YOB – “The Great Cessation”
Kicking off December with more mellow than usual RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog….
RELAPSE RECORDS is proud to present the deluxe reissue of YOB’s “The Great Cessation”. Originally released in 2009, the trio’s 5th full-length record is a master lesson in cosmic Doom. Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work. Ebbing and flowing between thunderous, skull-splitting riffage and rhythm to meditative moments of introspective psychedelia, “The Great Cessation” is an essential piece in the pantheon of YOB’s illustrious output. This definitive edition has been completely remastered by Heba Kadry and includes stunning new artwork plus two bonus tracks (previously only available on vinyl).
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The first pressing of QUELLE CHRIS’S critically acclaimed Double LP is here! Having soaked up game all over the country, QUELLE has a style with no obvious lineage. He sounds like nobody else. Few other MC/producers can leap from teenage humor to intense personal reflection, from hardcore rhyming to serious experimentation and make sense of it all. More succinctly, QUELLE is the real deal. MELLO MUSIC GROUP has your splattered records available now!
Dedicated to originality, L’ORANGE imbues his smoky, soul-soaked tracks with lush texture through inventive mixing and psychedelic cuts from classic radio recordings. A shopworn MPC and vintage vinyl are essentially paintbrush and palette for L’ORANGE. He finds his signature samples from pre-1950s jazz, soul and radio. He stitches together a sound that acknowledges his penchant for classic film noir and shadowy motifs. “The Ordinary Man” is out now only on MELLO!
Born in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, John Westbrook, Jr. aka STIK FIGA grew up in Topeka, the capital city of Kansas. STIK draws on a southern style mixed with a Midwest flavor. “Central Standard Time”, the second official MELLO MUSIC GROUP release, is a meditation on struggles new, old, and eternal. STIK FIGA’S rhymes remain intricate yet accessible, the words interlocking to create fresh meanings. Every verse displays his hard-won honesty.
The Chicago born & raised rap artist / songwriter LANDO CHILL has been making waves & turning heads in the deep Southwest, calling Tucson, Arizona his current musical home base of operation. LANDO CHILL’S new album, “The Boy Who Spoke To The Wind,” is a personal tribute to self actualization, spiritual acceptance and social activism. LANDO CHILL is a warrior-poet, a man with one ear to mother nature and one to the plight of humankind. LANDO wants to bring the issues of political freedom, police brutality and giving a voice to marginalized communities to the national conversation.
When he began releasing singles in the late ’90s, party rap and gangsta rap were the dominant styles most MCs favored, but MR. LIF’S lyrical agenda was a political and socially conscious one that recalled the rap stars of the late ’80s and early ’90s. With the PERCEPTIONISTS, the personal is political and vice-versa. AKROBATIK rhymes about his “desire to breathe in the sun before my skin dries out” but still refuses to be “the coward in a pretend hide out.” Get this ‘Ultra Clear’ with ‘Black’ smoke colored record only from MELLO MUSIC GROUP!
This is QUILT’S full album cover of F.J. McMahon’s nearly lost masterpiece “Spirit of the Golden Juice”. It’s available exclusively on vinyl from Turntable Kitchen’s SOUNDS DELICIOUS vinyl subscription service. If you haven’t signed up for their monthly service by now, I mean really, what are you doing with yourself?
Stay warm out there!