The Redux

It’s no secret that I’m a giant, giant fan of hip-hop producer Prince Paul. His work with De La, Gravediggaz, Dan the Automator, etal, is all incredible to me. Check out The Redux, an hour-long mix, rich with vocal samples, funky soul loops, and some of the best lyricists around: MC Breeze, Jean Grae, Planet Asia, Beatnuts, the RZA, Chubb Rock (!), Kardinal Official, MF Doom, J Zone, and more. Available as a free download for a limited time.

You Know What Time Is It

The sophomore album from West Coast rap group Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, turns 22 today. Most people seem to prefer their debut release but this is definitely my favorite Pharcyde album. Songs like “Drop” and “Runnin'” have been some of my favorite hip-hop tracks since the mid-’90s, and they still sound amazing to me.

Changes

I was sad to hear that the incredible soul singer Charles Bradley passed away about a week ago. Here’s a video of his cover of “Changes” by Ozzy Osbourne, of Black Sabbath fame. Check out all of his great music over at Daptone Records.

Jazzzips

Talented Vancouver-based creative Rhek has been sharing new selections of hip-hop and dancehall music in his Rapzips Tumblr project, for years now. Each edition includes a .zip folder download of new mp3s selected by Rhek. Recently, he’s added a series of Jazzzips too and they’re really great. Check out JAZZZIP.001 and JAZZZIP.002.

TSOTW: Everyting tee

For this week’s installment of T-Shirt of the Week, I’m rather shamelessly plugging my own brand, Selector, known for obscure reggae references done in nice type, according to some discerning friends anyway. We just dropped this new color of the popular Everyting tee for Fall/Autumn 2017. Also, on a related note, we are currently doing our Labor Day sale, wherein you can get all the stuffs, at 40% off the usual price of said stuffs. Check out the Selector online shop and use promo code LABORDAZE40. Enjoy. Or fulljoy, as the case may be.

HVW8 Reggae

If you’re into reggae vinyl at all, you’ll love the art opening at LA’s HVW8 gallery this Friday. They’ve collaborated with One Love Books to bring In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, the first West Coast solo exhibition of work by iconic and prolific Jamaican illustrator Wilfred Limonious (1949–99). At the same time, they’re opening Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London, which relates to another upcoming title from One Love Books. After researching various reggae LPs and twelve-inches from his record collection, photographer Alex Bartsch has shot fifty sleeves in their original London locations, holding them up at arm’s-length so that they blend in with their surroundings, decades later.

TSOTW: Iced Out

Is Reykjavík in the house? Without a doubt. The weirdos at Stay Weird Forever have been busy staying weird, and now they’re back with another great T-shaped garment for your weird consideration. It says “Iceland” and features the country’s most famous export on it too.

A Common Wonder

This seems like the sort of audio project I’d post about – I’ve certainly posted a lot of the Soul Mates / Amerigo Gazaway mashup/remix albums in the past. This latest one pairs samples from the talented Steve Wonder, with lyrics from Chicagoan rapper Common.