Monthly Archives: September 2021

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing (25th Anniversary Edition), 2xLP

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing (25th Anniversary Edition), 2xLP

DJ Shadow’s groundbreaking debut album, Endtroducing….., is turning 25. In celebration, Shadow and Island Records and releasing a special remastered vinyl edition: Endtroducing 25, The Abbey Road Half-Speed Master. The double 12″ vinyl features totally remastered audio taken from the original studio tape and cut at half-speed; a technical, specialized process that results in significantly more detailed and nuanced sound.

Release date: September 24th 2021

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Slum Village – Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 1 (1997), 2xLP, Reissue 2021

Slum Village – Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 1 (1997), 2xLP, Reissue 2021

The contributions of the late Detroit producer James DeWitt Yancey –better known to the world as J Dilla- to the world of hip-hop can’t be overstated, and nowhere is his legacy more apparent than his work as a member of Slum Village. A founding member of the trio, (Alongside rappers T3 and Baatin) Dilla provided the group’s distinctly esoteric, free-wheeling sound, built around winding basslines, quirky drumbeats, subtle low-end frequencies, and classic jazz & soul samples. Against the backdrop of Dilla’s rich production, T3 and Baatin’s free-flowing style of rhyming would also earn wide critical praise, leading to comparisons as the successors to A Tribe Called Quest. (A label they themselves have rejected.) It’s on Slum Village’s 1997 studio debut, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1, that all these elements come together in the most proficient manner. An instant hit among Detroit’s underground hip-hop scene, the album seemed to combine all the best elements of the reigning alternative and gangsta styles of hip-hop into one cohesive style that was a hit among critics. Fan-Tas-Tic’s influence extended far beyond Detroit, as its sound heavily influenced the sounds of D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and The Roots just to name a few. (Roots drummer ?uestlove has even declared that: “Hands down this album birthed the neo-soul movement.”) Ne’Astra Media Group now presents the album reissued on vinyl, for the first time in several years. Every wobbling bass note of J Dilla’s production has been preserved and every freestyle line of T3 and Baatin has been re-created, to maintain the legacy of a late-90s rap classic, and the legend of one of hip-hop’s greatest beatsmiths.

Release date: September 10th 2021

Common – A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 (2021), LP

Common – A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 (2021), LP

“A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 was created with hope and inspiration in mind,” Common said in a statement. “The spirit of the album was meant to emulate what a greater day would sound and feel like. We were in the midst of some tough political and socially challenging times. There was still hurt, anger and pain lingering, so I was thinking, ‘what is the next step in this revolution?’ I thought about what being still in these times had brought me and that was a peace beyond understanding, a greater love for self, a closer connection with God, and more appreciation for my family, friends and the simple things in life.”

Release date: December 10th 2021

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Madvillain – Madvillainy (2004), 2xLP, Reissue 2021

Madvillain – Madvillainy (2004), 2xLP, Reissue 2021

The two met in 2002 and soon began working on Madvillainy which would be finished over the next year and released in March 2004. The music on Madvillainy went against the grain of all popular conventions in contemporary hip-hop: short songs, dirty sound, no choruses, and with lyrical themes which were not always clear to everyone on first listen. The album received the highest critical praise of a hip-hop album released in 2004, and years later has continued to generate interest and controversy.

Release date: September 3rd 2021

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