Thursday, 24 July
**First run coloured vinyl edition w/ etched 4th side housed in debossed jacket and sealed poly sleeve with download code** Super smart 2nd album from Seattle's foremost hip hop accelerationists. Fronted by Ishmael Butler, formerly of the brilliant Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces have cornered a unique take on contemporary hip hop melding traces of electronica, cyberactive dub and jazz inna cerebral but instantly gratifying style that swerves self-conscious oddness in favour of genuinely psychedelic lushness and off-the-dome freedom. Borrowing its title 'Lese Majesty' fro… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
**Super dope spot gloss jacket** Madlib's got his baton out, again. This is the long-awaited 2nd part of his 'Rock Konducta' volume in the brilliant Beat Konducta series of themed MPC bombs. Sampling from stacks of Rock-oriented wax, he juices and flips chunks of krautrock, film dialogue, prog and psych blues into signature beat nuggets as brief as they are funky and freaky.
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, 08 May
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* XL Records herald Leif's hugely anticipated debut album with this 5-track EP featuring some of his most in-demand tunes like 'Wut' from the Dark York mixtape and the Dubbel Dutch produced 'Boom' cut to wax for the first time. Matrixxman, the producer behind the horny dancehall minimalism of 'Wut', also contributes the iced-out bounce of title cut 'Hey' and the squirming hip hop of 'Buzz' with additional production by Boody, who also contributes the darkside club-ready lean of 'Sup'.
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
Thursday, 27 March
Copenhagen's Sekuoia progresses from his debut split on Project: Mooncircle to a full fledged solo debut of languid hip hop 'tronica for Up My Alley.
Thursday, 06 March
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ruff 'n tuff Ragga hybrids from Cardiff's Darkhouse Fam. At their heaviest on the darkcore-zipped 'Brockwild' they intercept ground between Dabrye and Kaman Leung's baddest raggamatic hip hop/D&B replete with face-tearing mentasms, whereas 'Arphouse' features Eglo fam's Arp101 firing fruity purple synthlines and 'Elephant Large' gyrates on a big-bottomed hip hop sound nodding to Dipset, Timbaland and The Neptunes. DJ support from Kutmah, Gilles Peterson, Arp101, Alix Perez, Fracture, Rockwell…
Thursday, 13 February
Best yet from Brighton's Donkypitch label: four tracks of full fat Miami Bass laced with raving piano house pop hooks for the party. Up front, 'If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Wrong' ain't clever, but it is big, coming off something like Hud Mo strutting down Miami beach flinging skittles at buff bozos.There's also a more B-more styled dub mix to extend the fun. Flipside, 'Ayyo Tricknology' bring the boom-clap with hot chords and tight, rubbery bass shots, backed with a stripped down bonus beats mix.
**Housed in gold-inked jacket and inner sleeve. Includes Om Unit remix** Brussels-based Spanish musician Strand (Migue Gil Terte to the taxman) presents his 2nd release of squashed and colourful electronic funk inspired by and commenting on the international economic crisis. Besides creating music, Miguel is also an economist. It's an aspect of life which has clearly inspired his music, which draws metaphoric parallels between G-Funk and Gangsta Rap and the Banksters/Gangstaz who f**ked sh*t up for the world. In the case of his music, the Banksters are Javier Diez-Ena from jazz-surf dudes De… Read more
Thursday, 06 February
LuckyMe catch the debut 12" proper from crossover bass/pop producer and former DMC champion, Cashmere Cat. The follow-up to his 'Mirror Maru' anthem - as rinsed by Rustie, HudMo, Gilles Peterson, and on the GTA V soundtrack - is a cute four-track affair welding sparkling keys and tempered trap/house/bass rhythms inna distorted reflection of stadium-ready EDM. His sound's got the same sense of zig-zagging jazziness as Jameszoo, but with a taste exuberant harmonic progressions Rustie and HudMo borrowed from John Hughes film soundtracks and the partywise sensbility of a Diplo show.
Blue Daisy exercises his darker side for 37 Adventures on four cuts of bleak, rock-burning beats. Opener and title track, 'Psychotic Love' sounds like a mid-breakdown Tricky battling with his demons, and 'Cries of the Beast' nails an even more paranoid, tortured vibe with knuckled 808s and mutated vocals ranting about survival tactics and the streets. Flipside, 'Devils Pie' comes off like a prime Portishead offcut twocked from the editing room, and 'Fallin' Circles' introduces a glimmer of hope with Barnaby's cool, controlled soul vocal flitting over corkscrewing bleeps, and dusted bass grynd.
Falty DL's Blueberry Records showcase the diverse talents of Michigan's Todd Osborn (Soundmurderer, TNT, Osborne). Crafted with typically meticulous detail and feel for the funk, four tracks range from disco-house ('5thep') to grinding acid-techno jack ('What Is Love') thru Dilla-esque instrumental hip-hop ('Michigan Dream') and deft braindance ('752am'). Support from Cosmin TRG, XXXY, Mike Paradinas, Eclair FiFi, Illum sphere, Altered Natives, Mike Q.
"Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Everything Is Everythin… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
**Sophomore album from the international hip hop trio. Includes downlaod code redeemable from the label** "This is known: Young Fathers are three young men from Edinburgh and Liberia and Nigeria, all at the same time. Their journey has taken them through various incarnations and styles but they are still only in their mid 20s. And... and this is important: they’ve chosen to kill the past—their own past, even—to make their own future. The what-what, the feeling: Following on from the acclaimed EPs TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO, their debut album Dead comes as an intimate epic, thirty six minutes of…. what… Read more
Thursday, 23 January
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Chicago's Supreme Cuts return with the hyper-forward footwork, pop, drill and R&B fusions of 'Divine Ecstasy'. Their canny balance of airborne raps and autotuned vocals from Haleek Maul, Yen Tech, Py, Shy Girls and Mahaut Mondino, paired with deftest studio geometries has to be one of the freshest fusions you'll hear all year. With both producers in their early 20s and only making beats since 2011, there's a palpable immediacy to the 14 tracks of 'Divine Ecstasy', parsing their mutual influences from Basinski to Herbie Hanco… Read more
Modern acid jazz from New York's answer to Red Snapper. The follow-up to their 12"s for Mister Saturday Night Records and Well Rounded Individuals lands on their home-brewed imprint and cuts from the crafty time-signature changes and breezy vibes of 'D's Diamond' to more skittish jazz and jungle with the title track, and over to the sprung slowfast of 'Neighbourhood Mephisto' and the folksy fusion of 'Saturn V'.
"Gravel is an attempt to capture the contradictory thoughts that trip up your head at 3 a.m. Gravel is the soundtrack to sleepless nights spent ruminating on both right and wrong decisions. Gravel is the new Anticon EP from Djavan Santos, better known as D33J. Upon first listen, its aquatic textures, faded neon haze, and blend of 808 drums and lo-fi desk claps, might recall D33J’s fellow Weditit Collective family, Ryan Hemsworth and Shlohmo. But closer listening reveals that D33J’s experiments yield a unique alchemy. The finished result is not just only aesthetically cohesive record, but also one that br… Read more