LEFTO & FREE THE ROBOTS "KARAVAN" T-SHIRT, LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE W/POSTER PRINT
$ 38.00Package includes T-shirt, & limited edition Cassette & Poster Lefto (Belgium) and Free The Robots (California) found themselves on tour together a year and a half ago. They decided to cook up a record with the beats they were making from the inspiration collected along the way. Fast-forward to the present and that idea has grown into Karavan, an album full of international exotic melodies and heavy rhythms that reflect the sounds gathered through their years of consistent nomadic touring. Lefto. World renowned, he regularly blesses sound-systems from Tokyo to Seoul and Singapore to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has been a resident deejay for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festivals since 2008. Camera under the arm, he is also one of the few deejays on this planet who can play somewhere and have a nice movie on the internet a couple hours later, with over 250 videos on YouTube and Vimeo. It's very impressive. The travels resulted in the Worldwide Family Vol. 1 compilation on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings with partner in crime DJ Simbad in 2011. In 2012, he put out two compilations, one for American brand 101 Apparel and the other one for Universal Music. Chris Alfaro is Free The Robots, the beatmaker/DJ known for his unique sound, hinting at jazz, blues, psychedelic, electronic, and hip-hop, while remaining undefinable. Using everything from dusty, obscure samples, mind-warping analog and digital synths, and live instruments, his dirty drums and progressive melodies blend everything together into sonically rich compositions. His ever-evolving, imaginative sound breaks free from any boundaries and flows away from robotic monotony. As one of the pioneering artists to come out of the Los Angeles beat movement, Alfaro continues to expand minds around the world with his line-up of original recordings and energetic live performances, sharing stages with the likes of DJ Shadow, Prefuse 73, Flying Lotus, and DJ Krush. Click here to order the Vinyl through New Los Angeles Records.
RAS G & THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM “ALTERNATE DESTINY” T-SHIRT W/MIX CD & 7-INCH VINYL
$ 40.00Package includes T-shirt, Mix CD & limited edition 7-Inch(limited of 300, hand screen printed) Program.Sun Ra once spoke a future where the mere thought of a place would take somebody there. In the past future of today, RAS G explores space and time through his ancient/futuristic music. Dusty, ethereal and bugged out, the Crate Creator's beats bring the past to the future. Back On The Planet, _G's first Brainfeeder release in years, finds the blunted master of the beat guiding his Afrikan Space Program further out than ever. Since his arrival on the planet, RAS G has called Los Angeles his base. Growing in South Central, _G was tapping into his innate knowledge while having the earthly experience of living in the "ghetto." Gravitating towards the turntables early, _G spent formative years DJing spots like Project Blowed and Five On The Black Hand Side in Leimert Park until his cousin Wolverine introduced him to the SP-1200 and thoughts of production became realities. Equally informed by the looped-up dust of classic boom-bap and the avant-garde esotericism of free jazz, _G began paving his own path in the beats. He cut his teeth in the early days of Low End Theory and in precursor nights like JuJu and Sketchbook. Day long hangouts at record spots like Aaron's (RIP) and Poo Bah's laid the foundation for projects, live experimentations and new experiences. A key pillar in the Los Angeles community, _G is the power-forward of the Brainfeeder crew, down since day one.Its an honor to present to you our "Alternate Destiny" project with RAS G & The Afrikan Space Program. Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program "Alternate Destiny" Mix CD 12 Min Snippet: Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program "Alternate Destiny" 7" Vinyl EP:
MdCL & GB “POWER TO THE PEOPLE” T-SHIRT W/MIX CD, CASSETTE & 7-INCH VINYL
$ 40.00MdCL & GB “POWER TO THE PEOPLE” T-SHIRT W/MIX CD & 7-INCH VINYLPackage includes T-shirt, Mix CD, Cassette & limited edition 7-Inch(limited of 300, hand screen printed) "Power to the People is about activism through art. Music certainly doesn’t have to be angry, loud or noisy to embody the spirit of progress, freedom and unity - sometimes it’s the quiet ones that resonate the most. For my part, the mixtape selection is all about music with undeniable essence and substance that goes hand in hand with great artistry and reflecting the human spirit. Taking the past and recontextualizing it to the present - keeping it all timeless. On the 7” we’ve paid homage to two iconic titans of jazz - Charlie Parker and Joe Henderson - the former remixed by me and the latter reworked from scratch with an original GB interpretation. Kick back, relax and enjoy!" - Mark de Clive-Lowe (Mashibeats/CHURCH)
LEFTO & J.ROCC "HIGH OUTPUT" MIX CD, T-SHIRT & LIMITED EDITION 7-INCH VINYL
$ 38.00Package includes T-shirt, Mix CD & limited edition 7-Inch(limited of 300, hand screen printed) * High Output is an inside joke we have from a trip to Manila with our good friends from Do-Over Jamie and Chris. The project itself is a collaboration between two friends from different horizons but with a same vision. We’ve been playing together in many different cities around the world and we have a lot of friends in common all over the planet, it was just a matter of time before we’d put out something together, just because we thought it would be fun to do. Our mix contains unexpected music, rare grooves and unreleased material…and we hope you’ll appreciate the effort and the music we put into this mix. If you own the 7” as well, you have two previously unreleased productions in your hands and I really hope you got the shirt as well, if not, you’ve been ripped off, haha!- LEFTO (Brownswood Recordings) LEFTO As one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer, and affiliated with labels Brownswood, Blue Note, !K7 Records, Stones Throw and Jazzy Sport, this bearded early riser is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter. He doesn’t wait for the next thing to land on his lap, actively seeking it out - just take a peek at his playlists on Belgium’s foremost national radio station Studio Brussel which received compliments from Rough Trade Shops and Gilles Peterson. JROCC One of the original turntablists, J. Rocc founded the Beat Junkies in 1992 with Melo- D and Rhettmatic, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. He began DJing in the mid-’80s with a California group named PSK. Soon after form- ing, the Beat Junkies became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, including core member Babu plus future stars Shortkut and D-Styles. In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, J. Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib’s live shows since the early 2000’s, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group’s live events, and collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla. LEFTO "High Output" Mix CD 12 Min Snippet: J.ROCC "Hight Output" Mix CD 12 Min Snippet: LEFTO "High Output" 7-inch, Side A: We Getting Down: J.ROCC "High Output" 7-inch, Side B: We Getting Down:
ONRA "ESCAPISM" MIX CD, T-SHIRT & LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE
$ 38.00Package includes T-shirt, Mix CD & limited edition Cassette “When 101 Apparel asked me for a mix, I thought I wanted to do something different and picked the theme of Escapism after selecting the first few tracks which had some kind of “ambient” vibe. That’s what inspired me when I was making the mix, and here you can find a collection of some of my favorite young talented musicians.” - ONRA With an eclectic arsenal of samples and an ear for international sounds, Onra (born Arnaud Bernard) is a beatmaker based out of Paris, France. Reminiscent of crate-diggers like Madlib and DJ Shadow, Onra pep- pers his beats with exotic sounds from Vietnam and India, giving his sound an international flair. The French producer released his debut album, Tribute, in 2006 on Bo Bun Records, then followed up the next year with the critically acclaimed Chinoiseries, which was released on both Favorite Recordings (LP) and Bo Bun (CD). Continuing to stay pro- ductive, Onra released 1.0.8 in 2009 on Bo Bun before switching to All City Records in 2010 for the release of Long Distance. In 2011, the beat- maker released Chinoiseries, Vol. 2., 2015 he released the “Fundamen- tals album on All City.
OSUNLADE "SPIRITUAL SOUL ECLECTIC" MIX CD, T-SHIRT & LIMITED EDITION 7-INCH VINYL
$ 38.00Package includes T-shirt, Mix CD & limited edition 7-Inch(limited of 300, hand screen printed) “For me, everything is an instrument, it all has sound. So in my eyes, I play every instrument, or at least I can create sound from anything. I think that’s the beauty of music. It’s not only about talent, it’s about perspective and the knowledge of how to create something from nothing and vice versa.”~Osunlade, President, Yoruba Records Yoruba Record’s task is simple; to create good music that elevates humanity and expands the soul. From this premise, music is created freely to fully honor our ancestral lineage. Created by the maestro Osunlade, Yoruba Records cleverly combines spirit, passion and honesty that threads into each dynamic composition. Osunlade’s remarkable gifts have colored the scores of many of the music industry greats including Patti Labelle, India.Arie, Najee, Roy Ayres, Eric Benet, Lauryn Hill, Eric Roberson, Vivian Green, Musiq and beyond. His musicality and integrity has put him in the forefront of the revolution of GOOD MUSIC. Osunlade Mix CD 12 Min Snippet: Osunlade 7-inch, Side A: Basement Jazz / Tincture Osunlade 7-inch, Side B: Satin Spaces
KENNY DOPE "ANYTHING GOES" MIX CD, T-SHIRT & LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE
$ 38.00Kenny “DOPE” Gonzalez is one of the most prolific artists of the modern music age. The four time Gram- my nominated musical genius has been entertaining and astounding the masses alike with his fusions of house, hip-hop, Latin, jazz, funk & soul, reggae, alternative pop and broken beats for 20 years. Known as a living encyclopedia of beats and tagged with the nickname “DEBO” by his closest friends, Kenny is a purveyor of sonic masterpieces. “Im really happy to collaborate with a brand that is just as passionate about music as I am. It’s dope to be able to share a mix with you that showcases all the sounds that I work with and love. I appreciate 101 Apparel including me in their line, its great to bring you an exclusive mix and the Limited Edition Tee. Go get it 101 Apparel. Peace” - KENNY DOPE
DJ NU-MARK & SLIMKID3 - "TRE'D MARK MIX" (BOM BOM FIYA) T-SHIRT & MIX CD
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix CD featuring exclusive multi-tracks and re-mixes. In an age of slammin’ superhero crossovers, get ready for a Hip-Hop team-up to beat them all: Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark! With the Delicious Vinyl release of their album-length eponymous collaboration, the legendary Pharcyde MC and Jurassic 5 DJ/producer have created a soulful Hip-Hop soundtrack for the ages. Ever since his time as a founding member of The Pharcyde, Slimkid3 has stood out for his relationship raps, both warm-hearted and coolly observant. As an innovative member Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark has long propelled golden era sounds into the future. "Ding ding! True school is in session!" trumpeted okayplayer.com when Tre & Nu-Mark released their freebie EP Another Day, Another Dollar in 2011. The duo knew they were onto something good, and re-upped to create new music. The new album's standout tracks include "Bouillon" featuring Del and Murs, "King" featuring Diamond D, reggae-fueled summer jam "Bom Bom Fiya" and "I Know, Didn't I", a savvy flip of Dorando's soul classic. Single releases from Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark will come on 45rpm vinyl 7-inch format. Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark will be performing together through the end of 2014.
NICKODEMUS "BACK IN THE DAYS" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix CD by Nickodemus for 101. Nickodemus grew up in NYC in the 80's and 90's on a healthy dose of Hip Hop, Reggae & House. He got his 1st turntables at age 12 & was attending clubs & DJ'ing in them by age 15. Since then he's traveled the World over spinning a wide range of club music & producing 3 albums & 100's of remixes to date. "Back in the Days" is a new single release on his homegrown WONDERWHEEL Recordings label & it features The Real Live Show (Sun Children, Give the Drummer Some, Moon People) as well as The Jungle Brothers legend BAM (aka Afrika, aka Baby Bam). The cover art was made by some of the influencial records of the 80's & 90's that shaped Nickodemus' sound as a DJ & producer. The 101 mix references that "Back in the Days" vibe with some samples of the 169 records used in the design of the letters in a current club sound bringing it all full circle. "You know how we used to do it Back in the Days!" Wonderwheel Recordings is pleased to present Back In The Days, the first taste of the brand new Nickodemus album coming in 2014. Touring and collaborating with musicians all over the world since 1996, Nickodemus is continuing his impressive streak. One of Nickodemus’ biggest musical influences has been the Native Tongue Movement of the ’90s, so they already spoke the same language and knew they had to work together. The Real Live Show, the barrier-breaking duo of Stimulus and Malik Work, have collaborated on several past songs with Nickodemus including “Give the Drummer Some,” “Sun Children,” “Gimme the Music,” “Moon People,” and more. “Back In The Days” is the meeting of these minds, all quick to the concept of going back to their NYC roots. BAM takes listeners to the ’80s while Stimulus and Malik Work aim for the ’90s. The song hits hard with a hip-hop (read: electro-funk) groove meets acid house style and tempo. Nickodemus goes solo on “The 303 Scenario” which does what it says on the tin, developing into a thick but fun acid track. Both of these songs and the alternate Hip House version of “Back In The Days” would work over any dancehall.
LEFTO & KUTMAH "SYMBIOSIS" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix CD featuring mixes by Lefto & Kutmah for 101. Lefto: As one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer, and affiliated with Brownswood Recordings, Blue Note, !K7 Records, Jazzy Sport in Japan and Do-Over parties, this bearded early riser is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter. He doesn't wait for the next thing to land on his lap, he actively seeks it out, therefore just take a peek at his playlists on Belgium's foremost national radio station Studio Brussel which received compliments from Rough Trade Shops, Gilles Peterson and featured on MTV Hive. However, don't assume that he's only working futuristic angles - no sir. Firmly rooted in jazz and hip hop, he sharpened his digging sensibility working at the now legendary Music Mania record store in hometown Brussels. His passion for jazz resulted in a remix album for Blue Note which was well received by the community. LeFtO is forever moving forwards but always got an ear in the past. Famed for his gloriously eclectic dj sets, he switches effortlessly between hip hop, funk breaks, neck-snapping beats, future bass, south-american influences, bruk riddims and some wild african rhythms. In his country, which voted him 5th best DJ of all-time, he's not only a deejay and producer but also curates his own stage at the Dour Festival and his successful awarded nights in Gent, Belgium. World renowned, LeFtO regularly blesses sound systems from Tokyo to Seoul , Singapore to New York, Kazakhstan to Germany, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The travel resulted in a compilation on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings with partner in crime DJ Simbad and another one for Universal. Kutmah: When talking about Kutmah, it’s tempting to use an epithet such as “the best DJ you’ve never heard”, or “best kept secret”. But we like to think enough people know about him now to make that unnecessary. Justin McNulty was born in Brighton, England to an Egyptian mother and Scottish father. He moved to the United States when he was 12 years old and grew up in Hollywood, California. It was here where Justin became Kutmah and ultimately made a name for himself as a talented underground artist & DJ. Kutmah became a member of LA’s dublab collective and then in 2004 he founded the celebrated clubnight ‘Sketchbook’ which forged fundamental roots of the now-infamous LA beat scene. As an associate of Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder collective, his mixtures from his time spent on the West Coast are legendary amongst those that know, and he’s also released several of his own original records – even though he’s predominantly a DJ, with foundations in hip-hop and a record collection that spans far beyond the genre. Since his time in LA, Kutmah has relocated back to England and currently resides in London. He now holds down a show on NTS Radio, and has furthered… "Symbiosis" is when two deejays work separately on a mix and end up creating the same atmosphere. 80 minutes of music inspired by our environment, backgrounds and our friends. Both parts of "Symbiosis" have been recorded in one-take at Lefto's place on a bright sunday afternoon and contains 80 minutes of rare gems and upcoming unreleased music inspired by our environment, backgrounds, community and friends. On top of the mix we sent in our own productions and pressed it on a 45, just for the love of sharing what we're doing.Design by Stephen Serrato: http://www.sserrato.infoPhoto by Tom Morgan
DAM FUNK "FUNKS REVENGE" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 28.00Features exclusive Mix CD by Dam-Funk for 101. Coming straight from Los Angeles, Dam Funk is known as the "Boogie Funk Ambassador", an artist who has been working since the mid 80's as a mult-instrumentalist, DJ, record collector, producer and vocalist; this guy is a renaissance man of all things funk. In the last couple years he has been getting an avalanche of press over his modern funk productions with a sound that brims with vintage synthesizers, stuttering handclaps, and low slung grooves that conjures late night drives through the Los Angeles metropolis. Working in the tradition of Slave, early Prince, Prelude Records and ZAPP, here is a sound that is spiritual and robotic, iconoclastic yet still rooted in the tradition of his elders. It is a great honor we present to you the Dam-Funk "Funk's Revenge" Mix CD and T-shirt. This special collaboration includes a mix cd by Dam Funk himself and t-shirt design inspired by one of Dam Funk's favorite album covers.
DAM FUNK "FUNKS REVENGE" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
DANNY KRIVIT "MUSIC SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix CD by Danny Krivit for 101. Danny Krivit, about as New York as they come. Growing up in NYC's Greenwich Village in the 1960’s, mother, a Jazz singer, & Father, Chet Baker’s manager. Boyhood friend of Nile Rogers, The Mothers of Invention living just down the hall, & at a very early age meeting a cross section of musical legends like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Charles Mingus, John Lennon & Yoko Ono. His upstairs neighbor (Polydor Vice President), introduced him to… James Brown. Who gave Danny his 1st white-label promo copies of "Get On The Good Foot" & "Think" by Lynn Collins. Earlier that same year in 1971, Danny had started DJing at his fathers club, the Ninth Circle & over the years played at most every NY club worth mentioning… including the Paradise Garage. His early “Love Is The Message” ‘Edit By Mr K’, along with hundreds of others help to secure his tittle as the godfather of the current re–edits movement. When Danny is not touring the world, he's also 1/3 of the famed NYC party 'Body & Soul', along with celebrating, now 10 years of his own 718 SESSIONS parties (Time Out “Best Party Of NYC). "I've always felt music has a much larger voice then just the words of a song. Like in a movie, the way a great soundtrack moment lifts the meaning of what is being said, I feel like music at it's best speaks louder then words, deeply touching your soul & striking emotions. I especially love the musicianship & arrangements of 70's soul & disco... again, it speaks to you with a depth. When I started out, most good DJ's played records that talked to you & all together took you on a journey, hope you enjoy this little journey." Danny Krivit
QUANTIC "STREAMS OF NEW MUSIC" MIX CD AND T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix CD by Quantic for 101. Will Holland aka Quantic is one the most prolific and innovative working producers today. What started back in 2000 with a little known 7 inch has turned into a long and varied career where he has bridged the gap between raw funk inspired drums, Latin driven rhythms , African percussion and his unique brand of musicianship. Quantic has released many albums in various guises and has DJ’ed and performed worldwide with musicians of the highest caliber.Quantic’s story is a long and winding narrative whose chameleon like sensibilities has perfectly paralleled a lot of the aesthetic interests of many of the left field dance producers of the last decade. When he first came onto the scene he turned heads in the hip-hop and alternative dance music scenes by releasing two albums of thick funk driven breaks coupled with hazy atmospheric psychedelia that featured the emerging talent Alice Russell. Whereas there were other producers working in this mold during that time, there was something different about Quantic’s approach, a distinct template that hinted at something more dynamic in the works.In 2003 Quantic released “ The Quantic Soul Orchestra” an LP that showed an incredible amount of growth, pushing the boundaries of Latin, Soul, Funk, and Brazilian with Will Holland’s multi-instrumentalism on display. Since then he has released another album under the same moniker with a more tropical dub approach that garnered critical acclaim for its expanded horizons. He has since released many 7 inches, underground mixes and full albums. His upcoming album is entitled “Tradition in Transition”, with his band “Quantic and his Combo Barbaro”, a record that features the famed drummer and record collector Malcolm Catto and the legendary orchestral composer Arthur Verocai. It is an album that treads new ground for Quantic fusing Caribbean, Latin and African influences with an explorative and rhythmically deep approach to traditional folkloric and experimental sounds. In 2007 Quantic moved to Cali, Columbia where he has been digging for lost unknown treasures of cumbia, salsa and latin funk. This t-shirt collaboration with Quantic entitled “Streams of New Music from Old Sources” includes a mix cd full which is the work of networking and digging on the front lines of Cali Colombia and what came together is nothing short of breathtaking. It is a mind melting amal- gam of cumbia funk, African inspired salsa, and Colombian vocal tracks that put you front in center of Latin American musi- cal history.
RICH MEDINA "A DANCE TURNED TO ROMANCE" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix CD by Rich Medina for 101. There are few nightclub DJs that have accomplished as much on a global scale as Rich Medina. From his humble beginnings as a young b-boy-turned-DJ in Lakewood, NJ, to his current status manning the decks as one of the most popular DJs in Philadelphia NYC, Rich Medina has consistently taken multi-ethnic crowds on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul, unearthing one musical gem after another, for almost 20 years.In addition to his own events, Rich has performed in front of crowds of thousands, DJing shows with artists like Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Nathan Haines, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott-Heron, The Roots, Jill Scott, Antibalas, Zap Mama, and Femi Kuti, among many others. From NYC to LA to London to Tokyo, and everywhere in between, music lovers know not to miss a club night when Rich Medina is manning the decks. "When I was approached to be the next DJ on the 101 Apparel roster, I committed immediately. I was also quickly clear that I wanted to do a mix that was not only universal conceptually, but also unique to the perspectives of the brilliant DJs who'd done 101 Apparel mixes before me. I firmly believe that just about every person who's ever danced with someone at a party, club, or musical setting of almost any sort has experienced attraction, or felt romantic. It could be just one song in the course of a night, but that song can often lead to lasting friendships, intimate relations , and in some cases, families. Many who've studied US club culture also have many romantic notions about the Paradise Garage and Loft era in NYC where legendary pioneers Larry Levan and David Mancuso, along with their pioneering brothers and sisters, laid down the fundamental blueprint that many consider "The Gold Standard" for club concepts and atmosphere. For me, music in and of itself is love, and love songs don't always come in the form of a ballad. Songs written in the spirit of love and romance as the theme are some of the best "feeling" songs any of us have ever experienced, and I put this mix together with that in mind. I can only hope that you enjoy "A Dance Turned Into Romance" as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Bless up, and rock rock on".- RICH MEDINA
CHICO MANN "AFRO FREESTYLE" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Chico Mann, a time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer who with drum machines, synthesizers, and guitars has singlehandedly filled the 30+ year gap between afrobeat, afrocuban, freestyle and electronic music while throwing a wrench into the cogs of musical history. Chico Mann grew up in a musical family in New York and New Jersey. His father was the owner of a Latin record label based in Hell's Kitchen in New York City and a young Chico observed the ins & outs of the biz while practicing his guitar and piano. It was then that he began to propagate his deep musical roots with such influences as Afrika Bambaata, Lisa Lisa, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz and Fela Kuti. Ignoring his father's advice to stay out of the business, he found his voice at age 12 and began his journey into sound. It was in the winter of '04 that Chico began putting together a series of tracks during his offtime from touring with Antibalas. What started as a lo-fi beat making excursion quickly became "Manifest Tone Volume 1", a musical lesson that spoke volumes on the music of New York City, Miami, Cuba, Africa and the previously unknown love affair in sound that 'could have been' had Afrobeat, Electro, and Freestyle cross-pollinated. Hailed as an instant classic, it proved as the first step in a groundbreaking career that is destined to re-write the history books. Chico Mann has created a musical time machine that simultaneously fuses the sounds of 1970s Afrobeat, 1980s Freestyle and Afro Cuban in a hybrid beast of culture and tone. Its the big 'what if' Freestyle, Afrobeat & Afro Cuban converged and hit the mainstream for an army of Chicos to pick up where Stevie B, TKA, George Lamond, Sa-Fire, Information Society, Noel, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and Exposé left off. Chico's choruses of multi-layered vocals with funky guitar lines helps to cool off the heat created between the bass and rhythm... creating a unique conversation of color and value that pays homage to the past but raises the bar for the future. The Afro Freestyle Mixtape features exclusive Tkat re-edits and Caito “el Gallo” Sanchez on percussion. Its an honor to present to you “Afro Freestyle”.Tkat, a Brooklyn based DJ, fuses his love of electronic, Afrobeat, 80's freestyle, hip hop and club music, not only in his DJ sets, but also in his participation for the last three years in the live performance of the music of Chico Mann. Follow him on twitter @djtkat
SOFRITO "SUPER DISCOTECA" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive SOFRITO mix CD by Hugo Mendez for 101. Sofrito is a collective of DJs, producers and artists that combine a love for Tropical rhythms with a firm basis in modern club culture. Rooted in the legendary Tropical Warehouse Parties in East London, Sofrito mixes up vintage sounds from across the tropics with modern productions and exclusive dubplate specials, bridging the gap between eras and continents to produce a unique and intense sound that has seen them play at clubs and festivals across the world.The Sofrito label covers everything from Nigerian acid boogie to raw Gwo Ka rhythms, futuristic sounds from new European producers and heavy Latin vibes from the Pacific coast of Colombia.Paris-based Hugo Mendez has traveled extensively in order to produce groundbreaking compilations for labels such as Strut, Soundway, Jazzman and Nascente and DJs regularly across Europe.Hackney-based Frankie Francis runs The Carvery mastering and dubplate cutting studios, working on vinyl retrieval and mastering for labels such as Strut, Sir Collin’s Music Wheel, NYC Trust, Superfly and many more, as well as cutting dubs for the cream of the reggae and Tropical DJs in the UK.Illustrator and Designer Lewis Heriz works with labels such as Stones Throw, Now Again and Soundway, producing exceptional artwork using a variety of media. "To the (Tropical) Disco! The Sofrito Super Discoteca mix reflects the disco-fied end of the Sofrito musical spectrum, drawing together vintage tracks from across the Tropics, re-editing, splicing and chopping them into a dancefloor-friendly package. It's not just about straight disco sounds but also heavy bassline highlife, soukous and cadence - shining a light on styles that don't always get the props they deserve. The mix reflects stone-cold classics, raw rhythm tracks and psychedelic experiments from over the past thirty years, all brought together for dancefloors and warehouses from London to Paris, New York to Bogota. We hope you enjoy...." - HUGO MENDEZ (SOFRITO)The story behind Sofrito: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjR3tmgVsc0 http://www.sofrito.com
KON & AMIR "MUSIC IS THE MESSAGE" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix by Kon & Amir for 101. CD is out of print, a download card will be included with the t-shirt.We here at 101 Apparel have been following Kon and Amir’s record collecting skills since the legendary “On Track” mix cd’s that set a new bar in the crate digging community for what a mix cd could be. Now, 101 Apparel is honored to present “Music is the Message; a design collaboration inspired by the music and djing prowess of Kon and Amir. Each tshirt will come with an exclusive mix cd by Kon and Amir filled with modern soul, disco and other dance goodies . Like legendary treasure-hunters, Kon and Amir have spent the past twenty-five years excavating record bins finding gems to pierce ears with. Long forgotten musicians are now getting their proper dues and appreciative audiences are being turned on to some amazing music. They have managed to salvage some of the greatest music you've never heard. Audiences who are tired of being force fed sub par music will thank them for providing an alternative. Fans and music industry peers alike admire Kon and Amir not only for their vast collection of music but also for their party rockin' abilites. Their mastery as DJ's has earned them celebrity status across Europe. During these tours, it's not uncommon for locals to bring their rare and treasured records to shows to give to Kon and Amir as a "thank you" for bringing some of the best music they've ever heard to their attention. Other locals in the European crate diggin' scene often take Kon and Amir to some of the best record shops in their areas. To their peers, famous or unknown, Kon and Amir are looked up to as A List DJ's who keep parties poppin’ with everything from classics that people know and to joints from their special collection that people are happy to be introduced to. Since first putting it down together in 1997, the duo has released a total of ten albums; six On Track installments to critical acclaim, The Cleaning, another album entitled The Kings of Diggin’, a collaboration with DJ Muro from Japan and most recently two installments of the Off Track series for the BBE with another three to come. Now, it’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and whet your appetite with the exclusive mix cd courtesy of Kon & Amir, Wax Poetics and 101 Apparel. CD is out of print, a download card will be included with the t-shirt.
LEFTO "UNIVERSAL MAGNETIC" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
Sold OutFeatures exclusive Mix CD by Lefto for 101. As one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer, and affiliated with labels Brownswood, Blue Note, !K7 Records, Stones Throw and Jazzy Sport, this bearded early riser is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter. He doesn't wait for the next thing to land on his lap, he actively seeks it out, therefore just take a peek at his playlists on Belgium's foremost national radio station Studio Brussel which received compliments from Rough Trade Shops and Gilles Peterson. However, don't assume that he's only working futuristic angles - no sir. Firmly rooted in jazz and hip hop, he sharpened his digging sensibility working at the now legendary Music Mania record store in hometown Brussels. His passion for jazz resulted in a remix album for Blue Note which was well received by the community. LeFtO is forever moving forwards but always got an ear in the past. Famed for his gloriously eclectic dj sets, he switches effortlessly between hip hop, funk breaks, neck-snapping beats, future bass, south-american influences, bruk riddims and some wild african rhythms. He's not only a deejay and producer but also curates his own stage at the Dour Festival and his own nights in Gent in collaboration with Democrazy. World renowned, LeFtO regularly blesses sound systems from Tokyo to Seoul and Singapore to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has been a resident deejay for Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festivals since 2008 around the world. Camera under the arm, he is also one of the few deejays on this planet who can deejay somewhere and have a nice movie on the internet a couple hours later, with over 250 videos on Youtube and Vimeo, it's very impressive. The travel resulted in a compilation on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings with partner in crime DJ Simbad. This guy goes on where others stop... “To me, music is universal, it has the capability of connecting like minded people all around the world without even speaking the same language and it all works as a magnet. Today, thanks to the internet, musicians are able to meet and work with other musicians on a global scale, people are listening to music in shuffle mode and musical styles mix up to create new styles. This mix is what I do, mix up styles, blend them into different styles of music to create one sound, one world. When 101 Apparel asked me to do a mix, the minute after that I had the concept ready and here it is. Make sure you have your passport ready for this mix and enjoy this journey around the globe.” - DJ LEFTO (BROWNSWOOD RECORDINGS)
DJ SPINNA "FUTURE SHOCK" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix CD by DJ Spinna for 101. For our exclusive mix/t-shirt series we invited the one and only DJ Spinna from NYC to provide us with a set of sounds culled from his legendary music collection. Spinna is an internationally renowned selector, musician and producer who worked with all the heavyweights of the golden-era NYC hip-hop scene ( Gangstarr, Brand Nubian, Jungle Brothers) and who transitioned into a top tier remixer who has crafted dozens of dancefloor classics that span disparate genres from soul, funk, disco, house and afro music. For all his contributions to the music industry, it’s amazing that he has been able to become master the art of being a dj, something that many producers flirt with but rarely command with such dedication, style and creativity as Spinna has. His now legendary WONDER- Full parties ( all Stevie Wonder, all night long) have been so popular in NYC that he had to tour them to other cities ( SF, LA, Tokyo) and has since birthed other tribute parties with a similar theme. For “Future Shock”, Spinna put together a mix that looked to older vintage sounds with a distinct space-age futurist aesthetic in mind. It’s a journey through funky, forward, thoroughly retro-modern sounding tracks with a focus on the future and one foot in the past. The design is also reflective of that aesthetic with the text “Future Shock” in large vintage lettering.Throughout my years of digging for records I've always been particularly drawn to music that is heavily influenced by the electronic revolution. There was a long stretch where I would specifically hunt for Moog, New Age, Jazz Fusion, & experimental records... anything that involved synthesizers, but still had a groove. Upon the inquiry from 101 Apparel to come up with a concept for a mix my initial thought was it has to be unique. It was the opportune time for compiling tracks from past to present that capture the electronic experience. Future Shock is born and is without a doubt one of the most brain crushing mixes I've ever done! I hope you dig it.DJ SPINNA
WAAJEED "ELECTRIC STREET ORCHESTRA" MIX & T-SHIRT
Sold OutFeatures exclusive Mix by Jeedo for 101. CD is out of print, a download card will be included with the t-shirt. Upon returning to the States, Waajeed was mentored by late Slum Village rapper and producer James Yancey, better known to the world as J Dilla. Inheriting an MPC 2000 from Yancey, he began producing on his own, recording some of his first songs with fellow Detroiters Elzhi and Dwele, and contributing heavily to Slum Village’s Trinity album in wake of Yancey’s departure from the group. In 2001, he established his own imprint, the Bling47 Group, while a quest for Drum Crazy break LP distribution in Detroit led to a recording deal with Ubiquity Records and the formation of the Platinum Pied Pipers (PPP) with Darnell “Saadiq” Bolden. In 2003, PPP released its debut “Ridin’ High”/“Open Your Eyes” single, and two years later, the full-length Triple P. Triple P, with production contributions from instrumentalists Mystro and Mark de Clive-Lowe, and features from Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Steve Spacek, and hometown MCs Ta’Raach (aka Lacks) and Invincible, earned the duo widespread industry acclaim as well as aided in launching the careers of Georgia Anne Muldrow and Tiombe Lockhart. On Abundance, the 2009 follow-up to Triple P, the talents of up-and-comers Coultrain, Karma Stewart, and Jamila Raegan were on display as Waajeed expanded the group’s sound in reflection of inspiration garnered from countless remix projects, world tours, and collaborations with artists such as Cee-Lo, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Raheem DeVaughn, and Daniel Merriweather. 2010 and beyond finds Waajeed still in lofty collaborative company, musically (Diddy, Mayer Hawthorne), but also broadening expertise in videography and continuing his work on the lecture circuit, including a four-year relationship with the Red Bull Music Academy and an appearance at the 2010 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival’s Bodega Education Initiative in support of his mentor and friend, J Dilla. The forthcoming PPP3 album and projects with “Mad” Mike Banks, Karizma, Ana Tijoux, and Invincible are certain to keep the still-emerging producer grounded and on the right path, no matter how much the business of music and its frustrations occasionally threaten to expose rugged, Hockeytown roots.“I've had dreams about this mix for the last couple years. When 101 Apparel reached out to me about the collab between Bling47 and 101 Apparel it was perfect timing. I was in the middle of working on my newest project called Electric Street Orchestra (ESO). I wanted this mix to follow the same principals as the project, mixing my Detroit techno heritage with beats from a multitude of genres. To find a way to make Rock, Pop, and Hip hop sync with Ghetto tech. After making over 70 edits and two months of intense labor I achieved my goal. Now dance your ass off!” JEEDO aka Waajeed CD IS OUT OF STOCK (A DOWNLOAD CARD WILL BE INCLUDED WITH T-SHIRT)
MARC MAC "HIPOLOGY" MIX CD & T-SHIRT
$ 32.00Features exclusive Mix by Mar Mac for 101 Marc Mac is one of a rare breed of producers who moves smoothly between different genres flitting between pseudonyms while leaving a trail of quintessential releases. Straight Outta Dollis Hill London Marc Mac is one half of the legendary outfit 4hero and also founder member of Reinforced Records a label positioned at the cornerstone of early electronic music in the UK. In the late 90‘s Marc signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin Loud Records with his group 4hero. 4hero went on to produce 2 great award winning albums with Talkin Loud “Two Pages” & “Creating Patterns”. 4hero then went on to set up a new label where they released the critically acclaimed “Play With The Changes” and most recent “Extensions”. Somewhere in this timeline, between producing music for Jill Scott to Roy Ayers, Phonte to Terry Callier, Marc started another project called Visioneers releasing a set of limited 7” singles getting the attention from top eclectic DJ’s including Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Gilles Peterson & Norman Jay. Visioneers was then picked up by BBE records who released the debut album “Dirty Old Hip Hop”. Following on from the success of “Dirty Old Hip Hop” Marc returns with a new Visioneers record HIPOLOGY. “Hipology is a collage of some of my personal influences as a DJ/Producer growing up listening to Hip Hop; it’s a real eclectic mix of Breaks, Beats, Soul, Jazz, and freaky squeaks and not a sampler in sight. Visioneers is about revisiting my love for Hip Hop; What it was and what it is; the musical influences and the culture...”. Hipology will be released on BBE records late spring and features guest spots from John Robinson, TRAC & Baron, Notes to Self, Luke Parkhouse, The Support Brass & Ariya Horns.“I can’t paint a picture with one color I need to play with them all. Music is the same for me, how can I produce or DJ one style of music? I got to play with them all.” Marc Mac (4 Hero, Visioneers, BBE). Visit http://hipology.org for more info on Marc Mac's "Hipology" project
AFRO BEAT - SINCE 1969 - CREATED BY TONY ALLEN - MIX CD BY RICH MEDINA
Sold OutFeatures exclusive Mix by Rich Medina for 101. Tony Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa’s finest kit drummer and one of the continent’s most influential musicians. His playing draws on four different styles – highlife, soul/funk, jazz and traditional Nigerian drumming. A unique and mighty sound. Together with Fela Kuti (with whom he played for 15 years) Allen co-created Afrobeat - the hard driving, horns rich, funk-infused, politically insurrectionary style which became such a dominant force in African music and such an influence worldwide. Tony Allen’s latest release ‘Secret Agent’, is a majestic slice of hardcore roots Afrobeat, and is Allen's debut for World Circuit, his first release since he became a founder member of The Good The Bad and The Queen (alongside Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon and Simon Tong). his recent work has included also the collaboration with Finnish maverick Jimi Tenor for Strut's Inspiration Information series. Afrobeat is currently enjoying an upsurge of interest and for fans of hip-hop, funk and jazz, Allen, holder of the Afrobeat flame, is today revered as its seminal living figure. RICH MEDINAChoice defines the man. Rich Medina has made a life based on one choice that has transformed the listening experience of millions. DJ Rich Medina lives, breathes, and revels in sharing the type of music that make a listener remember his soul. It is this awareness of soul that brings listeners back time and again to hear Rich spin: heads nod, bodies sway, emotions expand and coalesce. DJ Rich Medina uses the decks to guide his people away from the ordinary and into the realm of their imaginations. His intelligent blends bridge unexpected song selections that build a collective consciousness of intoxication. Without even realizing it, DJ Rich Medina lures you in and makes you forget who you were before the music began. Medina spins you into the now, into the moment, into the vital essence of who you are. Always evolving as an artist, DJ Rich Medina transitions into the role of pre-eminent spoken word artist at clubs the world over. DJ Rich Medina, renaissance man, articulate performer and a down and dirty DJ who can go head to head with the best, is an artist who will transform the average experience of any club or venue and give his audience a night of music and words to remember.
NIGHTMARES ON WAX MIX CD & T-SHIRT
Sold OutFeatures exclusive Mix by Nightmares On Wax for 101. We here at 101 Apparel have been huge fans of Nightmares On Wax since the early sounds of “Smokers Delight” to our favorite “Caraboot Soul”. Its an honor to present this exclusive design collaboration with DJ E.A.S.E. of Nightmares On Wax. Each t-shirt will include an exclusive mix CD by DJ E.A.S.E. of Nightmares On Wax! Nightmares on Wax is DJ and musician George Evelyn, also known as DJ EASE (Experimental Sample Expert), from Leeds, UK. The musical style is a combination of electronic sounds and hip hop beats, often regarded as "Chill Out". Nightmares on Wax's music is released on Warp Records. Evelyn got his start in the music industry through an interest in hip hop and on joining a local breakdancing crew, he met Kevin Harper and together they released their first album in 1991, a techno-edged record entitled A Word Of Science: The First And Final Chapter. Evelyn went on to run The Headz Club in Leeds, and started his own record label, Poverty records. The next Nightmares on Wax release was not until Smoker's Delight in 1995, by which time Harper had left to pursue a career in DJing, reducing the band to a solo project. Evelyn began to record more of his trademark chill-out tracks, and brought in a variety of musicians and vocalists, giving the music a greater variety as well as allowing him to take the band out on tour. In 2000, Evelyn assisted in the comeback of hip hop pioneers De La Soul, when they appeared on the EP The Sound of N.O.W.. Although De La Soul have maintained a steady, loyal and strong fanbase since the beginning of their career some have argued that Evelyn's EP helped push them back into the public eye. In 2005, Evelyn started his own independent record label, Wax On. The upcoming N.O.W. album is set to release in conjunction with this t-shirt collaboration, mid summer. For more information visit: http://www.nightmaresonwax.nethttp://www.waxonrecords.com