this record has been created as a resource for sample-based music producers and provides a selection of 4/4 grooves and breaks: from minimalist to intricate, straight to swung, and also includes single hits of vintage kicks, snares, hi-hats, toms and cymbals, all recorded at ata records studio a with 1960s analog recording gear onto 2” tape before being mixed and mastered for vinyl. simon allen is the drummer and co-founder of british funk quartet, the new mastersounds. since the band formed in leeds, uk in 1999 he has played drums on all twelve of their studio albums and toured extensively across north america, europe and japan. on his adventures with nms, simon has jammed with funk and soul-jazz legends such as fred wesley, pee wee ellis, maceo parker, art neville, lou donaldson and melvin sparks, as well as fellow drummers bernard purdie and zigaboo modeliste, all of whose music has profoundly influenced his “deep pocket” approach to the drum kit.
“the art of 10 seconds” consists of beats composed on the legendary emu sp 1200. the machine allows you to only use 10 seconds of memory for sampling.
boora explores soviet jazz archives of the 60s and 70s, scientific documentaries, folk music and sounds of nature to bring you the raw and unique sound experience straight out of moscow, russia.
fredfades is a norwegian producer specialising in the uncut raw hip hop. here’s his debut solo album, “warmth”. (vinyl includes download code) in 2013 he dropped a classic with ivan ave called breathe on kingunderground records. warmth is his debut solo album following a long line of singles, collaborative albums, cassettes and load of independently released projects. the album has 16 tracks made from jazz, soul and boogie samples with gritty drums and a dash of synth stabs, mixed by fred and mastered at strype audio in oslo by christian obermayer. the title track warmth is the last track on the album and was sampled from a live recording off one of fred’s favourite jazz records that is always on heavy rotation at the crib. guests at the table include med (stones throw), mndsgn (stones throw), ivan ave, (jakarta), moruf, koreatown oddity (stones throw), chester watson and more.
this instrumental hip-hop 45 is an ode to the love of jazz fusion and that dusty sound with a handful of tracks recorded from 2013/2015. both of the tracks love fusion & floating were made over the course of three epic days locked in the studio on the mpc 2500. as simiah tells it, “diamonds for me was basically the tipping point to where i could rock new grooves. it was like i had made another mistake, but it was a step in the right direction. new chops and new vibes.” the cover art is by j byles with the layout by bee. full colour artwork in a sleeve with spine
originally released in 2008 as a limited edition cd. *sniper beats* is now finally available on vinyl from kingunderground, with download code included. *sniper beats - underscores for drama & action* contains 13 instrumental tracks from mr parkers vast production collection. each track was originally selected by lewis and recorded raw out of the sp-1200 (with no external samplers involved). those same tracks have now been remastered for this limited and much anticipated vinyl release. this is a must have in any long time lewis parker fans collection and for any newcomers a record that shows his pedigree as one of the best sampling producers in the game right now. limited to 300 copies this will likely sell out fast so get your orders in now to avoid disappointment.
kingunderground is proud to announce rebel base, the highly anticipated collaboration between nottingham based rhyme and beat duo cappo and nappa. with their first single dropping in 2013 in the form of boom bap gem red hot, this slick and sonically stylish project touches on sounds from the past, present and future of hip-hop.
this limited edition 7 vinyl from mcm, released in conjunction with headcount records is a little slice of history. the former lyricist and front-man of the pioneering uk hip hop crew, caveman delivers two solid joints. caveman was the first uk hip hop group to get signed to a major label and signed to profile records in 1990. the crew quickly established themselves as one of the uks most popular and versatile acts. over 20 years after the first caveman album, mcm is back. the a side cut, r.e.a.l (rhymes equal actual life) is featuring fellow high wycombe emcee c-lone and is produced by rinse dog with the cuts by mr brown. the b-side cut is through and through mcm.
cappo & nappa are announcing a new collaboration and red hot is the first of the releases. red hot is taken from the forthcoming album: rebelbase, which is entirely produced by nappa of phi-life-cypher. the 12 inch contains half vocal tracks and half instrumentals, with a bonus beat and acapella thrown in. there are only 300 copies available.
this is the second track taken from lewis parkers forthcoming album the glass ceiling. walking on a razor part 1 finds lewis demonstrating his skills on the mic over a raw, hard beat with those classic sounding lewis parker drums. meanwhile, on walking on a razor part 2, lewis called in two legends of the game, sadat x & shabaam sahdeeq, to lay two hot verses in among his own. this extended 12inch also includes two lewis parker remixes, plus instrumentals to all the tracks and an accapella. limited pressing so act fast.
originally released in 2015 on cassette by g.e.d. soul records. now for the first time on 1lp vinyl on kingunderground, remastered and limited to 500 copies. the album is a collection of delightfully smoked out, library inspired instrumentals. following in the footsteps of their highly enjoyable 2011 debut. “return of” combines many shades of many moods into a tight record that finds a nice balance between strange hype arrangements and super chill ‘couch-lock’ inducing slow jams. it embarks on a cinematic soul journey from the opening note, through the interlude, straight to the closing credits.
by nights: yogisoul’s debut album. this exciting conceptual listen features guest appearances from ivan ave, moruf, awon, lumihd, dialate and the instrumentalists kristoffer eikrem (jazz cats) and deandre grover who appear throughout the project. the cover art is a photo taken of a dusk-time basket ball hoop, using a design by dirty hans. comes with full album download card.
for ku-023 we wanted to do a something simple with no concept or title, just some solid instrumental beats. mr brown dug through his vast library of beats and he picked out four dusty, boom bap, sample filled productions that perfectly fitted with the concept of the release. there are two beats per side, ‘weathered’ & ‘now see me’ on side a and ‘tiny sunset’ & ‘bluey’ on side b.
fredfades is making his name in hip-hop circles worldwide as one of the most genuinely jazzy producers around. so what happens when he joins up with the gifted jazz trumpeter kristoffer eikrem for a full lp release? needless to say, the project lives up to its title *jazz cats*. the two enlist several other jazz musicians on this innovative lp, as well as rappers like ivan ave. somehow the many voices and hands involved all fit smoothly into the format, as fred s unique beat aesthetics and eikrem s silky melodies solidly combine in an organic sounding piece. the vinyl lp includes a download code.
hands is the epitome of a fredfades & ivan collaboration, relying on supremely minimalist production and heartfelt lyrics. it came together naturally on a late winter night in oslo almost two years ago, and was released as part of an online ivan ave ep. according to ivan this is the one song that listeners/fans most demanded be given a physical release. so with no further ado, we present you with this throwback gem on a 7 inch. it also includes the timeless instrumental on the flip.
fredfades & ivan aves *breathe* ep is available on a limited edition 12 inch of 250 copies with full colour artwork and inner-sleeves. the ep contains 17 tracks all produced by fredfades, some of which were produced on the emu sp-1200 and the others on the akai mpc 2000xl. the a-side are all vocal tracks by the norwegian lyrical genius ivan ave, formerly known as ivan average. the b-side is like a mini madlib *medicine show* with a mesh of fredfades instrumentals, samples and cuts. it is one of those records where you can put the needle on the wax and listen to it the whole way through, with no gaps in between the songs. the song *waiting forever* is featuring kristoffer eikrem on the trumpet, who fred met through a fellow friend/musician, mathias stubø (proviant audio, bbe records) & tarjei, who plays the keys. the song was recorded at norges musikk høyskole / the norwegian music high school.
simiahs *purple dreams* is a 6 instrumental track ep, re-mastered for vinyl by mr brown. originally planned just to be a 10 track free download but now available on wax. includes a vinyl exclusive, bonus song called *in this*. featuring the ernest herb and the fat controller on the keys. original cover artwork by skev with the layout by bee.
here we have two new tracks from shabaam sahdeeq. the a-side is produced by lewis parker and the b-side produced by pings. the record includes instrumentals and acapellas to both songs. full colour artwork by bee.
both of these tracks are taken from the forthcoming full length album, *keepers of the lost art*.