RECORD CRACK: Suma’s “Ashes” on vinyl

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Suma are a Swedish stoner/doom metal band, and it seems they (Swedes) always go in it to win it when it comes to all that is metal. The band have a new album called Ashes (Throne), and you can now buy it as a white vinyl double LP. Vinyl junkies will love the fact that the LP version has a bonus track NOT on the CD version. This album was worked on by the great Billy Anderson, so you know you’ll feel it in the gut.

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RECORD CRACK: A dignified 10 inch picture disc from Them Crooked Vultures

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10″ picture discs aren’t a frequent occurence, especially on major labels, but this is one for the new Them Crooked Vultures single, “Mind Eraser, No Chaser”. Not only that, but it’s an American 10″ picture disc… on a major label. It looks cool, and fans of the band will definitely eat it up, as it features the title track, a live version of “Hwy 1” (recorded in Sydney), and “Vulture Speak”, which is what you think it is”

The 10″ picture disc is available from Insound.

VIDEO: Eastern Sunz featuring Poeina Suddarth’s “Balance”

Corroded Utopia is perhaps an apt description of the world we live in today, and that corrosion we live and breathe is what Eastern Sunz talk about on the album of the same name. This is the group’s fifth album (which you can purchase digitally here), and they’re committed in getting their message and music across, in a way that is unlike a lot of other hip-hop artists today. Some might say they are the utopia in today’s corrosion, but you can form your own opinions by watching the video for “Balance”, from their forthcoming album due out on June 1st. The song features vocalist Poeina Suddarth from the group Felina’s Arrow.

RECORD CRACK: The Black Numbers offer up Banquets for your ears

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Banquets are a Jersey City band who have just been signed to Black Numbers, and to commemorate, the first release will be a 7″, 4-song EP called This Is Our Concern, Dude. This is the official track listing, which features a free MP3 download within:

1. Lyndon B. Magic Johnson
2. Eleanor, I Need a Garden (6.1mb)
3. What a Bunch of Aaron Burrs
4. I Wish I was a Little More Lou Diamond Phillips

As you’ll hear in “Eleanor, I Need A Garden”, the band offer up a nice, clean sound that hits hard but is accessible enough so that they’ll be able to gain a following outside of their fanbase. The first pressing of This Is Our Concern, Dude will be limited to 500 copies (100 Red, 150 White, 250 Blue), and will hit the streets on June 22nd. You can pre-order your copy. A physical release date has been set for June 22, 2010, but you can pre-order your copy (or copies) by going to the official Black Numbers store.

VIDEO: Dumhi featuring Reef The Lost Cauze’s “Philly Cousins”

Put down your lame ass, worn-out-with-nicotine-stains-on-your-underwear hip-hop and listen to the real shit. This, my friends, is that real shit. I’m a fan of Dumhi because I believe in the movement, and that movement continues with a new track called “Philly Cousins”, this one featuring Reef The Lost Cauze. It’s from Dumhi’s forthcoming project, The Jungle, but you can buy the single by heading here.

VIDEO: Quadron’s “Buster Keaton”

It’s the new ways, new sounds, new sights, new everything. This video may be new to you. It is by Quadron, and can be found on their self-titled album. They are on Plug Research, and will be releasing an EP of remixes for the song “Pressure” on June 1st, so be on the lookout for that.

Curiously, some of the shots in the video (directed by Tracemaker) look as if they were inspired by the Alan Parsons Project album Eve, but it’s probably coincidental.

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RECORD CRACK/REVIEW: Damu The Fudgemunk’s “How It Should Sound Volumes 1 & 2”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Damu The Fudgemunk has been making music for a good part of the 00’s, and has gained a good following in some circles. The problem is that it’s “some” circles, and the way this guy produces demands concentrated listening, it’s not just beats, funk, and clever chops. Too many producers concentrate on just making beat tapes as resumes that they can send to Jay-Z and most of the time they’re only so-so. Having hustle also means making your music top notch, and Damu has been on top of his game since the beginning, and How It Should Sound Volumes 1 & 2 (ReDef) is a display of his gifts and power.

On CD, both volumes have been released as one compact disc. On vinyl, you’ll buy them as two separate LP’s. What I hear on these albums are not only outlines for potential tracks, but lifelines of someone who makes music not only to construct future jams, but as a way to develop interaction between he and the eventual MC. Tracks like “Clap & Form Your Soul” and “It’s Called The Chill Out” show the potential of what could or may be, but you’re also hearing something you can just hear as is, to be able to listen to it and go “those are the bare bones, and I’m loving what I hear.”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic What I hear is someone who truly listened to the hip-hop records he admires, then went deeper to find the sample sources to re-interpret the grooves once again. You[‘ll hear horn samples throughout and it may remind people of DJ Mark The 45 King or Pete Rock, or you’ll hear the rawness of drum machines and that crispiness that has been replaced by arguably better and cleaner equipment. I’ve always believed that all technologies can and should be used, and nothing is dead if you can bring new life into it. I say this because Damu crates beats with a distinctive classic sound, a sound that has never died unless you put faith into the reports of hip-hop’s unfortunate demise.

How It Should Sound is an educational packet for those who want to make music and beats from the heart, and a reminder of the passion many of hip-hop’s musical creators used to do without being given an honor. It was automatic, even though the music was anything but. Damu is someone with a keen ear for beats, choice samples, and composition, and his work here shows hip-hop at its best.

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RECORD CRACK: Health revisits the “Disco” with “Disco2”

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Health recently received attention for their amazing video directed by Eric Wareheim, “We Are Water” (click here for a look). Now, they’re about to release Health2, featuring a number of previous unheard-of remixes. This album, a double LP in the vinyl realm, will be released on June 22nd. First orders will contain a poster for an album, plus a bonus disc called DISCO2++ with extra goodies.

Buy it at Insound!