frank is the latest release from dolfin records, a texas indie label with a prominent underground roster that includes rapper lord byron, producer ben hixon, r&b singer jon bap, and former stanley clarke drummer mike mitchell. liv.e is one of the newer artists on the label, having previously collaborated with hixon through a series of dj parties in dallas (“new math mondays”). hixon and bap have significant marks on this project, providing production, mixing, and background vocals. the beats they lend are often heavy on the drums, with short, hazy riffs that resemble dilla-style syncopated loops. frank opens with a short hiss, launching into a jittery pattern of cymbals and drums, stinging bass slaps, and bouncy guitar riffs. you can almost see the tape reels rolling in front of you as the instrumental loops play themselves out with occasional flutters and skips. a chorus of voices enter with harmonies out of the george clinton songbook, blending in behind the slow, finger-snapping beat. it sounds more like a lost, dusty funk recording from the ’70s than an r&b song made in 2017. -nitish pahwa (passion of the weiss)
it was a free mixtape download in 2008, but this is the first time it has been available as physical release and the first time the instrumentals (on disc 2) have been available period. produced by nick speed, except *head* produced by quelle chris and *lets go* produced by danny brown / featuring rapper big pooh, marv won, chips d nero, o-dash and others. the double 12 inch lp comes in gatefold sleeve with an exclusive 7 inch.
debut release on houseshoes s street corner music from the ct based producer. foisey s music got into my hands thru mutant academy. i became aware of these rva kids last year and told them to send a pack. what initially stood out was the beats from foisey, a young cat from connecticut. he kept sending packs and i put together a dope collection of his instrumentals. laid back vibes with a punch. you won t be disappointed. beats.
debut lp on street corner music from the ct based producer. -while preparing for my radio show about a year ago, i put a kite out to the kids that i was looking for some heat to play. this kid sent me a 20 second clip of a work in progress. it was sublime. he kept sending beats per my request. it was exciting how consistently good the shit was. blissful, downtempo escapism. his production took me somewhere else, in a time where a retreat from the increasingly stressful day to day is more than welcomed. that first track he sent, -huey-, starts off balloons, wowflower s debut lp on street corner music, just as it started the dialogue between the two of us. the street corner faithfuls will not be disappointed. this shit is fantastic.-
from ras_g: “the god spell beat tape just happened. i always make quick freestyle beats at work. i work at a “wrekastow” so i m always surrounded and listening to random records and after my bluntch breaks. i would come in make a few quick joints on my spaceprogram 303 and i just ran thru the gospel section that round and in 2 weeks i had. the gospel of the godspell.”
jalal salaam and ewonee’s past lives stands among the top releases of 2015. and in 2016 it sees a deluxe vinyl release via house shoes’ street corner music. the 2lp will be complete with all instrumentals, and an insert containing all lyrics. the urgency of these recordings is reflective of the times we live in. jalal salaam’s raps are a perfect marriage to ewonee’s production, eschewing contemporary sounds for an album incredibly well balanced between tradition and progression. “this is one of the best albums i have heard in years, and i’m proud release what i consider a new classic from some of the new guard of new york city’s storied history of hip hop music...” • born in mount vernon, ny, ewonee is the first signee of east coast record label & producer collective, beat haus records, and featured on boiler room (link here) • jalal salaam is out of ardsley/dobbs ferry ny, has collaborated with artists such as ivan ave and fredfades and known for his radical, in depth, and emotionally free lyrical style • this deluxe 2xlp includes the full vocal album along with instrumentals and a lyric sheet.
“best rap album i’ve heard in a long time..” -house shoes
on thanksgiving 1989, kmart employee and audio enthusiast mark davis wandered behind the customer service desk to check out the store’s sound system, which looped muzak and top 40 plus ads and announcements under the banner of “kmrt, the kmart radio network.” when he found last month’s tape hadn’t been thrown out yet, he pocketed it and made a habit of doing this, collecting 56 tapes from 1989-1992. in september 2015, davis uploaded the tapes to archive.org with the humble intention of preserving them. but within a few weeks he became an internet celebrity among obscure media fans and supplemented the collection with reel-to-reel tapes from the 70s and 80s thanks to tom schwarzrock, who acquired them serendipitously along with a deck he purchased. the tapes are like a consumerist time capsule, a vaporwave trove of eerily familiar corporate ephemera extracted from its original context and purpose. similarly, attention kmart choppers is composed of pieces from this collection chopped up, resculpted, and mosaicked together by juicy the emissary, forming a new, distinctly contemporary sound while inheriting a haunting nostalgia that provokes memories burrowed deep in the subconscious
tuamie returns to street corner music with holy ghost spirituals, the third release in scm’s gospel flip series. following jake one and ras_g’s collections, tuamie chops and flips his sanctified selections into raw beats. a no brainer for a tuamie fans, this will not be around long.
the lean & compact effort featured production by denmark himself (who has produced for the likes of danny brown, elzhi, quelle chris and more), as well as dirty science’s exile, azarias, and t-white with vocal contributions by guilty simpson, black milk, tanya morgan and more. as a special addition, the 2x12 lp vinyl includes the album’s instrumentals plus two bonus tracks “katt williams” and “snowing in la” produced by odd future’s earl sweartshirt.
seige monstracity is an anomaly in the music industry. he rides the fence, providing the contemporary soundtracks for successful commercial artists such as yg, tyrese, keisha cole, and marsha ambrosius, as well as producing grimey backdrops for underground artists like bizarre, bad lucc, and namebrand.
this is a collection of the latter. seige’s debut lp contains 12 incredible doses of heavy beats, chopped up breaks, and obliterated samples. a detroit transplant in los angeles, both cities are omnipresent at all times on the lp.
“swahililand” is a west-coast interpretation of the classic “stakes is high”. “careless” revives a classic david axelrod moment. “dirt bag” sounds like a late night liquor store robbery. “doves” takes a classic from one of our all time greats who we lost recently, and transforms it into a ride thru the hood on a beautiful day in los angeles.
this is not to be missed. another classic collection of beats from street corner music.
“steven tyler” - a title derived from the combination of both artists first names . scud one (steven) and t-white (tyler) focus on the integration of beats, interludes and spoken-word comedy skits delivered with absurd - and sometimes sardonic - wit. it’s a packed album, filled with colorful sounds, spacey artwork and irreverent humor throughout. as a collaborative effort, it showcases the strengths of both its producers, and makes for a unique blend.
pressing on transparent, green coloured vinyl.
jake one’s discography reads like a who’s who list of some of the greatest and most successful artists in the history of hip hop. that’s what makes him truly unique. blurring the lines between the underground and overground. providing sonic backdrops for such incredible emcees as de la soul, scarface, freeway, mf doom, evidence, casual, elzhi, brother ali, and rakim among others, but polishing that same formula and providing records for the likes of drake, rick ross, t.i., 50 cent, snoop dogg, j cole, wale, dom kennedy, and royce 5’9”, jake one is one of the exceptions that has worked equally with both of these sides of the industry. exceptionally. “prayer hands”, a collection of instrumentals created from gospel sources, includes some of those recordings amongst others that all remind you that jake one has pretty much become the go-to producer for any major artist that wants some real hip hop shit on their album. and understandably so.
after spending the majority of 2009 in hollywood, chanes briefly returned home to finish up songs for what would become his 2010 release, an experimentation in instrumentation. the 15-track tape, presented by house shoes, exposed us all to the nomadic 21-year-old producer from canton, michigan. chanes would spend the next two years working between home and brooklyn, before relocating to arizona, where he would release his follow up project, renegade hands, (insect records 2013). presented again by shoes, hands solidified chanes as one of the most promising young producers in the country.
fast-forward to 2016, and at 27, this self-titled debut takes us circa 2007 - 2009 with the soul-chopping salad days of his mother s basement, through the alternative sampling williamsburg, brooklyn sessions of 2010. if the melancholy desert psychedelia of his isolated four years in perpetual southwestern summer gives us a glimpse into his growing electronic influences, then the angst of his winter homecomings are hiding under the aggressive parka weather beats that first caught the attention of detroit’s underground.
fittingly, chanes’ debut lp comes full circle, finishing the album back in the place it all started and releasing it with long-time supporter house shoes and street corner music.
ext returns with his follow up to the third installment of house shoes reputable “the gift” series with “arts & craft”. ext cleared off his desktop about a year ago and sent me everything he had been working on. all of the tracks were in various stages of development. some loops, some fully fleshed out, some sounded like sketches. it drew my attention because of the resounding innocence of the collection, an innocence that is more or less gone from the industry in 2015. listen and learn what it sounds like to just have the intention to create, not muddled with the star aspirations or big money dreams. just to create.
a few years back 14kt gave out a free downloadable project called “14killatape”. fast forward to the present, and street corner music now presents a darker, retooled version... “14killatape: redux” brings you 5 tracks from the original incarnation, along with 7 brand new grimy treats now on vinyl!
philadelphia’s best kept secret and musician/producer genius swarvy delivers his new album “stunts vol. 1-4” which picks up where his highly acclaimed debut “scotch” left off. “stunts” is a four volume journey with a wide range of sonics, from live instrumentation, to beaten up samples. the 2xlp offers 40 tracks, 10 as of yet unheard by the world, and exclusive to the vinyl.
for the past few years, young denmark vessey has been releasing a series of albums, both as a leader of carious groups and as a sideman in various others, which definitely mark him as one of the most exciting young players in music. vessey’s last album prior to this (2013’s cult classic) employed scud one for the rhythm section. vessey, in his own playing suggest that he may be forging a link between the new mainstream and prior innovations. it is to vessey’s credit that this album achieves a surprising degree of unity. there is little of the haphazard feeling that too often arrends blowing sessions by pick-up bands. it would be easier to mistake this for a group which works regularly. part of that is simply because vessey is a part of the new mainstream, the part that is seeking beyond the accepted common language to find ways of extending it. the rest is because of vessey’s unusual talent.
HOUSE SHOES & SCM PRESENT: THE GIFT VOL. 8 (180G LP)
12" Vinyl lp US02.06.15
the gift is a series dj house shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies on 180 gram vinyl. raj mahal was a colleague of house shoes in the detroit hip-hop scene in the 1990s, a scene he joined just about the time fantastic volume one was recorded (1996). when he moved to chicago and refined his style, there was widespread talk that raj would follow in the footseps of other detroit alumni by releasing a proper album. that album has finally come.
house shoes is proud to present the first-ever physical release of the instrumental version of danny browns hot soup, his debut album released in 2008 prior to the release of the hybrid. featuring production by quelle chris, nick speed, and danny brown himself, hot soup immediately propelled danny brown into hip-hops national consciousness and solidifed him as one of detroit’s most electrifying live performers.
jonwayne made his introduction to the world as a producer. he has since gone on to release several highly lauded projects, and eventually stepped behind the mic, garnering hiphop album of the year from gilles petersens worldwide awards for his stones throw release, rap album one. now he puts the mic back down for here you go, a collection of 30 beats that will be available on 2lp via street corner music, and authors recording co, jons new imprint. no tapes. no digital. just vinyl. all heat.
stro elliot is an incredible producer and performer. plain and simple. his productions mold the past and the present into futuristic soul splashed gems that turn heads whenever they are heard. his ability to breathe new life into already classic records is one of the reasons he is one of the most respected producers of the day. from the summer love song, where he beats the shit out of kool and the gangs perrenial classic summer madness, to the absolutely ridiculous flip of soul ii stro, to virginia wolf, where he sings about relationship woes, its all flawless. street corner music is proud to present the debut lp from one of the best to do it. boiler room performance: stro elliots set was the one. a blend of classic hip hop and soul samples mixed with live new beats taking you back, while wrenching you into 2016 at the same time.
limited cassette release of “the makings” which serves as an introduction to folks unaware of shoes’ past production credits. compiled by shoes himself to help in the promotion of his 2012 debut “let it go”, “the makings” features previous productions for the likes of danny brown, proof, elzhi, med, quelle chris, invincible, roc marciano and more. “the makings” also features audio testimonials from the likes of rich medina, black milk, gaslamp killer, phife, exile, nick speed, rhettmatic, paul rosenberg and a few others as they talk shoes’ influence and lengthy history as it ranges from the d to cali, and talking about house shoes’ work over the last 20+ years.
house shoes woke up on march 9th a few years back and put together dreams - b.i.g. re:imagined. with it since being bootlegged and selling for over $100, he decided to make the next record in 14kt s solid gold sevens series his crazy remix of ten crack commandments, backed with the instrumental. limited to 200 transparent yellow copies, this will be gone fast.
it s been a minute.
but i m back at it again with the final installment of the gift series.
drugs beats hails from north carolina and has had placements with 50 cent, ludacris, lloyd banks, big boi and many more.
check out the leaker from the gift vol. 10, *the worm*...
the gift vol. 10 will drop on djhouseshoes.com on december 25th, with limited vinyl release next year.
doc illingsworth has been cranking out heat in detroit for years now. whether it be solo, instrumental, or rhyming and providing the sonics for his crew detroit cydi, his discography has grown as long if not longer than many of his contemporaries. i felt that a full length lp of his work was long overdue. no better time than the present, right? so we made it happen. better late than never right? hopefully this will be the first of many for illingsworth. it took a minute, but it is definitely worth the wait.
- house shoes
the gift is a series dj house shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies. the gift, vol. 7 marks the first time house shoes himself releases an installation in his acclaimed “the gift” series, comprised of beats he composed between 1997-2011 for elzhi, proof, quelle, danny brown and others.
meet t-white. last spring i met t-white in chicago thru my homies denmark and scud. sooner than later the folders started coming thru. and now we got another one. the kid is super nice with his. enjoy. - shoes
the time has come for another gift. volume two brings you up to speed on dertbeats. los angeles based cat who actually produced an entire album for krs-one a few years back. i have been beating the shit outta his flip of pink floyds money for like 4-5 years now. enjoy the gift volume two.these aint for yall to rhyme on either. if you want tracks contact him on the site and handle the business. i release these joints in good faith that y all will respect and appreciate the music.