Vinilisssimo present the first vinyl reissue of Tim Maia’s 1977 self-titled album. Tim Maia was born in 1942 in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and started his musical career at an early age, along with close friends such as Roberto Carlos or Jorge Ben. Carlos would eventually help him to get a deal for his first single at CBS. During the ’70s, Maia started to incorporate soul and funk elements into his style. After a two-year period involvement in the Cultura Racional in Brazil, Maia’s funky style was still at it’s best when he released this album in 1977. It was his first and only recording for Som Livre, the legendary label that became extremely popular due to the many soap operas soundtracks in it’s extensive catalog. This self-titled LP deserves to be shortlisted among Maia’s top records. It features killer tunes like the anthemic “É Necessário”, undoubtedly one of the best songs in his career, and also boogie gems such as “Verão Carioca” or “Venha Dormir Em Casa” that show obvious influences by some of the biggest American soul artists of the time. It also contains intimate vocal delights as in the lovely smooth tune “Música Para Betinha” or even straight funky instrumentals like “Flores Belas”. The string arrangements, wah-wah guitars, horns, deep vocals make this recording a milestone in the so-called “Black Movement” in Rio, where artists like Toni Tornado, Banda Black Rio and Maia himself were bringing in the funky sounds of America and mixing them with local rhythms like samba. Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Double vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release. After two years off, Killer Mike and El-P – known collectively as Run the Jewels – return with their highly anticipated third studio album, Run the Jewels 3, which comes preceded by the Boots-featured “2100,” “Talk To Me” and “Legend Has It.” Additional guests on the record include Joi Gilliam, Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe, Trina and Kamasi Washington. Previously, the duo have released Run the Jewels and Run the Jewels 2, two of the most critically-acclaimed albums of their respective years (2013 and 2014), while each artist has continued to expand their place in the sphere of social commentary. Killer Mike spent a significant portion of the last year, in which RTJ didn’t release an album, urgently supporting one-time Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Concurrently, El-P has expressed his own stout views on the nation’s glaringly changing political landscape. That said, their return to the scene is now imminent.
FLAMING LIPS / OCZY MLODY – VINYL – Produced by the band and their long-time producer Dave Fridmann, the highly anticipated album is the follow-up to THE LIPS’ globally acclaimed 2013 album, THE TERROR. – On OCZY MLODY, THE LIPS return to form with an album no less experimental in nature, but perhaps more melodically song-oriented, recalling the best parts of their most critically applauded albums THE SOFT BULLETIN and the gold-certified YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS.
XX / I SEE YOU – vinyl – I See You is marked by a tonal shift to something close to pure, crisp pop structure, adorned by unusual crescendos that echo a dextrous DJ inching their dancer toward climax without ever quite lifting the house lights. It’s lyric sheet moves from the danger and hopelessness of love to it’s deliciousness and rapture; a move into a more outward looking proposition. I See You is recognizably still The xx but is now powered by the voluble ambition of it’s three perfect counterweights to one another starting to not just realize but harness their full potential. You might even want to think of the decisive move from Joy Divi-sion to New Order here, too. When they take their plum festival slots in 2017, armed with the ten most robust songs of their career, The xx should prick the skin and touch gently the shoulder of an audience reaching to the back of the field.
On his second album, producer Christopher Taylor reflects on the whirlwind that followed the release of his well-received first. The result is a lush collection of far-reaching R&B and Taylor’s most personal work to date. Opener “Hard Liquor” chronicles the beginnings of a wild romance. “This whole record was like a lesson for me to just be like, ‘You know what? If you like it, just do it,” he told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe. “Don’t try and hide anything or think too hard about it. If it feels right, just do it.’” Via iTunes
Madlib’s remix of Champion Sound, plus a previously unreleased track recorded in the original Jaylib sessions: “Da Rawkus.” Vocals: J Dilla. Production: Madlib. This is the first time these remixes have been released on vinyl. It is the first time “Da Rawkus” has been released anywhere. The remixes were originally included on the Champion Sound (Deluxe Edition) double CD.
Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album, the masterful, magisterial “Migration” – a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and beyond. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholy, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work, as Green says of the broad dynamics on the album, “Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life.”
The Return Of The Classic is the return of Greek beat-master Mister T. to the Cold Busted label, and he certainly explores a classic sound. Based in Athens, Mister T. has long been transmitting the jazzier side of downtempo hip hop, with top notch jams that are soulful, swinging, and undeniably funky. This album is the latest in a string of Mister T. collections on Cold Busted… as prolific as Mister T. is, his quality never falters and the tunes don’t disappoint. The Return Of The Classic contains a multitude of magical dance floor moments, including the bluesy skank of “Break My Back”, the breakdance funk of “Put The Needle On”, the high energy horn section groove of “Elephant”, and the title track’s shuffling big beat and stew of crafty samples. The Return Of The Classic has beats and funk for days, with Mister T. delivering a beloved old school sound to today’s jazzbos.
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION contains the original album – newly remastered from the original tapes by David Glasser, and restored by Plangent Processes. The Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary 12″ Disc Limited Edition of the original album. There is a limited run of 10,000.