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Apollo Brown: Thirty Eight

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Summary

"Thirty Eight sounds like Detroit transitioning from Heroin to Crack in the late 70s and early 80s."

Apollo Brown's Thirty Eight is a contemporary throwback, inhabiting the realm of reverent reinvention and innovation. It deftly bridges the gap between '70s Blaxploitation soundtracks (e.g. Curtis Mayfield or Marvin Gaye) and the hip-hop records that sampled from them.

The tracks on Thirty Eight are presented in gritty, heavily saturated Technicolor, the scratches and cigarette burns as purposeful as they are happily accidental. These are suites sounding from long barrels held by lone men lurking in grimy project hallways. Tinged with revenge and regret, shrouded in thick tendrils of hollow-point smoke, the songs have all the makings of an epic gangster tragedy. They're also great when paired with anything Raymond Chandler.

Crackle and sample hiss run like electric current throughout, charging the record with a retro feel and resonant warmth. Yet these qualities are only secondary to Brown's impeccable ear for instrumentation. Thirty Eight is full of funk, soul, jazz, blues, hip-hop, and everything in between. The bluesy guitar twang of slow-burner "Black Suits" and the lush, orchestral strings of "The Warning" are just two examples of the depth and diversity Brown brings to the table.

All singing on the album comes in the form of brief samples, some high-pitched and sped up, others left untouched. Taken together, they amount to glimpses of an emotionally affecting narrative, enabling the listener to fill in the plot and words between the booms and baps.

Brown enlists New York mercenary Roc Marciano for the soundtrack's two features. With the sharpest of eyes and the frostbitten wit of a Polo clad hustler slanging in the dead of winter, Marciano delivers his best verses in recent memory, his vivid narratives perfectly suited for Brown's soulful production.

Each CD comes packaged with 5" inch vinyl featuring the aforementioned Roc Marciano tracks. Quite possibly the first time a CD and 5" inch record have ever been sold together, cop yours before they're gone. For fans who desire the full analog experience, we've pressed up 180-gram vinyl. Each vinyl copy also includes a 45 featuring two bonus instrumentals.

Whether you buy a physical copy or download Thirty Eight digitally, don't call it a beat tape. With this project Brown has created an expansive cinematic composition for the theatre of your mind. Listen, envision, and enjoy the show.

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1. Thirty Eight (Intro)
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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2. Cellophane
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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3. Learn The Meaning
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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4. Shotguns In Hell
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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5. Dirt On The Ground
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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6. The Warning
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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7. Cleo's Apartment
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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8. Sweet Revival
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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9. Life Is A Wheel
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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10. Black Suits
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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11. Never Disappear
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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12. The Laughter Faded
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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13. All You Know
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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14. Strange Things
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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15. Heaven At Last
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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16. Lonely & Cold
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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17. A Wise Man's Woman
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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18. Felonious
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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19. Weight In Gold
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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20. The Answer
Producers: Apollo Brown
instrumental 
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Bonus 5" Vinyl Single:
instrumental 
 
1. Shotguns In Hell
featuring Roc Marciano
Producers: Apollo Brown
 
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2. Lonely and Cold
featuring Roc Marciano
Producers: Apollo Brown
 
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Total Comments: 11
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/7/2014 7:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 75.248.226)
Location: CALGARY, ALBERTA. CANADA.
Comment: Heavy funk/dreamy like soundscapes, Barry White with a "kick". I respect it, I like it, but I don't love it as much as previous work.. I think I had too high of expectations for this one.
Name: (Posted: 5/27/2014 1:21:00 PM; Partial IP: 183.26.166)
Location: T Dot
Comment: The 5" in this release does not require any adapter, unless he was talking bout something else.. Maybe the speed was on the wrong setting. Nice set here though, quite enjoying it!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/21/2014 7:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 51.189.209)
Location: Nantes
Comment: Incredible instrumental collection. Apollo makes the greatest beats, the bonus cut with Roc Marci is dope too.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/19/2014 8:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 87.118.169)
Location: sacramento
Comment: In previous reviews I mentioned I wanted Apollo to experiment because he was too one dimensional. I take that back, don't experiment. Go back to what you're good at. Same old boring repetitious BS that makes you wish that there was an MC. When I listen to instrumentals, that's the last thing I should be saying. Track 9 (life is a wheel) is cool though
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/16/2014 8:46:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.187.181)
Location: Barry & Spaulding
Comment: Extremely dope! Apollo Brown is a rare breed. Everything he puts out is AMAZING!! If I was ah MC I would do a mixtape to these instros. I don't even be copping instrumentals albums but I had to cop this album and I own Skill Trade and Clouds on CD. Salute Apollo Brown.
Name: (Posted: 5/14/2014 10:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 190.129.43)
Location: dover, de
Comment: I tried playing it but it didn't work right..do I need to put something under the record? I tried putting a regular size record under it to play it and it does play but I'm not sure if I doing it correctly.
Name: (Posted: 4/8/2014 9:24:00 AM; Partial IP: .1.168.146)
Location: Seoul
Comment: That track they released is FIRE. The fact that they bundled vinyl with the CD is pretty weak though. They know the vinyl heads will order the CD just to get the 5". I'll just end up copping the 5" on discogs. I'm sure people will be selling it separately.
Name: (Posted: 4/1/2014 4:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 24.108.189)
Location: NC
Comment: Lookin forward to this and the leaks sound good, but they can keep that 5" and take 5 off the price.
Name: (Posted: 4/1/2014 2:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 183.26.166)
Location: T Dot
Comment: Actually this in not the first time a CD and 5" have been included together as the tagline states, Headnodic red line radio included one as well.. should be dope anyway!
Name: (Posted: 3/30/2014 4:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 75.248.226)
Location: CALGARY, ALBERTA. CANADA.
Comment: I'm still loving clouds, Apollo and L'Orange are instrumental kings.. Excited for this release..
Name: (Posted: 3/30/2014 9:36:00 AM; Partial IP: .53.117.84)
Location: Ontario,Can.
Comment: At last another instrumental!
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