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Robert Glasper

Black Radio III [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Chartreuse 2LP]

Vinyl: $29.98 PREORDER

Robert Glasper’s highly anticipated third installment to the Black Radio album series. Black Radio III, much like both of its predecessors, is a cultural moment that celebrates black love and resilience, features an eclectic group of talented collaborators, and is composed by Glasper who the New York Times proclaims is “probably the most prominent jazz musician of his generation”. An innovative and essential addition to Glasper’s seminal Black Radio series. Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Chartreuse 2 LP.

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The Weeknd

Dawn FM

CD: $13.99 PREORDER

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2022 release. Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The album is narrated by Jim Carrey, and features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. The production was handled by The Weeknd himself alongside Oneohtrix Point Never-who produced the majority of the tracks-as well as Max Martin, Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia, among others. The album serves as a follow-up to The Weeknd's fourth studio album, After Hours (2020). EXPLICIT
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Kendra Morris

Nine Lives [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle LP]

Vinyl: $23.98 PREORDER

Indie Exclusive variant on Coke Bottle color vinyl. Kendra Morris's Nine Lives, to be released on Karma Chief Records (a division of Colemine Records) in early 2022, marks not only the culmination of the decade since the release of her first LP Banshee, but also a turning point in Kendra's life. Nine Lives heralds the beginning of a new chapter; label, and an evolution to the next level of adulthood. This collection of her original songs encapsulates moments from what could be nine lifetimes. Kendra, while very much a New Yorker and veteran of almost 2 decades on the NYC scene, hails from Florida and aesthetically embodies the broader sense of American culture, bringing to her contemporary sound influences found in music and cinema dating back to the mid 20th century. Her music conjures imagery evocative of road trips to weird and wonderful places. Concurrently a visual artist, filmmaker and animator, Kendra harnesses the feline nine lives metaphor repeatedly. In the context of the chapters of her musical trajectory alone, we see at least 9 lives. From discovering multi-tracking on a karaoke machine as a child, to playing in bands in Florida, moving to NYC and creating music alone on an 8 track, releasing her first 2 LPs on Wax Poetics, releasing her 2016 EP Babble and collaborating with DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, MF Doom, Czarface, Ghostface Killah, Dennis Coffey, and David Sitek, to name a few. The life of this multi-disciplinarian artist contains units of time and story lines through which we can all relate to universal themes of love, loss and overcoming one's fears. Kendra, never ceasing to heed her spiritual calling to continue creating music and art, no matter what, has no plans of slowing down but a belief in only evolving, eager to begin experiencing her next nine lives.
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St. Paul & The Broken Bones

The Alien Coast [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP]

Vinyl: $23.98 PREORDER

A fever dream in sonic form, The Alien Coast is the first album St. Paul & The Broken Bones recorded in their hometown of Birmingham. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price) - the bands fourth full-length is a dizzying convergence of rock & roll and R&B, psychedelia and stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged - it makes for a majestic backdrop to the groups visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.

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Lady Wray

Piece of Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Emerald LP]

Vinyl: $22.98 PREORDER

Big Crown Records is proud to present Piece of Me, the sophomore full length offering from Lady Wray. This is something of a homecoming for Nicole. Where her 2016 solo debut Queen Alone leaned more towards Soul and R&B with tinges of hip-hop, this record changes the mixture. It's still R&B with the textures of analog Soul, but there is a heavy Hip Hop influence that brings the sum of Nicole's career together in a new sound that will dene her future. Boom-bap drums and chunky bass lines are front-and-center creating a perfect head-nodding backdrop for Lady Wray to take on the good, the bad, the difficult, and the joyful on her most personal collection of songs to date.

The title track, "Piece of Me," which has already become a classic since it's 2019 release is about the people in your life who need more than you are willing to give. This tune and the B side of the 7” “Come On In” were the first songs put to tape for this album and they were recorded with Nicole sitting in a chair 8 months pregnant with her daughter. Her voice is so powerful, so raw, so thorough on these initial songs—it's wild to think that they were recorded this way. And even wilder to know that she knocked them all out in one take.Long time collaborator and producer Leon Michels keeps the musical backing restrained and expertly executed, setting up Lady Wray for the full spotlight and setting the tone for the rest of the album.

While the upbeat energies of “Under The Sun” and “Through It All” are sure to become hits that reconnect Lady Wray with her 90s R&B fanbase, “Where Were You” offers a behind the scenes look at what those days of stardom in her youth were really like. Nicole takes on the racial tension in America with her poetic and powerful “Beauty In The Fire” and leans heavy into her faith and church upbringing on the showstopper, “Thank You”. She gushes about the profound love she’s come to know for her daughter on “Melody” and celebrates life’s ups and downs on “Joy & Pain”. In 2021 it is rare to hear a varied yet cohesive album with no “skippers”, but that is what you have herein spades. The tried and true chemistry between Lady Wray and Leon Michels has undeniably found a higher level and this album stands as a testament to conviction and dedication for all of us to enjoy and be inspired by.

With this in mind, when talking about this record, for Lady Wray, it's about a larger purpose. "My goal is always to help and to heal people with singing," she explains. "Part of that is to try and bring back real music, real singing, so people can feel something again." Now, she's not dissing anyone here, to be clear. It's just that Lady Wray cannot sing without tapping into something deeper, searching for that shared compassion between all of us. Perhaps it comes from her church upbringing, or maybe from her years of trials and tribulations in the music industry. Either way, Lady Wray is looking to bring that "Good Sound" back and the good feelings that come with it. She calls it "those inner hands," and she always means to stir them up, grabbing your attention from within.

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Charlotte Day Wilson

Alpha [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 PREORDER

ALPHA is an eleven-song project of metaphor and earnest declarations, recollecting Charlotte’s inner struggles of love, growing, and breaking that she’s finally speaking to in a greater way. Self produced, the album shines a light on her prodigious skills of which are deeply admired by her peers including Toronto’s jazz-funk trio BADBADNOTGOOD, Mustafa, Syd and Daniel Caesar who all appear on ALPHACharlotte has continued to make wonders with the ALPHA era showcasing her impressive instrumental repertoire of guitar, bass, drum pad, and piano talent.

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Amber Mark

Three Dimensions Deep [2LP]

Vinyl: $39.98 UNAVAILABLE

Creative multi-hyphenate Amber Mark releases her ethereal debut album, Three Dimensions Deep, featuring critically-acclaimed singles “Foreign Things,” “Worth It,” and more.

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Gabriels

Love And Hate In A Different Time [LP]

Vinyl: $31.98 PREORDER

'Jacob Lusk (an acclaimed gospel singer/choir director and contestant on Season 10 of American Idol), Ryan Hope (established film director), and Ari Balouzian (a classically trained musician and soundtrack artist) are the trio that fate brought together who now make up Gabriels. Their debut EP 'Love and Hate In A Different Time' comprises five songs that sound instantly of another era without faltering into throwback territory. True masters of story-telling, their timeless take on vintage soul, new R&B, and just a hint of ultra-contemporary alt-pop have seen them become firm favorites of Gilles Peterson, Off White's Virgil Abloh, Benji B, Annie Mac, Elton John... The list goes on. The lead track and new single, 'Love and Hate In A Different Time', showcases their sound perfectly. A soul-stirring song with elements of funk and that joyous gospel influence too. Jacob has one of those terrifically cavernous deliveries and understands the power of when to adopt restraint and when to let rip. It's raw, show-stopping and combines to form a magical few minutes of cinematic sound, unlike anything else out there today. In the song's long-form video, directed by band member and British born musician Ryan Hope (himself a celebrated music video director), we're taken through a history of the dancefloor in archive footage, culminating in Jacob singing Billie Holliday's 'Strange Fruit' to a rapt audience during a Black Lives Matter protest in LA last year. It's an engrossing, moving watch and an evocative listen. The rest of the EP stands tall with it's lead track, shoulder to shoulder. Experimental flourishes, sultry beats, and jazzy polyrhythms are all present. It is simply riveting and a hugely promising introduction to an already accomplished new act.
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Freekbass

Krameria EP [Pink Vinyl]

Vinyl: $24.98 PREORDER

Following up their 2019 full-length album All The Way This. All The Way That., Freekbass & The Bump Assembly continue to push the limits of their "funk forward" style in Krameria. Recorded just a few months before quarantine at Color Red Studios in Denver, CO, the album's themes present an uncanny timely nature delving into themes of tenacity, escaping one's thoughts, fantasy, and more. With Eddie Roberts tracking and producing the album, you'll find classic production tones mixed with Freekbass' future funk and signature thumping style in a delightful concoction that's suited for many musical tastes.
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Sly & The Family Stone

There’s A Riot Goin’ On [Red LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 Buy

There’s A Riot Goin’ On, Sly And The Family Stone’s influential masterpiece of darkly psychedelic funk turns 50 in 2021 and to celebrate, there will be a new limited edition version on red vinyl. The album marked a shift in the band’s tone, striking a more political and militant vibe while showing Sly Stone’s disillusionment with the promise of the 60s. At the same time, it was also a big commercial success, hitting #1 on the album charts while the single “Family Affair” topped the singles charts. Its influence rang throughout the 70s as all of the funk innovators took their cues from this seminal album, and its songs became a favorite for hip hop artist mining sampling gold decades later. It came in at #81 on Rolling Stone’s  Greatest Albums Of All Time and besides “Family Affair,” the album features the tracks “Just Like A Baby” and “Africa Talks To You (“Asphalt Jungle”).”

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The 5th Dimension

Greatest Hits On Earth [LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 PREORDER

The 5th Dimension’s “Greatest Hits On Earth” is being issued, featuring 11 of their most beloved hits including “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At all,” “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In,” “One Less Bell To Answer” and more!

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Quincy Jones

$ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Mint Green LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

$ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack to the 1971 movie of the same name. The soundtrack was composed and produced by Jazz legend Quincy Jones and includes performances from Roberta Flack, Little Richard and Doug Kershaw. This version will be the first repressing since 2002, and will be pressed the color of money on mint green vinyl. SIDE A 01 Money Is (feat. Little Richard) 02 Snow Creatures 03 Rubber Ducky 04 Redeye Runnin' Train (feat. Doug Kershaw) 05 Shady Lady 06 Money Runner 07 When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You) [feat. Roberta Flack with the Don Elliott Voic SIDE B 01 Do It - To It! (feat. Little Richard) 02 Candy Man 03 Passin' the Buck 04 Kitty with the Bent Frame 05 Brooks' 50c Tour (Main Title Collage) [feat. Little Richard and Roberta Flack]

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Ohio Players

Skin Tight [Limited Edition Audiophile Anniversary Edition Turquoise LP]

Vinyl: $34.98 PREORDER

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Trammps

The Best Of The Trammps [Limited Edition Disco Inferno Audiophile Edition LP]

Vinyl: $32.98 PREORDER

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Curtis Mayfield

The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield [2LP]

Vinyl: $31.98 PREORDER

The definitive collection of Curtis Mayfield’s reflective, soul moving, evocative hits. Includes everything from the political to the romantic, from cuts from his genre-defining Superfly (“Freddie’s Dead) to statement makers like “(Don’t Worry) If there’s a hell below, we’re all going to go.”

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Stro Elliot / James Brown

Black & Loud: James Brown Reimagined By Stro Elliot [LP]

Vinyl: $21.98 PREORDER

Stro Elliot (of The Roots) puts his spin on ten James Brown classics. The remixes draw upon a variety of inspirations, from Afro-Beat to electronica.

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The Temptations

Temptations 60

CD: $13.95 PREORDER

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A brand new album of brand-new songs from the No. 1 R&B Group of All Time, The Temptations. Features tracks written and produced by Narada Michael Walden, the young hip-hop producer K. Sparks, longtime group member Ron Tyson, founding member Otis Williams, and the equally legendary Smokey Robinson, whose classic songs launched the group’s original hit streak. The new album release will coincide with Otis Williams’s 80thbirthday, and the Broadway return (and road show edition) of the hit musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.

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Chaka Khan

I'm Every Woman - Live! [Colored Vinyl] (Gate)

Vinyl: $26.98 Buy

For the first time on vinyl - the spectacular live album from the original modern R&B diva and Rock Hall Of Fame nominee, Chaka Khan!Incredible performances of Khan's best loved songs including "I Feel For You," "Ain't Nobody," "Through The Fire," "I'm Every Woman," and more!Gorgeous gatefold jacket with colored vinyl!
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J. Cole

The Off-Season

CD: $13.99 Buy

The Off-Season is the sixth studio album from Grammy Award winning recording artist, J.Cole. Album features 21 Savage, Morray, Bas, Lil Baby & 6LACK.

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The Best Of Lou Rawls

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

Lou Rawls (December 1, 1933 - January 6, 2006) was an American record producer, singer, composer and actor. Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records. Talk about Groovy People.
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The Time

The Time

Vinyl: $31.98 Buy

Double red and white colored vinyl LP pressing. The debut album by Morris Day's band, The Time. Written and produced with, and performed almost entirely by Prince with vocals from Day. With a 6-track second LP of original single edits of five of the album's songs (with "Cool" in 2 parts).
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Jam & Lewis

Jam & Lewis: Volume One

CD: $13.98 Buy

Grammy winning producers and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are one of the most successful production duo with an astonishing amount of hit records. They started this journey in music over 30 years ago creating hits for countless artist such as Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, The Time, Usher, Mary J. Blige, New Edition and the list goes on. The dynamic duo have created a body of work in Jam & Lewis: Volume One which represents the celebration of their journey. This album is another one of their timeless bodies of work with features from Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Toni Braxton just to name a few. You will not be disappointed in the delivery of this melodic masterpiece.
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Drifters

Drifters Golden Hits [180 Gram]

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. An Atlantic compilation from 1968, this was included in Rolling Stone's best albums of all time in 2012. Packaged in it's original sleeve, illustrated by Loring Eutemey.
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Zapp & Roger

All The Greatest Hits [140g Neon Violet and Magenta / Orange and Pink 2LP]

Vinyl: $34.98 Buy

The band's first Greatest Hits compilation from their first four albums, originally released on Reprise in 1993. Includes "More Bounce To The Ounce" sampled by The Notorious BIG, and "Computer Love" sampled by "2Pac. On two-color per LP Violet and Magenta / Orange and Pink 140g colored vinyl.

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