BINKBEATS: J Dilla Live Mixtape

J Dilla — December 27, 2013 | Comments (15)

Binkbeats is a musician, percussionist, and producer who has produced a series of live mixtapes dedicated to the work of various hip-hop producers on his Youtube page BINKBEATSmusic. In his latest, he unravels J Dilla’s tracks Make’em NV, E=MC, Won’t Do, and Fall in Love.

Filmed by Johannes Fabery de Jonge, Dongwei Su, Bas Vermolen. Audio recording and mix by BINKBEATS & Simon Akkermans at the Epic Rainbow Unicorn Studio.

Madlib – Rock Konducta

Madlib — December 5, 2013 | Comments (11)

NOW SHIPPING AT RAPPCATS.COM: MADLIB – ROCK KONDUCTA VOL. 1 LP

Madlib will release Rock Konducta Vol. 1-2 on all formats in Spring 2014. Shipping now is the advance LP release of Rock Konducta Vol. 1. Vinyl only. No CD, no digital. There isn’t even track titles.

Rock Konducta is the latest in Madlib’s instrumental “Beat Konducta” series, the producer’s raw hip-hop beat tapes brought to life. Previous titles include Movie Scenes and Beat Konducta in India, imaginary film soundtracks; the self-deceptive A Tribute to J Dilla;the Beat Konducta in Africa inspired by the Zambian “Zamrock” music scene of the ’70s.

The latest album finds it’s inspiration in various worldwide underground rock scenes from the 1960s through the 80s: American psychedelia, Germany’s Krautrock, acid-soaked Spanish prog-rock and synthy, early-80s oddities. Tied together by Madlib’s unique sensibility, these music scenes coalesce into a new whole.

Album cover: half high-gloss white, half filthy. Design by Jeff Jank.
Pitchfork: Madlib “Hold the Organ” from Rock Konducta v.1 LP


HOUSTON RAP book – NY Times Holiday Gift Guide

Sinecure — November 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica wrote about Houston Rap for the paper’s Holiday Gift Guide….

‘HOUSTON RAP’ “Houston Rap,” the book, is a handsome collection of photos by Peter Beste and interviews by Lance Scott Walker that capture the city’s hip-hop history in full. But the deluxe bundle edition is where the goodies are — an additional book of interviews, a vinyl pressing of DJ Screw’s album “All Screwed Up,” a seven-inch single with DJ Screw remixing UGK on one side and Fat Pat on the other, and most exciting, a DVD of “Fat Pat: Ghetto Dreams,” a hard-to-come-by late-’90s document of the hip-hop scene on Houston’s south side. It showcases the candy-painted cars, the molasses-slow music and, ultimately, the casualties: Fat Pat was shot dead in 1998, and, in 2000, DJ Screw died of a codeine overdose. (Sinecure, two books, one LP, one seven-inch single and one DVD, $150.) – Jon Caramanica, The New York Times, November 29, 2013

HOUSTON RAP with slipcase and deluxe package now shipping worldwide.
HOUSTON RAP (HARDCOVER SLIPCASE) | HOUSTON RAP (DELUXE PACKAGE)

Beat Konducta in Paris – photos by Edwige Hamben

Egon, Madlib — November 14, 2013 | Comments (65)

Updated | Madlib did a surprise show in Paris last week at Mellow Bar with Egon and Blackjoy. We announced it here just a few hours ahead of time. A bunch of people made it in and had a good time, while others didn’t make it in and left us messages not fit for publication. Big thanks to Edwige Hamben for the photos.





Madlib with Benji B on BBC Radio 1

Madlib joined Benji B in the studio for an extremely rare interview and an hour long DJ mix.

Madlib BOILER ROOM

Madlib — November 7, 2013 | Comments (20)

Madlib did a set for Boiler Room in San Francisco on October 19th. Here’s the video. Call out the track list in comments if you got ‘em.

Last night in London…

Egon, Madlib, MF DOOM — November 5, 2013 | Comments (6)

Last night we announced a last-minute Madlib show in London at Dance Tunnel.

With support from One Handed Music’s Paul White, Mr Beatnick, Radio 1′s Benji B, and Now-Again’s Egon, an hour before the doors opened the queue stretched half-way down Kingsland Road. Those who did get in were treated by two impressive special guests: Madlib collaborator MF DOOM, and another collaborator of yet-to-be-released works, Mos Def. (Sorry. We’re suppose to call him Yasiin Bey.)

You can watch a Vine of Mos Def spitting over Madlib below, courtesy of Mr. Beatnick. Thanks also to Fact Mag for shouting out the show.

Madlib – Pill Jar LP

Updated, Nov. 2013 | Earlier this year we put together a short collection of tracks from Madlib Medicine Show #1-13 called Pill Jar, presented here as a free download from Rappcats.com. The collection has now been expanded and pressed onto vinyl. The record is a limited edition pressing, available on white vinyl only through one retailer in USA and black vinyl in Europe.

You can still download the original 8-track collection here: Madlib Medicine Show: Pill Jar

Madlib – Pill Jar LP – Track list:
A 01. Static Invazion (from MMS #5)
A 02. Episode XVI (from MMS #5)
A 03. Kill ‘Em Remix (from MMS #1) with Guilty Simpson
A 04. The Paper (from MMS #1) with Guilty Simpson
A 05. What Can U Tell Me (from MMS #9) with MED
A 06. The Frontline (from MMS #3)
A 07. African Voodoo Queen (from MMS #3)
A 08. Afrosound Panorama (from MMS #3)
A 09. Kane (from MMS #12-13) with DOOM
A 10. Interlude
B 01. Plastic Cup (from MMS #12-13) with J Dilla
B 02. Watch Out (from MMS #12-13)
B 03. The Poet (from MMS #12-13)
B 04. Interlude
B 05. Afritonic Pt. 1 (from MMS #3)
B 06. The Show (from MMS #3)
B 07. Jungle Sounds (from MMS #3)
B 08. Red, Black and Green Showcase (from MMS #3)
B 09. Interview #4080 (from MMS #11) with Karriem Riggins
B 10. Funky Butt, Part 1 (from MMS #7) with James Poyser & Karriem Riggins

Artwork by Rogerio Puhl, design by Jeff Jank.

MED + Blu + Mayer Hawthorne + Madlib – “THE BUZZ”

Blu, Madlib, MED — November 4, 2013 | Comments (14)

MED + Blu, featuring Mayer Hawthorne “The Buzz” (produced by Madlib)

Released on 12-inch single with Dam-Funk on the flip side: two vocal tracks, bonus beat, instrumentals & a cappella. Stones Throw & Fat Beats have copies on sale.

Houston Rap: Photographs by Peter Beste

Sinecure — October 15, 2013 | Comments (20)

Exclusive Pre-sale: Houston Rap book with slipcover, 2LP, DVD, 45, Bag.
Update: Worldwide shipping.

HOUSTON RAP (HARDCOVER SLIPCASE) | HOUSTON RAP (DELUXE PACKAGE)

Houston Rap (Sinecure Books) is an immersion into the everyday life of the Houston Hip Hop community. This hardcover 272 page book features the photography of Peter Beste who spent 9 years documenting the culture alongside writer Lance Scott Walker. The book is edited by Johan Kugelberg who also worked with Peter on his previous book True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice) which to date has sold through 8 editions.

Houston Rap profiles noted artists such as Bun B of UGK, Z-Ro, Willie D of the Geto Boys, Paul Wall to name a few sharing their reflections on the lives of departed legends such as DJ Screw, Pimp C, and Big Hawk.

The book also features community leaders, rappers, producers, businessmen, and family members, all providing an astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative.

The Slipcased Exclusive version consists of Houston Rap hardcover book housed in a limited slipcase, packaged alongside a Fat Pat/DJ Screw 7-inch.

The Deluxe Bundle is the book housed in a limited slipcase, a Fat Pat/DJ Screw 7-inch, a Fat Pat “Ghetto Dreams” DVD, the Houston Rap Tapes (a companion book of interviews) and DJ Screw’s musical opus, All Screwed Up, pressed to wax as a 2LP for the first time ever.