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Labhead Chart - Underground Selections

Labhead Chart - Underground Selections

Underground releases, house classics, edits, DJ cuts, white labels, rare funk etc.

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    Madvillain

    Madvillainy Vinyl 2LP Stones Throw

    classic indy hip-hop, Doom + Madlib collab

    I don't know how Stones Throw are going to top this. Without exaggeration, this is one of the greatest meeting of the minds of this whole SP1200-ab...

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    Madvillain: Madvillainy Vinyl 2LP
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    Mariya Takeuchi

    Plastic Love (Japan Import) Vinyl 12" Moon Records

    viral 1984 city pop prod by Tatsuro Yamashita; includes extended mix

    "Mariya Takeuchi’s 'PLASTIC LOVE', a song from her 1984 album VARIETY, was released as a 12-inch single in 1985. 36 years later, in 2021, it will b...

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    Mariya Takeuchi: Plastic Love (Japan Import) Vinyl 12" Mariya Takeuchi: Plastic Love (Japan Import) Vinyl 12"
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    Fugazi

    Fugazi (Red Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP Dischord Records

    influential 1988 debut from DC post-hardcore heroes

    Self-titled debut EP from Fugazi. From the ashes of Minor Threat came the influential D.C. punk sound of Fugazi. Heads might also know this one as ...

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    Fugazi: Fugazi (Red Colored Vinyl) Fugazi: Fugazi (Red Colored Vinyl)
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    J Dilla

    Donuts (Donut Cover) Vinyl 2LP Stones Throw

    superb hip-hop instrumentals from late Detroit producer

    When Donuts first rolled into the Lab, I gave it a cursory listen, and, wanting to get home to the new episode of Lost as quickly as possible, toss...

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    J Dilla: Donuts (Donut Cover) Vinyl 2LP J Dilla: Donuts (Donut Cover) Vinyl 2LP
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    Khruangbin

    Barn Breaks Vol.III Vinyl 7" Dead Oceans

    skipless skratch samples of the Texas band's dusty drums, guitar + vox

    "Scratch 7" made for DJs. 'Barn Breaks vol III', presented by Owlvaro & Hugu, is the latest installment of oddball samples and loops from your ...

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    Khruangbin: Barn Breaks Vol.III Vinyl 7" Khruangbin: Barn Breaks Vol.III Vinyl 7"
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    Nipsey Hussle

    Victory Lap Vinyl 2LP Atlantic

    lone 2018 studio album from late L.A. rapper

    "Victory Lap is the debut and only studio album by American rapper Nipsey Hussle. It was originally released on February 16, 2018 through All Money...

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    Nipsey Hussle: Victory Lap Vinyl Nipsey Hussle: Victory Lap Vinyl
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    Quasimoto

    The Unseen Vinyl 2LP Stones Throw

    2000 debut album for Madlib's high-pitched alter ego

    Pulling a page from Del's notebook, Madlib created Quasimoto in the studio laboratory. Part of the whole invasion schema, the Madlib production is ...

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    Quasimoto: The Unseen Vinyl 2LP
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    Notorious B.I.G.

    Ready To Die Vinyl 2LP Bad Boy Entertainment

    if you don't know, now you know

    This official Bad Boy reissue of Ready To Die is obviously a much welcome release - finally making one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time a...

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    Notorious B.I.G.: Ready To Die Vinyl 2LP Notorious B.I.G.: Ready To Die Vinyl 2LP
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    Cymande

    Cymande (180g) Vinyl LP Alaska Records

    classic Caribbean-funk-fusion from London, 1971

    This is where fusion meets in the promised land. 9 artists from the West Indies form a band in London, 1971. They bring with them funk, reggae, jaz...

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    Cymande: Cymande (180g) Vinyl Cymande: Cymande (180g) Vinyl
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    Nas

    Nasir Vinyl LP Mass Appeal

    highly anticipated hip-hop collab, produced by Kanye West

    In 2016, Kanye West promised Barack Obama that he'd make beats for Nas's next album (he said this on Twitter, so maybe he really did, maybe he didn...

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    Black Marble

    A Different Arrangement Vinyl LP Hardly Art

    2012 debut from coldwave revivalists

    If you’ve never been able to get over the sound of the drums on “Charlotte Sometimes”, welcome brothers and sisters, we’ve been saving a seat for y...

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    Black Marble: A Different Arrangement Vinyl LP Black Marble: A Different Arrangement Vinyl LP
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    Sault

    NINE Vinyl LP Forever Living Originals

    vinyl-only 2021 album from cloaked UK soul group

    This is the fifth full-length (and third single LP following 5 and 7) album from cloaked UK modern soul group Sault, not confirmed but rumored to c...

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    Czarface & Ghostface Killah

    Czarface Meets Ghostface Vinyl LP Silver Age

    Iron Man faces off w/ Inspectah Deck, 7L + Esoteric

    "Fresh off 2018’s collaborative LP with the enigmatic MF DOOM, Czarface meets Metalface, the adventure continues as CZARFACE now faces off with Wu-...

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    Czarface: Czarface Meets Ghostface Vinyl LP Czarface: Czarface Meets Ghostface Vinyl LP
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    Burial

    Untrue Vinyl 2LP Hyperdub

    the elusive producer's 2nd LP, a modern classic

    Will power, self discipline, circumstances... Burial’s Untrue continued to refine the damp sonics and urban mood exhibited on his self-titled album...

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    Dead Prez

    Let's Get Free Vinyl 2LP Get On Down

    politically charged rap debut from 2000

    It's bigger than hip-hop! Dead Prez' politically-charged 2000 debut full length gets the Get On Down reissue treatment. Lets Get Free offers politi...

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    Dead Prez: Let's Get Free Vinyl 2LP
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    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

    Pinata Vinyl 2LP Madlib Invazion

    full length debut from Lib & Gibbs

    'Lib and Gibbs full length collab debut! Freddie Gibbs describes Pinata best - "a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax" (or in this case, magnetic t...

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    KMD

    Black Bastards (MF Doom) Vinyl 2LP Metal Face Records

    94 sophomore masterpiece from Zev Love X & Subroc

    Gatefold pressing of KMD's classic Black Bastards! KMD's Mr. Hood is an early 90s lost masterpiece... deceptively playful. For their second album,...

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    Menahan Street Band

    Make The Road By Walking Vinyl LP Dunham / Daptone

    neo-retro funk and soul from Brooklyn

    Wow, this is one fantastic slab of neo-retro soul/funk - and it really should be no surprise considering it comes from members of the same Brooklyn...

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    Amanaz

    Africa Vinyl LP Now-Again Records

    1975 proto-Zamrock scorcher

    Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s Zamrock ethos. While other albums - Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, WITCH’s Lazy Bones - are competit...

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    Amanaz: Africa Vinyl LP Amanaz: Africa Vinyl LP
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    Stereolab

    Mars Audiac Quintet Vinyl 3LP Duophonic

    more synths and less guitar on the 'Lab's third

    Mars Audiac Quintet is Stereolab’s third studio album, less of a rocker than 1993’s Transient Random-Noise Bursts…, edging even closer to dreamy lo...

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    Jurassic 5

    Quality Control Vinyl 2LP Get On Down

    2000 sophomore album from Cali MC's

    Jurassic 5 flexed serious old-to-the-new muscles in the '90s, beginning with their independently-released single Unified Rebelution in 1994, and b...

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    Jurassic 5: Quality Control Vinyl 2LP
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    John Coltrane

    Giant Steps (180g) Vinyl LP Atlantic

    essential jazz masterwork

    This is one of the great masterworks that offers accessibility, soul, and growing complexity. Released in 1959, Giant Steps reveals Coltrane at th...

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