Trouble Knows Me

Madlib — July 17, 2015 | Comments (12)

BUY HERE: TROUBLE KNOWS ME 12-INCH VINYL

Here’s the new Madlib joint. The record will be released Sep 1, 2015 on Madlib Invazion, and a limited run of vinyl with one-of-a-kind screen-printed covers. Three rap tracks + three instrumentals on Side A. Flip side has instrumentals for the rap tracks.

Future Islands’ Sam Herring Teams With Madlib for Rap Project Trouble Knows Me, Shares Track – Pitchfork

The record made it’s debut with a few copies available at events in Chicago and Los Angeles, the weekend of July 17-19, 2015. The rest of them are available on the Rappcats shop, a pre-order for September 1st release.

Produced by Madlib / A&R: Eothen Alapatt / Mixed and mastered by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters. / Thanks to the Herring Family, Future Islands, Ben Gaffin, Ben Dickey, all the good teachers. The artwork is by Gustavo Eandi & Jeff Jank, printed by Hit & Run. There are 15-20 variations on the covers, each printed by hand.

Announcing Max Whitefield’s Polyversal Souls – INVISIBLE JOY

Philophon — July 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

ON SALE: POLYVERSAL SOULS – INVISIBLE JOY

During the mid to late ’00s, Max Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Bros) was in deep study: after spending five years with Krautrock legends and “world music” pioneers Embryo on a 500 concert European and African bus tour, he visited South East Asia, where he studied classical Burmese Saing Waing music. This trip was followed by a time in London, living and playing with fellow Now-Again artists the Heliocentrics. He had studied with former Sun Ra Arkestra members in the USA before, in 2010, taking his first trip to Ghana, the deciding point to create his Philophon label. And to record all the music for his Ghanaian counterparts, Max formed a new Berlin-based band, The Polyversal Souls. The city’s vital music scene gave him the chance to bring together excellent musicians with a common passion and interest for sounds from all around the world. And now, Polyversal Souls’ debut album Invisible Joy – a manifest of what Max calls “21st century soul power.”

The album’s first track “Yelle Be Bobre” features Ghanaian griot Guy One on vocals.

Tropicalia in Furs comes to Los Angeles

Rappcats — July 20, 2015 | Comments (0)

Joel Stones is bringing record store Tropicalia in Furs, from NYC to Los Angeles for a 2-day popup shop at Rappcats

Sat & Sun, July 25-26, 12-8 PM
Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, L.A. CA 90042.

“I will bring tons of Brazilian records, 45s, LPs, some jazz, funk, soul, prog, psych, garage, boxes of 45s with good French, Turkish, African, Northern Soul, tons of crazy stuff.”

Tropicalia in Furs, East Village NYC, was a record store like no other, a spot for rarities, psychedelic sounds and unparalleled chit chat. The shop closed in 2013.

Here’s a new mix from Joel called Abobora Mechanica.

Photos: Madlib, Sam Herring in Chicago

Madlib — July 18, 2015 | Comments (2)

These two just dropped a record together, Trouble Know Me. These photos were taken Friday, July 17, at The Mid in Chicago, where the record made its debut, with Hit & Run silk screening the covers there live. Thanks to Jesse Lirola for the black & white photos; color photos by Egon / Now-Again.

The unnamed.

Madlib — July 13, 2015 | Comments (35)

New Madlib coming this Friday/Saturday. We hinted a while ago at a new Madlib production with a yet-unnamed MC. We’re dropping a track later this week in the Rappcats newsletter and presenting the limited 12-inch EP in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Where: Chicago. Friday, July 17. Madlib performs at The Mid, where he will be joined onstage by the MC (and it’s not you who think it is.) Records will be for sale in the venue, where Hit & Run will be live-printing the sleeves. TICKETS. Note: This show will be followed by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 19.

Where: Los Angeles. Saturday, July 18. Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, 12PM-4PM. We’ll have these records along with everything else on the Madlib Invazion catalog in a one-day record store pop-up.

The record is 3 vocal tracks plus bonus beats and instrumentals – 9 tracks in all. Sleeves are hand-printed by Hit & Run with artwork by Gustavo Eandi and Jeff Jank – about 10 variations of each sleeve. These will be numbered, with 150 in Chicago and 150 in L.A. Another few hundred are currently being printed and will be available on Rappcats website later this summer.

Hoe Cakes: EXTRA DOOM. Jagel Jagel x MF DOOM

MF DOOM — June 25, 2015 | Comments (2)

ON SALE: HOE CAKES EXTRA DOOM

Signed and numbered edition of 40: archival pigment prints of Hoe Cakes. Each piece has hand-painted elements along the top, bottom and side of the print, including an ‘extra doom’ character placed at the bottom. The print measures a generous 14.75″ x 12.75″ and is printed at Gallery 16 in San Francisco on luxurious 100% cotton rag with the brightest colors possible.

Here’s a video clip of all 40 prints.

This edition of 40 was made for the “Doomsday Show” at Rappcats, June 2015. 28 were sold on location at the show. The original Hoe Cakes print (without the extra painting) was an edition of 180. They are now sold out.

Madlib Mind Fusion: African Earwax

Madlib, Mind Fusion — June 20, 2015 | Comments (15)

Madlib has a new mixtape called Mind Fusion: African Earwax. He made 30 copies of these on CD, each of which was being given an individual hand-drawn cover by Jason Jagel and sold at the Doomsday Show at Rappcats, June 20, 2015.

Here’s the mix in full. This is the first mix on Madlib’s Mixcloud page http://mixcloud.com/madlib

Mind Fusion began as a five-volume mixtape series, released 2004-2007. These mixtape CD releases bare no label or address, just the name “Madlib” designed like the Tamla Records logo. Vol 1 and Vol 4 contain production from Madlib. Vol 2 is a jazz mix. Vol 3 and Volume 5 are mixes of records from around the world. Liner notes in each volume, from authors such as Thurston Moore, Vaclav Havel, LeRoi Jones, and Lungston Hughes, range from essays on jazz, a Los Angeles guides, poems, tips on making bombs at home.

MORE ABOUT THE SERIES:
Madlib Mind Fusion
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 1: Hip-Hop
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 2: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 3: Dirty Crates from the Bottom
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 4: Hip-Hop Remixes, Nas Vs. Jay Z, & CDP Archives
Madlib – Mind Fusion Vol. 5: Dirty Crates from Around the World

THE DOOMSDAY SHOW at Rappcats, Los Angeles, June 20, 2015

MF DOOM — June 15, 2015 | Comments (16)

One day only. Paintings and prints by Jason Jagel. We’ll have prints for sale, 40 “Extra Doom” hand-embellished Hoecakes prints, our back stock of MF DOOM Operation Doomsday lunch boxes cassette box (out of print), two new tees.

Saturday, June 20, 2015. Noon-8 PM.
Rappcats. 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042.

Philophon 45s

Philophon — June 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Philophon 005: Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

The Pyramids and their multi-instrumentalist leader Idris Ackamoor have revived the burning fire behind three lauded privately pressed 1970s albums and the movement that followed. The Pyramids’ honest love for music, their firm belief in its social impact have shaped their story and style: after studying with free-jazz icon Cecil Taylor, the Pyramids left for a journey through Africa in 1972 where they connected with their cultural roots and developed their own musical vision. On “Rhapsody in Berlin” their vision is still bright and unclouded: a melodic horn theme interplays with a Pygmy flute, driving guitar riffs and heavy funk rhythms. Co-produced by Ackamoor and drummer Max Whitefield.

Philophon 004: Hailu Mergia

Ethiopian jazz/funk legend Hailu Mergia’s “Musical Silt” was one of the pinnacles of 70s Ethiopian music, a cornerstone in the Ethiopiques series and was recently reissued on its original album by Awesome Tapes From Africa. But it’s creator hasn’t released new music in thirty years – until now. This, his first set of new recordings in three decades, find that he hasn’t missed a beat since leaving the recording sphere. The pair of he and Philophon’s Max Whitefield (drums/producer) couldn’t be better and this 45 reflects Philophon’s overarching philosophy: to put on vinyl something precious that it makes you forget time and space and leaves you alone with the only thing that matters: awesome music.

Philophon 003: Roy X

Roy X (ne Jimmy Taylor) is the youngest son of Ghanaian Highlife/Afrobeat legend Ebo Taylor. His inherited rhythm spills into his rapping and on this 7″ he raps over music created by Philophon label boss/producer Max Whitefield. On “Oduyewu” he pays respect to the timeless sound his father created; on “Sakawa” he meanders through dream-time, helped along by a Whitefield Brothers sample interwoven into the live music bed.

Philiphon 001: Guy One

Guy One, the most famous voice of the Frafra people in northern Ghana, is a super star among his people. He sings while playing the Kologo, an ancient two stringed banjo, mostly for traditional occasions. His words always have a strong meaning which gives him the attribute of a singing philosopher. For his Philophon debut, he teamed up with drummer/producer Max Weissenfeldt, to meld Max’s deep grooves with a haunting choir of Frafra soul.

Czarface & DOOM. “Ka-Bang!”

MF DOOM — June 5, 2015 | Comments (9)

Here’s some new shit from the villain with Deck, 7L & Esoteric.