Available: 24th January 2022
Rumbling beat, mindbending dub chord and atmospheric safari by one of the absolute veterans of the Icelandic techno scene. Q-Box was originally released in 1999 on the legendary Thule Records and has since then been one of the ultimate go-to dub techno track for DJs worldwide. Now, 22 years later, the release has been remastered and to add a little sprinke to the cake we have worthy remixes from some of the mightiest of the current Reykjavik techno scene.
a1. Haus I Krukku
a2. Attflat (feat Octal)
b1. Gegnum Skraargat
c1. Haus I Krukku (LaFontaine remix)
c2. Attfalt (feat Octal - Octal Industries remix)
d1. Gegnum Skraargat (Thor remix)
d2. Spaelt (Waage remix)
Available: 12th January 2022
For Gangster Doodles working on Gangster Music Vol 1 “was one of the most satisfying & fun projects I've been able to be a part of and the idea of continuing the series was a no-brainer. Thankfully All City was interested in keeping the party going”
If it aint broke and all that – this second volume follows the first with an all-star line-up which features everyone from hotly-tipped emerging Producers and MCs like Ovrkast, Shungu, Woodie Smalls, Big Baby Scumbag next to underground perennials like Teebs, Ohbliv and Knxwlege all the way up to top flight producer Dam Funk and established vets like M.E.D, Black Milk, Lil B and Open Mike Eagle.
This second collaboration between All City Records and Gangster Doodles is a jam-packed sonic adventure featuring 28 killer tracks from some of the finest creators out there.
“Gangster Music Vol.2 is a living/breathing tracklist of all the music and artists I've been obsessively listening to over the past couple of years(and beyond). Every artist that's on Vol.2 is a creative force pushing boundaries and trailblazing new paths to greatness.”
An exhausting compiling process via emails, DMs, texts and a myriad of other electronic form of badgering and prodding, the last few years have been busy for Marlon "Gangster Doodles" Sassy. In addition to this he released his acclaimed Gangster Doodles (The Book) alongside an ever-expanding array of prints, original works, apparel and exhibitions across the globe. Topping that off with animation projects, a graphic novel in the works and now, with this his second curated LP titled " Gang$ter Music Vol 2".
Describing the cover art “Every morning I start my day with a bowl(or 2) of Fruit Loops. Usually on the back of the box they have different activities to do. On one of them was a black and white image of Toucan Sam chilling in a tree. In large colorful font, it said you could cut out the image and color it in to create your own version. That idea really resonated with me. Continuing the cartoon cat theme from Vol.1 I chose Felix the Cat to help encapsulate this idea and then flip it on it's head. A black and white album cover that could be left as is or if the mood strikes- go and grab some markers, pens, crayons, paint, ink and create your own unique doodle versions”
“After a year and a half of covid hell I'm thrilled to be able to release this new music compilation. Fuck the bubble. It's time to get weird.”
DāM-FunK – Allies
Ovrkast – OOF!
Big Baby Scumbag – Steve Irwin
Woodie Smalls – Get Straight To It
Knxwledge – Wrongabtme
Liv.E – My Friend Told Me To
Iman Omari – Bellflowr
Black Milk – Cause I Was Living
Fitz Ambrose – Good For You
Zeroh – Don't Play It Safe
Mike G – Champion (ft. Lil B)
Teebs – Walk
M.E.D. & Premethius – The Low Endz
Wun Two – Porto
Lester Nowhere – Bush To Berkeley (ft. Lil B & Lord Apex)
The Gaslamp Killer– One For Ras G
King Kashmere – Crown Of The Serpent
LoopHeavy – Questions (ft. RS)
Ohbliv – Much Given
Open Mike Eagle – Vanity Searchin'
Ozoyo – Astro Boy
Hook – Dork
Spook – Silly Bands
Shungu – Lovin
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire – Big Dick Energy
Igory – Fluttah
Spectacular Diagnostics – Fingerprints (ft. Koncept Jackson)
Kyeoshin – s.w.i.m
Release Date: 14th January 2022
Jonic coast soundboys collective Butu Yard debut on the label with Good Ova Evil, an ode to positivity tuned on notes of freedom, cadenced on a halftime rhythm. A 150 bpm dubstep tune spreading echoes of hope from southern steppas, with Sativa Club maintaining the late-night pressure on the flip.
a1. Good Ova Evil
b1. Good Ova Evil - Sativa Club version
Available: 13th December 2021
Remastered from the original source material and featuring the unedited 'dirty' version on the A-side, and the full instrumental on the B-side, these 45's are for the heads who know what time it really is!
'How Many Emcee's Must Get Dissed' is that raw, NYC, Beatminerz flavour, even the video that dropped on MTV in 1993 is legendary featuring the whole Black Moon mob in their native Brooklyn posting up with their crew. Everyone remembers that Timberlands & Philly Blunts rap from the mid 90's onwards, raw SP1200 beats, dusty loops and samples pulled out of crates in the darkest corners of the five boroughs, a truly creative period in rap music and popular culture with many artists who came up in the era shaping the future of music from the streets upwards. Black Moon are one such group, their indelible mark on music is still felt today, the blend of streetwise raps and sturdy, murked out, jazzy beats supplied by the Dewgarde brothers is timeless. They sure don't make em like this anymore and if they did we're sure Black Moon would continually crush the competitors as they always did. Essential New York rap classics right here! Don't front.
A How Many Emcee's (Must Get Dissed) (Bushwick Jeep Mix)
B How Many Emcee's (Must Get Dissed) (Bushwick Jeep Beats)
Available: 3rd December 2021
a1. Duel Of The Iron Mics
a3. Mystery Of Chessboxin'
a4. Can't It All Be So Simple
a5. UZI (Pinky Ring)
a7. Glaciers Of Ice
b1. Cherchez La Ghost
b3. Heaven & Hell
b4. Bring Da Ruckus
b5. Protect Ya Neck
b6. Incercerated Scarfaces
b7. Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Yo! The Early Days of Hip-Hop 1982-84 is a new book published by Soul Jazz Books/Records that features 300+ pages of stunning photographs documenting the rise of hip hop in the early 1980s, taken by French photographer Sophie Bramly.
Fab Five Freddy
Grand Mixer D.ST
Cold Crush Brothers
and many more!
WITH ADDITIONAL TEXT BY:
Fab Fab Freddy
Grand Mixer D. St
Rahiem of The Furious Five
Muhamad of The Magnificent Force
Mister Freeze of The Rock Steady Crew
Patti Astor & Slick Rick
“All these photos speak for a time that is so special, is never coming back and changed the world. It’s pretty much this experience that changed everything for ever. What makes it amazing, is that you hear stories about superheroes that changed the world, and that was us.” Grand Mixer D. St
Sophie Bramly lived in New York in the early 1980s and became firmly embedded in the emergent scene. The book features many stunning, intimate images of a star-studded roll call of legendary hip hop figures, all of whom were only just getting known or in their ascendency. These include Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmixer DST, Jazzy Jay, Red Alert, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Lisa Lee, the Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and many more.
Bramly knew that hip hop was becoming a cultural force rather than just a musical fashion, and spent many hours photographing the four essential elements of this new world: the emcees, the deejays, the graffiti artists and the break dancers.
Aside from the musical stars of hip-hop you will also see legendary graffiti artists captured at work and play, such as Keith Haring, Dondi, Futura, Phase One, Zephyr and Lady Pink, and break dancers including members of Magnificent Force, Dynamic Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew.
“One of the curious facts about hip-hop’s history is how little photographic documentation exists of the culture’s early years. Come the dawn of the Eighties, a handful of talented photographers finally began to pay attention, most notably Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, and Joe Conzo. In retrospect, it’s clear that each of them focused on a particular element or two of the multiform explosion of creativity that came to be called hip-hop. Henry zeroed in on graffiti. Martha devoted herself to graffiti and breakdancing. And the heart of Joe’s work documents the career of the Cold Crush Brothers. Uniquely Sophie Bramly, unlike the others, managed between 1982 and 1984 to put her arms around all four of the hip-hop elements: the emcees, deejays, graffiti artists, and breakdancers.” Bill Adler from the introduction.
Flexibound, 304 pages, Dimensions 224 X 284 mm
Release Date: 3rd December 2021
ATA proudly presents it's first foray into the world of disco with "United Disco Organisation's"Send The Rain/Funky Thing
Conceived by producer/bassist Neil Innes and guitarist/singer Chris Dawkins, United Disco Organisation present two sprawling dancefloor fillers reminiscent of the early underground disco explorations of philly soul and Joe Bataans Salsoul label.
A-side "Send The Rain" features the sinuous flute of label-mate Tony Burkill before Chris Dawkins vocals takes centre stage, while the instrumental features an extended flute solo from Tony.
Dawkin's guitar drives B-Side "Funky Thing" with Vibraphone bringing to mind Roy Ayers ubiquity's mid to late 70s disco tracks on the instrumental.
Scheduled to be played on 27th November by Craig Charles on his flagship BBC6 Music show, these 2 tracks have already garnered a great deal of interest including from DJ/Producer Smoove of Smoove & Turrell.
a1: Send the Rain (Vocal Mix)
a2: Send the Rain (Instrumental)
b1: Funky Thing (Vocal Mix)
b2: Funky Thing (Instrumental)
Release Date: 17th December 2021
Bad Neighbor’ is a collaborative studio album by rappers MED and Blu and producer Madlib. Originally released on October 30, 2015, the 13 track LP features guest appearances from the likes of the late MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, Jimetta Rose, Dâm-Funk, and Oh No. The album is undoubtedly an extension of all three artists’ signature sounds, but it simultaneously defies all precedents to reaffirm each individual’s position at the forefront of LA’s legendary hip-hop landscape. For the first since it’s original release date, the album is set to be rereleased on vinyl in a special edition red and black color-in-color configuration equipped with two new mixes of the focus tracks, “The Strip (feat. Anderson .Paak)” and “Knock Knock (feat. MF DOOM).”
1. "The Buzz" (feat Mayer Hawthorne)
2. "The Strip" (feat Anderson Paak)
3. "Burgundy Whip" (feat Jimetta Rose)
4. "Peace Coming With Me"
5. "Drive In" (feat Aloe Blacc)
6. "Knock Knock" (feat MF DOOM)
7. "Peroxide" (feat Dam Funk)
8. "Finer Things" (feat Likewise & Phonte)
9. "Whoop T" (feat Jimetta Rose)
10. "Serving" (feat Hodgy beats)
12. "Belly Full"
13. "Get Money" (feat Frank Nitty)
Release Date: Q1 2022
Kicking off a new concept for Palinoia, I'm presenting a previously unreleased Donato Dozzy track that I first heard in his infamous "DDKH" mix from many moons ago. I regularly harassed Dozzy about this in hopes he had plans for it, but after almost a decade of being questioned he told me to just put it out myself, provided I was doing a track for the B-side.
Knowing full well I couldn't make anything nearly as gorgeous as Donato's underwater techno groover here, I decided to go for something a bit more upbeat and party friendly, all the while as wiggly as the masters' contribution.
A1. Donato Dozzy - Aquatica
B1. Eric Cloutier - Ekpyrosis
Available: 19th November 2021
The second installment in the SPNBCK trilogy is here:
A - Speechless '96 - Backspin's back with a new cut, slick dubbed out UKG with a nod to Metalheadz fusion jazz styles and downtempo producers from the 90's. A track with constant progressions and a weighty sub, when lockdown is over, this one will kick the summer back into action.
B - '08 w/ Atmos - Having always been inspired by sounds across the UK Hardcore Continuum, Backspin has unearthed a tropical UK Funky weapon with Amazonian atmospheres and as per, hard hitting bass and drum.
a1. Speechless '96
b1. '08 w/ Atmos
Release Date: 3rd December 2021
The third release on Slices Of Life comes from the Berlin vinyl DJ and producer Baaz, who has been gaining steady growing attention by House music lovers and DJ's. He is the reason that Daniel Bell reactivated his Elevate label to release a Baaz 12inch in 2008. This ep and the releases on Agnes' label STHML Audio opened up the door for very productive collaborations with other labels and dj's.
The 3 tracks on Slices Of Life show Baaz's focus on deep pure and simple House grooves that roll on massively, and work perefectly without using obvious effects and frills. The A side "Judy's Bass" clearly reveals Baaz's love of fat bassdrums and basslines in combination with classic drum machine and percussion elements while the stringline carries you away endlessly. With "Jeally" on B1 Baaz delves even deeper into percussion programming and creates a perfect deep track for the late hours. Carbon Hair (B2) shows the dubby and darker side of Baaz: a very dub techno influenced house track that is especially driven by warm beats and open high hats.
A1. Judy's Bass
B2. Carbon Hair
Available: 2nd November 2021
Released at the turn of the millennium and bringing a completely fresh style to the table, Wookie's immense 'Down On Me / Scrappy' double header has punched it's way out of the UKG underground and passed into the history books as a bonafide electronic classic. Period. Showing a sophisticated ear, and complex musical arrangements, this 12" blows the competition away with soulful minimalism and proper musicianship. Don't get it twisted though - this is a straight club record that will set it off, 2 back to back bangers in one place. This one will tear any dance down when dropped in the correct manner. It's hard, and almost pointless to try and pick a 'favourite', both of these tunes are primed to damage and still sound like they were beamed down only a few hours ago. Yes - it is that fresh, still.
Now - 20 something years later - 'Down On Me / Scrappy' is back, and believe, you need a copy of this in your bag. Peerless futuristic pressure from London town, essential in every way. Repressed and re-released on crisp white wax courtesy of Manchu Recordings and Above Board distribution, fully legit and not ready to quit anytime soon.
A1. Down On Me
Release Date: 10th December 2021
Whether it’s turning in steamy UKG and house through his alias as M4A4 or shelling out peak-time jungle as DJ Jubilee 1997; the Irish based DJ & producer is known for championing a variation of sounds all with the same attention to detail and magnified personality. The artist's music is always continuous, hitchhiking through eras and parts unknown; now delivering a four-track EP fueled by warehouse raves, neon lights and celestial beauty.
‘Dubgan’ raises its ominous head with rattling kick-drums and sharp percussion as tension and momentum builds with the addition of a deep, bottomless bassline and frightening stabs. ‘Intelligence’ then opens with curious melodies and anomalous patterns, slowly changing gears before a cascade of ineffable energy.
The flip sees a change in mood as ‘Soul Shift’ takes us on a trip through the neon lights of the bustling city, a seductive tension between the allure and dangers that rest ahead. The record comes to a close with ‘Orbital Jazz’ a futuristic cut, Its transcendental nature nestled between the stars, re-charging feelings of endless possibilities.
B1. Soul Shift
B2. Orbital Jazz
Release Date: 26th November 2021
A collaboration oozing with class and consideration, 'Crackdown' is a piece of music that celebrates and remembers the absolute legacy of two of the finest minds to ever grace this genre and beyond, Marcus Intalex and Spirit.
Described by Goldie as one of the purest drum and bass tracks he's ever heard, 'Crackdown' was an instant hit with crowds and swiftly emerged as one of the most sought-after Metalheadz tracks in recent times. Coming as a 1 sided record with the Soul:r and Inneractive logos delicately etched onto the other, this is what we hope will be a fitting release to form part of the ongoing 25 Years of Metalheadz series.
A1. Marcus Intalex & Spirit - Crackdown
B side is etched with the Soul:r and Inneractive logos.