Tomorrow we are hosting a very special event: internationally known J-Pop deejay, Atsushi Sano, from HMV Tokyo, will be spinning records on the shop decks. A rare chance to hear some amazing city pop, nippon soul, Japanese jazz and boogie. Have your Shazams open and ready to catch some new sounds to add to your wantlist! Our famous local deejay Jon from Sweater Funk will accompany with boogie favorites from this side of the pond. Kicking off around 6:30.
When we were coming up, lo-fi hiphop meant DIY 4-track bedroom production with crunchy drums, skewed levels, and that prevailing background hiss. Or a 10th generation tape dub of some obscure underground group from Minnesota. Recently, the term “lo-fi” has come to describe something completely different: a specific sub-genre of instrumental hiphop. One that’s extremely well-produced but characterized by a mellow, introspective style. Pretty and subtle. As if Brian Eno made a hiphop record.
Flugehand’s latest release, entitled “Foremmi,” serves as the quintessential example of this new branch of hiphop. It’s the producers 4th release and demonstrates the high level of maturity of someone who’s been pushing the envelope of the artform. The sample choices are fantastic (jazzy), the sound is lush (of a hi-fi quality) but most impressive is the handling of his loops – the changes are so beautifully nuanced that it’s almost wrong to label them “loops.” Anyways, we highly recommend this one. Perfect listening with coffee first thing in the morning or the last record you put on before bed! Peep it here https://flughand.bandcamp.com/
Another batch of instrumental hiphop beat LPs just landed in the shop. This time they hail from Mr. Brown’s UK label WeStayTrue, which consistently drops the illness. Both titles were made using the classic SP1200 beat machine, giving them a fat, lush, warm sound. The artwork recalls the simplicity of old jazz covers. The Armed Dukes looks like it came straight from the first series of CTI’s catalogue. Read more and do some listening on their soundcloud https://westaytrue.bandcamp.com/
Fresh off the UPS truck all the way from Germany, we got the latest installment of PostPartum’s instrumental hiphop goodness: Jazzquarters “Wayz of Da Underground.” Limited to 250 on Marble wax and 150 of black worldwide. Quality pressing, Japanese OBI strip, and download codes for those on the go. Don’t sleep – these are almost gone off their site and we got limited quantities. Peep the sounds at https://postpartum.bandcamp.com/album/wayz-of-da-underground For the tape heads, we also copped a few of Hydrogenii buttery remixes of those rap classics: https://postpartum.bandcamp.com/album/the-remix-tape-instrumentals
This last week, a gentleman brought in a box of jazz records to sell and kindly gifted us this photo of Miles to hang in the shop. We thought what better way to share it with everyone than on the anniversary of his birthday, May 26th. Happy birthday, Mr. Davis! 93 candles on the cake! Back of the photo is dated 1977; possibly a show he did here in San Francisco. https://originalsvinyl.com/we-buy-records/
We’ve seen plenty of Taiwanese bootlegs of rock records, but rarely jazz titles. Lee Morgan’s “Sidewinder.” This album was Blue Note’s biggest selling record. One of the tracks was covered for use in a car commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r73X2NxyGk. So it’s no wonder it made bootleg status, after a few changes to the cover scheme and a removal of the Blue Note catalog number. The run out groove actually has the Van Gelder stamp. It remained from the wax imprints of the originals to reproduce the bootleg. The sound quality here is pretty good overall.
Just in for the Soul lovers: LIT’s follow up to their release of Lee’s LP “Time and Place.” This comp features rare and unreleased cuts, like “Bad Girl,” which till now has only been available on 45. Check YouTube for the sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lxp7WVXiXU