April 2016 release. The J Dilla Figure is an official Pay Jay Productions release, produced under the oversight of the Estate of James Yancey.
The Figure was conceived and rendered by Detroit artist Sintex, designed and sculpted by Seoul-based toy artist P2PL. It was manufactured by Blitzway on behalf of Pay Jay.
The Figure is 7.5″ tall. The Figure’s hat, sampler and chain are removable and the Figure’s arms articulate. New to this version is the addition of a removable handmade shirt that replicates the shirt worn on the “Donuts” album jacket. The Figure comes in a custom designed box, wrapped in paper to best attempt to protect the box from rubbing in shipping. The Figure comes in a clamshell case inside the box. Please note that the box is for the protection of the Figure during transportation and is not replaceable if damaged.
Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.
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This is Now-Again’s attempt at righting historical oversights, while shining a new light on music’s best and bravest from the last half of the 20th Century. Each release is produced with the direct participation of the artist.
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Current release: Paternoster (Ship date April 18) Paternoster 1/LP, 1972. This is the first official reissue of an Austrian prog-psych masterpiece (Read more)
Following Last Transmission, their collaboration with Melvin Van Peebles, the Heliocentrics finish off their trawl through the vaults of tracks recorded at their old digs – Quatermass Studios – with psychedelic tinged funk and jazz instrumentals first heard on Gaslamp Killer’s HELIO X GLK EP, tracks Rolling Stone describes as “sprawling, with percussive patterns that suddenly morph into extraterrestrial sound blasts and opaque, detouring patterns.”
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 (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.
Madlib Medicine Show is a series of album and mixtape releases by Madlib. This is the first time the Madlib Medicine Show “Brick” box set has been released on vinyl. The Brick contains seven albums with thirteen LPs, all of the originally-produced material by Madlib in the series:
It’s Madlib’s original Unseen-era “bad character” drawing of Quasimoto, drawn by Jeff Jank. The character measures 7″ wide, 17″ high, printed on Alstyle tees.
A brief history of Lord Quas:
Madlib has told the story in interviews of how he created Quasimoto, aided by some chemicals, as someone to rap on his beats for his own private listening while living in Oxnard CA in the 1990s. These private recordings eventually became The Unseen (2000, Stones Throw).
The visual character of Quasimoto developed separately. It was first drawn by DJ Design (credited as Keith Beats) for Quasimoto’s “Microphone Mathematics” single, representing the three members of Madlib’s group Lootpack. The character was adapted by Jeff Jank for the inner artwork of The Unseen to represent the lyrics for the song “Bad Character,” looking up skirts, passing out poison apples, carrying a brick.
It was the fans of this album that started to identify the character as Quasimoto himself. By the second album, The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, it was accepted that the character is Quasimoto, and Madlib even referred to carrying a brick in one of the lyrics.
Jeff Jank says in an interview, “Quasimoto was always Madlib’s creation, but I love the way the visual side has developed. In the years since, Quasimoto has been a toy, a bad tattoo, an internet meme… I keep drawing him, even if Madlib isn’t rapping him anymore.”
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.