June 7th, 2018
Billboard has laid out their “50 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far),” including hot new records from Redeye artists Courtney Barnett (“Tell Me How You Really Feel” – Mom+Pop) and DJ Koze (“Knock Knock” – Pampa). Both albums are available now. Read more and check out the full list here.
February 1st, 2018
Stones Throw Records is an American independent music label based in Los Angeles, California. Under the direction of founder Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw has released music ranging from hip-hop to experimental psych-rock since its inception. LA Weekly deemed the label an “eternally evolving experiment” in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Chris Manak (Peanut Butter Wolf) founded Stones Throw in 1996 as means of posthumously releasing his music with the late MC Charles Hicks (Charizma). Hicks and Manak met in 1989 at 16 and 19, respectively, and began collaborating as Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf. The duo released one promo cassette of “Red Light Green Light” through Hollywood Basic—the now-defunct hip-hop subsidiary of Hollywood Records—before leaving the label. Their collaboration was cut short in 1993, when Hicks was fatally shot in a carjacking at the age of 20. Stones Throw’s first release, “My World Premier” by Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf, arrived three years later.
The label has since released legendary hip-hop records including Madvillainy, the highly acclaimed debut from Madvillain (a collaboration between producer Madlib and MF DOOM) in 2004, and J Dilla’s Donuts in 2006. Stones Throw continues to diversify its roster through the representation of experimental performer Gary Wilson, former political journalist Anika, psychedelic-noir act Mild High Club, and others.
January 26th, 2018
Founded in Brighton, UK in 1999 by Robert Luis and later joined by Paul Jonas, Tru Thoughts has established an international reputation for releasing a wide variety of high quality music in its eighteen plus years of running. Since the acclaimed first album release of Bonobo’s debut ‘Animal Magic’, the label has put out over two hundred LPs, across genres from electronic, funk, soul and hip hop to jazz, tropical, grime and more. Over the years, Tru Thoughts’ eclectic roster has included names such as Quantic, Alice Russell, The Bamboos, Rodney P, Hidden Orchestra, Riz MC, Zed Bias, Anchorsong, Moonchild and the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band; with acts hailing from Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan and Colombia. Tru Thoughts continues to run from Brighton with a sister office in L.A. alongside its publishing company Full Thought Publishing, which has seen its music used in major advertising campaigns, movies and TV shows.
Follow Tru Thoughts on their website, Facebook, or Twitter.
January 2nd, 2018
Innovative Leisure is an independent label based in Los Angeles, CA.
Founded in 2010, the label is home to Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, Nosaj Thing, Classixx, BADBADNOTGOOD, Tijuana Panthers, De Lux, Gossamer, Pinky Pinky, Harriet Brown, Holy Fuck, Khun Narin, Mint Field, Vicktor Taiwõ, The Molochs & The Buttertones alongside releases from Allah-Las, Bass Drum of Death, Crystal Antlers, Superhumanoids, Rhye, Lazer Sword, Tropics & Jim-E Stack.
Visit Innovative Leisure’s site, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
December 15th, 2017
Proudly independent since 1989, now available from Redeye.
Visit the Slumberland Records website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.