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  • Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Quick View

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    Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star


    Limited Edition Two-Tone Black On Black Picture Disc


    Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will continue its "Respect the Classics" tribute to many of hip-hop's finest with the vinyl release of rap icon Talib Kweli's
    four historic Rawkus Records albums, including the underground classic, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, in a limited edition two-tone black on black
    picture disc.


    Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star was originally released on August 18, 1998, to critical acclaim. The title is a reference to the Black Star Line, a shipping
    company founded by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. The album deals with modern-day issues, philosophies and life in Brooklyn. The two MCs had
    planned to release solo albums around the same time, but decided instead to collaborate on a full-length album. The first single, "Definition (song)," is a
    reaction to hip-hop's fascination with death, dedicated to both Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., with a chorus that gives a nod to Boogie Down
    Productions' "Stop the Violence." "Children's Story" is a re-imagination of the Slick Rick original, featuring Mos Def cautioning against materialism. The
    second single, "Respiration," featuring Common, includes a Hi-Tek produced beat that samples Don Randi's "The Fox" and another from the hip-hop
    documentary Style Wars. The track offers a melancholy ode to city life, with references to organic life functions such as breathing, eating and sleeping,
    but with an ominous edge, as Kweli raps about "sitting on shitty steps/we stooped to new lows, hell froze/the night the city slept." The album peaked at
    No. 53 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 13 on the Hip-Hop Albums chart, but has become considered a classic since then.

    1. Intro
    2. Astronomy (8th Light) [feat. Weldon Irvine]
    3. Definition
    4. Re:Definition
    5. Children's Story
    6. Brown Skin Lady
    7. B Boys Will B Boys
    8. K.O.S. (Determination) [feat. Vinia Mojica]
    9. Hater Players [feat. Apani Emcee]
    10. Yo Yeah
    11. Respiration [feat. Common]
    12. Thieves In The Night
    13. Twice Inna Lifetime [feat. Punch]
    Black Star
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    Reflection Eternal


    Universal Music Enterprises Continues Its "Respect The Classics" Tribute To Many Of Hip-hop's Finest With The Vinyl Reissue Of Rap Icon Talib Kweli's
    Historic Rawkus Records Catalog


    After releasing a handful of essential 12s on various Rawkus Records projects in the late '90s, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek were on the verge of becoming one of hip-hop's best-kept secrets. Yet their original incarnation as a duo expanded into a triumvirate with the inclusion of Mos Def and transformed their eventual manifestation into Black Star, thwarting their initial bid for acclaim. While Kweli's stardom may have been initially eclipsed by his more charismatic cohort, Mos Def, Reflection Eternal houses enough merit to establish Talib as one of this generation's most poetic MCs. Kweli is a rare MC, as his lyricism resounds with a knowledge that transcends his still tender age. He does not aspire to reprogram the masses with this album, just rehabilitate them, as he laments on The Blast: They ask me what I'm writing for/I'm writing to show you what we fighting for. In an effort to celebrate life, Kweli breaks down hip-hop's obsession with death on Good Mourning and Too Late. But it is his varied lyrical content that is most inspiring, effortlessly transitioning from the poignant circle-of-life epic For Women to the rugged Some Kind of Wonderful and Down for the Count, featuring Rah Digga and Xzibit. While the unassuming, largely minimalist grooves that Hi-Tek supplied on Black Star's debut longed for a dramatic flair, he displays a remarkable maturation on Reflection Eternal. In fact, Tek's loping keyboard wails, soulful staccato claps, and shimmering piano loops are often sublime in their arrangement and outcome. Though Kweli and Hi-Tek's debut harbors over-ambitious tendencies, clocking in at over 70 minutes in length, they are a duo that will undoubtedly stain their memory into hip-hop's collective memory with this noteworthy debut. Welcome to the new generation of Native Tongue speaking.


    - Matt Conaway (All Music Guide)

    1. Experience Dedication
    2. Move Somethin'
    3. Some Kind Of Wonderful
    4. The Blast
    5. This Means You
    6. Too Late
    7. Memories Live
    8. Africa Dream
    9. Down For The Count

    10. Name Of The Game

    11. Ghetto Afterlife
    12. On My Way
    13. Love Language
    14. Love Speakeasy

    15. Soul Rebels
    16. Eternalists
    17. Big Del From Da Natti

    18. Touch You
    19. Good Mourning
    20. Expansion Outro

    Talib Kweli
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  • Black On Both Sides Black On Both Sides Quick View

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    Black On Both Sides

    Black on Both Sides is the debut album of American rapper Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, released October 12, 1999 on Rawkus Records. Prior to the album's recording, Mos Def had collaborated with rapper Talib Kweli for the duo's studio album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (1998), which raised high expectations for a solo effort. Black on Both Sides features an emphasis on live instrumentation and socially conscious lyrics.
    1. Fear Not of Man
    2. Hip Hop
    3. Love
    4. Ms. Fat Booty
    5. Speed Law
    6. Do It Now
    7. Got
    8. Umi Says
    9. New World Water
    10. Rock n Roll
    11. Know That
    12. Climb
    13. Brooklyn
    14. Habitat
    15. Mr. Nigga
    16. Mathematics
    17. May-December
    Mos Def
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  • At.Long.Last.A$AP At.Long.Last.A$AP Quick View

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    At.Long.Last.A$AP

    AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP is the second studio album by American rapper ASAP Rocky. The album serves as the follow-up to his debut album Long. Live. A$AP (2013).The album features guest appearances from Joe Fox, Bones, Future, M.I.A., Schoolboy Q, Kanye West, Juicy J, UGK, James Fauntleroy, Lil Wayne, Rod Stewart, Miguel, Mark Ronson, Mos Def, A-Cyde and A$AP Yams, while the production was handled by several high-profile producers such as Danger Mouse, Jim Jonsin, Mark Ronson, Emile Haynie, Mike Dean, Kanye West and Rocky himself (under the pseudonym LORD FLACKO), among others.
    LP 1
    1. Holy Ghost (feat. Joe Fox)
    2. Canal St. (feat. Bones)
    3. Fine Whine (feat. Joe Fox, Future, M.I.A.)
    4. L$D
    5. Excuse Me
    6. JD
    7. Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)
    8. Electric Body (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
    9. Jukebox Joints (feat. Joe Fox, Kanye West)
    10. Max B (feat. Joe Fox)


    LP 2
    1. Pharsyde (feat. Joe Fox)
    2. Wavybone (feat. Juicy J, UGK)
    3. West Side Highway (feat. James Fauntleroy)
    4. Better Things
    5. M'$ (feat. Lil Wayne)
    6. Dreams (Interlude)
    7. Everyday (feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel, Mark Ronson)
    8. Back Home (feat. Mos Def, Acyde, Yams)

    A$AP Rocky
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  • The Ecstatic The Ecstatic Quick View

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    The Ecstatic

    The Ecstatic is the 2009 fourth studio album by American rapper Mos Def. After venturing further away from hip hop with an acting career and two poorly received albums, Mos Def signed with Downtown Records and recorded The Ecstatic primarily at the Record Plant in Los Angeles. He worked with producers such as Preservation, Mr. Flash, Oh No, and Madlib, the latter two of whom reused instrumentals they had produced on Stones Throw Records. Singer Georgia Anne Muldrow, formerly of the record label, was one of the album's few guest vocalists, along with rappers Slick Rick and Talib Kweli. The front cover features a still from Charles Burnett's 1978 film Killer of Sheep.


    The Ecstatic was described by music journalists as a conscious and alternative hip hop record with an eccentric, internationalist quality. Mos Def's raps about global politics, love, spirituality, and social conditions were informed by the zeitgeist of the late 2000s, Black internationalism, and Pan-Islamic ideas, as he incorporated a number of Islamic references throughout the album. Its loosely structured, lightly reverbed songs used unconventional time signatures and samples taken from a variety of international musical styles, including Afrobeat, soul, Eurodance, jazz, reggae, Latin, and Middle Eastern music. Mos Def titled The Ecstatic after one of his favorite novels-the 2002 Victor LaValle book of the same name-believing its titular phrase evoked his singular creative vision for the album.

    LP 1
    1. Supermagic
    2. Twilite Speedball
    3. Auditorium (feat. The Ruler)
    4. Wahid
    5. Priority
    6. Quiet Dog Bite Hard
    7. Life In Marvelous Times
    8. The Embassy


    LP 2
    1. No Hay Nada Mas
    2. Pistola
    3. Pretty Dancer

    4. Workers Comp.
    5. Revelations
    6. Roses
    7. History (feat. Kweli)
    8. Casa Bey

    Mos Def
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  • Brothers Brothers Quick View

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    Brothers

    W/ CD version of the album included.


    The maturation of the Black Keys as record makers and performers has been both subtle and startling. With their 2008 Nonesuch release Attack & Release, the fifth album of their eight-year career which doubled the sales of their previous album and Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney illustrated the durability of their few-frills sound, a mysterious and heavy brew of '70s-vintage rock, classic R&B and timeless, downhearted blues. Producer and pal Danger Mouse, their first outside collaborator, didn't try to reinvent their sound but further isolated its essence with the help of a few carefully chosen guest players and some retro-modern electronic gear. It didn't need to get slicker to get better, or, as the Boston Globe put it, Attack & Release proves that cleaning up the boys still won't stop them from tracking mud all over the house.


    Danger Mouse returned to co-produce Tighten Up on Brothers, but for the most part, the duo was on its own, spending ten days at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama and coming up with the an even more intensely focused, deeply soulful set that includes a cover of Jerry Butler's Never Gonna Give You Up. The performances are inventive and impassioned: Auerbach extends his vocal range to falsetto on lead-off track Everlasting Light and The Only One; Howlin' For You opens with a Gary Glitter-style drum riff and the chorus practically invites singing along. The tunes offer a surprising amount of lyrical candor and more than a little dark humor; the grooves alternate between ballsy swagger and bluesy rumination. The album reflects where Auerbach and Carney have been lately, most recently collaborating with a who's who of New York City MC's, including RZA, Q Tip, Mos Def and Raekwon on the 2009 BlakRocBlack Keys fan Damon Dash. They've also pursued projects on their own, Auerbach with his solo Keep It Hid album and tour, Carney with his band Drummer and its debut disc, Feels Good Together. Their maturation didn't happen just in the studio, though. Carney admits, Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we're brothers, and I think these songs reflect that. super-session organized by hip-hop impresario and


    Brothers was primarily cut in Muscle Shoals, a setting that turned out to have more in common with the Akron, Ohio factories where the Black Keys used to record. The place was desolate, the town depressed, so once again the duo slipped into a world all its own. They did additional recording at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound System in Akron and The Bunker in Brooklyn. The album was mixed by engineer Tchad Blake, a veteran of sessions with Los Lobos, Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel. Says Carney, The way he approaches mixing is the same way we approach making music. Respecting the past while being in the present..

    1. Everlasting Light
    2. Next Girl
    3. Tighten Up
    4. Howlin' For You
    5. She's Long Gone
    6. Black Mud
    7. The Only One
    8. Too Afraid To Love
    9. Ten Cent Pistol
    10. Sinister Kid
    11. The Go Getter
    12. I'm Not The One
    13. Unknown Brother
    14. Never Gonna Give You Up
    15. These Days
    The Black Keys
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  • Things Fall Apart Things Fall Apart Quick View

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    Things Fall Apart

    The fourth album by The Roots was recorded at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios and released in 1999. Considered by critics as their breakthrough, Things Fall Apart was the first album of The Roots that exceeded half a million sold units.


    Spin Magazine called the album a landmark moment for The Roots, as it 'swelled the Roots clique into a movement-style posse'. The Roots at this point employed D'Angelo on keyboards, Erykah Badu on backing vocals and rappers Mos Def, Common and Beanie Siegel also make appearances.


    The band of charismatic drummer Questlove grew into THE defining Hip Hop band - there is no other, they are simply unmatched, becoming the benchmark.

    LP1
    1. Act Won (Things Fall Apart)
    2. Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2)
    3. The Next Movement
    4. Step Into The Realm
    5. The Spark
    6. Dynamite!
    7. Without A Doubt
    8. Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New
    9. Double Trouble


    LP2
    1. Act Too (The Love Of My Life)
    2. 100% Dundee
    3. Diedre Vs. Dice
    4. Adrenaline!
    5. 3rd Acts: ? Vs. Scratch 2... Electric Boogaloo
    6. "You Got Me" (featuring Erykah Badu)
    7. Don't See Us
    8. The Return To Innocence Lost
    9. Act Fore...the End?

    Roots
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  • The College Dropout The College Dropout Quick View

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    The College Dropout

    Voted Best Album of 2004 by Rolling Stone and the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Poll!


    On the most impressive and game-changing hip-hop debut since the early 90s, Kanye West magically sledgehammers home opinions on taboo topics over beats that are equally daring. The envelope-ripping beats shouldn't come as a surprise, given that he's supplied the soundscapes to monster singles by everyone from Alicia Keys ("You Don't Know My Name") to Talib Kweli ("Get By"). In West's world, rhymes about strippers, God, college life, and urban ills co-exist tidily and never come off as parodic.


    With jaw-dropping cameos from Jay-Z, Common, Mos Def, John Legend, and the Harlem Boys Choir, College Dropout is as explosive, provocative, and complex as rap gets.

    1. Intro

    2. We Don't Care

    3. Graduation Day

    4. All Falls Down

    5. I'll Fly Away

    6. Spaceship

    7. Jesus Walks

    8. Never Let Me Down

    9. Get Em High

    10. Workout Plan

    11. The New Workout Plan

    12. Slow Jamz

    13. Breathe in Breathe Out

    14. School Spirit Skit 1

    15. School Spirit Skit 2

    16. Lil Jimmy Skit

    17. Two Words

    18. Through the Wire

    19. Family Business

    20. Last Call
    Kanye West
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  • Acousmatic Sorcery Acousmatic Sorcery Quick View

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    Acousmatic Sorcery

    Acoustmatic Sorcery is the debut album from Willis Earl Beal, to be released courtesy of XL Recordings. The albums 11 songs are taken from a series of recordings Beal made while living in Albuquerque, NM. He arrived in Albuquerque without a plan, a place, or enough money to live off and began singing warm, visceral and moving tunes to help him cope while sleeping rough. He spent days drawing and printing up flyers, distributing them all over his new city. Eventually Beal found work as the night porter at a motel. It was during the late-night shifts that the 27-year-old musician from the south side of Chicago taught himself to make music. As the Summer came to an end, Willis plotted his journey back to Chicago. While he traveled across America he continued to receive phone calls as the flyers made their own journey. One caller introduced himself as Mos Def and together they plotted to write a script based on Willis life, with Mos playing the lead. Limited edition vinyl of only 1,500 copies.
    1. Nepenenoyka
    2. Take Me Away
    3. Cosmic Queries
    4. Evenings Kiss
    5. Sambo Joe From The Rainbow
    6. Ghost Robot
    7. Swing On Low
    8. Monotony
    9. Bright Copper Noon
    10. Away My Silent Lover
    11. Angel Chorus
    Willis Earl Beal
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  • Rising Down Rising Down Quick View

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    Rising Down

    Rising Down marks the 10th album released by the legendary Roots crew. The darkly funky, politically charged release is the product of more than a year of recording and it includes a slew of complimentary guest appearances by Common, Chrisette Michele, Talib Kweli, Dice Raw, Peedi Peedi, Mos Def, Styles P and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump.

    1. Rising Down (Featuring Mos Def and Styles P)
    2. Get Busy (Featuring Peedi and Dice Raw)
    3. @ 15 - Interlude
    4. 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction
    5. Becoming Unwritten
    6. Criminal
    7. I Can't Help It
    8. Singing Man
    9. Lost Desire (Featuring Talib Kweli)
    10. The Show Must Go On (Featuring Common)
    11. Rising Up (Featuring Michelle and Wale)
    12. Birthday Girl (Featuring Patrick Stump)
    The Roots
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  • Universes Universes Quick View

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    Universes

    From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness a loose-knit, lolloping grove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Seven is a unifying force and the well of support for his endeavors runs deep, from Mos Def to Four Tet to Julio Bashmore and way beyond. As an intergalactic soul record Universes delivered on all front, admirably showcasing the breadth and depth of SDJR's productions and the honesty and humour that makes his music so instantly recognizable. Catch him in this cosmos before he jets off to another time and space.
    1. Imagination
    2. Freedom
    3. Sunday Morning
    4. Everybody Too Cool
    5. Good Vibes (featuring Julio Bashmore)
    6. Be A Man (featuring fLako)
    7. Fighters
    8. Afterlife (featuring Kutmah)
    9. No Worries
    10. Welcome Back
    Seven Davis Jr
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  • La Vie Est Belle La Vie Est Belle Quick View

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    La Vie Est Belle

    Yannick Ilunga AKA Petite Noir doesn't mince words when he outlines the message woven into his debut album La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful: STAY POSITIVE. Yannick is half-Congolese, half-Angolan and was raised in South Africa. His musical background ranges from metal to nu-disco. He's since developed into a confident, singer and songwriter with a wide palette reflecting all the cultural dimensions of his life. Earlier 2015's EP The King of Anxiety blended raw angular energy, bright African rhythms and subtle R&B into his alt guitar sound, and now La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful takes that sound to louder, more defiant places. It's what Ilunga calls Noirwave, which is more of a concept than a specific sound. Inspired by innovators like Mos Def and Kanye and legends like Fela Kuti and Tabu Ley, Noirwave encompasses a new African aesthetic, plain and simple.
    1. Intro Noirwave
    2. Best
    3. Freedom
    4. Seventeen (Stay)
    5. Just Breathe
    6. La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful ft. Baloji
    7. MDR
    8. Colour
    9. Down
    10. Inside
    11. Chess
    Petite Noir
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    IV

    Dub Trio is back with their fourth and most powerful album to date, IV, an overwhelming blend of sounds, styles and ideas that come out swinging, and hit harder than ever. Can metal coexist with dubs bass heavy rhythms? Dub Trios newest album proves that not only can such incongruities coexist, but that in the right hands they flourish!


    With IV the band succeeds dramatically at emphasizing the theories, emotions, sounds and concepts of their current musical exploration. IV finds the members playing multiple instruments, tweaking, turning and torturing knobs, cutting and chopping the audio itself, and shaping the compositions to create their own unique interpretation of dub as an art form.


    As go-to live musicians for both Mike Patton and Matisyahu, Dub Trio has also worked closely with Lady Gaga as her original showcasing band, 50 Cent and G-Unit, Mary J. Blige, Tupac, Yoko Ono, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Mobb Deep, and many more.

    1. En Passant
    2. Noise
    3. Swarm
    4. Control Issue Controlling Your Mind
    5. Ends Justify the Means
    6. Words
    7. Patient Zero
    8. 1:1.618
    9. Thousand Mile Stare
    Dub Trio
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    Black Radio

    The Robert Glasper Experiment's Blue Note Records/EMI release Black Radio is a future landmark recording that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz hip-hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag.


    The first full-length album from the Grammy-nominated keyboardist's electric Experiment band (Casey Benjamin/sax & vocoderist, Derrick Hodge/bass and Chris Dave/drummer) also features many of Glasper's famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn, KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stokley Williams and Mos Def.


    Throughout, the Experiment wears its eclecticism on its sleeve, presenting new collaborative originals and surprising cover songs. They transform the Afro-Cuban standard Afro Blue with Badu, Sade's Cherish The Day with Hathaway, David Bowie's Letter to Hermione with Bilal and Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit with Benjamin's vocoder vocal.

    1. Lift Off ft. Shafig Husayn/Mic Check
    2. Afro Blue ft. Erykah Badu
    3. Cherish the Day ft. Lalah Hathaway
    4. Always Shine ft. Lupe Fiasco and Bilal
    5. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) ft. Ledisi
    6. Move Love ft. KING
    7. Ah Yeah ft. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele
    8. The Consequences of Jealousy ft. Meshell Ndegeocello
    9. Why Do We Try ft. Stokely Williams
    10. Black Radio ft. Mos Def
    11. Letter to Hermione ft. Bilal
    12. Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Robert Glasper Experiment
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  • Slo Light Slo Light Quick View

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    Slo Light

    'Davidge's ability to seamlessly blend a variety of music styles spiced with
    his signature sounds and moods is truly a future of cinematic scores'
    - Lithium Magazine


    Slo Light' is the stunning debut album by Davidge, AKA award-winning
    producer/musician Neil Davidge, renowned previously for his production,
    co-writing and sonic-sculpting of music for Massive Attack, David Bowie,
    Snoop Dog, Damon Albarn, Primal Scream, Elizabeth Fraser and Mos Def,
    plus the hugely successful Halo 4 game score and soundtrack.


    An album deeply-schooled in Bristol beats, electronica, soundtracks,
    orchestral music and more, 'Slo Light' creates a fantasy world in which
    tension, darkness and beauty find the perfect equilibrium. The album is
    sky-high on production value, with an unparalleled clarity and sonic depth
    typical of Davidge's unique sound.

    1. Slo Light (featuring Stephonik Youth)
    2. Gallant Foxes (featuring Cate Le Bon)
    3. How Was Your Day (featuring Karima Francis)
    4. Home From Home (featuring Low Roar)
    5. They Won't Know (featuring Stephonik Youth)
    6. That Fever featuring (Claire Tchaikowski)
    7. Riot Pictures (featuring Sandie Shaw)
    8. Zero One Zero (featuring Stephonik Youth)
    9. Sleepwalking (featuring Emi Green)
    10. Anyone Laughing (featuring Claire Tchaikowski)
    11. Forty Days In The Wilderness (featuring Patrick Duff)
    12. Slo Light Davidge vs Rob Smith's Lovas Remix *bonus
    13. Sensor Davidge vs Quadrant, Kid Hops & Iris Remix *bonus
    14. Sleepwalking Davidge vs Michael Mortlock Remix *bonus
    15. Hummingbird Instrumental*bonus
    Davidge
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  • Double Booked Double Booked Quick View

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    Double Booked

    Robert Glasper is a man of many talents. Certainly, he's both an inarguably accomplished jazz pianist and a first-rate composer. But what Glasper does best is pick drummers. With 2007's In My Element, he provided Damion Reid with a platform to record nothing less than the drum performance of the year. For this album, Glasper teams up with Chris Dave, and the results are astonishing. It's a concept album, sort of. The first half features the Trio (Glasper, Dave, and bassist Vicente Archer) on a handful of originals and a take on Thelonius Monk's Think of One. Throughout, the piano and drums intertwine with a complex integrity that sounds deceptively effortless. Then comes the Experiment: Derrick Hodge replaces Archer with an electric bass; Casey Benjamin adds saxes and vocoder; Bilal and Mos Def drop in for vocal cameos. The Experiment's five tracks differ in texture and depth from the Trio's set, but the adventurousness of the performances and the gorgeous lyricism of Dave's drumming fuse the album's halves into a single musical statement that makes for the year's best jazz album so far. --Jason Kirk
    1. No Worries
    2. Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)
    3. Downtime
    4. 59 South
    5. Think of One
    6. 4eva
    7. Butterfly
    8. Festival
    9. For You
    10. All Matter
    11. Open Mind
    Robert Glasper Experiment
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    Plastic Beach

    We rejoin the band as Murdoc the bass player is gathering musicians and collaborators to create the new album. The new Gorillaz empire is set on a strange floating island deep in the South Pacific at the furthest point from any land mass on the planet. Introducing Plastic Beach, an island made entirely of plastic, debris and the washed up remnants of humanity. Amongst the collection of historical remains and discarded rubble, Murdoc finds a book detailing the history of Man right up to the present day, except the last chapter The End of Days has been torn out, the future is missing. Time to get the band together, finish this album and have fun while the sun still shines. To complete the task, Murdoc has assembled some other musicians to join the band at Plastic Beach, these select people would join him on his floating Hellfire Club, as musicians, players and contributors in this wonky, damaged Plastic opera. Mos Def, Bobby Womack, The Horrors, Lou Reed, Little Dragon, rappers Kano and Bashy, Mark. E. Smith, Syrian orchestras, global musicians and more were subpoena-ed to collaborate on this visionary Gorillaz record.
    1. Orchestral Intro
    2. Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach
    3. White Flag
    4. Rhinestone Eyes
    5. Stylo
    6. Superfast Jellyfish
    7. Empire Ants
    8. Glitter Freeze
    9. Some Kind Of Nature
    10. On Melancholy Hill
    11. Broken
    12. Sweepstakes
    13. Plastic Beach
    14. To Binge
    15. Cloud Of Unknowing
    16. Pirate Jet
    Gorillaz
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    Parts Of Speech

    From its first track, Dessa's new full-length Parts of Speech announces itself as something different. The Doomtree veteran and inveterate wordsmith - having proved her mettle in the fields of creative non-fiction, spoken-word and hip-hop - jettisons all genre expectations on "The Man I Knew" and croons a heartbreaking lament to a disintegrating relationship at an explosively-building clip.


    From this moment on Dessa - oft-described as "Mos Def plus Dorothy Parker" for the wit and flow shown off on previous solo albums A Badly Broken Code and Castor, The Twin - proves she has truly coalesced as an artist, transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice.


    "I wanted to investigate the idea that a cohesive record isn't always made cohesive by having twelve songs that sound the same. I figured when you make a mixtape for a friend, you can get away with a range of genres and a lot of dynamic change. Why can't I approach an album like that? The sequence has to be just right, and we worked hard to nail it, but the thing that holds this record together is the sensibility of the lyrics, rather than a uniform theme."


    Track two kicks off a stunning hat-trick of the record's standout numbers. "Call Off Your Ghost" is an admittedly haunting dirge on the "struggle for grace in the wake of a long relationship." An arena-sized chorus tucked into a melancholy lullaby, "Ghost" has that unique ability to perfectly soundtrack new love or bitter breakup at the same time.


    Dessa then puts her fists up for "Warsaw." The track boasts a beat like Azealia Banks playing Pacman, which provides a background for our emcee's confident, hypnotic flow. Narrative takes a backseat to mood here, as Dessa spits impressionistic one-ups like "I sleep with both eyes open, standing up," daring you to blink first.


    "Skeleton Key" contains Parts of Speech's mission statement: "I haven't met a locked door yet." An ode to female self-reliance that doesn't waste ambiance for message, the track plays like a great, lost M. Night Shyamalan movie, calling forth an era out of time in the story of a woman, a key and a bottomless reserve of courage.


    "This record involves multiple narratives. It explores the same themes of love, loss, connection and communion as a lot of my work, but the angle and lens through which they're explored sets this album apart from my previous ones. The production techniques were new for me too - we spent a lot of time crafting a record that could include live players, Doomtree production, and sometimes a blend of the two."


    While the album is born of Dessa's artistic vision, it benefits from the collaboration of her varied friends. Parts of Speech owes much of its impact to its diverse production. Dessa got her start as a member of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree - eventually going on to help manage the group's business affairs as they launched their own label - and members Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger lend their production to several tracks.


    The players in Dessa's live ensemble all contributed to the record, as did several top-flight Minneapolis musicians working in rock, folk, and opera. She even enlisted a cellist she found on Pandora to make the gorgeously-layered foundation of penultimate track "It's Only Me."

    1. The Man I Knew
    2. Call Off Your Ghost
    3. Warsaw
    4. Skeleton Key
    5. Dear Marie
    6. I'm Going Down
    7. Fighting Fish
    8. The Lamb
    9. Beekeeper
    10. Annabelle
    11. It's Only Me
    12. Sound the Bells
    Dessa
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  • Airtight's Revenge (Out Of Stock) Airtight's Revenge (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Airtight's Revenge (Out Of Stock)

    First commercial released album since 1st Born
    Second which sold over 320k


    Bilal has been featured on countless hit records
    with artists such as Jay Z, Common, The Roots,
    Erykah Badu, J-Dilla, Beyonce, Guru (Jazzmatazz),
    The Clipse, Musiq Soulchild, The Game, Scarface,
    Jadakiss, Reflection Eternal, Jill Scott, Mos Def,
    Solange Knowles, Robert Glasper and Lil Wayne


    Full US tour dates to run from September
    through the end of the year


    Radio: Co-Sign Collective will be servicing
    College Radio and Mix-shows


    Video: A live video of Levels is up on the VTech
    site. Look for a full video for Think It Over and a
    3-part video trailer directed by Kahlil Joseph (Aloe
    Blacc, Shafiq Husayn, Vans Shoes) in October


    Grammy-nominated artist Bilal (Philadelphia, PA) returns with his third
    studio album, Airtights Revenge. A provocative genre-bending album
    that dissects love, politics and relationships, Airtights Revenge
    demonstrates the Philly-bred singers growth as an artist. Its a mix
    of Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, Blues, and experimental free music, says
    Bilal. The differences in economical social classes inspired the track
    Robots, which scrutinizes societal and governmental effects on
    people. Bilal wrote Who Are You after watching the 2007 documentary,
    Zeitgeist: The Movie. Of all religions, I drive to be human, says Bilal.
    At the end of the day, we are all one. We need to connect with the
    spiritual side of ourselves; we dont need to inflict that on others. Its
    OK to have free thought. A smooth track with a soulful sound called
    Little Ones is dedicated to his sons. My youngest son has Sickle
    Cell and my oldest son has Autism. This song is for them, stated
    Bilal. Steve McKie (Jill Scott, Estelle, Kindred, Vivian Green)
    co-produced the album with Bilal, which was recorded in Philadelphia,
    Virginia and Los Angeles. The album also features production by Nottz
    (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Drake), 88 Keys (Mos Def, Macy Gray,
    Musiq Soulchild), Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra and Tone Whitefield.

    Side 1
    1. Cake & Eat It Too
    2. Restart
    3. All Matter


    Side 2
    1. Flying
    2. Levels
    3. Little One


    Side 3
    1. Move On
    2. Robots
    3. The Dollar


    Side 4
    1. Who Are You
    2. Think It Over

    Bilal
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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