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Arthur Verocai definitive reissue LP

Arthur Verocai — November 3, 2016 | Comments (3)

ON SALE: ARTHUR VEROCAI LP

(Update: We’re already sold out, but you might be able to find it around, via Mr Bongo)

Rappcats is delighted to announce the Mr. Bongo reissue of Arthur Verocai’s self-titled album from 1972.

The definitive re-issue is an exact replica of the gatefold original LP, which now changes hands for thousands of dollars. The source master is taken from the original Continental tapes, re-mastered in 2012 under Arthur’s supervision.

“I could listen to the album everyday for the rest of my life” – Madlib.

In 1972 a repressive Brazilian military dictatorship frowned on artistic impression that might influence the youth of the country. However, producer, arranger and guitar player Verocai recorded and released a self-titled album on Brazilian-based Continental that challenged the musical conventions of the day. His subtle protest experimented with new musical directions, and used figurative language to sneak under the censorship radar.

Before his solo album, Verocai had produced the Ivan Lins 1971 album Agora, influenced heavily by the sound of North American soul, and had contributed string arrangements to Jorge Ben releases.

He says, “I also produced two albums by a singer named Célia for Continental and the president of the company was delighted with the results. He invited me to produce an album using my own compositions and I agreed as long as I was able to choose the musicians to perform with me. All the strings sessions featured 12 violins, 4 violas and 4 cellos, always with one or two percussionists. The idea of mixing strings with contemporary sounds came from my desire of searching for new paths. I think this album was very rich in terms of both quantity and quality of musicians.”

Musicians included Brazilian legends like Robertinho Silva, Pascoal Meireles, Luiz Alves, Paulo Moura, Edson Maciel, Oberdan Magalhães (Banda Black Rio), Nivaldo Ornelas (Milton Nascimento band) and Toninho Horta.

Arthur Verocai was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 17/6/1945. In 1966 Leny Andrade included his song “Olhando o Mar” (“Looking at the Sea”) on her We Are There album. Two years later Verocai participated in Musicanossa an event that brought together composers, musicians and singers in presentations to play live in the Santa Rosa Theater in Rio de Janeiro, for which he wrote his first arrangements.

By 1968 his main gig was working in Civil Engineering in Rio de Janeiro. He still managed to perform and participate as a composer at many of Brazils famous Festivals of Music. In 1969 Verocai began his professional career as musician and arranger. He scored the music for the theater show Is The Greater, and wrote his first arrangements for orchestra. He arranged records by Jorge Benjor, Elizeth Cardoso, Gal Costa, Quarteto em Cy, MPB 4, Célia, Guilherme Lamounier, Marcos Valle, and others. His music also appeared in the musical The Life of Braguinha, alongside Elizeth Cardoso, Quarteto em Cy, MPB4 and Sidney Magal. By 1970 he was writing for other groups and regularly composing music for multiple TV shows and incidental music for TV series.

Photos from the 1972 recording sessions, by Fernando Bergamaschi.


Vinyl rip of an earlier reissue on Youtube:

Johnny! Ghanaian Afro-Rock 45s

Now-Again — October 26, 2016 | Comments (1)

ON SALE: JOHNNY! 45 COLLECTION

Introducing: Johnny! Ghanaian Afro-Rock from German producer/composer JJ Whitefield and an international cast of top shelf musicians.

Limited edition of 1000. Not to be repressed. Comes with download card for wav files. Die-cut dress jacket and resealable “Japanese-style” sleeve.

Whitefield, who in the early ‘90s revived the gritty, analogue Funk sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s with his Poets Of Rhythm, has been working with Now-Again Records for almost a decade, releasing a flock of acclaimed projects with Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Whitefield Brothers, Rodinia and the Original Raw Soul anthology.

He first started exploring African rhythms with the Whitefield Brothers in the late ‘90s, continuing in the ‘00s with Karl Hector & The Malcouns. He’s been instrumental in launching Ghanaian Afro Beat/Funk legend Ebo Taylor´s international career, decades after the maestro recorded the landmark albums that have inspired thousands. Whitefield recorded two new studio albums with Taylor and toured in his band between 2009 and 2013, where he met Taylor’s son Henry and percussionist/Singer Eric Owusu.

The trio now front the Johnny! band and find inspiration not only in Ghana’s hypnotic grooves, but also the full frontal fuzz guitar assault heard on the legion of 70s Zambian Zamrock albums recently reissued by Now-Again. Indeed, Whitefield credits his tours with Zamrock godfathers Rikki Ililonga and WITCH’s Jagari Chanda as instrumental in creating the Johnny’s sonic backdrop. The band is rounded out by Turkish drummer Bernd Oezsevim (Woima Collective, Rodinia) and Indonesian bassist/multi instrumentalist Tomi Simatupang (Whitefield Brothers).

This is Dance Rock at the core with the possibilities to stretch out and go into psychedelic realms. The results, spread out over three 7” singles and pressed in a run of 1000 units each, speak for themselves. Every record comes with a download card for WAV files of all six tracks (vocals and instrumentals from each release) and point at a new direction for the music inspired by the Great Continent. One that takes a direction once mocked as derivative and asserts its importance on the globe’s current musical stage.

The Dilla Turntable

J Dilla — October 19, 2016 | Comments (21)

ON SALE: THE DILLA TURNTABLE

Nov. 30 Update: Our expected ship date has moved from December 10 to December 19. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Contains an exclusive 7-inch single: J Dilla “The Sickness” feat. Nas, produced by Madlib. Vocal b/w Instrumental. Only available in this package.

Pay Jay Productions (PJ011), an official product of the Estate of James Yancey.

This turntable was designed to be portable, but functions as a stand alone record player and can plug into any stereo system that accepts an RCA jack or a USB output. It also allows you to record music directly into your computer (transcription software disc included in package). It also contains a 1/8″ headphone jack and dynamic, full range stereo speakers. It comes with a replacement stylus and a 45 adaptor. Artwork by Mason London.

• 3 speed turntable (33 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM)
• USB and RCA Outputs
• 1.8″ Headphone Jack
• Stereo Speakers
• Contains 45 adapter and replacement stylus
• Transcription software disc included in package

Shipping weight: 10 lbs. We are offering flat-rate shipping for domestic and international orders. Details, full specs here.

CHECK OUT OUR GALLERY OF PORTABLE TURNTABLES

Portable turntables

Rappcats — October 18, 2016 | Comments (1)

Portable turntables have been around since not long after the invention of the turntable itself. Everyone who buys records on the road should have one, and most do. Madlib has ten! Here’s a few from our collection, including the new Dilla Turntable.

Post yours up, show us what ya got. @Rappcats / Rappcats FB

Testing out this Dilla 78 on our RCA Victrola ..

Mr Bongo’s global record collection and Arthur Verocai reissue

Rappcats — October 17, 2016 | Comments (1)

Friday, October 28, 7-10PM: Arthur Verocai reissue celebration with Mr. Bongo, Egon and other collectors playing their favorite Brasilian and global groove cuts. FREE, 21+ RSVP REQUIRED

Saturday, October 29, 12-7PM: Mr. Bongo’s global record collection sale. Open to the public.

RAPPCATS
5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042

Dave ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle began digging in Venezuela 30 years ago; filling up suitcases with amazing latin records to bring back to Europe. It has continued ever since – in warehouses in the US, to dusty back street shops in South America, houses and garages in Africa, and lesser known spots in Europe and Asia. This led to several successful record shops in central London, plus one in the heart of Shibuya, Tokyo; first to stock the likes of Rawkus, Def Jux and Stones Throw outside the US.

Now the shops are gone, the label lives on, releasing & reissuing the finest funky music from around the world. Mr,. Bongo are currently issuing a marvelously restored version of Arthur Verocai’s self-titled masterpiece of Brasilian 70s music, with blessing from the man himself. It’s the closest one can get to listening to the original Continental Brasil pressing without dropping thousands of dollars.

Mr Bongo is coming to LA for a special pop up at Rappcats – a celebration of the Arthur Verocai reissue with Egon, Mr. Bongo himself and a host of other collectors spinning Brasilian and global grooves on Friday October 28th and a pop up shop focusing on hundreds of choice records Mr. Bongo culled over 37 years of collecting on Saturday October 29th.

Numero Group Factory Outlet Tour at Rappcats: October 13-15

Rappcats — October 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

The Numero Group Factory Outlet Tour and Rob Sevier’s Record Collection

Thr-Sat, October 13, 14, 15, Noon-7PM
Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042

Numero Group, one of our favorite reissue labels, and the source of an endless amount of Madlib samples, is bringing their factory outlet to Los Angeles for a three-day stint at Rappcats. Expect nearly every extant Numero title to be on display, Numero’s private stash of rarities, and hundreds of vintage and rare LP’s and 45s personally culled by label head Rob Sevier. Sevier is one of the world’s foremost authorities on American soul and funk music and a helluva collector. His collaborative efforts with Egon and Now-Again include Loving On The Flipside, Enjoy the Experience and a forthcoming joint album scheduled for Record Store Day 2017, which we will be announcing soon.

Saturday BONUS, 2PM: Ned Doheny in-store performance. Dublab will be broadcasting LIVE from Rappcats on Friday on Saturday. Rob Sevier will also appear at Funkmosphere @ The Virgil, Oct. 13th, and in-store at Itasca at 5PM, Oct. 14th.

Rolling Stone: “Numero Group Announces West Coast Pop-Up Store Tour”

J Dilla – THE MIDDLE FINGER – white label 12-inch

J Dilla — September 15, 2016 | Comments (8)

ON SALE: J DILLA – THE MIDDLE FINGER

Update: SOLD OUT – Limited edition of 1000, hand-numbered 12-inch vinyl. Kanye West produced version of “The Anthem” & Dilla’s alt. vocal version of “Fuck the Police.” Expected ship date October 11th.

When J Dilla turned in a demo of his solo album to MCA Records in 2002, he did so on a CDR that he labeled The Middle Finger. We’re going to have to guess what he meant by that – it doesn’t seem to have been a working title for the record, so maybe he was telling the A&R staff what he cared of their intervention into his creative process? Or was it what he thought about having to show the label a progress report?

For lack of a finished album, that CDR – stripped of “Fuck the Police” – was turned into an MCA promo CD, with one of those stark, black and white tray cards in a jewel case and a laser-printed label. By that time the album was being called Pay Jay, and it circulated at around the same time that Wendy Goldstein – the exec that had signed Dilla to MCA – left the label. Dilla was left in a lurch, the album was shelved and he was eventually released from his contractual obligations to MCA.

That demo/promo CD was leaked, and it became the basis of numerous bootlegs, all sourced from low-bit rate, 128 KBPS MP3 files. Dilla hadn’t even kept the original files in his archived sessions in Detroit.

That CDR – the original CDR, the actual “Middle Finger” – still existed. It was found in a storage unit, in a pile of other major-label leftovers, and it barely played. The CD’s reflective paint was chipping off, rendering it all but unusable. Two tracks – which never made it to The Diary – did play, and they came off that CD in full resolution. Those were Dilla’s two-track mixes of the Kanye West version of “The Anthem” and his album version of “Fuck The Police,” featuring an alternate vocal performance. This single comes from those files, and completes The Diary.

Photo of J Dilla at A&M Records, Los Angeles, by Eric Coleman (Mochilla).

DJ Shadow – Sideshow – exclusive 12 inch single

Rappcats — August 31, 2016 | Comments (1)

ON SALE: DJ SHADOW – SIDESHOW 12-INCH

Update: SOLD OUT | Exclusive, limited-edition DJ Shadow 12-inch single left over from our Shadow popup shop this past weekend.

The event is over, but here’s the original story:

DJ Shadow will be at Rappcats in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, selling used vinyl, tapes, posters from his collection, and a new, exclusive, limited-edition vinyl: “The Sideshow”

The First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale
September 10-11, 2016, Noon–6PM
5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90042

-Hundreds of used vinyl LPs, 45s, and 12″s culled from Shadow’s private collection
-Deleted DJ Shadow web-store product, including limited items and rarities
-A brand-new, exclusive vinyl single “Sideshow” available ONLY at this sale
-A collector’s smorgasbord of 8-Tracks, cassettes, posters, and other oddities
-Strong coffee c/o Intelligentsia; strong conversation
-Grip-free pricing
-Rotating stock both days

Collectors, dealers, fans, come one, come all to The First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale. Shadow’s not selling his collection, but he is pulling back the curtain on a brace of dupes he’s managed to process over the last few years. Expect a strange and broad assortment of lesser-seen vinyl in all genres, most offered under $15, and with an effort to price well below established online value. “This is a chance for producers, dealers, and DJ’s to access seldom-seen and eclectic vinyl at affordable prices,” says Shadow. “These are all records I have other copies of, and I’ve decided that I don’t need to keep multiples. Think of it as a year-long thrift-store hunt consolidated into two days.”

Shadow has also found some unsold “new/old” stock of his own projects, many of which were only ever sold through his web-store. Vinyl, CDs, DVDs…even VHS tapes, all-Shadow related and sold on a first come, first served basis. The man himself will of course be on hand to sign anything and everything, or just to say hello.

In addition, there’s the outliers: good music in unfairly ignored formats such as 8-Track, reel-to-reel, and cassette. “Vinyl is so fetishised, but I actually covet other formats equally,” says Shadow. Explaining further, he adds, “For example, ideally, I would want James Brown’s Payback album on reel, cassette, and 8-track in addition to vinyl. If it existed as a first-run consumer product, I need it in my collection.” If this logic appeals to you, then you’ll be interested in checking out these format oddities.

Love music? Love records? Love hanging out with cool folks? Then you’ll have a good time at The First Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale. See you there!


KALEIDOSCOPE – Puerto Rican garage rock classic

Now-Again — August 30, 2016 | Comments (4)

ON SALE: KALEIDOSCOPE – KALEIDOSCOPE

One of the great psychedelic rock albums is finally back in print on vinyl in a band-licensed reissue. Its roots are in Puerto Rican teenage garage rockers; it was recorded in the Dominican Republic at the high-point of the flower power era; it was only ever pressed in a miniscule run in Mexico in 1969.

Now one of the most sought after rock artifacts on the planet, Kaleidoscope is remastered and reissued with an extensive, photo-filled booklet with the story of the band and their album by historian Enrique Rivas Viniegra.

P.S. If you dig trivia, Kaleidoscope’s “Let Me Try” was sampled for Beyonce’s “Freedom”

The original album release:

Madlib Medicine Show: The Brick CD box set

Madlib, Madlib Medicine Show — August 26, 2016 | Comments (3)

IN THE SHOP: MADLIB MEDICINE SHOW – THE BRICK (CD BOX SET)

Madlib Medicine Show is a music series the producer began in late 2009 as the official launch of his label Madlib Invazion. 13 CDs and 7 LPs were released in the series. Odd numbers (#1,3,5,7,9,11) are original Madlib productions (hip-hop, remix, beat tape and jazz). Even numbers (#2,4,6,8,10). are mixtapes of funk, soul, Brazilian, psych, jazz and other undefined forms of music from the Beat Konducta’s 4-ton* stack of vinyl. Madlib Medicine Show #12 and 13 are hip-hop remixes by Madlib.

THE BRICK ON CD compiles all 13 CD releases. The 2016 edition of The Brick has all CDs, each in 4-panel digipack sleeves, in a single box. THE BRICK ON VINYL compiles all of the odd-number, original works.

1. Madlib Medicine Show #1: Before the Verdict
Hip-hop Album feat. Guilty Simpson. Full-length, 17-tracks, combining new material and remixes.
2. Madlib Medicine Show #2: Flight to Brazil
Mixtape. 80-minutes of Brazilian psyche, folk and jazz.
3. Madlib Medicine Show #3: Beat Konducta in Africa
Hip-hop Album. Inspired by and based on African records of the early 1970s – obscure & independent vinyl gems from afro-beat, funk, psych-rock, garage-rock & soul movements from Africa.
4. Madlib Medicine Show #4: 420 Chalice All-Stars
Mixtape. All Jamaican sounds, 80 minutes. Complete with Los Angeles medicinal marijuana guide.
5. Madlib Medicine Show #5: History of the Loop Digga
Hip-Hop Album. Madlib’s early years, 1990-2000, from beat cassettes produced for local rap crew Crate Digga’s Palace.
6. Madlib Medicine Show #6: The Brain Wreck Show
Mixtape. Psych-prog-avante-freak-out-funk rock mix CD.
7. Madlib Medicine Show #7: High Jazz
Jazz Album. All new Madlib productions from his collective of jazz groups and musicians known as Yesterdays Universe.
8. Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz
Mixtape. A jazz music course with no grades, lecturer or tests – just a room of dusty jazz vinyl and Madlib at the turntable.
9. Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville
Hip-Hop Album feat. Frank Nitt. Loosely-based concept album around an obscure TV show, Nittyville, running on Channel 85. Full-length, 14 tracks.
10. Madlib Medicine Show #10: Black Soul
Mixtape. The Disco era, 80 mins, mixed by Madlib.
11. Madlib Medicine Show #11: Low Budget Hi-Fi
Hip-Hop Album. Dirty Demos produced by Madlib, with The Professionals (Madlib+Oh No), MED, Strong Arm Steady, AG, Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, Supreme Team (Madlib+Karriem Riggins), and Jaylib.
12. Madlib Medicine Show #12: Raw Medicine
Hip-Hop Remixes. Part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. The show runs 60 minute with 30+ tracks.
13. Madlib Medicine Show: 13: Black Tape
Hip-Hop Remixes. The previously-unannounced encore to the Medicine Show series, and continuation of number 12. 60 minutes, 35 tracks.

(*4-tons of vinyl, this is true.)

We left copies of The Brick in random places all around the world to celebrate the Medicine Show: Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Paris.



The first edition of The Brick was a stack of jewel cases. This is now out of print.