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The Lightmen – Free As You Wanna Be

Now-Again — November 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE HERE: THE LIGHTMEN – FREE AS YOU WANNA BE

Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from Houston, reissued for the first time – the first in a series of four expanded reissues of drummer and bandleader Bubbha Thomas’s lauded catalog. (more…)

Mr. Bongo’s classic Brazilian vinyl reissues

Rappcats — November 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

UK’s Mr. Bongo has reissued four of the greatest albums from 60s-70s Brazil. On sale here:

ARTHUR VEROCAI – S/T
GAL COSTA – INDIA
LULA CÔRTES E ZÉ RAMALO – PAEBIRU
TENÓRIO JR – EMBALO

Arthur Verocai’s 1972 self-titled album is quite simply one of the best. Madlib: “I could listen to the album everyday for the rest of my life.” We presented this reissue last year, and ran out of copies in a few days. Read More & listen: Arthur Verocai

Gal Costa’s India, a post-Tropicalia, funky fusion album from one of the Brazil’s key 60s-70s musicians. Featuring a stellar line up of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Dominguinhos, Rogério Duprat and Tenorio Jr. Replica original gatefold including the cover that was banned by the Brazilian military government in 1973. Read more & listen: India

Lula Côrtes e Zé Ramalho’s Paebiru is a celebrated Brazilian psychedelic concept album about the world’s four elements, lost to time in a warehouse fire in 1975. In this post-Tropicalia masterpiece, we find the entire range of 1970s hippie Brazilian musician culture in four sides. 2/LP pressing & 8-page booklet. Read More & listen: Paebiru

Tenório Jr’s Embalo is the only album by this artist. Originally released on RGE in Brazil 1964, it is a bossa-jazz masterwork, a highlight in a country full of them. The track “Nebulosa” has been a mainstay in thinking-DJ’s sets for decades and still is, from Gilles Peterson to Floating Points. This is its first reissue in over 10 years. Read more & listen: Embalo

Hunger! Strictly From Hunger

Now-Again — October 10, 2017 | Comments (12)

The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series is Hunger – Strictly From Hunger: the band’s preferred version of the album, unedited, fuzz-guitar heavy late 60s psych-rock, restored and remastered from a rare test press. Bonus 2nd LP of the Public! Records version of the album available only to subscribers. Shipping January 2018. (more…)

Mr Bongo’s global record collection and Gal Costa reissue

Rappcats — September 14, 2017 | Comments (2)

Friday, October 20: Gal Costa’s India reissue celebration: 21+, entry only with RSVP. 7-10PM

Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22: Mr. Bongo’s global record collection sale, open to the public. Noon-6PM each day. (more…)

Back to the Lab – Hip Hop Home Studios – Raph Rashid

Rappcats — September 13, 2017 | Comments (4)

On sale here: BACK TO THE LAB (more…)

110 proof

Madlib — September 1, 2017 | Comments (4)

Beat Konducta on Tour

Madlib — August 24, 2017 | Comments (17)

Italian music blogger Rappamelo, apparently impatient for a new Beat Konducta album, created his own series of DJ mixtapes, with covers depicting Madlib traveling through Italy. Here’s “Beat Konducta in Lecce,” and “Beat Konducta in Alberobello.” (more…)

Rodinia – Ex Anima

Now-Again — August 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: RODINIA – EX ANIMA (more…)

Gangster Doodles – hardcover book

Gangster Doodles — July 21, 2017 | Comments (6)

Rappcats is proud to present the full-sized, hardcover, thick-as-a-brick Gangster Doodles book.

On sale: GANGSTER DOODLES (more…)

Madvillain – Blunted on Beats – Wax Poetics #8, 2004

Madlib, MF DOOM — July 10, 2017 | Comments (2)

This is a portion of the Madvillain interview conducted by Eothen Alapatt for Wax Poetics #8, just as Madvillainy was on its way out, with an introduction by Wax Poetics editor Brian DiGenti. The interview and photos were done at the Stones Throw house in Los Angeles, where much of the album was recorded. Photos by B+. For the entire article, grab Wax Poetics #8 if you can find it, or check waxpoetics.com

In a moment of clarity, Jay-Z might wanna rhyme like Common Sense, but nobody, even with generous charity, can rhyme quite like wordplayer MF DOOM, né Zev Love X. Like Nas and “Live at the BBQ,” every great MC has a celebrated debut, and Zev Love represents on 3rd Bass’s “The Gas Face,” 1989. (more…)