jeudi 20 avril 2017

Western Union - Off With Their Heads



This cassette is from 1996, from a California crew called Western Union.
From what I get the WU later became Dojo Pros (producer Asterix aka Sueno One plus mcs L.O.R.D. and Wu Shu -same guy as Contakt?). Pretty straight forward hardcore hip hop with nice uptempo prods, definitely something to check.

In a related subject I'm looking for anything WU/Dojo Pros related, their Look Out 12'', L.O.R.D. solo albums and singles, etc. Don't hesitate to hit the comment section with links if you have some. Thanks.



3/4 To Life
Lyrical Whatever
Blunt Statements
Last Battle
Border Lines
Mind Focus
Union Soldiers
Nightmares
Eternal Journal
Problems
Organize Graffiti
Supreme Beings
Live Or Die
Record History
L.O.R.D.'s Intro

lundi 10 avril 2017

ParanormL - The Paranorml Sickayatrist EP



ParanormL is a MC from Los Angeles. This EP, released in 2000, is his first one.
This is pretty much my favourite thing from him, particularly because of the dope productions by The Nutsons, a beatmaking duo from Norway that handled all the beats and released the EP on their Warm Gravy label. 
ParanormL later developped a more jazz-oriented sound but this is more straight-forward, eerie and aggressive hip hop. You even got Vex from The Boogie Monsters on the first track.
The 4 tracks (plus one little instrumental hidden at the end) are equally good, I'm even surprise this piece of wax isn't more sought after.
I ripped my copy since I couldn't find one. Enjoy!





We Bring 4th The Light ft. Vex Da Vortex
Camouflage = Sabotage
I Am The Paranorml
Aggression
4th Light ft. Vex Da Vortex (Acapella)
We Bring 4th The Light (Instrumental)
Camouflage = Sabotage (Instrumental)
I Am The Paranorml (Instrumental)
Aggression (Instrumental)
Enterlude - Conduct

jeudi 6 avril 2017

Looking for that Anacron 12''



This is my "Moby Dick" item, the one you're chasing year after year, trying to collect info while barely making any progress and dreaming you'll stumble upon it by complete luck.

This is Anacron's very first single: Out There b/w Interstellar Phenomenon.
He made a digital re-release on his bandcamp a couple of years ago and it mentioned a vinyl version existed. I'm collecting westcoast undergound vinyls for years and never even heard of that one, no need to say I was hyped! 
But after a few months, still nothing, not even a picture or somebody mentioning it, nothing even proving it was once sold or being part of someone's collection!
I asked Anacron on twitter and he confirmed: 350 copies were pressed in 1995 and everything was hand sold, mostly in Europe and Japan! 350... It's not huge but it's not nothing either. How come nobody seems to own this?

So here's my call: if you have any info, picture, whatever, you own one, you know someone who owns one or did, you ever saw a copy in a shop, or even better, you're willing to sell one to me for whatever price... please hit that comment section.

mercredi 22 mars 2017

Little Larry & Bas One (Psychoplasmz) - Cytoplasmic



I got to know Psychoplasmz while looking for Insiduous Urban Records releases.
That bay area label released all the Mission:/CCR records and related (Headnodic), Foreign Legion, solo Bas-1 stuff, the classic DJ Serg westcoast mixtape, and a couple of more obscure stuff, including a Psychoplasmz 7'', a group consisting of Bas-1 (San Jose?) and Little Larry (Berkeley).

This is a compilation from 2011 put together by Little Larry and consisting of all the materials by the group. You even got the 2 tracks from the 7''.

Here


Am I Deranged?
Pass Me The Blunt
Land Of The Nymphos
I'm Back Snitch
Legendary Lyricist
The Recipe
Let's Not Lose It
Psycho By The Candle Lite
Sneek A Peek
Watergun Fun
World Dance
Little Larry (Instramental)
Bas One (Instramental)

samedi 11 mars 2017

Camp Crystal Lake - S/T


This one is a special treat, made possible by Kaliyuga Pro from the great Ghetto Tyylit.

That Camp Crystal Lake self titled 7-track cassette is allegedly from around 1996-1998 and feature Zest The Smoker and his crew. No idea if it's anything official or just a compilation of tracks put together randomly.
From what I get, it was the demo for their Souls Owed To The Lake album that never got out (still you can find various tracks on Zest's discography as well as his soundcloud), then again, it's just a guess.
The artwork used here is just a screenshot from their defunct website.

I got a cassette dub of this 13 years ago through another finnish connection and lost the tape in a flood. I tried to look for it without success, remembering how great it was.


Until a few days ago, the homie Kaliyuga Pro ripped his own dub and sent it to me.

There's no tracklist or info on our dubs but KP figured some of the tracks had resurface on Zest's 'Smoker Filez' years later (first track aka "Red Hot" and track 5 aka "SJC" that was shortened on Smoker Filez, track 3 was "Louisianna Spice" from the Camp Crypt B-Sidez compilation.) but still, some of the most notable tracks that stood out in my memory I couldn't put my hands on.

Track 2, the one I'm referring to in this post, is called Zono, same name of the MC from the Unisuns. It's from 1993. Then you got the awesome posse cut that finishes the tape, unfortunately roughly cut at 3:05 (mine was too).

On a strictly rap standpoint, this is golden. The styles are super raw, so is the production, but these guys completely kills it. Treat yourself with this and much props to Kaliyuga for the help.



KYNIVN BASTARDZ - Redhot
ZONO - Zono (AKA Dracula)
UNISUNS (WOLF PROGRESS & ZONO) - Louisiana Spice
WOLF? - ?? (Magnification?)
? & ZEST THE SMOKER - SJC (Full Version)
DAVE DUB - ??
ZEST, ZONO, ? & WOLF - ??

mercredi 8 mars 2017

Plankton - Moments To Ruin


This one has been kindly sent to me by Renti (along with another one that I might share too at some point). Another hard to find pause mixtape by finnish DJ / Anti-Party Music head Plankton.
It's from 2006, first side is obscure westcoast indie rap, the flip is indie rock only. 
Great selection as always (anyone knows who Adura is? What's the name of the tape?) and a good way to share almost-impossible to find cassette content. Like the hand-drawn artwork too.



A

ADURA - Ain't Ready
SIRIUS IDIOM - Moments Til Ruin
DIVERSE - I Wish I Had That Power (Rmx)
MPX - Endlessly
TOMMY V, JOE DUB, TABU, HEDGEHOG, STEPHEN, JESTER - Bright Future
ALEX75 & CHAZ - 3rd Bass Shirt
BAY AREA ART COLLECTIVE - Kick BAAC
ANACRON - My Other Pair
PEEKABOO - Live Bonus

B

LOU BARLOW - Be Nice Me
KATHLEEN HANNAH - I Wish I Was Him
JEFFREY LEWIS - 3/4 Moon
KIMYA DAWSON - Time To Think
DANIEL JOHNSTON - I Live For Love
MUCKAFURGASON - South Dakota
MUCKAFURGASON - Bad Ass Fucker
LOU BARLOW AND HIS SENTRIDOH - No Matter What
LUKE KELLY - ??
LUKE KELLY - ??
THE MOLDY PEACHES - Jorge Regula

samedi 25 février 2017

InK. - Eleveneleven


That's already two years since Private School released their last album.
Now here's the new one from InK. (Ian and Kaos aka Jundax), 2/3 of PS minus DaGoldenRay.
The formula is still there, quiet moods, slow beats. It's kind of late-late night music, something to relax to when you're stressed or before sleeping... I really like the minimal structure of the beats with a very on-point selection of samples, kind of like Sach productions per say.
The two mc's voices complement each other very well also. Gorgeous artwork too.

To sum it up: if you're into their sound,  you'll love this one. Grab a copy, digital, cassette or cd here:

Private School Bandcamp


Days A Long Night
Dig It
Loud & Close
Drowning In The Wind
All I Ever Wanted...
Unknowing
Côte
Do No Harm
1111