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Jason Grimez is a Cincinnati-based DJ and producer. He has a long history of record collecting, sampling, and creating new sounds with analog gear. Grimez works with some of Cincinnati’s finest studio musicians to create raw, soulful, instrumental hip-hop under the moniker Doctor Bionic. The next LP, In The Infinite, is due out 12/01/2023 via Chiefdom Records.

Grimez fell in love with music during the golden era of early 90’s east coast hip hop – when digging for jazz & funky samples were the backbone of beats. He became comfortable scratching on a pair of 1200s and sampling records with an MPC 3000 in high school. After years of collecting music and working on his sound behind the scenes, he has compiled a huge discography of original songs.

In 2015, Grimez started his independent label Chiefdom Records. His studio persona Doctor Bionic was one of the first to see a release on the new imprint. The project features a studio band of session musicians. Grimez is responsible for writing, recording, producing, mixing, and releasing the records. He gathers a group of musicians in his studio, presents a few ideas, and hits record.

Due to a rotating cast of musicians and ever-changing inspirations, no two sessions are alike. “There’s no set pattern,” Grimez explained. “I’ll invite some session players and have them jam on a few ideas. Sometimes we’ll start with a drum break and add melodies over top. It’s mostly improv, and I can always go back and chop it up.” One common thread is the fresh, original sounds. “I like to call it Organic Groove,” he shared. “I’m inspired by all kinds of music – instrumental hip-hop, soul, classic rock, jazz, you name it. When we get in the studio, all of the pieces add up to a new sound.” In The Infinite features some of the best players in the Cincinnati music scene. Cameron Brown played guitar on several tracks. Brian Batchelor-Glader, an award-winning pianist, was also involved. 

All 12 tracks provide the perfect backdrop for hanging with a group of good friends or cruising in the car. The drums are solid, consistent, and lay an effortless foundation for all kinds of instrumentation. Jazzy trumpet lines, ethereal keyboards, choppy soul guitar licks, and much more. “Do You Remember?” (track 2) heroes a busy, poppy guitar and a head-bobbing bassline. The record scratching and tape-recorded drum tones on “Plastic Art” (track 7) feels like a hip-hop instrumental from the early aughts. From top to bottom, this record has a lot to offer.

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The Cats was released in December 1959 and features John Coltrane (tenor sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Louis Hayes (drums), Doug Watkins (bass) and Kenny Burrell (guitar), and Idrees Sulieman (trumpet) playing what are mainly Flanagan-penned tunes. This new edition of the album is released as part of the OJC Series and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI with all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. It is presented in a Tip-On Jacket.
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HAAi

DJ-Kicks: HAAi [LP]

Vinyl: $35.19 UNAVAILABLE

London-based, Australian-born Teneil Throssell, aka HAAi, is known for a strain of sonic psychedelia that metabolises precise sound design, melodic techno, electronic pop and thundering beats. Following the release of her acclaimed 2022 album, Baby, We’re Ascending, HAAi has reached what she calls “another career milestone” - an invitation to steer the next edition of !K7 Records’ acclaimed DJ-Kicks series.

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Diamond-certified, eight-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Travis Scott returns with the long awaited UTOPIAThe fourth full length #1 studio album contains 19 tracks including “I KNOW ?,” “K-POP” with Bad Bunny and The Weeknd, “DELRESTO (ECHOES)” feat. Beyoncé, and “FE!N” feat. Playboi Carti. This Indie Exclusive 2-LP translucent orange vinyl version contains “MELTDOWN” feat. Drake which was not on the initial pressing of the vinyl.

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Never A Dull Moment! Live from Coast to Coast (1966-1967) is a previously unreleased collection of live recordings from unsung piano and vocal icon Les McCann. Featuring performances at Seattle’s Penthouse jazz club in 1966 with Stan Gilbert, Paul Humphrey and Tony Bazley, plus recordings by Resonance founder and co-president George Klabin from the Village Vanguard in 1967 with Leroy Vinnegar and Frank Severino. This is an official release (in cooperation with Les McCann) transferred from the original tapes and mastered for by the legendary Bernie Grundman. Deluxe 3 CD set includes an extensive booklet with rare photographs and liner notes, plus quotes and statements from Roberta Flack, Monty Alexander, Roger Kellaway, Emmet Cohen and others.
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Maximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings is the first official release of the complete collection of previously unreleased recordings from jazz guitar giant Wes Montgomery. Featuring recordings with the Wynton Kelly Trio at New York City’s famed Half Note jazz club in 1965 with drummer Jimmy Cobb and bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Herman Wright and Larry Ridley. Including over 2 hours from the original radio broadcasts with host Alan Grant, the 2 CD Digipak set comes with an elaborate booklet containing previously unpublished photos taken at the Half Note by Raymond Ross, a new essay from acclaimed journalist and author Bill Milkowski, plus interviews with jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern and Marcus Miller.
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Devotion is a dedicated aural engagement with extremely talented musicians. It reflects a deep spirituality in composition, expression discovery through kaleidoscopic, 21st century jazz. Devotion, Grossmann's debut for Jack White's U.S.-based Third Man Records label, continues her musical evolution, arriving at a sound that wears inspirations transparently, but in practice, is markedly original holistic work. It is titled after Grossmann's experience of a natural sense of devotion that arose from her Buddhist meditation practice. She says, "noticing that sounds are dissolving into the vast empty space, the true nature of reality. Just as thoughts are always dissolving into the stillness of our mind, we slowly realize that the essence of our mind is clarity...

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Tommy Boy Music will release a compilation project entitled... And You Don't Stop, celebrating Hip Hop's 50th Anniversary. It will feature some of the catalog's greatest hits from the iconic Naughty By Nature, de la Soul, Digital Underground, and Queen Latifah to unreleased hits from G.L.O.B.E & Whiz Kid, Sweet Trio and more. ..And You Don't Stop will be in-stores on October 20, 2023.
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Grant Green - "I Want To Hold Your Hand (Blue Note Tone Poet Series)" / The trio of Grant Green, Larry Young and Elvin Jones had a unique alchemy from the first time they got together on 1964's Talkin' About. For 1965's I Want To Hold Your Hand, they added Hank Mobley to the mix for sophisticated renditions of well-known songs by the Beatles, AntĂ´nio Carlos Jobim, Cole Porter and more. Blue Note Tone Poet Series is produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.
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Chase & Status

2 Ruff Vol. 1 [LP]

Vinyl: $40.22 UNAVAILABLE
Vinyl LP pressing. Iconic British duo Chase and Status are one of the most successful UK electronic artists of a generation bringing bass music to the world. These world class producers, DJs and live show band have garnered 1.8 billion streams and sold over 5.6 million tickets worldwide. They are currently at the height of their career with "Baddadan" and "Disconnect" with Becky Hill recently on the UK Top 10 chart. Pioneering drum n' bass and bringing it to the U.S., their album 2 RUFF VOL. 1 features the singles "Baddadan" and "Liquor and Cigarettes."
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Double blue colored vinyl LP pressing. Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift is the twelfth studio album by rapper E-40, originally released in 2010.
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Limited grey colored vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold jacket. The ultimate collection of Fu Manchu's 30th Anniversary vinyl series, Fu30, Volume I-III, not only includes all 9 songs from the sold out limited edition 10"s released over the last 2 years, but features a bonus track of the new Scott Hill mix of the band's cover of Rush's "Working Man." They originally recorded the song in January 2020 in tribute to the late Neil Peart and released it as a digital only single benefiting Brain Tumor Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. This limited edition release of 1500 units is packaged in a double platinum sleeve with embossing and includes a two sided insert with artwork from the original 10" series and new photos. Like the band's most recent album, Clone Of The Universe, these songs were recorded at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, California by Jim Monroe (Adolescents, Ignite) and co-produced with Fu Manchu. In addition to the 6 new originals, the set features the band's unique take on The Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It To The Streets," the Surf Punks' "My Wave" and The Plimsouls' "A Million Miles Away" featuring lead vocals by Clutch's Neil Fallon.
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