Quakers To Release Self-Titled Album

 

Quakers is a 35 member hip hop collective, which centers around producers Fuzzface, 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst. Fuzzface is known to many as Geoff Barrow of the lauded Portishead, 7-Stu-7 is Portishead’s engineer, and Katalyst hails from Australia rounding out the trio for some massive sound. Peep the tracklisting for Quakers on the Stones Throw website.

Set out to make music they cared about, the producers sought out “genuine collaborators” to form this impressive project. Their hard hitting beats seemed to have done some serious talking with the line up these guys have scored, which includes legends and up-and-comings alike. Amongst the many talents, there are: Prince Po, Booty Brown (The Pharcyde), Dead Prez, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, MED, Lyric Jones, Raydar Ellis, and Buff1, just to name a few.

Take a little peek into the release with the stream for “Fitta Happier” with Guilty Simpson below! Look for the album to drop March 27.

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New Release: ‘Label Love Vol. 3′ + Free Download

 

Label Love Vol. 3 is a free compilation from some of the dopest indie labels out there right now. Hear music from from Stones Throw, One-Handed Music, Decon Records, Wax Poetics Records, Fat Beats, Wah Wah 45s, and Tru Thoughts. You’ll hear both exclusives and upcoming music from an eclectic bunch of musicians, including Nostalgia 77, Paul White, Stac, Elzhi, Chico Mann, and The Stepkids, amongst others! This is definitely something special right here.

Take a listen and download for free below!

Video: J Dilla – “Last Donut of the Night”

 

Last Donut of the Night from Tuomas Vauhkonen on Vimeo.

In April, Stones Throw launched a video contest, which called fans to make a video of any song from Stones Throw’s catalog and upload it to their Vimeo group for consideration. A couple days a ago, Stones Throw chose to feature the first label-approved video from J Dilla’s anthemic album, Donuts, on their site. Directed by Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen, “Last Donut of the Night” is the selected backdrop for the video that views like a short film. Dare we say it’s kinda cute? Heads up that the Stones Throw Contest closes for submissions on July 1st.

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Mayer Hawthorne Releases “A Long Time” Single + Direct to Disc Live Recording

 

To celebrate his recent signing to Universal Republic Records, Mayer Hawthorne bring us his new single, “A Long Time.” The record will be featured on his upcoming album, What Do You Do, slated for this fall. Take a listen to the track below.

And he didn’t stop there. Mayer also just released a live recording from the first of Stones Throw’s 15-year anniversary Direct to Disc events. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Stones Throw is hosting events where the live performances are recorded directly to vinyl and are only available available on vinyl via the Stones Throw Online Store. We’re excited to see what mister Hawthorne’s got up his sleeves next!

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The Stepkids – “La La” & “Shadows on Behalf” + MP3


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The Stepkids are the latest signing to Stones Throw records, deviating from the label’s “indie hip-hop” reputation earned with artists like Madlib, Percee P, MED, Doom and Dilla. The Stepkids are made up of three meticulous session musicians who got tired of the back-up gigs (playing on stage for artists like Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill) and made this new music in their free time. We were lucky to have them open up for Aloe Blacc last year and they blew us away.  Aside from the main draw which is their fantastic new sound, they also enhance their live show with visuals by wearing all white clothing while standing in front of a white sheet with a projector in front of them. And lots of beautiful swirling colors.

Along with a free download of “Shadows on Behalf,” Stones Throw is offering this stream of “La La,” a track that Gilles Peterson had to rewind in his Worldwide radio show. Gilles had to make sure you heard the quiet lyrics early in the song because it’s such a lovely tune that it’s easy to lose the heavy meaning behind it. Both of these tracks are available on colored vinyl, made exclusively for Record Store Day. Looking like Spin Art, this is the best colored vinyl we’ve seen yet, making good use of those inevitable ink bleeds.

Their debut album will be released in September 2011.

“Shadows on Behalf” [MP3]
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“La La”
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