Released 10th March 2017
180 gram heavyweight vinyl in die-cut logo jacket. The second Wax Breaks instalment from Paradox Music. The Drum Break album evoking the late 80’s Beats, Breaks & Scratches era.
Wax Breaks 2 features 16 Breakbeat tracks for Break Djs, Rappers and Music Producers. Each track has been note-pitched for mixing and sampling purposes at 33 and 45 rpm.
From Hip-hop to Drum & Bass and Downtempo, Wax Breaks is the versatile Breakbeat tool for live performance and studio production.
In his dynamic mixes, we've heard Vangelis to Shuggie, and Delia Derbyshire to Sergio Mendes. Now, we hear more of Jeen Bassa's universal and dextrous style in his third release for South London family, 22a; Time Waves is a straight-to-the-point, 10 track EP that mixes up slo-mo, mechanised funk with hues of neon soul and blue, jazz notes.
a2. Hey You
a3. Time Waves
a4. Burdened Funk
a5. Planet Earth
b2. Not A Fighter
b4. Todays Yesterday
b5. Rdefine It All
Released 13th January 2017
Madlib's remix of Champion Sound, plus a previously unreleased track recorded in the original Jaylib sessions: “Da Rawkus.” Vocals: J Dilla. Production: Madlib.
01. Da Rawkus (Sir Bang Version)
02. The Official (Rap Circle Mix)
03. Heavy (Chronic Mix)
04. Optimos for Dilla (Interlude)
05. Survival Test (Rasta Dub Remix)
06. Champion Sound (Remix)
07. The Mission (Stringed Out Mix)
08. One for Dilla (Interlude)
09. Strapped (Four-4 Mix)
10. Da Rawkus (Original Version)
Released 13th January 2017
Compiled by Sofie Fatouretchi of Boiler Room, these 24 tracks by 26 different artists mix together the best of hip-hop and Soul underground. An enticing selection of artists that should be on your radar, the album varies from ISSUE’s (Bay-area based artist and E40’s son) space age rap on “Ferrari” to slow jams like artists Ill Camille and SiR’s heartfelt plea to never giving up on the Mndsgn- produced “Almost There.” Other artists include Mndsgn, Kutmah, Stimulator Jones, DJ Harrison, Gifted & Blessed, and more.
1. Illingsworth - Animal Style
2. DJ Harrison - R2
3. Stimulator Jones - Soon Never Comes
4. Ahwlee – Joel
5. Cavalier – Droogs
6. Mndsgn & Sofie – Abeja
7. Zeroh ft. Mndsgn - Po' Looters
8. Gifted & Blessed - 12AM
9. Kutmah – Sativa
10. Charlotte Dos Santos - Watching You
11. DarkTwaine – Tension
12. Oliver the 2nd - L7 (Inspiredorbiting)
13. Pyramid Vritra ft. Swarvy – Eatndoggyfood
14. TUAMIE – prettybrowneyes
15. Poptartpete - RedBeanBun (One4Sofie)
16. Ohbliv - Deal with the Real
17. Ill Camille ft. SiR - Almost There
18. Jonwayne - J10
19. ISSUE – Ferrari
20. Mndsgn & Sofie – PointPressingStick
21. Clark & The Community - Dahmers Boy
22. Braxton Cook – Ooooo
23. subito! – River
24. Sofie - Last Cut
Released 9th December 2016.
Finally available on 12" Vinyl. Custom sleeve artwork. Limited Copies!
"SHADES - a collaboration between the omnipresent producer Alix Perez and EPROM - totally lives up to my own level of giddy fanboy expectation" Fabric Introducing.
a2. Third Gate
Released 9th December 2016
Space. An infinity of possibilities to be explored. A potential refuge for future generations as our selfish and gluttonous society continues to indulge, expand and consume our current world?
Who gives a shit.
That was just a faux-portentous, melodramatic and somewhat tenuously referencing attempt to grab your attention on account of Purple City Soufflé’s maiden voyage coming hot ‘n’ fresh out the kitchen courtesy of Brighton based Space Cadet and all round lovely chap Etch.
The EP is called the Cosmic B-Boy EP. So you see? There’s that tenuous link we mentioned earlier.
We won’t bother going overboard on the wanky track descriptions like most labels either as the audio is attached to this very press release (provided our PR girl isn’t being a complete wastewomman) but basically it’s six slices of some of the freshest, most psychedelic hip-hop out there at present, taking in influences as broad reaching and downright cutting edge as Kool Keith in his Doctor Octagon guise, Lil Flip in his bog standard stoned southern drawl and substandard lyric guise and Nigella Lawson in her Goddess who could quite realistically find a way to make you want to genuinely wank over a meat hammer guise.
The Cosmic B-Boy EP is suitable for both boys and girls. It is 100% organic, free range, has zero carbon footprint and sees Etch branch out into previously uncharted sonic territory (we could probably crowbar another space exploration / final frontier reference in there if we weren’t writing this whilst trying to microwave a pastie.)
It’s available on all half-decent streaming services and digital download (boring) or available on delicious purple vinyl with fully illustrated sleeves courtesy of the Burma Shave Construction Co. (Well good)
a1. Pandora's Box
a2. Gravity Flip
b1. Spider Leg Shuffle
b3. Passive Removal Procedure
Released 16th December 2016
Teklife Records are ready to drop their third release: New Start by Taso. The 7 track LP features collaborations with DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Gant-Man, DJ Tre, DJ Manny, DJ Taye and DJ Earl. New Start follows on from a highly coveted vinyl edition, critical acclaim and strong DJ Support for Open Your Eyes by DJ Earl. Once again, the spirit of collaboration is a key element: Teklife is a closely connected group of friends, working together harmoniously, and pushing each other to greater heights and depths through a shared love of footwork music. Smoke Dat Green, Taso’s collaboration with DJ Earl, was featured on Open Your Eyes, and now Taso himself takes centre stage for the next instalment, presenting unreleased classics alongside brand new footwork sounds. An accomplished DJ and MC, Taso frequently appears alongside Spinn at Teklife showcases all over the world. But despite a busy touring schedule, Taso never stops making beats. A multi-instrumentalist with a degree in audio engineering, Taso fuses raw musical talent with technical expertise. Since January this year, he has released an impressive 8 volumes of the Cold Heat EP series, bringing together a whole range of musical styles and moods through his MPC at 160 BPM. This versatility and willingness to draw inspiration from different sources is evident throughout the New Start LP. The title track is sultry and soulful, with Rashad and Spinn’s masterful influence clearly present. Don’t Get Mad provides a stark contrast: a dancefloor-orientated hype track featuring an on point vocal by Gant-Man. Bussin featuring DJ Manny and DJ Tre sounds like a love letter from footwork to jungle music. Over on the flip side, we start off with AM Track: another beautifully crafted classic featuring DJ Rashad and Dj Spinn. In the Green Room featuring Dj Taye is a muscular, speaker-rattling West Coast jam, and Murda Bass takes its cue from golden era UK Dubstep. The heavily - filtered final notes of De Capo Al Coda featuring DJ Earl round off a diverse but consistently high quality outing from Taso and the Teklife family. Message from Taso: “Thank you and much respect for supporting Teklife music. Without you there is no us. This record is dedicated to DJ Rashad and his family.”
Audio coming soon.
1: New Start (Featuring DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, TASO)
2: Don't Get Mad (Featuring GANT-MAN)
3: Bussin (Featuring DJ MANNY, DJ TRE)
4: AM TRACK (Featuring DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn)
5: In The Green Room (Featuring DJ Taye)
6: Murda Bass
7: Da Capo al Coda (Featuring DJ Earl)
Released 2nd December 2016
Basmala is the debut album by the American World Music and Ambient Soul production Basmala, released in 2016 on Preservation Electronic Recordings. The album maintains a hip-hop base and ambient or minimal atmospheric sound, which is the unique signature of Basmala.
Basmala walks the line between hip-hop and electronic music, visiting the realm of avant-garde jazz, all in an effort to create forward-looking, experimental music that he dubs visionary soul. (Popmatters)
Basmala, brings you a self titled album that is sure to rock your chakras! Deep-nodic tones bring you to the right place of space on this latest offering from the left coast technician. (Ghettoblaster)
That direction is spacey—though not necessarily in the way you might expect. Basmala at times takes his cues from the hard bop of Charles Mingus, bouncing even his slowest beats at an acute angle. “RNR” finds him folding sampled bleats into a pleated rhythm while a spectral piano haunts the air above. Later, “Just Us” ,which features rapper Mumblz Medina, finds him working on Dâm-Funk‘s game. And while there’s certainly more than a little of RJD2 and DJ Shadow’s DNA coursing through the tracks, there’s a slight minimalist pulse at Basmala’s heart, too, and a dedication to following the drift of a song’s élan that it shares with the spiritual jazz of the late ’60s. (Flood Magazine)
'Method' - Basmala has a vision of the future, one informed not by his social experience at large, but by the inventor’s call that exists in his head. Formerly known as Hasan Atiq, the artist now referred to as Basmala donned the title in order to demarcate a new direction of electronic hip hop. The self-titled debut is a progressive offering of afro-futurism that bonds in brotherhood with Anti-Pop Consortium and the black fusion jazz funk of the 1970s. Basmala brings an attitude to his debut that places him in the periphery of Brainfeeder’s progressive methods, expanding the movement beyond one collective and into the social strata of black music. (Impose Magazine)
4 Stars: While Basmala may be a new name to many, the man behind the alias, Hasan Atiq (who is formerly known as Autolect) has produced forward-thinking beats on a string of strong albums from the mid to late ’00s (one of which featured featured production from 9th Wonder). The producer/rapper/singer is back working under this new pseudonym with his self-titled album. Basmala shows that he is still innovative with his ideas and execution now as he was a decade ago. Taking cues from progressive jazz (check out “RNR” for proof) as well as ambitious hip-hop, the beatsmith has come up with something that’s futuristic sounding, spiritual and unique. (Big Shot Magazine)
1. Elastic (intro) ft. Atiq
2. Plots ft. Atiq
4. Chopa Sidi
5. The Mount
6. Day One
7. Accurate ft. Mikial
8. Warp Speed
9. Just Us ft. Mumblz Medina
10. Hijaz part one
11. Hijaz part two
12. Hijaz part three
13. The Griot ft. Mikial
14. Off The Dribble ft. Atiq
Released 28th October 2016
The second LP from Grup has finally arrived, five years after his first release, which is today is totally sold out and very hard to find. 19 tracks in the pure Grup Ses style, a perfect blend of instrumental hip-hop and bass music, spiced by turkish-psych samples. The album's conception took three years in Beyoglu, Istanbul, where Grup Ses invited the best of the turkish beat-making scene, but also called for his european connections : Gantz, Fulgeance, Coco Bryce, Nodul, Biblo, Elektro Hafiz and many more contributed to make this release unique.
a1. Grup Ses - Velkram
a2. Grup Ses and Coco Bryce - GSBCB
a3. Grup Ses - Krauthane
a4. Grup Ses and Gantz - Ayran Spill
a5. Grup Ses - Atar
a6. Grup Ses - Tektosag Riddim
a7. Grup Ses - Gider
a8. Grup Ses - Daral
a9. Grup Ses and Nodul - Boxer and Kemer
a10. Grup Ses - Telesafir
b1. Grup Ses and Fulgeance - Intervals
b2. Grup Ses - Büyüleyici part 3
b3. Grup Ses - Ses feat. Stormtrap Asifeh, Edd Abbas, Kolonel Blip
b4. Grup Ses and Ethnique Punch - Baykuşun Akşamı
b5. Grup Ses and Ağaçkakan - Re:Gece Geceyi
b6. Grup Ses and Biblo - Wane Reinterpretation
b7. Grup Ses and Elektro Hafiz - Mega Hafiza
b8. Grup Ses, Da Poet and Elektro Hafiz - Motorize
b9. Grup Ses - MMH (Levni LPG Remix)
Released 11th November 2016
The second outing from BTG follows, in tradition, their 2 originals and 2 remixes format. This time round TOYC creates a slower paced dance floor obliterator titled ‘Kicks’ sounding like a wonky laser gun trapped inside a broken 808 landing somewhere between broken techno and bass. On the remix Project Mooncircle and 20/20 LDN affiliated Deft deconstructs and reconstructs TOYC’s track into a maximalist beast fusing the current sounds of 160 BPM 170 BPM and halftime DnB with the technical precision of Amon Tobin. Up next the bootyshaking stormer they call Itoa, known for releases on Bad Taste and being featured in storming 160170bpm sets by DJs and tastemakers such as Om Unit and Sam Binga. ‘Snake Pass’ is a classic Itoa track, playful bouncing subs and flickering percussion and shards of vocal, landing somewhere between footwork and booty bass. BTG cofounder Etch sets the pace with his remix of Snake Pass, coming through with a schizophrenic beats influenced sub heavy stepper that slowly evolves into a breakbeat onslaught.
Support from: Nightwave, Sully, Addison Groove, Deadboy, Horse Meat Disco, MJ Cole, Barely Legal, Shadow Child, Amy Becker, Pathaan/BBC Worldwide, Boy 8-bit, Blackdown/Rinse FM, 2 Bad Mice, Synkro/Akkord, Randomer, My Nu Leng, Craig Richards, Foul Play/Moving Shadow, DJ Zinc, DJ Orgasmic/Origami Sound... + many more
a1. TOYC - Kicks
a2. TOYC - Kicks (Deft Remix)
b1. Itoa - Snake Pass
b2. Itoa - Snake Pass (Etch Remix)
Released 25th November 2016
RP Boo returns with 'The Ultimate RP Boo', showing off six brand new cuts that mix a range of styles with his vivid use of samples and improvised drum programming. 'The Ultimate' kicks things off with a sliding synth riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a ’91 Prodigy track with cut up rave vocal interjections over Bu’s trademark pulsing bass. 'Bang with the Funk' crushes the 1-2-3-4-5 Sesame Street song, chopping its samples into hard shapes. Things turn dark and minimal with 'The King' which features a sample from Fresh, with strange atonal tones playing off against spooky chords and a tactile bass. On the flipside 'What Am I?’ pairs syncopated snares and 4/4 bass pulses while percussion bangs and shimmers over clipped diva refrains and anxious piano. 'Bu'Moon' meshes together some pumping horn blurts and some old fashioned steamy synth wooshes that wouldn't feel out of place on a 50's sci-fi film into a relentless battle track. 'Electric Energy' finishes the EP, sampling an unusual pop source and chopping them over pulsing half time subs that pitch up and down around slipping and sliding drum hits.
a1. The Ultimate
a2. Bang to the Funk
a3. The King
b1. What Am I?
b3. Electric Energy
Release Date: October 2016
DJ Dez aka Andrés returns to Japan's Root Down records for his second 7" on the label. For those that only know Dez from his Andrés releases- you are missing a whole other side of what this guy can do. Dez has been scratching, cutting, and chopping beats for the better part of 20 years as a DJ for Slum Village, a member of Detroit's 12 Tech Mob DJ crew, not to mention countless amounts of productions, mixes and beats for other artists. Here on this 7" - we have two rare examples of Dez's inimitable style - raw, funky and timeless!
a1. untitled beat a
b1. untitled beat b
Released 11th November 2016
DJ Taye is welcomed back to Hyperdub for his second EP on the label after last year’s popular ‘Break It Down’ EP and a North American tour with Jessy Lanza. The ‘Move Out’ EP is a masterclass in a distinctly soulful, dusky footwork sound with a melancholic undercurrent that’s crossed with a precise eye for detail. ‘Burnin Ya Boa’ ft DJ Manny opens the EP with a crisp, micro-edited arrangement of tumbling piano, dubbed out chants and a heart-tugging woodwind melody playing hide and seek with racing, ever changing footwork drum and bass patterns. ‘Go 2 Sleep’ ft DJ Earl rolls with a narcoleptic woody percussion loop, and a vocal urging “Please go to sleep”, a request which is challenged with drill sounds, rave stabs, energetic footwork drums, and soft bass tones. The super minimal ‘I Need I Want‘ ft DJ Manny & DJ Spinn takes a house acapella and spins it into something more urgent and compulsive, the vocalist’s insistent, addicted pleas met with a downcast, tumbling melody. ‘Move Out’ ends the EP on a brighter note, with big Detroit techno chords and a warm Moog-like solo-cum- melody. The ‘Move Out’ EP is just a taster for the avalanche of new DJ Taye material forthcoming in 2017.
a1. Burnin Ya Boa (feat. DJ Manny)
a2. Go 2 Sleep (feat. DJ Earl)
b1. I Need I Want (feat. DJ Manny & DJ Spinn)
b2. Move Out
Released 21st October 2016
2xLP housed in a custom sleeve. YES LAWD! As temping as it may be to just let that exclamation suffice as your sole introduction to NxWorries, we should go a little deeper. 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.
4. Best One,
5. What More Can I Say,
7. Lyk Dis,
8. Can’t Stop,
9. Get Bigger / Do U Luv,
12. Scared Money,
17. Link Up,
18. Another Time,
London's 22a follow up their sell-out Tenderlonious / Al Dobson Jr split EP with nine more exclusives from Henry Wu and Jeen Bassa. Originally limited to just 100 copies, this has become a hugely sought after 12"!
Henry Wu applies jazz infused hip-hop sensibilities to these synth-boogie, and deep house tracks. This was Wu's debut release and set the platform for further massive releases on Eglo and Rhythm Section. On the flip Jeen Bassa goes in deep with percussive house infused afro-beats laden with jazzy hip hop rhythms. Haling from a family of talented musicians (Mo Kolours and Reginald Omas Mamode IV) he has since gone on to similarly large releases, including last years sterling Time Waves EP on22a.
a1. Henry Wu - Misled (Talk About It) ft Tenderlonious
a2. Henry Wu - Interlude
a3. Henry Wu - All Over ft Shepherd
a4. Henry Wu - Outro
b1. Jeen Bassa - Movement
b2. Jeen Bassa - Know The Deal
b3. Jeen Bassa - New Pastures
b4. Jeen Bassa - Chocolate Boots
b5. Jeen Bassa - Fania Club
Released 4th October 2016
From his early days as Zev Love X to his reinvention as a masked supervillain leading the indie hip-hop revolution, lyrical savant MF DOOM has remained one of the most interesting figures in the rap universe. While most fans already worship classic albums like “Operation Doomsday”, “MM...FOOD”, and “Madvillainy”, DOOM’s output also includes a number of guest appearances, non-album singles, promo tracks, and other rarities that never made it onto an official release. Now, those tracks are finally available on “Unexpected Guests”, a limited-edition vinyl collection showcasing rare MF DOOM material. Included are collaborations with the likes of Talib Kweli, J Dilla, Ghostface Killah, Sean Price, Count Bass D, Vast Aire, Masta Killa, and more. Many of these tracks have never been available on vinyl before, making “Unexpected Guests” an essential addition to DOOM’s already impressive catalog.
1. Fly That Knot (Talib Kweli Feat. Doom)
2. Sniper Elite (J. Dilla & Doom)
3. Yikes Scienz of Life (Feat. Doom)
4. Sorcerers (K.M.D)
5. Da Supafriendz (Vast Aire Feat. Doom)
6. Quite Buttery (Count Bass D Feat. Doom)
7. ? (DOOM Feat. Kurious)
8. All Outta Ale (The Prof Feat. Doom)
9. E.N.Y. House (Masta Killa)
10. Bell of Doom (The Prof Feat. Doom)
11. My Favorite Ladies (Doom)
12. Street Corners (Doom Remix) (Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, & GZA)
13. Angels (Doom & Ghostface)
14. Fire Wood Drumstykx (J. Dilla & Doom)
15. The Unexpected (Babu Feat. Doom and Sean Price)
16. Project Jazz (Hell Razah, Talib Kweli & Viktor Vaughn)
17. Black Gold (John Robinson)
18. Bonus Track: I Hear Voices (Live) (Doom)