NOV-001: SIXPRESS - TAPE 22
Three years before switching his moniker to Adé Hakim and making beats for Earl Sweatshirt, sixpress dropped this artistry-defining beat tape on Bandcamp in the first chapter of a budding underground hip hop revolution known as [sLums]. Released the summer before the debut of his subsequent rap records and considered to be the beat tape which established the sound of sixpress, TAPE 22 has now been given the official release it has long deserved. TAPE 22 has been remastered for premium sound and pressed on 180 gram vinyl with an etched b-side. Included in the package is a custom phenakistoscope slipmat designed by Helena Reed and J. Park, elevating the listening experience by providing a fitting and unique visual aspect to the record.
The coke bottle clear variant comes with a limited flexi disc featuring an unreleased track by sixpress, exclusive to the flexi only.
COKE BOTTLE CLEAR (w/ flexi) /100
NOV-002: AKAI SOLO - ELEVENTH WIND
Following a hot streak of incredible LP’s and collaborative efforts throughout 2019 and early 2020, Eleventh Wind makes its mark as AKAI SOLO’s fourth solo album. It is a record for late-night introspection, as SOLO guides you through a path of bitter truths, sincerity, unsureness, and deeply rooted nostalgia.
With bars laid out over production from Argov, DJ Blackpower, $hay Buttah, Edan, Roper Williams, Wavy Bagels, Twenty Fifth Night, and bori, AKAI SOLO crafts a meditative album, reflecting on himself and the world around him. The production is often quiet yet dynamic, providing a distinctive fullness that compliments every line delivered.
The black variant of this record comes with an exclusive, unreleased EP from AKAI SOLO that was crafted specially for this record. All variants are single-sided 180g wax with a gorgeous etching of the album arts' flower on the b-side. The music has been remastered for vinyl for premium sound.
Black (w/ flexi) /100
Opaque Pink /150
NOV-003: ANKHLEJOHN - MAHAMUDRA
Originally released in March 2020 as the first jump into a steadily prolific run of albums and EP's, MAHAMUDRA is now presented on vinyl. Armed with beats by Keyed, HNIC, DJ Mastamind, Theravada, and Kvrse, ANKHLEJOHN brings the witty, fast, consciously braggadocio raps he's come to be known for.
The black variant of this record comes with a flexi featuring an exclusive, unreleased ANKHLEJOHN track. All variants are single-sided 180g wax with an etching of Buddha Vajradhara designed by J. Park. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography. Obi strip designed by ChaseTrav of AllCeven.
Black (w/ flexi) /50
Black (w/ obi + flexi) /50
Auburn marble /100
NOV-004: AKAI SOLO - RIDE ALONE, FLY TOGETHER
The world through the eyes of AKAI SOLO has always provided for a unique perspective. Ride Alone, Fly Together, often referred to simply as RAFT, is a one-sided conversation with AKAI on how he sees the multiple landscapes arranged by the world in which we live in, the world we experience every day as inhabitants, told through raps over hazy and dreamy production lent by common collaborators such as iblss, Roper Williams, and iiye, with more arrangements provided by Ahwlee, rbchmbrs, David Earle, and FlowClark. Fellow rappers Lungs and Pink Siifu also lay their voices on a couple of the tracks here, working with AKAI SOLO to craft an hour-long display of raw skill and talented pen.
Of course nobody can describe the music and perspectives of AKAI SOLO better than the man himself, who seemingly always has an esque-level summary up his sleeve, which you can read below.
"The progression of enduring struggle and pursuing a pure freedom has led us here. This one is the culmination of everything awkward in the world and people that I have observed. Death to naïveté. The ideal does not always align in reality. How does one reconcile that? It varies with every person I figure but the core concept present in my opinion is adaptability. Harnessing that fluidity is imperative to make it to the climax of this chaos. It will change you. If you weren't meant to you'd have withstood the initial conflict in the first place. Once an impression has been made, you've been breached. What's happening inside? The status of those wounds? Hmmm... yeah. Onwards towards sharpening to maximize utility in all realms by any means necessary. Hyper peace and love to everyone involved for enduring this storm. Y'all helped find this a centered conclusion in the end. I just transcribed. Only forward. Peace and power to Tase Grip for better or worse." - AKAI SOLO
This record is pressed on two 140g disks which are housed in a wide-spine jacket. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Geng PTP. Front and back artwork crafted by Rob Gibsun and Reem Unknown, respectively. Obi strip design by J. Park.
Black (w/ obi) /100
Light blue / Hot pink /200
NOV-006: DEMAHJIAE - AND, SUCH IS LIFE.
Originally released back in 2020, Demahjiae has teamed up with Novelty to bring And, Such is Life., his debut full-length record, to vinyl. ASIL is a deeply personal record that explores the nuances of growing up, dealing with mental health struggles and loss of friends and family. The music, though, is light-hearted and jovial, providing a nice contrast to this masterpiece of a coming-of-age story.
And, Such is Life. is entirely produced by Demahjiae, with co-production from Chris Keys and Mejiwahn, and his eccentric use of samples crafts an exciting and thick audio landscape that is ever-changing and throws the listener left and right through quick beat shifts and melodic interludes, constantly keeping you on your toes and anxiously awaiting the next move.
The black variant of this record comes with a limited flexi of unreleased material crafted by Demahjiae exclusively for this record. Both variants are pressed on 180g vinyl, with phenakistoscope center labels designed by J. Park. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography.
Black (w/ flexi) /100
Transparent green /100
NOV-007: STARKER - U.S.A.
Starker's debut full-length, originally released in 2012, is now available on vinyl! Right out the gate, that signature Starker flow creates an ear-worm over some Golden Age reminiscent boom-bap beats. U.S.A. is violently New York, borrowing elements from the dusty 90's hip-hop beginnings and incorporating them into a more modern sound, much like Starker has done on his more recent work. His voice is more relaxed, his flow handles both the slow and fast beats with ease, while he effectively crafts fifteen tracks that are guaranteed to make your head rock while you rep a stank face. This is the beginning of the prolific output from one of NY's finest.
The black variant of this record comes with a flexi featuring two long-lost Starker tracks, one of which being the very first joint record with frequent collaborator, YL.
Black (w/ flexi) /50
Black (w/ obi + flexi) /50
NOV-008: AL.DIVINO X MR. ROSE - HAMMERABI
HAMMERABI is the latest effort from the most vicious duo in underground hip hop. This time, Estee Nack takes the boards as Mr. Rose, crafting some dusty but knocking beats for al.divino to rap on (as well as lending a couple verses himself). The product is a gritty and dark record with the classic abstract sound that Nack & Divino came to be known for, with help from close associates Fly Anakin, Starker, Jay Ness, and Sully Nomad.
The black variant of this record comes with a flexi featuring an exclusive al.divino and Estee Nack track, featuring Wst. Taylor. All records are pressed on 140g vinyl with three different artwork designs that fit accordingly to the variant. The music has been remastered for vinyl by Tyler Bisson of Audio Geography. Album artwork designed by dmt.taxicab. Obi strip design by J. Park.
Black (w/ obi + flexi) /100
Milky clear w/ purple/magenta/yellow splatter /250
Eye for an Eye /250
D-TRACK & NICHOLAS CRAVEN - HULL
Hull is the beautiful amalgamation of one of hip hop’s most prolific producers and French rap’s brightest shining star. Nicholas Craven lays down the luxurious soundscape for D-Track to rap about his home life on, painting a vivid picture of the pair’s hometown of Hull, Quebec, as well as touching on existentialism and French politics. The record features French-Canadian artists Robert Nelson and Kiki, as well as Che Noir and one of French rap’s most prominent rappers, Akhenaton.
The black variant of this record comes with an exclusive flexi containing the song "Brigil." All variants are pressed on 140g vinyl housed in 24pt, reverse board jackets. The artwork was done by Geneviève L. Richard, and the music has been mastered for vinyl by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound. Art direction and design by Nicholas Craven, Stack Moolah, and D-Track.
Black (w/ flexi) /100
"Smoke" (clear w/ black smoke) /200
"Fire" (red/orange a-side/b-side) /200