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Release Year: 2014
Label: Stones Throw Records
More: 10'' Vinyl, Special Dj Edition, Download Coupon Included, 33rpm
"Stones Throw Records" is an independent hip hop record label based in Los Angeles, California. It was started in 1996 by Dj / producer "Peanut Butter Wolf". Its subsidiaries "Now-Again Records" and "Soul Cal Records" specialize in funk and soul re-issues. As I said many times, I am not a fan of hip-hop and R'n'B at all. Particularly I recognize this music style only until mid-90s.
However, things are different here. Starting off with the diagnose that this record is wrongly tagged by many record stores as a "hip-hop" release. "The Beats" contains ten instrumental and black-music tracks created by "Madlib" for the "Stones Throw" film "Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton".
This is producer's first original soundtrack and first 10-inch vinyl release. The beats and breaks on the album are typically "Madlib": off the wall, funky, odball, stoned and as many miles away from the mainstream as you'd want them to be. Snippets of rap vocals fly in and out of the tracks, and there are plenty of between-track skits and crazy samples too. Many soul, jazzy and latin elements, retro essence and cinematic feeling draw the scenery of this album which is issued with two different sleeves (girls on one, skull & bong on the other) each wrapped with a custom, removable card, designed in the style of the Boss SP-303 sampler. Great!
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