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Re-issue Drop from HMV Tokyo

Our friends from HMV Tokyo were nice enough to bring us a handful of their recent re-issue LPs. These are only available in Japan – they do not ship these abroad. Limited edition, high quality pressings on 180 gram virgin vinyl with OBI strips, heavy cardboard covers, and inserts.

The T.Honda 45 at center offers heavy jazz funk covers of two classic tunes. Fans of Kudu and CTI should peep the slow grooves on Leeward by the Mabumi Yamaguchi. For those into Boogie and AOR with recommended the albums by Haruko Kuwana and Taeko Ohnuki (the latter an all-time best seller in Japan). The jazz traditionalists who dig Bill Evans and Gene Harris will enjoy Scenery, Ryo Fukui’s lovely piano trio recording. And finally, one copy of the now sold out Sounds of Sound; a hybrid of everything pysch.

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6/13: Japanese DeeJay Extraordinaire

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.

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German Lo-Fi Instrumental HipHop: Flughand

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

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WeStayTrue instrumental HipHop Drop

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

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PostPartum HipHop Drop

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 For the tape heads, we also copped a few of Hydrogenii buttery remixes of those rap classics:

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Happy Birthday, Miles Davis!

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.

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IF#2: Lee Morgan – The Sidewider

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: 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.