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[July 3, 2007] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

Each week, we preview a handful of notable albums scheduled to hit the shelves, plus offer a full list of the current new releases.



King Britt

Cosmic Lounge, Vol.


Listening to the Art
Ensemble of Chicago's Third Decade
the other day, I realized that the current beat-oriented landscape has actually
expanded on many of free jazz's tonal qualities. From IDM noodling to minimal
house to post-Dilla freakniks, much of the beat world has captured the genre's
appreciation of and fascination with space, openness, and free expression.
Granted, skronking horns and wandering keys no longer set the sound, but the
theory and goals remain constant. So, although King Britt's new free-jazz
compilation, Cosmic Lounge, may sound
worlds removed from today's soundscape, it is in fact a timely backward glance.
From familiar sample sources (Michal Urbaniak's "Ekim") to exploratory hardness
(Don Cherry's "Moving Pictures for the Ear") to good ol' standards (Doug &
Jean Carn's cover of "Naima"), Britt promises to map out yesterday's blueprint
for today's forward thinkers. ~Dan



Artist: http://www.kingbritt.net

Label: http://www.rapsterrecords.com 


The War


Hard to believe it's already been a
couple years since Waajeed made the big
from the D to the B. But the move has hardly slowed the
momentum of him and his Bling47 crew. Waa released the critically acclaimed Platinum Pied Pipers record with
companion Saadiq; produced and/or remixed Roy Ayers, Wale Oyejide, and fellow
PPP cohort Tiombe Lockhart; and broke out as a producer extraordinaire in his
own right. Although a solo full-length has long been anticipated, The War LP is just the latest summation
of his efforts. Collaborating with PPP familiars like Lockhart and emcee
Invincible, as well as unearthing more gems from former affiliate/mentor J.
Dilla, Waajeed finally delivers the big fat stamp fans have been waiting for.
The album comes with two discs for the price of one. One is mixed seamlessly;
the other is separated track-by-track for your listening/deejaying pleasure. The
album is also available as two separate vinyl EPs, each featuring select cuts
from the full-length and out-of-print Bling47 jawns. ~Dan



Artist: http://bling47.com

Label: http://www.fatcity.co.uk

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/waajeedandthebling47group

Yesterdays New

Yesterdays Universe:
Prepare for a New Yesterday (Volume One)


"It was all a dream"
for him. Poring over LP covers and/or tape cassettes, listening to the music
repeatedly, he eventually reproduced his own music -- in his imagination. He
"created" bands to enact his own idea of music, but to the extent of an entire
universe: the names of members, their logo(s), their songs and album titles, et
cetera. However, what probably set little Otis Jackson Jr. apart from most
adolescent music stans was the eventual follow-through. Be it as the
so-blunted-he-can't-speak Lord Quasimoto or as the boho jazzer in Yesterdays New
Quintet or even as his principal moniker Madlib, he'''s maximized popular music's
ability to (re-)invent identity. Though Yesterday'''s New Quintet technically went
kaput, the group has been reborn as thirteen new groups on the aptly titled Yesterdays Universe. This time, a couple
guests (Azymuth's Mamão and drummer Karriem Riggins) actually join Jackson for
his bizarre ride. ~Dan



Band: http://www.stonesthrow.com/universe

Label: http://www.stonesthrow.com

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/madlib

2 Many DJ's: 2 Many
DJ'S!, Pt. 11 
Circus Diablo: Circus Diablo (Koch)
Collie Buddz: Collie
Buddz (Sony)
E-40: Hyphy Movement (Oarfin)
Gangsta Boo: Memphis Queen Is
Back (Oarfin)
Greenness/Howard Hello: Greenness/Howard Hello (Sick
H.A.W.K.: Terrible Texas Dub K Six (Oarfin)
Happy Mondays: Uncle
Dysfunktional (Sequel)
John Coltrane: My Favorite Things: Coltrane at Newport
Kelly Rowland: Ms. Kelly (Sony)
King Britt: Cosmic Lounge, Vol.
1 (Rapster)
Nyoil: Hood Treason (Masta Mix)
Original Soundtrack: Evan
Almighty [Soundtrack] (Curb)
Original Soundtrack: Transformers: The Movie
(Warner Bros.)
Pastor Troy: Tool Muziq (SMC Recordings)
Snoop Doggy Dogg:
Chronicles (Death Row)
T.I.: T.I. vs T.I.P.  (Atlantic / Wea)
Artists: Class of 3000, Vol. 1 (La Face)
Waajeed: The War LP (Fat
Yesterdays New Quintet: Yesterdays Universe: Prepare for a New
Yesterday (Volume One) (Stones Throw)

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