IDC Presents Our Round 42 “Winter” Solicitation
6 new CD Releases featuring some great artists and bands spanning Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, Electronica, Glitch Hop, Dubstep, and more…
For Immediate Release: November 22nd, 2011
Independent Distribution Collective presents our 42nd Solicitation just in time for placement for the Holiday season of 2011(our last of this year). We are excited about many of these new releases and are very proud to have a handful of great artists joining IDC. You will also notice that IDC has slimmed down our back catalog and are now only printing a few one-sheets instead of a whole forest’s-worth. Check out the overview of our new titles below, and feel free to visit our website anytime for more information on any of these artists or releases. IDC proudly welcomes these 6 new titles:
Luckyiam – I Love Haters CD
The album is produced entirely by Kruse who first worked with Luckyiam on his 2007 release of “Most Likely To Succeed”, during that process, Luckyiam realized that Kruse’s music conjured up the vibe of the earlier Living Legends’ sample heavy sound with an updated twist, and subsequently they decided to make an entire album together. The album also features guest spots from Slug of Atmosphere, Aceyalone of Freestyle Fellowship, Imani of Pharcyde, and Pep Love of Hieroglyphics. Luckyiam is one of the founding members of the world-renowned crew, Living Legends. He was instrumental in defining the sound and style of the crew and is highly regarded in circles as one of the most prolific MC’s of his time. He has graced stages across the United States and across globe from Australia to Amsterdam and Peru to Japan with his energetic and captivating live stage show.
Various Artists – MalLabel Platinum Unicorn Collection CD
The Platinum Unicorn Collection rolls tough right out of the gate, starting off with a new west coast classic, “PurpleGangsta,” remixed by the one and only don of dubstep, DZ. Next on the hit list is Minnesota’s “Meow.” Minnesota has had quite a year in the industry, and should be recognized by anyone following the game. LA veteran 6Blocc’s “Bad Boy,” reworked by San Francisco’s Blackheart, drives home anthem basslines that keep the release flowing. “This One Called Dub” by Skulltrane, MalLabel’s first single, follows next and then comes Bass master Downlink’s “Deep Space,” which carries the distinction of being one of two tunes the label has made videos for. Udachi’s banging remix of the incomparable Mochipet’s “For When The World Ends” weighs in and continues the directory of dominating production. The Widdler’s spaced-out and rocking tune “Flexstar” makes an appearance as well.
BPos – The Upside CD
BPos, short for Be Positive, is San Francisco’s newest underground Hip-Hop freshness. While creating a brand new sound that is entirely their own, Goodword, D-Wiz and DJ Johnny Venetti have grown their style from the roots of Hip-Hop music. Creative story lines, innovative beats, and brilliant mixing and scratching are a few of the key elements that helped catapult BPos’ debut album, The Upside, to #4 on the CMJ Hip-Hop chart in 2010. With so much popular hip-hop these days veering toward the more negative, mean mugging, and macho posturing end of the rap spectrum, it is refreshing to encounter an alternately positive crew like the San Francisco hip-hop trio BPos, whose name literally stands for “Be Positive” and whose attitude follows suit. Their mantra is, “To be positive is not to miss the facts and see the downside — not being blind to it, but to work toward a brighter side.”
J.Walker – Ambitions of a Writer CD
J.Walker is a lyricist and a counselor, an emcee and a teacher and an author and healer. J.Walker created Rhymecology® to use the power of hip-hop lyrics and culture to help people express, discover and create themselves. He has created three studio albums and his book “Rhymecology: The Art of Hip-Hop Lyrics” has been called “mandatory for any up and coming lyricist.” J.Walker gives workshops and performances across the country on the art of rhyming, as well as one-on-one coaching for artists. J.Walker’s music has been featured on 60 Minutes Australia, he has performed on the same stage with the likes of Canibus, Sage Francis & Lyrics Born and is the “Resident Poet” of The Loose Cannons Show on Fox Sports Radio where he creates “on the spot” rhymes and delivers them nationwide.
The Associates – Get Associated CD
“Get Associated” is the debut album from The Associates and strives to offer listeners a welcome challenge to their connotation of what rap music should be. Consisting of college graduates, Maxwell Corleone and Stkee, this album features beats, lyrics, and production engineered by the duo. With influences from the 60s sounds like Jimi Hendrix to 2000’s artists such as Outkast, funk and lyricism can be heard throughout. The upbeat serenade “She’s Fresh” has gained appeal through stage performances and offers a song about boy meets girl that doesn’t degrade women or content. For those looking for more of a pop sound there is “iGen” (internet generation) which talks about rocking out through social media. Whereas “Last Breath” is crafted for those into more of a backpacker and lyricist sound, with its lyrics about giving everything through their music.
Cosmic Mercy – Tears in the Rhythm CD
The members of Cosmic Mercy are all accomplished musicians who continue to play with a wide variety of talented and interesting people, including Zigaboo Modeliste [Original Meters] who said that shredding guitarist Ken Sealy [3 years in Zigaboo’s band] is “one of the Bay’s best kept secrets”. Drummer Michael Oliver has played with people as diverse as Miko [Prince’s guitarist] and Southbay guitar legend DB Walker and even did a stint with Eddie Murphy’s band. He makes percussion magic every time he sits down on the kit. Guitarist Vocalist Eric Cragin has been stewarding this group for almost 15 years and two CDs as producer and recording engineer. Figuring that he wanted someone very special to help him finish the mastering he once again enlisted the help of Larry the O [former Lucas Valley, Meyer Sound musician/engineer,drummer] to do the final mixes with him.