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@Rich3Rheu - Don't Like Freestyle + The Yellow Tape 10/11/12

Rich E Rheu - Don't Like Freestyle + The Yellow Tape AVAILABLE ONLINE 10/11/12

Courtesy Langston S.

The date 10/11/12 will be a date to remember.  West Baltimore native Rich E Rheu will release his upcoming project The Yellow Tape online for free.  The 19 track album features all original music with a guest appearances from Freck Billionaire and others.
Check out Rich E Rheu's new freestyle over Chief Keef's hit record "Don't Like."  This freestyle will not be included on the The Yellow Tape.
MP3: Rich E Rheu - Don't Like Freestyle: .

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Video: Elton Cray - "No Faith Freestyle" (@CrayLyrics91)

Video: Elton Cray - "No Faith Freestyle"

Courtesy Sean Pastor.

Elton Cray brings you his brand new "No Faith Freestyle", We know that you will enjoy this one. This visual will definitely make your remember the name Elton Cray.

Soul Starr "Soul Travel Pt. 2: Illuminate" (@LunatickRecords)

Soul Starr "Soul Travel Part. 2: Illuminate" (Instrumental LP)

Courtesy Lunatick Records.

"Soul Travel Part 2:Illuminate" is Soul Starr's second instrumental release with Lunatick Records, after releasing the well-received "Midnight Clues" beat tape with the imprint back in 2010.

This free album sees Soul Starr back to doing what he does best, with soulful samples and intricate chops at the forefront of his production.

Soul Travel Part 2 is the latest in a line of incredible free beat tapes from Lunatick Records including projects from Abstrakt Idea, KVZE, Cypria and "H.E.R. Universal Touch Vol.1: Japan" which showcased the work of Japan's finest producers including Bugseed, Ill Sugi, Repeat Pattern and more.

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@Lyriciss - The Balance: Heart EP - DOWNLOAD NOW

Lyriciss - The Balance: Heart EP DOWNLOAD NOW ft. Maimouna Youssef, Chill Moody, K-Beta

Courtesy Langston S.

PG County, Maryland emcee Lyriciss has returned to The DJBooth with the long-awaited third entry in hisThe Balance series of EPs with new release, The Balance EP: Heart, presented by The DJBooth andInner Loop Media Group. Lyriciss strongly follows-up on his previous EPs, Respect and Money, in addition to providing clean versions of the four original tracks, which include featured singles My Life and Calling For You.

Heart features guest contributions from Chill Moody, K-Beta and Maimouna Youssef, along with production fromSlimkat78, d.C. soulplusmind, Grussle and J-$crilla.

Expect his final EP in the series, Power, to be released soon, followed by his debut album, The Balance, in 2013!
"The Balance EP: Heart" Direct Download Link for Post: .

MP3: Ancient Alienz - "Angel of Death" (@DJBlessNSD)

MP3: Ancient Alienz - "Angel of Death"

Courtesy Never So Deep.

Ancient Alienz feat. Sutter Kain & Darko
"Angels Of Death"
Produced By Sutter Kain
Artwork By LazyEyeGfx

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@RememberMeNinaB "Titles Are Played Out!" (@MacMediaPromo)

New Mixtape: Nina B "Titles Are Played Out!"

Courtesy Matt B.

Nina B, New York's most promising female hip hop artist, unleashes her new project, “Titles Are Played Out!” and it is exclusively hosted by

“Titles Are Played Out!” is produced entirely by DJ Jazzy Joyce and features Jon Connor Action Bronson, Skyzoo, Torae and Dylan of 'Making The Band.'

Download Link: .

The Latest @DevoSpice Update

The Latest Devo Spice Update

Hey folks,

New song!  New compilation!  Look!  Look!  I'm doing things!

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One thing every generation loves doing is complaining about the generation that follows it.  Well now it's my turn.  The 1980s was my defining decade, so I wrote a song about it.  Listen and download it for free here:

If you like the song please help me spread the word.  A quick Facebook or Twitter link goes a long way.  Standing on the street corner with one of those giant A signs helps too.  Thanks!

I am planning to put together a best of Sudden Death 2 CD compilation called Rhythms From The Crypt, because Sudden Death titles have to be death related or they don't count.*  It will feature the best songs from the various albums that we unleashed on an unsuspecting public over the years, remixed and remastered to sound as good as possible.  There will also be some completely updated and reworked tracks so there will be some cool new versions of a couple songs on this compilation.

However, my opinion of the best songs apparently differs from yours quite a bit, so to decide what songs appear on it I have set up a poll.  Click here to vote for your favorite songs:

Be sure to click on "Do not use safe mode" when you get there or they won't let you in to the poll.  The poll runs through August 26th.

Also, I am on the verge of launching a Kickstarter to fund the production of this compilation.  I'm looking to raise $1500 to pay for the cost of producing the CDs.  I will be using this Kickstarter basically as a way to accept pre-orders for the album.  As incentives I'm going to offer a third digital compilation of b-sides, rarities, alternate versions of songs, guest appearances, etc.  Plus things like exclusive t-shirts and USB keys with the entire Sudden Death discography.  High rollers can get a house concert or even my original artwork for the cover.  The truly brave can even get all the old unreleased Sudden Death basement recordings that I swore would never see the light of day.  Turns out I have a price.

When it launches this link will take you to my Kickstarter campaign:

For now it will tell you it hasn't launched yet but give you an opportunity to preview the campaign and see exactly what I'm doing with it.

Recently I was interviewed by two different podcasts.  The first is Obviously Oblivious, hosted by Tha Mike of The Mediocre Show fame.  Mike and I chatted for almost an hour about lots of different topics including the Best of Sudden Death compilation and my recent run in with The Fat Boys.  I'm featured on episode 0081 which you can download here:

The second was The Nerdy Show: The Real Congregation hosted by Marc with a C.  Marc and I chat for about 20 minutes in this episode here:

For more information on the podcasts visit and, respectively.

The line-up for the music track at Con on the Cob is just about solidified.  If you haven't heard I am in charge of it this year and here is the line up:

Musical Guest of Honor: The Reformed Whores
Featured Artists:
- Straight Outta Comicon
- Devo Spice
- Hello, The Future
- Positude
- 2D6
- Shi-Sho
- Derwood Bowen

Plus stand-up comedy presented by Anthony Savatt.

The web site has not yet been updated for this year's music track.  I will be pestering Andy about that shortly once I solidify the schedule.  But rest assured we will have an awesome line-up, and we won't monopolize your time all weekend so you can go out and enjoy the rest of the con as well.

Con on the Cob is a 4 day celebration of games, art, freaks, fun, and horrifying inescapable insanity.  It is a small but very fun con that takes place each year in Hudson, OH.  This year it is October 11-14.  For more information visit

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That's all for now, folks.  Keep an eye out for the launch of my Kickstarter for the best of Sudden Death collection!



* Yes, I know Noise Pollution isn't death related.  Shut up.

MP3: @DrkTimeSunshine - "Overlordian" Ft. P.O.S

MP3: Dark Time Sunshine - "Overlordian" Ft. P.O.S

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Late last month, Dark Time Sunshine released their sophomore album, ANX. Since then, as Dark Time Sunshine continue their three month, 42-city tour alongside Aesop Rock, acclaim continues to roll in for the album, both from fans, which have viewed DTS' recent video for "Never Cry Wolf" nearly 30,000 times in the past two weeks, and media, with a recent 89/100 review from OkayPlayer. Today, Dark Time Sunshine is releasing their newest single, "Overlordian," which features P.O.S.

"Overlordian" is a metaphor-driven affair as Onry Ozzborn and P.O.S trade bars over the song's three verses, atop Zavala's sparse, electronic-tinged instrumental as it rises and falls with timely drum-fills. "'Overlordian' is a song about having things, taking things, making things that already have an identity yours, and reintroducing them," explains Onry, somewhat mysteriously. "Having stuff, but explaining that stuff doesn't matter."

"Overlordian" features Rhymesayers rapper and Doomtree's own, P.O.S., a longtime friend and collaborator of Dark Time Sunshine's, who also just recently announced his own new album, We Don't Even Live Here. For Dark Time Sunshine, says rapper Onry Ozzborn, P.O.S. was a natural fit for the track, noting a seamless fit, musically. "The song is more ambient," says Onry, "without any drums until the hook. It seemed like the perfect fit."

Download Overlordian here: .

!K7 Celebrates 27 Years of Independent Music (@K7Records)

!K7 Celebrates 27 Years of Independent Music

Courtesy Stephen B.

How much do you know about !K7? They’re the German label that does the DJ-Kicks mix series, the one that includes that Kruder & Dorfmeister mix that routinely tops Best Mix Album Ever charts, right? Well, yes, all that’s true, but there’s a lot more to !K7 than that. On the 27th anniversary of the company’s existence, the label is taking a look back on nearly three decades of playing an integral role in the trajectory of electronic music, and the independent music landscape as a whole.

The !K727 celebration - see what they’ve done there – will involve a special release of new music, a multi-media event centered around this year’s Berlin Festival, and a website highlighting the company’s history and featuring thoughts on the changing musical landscape from a varied group of musicians and industry leaders including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Richard Dorfmeister, Mark Arm of Mudhoney, Peter Silberman of The Antlers and many more.
Horst Weidenmueller founded !K7 in Berlin in the mid-’80s. As a young man he’d moved to the city (at the time still divided by the Berlin Wall) and become inspired by the nihilistic noise of industrial pioneers like Einsturzende Neubauten. Compelled to engage with the creative dynamic around him while not playing an instrument himself, Weidenmueller began video recording the live shows of the artists that inspired him. Indeed !K7 was originally conceived as an outlet for these video recordings, including work with Nick Cave, Swans, Lydia Lunch, Testdepartment, Psychic TV, Shark Vegas, and others.

In the ‘90s, as electronic music and techno became more and more a part of the youth culture in Berlin, Weidenmueller noticed that it was this community that best exemplified the spirit of independence and creativity that he prized in the artists with whom he’d been working. It also occurred to him that the grassroots aesthetic of the scene at the time and the ephemeral nature of the live events limited the appreciation of the music to an in-the-know few. !K7 pioneered the idea of long-form videos of DJ sets with their X-Mix series, a concept that has since become a staple of websites such as Boilerroom. Then, in 1995, the company launched the DJ-Kicks series, which took the DJ mix from a hand-to-hand promotional tool to a fully licensed album, available in any record store. DJ-Kicks went on to become the best known and most influential mix series around, acting as an up-to-the minute reflection of the electronic music landscape. More than 15 years after its genesis, the series remains strong with outstanding recent additions from house DJ Maya Jane Coles, bass music veteran Photek, dubstep-minimal hybridist Scuba, New York nova disco crew Wolf + Lamb & Soulclap and German electronic maestro Apparat.

!K7 has never been just about mixes though. The label has maintained a high standard of artist signings including projects from Tosca, Funkstörung, Bomb The Bass, Princess Superstar and many more. The label is currently home to Danish band When Saints Go Machine, Canadian synth pop duo New Look and classical techno fusionists Brandt Brauer Frick, whose 2010 debut album You Make Me Real is one of the most forward-thinking electronic records of recent times. Phil Howells, !K7’s Head Of A&R, sums up where the label is at as a whole: “We have rebuilt the roster over the last two years with artists who are progressive and thoroughly modern but also compliment the label’s history. We are thrilled that DJ-Kicks continues to top critics charts and sell very healthily, but the greatest compliment is the standard of artist that wants to contribute to the series.”
And let’s put !K7 in its wider context as a champion of quality independent sounds of all sorts. The label heads up the !K7 label group, which includes Rapster (Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Roy Ayers, Madlib), Gold Dust (El-P, MF Doom, People Under The Stairs) and, of course, Strut, the UK label founded in 1999 to release lost gems from dance music’s past, from Nigerian afrobeat to obscure disco and rare groove. Far more than just a reissue label, Strut is a history lesson, putting music into context and telling the stories of the people, clubs and movements behind it. Strut’s releases have included new studio albums from legendary figures including Mulatu Astatke, Kid Creole, Grandmaster Flash, Dennis Coffey and more.
Adding to !K7’s international network of quality independent music makers are the labels which the company distributes (including Ghostly International, BBE,  Moshi Moshi, Crosstown Rebels and more), as well as the publishing and management arms, working with artists like Hercules And Love Affair and Brandt Brauer Frick, with whom the company help transform the artist’s concept of a 10-piece classical ensemble playing live techno from a dream into reality.

These days Weidenmueller continues to dedicate himself to giving independent musicians a voice via his political involvement. He’s a member of several independent label associations and is passionate about giving smaller concerns the tools to co-operate and survive. He helped found Merlin, an organization that represents the rights of independent record labels, and is an active member of Impala, a not-for-profit trade body that represents the independent music sector in Europe.
It is safe to say that the recording industry has changed significantly in nearly three decades: electronic music’s ever-rising profile, the vitality of independent artists and labels, even the fundamental means of music distribution and discovery. With the ability to claim an influence in all of these areas, and accepting the new and significant challenges ahead for independent artists, Weidenmueller says that he’s happy with where !K7, as a whole, not just the label, are currently at. It’s something to celebrate.

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MP3: @FullREBELJacket - "Higher" Ft. Nikkiya

MP3: Full |REBEL| Jacket - "Higher" Ft. Nikkiya

Courtesy Audible Treats.

On September 3rd, Full |REBEL| Jacket will release their new free EP, the REBEL EP. The self-produced effort will be the first official release since rappers G and Q, who call Phoenix home but hail from Dallas and Anchorage Alaska, respectively, joined forces, and already, the pair has released a string of well received singles, including "Stray Bullet" and "Purple Lights." The former features Dungeon Family legend Big Rube, while the latter features recent Motown Records signee B.J The Chicago Kid, and today, Full |REBEL| Jacket keep the impressive list of guests rolling with new single "Higher," which features southern singer – and longtime Yelawolf affiliate – Nikkiya.

Download "Higher" here: .

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