The bangin' self-released Kill Bloodclot Bill mix disc by hard-hustlin' Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall makes it seem like going indie was the best thing that could've happened to him. This murderously great collection of hardcore hiphop, roughneck ragga-rap and deadly dancehall thrillers - produced by Da Grassroots crew, Black Chiney , Solitair and Black Shadow - is a non-stop party rocker aimed directly at the streets. And that's exactly where Kardi's music belongs. Watch out, the Black Jays are taking over.
Soul Santa number one
The Jazzman label gets into the holiday spirit with a timely 7-inch reissue of two superfunky James Brown seasonal classics - the hard-bangin' Christmas Is Coming, backed with the vibes-enhanced Soulful Christmas, the latter of which you could actually drop in your DJ set during the summer months without fear of clearing the dance floor. For those not really down with the whole Santa thing, Jazzman has thoughtfully released MaseQua Myers 's spiritual jazz gem Black Land Of The Nile with Mary Lou Williams 's sweet Communion Song #3 in time for Kwanzaa celebrations.
Burn, Bey, burn!
Perhaps Detroit free jazz saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey needed to catch his breath following the release of his 19 Moons throwdown, since last year's Ashirai Pattern took a turn inward for a more meditative vibe. But the Griot Galaxy saxophonist (he mentored James Carter) is back to his scorching self with the Northwoods Improvisors for the rousing Auzar (Entropy) set, recorded live At the CMU Park Library Auditorium. With Skeeter Shelton and Mike Carey joining in, the three-pronged saxophone attack slowly builds to a majestic roar that consistently hits with a heavy wallop. www.entropystereo.com.
To commemorate breaking through the 100th-release barrier, the Los Angeles-based Stones Throw label has assembled the Stones Throw 101 DVD/CD package with a Peanut Butter Wolf mix disc showcasing the label's release highlights, along with a companion DVD that compiles the rarely seen promo video clips of Madlib , Madvillain , Jaylib , Lootpack , Breakestra , Rasco and others. As a bonus, there's a great mini-doc about L.A. Carnival and awesome vintage footage of Stark Reality and Dooley O . Coincidentally, mid-school Connecticut MC Dooley O is also the star of Koushik 's white-label Hiphop Remixes EP, which features Watch My Moves and the incredibly dope EPMD dis Piece of the Pie. Get two.