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808: The Music'
808: The Music808 is a documentary film chronicling the revolutionary story of how Roland's iconic TR-808 drum machine changed the history of music and popular culture forever.Featuring appearances and commentary from legendary artists: Pharrell Williams, Beastie Boys, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, David Guetta, Questlove, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Diplo, and more.LP 1
1. Planet Rock (Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force)
2. Paul Revere (Beastie Boys)
3. Yo! Bum Rush The Show (Public Enemy)
4. Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) (Man Parrish)
5. Play At Your Own Risk (Planet Patrol)
6. Let The Music Play (Shannon)
7. Set It Off (Strafe)
1. It's Yours (T La Rock & Jazzy J)
2. Flow Coma (808 State)
3. Kickdrum (Felix da Housecat)
4. What U Gon' Do (Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Lil Scrappy)
5. Vibrate (Flux Pavilion)
6. Gosh (Jamie xx)
7. Nothing But Trouble (Instagram Models) [Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth]$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
808s And Heartbreak (Awaiting Repress)
The ten time Grammy Award winning musical phenomenon, Rapper, producer and singer embarks on a new musical journey taking his audience to new
heights. Kanye West returns with his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak. His highly anticipated 2008 album features the heart pounding first single, 'Love
Lockdown' which premiered live for the first time on the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
This is a reissue of an out of print 2 vinyl version plus the original CD format.LP 1
1. Say You Will
2. Welcome To Heartbreak [feat. Kid Cudi]
4. Amazing [feat. Young Jeezy]
5. Love Lockdown
6. Paranoid [feat. Mr Hudson]
2. Street Lights
3. Bad News
4. See You In My Nightmares [feat. Lil Wayne]
5. Coldest Winter
6. Pinocchio Story
1. Say You Will
2. Welcome To Heartbreak [feat. Kid Cudi]
4. Amazing [feat. Young Jeezy]
5. Love Lockdown
6. Paranoid [feat. Mr Hudson]
8. Street Lights
9. Bad News
10. See You In My Nightmares [feat. Lil Wayne]
11. Coldest Winter
12. Pinocchio Story$38.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Top #10 LP Classic On Translucent Blue Vinyl!!
Impeccably Remastered By Joe Reagoso - Pressed At R.T.I.
First Time Gatefold Cover With Super Rare 1966 Images From The Sony Music Archives
After multiple appearances on shows like American Bandstand, Hullabaloo and Shindig, Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay were truly now gaining respect as one of the finest rock bands of the 1960's and beyond. For the next decade and a half, The Raiders released a plethora of albums and well over three dozen 45's making their catalog as prolific and rocking as you could get.
Often considered one of the best albums of the psych rock era, Midnight Ride features some of The Raiders' biggest hit singles, with their equally important Lp tracks. The hard rockin' classic includes top smash hits Kicks, Steppin' Stone, plus stellar champions like their hard rockin' There She Goes, the stellar Ballad For An Unknown Girl, as well as another big hit with Louie, Go Home.
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay. That is why we are so very proud to announce another fine installment in their Friday Music Series with the first time audiophile stereophonic vinyl release of Midnight Ride.
Now impeccably mastered by Raiders' fan and friend Joe Reagoso (The Raiders/The Monkees), this super limited edition album will be pressed for a short time at R.T.I. on 180 Gram Audiophile translucent blue vinyl and presented in a first time colorful gatefold cover, which includes rare photos from the Sony Music archives as well as the original art elements you'll remember from this amazing 1966 smash album.
Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay .Midnight Ride on stunning first time audiophile translucent blue vinyl with a first time gatefold cover From your friends at Friday Music
Kicks Just Keep Getting Harder To Find!!!1. Kicks
2. There's Always Tomorrow
3. Little Girl In The 4th Row
4. Ballad Of A Useless Man
5. I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
6. There She Goes
7. All I Really Need Is You
8. Get It On
9. Louie, Go Home
10. Take A Look At Yourself
11. Melody For An Unknown Girl$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Picking Up The PiecesPicking Up The Pieces is a bookend to Jewel's Pieces of You debut album which has sold more than 12 million
copies. Features an incredible duet sung with Dolly Parton.1. Love Used To Be
2. A Boy Needs A Bike
3. Everything Breaks
4. Family Tree
5. It Doesn't Hurt Right Now
6. His Pleasure Is My Pain
7. Here When Gone
8. The Shape Of You
9. Plain Jane
10. Pretty Faced Fool
11. Nicotine Love
13. My Fathers Daughter
14. Mercy$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Natural Born Killers SoundtrackMost soundtracks simply feature the film's incidental music or songs that were heard in the background throughout the movie. Not Natural Born Killers. Assembled by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), the soundtrack to Oliver Stone's brutally warped serial killer saga recreates the hallucinatory feeling of the film. Continuing with its soundtrack reissue campaign UMe will be reissing this title back on standard weight vinyl for the first time in years.1. Waiting For The Miracle
3. Moon Over Greene County
4. Rock 'N' Roll Nigger (Flood Remix)
5. Sweet Jane
6. You Belong To Me
7. The Trembler
9. Route 666
10. Totally Hot
11. Back In Baby's Arms
13. Sex Is Violent
14. History (Repeats Itself)
15. Something I Can Never Have
16. I Will Take You Home
17. Drums A Go-Go
18. Hungry Ants
19. The Day The Niggaz Took Over
20. Born Bad$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blue And SentimentalDuring the Blue Note 75th anniversary celebration the label released 100 essential Blue Note LPs and asked New York Times readers what titles they'd like to see make the list. This album is one of five new reissues that were hand-selected by Blue Note President, Don Was, based on New York Times reader recommendations.
Ike Quebec's 1961-1962 comeback albums for Blue Note were all pretty rewarding, but Blue and Sentimental is his signature statement of the bunch, a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads. True, there's no shortage of that on Quebec's other Blue Note dates, but Blue and Sentimental is the most exquisitely perfected.
Quebec was a master of mood and atmosphere, and the well-paced program here sustains his smoky, late-night magic with the greatest consistency of tone. Part of the reason is that Quebec's caressing tenor sound is given a sparer backing than usual, with no pianist among the quartet of guitarist Grant Green, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. It's no surprise that Green solos with tremendous taste and elegance (the two also teamed up on Green's similarly excellent Born to Be Blue), and there are plenty of open spaces in the ensemble for Quebec to shine through.
His rendition of the Count Basie-associated title cut is a classic, and the other standard on the original LP, Don't Take Your Love from Me, is in a similarly melancholy vein. Green contributes a classic-style blues in Blues for Charlie, and Quebec's two originals, Minor Impulse and Like, have more complex chord changes but swing low and easy.
Through it all, Quebec remains the quintessential seducer, striking just the right balance between sophistication and earthiness, confidence and vulnerability, joy and longing. It's enough to make Blue and Sentimental a quiet, sorely underrated masterpiece.
-Steve Huey (All Music Guide)1.Blue And Sentimental
3.Don't Take Your Love From Me
4.Blues For Charlie
6.Count Every Star$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
25th Anniversary Album!
Limited To 750 Numbered Copies On Yellow Vinyl
4 Page Booklet / Printed Innersleeves
Includes 4 Bonus Tracks (Featuring Björk On Ooops)
ex:el is the third studio album by 808 State, released in 1991. In contrast to the band's previous works, the album features heavier beats and percussion, embracing earlier flirtations with hip-hop and industrial music.
The album also features the guest vocals of Bernard Sumner of Joy Division and New Order fame, who sings on Spanish Heart. In addition, Björk sings on Qmart and Ooops and is credited with co-writing the two songs, establishing a partnership with 808 State's Graham Massey that would result in his working on many of her solo projects.
Add to all this two of the best techno singles from the early '90s -- In Yer Face, a subtly politicized anti-American slammer, and the almighty Cubik; and Ex:El stands out all the more strongly. A true masterpiece.
ex:el is 808 State at play, The soundtrack to a party, with all the moments of elation, exhaustion and regret. Record MirrorLP 1
1. San Francisco
2. Spanish Heart (Featuring Bernard Sumner)
3. Leo Leo
4. Qmart (Featuring Björk)
7. Ooops (Featuring Björk)
1. In Yer Face (In Yer Face Mix)
2. CÜbik (Original Mix)
3. Lambrusco Cowboy
4. Techno Bell
5. Olympic *
6. Ski Family *
7. Ooops (Utsala Head Mix) *
8. CÜbik (Monkey Mafia Remix) *
* Bonus Tracks$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
First Pressing Of 750 Individually Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Purple Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
Includes Insert With Text Written By Ian Peel
Expanded Edition Includes Contrique, 10 X 10 Plus 7 Bonus Tracks
808 State are an English electronic music group, formed in 1987 in Manchester, taking their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine. 808 State's style has been labelled as techno and house, and the band are regarded as pioneers of the acid house sound.
Martin Price was the owner of a record store, Eastern Bloc, and was also the founder of the independent record label, Creed. Customers Graham Massey and Gerald Simpson joined Price to form a hip hop group called Hit Squad Manchester. Soon after, the band shifted to acid house, using the name 808 State for the first time.
Gorgeous is their fourth studio album. The album has some new wave influences; sampling Joy Division's track She's Lost Control in Contrique, Ian McCulloch as guest vocalist on Moses and 10 X 10 a gospel-house track built on the foundation of The Jam's Start!.
You will also find a reworking of UB40's One in Ten.
Furthermore the album features guest vocalists Barrington Stuart, Rachel McFarlane and Caroline Seaman.
The Music On Vinyl expanded edition is now available as a limited edition of 750 copies on Purple Vinyl.LP 1
1. Plan 9
4. 10 X 10
6. One In Ten
9. Black Morpheus
10. Southern Cross
1. Stormin' Norman
3. Sexy Synthesizer
4. Purple Dust*
5. Femme Deluxe*
6. Sexy Dancer
8. Bombadin (Unreleased Edit)*
9. Timebomb (Oldham Mix)*
10. Plan 9 (Memory Moog Mix)*
*Bonus Tracks$41.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
LPDiscovery is the recording project of Rostam Batmanglij and Wes Miles, friends who began recording together in the summer of 2005. One year later they had committed themselves to their respective bands, Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, but nonetheless continued to record together when they both found themselves in the same city. The project is many things: it's partly an attempt to realize Wes' concept of a band where everyone plays synthesizers, and of Rostam's concept for an album where handclaps keep the backbeat instead of snares drums. It's an embrace and also a commentary on the pop music of the past decade, of booming 808 bass and jittery sixteenth note high-hats. Elements of European electronic dance music skittering in double-time over steady R&B. If soul music is secularized, sexualized gospel, Discovery is an attempt to see if soul music can survive being plasticized, roboticized, quantized, chopped, and finally, screwed. The album features Rostam and Wes each singing half the songs and guest vocals from Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) and Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projecters).
Cascades of synths that belong on a My Bloody Valentine record and electronic flurries that sound like a flock of robins chirping incessantly on a Spring morning. - Pitchfork1. Orange Shirt
2. Osaka Loop Line
3. Can You Discover?
4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
5. So Insane
6. Swing Tree
8. I Want You Back (In Discovery)
9. It's Not My Fault (It's My Fault)
10. Slang Tang$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
First Pressing Of 750 Individually Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Gold Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
Includes 4 Page Booklet With Text Written By Ian Peel
Expanded Edition Includes Azura, Bond, Joyrider Plus 6 Bonus Tracks A.o: Goa, Lopez (Brian Eno Mix), Baton Rouge (Cajun Mix)
In the late '80s, Eight-O-Eight State was at the forefront of England's still developing electronic music scene. Don Solaris, the group's first widely available album in more than four years, is something of a return for the group.
The music on this album is diverse, exploring many formats and styles. This album may upon first listen sound too much like a techno-rock crossover. But it is far from that - this music is foremost moody, deep, and full of risks.
An ambient piece begins the album, and runs into the industrial and heavy sounds of Bond. Vocals are featured on this track, as well as a string bass and harmonica, bell sounds and chimes.
Bird and Azura throw the listener into a more bass heavy and danceable space. Vocal samples and somewhat eerie sounds give Bird a very moody feel, while jamming drums assault the mind. Steel drums from the Caribbean soothe the ears, when drum and bass rhythms break in through the serenity, accompanied by the tense and beautiful vocals of Louise Rhodes from Lamb. A bass line ricochets between the steel drums and kick-drum punches, bouncing off the walls and the trees of this far-out hot jungle. 808 State continue their journey into pop dynamics, dance, jazz and electronic breathing with Black Dartangnon and Joyrider.
Balboa brings in tons of bass, perfect for those who love to feel it coming up from below, or like a wall of sound from speakers. If you love music, you'll enjoy Don Solaris. It was experimental in the right ways and well ahead of its time.LP 1
5. Black Dartangnon
5. Lopez (Brian Eno Mix)
6. Joyrider (A Natural Mix)
7. Baton Rouge (Cajun Mix)
8. Bonded$41.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
How Dare YouImport
How Dare You (1976) is the fourth album by these British Art-Pop Rockers. Its brilliant cover art was designed by the recently deceased Storm Thorgersson of Hipgnosis. After attaining worldwide success with their hit "I'm Not In Love", 10cc returned with a varied set of songs, often tongue-in-cheek humor and eccentric songwriting. Hits "I'm Mandy, Fly Me" and "Art For Art's Sake" are little stories with wonderful poppy hooks and catchy choruses. This is 10cc at their creative peak!1. How Dare You
2. Lazy Ways
3. I Wanna Rule The World
4. I'm Mandy Fly Me
6. Art For Arts Sake
7. Rock 'N' Roll Lullaby
8. Head Room
9. Don't Hang Up$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Journey To Addis
Mastered From The Original Island Tapes And Presented On 180 Gram Vinyl
Acknowledged as the greatest of all exponents of soulful Reggae, Third World's 'Journey To Addis' raised the bar for Jamaican music in terms of the
sophistication of its arrangements. The collection chiefly comprises an array of classic Roots Reggae numbers, as typified by 'One Cold Vibe', 'Cool
Meditation' and the title track, while the internationally successful cover of the O'Jays' 'Now That We Found Love' is Jamaican disco at its very best. This
long overdue reissue faithfully reproduces the artwork of the original 1978 issue and with the record mastered from the original Island tapes and
presented on 180 gram vinyl, it has never before sounded so good!1.One Cold Vibe (Couldn't Stop Dis Ya Boogie)
5.Now That We've Found Love
6.Journey To Addis
7.Fret Not Thyself
8.Rejoice$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blue MadonnaWelcome to the magical musical world of BØRNS. A native of Grand Haven, MI, now calling East Los Angeles
home, BØRNS invites you to the indie pop journey of Blue Madonna, the follow up to 2016's acclaimed Dopamine.
1. God Save Our Young Blood
2. Faded Heart
3. Sweet Dreams
4. We Don't Care
7. Second Night Of Summer
8. I Don't Want U Back
9. Tension (Interlude)
11. Blue Madonna
12. Bye-bye Darling$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King Of RockImport
Before Run DMC's collaboration with Aerosmith "Walk This Way" smashed the hit charts and proved to the mainstream that rock and hip hop are mere sides of the same coin, the seminal hip hop group already introduced both styles to each other on their second album King Of Rock. This groundbreaking record was the first hip hop album to go platinum. As its title implies, the dynamic trio claim their supremacy by combining heavy 808 beats and massive guitar riff samples, proving they were the baddest group on the block, period. Their sound influenced late eighties hip hop on the whole, most notoriously by their label mates the Beastie Boys. King Of Rock's influence is phenomenal. Not only did it introduce rock fans to a new music, its fresh sounds also made all hip hop that came before it sound dated. This 1985 record is a trailblazing album to the umpteenth degree!1. Rock The House
2. King Of Rock
3. You Talk Too Much
4. Jam-Master Jammin'
5. Roots, Rap, Reggae feat. Yellowman
6. Can You Rock It Like This
7. You're Blind
8. It's Not Funny
9. Darryl And Joe (Krush-Groove 3)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
D'zzzAt times the album gives the impression of a kind of futureprimitive take on Trap; rusted and distorted 808 claps and bass drums collide with exotic percussion and mangled industrial clangs, reminiscent of more recent industrial takes on techno such as Pete Swanson's music. It's a thoroughly unique soundworld that stretches from the 4/4 kick of 'Dusco' to the Brazillian percussion meets trap triplets of 'Drizzle'. 'Dank' is made of exhausted and aggressively distorted hip hop, while 'Drowning' has an ambient feeling to it, leading into 'Dilute''s pockmarked abstraction. 'Death' is mercilessly overloaded and fever-sick, while 'D'Mmmm' works with just a looped sample and plodding processed 808s. following on are 'Demonoid' which stretches cymbals and drums into strange shimmering shapes and the brainwipe of 'Damiana's fierce oppressive squelch.1. Dusco
9. Damiana$8.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SFV Acid #2Zane Reynolds (SFV Acid) hails from Reseda, CA, straight up through the dense smog and the rolling hills from the city of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley. Zane has been making music alone, DJing, performing and experimenting since 2007. His music is much like the city he comes from, grid locked but open, raw, real and depending on which direction you are looking, a different visceral experience. Since his first vinyl release to the world, New West Coast via PPM in March of 2011, his creative MPC, 303, 808 skills have been shown and grown to everyone that listens up (and you will wish you had). Making waves with his approach and attitude, unmatched, minimal, abstract acid-house and always truly exceptional songs, it's time to know where SFV Acid comes from.
SFV Acid's #2 sneaks in your head from the archives, deep, sought after and rare. While attending his last year of high school at Highland Hall High (Northridge, CA), Zane self released a handful of hand painted and hand drawn cassettes to his friends, he also left copies in random places throughout the San Fernando Valley including: Goodwill, Pierce Community College, In and Out Burger and Starbucks (what lucky fools). #2 was dug up and pressed onto virgin vinyl by PPM for all of our listening pleasure. This record stands tall amongst his releases thus far, a gem, a gritty ass shaking dirty drive into the So Cal sunset. A look at where Zane Reynolds started, so fresh and relevant, it's real, it's SFV Acid.1. Acid Jam
3. G cids
4. Chaco Love Steve+Happy Acid Kinesinte
5. 8th Grade Trauma
7. Sine CZ Contrution
9. z!! b!!
10. z!! b!! Pt.2 + Speak and Read Rmx
11. Summers Vage Cloud
12. SFV Acid Style
13. Slim Ministry$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Total DustDusted is Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck, LIDS) and Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula). Wanting to explore a different sound, but unsure of where or how to find it, Borcherdt spent a December weekend in Nova Scotia. Alone and unable to sleep in a cold, dank cabin, he drew musical inspiration from his sparse surroundings. Fueled by a psychedelic hum underneath a veil of low drone-y distortion, Total Dust is Borcherdt's revelation.
Most bands don't record through a small, blown-out practice amp. You may find however that it works, as the guitar fights its way through, only the most important notes survive. Their songs don't exist to be overproduced. They're recorded lean and they stay that way. In fact, it's almost impossible to manipulate anything when your studio is either a small converted garage or a rural cabin stocked with a scattered drum kit, a bass synth, and a tambourine. That's why every track was laid completely bare, stripped of all unnecessary instrumentation so that what remains is sometimes melodic, sometimes haunting, and always integral.
Before even one song had been released, the band signed with Polyvinyl and played a show with labelmates Deerhoof and of Montreal. Their performance challenged the limitations of a two-piece: vocals and guitar expelled over a raucous backbone of live drums, 808 samples, and bass synth.1. All Comes Down
2. (Into the) Atmosphere
3. Cut Them Free
4. Low Humming
6. Pale Light
7. Property Lines
9. Long It Lasts
10. There Somehow$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HowlinDoes Jagwar Ma make rock music or dance music? It's genuinely tough to tell. A duo from Sydney, Australia, Jagwar Ma combines rock 'n' roll signifiers (electric guitars, psychedelic vocals) with pristine dance-music production. The band's full-length debut, Howlin (out June 11), references The Stone Roses one minute and space disco the next, and neither approach feels the least bit forced.
Guitars and drum machines don't make for uncharted territory in 2013, obviously, but it's important to note that Jagwar Ma isn't a dance-rock band. This is the 1960s British Invasion re-imagined with today's digital audio software, which has some comparing Jagwar Ma to the Manchester, England, scene of the late 1980s, when rock bands took cues from the country's burgeoning rave culture.
The electronic impetus in this case is Jagwar Ma producer (and partial namesake) Jono Ma, who recorded much of Howlin with singer Gabriel Winterfield in a barn in northern France. Ma sounds like a producer coming into his own after years of collaborating; he has an impeccable feel for when Winterfield's anthemic delivery should give way to an 808 drum machine. The hybridization peaks in Uncertainty, one of the year's best songs so far.
Those barn recordings eventually made their way to Ewan Pearson, one of the premier British remixers of the past decade; he put the finishing touches on most of these songs. It's unclear how much he added to the mix, but his sharp production style is all over this album.
Of course, just because you can mix rock and dance music, that doesn't necessarily mean you should. But Howlin largely nails that sweet spot between singing along to a song and losing yourself in it.
- Otis Hart (NPR Music)1. What Love
3. The Throw
4. That Loneliness
5. Come Save Me
7. Let Her Go
8. Man I Need
10. Did You Have To
11. Backwards Berlin$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King KruleKing Krule's (formerly Zoo Kid) second release brings with it, an expansion of vision, both musically and thematically. The connective tissue between these five tracks is still Marshall's stark, direct lyrics, but over the span of the self-titled EP, there is an arresting sonic progression, as his songs open up to become a loose knit meditation and renewal of hope in the face of desperation. Shades of The Streets' plainspoken and observant ramble dance with the heart on sleeve confessions of Billy Bragg. Archy's influences are a patchwork for his voice to lay in, woven from several generations music as divergent as the 80s romantics, jazz, no wave and dub.
The first vocal track 'Bleak Bake', for instance, opens with levitating keyboards and Marshall clearing his throat, before sampled strings and 808 drum 'pooms' swoon in and he sighs. 'The Noose of Jah City' drives the knife in deeper -some of his most intoxicating incantations to date- with Marshall singing of being "suffocated in concrete" over a lushly upholstered backdrop of chiming guitars and shuffling sampled beats. While in the gorgeous 'Portrait in Black and Blue' he unleashes a bounding piece of classic croon. But even though the subject matter may at times be harrowing, the songs themselves are never anything less than exquisitely crafted, possessed of an almost spectral beauty, as epitomised in the shimmering instrumental intro "363N63".
Taken as a whole, the "King Krule" EP is the sound of a young man growing up and attempting to grapple with the realities of the world he inhabits, and a fascinating, brutal journey it is too.1. 363N63
2. Bleak Bake
3. Portrait In Black and Blue
4. Lead Existence
5. The Noose of Jah City$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Why Do The Heathen Rage?Not final cover art
The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of celebrated Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos. After a decade of silence in which Daniel concentrated on Matmos and becoming a Shakespeare professor, The Soft Pink Truth is set to release Why Do the Heathen Rage? whose subtitle "Electronic Profanations of Black Metal Classics" reveals its bizarre agenda as an unrequited love letter to a justly divisive genre. A gleeful queer travesty of black metal's undying obsession with kvlt authenticity, Why Do the Heathen Rage? is also a formally precise homage executed with a scholar's obsession. With the guitar chord transcription assistance of Owen Gardner (Teeth Mountain, Horse Lords) and a coven of guest vocalists, including Antony Hegarty and members of Locrian and Wye Oak, Daniel meticulously transposes the riffs, structures and patterns of black metal chestnuts and deep cuts by Darkthrone, Venom, Mayhem, Sarcofago and more into oddly hybrid new forms. Cruising camp absurdity by forcing a sticky tryst between the two mutually incongruous early 90s subcultures of rave and black metal, the results are bracingly strange on first listen, but curiously addictive as the album sinks in.
Imitating the countless black metal albums that begin with ominous intros, the album commences with "Invocation for Strength", a spoken word track in which a Radical Faery poem used by gay activist Arthur Evans in his classic Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture is read by Drew Daniel and Antony (Antony and the Johnsons). After this queer hymn, the rhythmic assault begins with an industrial gabber take on Venom's genre-founding song "Black Metal", featuring vocals by Baltimore artist Bryan Collins and screams from Daniel. Stark trap beats and rave synths meet two-step house bounce on "Sadomatic Rites," originally by Beherit, whose electronic opus H418ov21.c was an inspiration to Drew as he was making this album. Adding a witchy twist to an underground metal classic, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Dungeonesse) lends her smoky, soulful voice to an orgasmic house deconstruction of Sarcofago's redlight anthem "Ready to Fuck." After a surprisingly sensitive guitar led intro, "Satanic Black Devotion" erupts with full on screaming vocals from Terence Hannum (Locrian), paired with IDM beats, synthetic banjo, and a rather glaring plunderphonic re-working of a recognizable dancefloor classic. Side Two kicks off with a stark, vogue-ball inspired rethinking of Darkthrone's "Beholding the Throne of Might", with whispered vocals from London based free improviser/composer Jennifer Walshe and a spoken interlude from David Serrotte of the vogue ball crew House of Revlon. The goth factor spikes on "Buried by Time and Dust", in which Daniel's Matmos partner M.C. Schmidt croaks the lyrics to the vampiric Mayhem original on top of MIDI harpsichord while a moldy 808 drops the "Planet Rock" beat. In an Ouroboric final gesture, the album concludes with a paroxysmic take on "Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar" by Impaled Northern Moonforest, the parodic fake black metal project of Anal Cunt's Seth Putnam. A blizzard of snippets of pop, house, crust and metal are shredded and smothered in lo-fi screaming and arctic field recordings, ending the album on suitably contradictory notes of mockery and celebration. The album's controversial artwork, which will remain redacted for the time being due to the extreme content it portrays, fits those themes as well, depicting a volatile, extremist scene undergoing a long overdue queerification, coming out rich and strange, shiny and pink.
The Soft Pink Truth was started in 2001 when legendary UK house producer Matthew Herbert challenged Drew to "make a house record," resulting in the project's slyly funky debut album Do You Party?, which Herbert released on his own Soundslike Records. Daniel has also produced floor-burning remixes for Bjork, Herbert, Grizzly Bear, Dat Politics and many more under The Soft Pink Truth moniker. "Why Do The Heathen Rage?" follows his 2004 release "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth?," a collection of electronic interpretations of UK punk and American hardcore songs. As a member of Matmos, Daniel continues to break down established norms of experimental and pop music practice by filtering genres through unique and brilliant conceptual lenses, and has established himself as one of the most individualistic electronic musicians of the past several decades.
Disclaimer: Aesthetics and Politics are neither equivalent nor separable. Black metal fandom all too often entails a tacit endorsement or strategic looking-the-other-way with regards to the racist, anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic bullshit politics that (still) pervade the scene, on behalf of either escapist fantasy talk, shaky invocations of art as a crypto-religious path to transcendence, or--the oldest cop out in the book--the quietist declaration that "I just like how it sounds." Just as blasphemy both affirms and assaults the sacred powers it invokes and inverts, so too this record celebrates black metal and offers queer critique / mockery / profanation of its ideological morass in equal measure. Mixed emotions about a murky, diverse and self-differential scene are all very well, but, as Barack Obama is so fond of saying at press conferences just before legitimizing drone warfare, let's be clear: No apologies, no excuses, and no escape clauses are hereby offered. Murderers are murderers. No safe space for fascist garbage. The Soft Pink Truth hereby abjures black metal homophobes, racists, and Nazis categorically and absolutely: MAY THIS CURSE BIND! Remember Magne Andreassen!"1. Invocation for Strength
2. Black Metal
3. Sadomatic Rites
4. Ready to Fuck
5. Satanic Black Devotion
6. Beholding the Throne of Might
7. Let There Be Ebola Frost
8. Buried by Time and Dust
10. Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Crooked TeethPapa Roach has never taken the easy way out and they aren't going to start now. Over the past two decades the group have established themselves as true trendsetters in heavy music: They've been nominated for two Grammys, toured the globe with everyone from Eminem to Marilyn Manson and crafted the nÜ metal anthem "Last Resort," which is still in heavy rotation on rock radio seventeen years after its release. However, the group's tenth full-length Crooked Teeth sees the band returning to their humble-and hungry-roots. The album was recorded in a cramped West Hollywood studio with up-and-coming producers Nicholas "RAS" Furlong and Colin Brittain, who grew up listening to Papa Roach and inspired them to revisit some of the traits that personally endeared the band to them, most notably frontman Jacoby Shaddix's remarkable rapping technique.
"We've always kind of considered ourselves to be the bastard cousins of everything we've every been involved with so we wanted to be true to that and switch things up this time around," Shaddix says. "The first time we met up with RAS and Colin, they said that [2000's] Infest was on constant rotation when they were growing up and they wanted to bring back some of that fire." The connection between the artists and producers was immediate and the first song Papa Roach-which also features guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance, and drummer Tony Palermo-came up with for Crooked Teeth was "My Medication," an instantly catchy banger that sees Shaddix spitting verses in between massive choruses and ambient accents. "I really felt like we had a personal connection and the music was just there waiting to be written and once we nailed that song things really clicked and we knew exactly what we had to do" Furlong explains. "We really followed our instincts and tried something unproven with this record and because of that we ended up with a bold, courageous and more adventurous version of Papa Roach." It was in this studio that "old school" Papa Roach ways, morphed to create this "new school" Papa Roach sound.
From the instantly infectious nature of the title track to the atmospheric sheen of the ballad "Periscope" (which features Skylar Grey) and the hip-hop rock mashup "Sunrise Trailer Park" (which features an impassioned verse from Machine Gun Kelly). Crooked Teeth displays the various sides of Papa Roach and illustrates why they've managed to remain relevant while musical trends ebb and flow. "We didn't go into this album with the intention of trying to write radio singles," Horton explains. "The collection of songs was really about bookending everything that we've done prior to this album and reintroducing Papa Roach to people who didn't realize the depth that we have," says Palermo. "The whole idea was to take the classic elements of Papa Roach that everyone loved and revamp them into a modern version of the sound through the creative process," adds Furlong. "We just wanted to flip everything on its head and see what would happen and it turned out more amazing than any of us could have expected."
"The people who have wanted to hear me rap for years are gonna love some of the viscousness on this record," Shaddix explains adding that while he had his own initial reservations about some of the album's more unorthodox moments - such as the 808 bass drop into a metal breakdown on the album title track, "Crooked Teeth" - ultimately those adventurous decisions are what make the album such a refreshing change of pace in a rock climate that's grown increasingly sterile. "I'd like to personally thank all of the guys in the band for making this happen because all it takes is one person to give you a shot and this was definitely mine," Furlong adds. "I want to be one of the best producers in modern day music so I wanted to work as hard for these guys as they would for themselves because as a producer it was my job to push them to get the kind of quality work everyone has been expecting."
Just as Papa Roach felt like they still had something to prove with this record, so did the production team who attempted to bring in elements of music from different genres and parts of the world while still staying true to Papa Roach's sound. "One of the big elements in my production is finding those pockets of rhythm that people associate more with rap or reggae," Furlong explains, a fact that came in especially handy when Shaddix was fine-tuning his freestyle skills. "I know rap rhythms because I grew up listening to hip-hop, so I was able to make sure that the delivery was on point and the beat was in the pocket so it didn't suffer from a lot of the stylistic pitfalls that can happen when you merge rock and rap."
Crooked Teeth also sees Shaddix pulling no punches lyrically, as evidenced on intensely personal tracks like "Born For Greatness," produced by Jason Evigan (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Kehlani, Madonna), which sees Shaddix getting sentimental about his three children, or "American Dream" where the lifelong pacifist begs the listener to ask, "have you ever thought war was a sickness?" "My father is a Vietnam veteran and a lot of those soldiers came back to a country where people weren't accepting them back into society or aware of the effects that war has on your psyche," Shaddix says of the song." "Post-traumatic stress disorder and the disintegration of the American family are things I've dealt with personally and I knew other people could relate to. I think that's what makes this record bold. Nothing was off limits when it came to what was on my mind."
Never one to shy away from difficult topics, Papa Roach dug deep with Crooked Teeth and refused to censor themselves when it came to their opinion of the current political landscape and organized religion. For example, on "None Of The Above," every ounce of musical intensity on the album is mirrored by Shaddix's words whether he's screaming, singing or rhyming. "It took me a long time, but eventually I realized that in life we're all human and we all make mistakes whether you're the president or the preacher, you know?" Shaddix explains when asked about the latter song. "It's an example of how I can get lost in a storyline and explore so many different issues in one track and that's what I love about this record. Just the spark of an idea would instantly ignite and the next thing we knew we had another song that we all loved."
In many ways making Crooked Teeth reminded Shaddix of the band's early days, well before they sold millions of albums and became a household name. "When we were in the rehearsal space I wasn't thinking about who I needed to impress, I was thinking about how much I love making music with the guys in this band," Shaddix admits. "It feels honest and it feels pure," adds Esperance. Fittingly, throughout the process, Shaddix gained inspiration from bands like Led Zeppelin and Faith No More, acts who constantly redefined themselves and were never content to rest on the merits of a hit single." This band encompasses some of my greatest victories, but it's also brought out some of my darkest character flaws," Shaddix summarizes, "so I have kind of a love-hate relationship with this music, but I can't stop because I've got too much of my life invested in it at this point. We are a purpose-driven band and I've got a responsibility to myself and our fans to continue to create."1. Break The Fall
2. Crooked Teeth
3. My Medication
4. Born For Greatness
5. American Dreams
8. Sunrise Trailer Park
10. None Of The Above$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy (Awaiting Repress)Kanye West's highly anticipated new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is his fifth, following The College Dropout (2004), Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007) and 808s & Heartbreak (2008).
The album features Nikki Minaj, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver on the smash street single Monster and Pusha T on Runaway which received the Best New Music stamp from Pitchfork. Other guests include Kid Cudi and Raekwon and contributing producers include RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Pete Rock and Q-Tip. The new album was recorded in Honolulu and at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City.1. Dark Fantasy
2. Gorgeous (feat. Kid Cudi/Raekwon)
4. All Of The Lights (Interlude)
5. All Of The Lights
6. Monster (feat. Jay-Z/Rick Ross/Nicki Minaj/Bon Iver)
7. So Appalled (feat. Jay-Z/Pusha T/Prynce Cy Hi/Swizz Beatz/RZA)
8. Devil In A New Dress
10. Hell Of A Life
11. Blame Game (feat. John Legend/Pusha T)
12. Lost In The World
13. Who Will Survive In America$34.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Electric Lady (Awaiting Repress)As she began the audacious task of following up on her acclaimed debut LP The ArchAndroid - an album that topped critic's lists in 2010 all over the world - she took along some trusty, brave companions: the original music producers of The ArchAndroid, Nate Rocket Wonder and Chuck Lightning of Wondaland Productions. And together they crafted a new strain of jamming music they called ish. In the hip hop community, ish is a euphemism for the profane four-letter word for excrement, but as Monáe explains, they set out, like proverbial alchemists, to turn lesser substances into gold.
This entire project was produced by Wonder & Lightning. We set out to make a soundtrack for the Obama era, something that spoke to the beautiful, majestic and revolutionary times that we're living in. The musical language we're speaking now is called ish. In the African-American community, we've been turning left-overs (like chitlins) and social depredation (like poverty) into delicacies and fine art for years. So we just set out to turn the rubbish all around us into something beautiful. Ish is the bowtie on the funk.
From the sound of The Electric Lady, ish is an urgent and dangerous form of dance music, rebel music that forces one to fight, jam, and fall in love. Like on The ArchAndroid, the sonic textures of the album are varied, and the past and present come together to explode and create a mind-blowing future for pop and soul music. For example, wondrous strings reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield and Bernard Herrmann orchestrations abound, Hendrixian guitar solos soar, Outkast-like raps float over punk rock riffs; defiant socially-conscious lyrics extol the virtues of soul-searching and fighting for change, while the funk simply melts your speakers: 808s boom and Prince-like synthesizers squiggle in your earhole, making it veritably impossible to just sit still.LP 1
1. Suite IV: Electric Overture
2. Givin Em What They Love
4. Electric Lady
5. Good Morning Midnight
7. We Were Rock n' Roll
8. The Chrome Shoppe
9. Dance Apocalyptic
10. Look Into My Eyes
11. Suite V: Electric Overture
12. It's Code
13. Ghetto Woman
14. Our Favorite Fugitive
16. Can't Live Without Your Love
17. Sally Ride
18. Dorothy Dandridge Eyes
19. What an Experience$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Death After LifeDeath After Life, Thug Entrancer's debut for Software Recording Co. is
a deliberately realized collection of dance experimentation and hybridized
electronic music with narrow stylistic precedents. It's also a gripping, somber
tide formed from the gravitational pull of an artist's amble through unknown
Ryan McRyhew's footing as a creative lynchpin in the Denver DIY
electronic music scene shued to the other world and beat of the South side
of Chicago in 2011. McRyhew's new home allowed him secluded time and
space to create in-depth and unconditional music as Thug Entrancer. The
move also provided McRyhew direct access to Chicago's dance music history
and the groundbreaking works being crafted in bedrooms and blasted on
speakers throughout his neighborhood.
A summation of varied approaches to electronic music, Thug Entrancer's
multiverse is not dissimilar to other Software artists (Slava and Huerco S.,
for example). McRyhew draws inuence from pioneering electronic and
experimental composers who placed an emphasis on extended development
and technique, alongside early analog dance producers who went all-out and
all-in with little more than a TR-808 in their arsenal.
Death After Life is comprised of eight chapters drawn from the album title,
each numbered I through VIII. These portions underscore a pitch-dark
motif thread throughout the album's fty minutes. Death After Life I is
whittled and icy - long echoed claps and panned sawtooth shapes swelter
around the skittering percussive elements over the four-and-half-minutes of
unsettled, environmental shifting.
Death After Life III delivers rapid-re, straight up acid with a snare heavy rhythm registering in an upper BPM range before fraying into the
sonic beyond. Death After Life V frenetically lashes out with hi-hat
triplets, lower mix perimeter synths and pounding claps / snare at a
breakneck footwork pace.
The album's nal cut is the most up-front Juke number. Altogether shorn of
the more abstract spaces heard earlier, "Death After Life VIII" attacks with
the feel of a live, improvised performance. In fact, the majority of the tracks
on Death A!er Life were composed on the y with very few overdubs and
zero reliance on sampled sources.
While Death After Life reframes elements of Chicago Juke and house in
long-form design, the end result one in which a subtler horizon is discovered,
trumping more palatable musical codes and dissuading us from treating
electronic music, or any genre-stamped style matter, with rote attention.1. Death After Life - I
2. Death After Life - II
3. Death After Life - III
4. Death After Life - IV
5. Death After Life - V
6. Death After Life - VI
7. Death After Life - VII
8. Death After Life - VIII$17.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now