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• A TRIBE CALL QUEST - Low End Theory 2xLP [Jive]
The Low End Theory is the second album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Released on September 24, 1991 through Jive Records, the album produced three singles: "Check the Rhime," "Jazz (We've Got)," and "Scenario." he Low End Theory was one of the first records to fuse hip hop with a laid-back jazz atmosphere. Ali Shaheed Muhammad along with Q-Tip and Phife Dawg are credited with showcasing how rap was done before commercial success influenced many rappers' creativity. The album's minimalist sound is "stripped to the essentials: vocals, drums, and bass." The bass drum and vocals emphasize the downbeat on every track. Engineer Bob Power has been quoted numerous times calling the album, "The Sgt. Pepper's of hip hop" referring to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band released by The Beatles in 1967.
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA - Planet Rock: the album (180g) LP
Planet Rock: The Album is an old school hip hop album by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, released in 1986 as a collection of previous singles. The song "Planet Rock" was one of the earliest hits of the hip hop music genre and remains one of its pioneering recordings. The single's liner notes include members of Kraftwerk with the songwriting credits. In creating the track, portions of Kraftwerk's "Numbers" and "Trans-Europe Express" were interpolated (re-recorded in the studio, rather than through the use of a digital sampler), along with portions of songs by Captain Sky and Ennio Morricone. It was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #240 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and went on to become the first gold-certified vinyl 12-inch single. Slant Magazine listed the album at #84 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s"."Renegades of Funk" was covered by Rage Against the Machine on its Renegades album.
ALEC EMPIRE "The Golden Foretaste of Heaven" 2xLP [Cargo Records]
Alarm bells might go off after reading some of Alec Empire's sleevenotes. Here's a quotation from the Digital Hardcore supremo: "Oh yeah before I forget: this is an indie rock noise record... this is the music that I do in my spare time..." Great. Nothing like a disclaimer to sell a record, Al. All you Atari Teenage Riot fans might be slightly alarmed to discover the Gary Numan-meets-The Strokes tactics of opener 'New Man', but there is something quite appealing about this: Alec's vocal seems to alternate between Iggy Pop-style snarling and the awkward, anglicised intonations of Brandon Flowers. It's all highly entertaining, exuberant stuff. A right lark. Furthermore, 'If You Live Or Die' has a bit of an XTRMNTR-era Primal Scream thing going on, which again, is surprisingly charming. You get the feeling that Alec thinks this is all a bit hipper, a bit more zeitgeist than it actually is. Fusing distorted electro-noir beats with fuzzy power-pop guitars hasn't really seemed like a good idea for a while now, but if anyone should be allowed to make this sort of thing, it's Alec - it sure beats the hell out of Black Strobe
APHEX TWIN - Syro 3xLP [Warp]
Syro (pronounced /sa?ro?/; often stylised as SYRO) is a studio album by the British electronic musician Richard D James, released under the pseudonym Aphex Twin on 19 September 2014 on Warp Records. It is his sixth studio album as Aphex Twin and his first studio album release in 13 years since Drukqs (2001). The album is also his first official release as Aphex Twin since Chosen Lords (2006), a compilation of tracks from the Analord series. Recorded over a period of several years in various studios—including James' own studio in rural Scotland—Syro features 12 tracks and incorporates several subgenres of electronic music including techno, glitch, jungle and ambient.
• DALEK - Asphalt For Eden LP [Profound Lore]
Conceived in New Jersey’s then-emerging DIY scene of the late 1990s, cult hip-hop act Dälek pioneered an intriguing fusion of progressive lyrical prowess and sonic experimentation. With unique dark ambient / rhythmic noise elements, the trio was described as a mix of Public Enemy and My Bloody Valentine. Their singular sound was documented on four milestone albums released on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings imprint, alongside live actions supporting the likes of Tool and Melvins and collaborative works with artists such as Faust, before the group ceased regular activities in 2011. In the spring of 2015, mastermind MC Dälek (a.k.a. Will Brooks) revived the project with the blessing of ex-member / co-producer Oktopus. Featuring new members DJ rEk and Mike Swarmbots, Dälek presents their newest release and first proper full-length since 2009’s Gutter Tactics. A formidable display of true hip hop artistry, Asphalt for Eden is a creative peak for the forward-thinking trio and will generate renewed interest in their iconoclastic sound. Expect rigorous touring when the album drops.
DJ SHADOW - Preemptive Strike 2xLP [MO WAX! records]
DJ Shadow has made some of the most detached, moody music the electronic world has ever seen. He is the man behind Endtroducing, an album so breathtakingly original (ironic, considering the entire album is samples), so surreal, it's widely considered the finest hour of trip-hop. It took him six years for a proper follow-up album, The Private Press, but with an album like Endtroducing to wait with in the meantime, it's not so bad. So does this mean in-between 1996 and 2002, there was no Shadow to warm our hearts? In 1998 he released the ignored Preemptive Strike. Not so much ignored, as it?s not considered as an equivalent to his two albums, which is a damn shame, because it easily equals them. Preemptive Strike is a culmination, a collection of his best songs from his early career, 1991-1996. It wasn't a stopgap measure, or to insure his restless fans had something new to listen to while he was off with UNKLE or DJ Q-Bert.
FLYING LOTUS "You're Dead" LP [Warp Records]
The Southern Californian born Steven Ellison honed a sound that would come to define not only his production style but also an entire genre of artists interested in an off-kilter and overtly electronic take on instrumental hip-hop. Brand new album from this great Electronica/ IDM that mix soul, hip hop, free-jazz, funk with a perfect sound of Electronica music. The whole records bring to a great euphoria taking a certain stage, begin with an outstanding hip hop groove and end it up with a slower slow-jamz. In this This album, Flying Lotus feature Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, Captain Murphy, and Herbie Hancock! Highly Recommended and this is mend to be one of the best Electonica act in 2014
JUSTICE "Cross" 2xLP [Ed Bangers]
Here is a definite cure for those who feel their rusty knee caps need to be oiled up, to get their legs swirling back in their dancing action. An album almost in perfecto by the gonzo Parisians electro-dance duo, JUSTICE (Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay), designing best mixes into orgasmic beats in a French house.† is a digital distorted album with songs that incorporates the metal zest in various streaks of disco dance rhythms. The brilliant sounds of that thick overdrive synth with plenty of that 70's funky bass line wanking to ejaculate in the breaking parts.What makes this album a bang, is due to the brilliants of the duo composing a diverse of songs that leads out into a single signature of that modern devilish electro crossover going against the more generic and bland typical 808-style sounds of mostly todays trend of dub-step and house.
• JUSTICE - Woman 2xLP+CD [Ed bangers Records]
Over the past 10 years there have been few electronic artists more influential than Justice. The French duo comprised of Xavier De Rosnay and Gaspard Augé, who have been at the forefront of setting dance floors and festivals ablaze across the globe in what has been electronic music’s most defining decade. Back in 2007 they blended euro underground rave culture with punk rock vigor and embodied the entire attitude that drove the electro/bloghaus days that become America's formative years of its electronic music obsession. Woman is superb and in my opinion outshines their 2011 sophomore effort Audio, Video, Disco (which says a lot). Their original gritty hardcore disco-electro sound has now germinated into a more subdued yet refined version of itself. What has always made Justice’s previous releases stand out has been their injection of the past. Woman harkens back to Prince, Queen, Stevie Wonder and even Jimmy “Bo” Horne. While AVD took a more stadium rock sonic anatomy Woman calls back to the disco days just as many tracks on their debut album, Cross, did. In addition to the neo-Studio 54 vibe Woman is characterized by outstanding vocals. Most tracks supremely meld talented vocalists with uplifting cords and melodies to transport the listening into a state of euphoria.
MOBY - Beautiful 12" EP
The 5th single from one of the most important dance music figures in the 90's, MOBY. Featuring electronica house single Beautiful with also versions of mixes by famous DJ's David Guetta &Joachim Garraud, Benny Benassi, Sharam Jey & Laurent Konrad. RM 60
THE ROOTS "And then you shoot your cousin" LP [Def Jam]
Few bands can segue from a gig as a chat show's house band to dark, prog-inspired releases, but on And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, the Roots serve up a concept album of tortured stories from a collection of downtrodden and conflicted characters (the group's lead MC, Black Thought, has said the album is a satirical take on stereotypes of the "hood", and those who persevere amid numerous roadblocks to success). Whether sampling rumbling male voices on a version of Mary Lou Williams's The Devil, or leaning on the emotive power of descending minor piano chords on the single When the People Cheer, the Roots have total command of their combination of jazz-influenced hip-hop and social awareness. Black Rock and Understand explore narcotics-ridden, hard-knock life tales, contrasting sharply with the unexpected optimism that seeps into the closing track, Tomorrow.
THE ROOTS "Things Fall Apart" 2xLP - 180g [Geffen]
Things Fall Apart is the fourth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released February 23, 1999 on Geffen Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at Electric Lady Studios during 1997 to 1999, coinciding with recording for other projects of the Soulquarians collective, including D'Angelo's Voodoo (2000), Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun (2000), and Common's Like Water for Chocolate (2000). According to Spin magazine, the album is a landmark moment for The Roots and the collective, as it "swelled the Roots clique into a movement-style posse"
• LAST POETS, THE - Self Titled LP [Charly]
THE SEMINAL DEBUT FROM HIP-HOP PIONEERS ON 180 GRAM HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL IN GATEFOLD SLEEVE! Generally recognised as one of the first ever rap groups, The Last Poets' groundbreaking fusion of minimalist African beats with uncompromising lyrics dealing with life in the ghetto, civil rights and social injustice caused a major sensation when their eponymous debut album made the U.S. Top Ten album chart in 1970. The group's militant message and delivery, coupled with their support for The Black Panthers, made them highly controversial at the time leading to the group's second album, 1971's This Is Madness, being placed on Richard Nixon's Counter-Intelligence programming list. Their pioneering sound continues to influence today's funk and hip-hop scenes, with their mark being heard on countless black musicians over the years. This vinyl edition is pressed on heavyweight (180g) vinyl and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve. "An extraordinary distillation of fury and frustration. Instantly hailed as a classic, it has since been a direct influence on everything from Gil Scott-Heron's Small Talk at 125th and Lenox to Public Enemy's Fear Of A Black Planet."
• RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Evil Empire LP [Music On Vinyl]
RATM spent four years making this second album with the he. typical vocals from lead vocalist Zach de la Rocha caught halfway between Chuck D and a fanatic street preacher.The band fully execute their metal/hip-hop fusion with the typical no-nonsense energy RATM always produce.
• RUN DMC - King Of Rock LP [MOV]
"I'm the king of rock, there is none higher," insists D.M.C. at the beginning of the title cut, adding, "Sucker emcees should call me Sire!" It's an outrageous boast, even given the usual braggadocio of rap artists, but for all its audacity, it's a rhyme that's damned hard to refute. There may be better rappers around than Run and D.M.C., but together with Jam Master Jay they make the freshest team you're likely to hear, and in hip-hop circles, fresh is the compliment that counts. "King of Rock" takes the idea to the limit, letting Run-D.M.C. crunch and pop like a sort of hip-hop Black Sabbath. It's a real breakthrough, because by demonstrating that both rap and heavy metal run on the same primal energy, Run-D.M.C. makes an important point: The difference between one fan's music and another's is not nearly as great as radio or MTV might suggest. Whether or not Run and D.M.C. will extend their reign outside of their current following remains to be seen, but King of Rock shows that these guys are no mere pretenders to the throne. - Rolling Stones"