Video: Cut Chemist’s Vinyl Collection (Crate Diggers)

 

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This is a pretty damn awesome interview with Cut Chemist, detailing the history behind his collection of 35,000+ records. Many of his records live in a converted horse stable in LA, where about 15,000 of the collection resides (many others are at his mama’s house, whom he apologizes to). His filing system is bananas and insanely impressive – the man is about his business.

The Chemist shares about his musical baby sitter and how his mother escorted him along his first record digging trip. And how it was like, so way uncool to have moms helping you dig, man.

Folks can also hear the story of “The Big Dig,” which was a Brazilian crate digging trip made by Cut Chemist, Madlib, Egon and Babu (Beat Junkies) and J. Rocc.

“We turned that country upside down. We changed the whole infrastructure of their economy just based on how many of us there were. It was like they brought in the army. Here comes the American DJs. It may have been the most amount of records I bought in one trip.”

Some really great moments in hip hop history all throughout this piece. Love love love it!

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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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Smoove Presents Mo’ Record Kicks Act 2 + Win Vinyl 45 Bundle

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This track by Nick Pride & the Pimptones ft. Jess Roberts is just one of 18 killer singles on Smoove Presents Mo’ Record Kicks Act 2, out now. You can hear more on the Record Kicks Soundcloud page, which is hosting half of the album for sample listening. Fitting the raw soul of this album, many of the songs are available on vinyl 45s and we are giving away a few to one lucky winner.

Enter to win our exclusive contest for three 45s including “Waitin’ So Long” and more. Check the full list on the contest page.

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Mo Kolours – Free “Biddies” MP3

Mo Kolours has released this free track “Biddies” as a sampling of his upcoming EP, Drum Talking. A recently featured producer on the famous Gilles Peterson World Wide radio show, Mo Kolours has a growing reputation in the UK. This beguiling, otherworldly record sees him drawing heavily on the ‘sega’ music of his ancestral island homeland and uniting it with dub, soul and various electronic styles to create intriguing new combinations.

Biddies is a house-not-house bumper, driven by Mo Kolours’ crafty vocal manipulations, percussion and chants. This is a unique record announcing a very unusual talent. 

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Record Store Day – Tomorrow, 4/16

This is your final reminder: tomorrow is International Record Store Day. Fabricated to boost sales of independent record shops four years ago, this crate-digger’s holiday is becoming larger than life. There are so many exclusive Record Store Day releases that it’s hard to keep track – especially on vinyl, which is particularly sacred on Record Store Day. All that matters is that tomorrow, April 16th, you show your support at your local record store (Bring Money!) And gather ’round turntables and share stories, the way old people used to do.

Billboard Mag – 20 Best Record Store Day Exclusives
Dummy Mag
-What We Can Take From Record Store Day…
Fader
- 8 Albums to Dig For on Record Store Day
NY Daily News
– More Than 1500 Indie Record Shops from New York to London
Prefix – Release Guide
Pitchfork
- 3D TV Launch
LA Record – LA Record Store Guide
Gothamist (NY) – Where to Go on Record Store Day
Stereogum – 11 Most Interesting Releases on Record Store Day
Complex Mag - Fat Beats and Wax Poetics Pop-up Shop