NEW MUSIC: DAM-FUNK – “WE CONTINUE”

Finally, the Stones Throw Funkster, Dam-Funk releases his 1st official single from his upcoming album “Into The Light” on Stones Throw Records. It’s called “We Continue” and this funk ditty does not disappoint. Peep the goodness below & pre-order the album on ITunes or Stones Throw when it drops September 4th!

NEW MUSIC: DAM-FUNK – “STFU” EP (FREE DOWNLOAD)

The Funkateer himself, Dam-Funk drops a free EP called “STFU” to hold all you Funksters down before he drops his upcoming 2nd solo album “Invite The Light” on Stones Throw Records. Four new instrumental tracks produced, recorded, composed, & played by Dam-Funk. DF is currently on the last two weeks of a U.S. tour with Todd Rundgren. 

Download the EP here: http://www.stonesthrow.com/news/2015/06/dam-funk-stfu

NEW: J.ROCC – BEATS ON TAP(E) ON STONES THROW

Out of nowhere, the Funky President drops this 32 minute cassette tape banger, full of J.Rocc‘s beats! Only available on cassette tape + digital downloads on Stones Throw Recordshttp://www.stonesthrow.com/store/album/jrocc/beats-on-tape

J Rocc rolled though Stones Throw HQ a couple weeks ago and said he had a new beat tape. We threw it on, played it once. Then again. And again. A couple weeks later and it’s out. That’s how easy these things can happen sometimes.

Beats on Tap(e) is a cassette release, with digital download. For now, it’s exclusively at stonesthrow.com. The album is 19 tracks, running 32 minutes. We’re not sure who the guy on the cover is.”

Peep out one of the tracks from J’s beat tape called “Fire Dancer”

MAYER HAWTHORNE & JAKE ONE ARE “TUXEDO” – NEW ALBUM COMING SOON!

The dynamic duo of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One have joined forces to become “Tuxedo”. These two talented indivuduals got together to make that stoopid funk grooves that’ll make you wanna get down & boogie!

Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Jake One (Taurus) – they are descendants of the one- word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush & Zapp

The Tuxedo collaboration began with an exchange of mixtapes back in 2006. The fruits of a long-standing kinship were three tracks that mysteriously showed up on Internet doorsteps nearly two years ago. In between personal projects, these three tracks became a full album’s worth of Tuxedo. The album was mixed by original disco don dada John Morales at his home studio in South Plainfield, New Jersey. “I flew out there,” Mayer says. “His wife made me spaghetti and everything.” 

The duo is excited to release the upcoming album on Stones Throw Records, which also marks Mayer’s return to the label since his debut release of A Strange Arrangement in 2009. Until then, stay classy.” 

Album drops March 3, 2015!

STONES THROW PODCAST #87 w/ BREAKBEAT LOU

Our good friends at Stones Throw released a new podcast featuring our other good friend, the co-creator of the Ultimate Breaks & Beats series….the legendary Breakbeat Lou.  Here, Lou plays the classic breakbeats that all of the legendary Hip Hop producers used in their songs. If you don’t know about Breakbeat Lou….peep:

“Breakbeat Lou” Flores has been Djing in his hometown of The Bronx since 1974, 5 years before the first hip hop record was ever released. He’s from the same old school that bred Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash, but his contribution to hip hop history came a few years later when in 1986 he, along with Lenny Roberts (RIP), created the Ultimate Breaks and Beats vinyl compilation series. Long considered the main catalyst and common thread of the golden era of hip hop, UBB was originally compiled of rare songs from 1966 to 1984 for hip hop DJs to integrate in their sets in a time when there was no internet, Serato, or even sampling in hip hop yet.

Even though the series was originally created for party/club DJs, after the introduction of sampling in hip hop in the late 80’s, it was soon used in the recording studio as well, becoming as important as the SP1200 drum machine sampler for producers to create what’s now considered the golden age of hip hop from the late 80’s til the early 90’s. This series of 25 records has been sampled by hip-hop’s elite producers like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, RZA, Q-Tip, and Marley Marl and has been instrumental in the production of countless classic recordings over the years. Eventually, more contemporary producers such as J Dilla, Madlib, Swizz Beats, and Just Blaze went back to using songs from Lou’s UBB series in a new way to give their modern works that “classic, hip hop sound”. This podcast mix was made by Lou using some of his personal favorite breaks of all time that were originally in his series that forever changed the face of hip hop.  

Breakbeat Lou will be making his official debut in LA on Sunday, November 23rd with Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf, & our very own J.Rocc at The Echoplex.

For now, go to ITunes & download ST Podcast #87 for FREE! https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/stones-throw-podcast/id128983846?mt=2

HAPPY BIRTHDAY J.ROCC!!!

We like to wish a big Happy Birthday to the guy who practically started the Beat Junkies.  Yes, today is J.Rocc‘s birthday! If it wasn’t for J’s dream to always wanting his own crew & giving us a bunch of “Green Lantern” rings from his old Comic Book job for us to rep, who knows what we would be doing right now, and you wouldn’t be reading this from our website….LOL!!

If you see the Funky President, make sure you wish him a Happy Birthday….and maybe get him some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & an Arizona Green Tea.  Happy Birthday J!

LA – SAT. SEPT. 27: STONES THROW POP UP SHOP ONE DAY ONLY w/ PB WOLF, J.ROCC, KNXWLEDGE, MNDSGN, & MORE!

On Saturday, September 27th in Los Angeles, our good friends at Stones Throw are throwing a special Pop Up Shop for one day only, selling cassettes tapes along with other Stones Throw goodies. There will also be special cassette Dj sets by Peanut Butter Wolf, J.Rocc, Knxwledge, Mndsgn, & more.  It’s a FREE EVENT to all ages from 3-11pm. For the 21+, FREE BEER provided by The Stone Brewing Co. Don’t miss this one time event!