Following their deft handling of musics from Eastern and Northern Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk on the Now-Again album Unstraight Ahead, Karl Hector & The Malcouns combine the previously available only on vinyl tracks from four EP’s – Tamanrasset, Ngugna Yeti Fofa, Coomassi and their latest, Ka Rica Tar — into an album as Krautrock as Afro Beat, as Multi-Culti-Psychedelic as Deep Funk.
Can’t Stand The Pressure is available as a CD that contains the entirety of Ka Rica Tar, and all of the other EP tracks that haven’t come out on CD. And if you missed those limited edition EP’s, don’t trip: Now-Again is issuing a made-to-order set that will contain all four EP’s in their entirety, packaged in a hand silk-screened, chipboard sleeve.
Ka Rica Tar and the Can’t Stand The Pressure CD ship immediately. Can’t Stand The Pressure 4LP set will be tallied in a month and put into production. Expect your set to ship early March 2016. Anyone who orders the box set will receive a download link for all 4 EP’s shortly after placing their order. We know you don’t want to wait for your funk.
Rappcats Exclusive: Limited edition, hand made LP of Alex Goose’s remixes of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata
We wanted to make Madlib and Freddie Gibbs’ Piñata available for everyone that asked to use it in TV shows. So we asked the homey Alex Goose to run through the Now-Again catalog and remix it with samples from within. A year later and you probably heard some of the tunes as you were scanning the tube, maybe Alex’s “Shame” remix in Lebron James’ “Survivor’s Remorse.”
Alex made a custom run of a few hundred hand made LP’s for Madlib Invazion, and we’re selling ’em here. He only made one, short run of these – and they took forever to make, so they won’t be repressed. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Hand stamped Stoughton “tip—on” LP sleeve sealed with a sticker, clear vinyl, includes Erin Garcia print and download card for vocal and instrumental album.
Background: A couple years ago Blu got a few Madlib instrumentals and put together a few demos. The rough collection became the foundation of what would become Bad Neighbor. MED, a longtime collaborator of Madlib, put the pieces together, bringing together an impressive group of MCs and vocalists to complete the album.
A short film about Strange Things, the lost album by the Los Angeles band, 4th Coming. This was shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli. The album is being released by Now-Again as 4th Coming — Strange Things: The Complete Works 1970-1974, Eccentric soul and lost funk recordings from an unlikely crew of Los Angeles musical misfits – one of the finest and deepest examples of Los Angeles soul in the 1970s.
ON SALE: BEAT BOP BOX | Record Carrying Case with artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Get On Down. Now Shipping from Rappcats.
This ultra-sturdy and highly practical record case is covered in classic images from the original Tartown Records version of the 1983 classic hip-hop track “Beat Bop,” produced and designed by Jean-Michel Basquiat, featuring MCs Rammellzee and K-Rob.
The box was manufactured by Get On Down in a limited edition of 1,000; holds up to 50 LPs; black leatherette exterior; metal hinges and clasps; plastic corner protectors. The “Beat Bop” images were licensed from the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Read all about the box here: Beat Bop Box.
Jean-Michel Basquiat gained worldwide fame as a graffiti-inspired painter, whose myth, legend and influence has continued to grow after his early death at age 27 in 1988. For hip-hop heads, Basquiat also earned respect for producing and releasing the 12-inch single, “Beat Bop” (1983) by Rammellzee and K-Rob. The record, which clocked in at only 10 minutes, has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song’s initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s imprint Tartown Records, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist. The record was re-issued – with no picture sleeve – on Profile Records soon after the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat and Rammellzee’s and K-Rob’s next-level lyricism.
Basquiat’s involvement in the music on “Beat Bop” had been subject to some debate over the years. An oral history of the record, written by Andrew Nosnitsky and published at Spin in 2013, does a fantastic job of setting the story straight. Read: Basquiat’s
Ambient Krautrock in line with Cluster, Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream by JJ Whitefield (Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/Karl Hector & The Malcouns).
Now-Again Records has enjoyed a long and creative partnership with Munich-based multi-instrumentalist JJ Whitefield, creative force behind the Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns. Rodinia, his latest project, is quite different than anything that’s come from his oeuvre to date, but follows in the line of the Poets of Rhythm’s great Discern/Define, as it reaches back to Krautrock’s experimental hey day but pushes its boundaries with a post-hip-hop approach.
That’s to say that everything you read in the header above is true, but the ambient sound Whitefield and his Rodinia collaborator – saxophonist and keyboardist Johannes Schleiermacher – reached for found itself morphing over the course of a year. What was originally recorded in a two-day studio lock-in, which found Whitefield and Schleiermacher hooking up “all our vintage synths (Korg MS-20, Moog Prodigy, Roland Juno 60, Jen SX 1000, Korg Polysix), triggering everything with a vintage Korg rhythm box, absorbing some mind altering substances and jamming out,” was later turned into two, side-long suites, with over-dubbed reeds, drums and guitar, and self-made Moroccan field recordings introducing the project on its Drumside.
The result is as winesome and exploratory as those from their forebears, but respectfully distanced from the past’s trappings. With original artwork by Jason Jagel (DOOM’s MM FOOD, Operation Doomsday).
MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Anderson Paak, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk join MED and Blu over 100% Madlib beats.
A couple years ago Blu got a few Madlib instrumentals and put together a few demos. The rough collection became the foundation of what would become Bad Neighbor. MED, a longtime collaborator of Madlib, put the pieces together, bringing together an impressive group of MCs and vocalists to complete the album.
About the single: “Doom’s verse was the interesting one,” says MED. “Doom’s concept was that it’s a text message. He text messages me while I’m not home, so he comes to my house anyway and starts borrowing all kinds of shit, you know, villain-style … going to my house, drinking my beers, going through my DVDs.”