The Lightmen | Fancy Pants

Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. “Fancy Pants” is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo.

This is the first time that “Fancy Pants” has seen reissue, and it is presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. This reissue was remastered from Bubbha’s original master tapes. Bubbha and his band’s story is told in great detail by Houston music and cultural historian Lance Scott Walker and Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt, in a booklet that contains dozens of unpublished photographs.

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med, blu & madlib | bad neighbor

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MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Anderson Paak, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk join MED and Blu over 100% Madlib beats.

A couple years ago Blu got a few Madlib instrumentals and put together a few demos. The rough collection became the foundation of what would become “Bad Neighbor“. MED, a longtime collaborator of Madlib, put the pieces together, bringing together an impressive group of MCs and vocalists to complete the album.

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Released on October 30th, pre-order on Rappcats or iTunes.

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madlib | trouble knows me

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Future Islands’ Sam Herring teams with Madlib for Rap Project “Trouble Knows Me”. The record will be released Sep 1, 2015 on Madlib Invazion, and a limited run of vinyl with one-of-a-kind screen-printed covers. Three rap tracks andthree instrumentals on Side A. Flip side has instrumentals for the rap tracks. The artwork is by Gustavo Eandi & Jeff Jank, printed by Hit & Run. There are 15-20 variations on the covers, each printed by hand.

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unstraight ahead

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Los Angeles label Now-Again Records releases the newest album by Jay Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers) and company ‘Unstraight Ahead’ by Karl Hector and the Malcouns. Listen and download the track ‘Push Na Ya’ for free here. Album now on sale at Rappcats or iTunes.

Afrodelic Kraut Funk excursions featuring Members of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers. Unstraight Ahead finds Karl Hector and his cohorts exploring territories outside of the already-expansive scope of their debut album Sahara Swing. On this album, the West African sounds of Ghana and Mali meet the East African sounds of Mulatu Astatke’s Ethiopian jazz and are tied together with the groove heavy experimentalism of The Malcouns’ 70s Krautrock godfathers: Can, of course, but also more obscure and equally adventurous groups like Agitation Free, Ibliss and Tomorrow’s Gift. It’s an album out of time, one that couldn’t have been made in the era its aural aesthetics reference, as its scope is so broad. But it’s an album focused by funk – and an ambition to expand funk’s reaches. The Malcouns – including Poets of Rhythm songwriter and vocalist Bo Baral – created their own instruments to fashion an album that stands alongside the great albums of its progenitors but charges Unstraight Ahead into a curious musical future.

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give ‘em what they want

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J Dilla set out in 2002 to record an album collaborating with his favorite producers, and Supa Dave West was among them. The first two vocal tracks on this record are built around the same lyrics – “Give ‘Em What They Want” produced by Dilla and “The Doe” produced by West are typical of how he would re-record a track, changing his delivery to fit another producer’s beat. The last vocal track “So Far,” also produced by Supa Dave West, will be familiar to some fans of MP3 bootlegs. On this record, it’s mastered for the first time by Dave Cooley, who worked on Donuts, The Shining and Ruff Draft. Thanks to James & Karla Murray for the cover photo, from their book Store Front (Ginko Press). The label illustration is by Denise Nestor, based on a photo by B+. Sleeve by Jeff Jank. This was produced for reissue by Eothen Alapatt, with coordination from House Shoes, Henoch Moore and J Rocc. Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow. This will be released May 14 on Pay Jay Productions.

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rock konducta vol.1

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Madlib will release Rock Konducta Vol. 1 – 2 on all formats in Spring 2014. Shipping now is the advance LP release of Rock Konducta Vol. 1. Vinyl only. No CD, no digital. There isn’t even track titles. Rock Konducta is the latest in Madlib’s instrumental “Beat Konducta” series, the producer’s raw hip-hop beat tapes brought to life. Previous titles include Movie Scenes and Beat Konducta in India, imaginary film soundtracks; the self-deceptive A Tribute to J Dilla;the Beat Konducta in Africa inspired by the Zambian “Zamrock” music scene of the ’70s. The latest album finds it’s inspiration in various worldwide underground rock scenes from the 1960s through the 80s: American psychedelia, Germany’s Krautrock, acid-soaked Spanish prog-rock and synthy, early-80s oddities. Tied together by Madlib’s unique sensibility, these music scenes coalesce into a new whole.


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porter chops glasper

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Denaun Porter‘s new project is an instrumental hip-hop album inspired by jazz musician Robert Glasper. He flipps 22 tracks of Glaspers official release and even cuts from live performances he ripped from YouTube. It tooks nine days until the album was finished, and more to come. Download the wohle thing for free here.


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The Madlib Remixes 1997-2007 (J. Rocc Mixtape)

J.Rocc put this one together, collecting ten years of Madlib’s remixes. Many of these were released by the artists on singles, others were made for Madlib‘s own use and are still unreleased. This was originally released as Stones Throw Podcast #21. Direct MP3 download here.

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