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The Art of the Sample

Some very hippity sort of hop from Blockhead here. The NYC producer is one of those beatmakers who may never have heard any music 1) while not stoned and 2) that was made after 2004. As with last year's plunderphonics opus Funeral Balloons, new LP The Art Of The Sample is full of crisp funk and soul instrumenta...view item »

Downtown Science

Blockhead rolls out his second album of instrumental hip-hop, this time, a moody ode to New York City. "Expiration Date" sets the tone with a languid trumpet piping over a speed-up voice and a delicate guitar line, while both "Roll Out the Red Carpet" and "Serenade" starts off with a snippet from a distant musical before the former introduces a ...view item »

Bells and Whistles

Double Vinyl LP on Blockhead Records. Blockhead is the moniker of New York based hip hop producer James Anthony Simon, mainly known for his work on Ninja Tune and producing for Definitive Jux’s Aesop Rock, Cage, and Murs. Bells and Whistles is ano...view item »

Interludes After Midnight

I honestly didn't like this album at first, but after listening to it more and more it really is true, classic Blockhead. His music has a way of eluding you at first, then all of the sudden you "get it". Creeps Crouchin' is my favourite track right now. It has elements of true downtempo, then part way through the typical Blockhead samples find t...view item »

DJ Signify & Blockhead
Nobody Smiling (parts 1 and 2)

Bully Records have released some fine 7"'s over the years and here's another by DJ Blockhead & Signify. Instrumental hip hop for ya which is doing nothing new whatsoever but it's always extremely fine and well prepared. 'Nobody Smiling' has a slight chinese twangy feel to it with some chunky beats banging along like Ron Jeremy. For fans of...view item »