Karriem Riggins | Headnod Suite

For “Headnod Suite”, Karriem Riggins second album on Stones Throw Records, he expertly builds on his credentials with 29 tracks of pure hip-hop. Each track deftly crafted with swing that only a drummer would know. Swing is the weapon. And there’s always a message, be it verbal or instrumental. “Headnod Suite is a concept of several rhythmic ideas fused together,” Riggins says. “I wanted to explore the power of interludes and marrying different styles and harmony together.”

Common makes a reciprocal vocal appearance on the track “Yes Yes Y’all,” which gives way to literal grunts from James Brown and the 1-2 shot of “Trombone Love” and the 16-bit funk “Crystal Stairs.” If 2012’s Alone Together was right at the intersection of hip-hop and jazz, Riggins’ current path is less the jazz found in his family and career lineage, and more the hip-hop culture he found on his own.

Album out now – available on Bandcamp. Stream below.

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nxworries | yes lawd!

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Last December, Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge put out the “Link Up & Suede” EP, their first release as NxWorries. The Los Angeles duo have now announced their debut LP, “Yes Lawd!”, which will be released on October 21st via Stones Throw.

“On Yes Lawd!”, .Paak – who calls the album “my best work” – plays theatrically brash version of himself who sings like a ’70s superstar and talks shit like a stone cold player. But the performance is seeded with details from his life, which has seen a fair share of struggle and hard-won triumph. Meanwhile, Knx weaves a tapestry of sampled bits and live fragments—bass, brass and violin—that smooths everything over, reminding us that despite whatever struggle it took to get here… well, you already know the name: NxWorries.

Out October 21th, pre-order on Bandcamp, stream below.

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sofa coins

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“Sofa Coins” is the collaborative album between two Stones Throw Records affiliates MED and J Rocc on MED’s new label Bang Ya Head. Features beats entirely produced by J Rocc and a guest appearances from Oh No. Available on a limited edition picture disc coin. Now available on iTunes and HHV. Get a free download below.


Support: MED | J Rocc | Stones Throw | iTunes