Entries tagged with: Madlib
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
by Ian Chainey
Madlib, Blu, M.E.D.
Los Angeles rapper Blu will be setting out on the Bad Neighbor Tour with frequent collaborator M.E.D. later this summer. Most dates are still pending announcement, but a few have been revealed including a number of California engagements and New York's S.O.B.'s on August 19. Tickets for that show are available now, as are tables. All currently known dates are listed below.
Blu recently released the Bombay-produced LP Good to Be Home, which features guest spots from Prodigy, Oh No, Alchemist, and Evidence, among many others. The double disc produced the single "The West" which you can hear below. Blu and M.E.D. also have released a new video for "Peroxide" from last year's The Buzz EP, which features Madlib beats and Dam-Funk's g-ness. Consider it a warm-up for the Bad Neighbor LP, which will reprise the Blu/M.E.D./Madlib connection later this year.
List of known dates, with "The West" and the video for "Peroxide," below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
Freddie Gibbs at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have teamed up multiple times in the past, and now they're planning on releasing a full length collaborative album, Piñata, on March 18 via Madlib's Madlib Invazion label. The album is set to feature guest spots from Danny Brown, Raekown, Scarface, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid and Odd Future's Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt, the latter two of which both appear on the newest single, "Robes." You can stream that, along with five other singles, below.
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs have also announced a short tour together, which brings them to NYC on March 22 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale today (1/31) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cali rapper Blu was supposed to release NoYork! through Warner back in 2011 but he was dropped from the label and "unofficial" releases began circling the web instead. Now he's finally set to give the album a proper birth on March 26 of this year. NoYork! is helmed by an all-star cast of producers -- Flying Lotus, Madlib, Daedelus, Samiyam, Exile, Knxwledge, Shafiq Husayn, and Dibia$e -- and features a ton of great guest spots as well -- Edan, U-God (Wu-Tang), Pac Div, J*Davey, Tiron & Ayomari, and more. You can pre-order the album at Nature Sounds (which comes with an immediate free download) and stream some of its tracks below.
Blu and Madlib also teamed up with MED for another collaborative release, The Burgundy EP, which came out today (2/19) and can be purchased at the Stones Throw Webstore. Each track is produced by Madlib, except "This Is Your Life," which was done by Madlib collaborator Georgia Anne Muldrow. You can stream the opening track "Burgundy Whip" below.
Blu will also be going on a short tour this April with Tiron & Ayomari (who appear on NoYork!), as Potholes In My Blog reports. The tour kicks off in NYC on April 10 at Public Assembly. No advance tickets for this show yet, but you can check ticketweb for updates.
A list of all dates and those song streams below
by Andrew Sacher
Captain Murphy aka Flying Lotus
If you aren't already familiar with new rapper Captain Murphy, who first appeared on the Adult Swim single, "Between Friends" with Flying Lotus and Earl Sweatshirt, he had been keeping his identity concealed but many rumors circulated that Captain Murphy was the rapper alter ego of FlyLo himself, or a member of Odd Future. He released his impressive debut mixtape, Duality, as one long audio file in a video (which you can watch below) but has since released a deluxe edition with the tracks separated and bonus material, which you can download for free HERE. Most of the mixtape was produced by Flying Lotus and also included production from Brainfeeder producers Jeremiah Jae, Samiyam, and Teebs, plus hip hop production greats Madlib and Just Blaze, and a beat by upcoming duo TNGHT. The full tracklist is below.
If you've been following along with all the Captain Murphy insanity, you may know that he made his live debut last night (11/28) in LA at The Airliner. And as you can see in the picture above from the show, Captain Murphy is in fact Flying Lotus (via Complex). FlyLo has since taken to twitter to comment on the identity revealing.
Mixtape video and tracklist below...
Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins (aka Declaime) hit the road tomorrow for a string of tour dates with DJ Romes (Lootpack) that will carry them along the Northeast of the US and into Canada. The real-life couple will be performing some of their Madlib-produced jams at select cities for the next six days, including on March 26th at SOB's. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale.
Georgia Anne Muldrow's new-and-entirely-Madlib-produced LP Seeds is a record that definitely sounds like a throwback to the early 70s by toiling in the epic string-laden soul from the era. I was a fan of their previous output where GAM handled a bunch of the instrumentation; these tracks produced by Madlib are impressive too, but in a much different light. You can listen to some songs, including the title track in video form (also available on 7"), along with a few other tracks including a bunch of 2pac remixes, with their tour dates below.
by Andrew Frisicano
"I'm in NYC smoke sumn'" - Freddie Gibbs
Stones Throw producer Madlib is headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg with a DJ set on Wednesday, January 18th. Also on the bill for that show, which is now sold out, are J Rocc and Freddie Gibbs. The beat-maker is also at Princeton, NJ's Terrace Club tonight with Shigeto and Dabrye. And he's in Toronto on Jan 19 (also sold out, it seems).
On MLK Day, his label wrote that: Brooklyn, 1/16/12, 1:30 PM EST, Free medicine: There's a complete set of Madlib Medicine Show (#1-13) in the Metro box on 5th Ave & Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn. Did anyone grab it?
No word on Madvillain 2, but Madlib will be producing the new album from singer Georgia Anne Muldrow, due out March 27th. The title track of that is posted below.
Stones Throw also just released a new video for the song "Thuggin," off the Freddie Gibbs/Madlib Thuggin' EP. It's below...
by Andrew Sacher
Friends of Friends labelmates and fellow LA-ians Salva and Shlohmo are teaming up for a European tour this February, but before they head overseas, they'll stop in NYC for a show at Glasslands on January 28 with a DJ set by CREEP, who also DJS Cameo on Friday (1/13) with School of Seven Bells (DJ) and Rewards (DJ). Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now.
Salva released his most recent LP, Complex Housing, last year (buy it at eMusic), packed with bass, up-shifted vocals, and a glitchy LA hip hop feel. Grab the album's single, "Wake Ups," above, and stream it below. He also just made a mix for FADER which you can download HERE.
Shlohmo also released an LP last year titled Bad Vibes, which you can also buy at eMusic, and he's following it with the Vacation EP, due out February 7 via Friends of Friends. Shlohmo opts for a more downtempo feel than Salva, and the lead track off Vacation, "wen uuu," which you can stream below, is an excellent example of that. The track is similar to other recent Burial disciples, with the ambient watery feel of Balam Acab and the rhythmic play of Mount Kimbie. A remix EP will be released on March 1 featuring remixes from Salva, Nicolas Jaar (who plays MHOW in February), and more TBA. Vaction album art below.
Speaking of electronic shows at Glasslands by artists whose names begin with "S" ("sh" even), Shigeto will play the Brooklyn venue on Saturday (1/14) with Krystal Klear and Nooka Jones. Tickets are on sale now. He's also got a new release on the way, titled Lineage, coming out January 31 via Ghostly. He just released a second track from it, "Huron River Drive," a jazzy passage of clap snares and keyboard noodling. Download that and the equally vibe-y title track above, and stream both below. The album art and tracklist are also below.
The Glasslands show is one of few currently scheduled dates for Shigeto, including one at Princeton, NJ's Terrace Club three days later (1/17) with Dabrye and Madlib, who plays MHOW one day later (1/18) with JRocc and Freddie Gibbs.
All dates, streams, and more below...
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
"Celebrating its 15th anniversary this month, Stones Throw is a Masada for those who never sold their turntables. There's an unspoken compact between the label and those who love what Madlib called "the old music." Collectors. Romantics. Sentimentalists.Stones Throw is celebrating their 15th anniversary at the Exchange in LA on 12/22.
"Our releases have always been whatever and whoever I've liked, whatever makes me excited at the time," says Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw's founder and resident Wonka. Wearing a gray porkpie hat and T-shirt, the San Jose-born Chris Manak looks a decade younger than his 42 years. "It's all outsider music."
In the upstairs offices -- made up of four large rooms and a small studio -- a pencil sketch of Manak's late musical partner, Charizma, is framed above his desk. It starts a mini Stones Throw wall of fame, including the label's most iconic artists, the late J Dilla, Madlib and MF Doom. To a generation of underground rap fans, the trio might well be Mount Rushmore, a holy trinity that has accounted for six of its seven top-selling records in the United States: Madvillain's Madvillainy; J Dilla's Donuts and Ruff Draft; Jaylib's Champion Sound; and (Madlib alias) Quasimoto's The Unseen and The Further Adventures of Lord Quas. (The seventh is Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement.) Madvillainy, the top seller, has moved just north of 150,000 copies." [LA Weekly]
Madlib isn't currently on the bill, but he just played an LA show at the Echoplex on Saturday night (12/10). A few weeks earlier Madlib played a show in San Francisco with Freddie Gibbs who he just released a collaborative EP with. Listen to "Thuggin'" below. Stay tuned for a full album in 2012.
UPDATE: JRocc and Freddie Gibbs are also playing the Brooklyn show.
Stones Throw signee The Stepkids play Knitting Factory in Brooklyn four days earlier. Tickets are on sale. All Stepkids dates are listed below...
Mos Def at House of Blues Chicago w/ Black Star on 9/23 (more by Zach Pollack)
Back on 9/28, just five days after Black Star played two shows in Chicago, Talib Kweli tweeted that "Due to irreconcilable differences with Live Nation, Black Star will not be performing in Atlanta tonight." He then said the show WAS happening, and then again that it wasn't. On 9/30 he said, "Regarding Black Star cancellations, I am just as frustrated as I can imagine many are. If it was my decision it would not go down like this. It is not my decision however, and its frustrating especially since I'm the one who gets to break the bad news and deal with the responses. Either way, some dates are cancelled, some arent and we are trying to book shows on our own to replace the cancelled ones." Then yesterday was his birthday. Then he pointed out that "we debuting new Black Star/Madlib on Colbert Report Oct 5th." October 5th is also the day they were scheduled to play Irving Plaza in NYC, which, as you can see from Ticketmaster, is also cancelled. According to a statement someone issued, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the remainder of the Black Star tour has been cancelled." Bummer.
Both Talib Kweli and Mos Def, though not as Black Star, are still scheduled to play the Restoration Rocks event on October 8th though.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Blu - "Amnesia" (MP3)
Jazzy West Coast rapper Blu plays Public Assembly on September 23 with Ari Why & The Invisible College and Voli. Blu released the Amnesia EP earlier this year, which included the track of the same name. You can download that track above and watch the video below. He is set to release his major label debut LP, NoYork! at some point this year, though no official date has been set yet. The album features production by frequent collaborator Exile, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Madlib, and Daedelus and guest vocals by J*Davey, Edan, and others. Blu & Exile also play Rock the Bells in NYC this weekend with Fashawn.
Sean Price will also play the Brooklyn venue on September 30 with Natural Elements, Maffew Ragazino, Rasheed Chappell, Johnny 3 Rounds, Stark the Dutch, Zeps, and Ugly Brains. The flier for this show is below. Sean Price will also be at Rock the Bells this weekend as part of the supergroup Random Axe with Black Milk and Guilty Simpson.
Video and show flier below...
Black Milk at SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)
BrooklynVegan is proud to announce the release party for one of 2010's most highly anticipated underground hip hop albums, Black Milk's Album of The Year. Brooklyn's Southpaw will be the venue and September 14th is the date (also the album's release date). The show will feature appearances from the man himself along with Sean Price, Elzhi of Slum Village, and Guilty Simpson among other special guests still to be announced. Tickets are on sale.
UPDATE: DJ Spinna, who is also spinning the Michael Jackson birthday party in Prospect Park this Sunday, has been added to the Southpaw show.
Individually, Sean Price, Black Milk, and Guilty Simpson is an incredible lineup, but in addition, the threesome combine to form Random Axe. Ramdom Axe have completed an LP that, according to a recent interview, will see a release in "October/November". Keep on the look out for that one.
Elzhi is 1/2 of the current Slum Village, who recently released their new album Villa Manifesto via E1 Music, the first since the passing of Slum Village founding member Baatin and ex-SV member J.Dilla. Elzhi released his (almost entirely) Black Milk-produced solo album The Preface in 2008.
The rest of Random Axe has been busy with their own projects, as well. Sean Price released the Kimbo Price mixtape in the tail end of last year, and is prepping to release Mic Tyson on Duck Down. Guilty Simpson's new LP, um, OJ Simpson hit stores in middle May via Stones Throw. The LP features production by Madlib on all tracks.
Some video, including the recently released Black Milk clip "Deadly Medley" is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Guilty Simpson & Bumps - Drums (MP3)
A new Madvillain track, "Papermill," is online to stream and download. The Madlib's wirey '70s cop chase sample and top-form wordplay from DOOM are both good signs that the pair is putting in some serious effort to follow-up 2004's Madvillainy. The label writes that the song will be on the new album, which is still a work in progress.
The song is online as part of the Adult Swim singles series, which has been distributing tracks weekly. Madvillian was the second song, and there's already one from Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney. On the way is music from Black Lips, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike, High on Fire, Cults and Washed Out.
To measure just how long the new Madvillain is taking in Madlib-years (remember, he already put out his own part 2 of their debut), consider the fact that Stones Throw gave the beatmaker his own label imprint, Madlib Invazion, in early '10, and that's now in the process of releasing one Madlib CD a month for 12 months. The most recent edition, Madlib Medicine Show #5: History Of The Loop Digga, 1990-2000, collects "Madlib's previously unreleased, made-for-cassette 90s work" under the Loop Digga name (and comes with a comic book to boot).
Madlib's "OJ Simpson" collaborator Guilty Simpson recently released a track with Bumps, the beatmaking trio of Tortoise drummers John McEntire, John Herndon and Dan Bitney. You can get that above. The OJ Simpson album is out now on Stones Throw.
All Tortoise dates and some classic Madvillain videos are below...
DOWNLOAD: Kidz In The Hall - "We Gone" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime - "Get Up" feat Prince Po, yU & DJ Clear (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime - "Get Up" GoGo Remix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime - "Endure" feat M.E.D. and Rapper Big Pooh (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime - "Endure" EthNick Remix (MP3)
the happy (& prolific) couple: Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins with their son
You may know Dudley Perkins by his nom de guerre, Declaime. The Madlib collaborator has released quite a few LPs under both of his pseudonyms as well as with Georgia Anne Muldrow aka Patti Blingh. The duo crafts some serious California FONK, and will unleash said booty-shakers upon SOB's in NYC on Feb 28th and at Fat Beats for an in-store earlier that day. Tickets are on sale for SOBs. The pair recently dropped the vinyl/iTunes only Heaven or Hell and will release the SomeOthaShip LP via Mello Music (digital 2/16, physical 2/23). Dig on "Endure" from the EP, and "Get Up" from the LP above.
Royce the 5'9 has recently been making moves with Slaughterhouse, the hip hop "supergroup" featuring Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, and Joe Budden. Both Royce 5'9 and Crooked I are scheduled to perform at SOBs on March 9th, but no word on if the NYC/NJ based half of Slaughterhouse (Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden) will make an appearance. Tickets are on sale
Kidz In The Hall's new LP Land of Make Believe lands on Duck Down Records on March 9th, and the duo will hit the road for a pair of dates with 88 Keys, Izza Kizza and Doonis including Highline Ballroom on 2/28 and Ram's Head in Baltimore on 3/4. Tickets for Highline are on sale.
Some videos (including KITH's "Jokebox" and "We Gone") and all tour dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix) MP3
DOWNLOAD: Dam-Funk - Toeachizown (MP3)
Stones Throw's Dam-Funk will be headlining a free show tonight (10/27) at Brooklyn Bowl presented by Fader to celebrate his new record and appearance on the cover of the mag. Also on the bill are Cubic Zirconia and DJ sets from Duane Harriott & Master Khan, Snack N Cmish and special guests. It's the first in a new monthly series, dubbed Fader Bowl, from the mag.
Dam's 2xCD Toeachizown came out earlier this week (on 10/20) through the Stones Throw label, which also has a 5 LP version of the record scheduled for a Dec-Jan release (because of production issues). You can catch the album's instrumental title track, loaded with gorgeous retro synths, above.
In addition to his new Reflection Eternal material with DJ Hi-Tek and Black Star shows with Mos Def, Talib also guests on the new Madlib-produced record by Strong Arm Steady (ex-Death Row-ers Krondon, Phil Da Agony and Mitchy Slick) called Stoney Jackson (release date TBA on Stones Throw) (also with guest spots by Guilty Simpson, Little Brother's Phonte, Planet Asia and "a host of underground Los Angeles's emerging rap talent"). Talib gets the first verse on the first single, up for free on iTunes. Maybe that has something to with Talib's Blacksmith label set up to release Strong Arm Steady's debut Arms & Hammers in 2010. The release was delayed when Warner split with Blacksmith in '08. There's also a Dam-Funk mixtape at the iTunes link.
A flyer for the Fader show, a Dam-Funk interview, two Strong Arm Steady/Madlib tracks (definitely harder-sounding than Madlib's usual work) and a Reflection Eternal video are below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Guilty Simpson & Madlib - "Coroner's Music" (MP3)
'Coroner's Music' off O.J. Simpson
Before we go any further, no, Mr. Bloody Glove has not released a solo record. Yet. (More on that below). BUT, Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz is prepping his. Vinnie Paz recently dropped the early-Wu-tastic single "Drag You To Hell" which is currently streamable here and available via iTunes here. The track comes from his upcoming solo LP The Assassin's Creed, which features appearances from Beanie Sigel, Clipse, and Freeway as well as production by Madlib, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Da Beatminerz, and 4th Disciple (Wu-Tang) among others.
Jedi Mind Tricks will hit the road in mid August for a west-midwest-east tour with Esoteric (of 7L & Esoteric) and Reef the Lost Cauze that includes an NYC show at Highline Ballroom on 9/13 and a show on L.I. at Crazy Donkey the night before. Tickets for Highline are on sale.
Speaking of Madlib, the Beat Konducta has announced his collaboration with Guilty Simpson for an album named, er, OJ Simpson (Madlib's real name is Otis Jackson). The new track "Coroner's Music" (available above) comes from an LP due on the mighty Stones Throw this fall (and a 12" that is out now), and features Strong Arm Steady, Elzhi (of the recently reunited Slum Village who played Rock the Bells at Jones Beach on July 19th), as well as cuts from the great J.Rocc.
Speaking of Rock the Bells (and Wu-Tang),
Between the end of Wu's set and the beginning of Slaughterhouse's, Method Man and Joe Budden were seen walking together in the parking lot. The two took their time quashing the beef.Ghostface, Redman & Method Man play Nokia Theatre in NYC on July 30th.
When Slaughterhouse, which also includes Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, took the stage, they publicly announced the end of the short-term feud.
"It will never be a beef with Wu-Tang clan," Royce said. He then revealed the convo between Meth and Budden, saying the situation was "squashed." [MTV]
Annnnnd while we're on the subject, Evidence (who performed At Jones Beach with The Alchemist as Step Brothers) will hit the road this coming fall with Brother Ali, BK One and Toki Wright for a US tour in celebration of Brother Ali's new LP on Rhymesayers, US. Evidence recently signed with Rhymesayers, and will release Cats & Dogs via the label in 2010. The Alchemist's new album, Chemical Warfare, is out NOW and features appearances from Kool G Rap, Eminem, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep - recorded before he hit the lock-up I'm assuming) and many others.
The NYC Brother Ali date is November 7th at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the whole tour are now on presale. All dates below.
Stones Throw badass Peanut Butter Wolf is scheduled to perform at All Points West this weekend (July 31 - Aug 2). Jay-Z, KOOL Keith, Q-Tip, Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Cool Kids and others will also be part of the Jersey City festivities.
Esoteric of 7L & Esoteric will release his solo debut Saving Seamus Ryan on 9/22 featuring appearances by Masta Ace and DJ Premier.
Video of Step Brothers @ Rock The Bells, as well as all tour dates are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Lee Fields & the Expressions - Ladies (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lee Fields & the Expressions - Love Comes and Goes (MP3)
Limewire Store: Tell us about the upcoming Truth & Soul releases you're most excited about.Lee Field's new LP, My World, comes out June 2nd on Truth & Soul Records. Check out two tracks from it above.
Truth & Soul co-founder Leon Michels: We are releasing a Lee Fields & The Expressions full-length entitled My World on June 2nd. This has been a project that has taken us about four years to complete and is probably the best thing we've ever done for T&S. It's a record of mostly hard-hitting slow jams, laced with lush strings and Lee's incomparable voice. Lee is really one of the best singers living in America today and he really shines on this record. He is also an amazing live performer, the type of showman that doesn't really exist anymore, so if he's in your town, please check him out...it's worth it.
Leon Michels, the man with the good words for Fields, is co-founder of Truth & Soul Records and bandleader for El Michels Affair. That group's latest Return to the 37th Chamber a disc of Wu-Tang covers, came out in April on Fat Beats.
Truth & Soul, Michels and Fields all have deep roots in the NYC soul revival. Michels used to be a Dap-King before leaving to play with his own group and focus on Truth & Soul. Both Michels and T&S co-founder Jeff Silverman worked at Soul Fire Records, which released Fields and El Michels records before closing in 2003. Through the '90s, Phillipe Lehman (founder of Soul Fire) and Gabriel Roth (who founded Daptone) ran Desco Records, which previously carried the soul and funk torch. Sharon Jones' performance in a Desco Records Lee Fields session is often credited as the Sharon's breakthrough, and the label, and its future incarnations, went on to put out many of her records. Jones and Fields still sing together on occasion, like at Jones' 2007 Apollo Theater gig where the pair performed a James Brown medley.
Stones Throw is another label with Lee Fields connections. The hip-hop label points out that "Madlib recently jacked [Fields'] 'Flim Flam' drums for the TV on the Radio remix he produced." (Though it appears that track didn't make the EP's final cut.)
At the release party for Lee Fields' My World on Friday, June 5th at Southpaw in Brooklyn, both Stones Throw and T&S will be amply represented. The night's stars, of course, will be Lee Fields & The Expressions, accompanied by special guests Aloe Blacc (Stones Throw), The Ghetto Brothers (Truth & Soul) and DJs Akalepse & Jeff Dynamite (Truth & Soul) and Eothen Alapatt (Stones Throw). Tickets are on sale.
Poster for the Southpaw gig, with a video of Fields at the venue in 2006, below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - Music From The Color Purple (ZSHARE, ZIPPED ALBUM)
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - "The Matrix" featuring DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, & Sean Price (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Black Milk - "Give The Drummer Sum" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - "The Ox (805)" featuring MED and Poke (ZIPPED MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - "Go!" featuring Guilty Simpson (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Madlib - WLIB AM... Preview mixed by J-Rocc (MP3)
MC/Producer Black Milk announced a show at Southpaw on Oct 24th with U-N-I (tickets are on sale), thats four days before he drops his sophomore solo LP, Tronic, on Fat Beats featuring Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Sean Price, and fellow Detroiters Dwele & Royce Da 5'9". Both "The Matrix" and "Give The Drummer Sum" are from Tronic and downloadable above. Black Milk is also encouraging the hip hop community to help "mother of the greatest producer of all time J Dilla":
This is "Death of the Muse", the first single off the upcoming Solillaquists of Sound album, No More Heroes. It's available as a download for a minimum donation of $2 with absolutely 100% of the proceeds going directly to Ms. Maureen Yancey a/k/a Ma Dukes (J Dilla's mom). You are encouraged to donate more than the minimum by upping the quantity in your shopping cart before checking out.Pick up that single here.
The track features J-Live, Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), as well as Ma Dukes herself.
Speaking of MC/Producers, Madlib dropped his long threatened entry to the Beat Generation series, WLIB AM King Of The Wigflip, on Sept 30th. You can check out a few tracks from WLIB... streaming and we have both "The Ox" and "Go!" available for download above. Madlib joins a long lines of hip hop luminaries who have dropped heat on The Beat Generation, including Marley Marl, J. Dilla, Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and Pete Rock.
Sean Price recently played SOB's with Heltah Skeltah. His Boot Camp Clik breathren, Black Moon & Smif N Wessun's "Tribute to The Classics" rescheduled their sold-out Knitting Factory show to November 8th due to Buckshot's emergency trip to the hospital. We're happy to hear Buckshot is now doing okay.
by Andrew Frisicano
Fans of rapper-mysterio MF DOOM (those still around after his show-skipping antics this past year) can look forward to the follow up to 2004's MM...FOOD next month. DJ blog Spyder's Random Things recently posted an (apparently legit) one-sheet announcing that the new DOOM (sans MF) record, Born Into This, will hit October 21 on Lex Records. Though there's no mention of the new record on Lex's site, it's not really a surprise that word of the reclusive MC's new album would come via blog leak (though I'd watch for a sudden head cold to push the date back). The one-sheet states that the record will feature "superstar guests including production from J Dilla, Dangermouse and guests MC's Ghostface and Raekwon."
DOOM was conspicuously absent from Stones Throw's new Madvillainy 2: The Box, a Madlib-led remix album of 2004's Madvillainy, shipping as a limited-edition box set this Monday, September 15. The album, now available in digital form, recycles the original's vocal tracks under new Madlib production and will be packaged with:
CD Madvillainy "2" The Madlib Remix. 25 tracks.Stones Throw is also releasing a two of Madlib's latests, WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip and Beat Konducta Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite, on September 29 and October 28.
7-INCH "One Beer (Drunk Version)" Madlib's original 2004 version, lost until recently on the floor of his Bomb Shelter studio. If you saw the studio you'd understand.
CASSETTE The Madvillainy Demo Tape. 12 tracks, 36 minutes. This is the first and only official release of the infamous Madvillain demo that "leaked into cyberspace," while the album was still in progress, as DOOM alludes to in the lyrics of "Rhinestone Cowboy."
T-SHIRT Nominated. Best Rolled L's. Madvillain shirt.
COMIC BOOK Meanwhile... the continuation of the All Caps video, included with the CD.
THE BOX 12x13x3 inches.
With a new album reportedly coming out in April 2008, Portishead are officially back in action. They proved that this weekend by playing not one, but two reunion shows at the ATP Festival in Minehead (Dec 8-9, 2007). Portishead also curated the shows that included Aphex Twin, GZA, OM, Oneida, A Hawk & A Hacksaw, Boris, Black Mountain and many others. BV correspondent Zach Dilgard was on hand to take pictures. He caught the second Portishead show (night two), and he had this to say....
everyone was amazing. Portishead played about 1/2 old stuff and 1/2 new material. all of the new songs were monstrous.Aphex Twin
aphex twin played a solid 2 hours with material i've never heard before. everyone was dancing like crazy... the floor was literally shaking the whole two hours from everyone bouncing.
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Walk to cure Lupus in honor of J Dilla, and then go see Madlib, Karriem Riggins as Supreme Team, J Rocc, Peanut Butter Wolf, Percee P & Guilty Simpson at Highline Ballroom in NYC on December 2nd. Tickets are on sale. Percee P is currently on tour with Common and Q-Tip, which also means you can see Percee at Nokia Theatre on October 7th. Q-Tip is also playing Gramercy Theatre on October 16th.
On 22 September 2007, at a show in New York where DOOM was supposed to be the headliner but cancelled, the MC for the show, Kenny Muhammad, asked for a minute of silence for MF DOOM who was "fighting for his life in the hospital".Not good. He didn't show up at the Independent in San Fran on September 18th either, and this all comes after accusations of him lip-syncing at some shows in August. People are now starting rumors that he died, and AllHipHop claims that, "Apparently, MF Doom is in the hospital, but not from a heart attack." I hope whatever is wrong, that he comes out of it okay!
The Madlib show is part of an upcoming Stones Throw records tour that also includes a show at the El Ray Theatre in LA on November 8th. More dates TBA.