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Illmatic was the debut album from New York rapper, Nas. Upon its original release in 1994, when Nas was just 20 years old, East Coast hip-hop was losing its identity. Illmatic, with tracks like N.Y. State Of Mind, gave the genre’s birthplace a much needed shot in the arm.
Illmatic is reissued on vinyl LP.
Flood is a double live LP by jazz/funk genius Herbie Hancock. It was recorded in Tokyo in 1975 where he was was backed by his band The Headhunters. The album features versions of tracks from his 1973 classic Head Hunters, 1974’s Thrust and also sees him previewing tracks from his, at the time, forthcoming LP, Man-child which was released toward the end of 1975. Flood has never been released on vinyl before. Limited edition 2LP set on Get On Down.
- Vinyl Double LP (GET51294LP)
- Limited edition
Critically unsuccessful and overlooked upon release in 1971, Harlem River Drive’s self-titled debut - also Eddie Palmieri’s first time as a bandleader - nonetheless retains its cult value as a poignant political statement and accomplished musical exercise. Warm, meticulous and highly funky Latin soul, with superb cover art to boot.
The thing you really need to know about this Loose Joints single, Is It All Over My Face, is that the man behind it is the one and only Arthur Russell. This is the first time it’s been available to buy as a 7” single. It dates from the early ‘80s when disco had died and dance music was free of its cheesy shackles, leaving true innovators like Russell to do his thing. The Female Vocal mix by Larry Levan has been a huge influence on the Chicago house scene as its DJs have sampled the drums time and again. 7” on Get On Down.
Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters
Cloak and Dagger
Classic dub LP alert! Lee 'Scratch' Perry sees his 1973 Jamaican original 'Cloak And Dagger' re-issued as originally intended, all artwork present and correct. Widely considered as hallmark Perry, the LP was recorded at his freshly established Black Ark studio in a very fertile period of creativity. Perry brought his house band, The Upsetters along and became the true master of lo-fi innovation, using a four-track with phasers, delays and anything at his disposal as an instrument. A slice of history arrives from the Get On Down label.
Joe Mansfield & 7L & Esoteric
- Vinyl 7" (GET717)
- £6.99 £3.50 (saving: £3.49)
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Tha Alkoholiks’ 1993 debut 21 & Over turns 25 this August, and here’s the celebratory repress by Get On Down. There’s something irresistible about this era of scratchtastic, funky party-beat hip-hop, and these passionate alcoholic beverage enthusiasts in particular, along with collaborators such as E-Swift, are really excellent producers.
Solidifying the sound of hardcore, east coast hip hop, Mobb Deep’s ‘Hell on Earth’ is back on vinyl where it belongs. Get on Down Records have repressed this archetypal N.Y. street rap record. Economical beats made from three note basslines, taut snares and 8-bar piano loops, dense verses and classic guest spots make it one of the most influential records of the 1990s.
- Vinyl Double LP (GET51305LP)
- Vinyl 12" (GET1200812)
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- Last copy
- Vinyl Double LP (GET51327LP)
Ghostface's debut record, Ironman, came in the Wu-Tang's golden era, following on from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and the unmoveable chess-rap classic, Liquid Swords. Like his buddies Rae and the GZA, Ghostface's wicked fast, gleefully surreal raps slotted into place with thanks to RZA's production work. A classic.
Rae's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is an early Wu-Tang solo classic, responsible for sequels and known for classic sampling from the RZA in primetime. This is one of the Wu's most intricately told stories, a record about drugs in New York told through some of the best hooks with some of the best singles.
- Vinyl Double LP (GET51295LP)
Yes yes yes, the hard and heavy 2000 debut from political hip-hop crew Dead Prez reissued on Get Down. Let’s Get Free speaks on Black Nationalism and murderous white racism, backed with thick and chunky analogue basslines. There is even a sighting of a young Kanye West, whose remix of ‘It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop’ turns up on the fourth side of this 2LP.
- Vinyl Double LP (GET51311LP)
A key Arthur Russell track from the album 24→24 Music, mixed by Larry Levan, and split over two sides of a 7”. Funky layers of percussion, disco drums, exploratory bass, psych guitar, arch quasi-operatic vox and spacey keyboards that seem to connect a lineage from Herbie Hancock to Drexciya. So much going on that it should feel cluttered, but remains strikingly spacious and airy. When it shudders to a halt it feels like a spell being broken.
‘I wanna see all my friends at once’ goes the refrain of this classic slice of Arthur Russell-helmed (for it is he) weirdo-disco. Straight from the heart of '80s New York, Russell’s Dinosaur L project was a compelling mixture of the disco and experimental scenes of the time, as evinced by this banger (geddit?).
“They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” is a canonical hip-hop classic, so if you’re new to this, welcome to ‘90s hip-hop, and if you’re not, then welcome back. A tribute to the late Trouble T Roy of Heavy D & The Boyz, the cut became Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s biggest hit and a clear stand-out from the genre’s Golden Era. Also from their first album “Mecca and the Soul Brother”, “Straighten It Out” took the duo’s soul-sampling, charismatic DJ-MC chemistry to tackling the daily grind. And now both tracks are conveniently wrapped around a 7” vinyl just for you.
Get On Down are reissuing the entirety of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 7” form. Here are tracks three and four. Clan in the Front is essentially a GZA / RZA showcase. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber features a chaotic full house consisting of Raekwon, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Inspectah Deck, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RZA and GZA. If you want this you probably know the songs and vice versa!
As the Wu-Tang release their seventh album The Saga Continues, Boston reissue label Get On Down are dropping every track from the classic debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) on a series of seven-inches. In other cases this might seem like a gimmicky or excessive move, but with a record as deathless as this, why the hell not? Classic verses from Ghostface, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, GZA, Method, and of course ODB on these two album-opening cuts.
Operating in the orbit of Gang Starr during the 90’s boom-bap heyday were Group Home, the MC duo of Lil Dap and Melachi The Nutcracker. Livin’ Proof, which was produced by DJ Premier, is their debut full-length, and it still hits plenty hard today. Double LP reissued on the Get On Down label.
Legendary rap duo Clipse get Til The Casket Drops on vinyl for the first time ever. The third in their iconic album series that stretched from the exuberant Lord Willin' into the stone-cold classic Hell Hath No Fury, this Neptunes-produced goodness sees Pusha and Malice curate a mini who's-who of noughties hip-hop -- with features from a post-808s Kanye, Cam'ron and a self-congratulating Neptune Pharrell, among others.
Enduring rap classic and many a person's odds-on favourite for best Wu-Tang solo record, it is called Liquid Swords and it's by GZA/Genius. Known as a continuation on the grainy, filmic sequences of 36 Chambers, this record continued to switch dialogue and snarling snare beats for GZA to impose his narrative on. It was produced by RZA like all good Wu things.
Reissue of Run-DMC’s classic album Raising Hell from 1986. Includes huge classic tracks It’s Tricky, You Be Illin’ and Walk This Way, but the whole album is a stone cold killer and is a key player in breaking hip hop into the mainstream. Co-Produced by the legendary Rick Rubin. Vinyl from Get On Down.
Presented as a 7” box set for the first time ever is the Wu Tang Clan’s classic debut. It’s a beautiful thing spreading the tracks over six 7” records and including 56 page book with interviews and lyrics etc. Wonderful for Wu Tang obsessives but just imagine how many times you are going to have to get off yo ass when playing it.
Repress of Virginia Beach duo Clipse’s 2006 thuggy hip hop album Hell Hath No Fury. Produced by The Neptunes and featuring several tracks with Pharrell Williams as well as Slim Thug, Rosco P. Coldchain, Ab-Liva and The Re-Up Gang. Lambos, money and territory wars. Does exactly as it promises. Gatefold vinyl from Get On Down.
Kool Keith’s filth extraterrestrial character Dr. Octagon is notorious to say the least. Having reunited with Dan The Automator and Q-Bert to celebrate the 21 year anniversary of the release of Dr. Octagon know he has teamed up with Get On Down to present this deliciously deviant dish. Almost 10 tracks on top of the album (5 unreleased) across 3 vinyls housed in an octagonal box with book, a load of pictures and interviews. The glove snaps.
- Vinyl Triple LP (GET58010LP)
The fourth album by Run-DMC gets a nice new re-pressing for 2017. Tougher Than Leather, first released in 1988, has a couple of the gang’s big tunes on it (‘Run’s House’, ‘Mary, Mary’), plus a particularly rich flurry of sampladelic turntablism from Jam-Master Jay. Vinyl reissue on Get On Down.
- Vinyl Double LP (GET52716LP)
- Vinyl LP box set (GET56002LP)
Run-DMC’s self-titled debut album is a no-messing hip-hop classic. Released in 1984, there is not an inch of fat on this record, just sparse and direct drum machine beats and bold Queens flows, plus subtle scratching and sampling from Jam Master Jay. Need we say more? Reissued on vinyl by the Get On Down label.
Ghostface Killah’s 2001 solo statement is a pretty crucial part of the wider Wu-Tang puzzle, as well as a damn good time in its own right. RZA and The Alchemist deal with much of the production, and MC guests include Slick Rick and Raekwon. Bulletproof Wallets is reissued to double vinyl by Get On Down.
- Vinyl Double LP (GET51322LP)
Back we go to way-back-when: the 1980’s, when early hip-hop was coming in to it’s own. Mantronix may not have picked up the same mainstream renown as Run-DMC and the likes, but his Bassline single is a track that more than stands up today. So here we have it, reissued on blue vinyl by Get On Down.
Paid In Full (Mini Madness: Coldcut Remix) is widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking remixes to this day. Coldcut remixed the title track from Eric B and Rakim’s 1987 classic album after their first single, Say Kids, What Time Is It? and before they made Yazz a star with Doctorin’ The House.
Paid In Full (Mini Madness: Coldcut Remix) is available on 7” vinyl.
In listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie Down Productions’ undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded. Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine the New York rap landscape as it was then known, the album, which features the songs “South Bronx,” “Criminal Minded” and “The Bridge is Over,” captures the excitement, urgency and raw power that embodies hip-hop culture as we know it, with KRS-One’s aggressive yet intelligent lyricism backed by Scott La Rock’s hard-hitting, stripped-down beats. A true classic.
We care about funk, and you do to. Just check out The JB’s, one of the many bands to hail from James Brown’s own record label People Records, and you know there’s no way around it. You want it. Now reissued by Get On Down records, Food For Thought is pressed on 150 gram vinyl with a 7” thrown in for good measure. Get on up!
Bell Biv Devoe
Bell Biv Devoe are a spin-off of late '70s boy band progenitors New Edition. Combining late '80s R&B with classic hip-hop styles, the band pioneered one of the most popular sounds of the '80s with the single Poison quickly reaching the top of the charts and subsequently becoming the cult classic it is today. It's still frequently featured on a plethora of contemporary TV series, video games and films.
Despite what the cover may lead you to believe, Skull Snaps were a soul/funk act. The band were an enigma, no one knew who they were and this self-titled LP was their only one. What you’d probably like to know is that it contains the track It’s A New Day, the drum intro of which has been sampled by DJ Shadow, Digable Planets and Eric B & Rakim, among others. That makes it a fairly essential purchase, doesn't it? Reissue LP and CD on Mr. Bongo with sleeve notes by Anton Spice.