Clutchy and Fatty….High desert crunch meets city life punch for this collaborative project in sound. Instrumental elements of soul, jazz, hip-hop, rock and more resonate throughout the record. Acoustic and electric instrumentation set the tone and in their individual stlyes; Clutchy and Fatty navigate your journey through psych folk caverns of cactus dust to bloodshot rust-covered marine layer funk. It is distinctive, original and fresh, paying homage to the past, present and future. Visionary folk funk.
Black Milk and Nat Turner return with Sunday Outtakes, a 7″ vinyl release consisting of 5 tracks created during a week-long jam session – the same jam session that produced the acclaimed instrumental album The Rebellion Sessions.
Ever order a kale salad and discover a neckbone in it? That’s funk. Ever written a love letter on a chicken grease-stained napkin? That’s funk. The Du-Rites are without a doubt the soundtrack to both of those situations, but by definition, The Du-Rites are a duo of New York based multi-instrumentalists comprised of Pablo Martin (guitar, bass, synthesizer) and J-Zone (drums, organ, bass, turntables, percussion instruments). Funk comes from so many places that it’s hard to visit them all, but the duo manages to do just that on their self-titled (and almost wholly instrumental) debut LP. From the greasy, lo-fi and syncopated grooves of the late ’60s to ’70s cop show funk to the slick stomp of the early ’80s, The Du-Rites have membership at both the rib shack and the discotheque.
After repeatedly being visited by a strange messenger in his dreams while on tour in the islands of Greece, Toby Pazner became consumed with a vision to tell the stories of The Olympians through music. Chosen by the gods as a messenger for not only his musical gifts, but for his unique position at the center of the Daptone family, Toby built a home studio from scratch and employed some of the top soul musicians in the world to help him breathe life into this album. The result is a dramatic and cinematic journey to the outer limits of instrumental soul music, built on a foundation laid by the same craftsmen whose bricks built the legacies of Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, The Budos Band, and Menahan Street Band, and painted with lush strings, harpsichord, harp, and horns. The Olympians is destined to be the instrumental gem of the year.
Back in stock after being sold out for several months, this beautiful red vinyl is ready to ship. If you don’t already know, this album is a live interpretation by El Michels Affair playing live instrumentals of Wu-Tang Clan beats. It’s an item that continually sells because it’s so good! Get your copy on wax now if you don’t already own this must have.
CD also available.
We ran out of our initial stock with the quickness and it’s been out for months, but lucky you – it’s back in stock now! Brooklyn’s Breakdown Brass have returned with a monstrous cover of the Rick James classic “Mary Jane”, a follow-up to their smash debut 45 “Monmouth b/w Next Episode” (Kept Records). The track blends their trademark heavy sound with the strolling soul vibe of the original. B-side “The Horseman” blends heavy Afro-Funk vibes with the sizzle of Balkan brass-band music, featuring razor-sharp horn licks and a powerful sousaphone bassline.
Black Milk, one of the most prodigious and versatile talents in the world of hip-hop, returns alongside his band Nat Turner with a live instrumental LP, The Rebellion Sessions, a jazz-funk opus recorded over the span of one week. The album, at times recalling the works of Fela Kuti, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Sly & The Family Stone, D’Angelo, and Robert Glasper, builds off Black Milk and Nat Turner’s incredible live show.
Vinyl LP available for pre-order.
Long awaited debut “55” is finally being released on Brooklyn’s own Big Crown Records. 55 is a journey through re-interpolations and covers with an updated approach, pushing Steel Pan music to uncharted territory. From the smoothed out Reggae cover of John Holt’s “Police In Helicopter” to the DJ sure shot cover of Faith Evan’s “Love Like This” BRSB’s 55 is reinvigorating tunes both well-known and helping to shed some light on tunes still largely undiscovered. If the 45s that have already come out on Mocambo, Plane Jane, and Truth & Soul are an indication, this full length is going to be a staple to both casual listeners and DJs alike.
CD also shipping.
Orchestrated and produced by Black Milk, The Rebellion Sessions (live instrumental LP) features Nat Turner (Aaron “Ab” Abernathy on keys, Malik Hunter on bass, and Zebulun “Z” Horton on drums). Although the guys have appeared on Black’s previous works, The Rebellion Sessions is the first project created by the four as a collaborative unit.
CD also shipping.
Shipping this Monday! Only 500 copies made. “Funky” is just that – an instrumental driven by growling guitars, dirty Moog melodies, Meters-inspired live drumming and an 8-bar break that lives up to the title. The b-side/vocal cut, “Go Back To Sellin’ Weed,” attacks rap squeegeemen aggressively selling rap CD-R demos in the street and celebrities on the other end of the income spectrum abusing Kickstarter. With cameos from Prince Paul and J-Zone sidekick/antagonist, Chief Chinchilla, the pitiful cheapening of hip-hop is addressed with the trademark humor the three rap misfits are known for.