Though originally released back in 2008 as a sampler track on a limited edition CD from producer Gold Coast, Queensland, M-Phazes, it did end up reworked for his CD/Cassette release, 2012's LP Phazed Out. Though mysteriously in 2008 it also managed a 12" release on a promo vinyl with dirty version, instrumental and acapella via a European source. Oddly enough the RZA produced Bobby Digital track U Can't Stop Me Now with Inspectah Deck was on the flip.

Cue 2016 and Brooklyn label Coalmine return to the Record Store Day phenom with a new Limited 45. Their previous RSD release was in 2014 with Pharoah Monch's Get Down, also produced by M-Phazes. The Perfect Timing 45 is pressed on blue wax and the paper label recreates the classic Electra look, just as the front cover also incorporates a design inspired by the Pete Rock & CL Smooth logo. Glad this was issued on 45 (with instrumental), but disappointed that Swedish producer's Max I Million's worthy remix with DJ Devastate is only being used as a promotional tool for the 45 and wasn't included on the actual release.

Available everywhere at the moment, but check out FatBeats.

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I'm really liking the output on this label. The first release from Freqnik & WDRE released back in 2014 is everything I love about instrumental Hip Hop: Lots of samples, funky arrangement, and that gritty sound. It took well over 12 months until we were treated to the second release, this time from Canadian producers DJ Pump and Hedspin. That one didn't disappoint either and gave new hope to the idea that this label would be putting out more output. Well fortunately we didn't need to wait another year for this third release. In a matter of months since the previous one, we have a new 45 this time showcasing the production talents of North Carolina beat maker Drugs Beats.

This release continues the top quality instrumental Hip Hop stylings that we now come to expect from the label, although each tune is some what shorter in duration. Infact, I'm hesitant to call these full tracks, as they are much more like exercises on the MPC. Drugs Beats gives us a total of four of these exercises, spread over both sides of this 45. Right off the bat, I have to say these are great. They are packed with familiar samples such as the Ohio Players "Funky Worm". The J Dilla influence is strong on this release - infact DJ Houseshoes recently featured Drugs Beats on his most recent producer showcase series on "The Gift Volume 10", which did include all 4 of these exercises in its tracklist.

If this sounds like your bag then I'd suggest grabbing this release right away before it sells out. It's definitely packed full of head nodders for your next mixtape.

Grab this release from Juno Records

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I Like Droop Capone. He's my kind of hip hop. Just dude being dude. No pretense. His earliest appearance on wax was the 3rd release on Thes One's label PUTS Records way back in 1998, the EP Nommo Warfare. Since then he's had about 4 albums and a grip of 12" singles. He even got in early on the 45 scene back in  2003 with the sex track Punan Puffessa and another 3 after that odd tune. This new release doesn't contain new tracks, instead they have both been pulled from his 2010 LP The Grateful Dead. Both tracks produced by Ear Dr.Umz the MetroGnome, with Safe in Sound featuring female emcee Rogue Venom.

Cop it here via Ear Dr.Umz's Bandcamp or via dr.Oop's Bandcamp.

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It's always a good day when a new label is announced. It's an even better day when the first release on that label is from someone from your own city. The label might be Strange Neighbor from Los Angeles, but the artist is from Sydney, Australia (though he did spend a a few years in Japan, but has since relocated to Melbourne). DIZZ1 started off his musical artistry playing drums at a very early age, but in the late 90s his vinyl habit saw him becoming a skillful turntablist and an all round deejay about town. He toured with electronic groups like ON INC and dBCHILLS where his drumming abilities came back to the fore. After a freak accident in which he broke his neck, he spent the time recuperating by teaching himself musical production on an MPC. In 2008 he participated in the Red Bull Academy in Barcelona and since then he has racked up a tidy discography on eclectic labels such as The Netherlands based Rush Hour and Kindred Spirits, hooked up with ROOTS MANUVA for Big Dada and last year dropped his debut LP In Sickness & In Health on Tru Thoughts

Now on the other side of the world comes his first 45 release via the USA label STRANGE NEIGHBOR. Having worked with many underground emcees such as SADAT X, ALOE BLACC and TAME ONE it's cool to hear the vocals of Philly born HEZEKIAH and keyboardist RALPH REAL on Shots Fired. The 84bpm tempo relies on an engaging guitar line punctuated by by some occasional buffed up brassy horns and is far more restrained than DIZZ1's more experimental excusrions. The b-side is the more spaced out remix by SWEATSON KLANK. The lyrics focus on the unfortunate observation of recent American police brutality towards those who aren't of the caucasian persuasion. Sadly an ongoing tale that shows no sign of abating. 

First released as a digital file in December 2015, it is now available on 300 limited clear vinyl as of the 29th January 2016. And there's another one on the way.

Available from USA via FAT BEATS or the UK via JUNO as well as the usual spots.

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Substantial - Follow the Master

Written on 24 September 2015

Maryland emcee SUBSTANTIAL drops a very limited edition 45 on sublabel ORIGU, related to the funk imprint Our Label.

The rolling drums on the 88bpm tempoed A Side 'Follow the Master' were produced by Washington, DC production duo The Other Guys. The vocal refain on the chorus reminds me of Masta Ace's 'Go Where I Send Thee', so that is never a bad thing. The even more relaxed flip 'Cool Mornings' is more of a Summery tune with female chorus and production comes from Algorhythm.

Both have been previously available digitally on separate releases, but making their debut vinyl appearance on this 500 pressed edition. 100 of those have been signed by Substantial and are only available via his Bandcamp page.

Available here via the Origu cartel page.

Postage is a tad more expensive at the Bandcamp page.

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