Homeboy Sandman's debut on Stones Throw is a six-track EP, as the artist describes it, "with songs dealing with content no one has ever rapped about before in the history of rap music. Unfortunately not a difficult thing to do." A past making songs about dancing the mambo and the foolishness of gunplay in rap suggest that this is no idle boast.
One of the original turntablists, J.Rocc founded Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo-D and Rhettmatic, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. In addition to his legendary mixtapes, J.Rocc was also J Dilla's DJ and is currently DJ for Madlib as well as Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Now the time has come for The Funky President to step out from among the shadows to take center stage with his own original productions. J.Rocc delivers a funky uptempo mix of beats and breaks ripe for any dancefloor on this teaser 12" from his debut album 'Some Cold Rock Stuf', due February 2011. Already on heavy rotation on BBC Radio from Gilles Peterson and Benji B.
Stones Throw wunderkind James Pants with an album of song sketches and rhythmic ideas, produced in the same "late at night and high in my bedroom" style as his debut album, 'Welcome'. Presented as a genreless collection of "library music," elements of '80s boogie and old-school hip-hop are still the main components of Pants' arsenal. Most tracks are small explorations of big beats and squelching basslines that rarely exceed the two-minute mark, loaded with possibilities for like-minded outsider producers and adventurous DJs.
James Pants' music is like a breath of fresh air; his sound whizzes by you when least expected, which is what makes it so distinctive. Pants went from being a high school kid with a musical crush on Peanut Butter Wolf to an intern at the Stones Throw Label to an artist on the label's roster - an essential magical carpet ride where he was able to grow and learn musically from the environment he was now immersed in. Along the way he created the critically acclaimed 'Welcome' LP, a gold mine for funk, soul, rock and pure madness. Coming out now with the six track 'Cosmic Rapp' EP, the futuristic sounds he effortlessly generates are heightened to a greater level of intensity, proving to be more talented then what was known, and taking its audience into a deeper appreciation of his music. The title track is remixed by the legendary West Coast electro producer Egyptian Lover (vocal & inst versions), and on 'Looks that Kill', Pants' utilization of the bass sounds almost similar to the bass Paul Simon used on Graceland. No one else on an independent hip hop record label can so naturally combine heavy synthesizers with the rock of the 90s. Also includes 'Devilry & Sorcery', 'Tape Rolls', and 'A Leaf In The Forest'.