A long long time ago in a galaxy far away, that is to say pre-internet, 1995 or 1996 to be not very exact, All City co-founder Splyce found himself on one of his regular record buying sojourns to New York. Approached outside the Fat Beats store by two guys who had heard he was a DJ from out of town and were eager to spread word of their production work outside their homeland, he was given a mix tape demo of their beats. Named The Midnight Eez, from the Bronx, they were one of thousands of budding production units on Manhattan Island. The tape came only with a name and pager number, which hardly surprisingly now goes unanswered in 2011, but after relocating that same tape in a recent house move, in the spirit of musical altruism All City have decided to give it the proper vinyl release it deserves. Hopefully this release will see The Midnite Eez them get some belated but deserved shine. Tracklisting is precisely as per the original cassette, with 30 minutes of hip hop music over the two sides. Cover photo courtesy of Ego Trip photographer Sue Kwon.
T-Woc is a key member of Dublin's Alphabet Set crew and label, whose new exclusive distribution deal with Cargo still has wet ink on the signature. Following 2008's 'Warning' 45 with Brother Culture, T-woc brings his soundboy pressure production back to All City Dublin, with this second single for the label featuring London-via-Nigeria MC Afrikan Simba on the mic. Roots reggae and conscious lyrics grace the A-side, while the flip opens up the echo chamber for a more spaced-beats style dub excursion. Afrikan Simba is one of the leading DeeJays in London, who works with top-ranked sounds such as Jah Shaka, Sir Coxsone Dodd and Aba Shanti, and his recent EP for Jahtari with Rootah at the controls is still a much-in-demand plate six months on from release. Big tip wax for all Scotch Bonnet and Jahtari fans.
Four track instrumental 12" from L.A.-based (via Portland) producer DevonWho. Fresh from his recent Fat City producer series release he expands here to give us four tracks with a nod to the spacey electronic funk vibe of West Coast producers like Dam Funk. He has been making some noise in the West Coast's thriving beat scene and this debut solo release should cement his growing rep. As always it comes packaged in super full colour artwork.