Abstract, yet classic hip hop inspired instrumentals from Klaus Layer – a prolific German producer who continues to deliver the goods! For The People Like Us shows a lot of love for 90s east coast hip hop production, without imitating it – funky beats that'll get your heads nodding, sampled vocal loops, murky keyboard atmospherics – but there's a heavily atmospheric vibe, and gritty texture that gives it a distinctive, unique sound of its own. Includes "For The People Like Us", "The Sun Is Up", "Der Traum Von Gestern (Resurgent Branch)", "Animals Garden", "Be As You Are", "Keine Pantomime (No Pantomime)", "I'm No Joke", "Coming To Your World", "Symbol Fur Morgen (Symbol Of Tomorrow)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Wax Poetics goes nearly all hip hop for this issue – covering original game-changers and the best contemporary revisionists alike – with cover features on Nas, Danny Brown, Master P and his No Limit legacy, and Shabazz Palaces! Wax Poetics, tasked with following up their decade milestone issue, pulls that off brilliantly here. It's got one of the best, realest interviews with Nas we've ever read, a great look at Master P's No Limit and the Beats By The Pound production empire, a resurgent El-P, the legendary Kurtis Blow, Killer Mike, Oddisee, THEESatisfaction, Cities Aviv, modern jazz great Robert Glasper and much more! Magazine
(2 covers for Issue #51: this one has Master P on the front and Shabazz Palaces on the back.)
Holy Fuzz ... LP Hidden Vision, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Cool Christian psychedelic rock from the late 60s & early 70s – rare stuff from the period when the young in American were coming to fuzzed out rock & roll and resurgent Christianity – and this batch of grooves is praisworthy to say the least! Most of it is tripped out electric rock with blazing guitar work and fronted by rock vocalists giving the Good Word. 12 tracks in all: "Christian" by Concrete Rubber Band, "It's Been Sent Down" by The Excursions, "Rejoice" by Agape, "The New is You" by The Search Party, "All Across The Nation" by All Saved Freak Band and more. LP, Vinyl record album
A resurgent Leon Russell returns – and on Blue Note for Life Journey – on which covers a lot of stylistic territory that the man himself describes a musical journey through his own life experience! If you know a thing about Leon, you know he's one of the rock and roll era's most eclectic session players, and the set list here is reflective of that – from jazz and pop standards, to Dixieland, to swing and beyond – but the great thing here is how Leon's gritty and soulful voice and laidback piano makes everything his own. Includes "Come On In My Kitchen", "Georgia On My Mind", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Fever", "Think Of Me", "The Masquerade Is Over", "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", "I Really Miss You", "Fool's Paradise", "Down In Dixieland" and more. CD