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Unreleased stuff and vinyl specials from the Madlib vaults. Seasons Change flips Roy Ayers’ D.C. City; Broad Factor and LAX nod to Mad Skillz and Gangstarr. Watch out (literally) for the VU-style peel-off artwork.

The very best of the underground productions of Paul C (Ultramagnetics, Eric B, Super Lover Cee and co) from the golden age of hip hop.

Thirty-four tracks of solo, instrumental hip-hop… nourished as much by the drummer’s stints with Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd and Ron Carter, as those with Common, Slum Village, Talib Kweli and The Roots.

The hip-hop collective’s eighth album is their first for Def Jam records. It’s a heavy album, the Roots’ sharpest work.

Rocking old school rap with stripped synth and bass backing, nice effects on the dub, from 1983.

Hiphop turning points like The Payoff Mix and The Lessons, The Motorcade Sped On, Nothing To Fear in its entirety, loads of stuff including new work. Postmodern but politically sharp, so totally F-R-E-S-H.