I’m sorry it’s been a long arse time since you all heard from me but I’ve been working. On what you ask? Well, outside of trying to get out of debt, climb out of depression and get my scotch drinking (and porn habits) to a manageable level, I’ve been working on the latest Analog project (you can check the “Baptized” video here). Well, until the new project comes out we are re-issuing some stuff on Sounds Familiar Records. Including the digital re-issue (and limited physical copies) of the “Rebel Radio” project by Preach Jacobs & Katrah-Quey. We are also using the alternative artwork that artist Infamous Jean-Claude did. Here’s a looksie at it here. Also, if you want to peep the video we put out for this (when I had hair) check it after the jump.
Producer and creator of Thelonious Wonderful, Jah-Freedom, produces a special track “The LOVEinus” for an Infamous Jean-Claude solo artshow titled ‘Pops Slept/She Followed: Times’s Remedy’. Infamous also was the genius behind the “Long Hot Summer” artwork. Check his stuff out here. Jah-Freedom will release a remix project on Sounds Familiar Records this fall. Enjoy.
This is one of the offerings off of the project The Greatest Never with production handled by Dose (i.e. one half of the group Analog) and vocals by Reggie B (check the sampler for the album here). The project came out last year with features from Baatin from Slum Village, Muhsinah, Buff1 and more. It will be re-released later this year with some bonus material on Sounds Familiar Records. You want more of Dose? Check out the Analog offerings ONE and TWO. Not to mention another treat from the Greatest Never album we leaked a while back RIGHT ‘CHEA. Enjoy.
DJ Manipulator makes a cut from something that’s sacred to hip-hop records for the past decade: M.O.P.’s adlibs. The song is on DJ Manipulator’s project Dusted the F%#ck Out with all beats (and cuts) by DJ Manipulator. Coming out on Sounds Familiar Records with limited edition vinyl this fall. Enjoy.
This record has been sitting in the incubator for a minute (along with a few other records I’ve recorded with Marc Mac). This was/is scheduled to be on an EP with the same name. Biggups to The Infamous Jean-Claude on the art (who also did the Long Hot Summer art). Enjoy.
It’s been a long time…I shouldn’t have kept you. After you all were privy to my long ass manifesto I’m getting ready to give you guys some new music. So, the month of August, every Friday we will have new music for you all from upcoming projects that are coming out on Sounds Familiar Records. Speaking of which if you haven’t downloaded the newest single by Analog “Bet You Didn’t Know That“ cop now from iTUNES. Enjoy.
One of the most difficult things in life is identifying a moment. I mean the actual acknowledgement of a moment. An event that one day you’ll one day recognize was significant. Usually we don’t think about moments until we’re looking back and filled with nostalgia about yesteryear.
So, when opting to start an indie label named after my defunct record store, Sounds Familiar, it felt like a casual calling. We ain’t have no money. No major label cred. No L.A. Reid. Just a small apartment on Maple St. and enough money to get a few CDs pressed. Since that time, life got in the way. I have a grandmother that’s been ailing, a special needs sister that needs care and an ambition that isn’t matched by a bank account. In the end music suffers. It’s hard to be in the studio when you’re trying to pay rent. It’s hard to be creative when you’re working.
But now I know those are excuses because the creating is the work. The studio is how I’m gonna pay rent. So, now I feel that there’s a moment. I know I haven’t operated like a label, which I’m glad I’ve worked mostly with friends because if Russell Simmons didn’t have the energy to push records or get spins or your ass on the cover of XXL’s “Freshman Class” we wouldn’t want to fuck with him either.
But in addressing that I know that I want to put Sounds Familiar Records back. Whatever it’ll become it’ll be done with the same care and generous dedication to the soul of any musician that opted studio time over groceries. I’m working on putting material out. Working with the talented people I know and as of now I want to start anew. Even if I have to go the K.R.I.T. road and give shit away, I know one thing: The world, and my world, is a better place when I create. So, you may think an artist is doing you a favor by making music, but the pleasure is all ours. To everyone that’s ever come to a show for me, one of the artists I work with, downloaded illegally or legally or hated or loved a record, I humbly thank you. I love you all (no homo). 2012, let’s get it. June 15, 2012 3:28am
-Preach Jacobs, CEO-Sounds Familiar Records