Official! Licensed by Pay Jay Productions, this suitcase-style turntable is wrapped in a custom Dilla-inspired illustration by Mason London. Complete with 3 playing speeds, built-in stereo speakers, and a replacement stylus, it’s a great way to enjoy records from the late, great producer, or you can take it around w/ you to go digging. Also included is an exclusive 7″ vinyl featuring Nas and produced by Madlib!
Three seminal trip-hop releases from one of the main architects of the genre, Massive Attack. First up is the Bristol group’s 1991 debut, Blue Lines, which sees a proper 180g reissue. “Unfinished Symphony,” “Safe From Harm,” “Be Thankful,” and more are all here, complete with printed insert and a digital download card.
Also back in print is the trio’s 1994 follow-up Protection. Another classic that defined the downtempo sound, tracks like “Karmacoma,” “Weather Storm,” “Spying Glass,” and of course, the title tune, still offer much to be enjoyed.
The last of the Massive Attack reissues is a re-visioned edition of the aforementioned Protection, and the Mad Professor dubs out the album with mixing board tricks that make No Protection Vinyl LP a classic in its own right. Heads should know that this has been a pricey record to own, and this welcome reissue is the first since the album’s original release in 1995.
There is no doubt that there has been a huge spurt in 45-only djing, and here are 4 essential hip-hop releases to add to your arsenal. First up is one of the biggest NYC party anthems of the ’90s, “Puerto Rico” with “Boriquas On The Set” on the flip. This is the first time the Frankie Cutlass classic is available on a 7″, and the song still holds much potency, so act quick and make sure to cop doubles.
Another 7″ that hit the site is Raekwon’s “Criminology” from his CLASSIC Only Built For Cuban Linx. RZA on production, and Ghostface Killah turns in a fine guest verse. On the flip is “Glaciers of Ice,” which features Mater Killer, and both songs are available for the first time on 7″.
How incredible is the Buddy Baker “Sign Song”- sampling beat? Couple that with Big Pun‘s early, high respected verse, and “Off The Books” easily becomes one of the best and most successful from Psycho Les and JuJu.
And last but certainly not least, here is a 2006 smash from the veteran Oakland MC Too Short. “Blow The Whistle” still bangs (“I go on and on”), and in addition Short going on “the people who can’t fucking hang,” Lil Jon’s bouncy production ensures maximum impact on the dancefloor.
Really, there is no better gift for that music lover (especially if he/she is into hip-hop or alternative sides of the game) in your life than these Okayplayer t-shirts. The online website and community (s/o to Questlove) has acted as a tastemaker since inception, and the simple black Logo Shirt is a perfect way to let people know that you’ve BEEN in the know, which is a sort of thing that music lovers tend to care much about. Also available are the Peanuts-inspired J Dilla shirts (Ma Dukes approved!) in three colors, and trust, you can’t go wrong with these.
More Black Friday RSD 2016 releases! From Pop The Clutch, a compilation of early rockabilly tunes, to the Underworld soundtrack, there is something for vinyl lovers of varying tastes. Below is the list of all the titles included in the latest batch, or just click on the thumbnail above for more info:
– The Bangles Ladies And Gentlemen… the Bangles! Translucent Red Vinyl LP
– Electric Wizard Witchcult Today Silver and Clear Vinyl 2LP
– Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal Gold Vinyl LP
– Porno For Pyros Good God’s Urge Vinyl LP
– Scepter Records Out In The Streets Again – The Soul Sounds of Scepter Red Vinyl LP
– Timothy Leary The Psychedelic Experience Psychedelic Magenta Splatter Vinyl LP
– The Beach Boys Becoming The Beach Boys – Highlights From The Hite & Dorinada Morgan Sessions Red, Blue, or Yellow Vinyl LP
– Bill Callahan Apocalypse Transparent Blue Vinyl LP+DVD
– Sesame Street Sesame Road Red, Blue, Yellow, or Green Vinyl LP
– Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Sessions Gold Vinyl LP
– Steve Grossman Some Shapes To Come Vinyl LP
– Video Liszt Ektakrom Killer 180g Vinyl LP
– Rick Rubin “Jabba Flow” Pic Disc Vinyl 10″
– Motley Crue “Kickstart My Heart / Home Sweet Home” Pic Disc Vinyl 12″
– Sun Ra At Inter-Media Arts 1991 Vinyl 3LP
For those that decided to stay in for Black Friday Record Store Day 2016, some of the of the remaining copies of goodies from the day are now available on the site. Sitting at the top is the deluxe, lavender vinyl reissue of Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats 2011 debut album Bloodlust, which is limited to only 1000 copies. Next is Soundgarden’s Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas, and the bonus EP to the band’s 1991 album Badmotorfinger sees a 25th anniversary, first-time-ever-on-vinyl release, limited to 3000 copies. James Vincent McMorrow’s We Move – Solo Acoustic Version follows, which compiles never-before-heard demos and alternate takes from the Irish singer-songwriter, and we’ve also got a 7-inch green vinyl treat of the out-of-print “Steady, As She Goes / Store Bought Bones” from Detroit rockers The Raconteurs. Situated in the middle is the beautiful clear yellow vinyl pressing of The Wonder Years soundtrack, which will certain take you back to the Vietnam War era, and many of the rough, demo cuts from the influential rock / power pop band Big Star are pressed on vinyl for the 1st time on Complete Third, Vol. 1 – Demo Sessions to Roughs. Rounding out this impressive bunch is the post-rock soundtrack to the film Love Survivor, which resulted from a collaboration between Texas band Explosions in the Sky and film composer Steve Jablonsky. Stay tuned for more!
More from Black Friday RSD 2016! We’ve got another strong batch here, and the UGX x Outcast Texas-shaped die cut of “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” is just so dope. Comb & Razon Sound’s compilation of RARE Nigerian gems, Calabar-Itu Road – Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria, is also essential, and for the first time ever, we’re blessed with some deep James Brown material on James Brown’s Funky People Part 3 Vinyl 2LP. Speaking of funk, Isaac Hayes’ epic “Do Your Thing” is on vinyl for the 1st time, and the Afrocentric, “hip-house” 2nd album from the fun and conscious Jungle Brothers, Done By The Forces of Nature is deservingly put on double LP, you guessed it, for the first time ever. The pretty clear pink vinyl in the middle captures an evening with the legendary jazz musician Ornette Coleman, and finishing out this funky bunch is 180g pressing of live recordings (recorded at Monteral’s rising Sun Celebrity Club in 1978), from the trumpet legend Chet Baker, limited to just 4000 copies worldwide.
More Black Friday Record Store Day 2016 releases! You’ve seen the bootlegs, but this is the first official vinyl release of Bob Dylan’s The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert, for which the folk god went electric for a rowdy Manchester crowd. Don’t worry, the first half is all acoustic, but flip the record over and you get to experience a different side of Dylan. Also in available now is the latest release from the Pickathon vinyl series, with Angel Olsen and Steve Gunn sharing a LP w/ live recordings from 2014. Nothing but hits on the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Explore Equestria Pic Disc, and why even bother with a wreath when you can hang the “Christmas In Hollis” Pic Disc on your door this holiday season! We also got the SCENTED BROWN VINYL pressing of Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics for South Park lovers, and the indie rock outfit Rogue Wave takes on some of the biggest songs from the ’80s on Cover Me, pressed on an aptly colored opaque hot pink vinyl. Last but not least, Rootah and Disrupt dub out a track from the dub godfather Lee “Scratch” Perry. See above for more Black Friday RSD2016 releases!