carlos niño & friends | flutes, echoes, it’s all happening!

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“Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!” is the fourth in an ongoing series of highly collaborative records by Carlos Niño & Friends, and features Madlib, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Iasos, Luis Pérez Ixoneztli, Dexter Story, and more.

Los Angeles’ Carlos Niño is the exalted producer, composer, percussionist, DJ, ensemble orchestrator, and mentor who has traversed the multitude of music scenes the city has birthed within the last two decades. Host of the influential Spaceways Radio (1995-2015) on KPFK in Los Angeles, his curation of playlists run in complete parallel to his original compositions and collaborations collected on this album: “Psychedelic Love Music and classic, obscure and experimental recordings from around the world!”. This is Space Collage Hybrid music!

Worldwide release date is set to April 22nd, out on Leaving Records. The vinyl will be available exclusively at Stones Throw, digital pre-oder now on Bandcamp. Listen to the title track “It’s All Happening” featuring Madlib, Jamire Williams and Dexter Story, strings by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson after the jump.

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wayniac mondays

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Jonwayne dropped a few tracks during the last six mondays – he’s now working on his follow-up LP to ‘Rap Album One’. All tracks produced by Jonwayne, featuring vocals by Quelle Chris, Zeroh and Scoop Deville – artworks by Gangster Doodles. Get most of the tracks on Audiomack.

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the beats

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Madlib’s new album ‘The Beats’ contains 10 tracks of instrumental hip-hop created for the Stones Throw film ‘Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton’. This is Madlib’s first original soundtrack and first 10-inch vinyl release. The album is being issued with two different sleeves (girls on one, skull & bong on the other) each wrapped with a custom, removable card, designed in the style of the Boss SP-303 sampler. Out now on Stones Throw!

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hallways

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Homeboy Sandman is set to release ‘Hallways’, his second full-length album on Stones Throw Records. It is an ode to the space between where you are and where you are headed; a space in flux, and a space where Sandman himself noticeably thrives in this release. Producers on Hallways include Knxwledge, Blu, DJ Spinna, Oh No and Jonwayne, who produced the first single, “America, The Beautiful.”

The prolific Queens MC has been prominently published in Gawker and Huffington Post, plus featured in an array of media outlets such as NPR, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone even naming him as “Artist to Watch.” Since signing with Stones Throw Records in 2011, Homeboy Sandman has made himself at home releasing a full length ‘First of a Living Breed‘ along with a series of five short records, establishing himself as one of the most productive and creative lyricists of this generation. Release date is September 2nd.

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yawn zen

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Mndsgn is pronounced mind design. The law calls him Ringgo. His album ‘Yawn Zen’ will be released August 26 on Stones Throw Records. He’s carved himself an unusually calm-sounding place in the Los Angeles beat scene. Songs on Yawn Zen were recorded “in a state of bliss,” as the producer explains.

“I’ve allowed myself to study the absence of daily struggle and it’s effects, and began to subconsciously paint that vibe in the music. Yawn Zen comes from a very neutral place that we, sometimes, are too busy to realize is there.”

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loootpack

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Lootpack – Madlib, Wildchild and DJ Romes – formed in the sea-side town of Oxnard CA, a couple hours north of Los Angeles, and a lifetime away from the mainstream hip-hop world. When Wolf signed the group to Stones Throw in 1998, Madlib had already produced an impressive body of work, enough to fill a 3LP debut album (“Soundpieces”) and a series of 12-inch singles. Loopdigga EP collects the rare tracks on those out-of-print singles, each taken from the original master record. The EP is now available at Stones Throw.

“Loopdigga,” the title track featuring Madlib and MED, is as definitive as any Madlib production of this area, with three disconnected hip-hop verses about digging for records, connected by dusty jazz interludes and the sounds of Quasimoto browsing a record store.

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white sands

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Homeboy Sandman has teamed with UK producer Paul White for a 7 track record titled “White Sands”. This is the third and final release in a series pairing the Queens MC with the vision of a single producer, following Kool Herc “Fertile Crescent” with El Rntc, and “All That I Hold Dear”, with M Slago. Out now on vinyl and digital at Stones Throw or iTunes.

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the buzz

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MED & Blu announced their new collaboration over Madlib beats with The Burgundy EP earlier this year. “The Buzz” featuring Mayer Hawthorne, b/w Peroxide featuring Dam-Funk. This is the first time Stones Throw alumni Madlib, MED, Mayer & Dam have all appeared on the same record. This 8-track vinyl EP released by Bang Ya Head & Fat Beats features a bonus beat, instrumentals, and an acappella. Order now!


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