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Photos: Madlib at the Shrine, Los Angeles

Madlib — May 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

Just a couple photos of Madlib at Shrine Expo Hall with Four Tet, Ben UFO, Daphni, Floating Points. Photos by Daily Laurel. (Also see the remix.)


Mixtape: Egon on NTS Radio, May 3, 2016.

Egon is hosting a one month residency on NTS Radio – four (maybe five?) two hour shows of music from around the globe. Here’s an hour of the first show.

3:33 Rob Thomsett Entrance to Warrambool (Part I and II)
4:04 The Cyrkle Nicole
8:59 Eric Burdon Winds Of Change / Poem By The Sea
5:01 Mighty Ryeders Help Us Spead the Message
3:56 Ray Alexander Technique Special One
2:11 Dusko Goykovich Macedonian Fertility Dance
4:42 Dusko Goykovich Balkan Blue Modal Jazz
7:04 Sons & Daughters Of Lite A Real Thing
5:18 Southern University Jazz Ensemble Clean Air
2:52 Jose Pirates Imbarobo
3:26 Baden Powell Sarava
2:44 Orlann Divo Beleza No Vai Embora
4:03 Peter Lemer and Asilah 80 Invocation
8:38 Lightmen Plus One On The Road Home (Mono version)
3:09 Annexus Quam
3:18 Trubrot Eg Veit Ao Pukemur
2:25 Joao Bosco Quem Sera
2:11 Waltel Branco Tema De Abertura
2:48 Groep 1850 Friday I’m Free / Hunger
3:03 Illes Zenekar Mejez Az Ut
2:41 Träd Gräs Och Stenar Sanningens Silverflod
5:38 Steve Reid Lions of Judah
3:08 izvir Vibrolux
7:27 NO INFO
3:44 Erasmo Carlos E Presciso Dar Um Jeito Meu Amigo
3:31 Round Trip Ticket Captain Purple Rides Again (Down By The River)
4:02 Girma Beyene Ene Negne By Manesh
4:58 Totem
3:28 Manu Dibango Liberations Song
3:34 Odmenn It Takes Love

Video: J Dilla feat. Nas “The Sickness” (Produced by Madlib)

J Dilla — April 27, 2016 | Comments (13)

J Dilla’s “The Sickness,” produced by Madlib, a recording made in 2001 for Dilla’s The Diary, and completed in 2015 with a verse by Nas. This is a bonus track the iTunes release of the album.

Wake Up You – Vol. 2 – The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977

ON SALE: WAKE UP YOU – VOL. 2 – THE RISE AND FALL OF NIGERIAN ROCK, 1972-1977

Wake Up You! is presented in two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?).

Each volume is presented as both a hardbound book with CD in a resealable plastic sleeve, and as a double LP with a soft-cover book included in a custom-made 12″x 12″ book holder.

Read: ‘Wake Up You!’ Explores The Transitional, Post-War Rock ‘N’ Roll Of Nigeria – NPR’s All Things Considered.

Video: Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977

A short film about Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977. Produced by Uchenna Ikonne and Eothen Alapatt with narration by Uchenna Ikonne. This video was shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli. Wake Up You Vol. 1 is out now. Wake Up You Vol. 2 comes out May 20, 2016

“Bring yo weed, I got a story to tell…”

J Dilla — April 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Available in DARK NAVY BLUE | WHITE | BLACK

“Bring yo weed, I got a story to tell” are lyrics from the title track of J Dilla’s The Diary. The shirts were design by Mason London, printed on Alstyle.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Cocaine Parties in L.A. – 12 inch single

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib — March 30, 2016 | Comments (5)

ON SALE HERE: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – COCAINE PARTIES IN L.A.

Rappcats exclusive: 12-inch single, now shipping. “Cocaine Parties In L.A.” b/w “Cocaine Parties In L.A. (Instrumental)”

“Cocaine Parties In L.A.” is produced by Madlib with lyrics/vocals by Freddie Gibbs. All sleeves are screen-printed by hand, one-of-a-kind – 10 variations in all, but each slightly different. Illustration by Gustavo Eandi, design by Jeff Jank, screened by Hit N Run.

The Diary: Karriem Riggins Speaks on J Dilla

War-Head Constriction “Showers of Stone” – Nigerian rock from the 70s

Now-Again — March 18, 2016 | Comments (0)

Now-Again Records’ decade long investigation into Nigeria’s rock music scene during the 1970s culminates in Wake Up You: The Rise & Fall of Nigerian Rock. Vol. 1 comes out on Record Store Day.

Here’s a track from Wake Up You, Vol. 2, coming in May: War-Head Constriction’s “Shower of Stone”

Pitchfork.com – Record Store Day 2016’s Best and Weirdest Bets: “#1. Various Artists, Wake Up You V.1 : The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music, 1972-1977. This 2xLP compilation of scene that catapulted Fela Kuti to global renown looks to be the type of carefully packaged set that will be well worth checking for at your local store. Nigerian-born writer Uchenna Ikonne, who helped make William Onyeabor’s 2013 album Who Is William Onyeabor? a reality, provides liner notes in a 104-page book that also includes previously unpublished photos.”

The Western world was in the throes of peace, love, and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela Kuti to stardom after conflict ended in 1970.

Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.

Wake Up You! is presented in two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne.

Listen to Ify Jerry Krusade’s “Everybody Likes Something Good” (Wake Up You! Vol. 1)

African garage rock compilation by Christophe Lemaire and Now-Again Records

Now-Again — March 7, 2016 | Comments (2)

ON SALE: CAN’T YOU HEAR ME? AFRICAN NUGGETS AND GARAGE ROCK FROM NIGERIA, ZAMBIA & ZIMBABWE

Paris release party: April 2, 11PM at L’Entreé des Artistes, 30 Rue Victor Masse

Globetrotter of parallel subcontinents and digger of rare, forgotten records, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt tracks sounds from the dawn of time to the four corners of the world. On the other side of the globe, French designer Christophe Lemaire stays forward thinking and audacious in his choices: far from our deified present, he cultivates a love of timeless designs and mixed influences; a passion for iconoclastic music hidden in the dark corners of a global cultural industry.

This extraordinary openness has been at the heart of their friendship since 2007. Their exceedingly eclectic, fierce rock discoveries gave birth to a first anthology, Where Are You From? (Now-Again, 2010), the fruit of Lemaire’s excavating Alapatt’s archives. That was a post-geographic exploration in psych, rock and funk territories from 1968 to now; this second anthology celebrates their impressionist vision and explores garage rock from the 1970s, voicing the struggles of independence in Zambia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Can’t You Hear Me comes from a track by charismatic Zamrock icon Paul Ngozi, a Lemaire favorite. Ngozi’s title track sets the tone for a drastic selection of seventeen songs with rebellious undertones, riddled by an infectious groove, the forsaken writing about a forgotten chapter in the history of music. Ngozi, WITCH, Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Amanaz, Wells Fargo, Eye Q and the Funkees represent a generation fighting for their freedom, armed with fuzz guitars, symbolic objects of a new movement. They played in Fela’s kingly shadow, were influenced by Hendrix’s psychedelic solos, Jefferson Airplane’s penetrating chords and Cream’s repetitive melodies. The music of their colonial oppressors they reassembled and reinterpreted with pure energy, without nod to hymn or flag.

A halo of cosmic design and pure lines, the cover for the anthology by Sanghon Kim transports us in this whirling odyssey in space and time while composer/producer Pilooski concludes the album with an edit of WITCH’s “No Time,” an expression of the critical need to open up to new perspectives, new imaginations and to keep unearthing riches of our universal heritage.

“Through these tracks we can feel the communicative energy, this pure vitality, not only of Africa , but of youth and hope,” Lemaire states. “And I find it quite universal and timeless. It is not about music as an industry , or as product , but music as a craft . And one can immediately recognized when music is created with heart and soul.”