Dienstag, 27. September 2016

Back2DaSource: 118-000B2DS ft. Mood

After the "Unreleased 93-95 EP" Back2DaSource brings up the next Mood EP entitled "Concealed Revelations" with six unheard and previously unreleased tracks from the 90s recording sessions.

The EP is limited to 300 copies on traditional black wax with full cover picture sleeve. The tracks come from the original DAT cassette so the audio quality will be superb and as good as it gets!

To not forget all the police brutality and the way these issues are dealt with B2DS "dedicated" this EP to Sam Dubose. He was blatantly murdered by the Cincinnati Police Force last year 2015, R.I.P.

Pre-Order: www.back2dasourcerecords.bigcartel.com

A1: Insights (Unreleased Version)
A2: Step By Step
A3: Freedom
B1: Illuminated Sunz (Demo Version)
B2: New World feat. Five Deez
B3: Cincinatti (Jahson Version)

Produced by Jahson, Nardo and Hi-Tek
Mastering by: Vincent Ternest
Design by: K7 Pacoje

My special thanks goes to Mood and Back2DaSource. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only.

B-Line: Interview With Specifik

It's been a while since the last interview on Stitch By Stitch. This is the first of two interviews for Sep./Oct. but now I'd like to welcome Simon "Specifik" (B-Line) here on the blog.

SBS: Simon, welcome on Stitch By Stitch and thank you very much for taking the time. I know it's a very busy and exciting time because you are about to release your first solo project. Let's start traditionally with an introduction.
Specifik: Thank you and what an honour it is to be included on your blog. For those that don't know me I am Specifik of B-Line Recordings UK, full time DJ, Producer, Writer, Husband and Father of three amazing children.

SBS: Alone in the Stitch By Stitch bookmarks I count 9 releases with your involvement that have been posted on the blog over the past few years, bet there were more. Most of them are probably on your own label imprint "B-Line Recordings". Please introduce B-Line to the audience.

Specifik: B-Line Recordings is an independent record label based in the UK that encompasses all elements of Hip Hop culture. My sole aim is to provide a platform for artists to present their work through the medium of vinyl. This as we all know is the holy grail for any aspiring Hip Hop artist. It is also important for me to be able to promote and distribute products real Hip Hop fans can enjoy.

Shop: www.blinerecordings.bigcartel.com

SBS: Release #21 on B-Line is your solo project "Eighty3". What is the story behind the release title and what makes it different to other releases you have been involved in? 

Specifik: The title was simple as the album reflects my journey in Hip Hop, this started in 1983. For me it was a dream come true to create an album like "Eighty3", it has taken years of hard work with the label and as a producer to get to this point. Not only to be able to not only have the platform to do it but also to have the friendships and mutual respect of the artists involved to allow me to do it. I cant begin to tell you how humbled I am and how fortunate I feel to be able to create it. Most of these guys featured are my heroes, I am a fan of the music first so to be able to call them friends in 2016 is just incredible.

SBS: The list of people involved in "Eighty3" is long and full of friends and companions. Time for some shout outs and maybe a few dirty little secrets?

Specifik: Putting the featured artists to one side for a second, here are some of people who essentially made it possible for me: Matty Tibble worked so hard to bring the product together graphically, the guy is a genius and a good friend. Rola is the man who mixed and mastered the whole album, without a doubt one of the finest engineers in Hip Hop. Dudley aka Whirlwind D for continually flying the B-Line flag, he works hard to push and promote every project. I also have to thank Trevor Dare Loveys, John Dyer, Paul Subtwo, Missing Stewart and Dibz who have all provided incredible artwork for this project. Thank you all . . . Another person who supports everything I do is Shane aka Crease, massive thanks to him as he is so passionate about the label and what were trying to achieve. Dirty secret wise I just cant tell you unless I see you in person! I could say Uncle Mic Nitro is a liability but everyone already knows that !

SBS: ... and Stitch By Stitch ;) ... What more can we expect from Specifik in the next years?

Specifik: I already have a few projects in the pipeline including one with a certain German label. I hope to continue the success of the label and keep flying the flag for Hip Hop in Europe.

SBS: Without a doubt music is an important part of our life but I know that you are also very active in charity. Please tell us what charity you support and how people could possibly donate, I know every Penny counts.

Specifik: I have a beautiful daughter called Neive who has Downs Syndrome, she is my absolute world. The reason we work so hard to raise awareness and money is so parents and children have an opportunity to give their child the best start in life. Children with Downs lives can be improved significantly through various therapy sessions and support which are not available or limited on the UKs NHS. These include speech and language, music therapy and physiotherapy, all of which are essential. The charity I support is called Downright Perfect, if anyone wishes to help through fundraising or donations please 

Email: info@downrightperfect.org

SBS: Simon, thank you very much for all the insights. I wish all the best for you and our family, your label and music activities. We keep in touch.

Specifik: Thank you for taking the time to ask me some questions. I hope you all enjoy "Eighty3" and please do feel free to hit me up on facebook with any feedback or just to say hello. For my friends in Germany, myself Killa Instinct, The Dookie Squad, Project Cee & Whirlwind D will be in Berlin for two dates on the 21st (Kopi) and 22nd October (Cassiopeia).

2nd Photo by: Missing Stewart (I Shot Hip Hop)

Donnerstag, 22. September 2016

B-Line: BLN021 ft. Specifik

My crates are full of releases where Simon "Specifik" has been involved and it's about time for this solo project named "Eighty3" on B-Line Recordings. Of course he get's support by lots of friends like Whirlwind D, Chrome, Rola, Project Cee, JabbaThaKut, and many more.

End of September its time to order the full-length LP nicely pressed on clear, green, black splattered vinyl, limited to 100 copies plus traditional black wax.

A: Eighty3 ft. DJ Tones
A: Fight Clean ft. Rola
A: Dangerous ft. Sol Zalez & DJ JabbaThaKut
A: Dark ft. Whirlwind D & Miracle
A: Specifikally Speaking (Skit) ft. Chrome
A: Check The Design ft. Chrome & DJ Tones
A: Mathematic Facts ft. Project Cee & DJ JabbaThaKut
A: King Of What ft. Alkazam, Uncle Mic Nitro, Cosm, Jibberish & DJ Tones

B: If You Don't Know ft. Uncle Mic Nitro
B: The Ghost Of Authenticity ft. Doozer
B: The Right Hand Scratch (Skit)
B: Eighty3 In My Head
B: I'm Jettin' ft. Oxygen
B: Shimano vs Mongoose ft. Junior Disprol
B: Actions Speak Louder ft. Project Cee
B: In Rotation (Outro) ft. Whirlwind D

Order: www.blinerecordings.bigcartel.com (Sept. 28th)

Listen: soon

My special thanks goes to Simon "Specifik", B-Line Recordings and all featured artists. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only.

AE: AE022 / AE023 ft. S.O.E

Producer Mr Fantastic and MC Coherent are Bristol's original S.O.E. dropping "6 Before Breakfast" EP on AE Productions.

The EP gets pressed on camouflage splatter vinyl and comes in a full color picture sleeve with artwork by Stilts and design by Fine. Limited to 50 copies is the "ammo" edition which includes an instrumental disc (black vinyl).

Both artists are also part of the UK based group Journeymen who released their last album "The Four Corners" on AE as well. 

A: Intro / Ready For Combat
A: Pincer Hovement ft. Rola & Truck
A: Heavy Artillery
B: Foreign Lands
B: Verbal Assassin
B: Carcasses
C: Ready For Combat (Inst.)
C: Pincer Hovement (Inst.)
C: Heavy Artillery (Inst.)
D: Foreign Lands (Inst.)
D: Verbal Assassin (Inst.)
D: Carcasses (Inst.)

Order: www.ae-productions.co.uk

My special thanks goes to AE, Mr Fantastic and Coherent. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only. 

Freitag, 16. September 2016

Roots Forward: RF7-06 ft. Krown Rulers

The New Jersey due Krown Rulers (consist of Grand-Pubah and DJ Royal Rocker) became famous for their work with Philly's Tuff Crew in the late 80s.

Soo Deff, Warlock and Roots Forward present the single release of Krown Rulers 1987 hit "Kick The Ball".

"Kick The Ball" was featured on the Tuff Crew / Krown Rulers split LP "Phanjam" and was produced by Ced Gee and Kool Keith. This 7" is a limited edition with stickered sleeve, 100 copies come on pink swirl vinyl, the rest is traditional black wax.

A: Kick The Ball (Vocal)
B: Kick The Ball (Instrumental)

Order: www.rootsforward.com

My special thanks goes to Krown Rulers and Jason at Roots Forward Records. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only.

Dienstag, 13. September 2016

White Label Promo: AOL-1 ft. Aidan Orange

This is one of those mixes that suddenly turn up on the world wide web and get a lot of props for the dopeness. I am talking about Aidan Orange's Throwback Mix of Large P's "Rap Professionals". Just recently I've heard that mid August about 100 copies got pressed as white label promo.

A: Rap Professionals (Throwback Mix)
B: Rap Professionals (Throwback Inst.)

Producer: Aidan Orange

Order: cogs or bay?

My special thanks goes to Aidan Orange Leacy. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only.

Montag, 12. September 2016

KingUnderground: KU/WODV-018 ft. Lewis Parker

KingUnderground has a new Lewis Parker 12" with instrumentals, bass links, accapella and remix for the heads. The burgundy vinyl deluxe edition is limited to 100 copies, black vinyl for the DJs also available.

Cover art by Bee.

Order: www.kingunderground.com

A: Release The Stress
A: Release The Stress (Instrumental)
A: Release The Stress (Bass Link A)
A: Release The Stress (Bass Link B)
A: Release The Stress (Accapella)
B: Mellow Blow
B: Mellow Blow (Instrumental)
B: Release The Stress (Remix)
B: Release The Stress (Remix Instrumental)

My special thanks goes to Lewis Parker and KU. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only.

Office Home: OH-1 ft. Masta Conga

This is the new album of the unpredictable Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra, with totally re-orchestrated tunes to fit Masta Conga’s irreversible taste for vintage hip hop, along with the three MCs Emskee (The Good People), Audessey & Oxygen (Soundsci).

The album is limited to 200 copies only, no other format than flat black plastic.

A1: Got To Get Down
A2: With An Attitude
A3: Wordplay

B1: Zoned Out
B2: Circumstances
B3: Prove You Can Move
B4: Then & Now

My special thanks goes to Office Home Records, Masta Conga, Emskee, Oxygen and Audessey. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only. 

Montag, 5. September 2016

Chopped Herring: CH500D3FF3 ft. S.L.I.M. Rockwell

When Chopped Herring connected up with Soo Deff Records it delivered the chance to hook up with DJ Miz for unreleased S.L.I.M. Rockwell music and maybe more? 

S.L.I.M. was featured on Kool Keith's track "Why You Front?" off the "Sex Style: The Unreleased Archives" LP and he released a solo 12" on Soo Deff Records. 

Beside the 12" tracks "4 Da Heddz" this limited edition vinyl project features previously unreleased tracks from the era 1994-1995. 

A: What He Say
A: Selectah
A: Keep Your Calm
B: Twisted
B: Rubber Stones
B: 4 Da Heddz

"Selectah - The Unreleased 90's EP" is limited to 350 copies - the first 120 copies come on silver coloured vinyl - the remaining 230 are on traditional black wax. 

My special thanks goes to Slim Rockwell and Chopped Herring Records. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only. 

Freitag, 2. September 2016

Chopped Herring: CHPENP4LS03 ft. Slipmat Brothers & Pen Pals

Brooklyn meets Glasgow: New Yorks Pen Pals and Scotlands producer duo Jazz Spasiks collaborate for "Made Of The Underground" pressing 14 tracks on LP and  4 versions of "Oh Yes!" on 7inch vinyl.

Chopped Herring proves sense for another sure shot an puts the release in a full color picture sleeve. 

"Made For The Underground" is limited to 500 copies pressed in full color picture sleeve. The first 120 copies come on orange, red & clear coloured vinyl, the remaining 380 are on traditional black wax. Chopped Herring also offers a mini bundle with bonus 7" limited to 250 copies.

A1: Fanfare
A2: New Fiyah
A3: Oh Yes!
A4: STFU Remix
A5: Grade A
A6: Live & Direct
A7. Busy

B1: Swift With The Rhymes
B2: Hot Jazz
B3: Inject Your Eardrum
B4: Smooth
B5: Drop the Beat
B6: Finefare
B7: Rockin' Funky Lyrics

Mini Bundle Exclusive 7" (CHPENP4LS45)
A1: Oh Yes!
A2: Oh Yes! (Instrumental)
B1: Oh Yes! (Original Version)
B2: Oh Yes! (Original Instrumental)

My special thanks goes to the Slipmat Brothers aka Jazz Spastics, Pen Pals and Chopped Herring Records. All copyrights reserved, posted for promotion use only.