJECT MOONCIRCLE
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MONSOONSIREN

Falstrati

PROJECT MOONCIRCLE

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £13.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: PMC137

*Limited edition clear vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* A gauzy suite of loping beats and etheric vocals heavily inspired by themes of memory in Chris Marker's film, 'San Soleil'. Features production from Laplace, Go Yama, Insightful, Galimatias.
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Thursday, 18 December

COCO BRYCE - Cold As Ice, MYOR Music

COCO BRYCE

Cold As Ice

MYOR Music

Format_dot_vinyl7" // £6.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ROMY02

Laidback beats 'n breaks from Coco Bryce on Myor. 'Cold As Ice' comes to warm up the winter months with four joints juggling drum machine patter and wavey synthlines in 'Love Fool' and some kinda South East Asian drums broken, Madlib-style, into the strange funk of 'Voodoo'. Bigger still, the snake-hipped 'Selesha' touches on Ethiopiques jazz modes inna rugged style, and 'Always By My Side' jams on with some crafty piano house hooks witha broken beat pivot.
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TORUS - Temples EP, Rwina Records
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TORUS

Temples EP

Rwina Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £6.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: RWINA026

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CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE - Cross My Heart Hope To Die, Alpha Pup Records
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CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE

Cross My Heart Hope To Die

Alpha Pup Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: APR067LP

Very Tricky-esque trip hop from DJ Muggs and Andrew Kline's Cross My Heart And Hope To Die ensemble. The combination of blues-strung female vocal, loping beats and plenty of cinematic/stoner rock guitar chops place this very close to the '90s Bristol canon of Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attack et al as much as Gonjasufi.
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Thursday, 04 December

YUNG LEAN - UNKNOWN MEMORY, Hippos In Tanks
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YUNG LEAN

UNKNOWN MEMORY

Hippos In Tanks

Format_dot_vinylLP // £18.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: LPST001

**Clear vinyl** Sweden's cultishly adored Yung Lean and Sad Boys gang up for debut album, 'Unknown Memory', their follow-up to last year's much-loved 'Unknown Death' mixtape. Over plush production from Yung Gud, Yung Sherman and White Armor the trio emote bluest bars in autotune and pseudo-sizzurped drawl, finding a twinkling mid-space between Salem's bombast, the blown-out bounce of Evian Christ and the Scando pop harmonies of JJ, with heavy reference to Gucci Mane and Young Thug for measure. While many would be quick to dismiss them as ironic hipsters, it's actually the sincerity of their… Read more
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YUNG LEAN - UNKNOWN MEMORY, Hippos In Tanks

Thursday, 27 November

GROUNDISLAVA - Frozen Throne, Friends of Friends
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GROUNDISLAVA

Frozen Throne

Friends of Friends

Format_dot_vinylLP // £16.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: FOF134LP

"With A Frozen Throne, Jasper Patterson, better known by his nom de plume Groundislava, has created an honest, and truly beautiful piece of work. Accompanying him on six of the LPs ten songs is Los Angeles singer / songwriter duo Rare Times, led by Anthony Calonico and Alex Talan, who co-wrote, produced and performed alongside Groundislava on A Frozen Throne. A Frozen Throne has found it's home, it's birth, in the twilight hour of humanity, that is itself on the cusp of evolution. An evolution into a greater consciousness. A technological reawakening, bound to change our minds and the way… Read more
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GROUNDISLAVA - Frozen Throne, Friends of Friends

Thursday, 13 November

JESSE JAMES SOLOMON - Jesse From SE EP, PMR Records Ltd

JESSE JAMES SOLOMON

Jesse From SE EP

PMR Records Ltd

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: PMR060

Jesse James Solomon joins the PMR ranks with the stoned soul and road raps of his debut, 'Jesse From SE' EP. If King Krule gets on your tits this may not be the one for you, but if you you've got a soft spot for nonchalant, articulate and melancholy yung Londoners you'll be in good company with Jesse.
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DISTANTSTARR - The Vibe EP, MY FIRST MOTH

DISTANTSTARR

The Vibe EP

MY FIRST MOTH

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £8.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: MFM015

*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label*
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Thursday, 06 November

SERENGETI - Kenny Dennis III, JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS

SERENGETI

Kenny Dennis III

JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS

Format_dot_vinyl2LP // £18.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: JNR153LP

**Limited Neon Splatter Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label** The record was recorded in early at Nosdam’s Burnco Studios in Berkeley and Rob Kiener’s studio in East Hollywood, directly after the completion of Sisyphus (Serengeti’s collaborative record with Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens).
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Thursday, 30 October

DELS - Petals Have Fallen, Big Dada
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DELS

Petals Have Fallen

Big Dada

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: BD253

**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
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DELS - Petals Have Fallen, Big Dada
HELADO NEGRO - Double Youth, Asthmatic Kitty
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HELADO NEGRO

Double Youth

Asthmatic Kitty

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: AKR120LP

**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
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HELADO NEGRO - Double Youth, Asthmatic Kitty

Thursday, 23 October

QUASIMOTO - Bus Ride / Rappcats (2014 Reissue), Stones Throw
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QUASIMOTO

Bus Ride / Rappcats (2014 Reissue)

Stones Throw

Format_dot_vinylMini LP // £10.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: STH2107-12

*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.
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QUASIMOTO - Come On Feet, Stones Throw
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QUASIMOTO

Come On Feet

Stones Throw

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £10.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: STH2024

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.”
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QUASIMOTO - Basic Instinct, Stones Throw
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QUASIMOTO

Basic Instinct

Stones Throw

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £10.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: STH2029

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.”
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Thursday, 16 October

DORIAN CONCEPT - Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
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DORIAN CONCEPT

Joined Ends

Ninja Tune

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: ZEN214

**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
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DORIAN CONCEPT - Joined Ends, Ninja Tune
I.N.T - Percy La Rock EP, Rwina Records

I.N.T

Percy La Rock EP

Rwina Records

Format_dot_vinyl12" // £7.49

BEATS / HIP HOP

Cat. Number: RWINA025

**Diverse, classy beat suite by Dutch DJ/producer, from neck-snappers to softer soul styles including an ace with Detroit's Guilty Simpson** "Percy Samidjono, better known by his stage name I.N.T. is a Dutch producer, DJ and performing artist originally from Amsterdam and Rwina's newest addition to its artist roster. "Percy La Rock" was the name given to I.N.T. by Charlie Ahearn, the director of Wildstyle. This seven-track EP is a diverse and unique record in the hip-hop/soul spectrum, with dreamy vocals from singers like Steve Hartley and Sasha Vee and some proper brag n' boast raps from the… Read more
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I.N.T - Percy La Rock EP, Rwina Records