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Quantic - A1 – Heaven Or Hell (00:00) Quantic - A1 – Heaven Or Hell (00:00) 1 Quantic - A1 – Heaven Or Hell
Quantic - A2 – Let The Sparks Fly (00:00) Quantic - A2 – Let The Sparks Fly (00:00) 2 Quantic - A2 – Let The Sparks Fly
Quantic - B1 – Night Jaguars (00:00) Quantic - B1 – Night Jaguars (00:00) 3 Quantic - B1 – Night Jaguars
Quantic - B2 – OM617 (00:00) Quantic - B2 – OM617 (00:00) 4 Quantic - B2 – OM617
Quantic - B3- Shake Your Demons (00:00) Quantic - B3- Shake Your Demons (00:00) 5 Quantic - B3- Shake Your Demons
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A1 – Heaven Or Hell
A2 – Let The Sparks Fly
B1 – Night Jaguars
B2 – OM617
B3- Shake Your Demons

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Quantic, aka Will Holland debuts on Aus with the ‘Heaven Or Hell’ EP a five tracker which follows last years ‘Theme From Selva’ the Studio 54 funk bomb that BBC 6 music snapped up for their A list, so far racking up 200 spins to date. ‘Heaven or Hell’ finds the balance between contemporary and heritage perfectly. Hypnotic disco grooves with lush warm melodic house licks all tied together with those signature walking basslines and live percussive funk that Quantic is known and loved for.

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Soul Portrait (2022 re-press, 180g vinyl)
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Willie Hutch - A1 : Ain’t Gonna Stop (3:06) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A1 : Ain’t Gonna Stop (3:06) (00:00) 1 Willie Hutch - A1 : Ain’t Gonna Stop (3:06)
Willie Hutch - A2 : You Can’t Miss Something That You Never Had (2:32) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A2 : You Can’t Miss Something That You Never Had (2:32) (00:00) 2 Willie Hutch - A2 : You Can’t Miss Something That You Never Had (2:32)
Willie Hutch - A3 : A Love That’s Worth Having (2:47) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A3 : A Love That’s Worth Having (2:47) (00:00) 3 Willie Hutch - A3 : A Love That’s Worth Having (2:47)
Willie Hutch - A4 : Good To The Last Drop (3:00) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A4 : Good To The Last Drop (3:00) (00:00) 4 Willie Hutch - A4 : Good To The Last Drop (3:00)
Willie Hutch - A5 : That’s What I Call Lovin’ You (1:54) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A5 : That’s What I Call Lovin’ You (1:54) (00:00) 5 Willie Hutch - A5 : That’s What I Call Lovin’ You (1:54)
Willie Hutch - A6 : You Gotta Try (2:26) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A6 : You Gotta Try (2:26) (00:00) 6 Willie Hutch - A6 : You Gotta Try (2:26)
Willie Hutch - B1 : Let Me Give You The Love You Need (2:34) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B1 : Let Me Give You The Love You Need (2:34) (00:00) 7 Willie Hutch - B1 : Let Me Give You The Love You Need (2:34)
Willie Hutch - B2 : Lucky To Be Loved By You (2:50) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B2 : Lucky To Be Loved By You (2:50) (00:00) 8 Willie Hutch - B2 : Lucky To Be Loved By You (2:50)
Willie Hutch - B3 : Keep On Doin’ What You Do (2:18) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B3 : Keep On Doin’ What You Do (2:18) (00:00) 9 Willie Hutch - B3 : Keep On Doin’ What You Do (2:18)
Willie Hutch - B4 : Your Love Keeps Liftin’ Me Higher (2:32) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B4 : Your Love Keeps Liftin’ Me Higher (2:32) (00:00) 10 Willie Hutch - B4 : Your Love Keeps Liftin’ Me Higher (2:32)
Willie Hutch - B5 : Do What You Wanna Do (3:12) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B5 : Do What You Wanna Do (3:12) (00:00) 11 Willie Hutch - B5 : Do What You Wanna Do (3:12)
Format Notes: 2022 re-press, 180g vinyl

Track List:

A1 : Ain’t Gonna Stop (3:06)
A2 : You Can’t Miss Something That You Never Had (2:32)
A3 : A Love That’s Worth Having (2:47)
A4 : Good To The Last Drop (3:00)
A5 : That’s What I Call Lovin’ You (1:54)
A6 : You Gotta Try (2:26)

B1 : Let Me Give You The Love You Need (2:34)
B2 : Lucky To Be Loved By You (2:50)
B3 : Keep On Doin’ What You Do (2:18)
B4 : Your Love Keeps Liftin’ Me Higher (2:32)
B5 : Do What You Wanna Do (3:12)

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A monumental force firmly rooted in the soul canon, Willie Hutch is most notable for recording two of the best Blaxploitation soundtracks, The Mack and Foxy Brown. Yet his legacy is much greater. Outside of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Hutch was arguably Motown’s top male solo artist of the 70s. Prior to his association with Gordy et al, Hutch crafted his opening statements for RCA, two vital LPs that Be With Records is honoured to present today.

His debut, Soul Portrait (1969), is an incredible slice of gritty, Southern-fried soul. Think Stax with a touch of Detroit sparkle. As a whole, the album demonstrates the self-contained act Hutch was; he wrote every tune on the album while also arranging and conducting for it. It features eleven timeless grooves, with a blend of beat ballads and undeniable dancers.

The album’s centrepiece is undoubtedly the iconic, brooding minor-key masterpiece “A Love That’s Worth Having”. The album’s most recognisable track, it's a towering ballad drenched in stylish, sliding horns and elevated by its stunning backing vocalists. It was famously sampled by Madlib to augment his soundtrack for Stones Throw’s Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton as well as 9th Wonder for the Murs classic “Dreamchaser”. Whilst one can understand these iconic beatmakers for leaning on the work of a master, you really need to own the track in its full, unedited glory.

Horn-heavy opener “Ain’t Gonna Stop” is a funk-fuelled monster, Hutch's fatback vocal aided by a vicious drum ‘n’ conga rhythm whilst the bumping uptown soul of “You Can’t Miss Something That You Never Had” anticipates the Motown-vibe that Hutch went on to create. Supple guitar licks propel the loping, head-nod breaks of “Good To The Last Drop” whilst “That’s What I Call Lovin’ You” features gospel piano and plaintive, tender vocal turn. Rounding out Side A, the blazing horns of “You Gotta Try” hints at the Blaxploitation that was to come.

Ushering in the flipside, the thundering proto-70s-Motown rhythm of “Let Me Give You The Love You Need” segues neatly into the bouncing Northern Soul favourite “Lucky To Be Loved By You” whilst Hutch’s gutbucket guitar stylings are all over the smouldering "Keep On Doin’ What You Do". “Your Love Keeps Liftin’ Me Higher” is not a rendition of the Jackie Wilson classic; rather, it’s a powerhouse original that indicates where Hutch would take his sound on The Mack. Closing the album, the anthemic “Do What You Wanna Do” name-checks contemporary dance fads before instructing the listener to just get up and dance.

Brilliantly supported by a heavy roster of studio cats who combined to create a winning combination of horns, strings, and gorgeous female background vocalists, Soul Portrait is as complete a soul album as the decade’s very best. Tricky to find for a number of years, this lovingly produced reissue is certainly welcome. Paired with the soaring follow-up, Season For Love, these recordings shine a new light on the early work of a soul legend. Mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis, it has been pressed on 180g vinyl for the first time and features the original artwork and liner notes.

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Season For Love (2022 re-press, 180g vinyl)
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Willie Hutch - A1 : Season For Love (3:06) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A1 : Season For Love (3:06) (00:00) 1 Willie Hutch - A1 : Season For Love (3:06)
Willie Hutch - A2 : The Twelfth Of Never (2:25) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A2 : The Twelfth Of Never (2:25) (00:00) 2 Willie Hutch - A2 : The Twelfth Of Never (2:25)
Willie Hutch - A3 : Trying To Understand A Woman (2:27) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A3 : Trying To Understand A Woman (2:27) (00:00) 3 Willie Hutch - A3 : Trying To Understand A Woman (2:27)
Willie Hutch - A4 : When A Boy Falls In Love (2:38) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A4 : When A Boy Falls In Love (2:38) (00:00) 4 Willie Hutch - A4 : When A Boy Falls In Love (2:38)
Willie Hutch - A5 : The Shortest Distance (0:36) (00:00) Willie Hutch - A5 : The Shortest Distance (0:36) (00:00) 5 Willie Hutch - A5 : The Shortest Distance (0:36)
Willie Hutch - B1 : Hurt So Bad (3:16) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B1 : Hurt So Bad (3:16) (00:00) 6 Willie Hutch - B1 : Hurt So Bad (3:16)
Willie Hutch - B2 : Walking On My Love (3:02) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B2 : Walking On My Love (3:02) (00:00) 7 Willie Hutch - B2 : Walking On My Love (3:02)
Willie Hutch - B3 : Wichita Lineman (3:21) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B3 : Wichita Lineman (3:21) (00:00) 8 Willie Hutch - B3 : Wichita Lineman (3:21)
Willie Hutch - B4 : Let's Try It Over Again (2:09) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B4 : Let's Try It Over Again (2:09) (00:00) 9 Willie Hutch - B4 : Let's Try It Over Again (2:09)
Willie Hutch - B5 : The Magic Of Love (2:47) (00:00) Willie Hutch - B5 : The Magic Of Love (2:47) (00:00) 10 Willie Hutch - B5 : The Magic Of Love (2:47)
Format Notes: 2022 re-press, 180g vinyl

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Track List:

A1 : Season For Love (3:06)
A2 : The Twelfth Of Never (2:25)
A3 : Trying To Understand A Woman (2:27)
A4 : When A Boy Falls In Love (2:38)
A5 : The Shortest Distance (0:36)

B1 : Hurt So Bad (3:16)
B2 : Walking On My Love (3:02)
B3 : Wichita Lineman (3:21)
B4 : Let's Try It Over Again (2:09)
B5 : The Magic Of Love (2:47)

Release Notes:

Mr Thing: "I've pretty much given up trying to find Season For Love. I'm glad you're doing these."

A monumental force firmly rooted in the soul canon, Willie Hutch is most notable for recording two of the best Blaxploitation soundtracks, The Mack and Foxy Brown. Yet his legacy is much greater. Outside of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Hutch was arguably Motown's top male solo artist of the 70s. Prior to his association with Gordy et al, Hutch crafted his opening statements for RCA, two vital LPs that Be With Records is honoured to present today.

Often-overlooked, his second album Season For Love (1970) is a must for all deep soul fans and has been sought-after by collectors of different stripes for decades. Whereas his debut featured thundering, gritty numbers, Hutch treats us to a mellower soul here - sumptuous, warm and string-led. He compared his approach to that of Otis Redding and there are definite parallels; from the raspy, rough-hewn vocals that tend to roam between sweet and deeply impassioned to the horn-heavy, emphatic sonic backdrops.

With flawless originals presented alongside a few well-chosen classics (his stunning cover of "Wichita Lineman" arguably bests the original's splendour), it's easy to see why sample-based musicians have been falling over themselves to plunder from this album. Witness the sweeping strings that grace "The Magic Of Love" and the heartbreaking "Walking On My Love"; the mellifluous guitar work on the contemplative instrumental "The Shortest Distance" and gorgeous single "When A Boy Falls In Love".

Whilst the arrangements and playing are subtly jaw-dropping throughout, Hutch's uncontrived voice has a certain warmth to match a Nat “King” Cole and a purity of tone that even recalls the great Sam Cooke. Indeed, a few numbers are almost in a jazz vocal territory reminiscent of artists Lou Rawls. That's not to say that others lack the righteous energy and undeniable groove of Willie's later sound.

Remarkably consistent throughout – a rare commodity for many 70s soul albums – the lack of one signature song likely hindered its progress. Regardless, it deserved to make more of an impact and now, paired with the majestic debut, Soul Portrait, these recordings shine a new light on the early work of a soul legend.

Original vinyl copies of this album are extremely rare – and correspondingly expensive – so we’re thrilled to present the first ever vinyl reissue of a true lost classic. Mastered for vinyl by our esteemed engineer Simon Francis. It has been pressed on 180g vinyl for the first time and features the original, rarely seen artwork.

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Safe And Sound (2LP)
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DJ Quik - 1 A1 : Street Level Entrance (1:52) (00:00) DJ Quik - 1 A1 : Street Level Entrance (1:52) (00:00) 1 DJ Quik - 1 A1 : Street Level Entrance (1:52)
DJ Quik - 2 A2 : Get At Me (4:08) (00:00) DJ Quik - 2 A2 : Get At Me (4:08) (00:00) 2 DJ Quik - 2 A2 : Get At Me (4:08)
DJ Quik - 3 A3 : Diggin’ U Out (4:48) (00:00) DJ Quik - 3 A3 : Diggin’ U Out (4:48) (00:00) 3 DJ Quik - 3 A3 : Diggin’ U Out (4:48)
DJ Quik - 4 A4 : Safe + Sound (4:49) (00:00) DJ Quik - 4 A4 : Safe + Sound (4:49) (00:00) 4 DJ Quik - 4 A4 : Safe + Sound (4:49)
DJ Quik - 5 B1 : Somethin’ 4 Tha Mood (5:55) (00:00) DJ Quik - 5 B1 : Somethin’ 4 Tha Mood (5:55) (00:00) 5 DJ Quik - 5 B1 : Somethin’ 4 Tha Mood (5:55)
DJ Quik - 6 B2 : Don’t You Eat It! (1:08) (00:00) DJ Quik - 6 B2 : Don’t You Eat It! (1:08) (00:00) 6 DJ Quik - 6 B2 : Don’t You Eat It! (1:08)
DJ Quik - 7 B3 : Can I Eat It? (4:59) (00:00) DJ Quik - 7 B3 : Can I Eat It? (4:59) (00:00) 7 DJ Quik - 7 B3 : Can I Eat It? (4:59)
DJ Quik - 8 B4 : It’z Your Fantasy (4:23) (00:00) DJ Quik - 8 B4 : It’z Your Fantasy (4:23) (00:00) 8 DJ Quik - 8 B4 : It’z Your Fantasy (4:23)
DJ Quik - 9 C1 : Tha Ho In You (4:45) (00:00) DJ Quik - 9 C1 : Tha Ho In You (4:45) (00:00) 9 DJ Quik - 9 C1 : Tha Ho In You (4:45)
DJ Quik - 10 C2 : Dollaz + Sense (5:53) (00:00) DJ Quik - 10 C2 : Dollaz + Sense (5:53) (00:00) 10 DJ Quik - 10 C2 : Dollaz + Sense (5:53)
DJ Quik - 11 C3 : Let You Havit (3:40) (00:00) DJ Quik - 11 C3 : Let You Havit (3:40) (00:00) 11 DJ Quik - 11 C3 : Let You Havit (3:40)
DJ Quik - 12 C4 : Summer Breeze (4:34) (00:00) DJ Quik - 12 C4 : Summer Breeze (4:34) (00:00) 12 DJ Quik - 12 C4 : Summer Breeze (4:34)
DJ Quik - 13 D1 : Quik’s Groove III (2:37) (00:00) DJ Quik - 13 D1 : Quik’s Groove III (2:37) (00:00) 13 DJ Quik - 13 D1 : Quik’s Groove III (2:37)
DJ Quik - 14 D2 : Sucka Free (2:11) (00:00) DJ Quik - 14 D2 : Sucka Free (2:11) (00:00) 14 DJ Quik - 14 D2 : Sucka Free (2:11)
DJ Quik - 15 D3 : Keep Tha “P” In It (5:25) (00:00) DJ Quik - 15 D3 : Keep Tha “P” In It (5:25) (00:00) 15 DJ Quik - 15 D3 : Keep Tha “P” In It (5:25)
DJ Quik - 16 D4 : Hooray 4 Tha Funk (2:11) (00:00) DJ Quik - 16 D4 : Hooray 4 Tha Funk (2:11) (00:00) 16 DJ Quik - 16 D4 : Hooray 4 Tha Funk (2:11)
DJ Quik - 17 D5 : Tanqueray (4:19) (00:00) DJ Quik - 17 D5 : Tanqueray (4:19) (00:00) 17 DJ Quik - 17 D5 : Tanqueray (4:19)
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Format Notes: 2022 re-issue, 140g double vinyl, includes the CD bonus track “Tanqueray”, reproduction of the original stickered sleeve


Track List:

1 A1 : Street Level Entrance (1:52)
2 A2 : Get At Me (4:08)
3 A3 : Diggin’ U Out (4:48)
4 A4 : Safe + Sound (4:49)

5 B1 : Somethin’ 4 Tha Mood (5:55)
6 B2 : Don’t You Eat It! (1:08)
7 B3 : Can I Eat It? (4:59)
8 B4 : It’z Your Fantasy (4:23)

9 C1 : Tha Ho In You (4:45)
10 C2 : Dollaz + Sense (5:53)
11 C3 : Let You Havit (3:40)
12 C4 : Summer Breeze (4:34)

13 D1 : Quik’s Groove III (2:37)
14 D2 : Sucka Free (2:11)
15 D3 : Keep Tha “P” In It (5:25)
16 D4 : Hooray 4 Tha Funk (2:11)
17 D5 : Tanqueray (4:19)

Release Notes:

DJ Quik is a giant of West Coast hip-hop. With 1995’s Safe + Sound, he scaled new levels of musical magnificence with his signature new age P-Funk/laconic G-Funk. A quintessential, sun-scorched LA album, this is pretty much essential. Typical for mid-90s albums the original vinyl copies are now rare so here’s the Be With re-issue, complete with “Tanqueray”, the hidden track from the original CD release.

A preternaturally gifted producer/rapper, DJ Quik has produced scores of LA gangsta rap classics. He’s released platinum and gold records of his own, as well as helped craft them for the likes of Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and Dr Dre. Quik has always been quirkier and more interesting than his gangsta rap peers, both musically and lyrically. An old-school funk producer at heart, he’s also incredibly nice on the mic. His raps often deal in boasts, jokes and good times but also cover his beefs, his trials and his trauma. Partying and pain, all mixed up. DJing and producing hype beat tapes from age 14, Quik’s tracks blended the languid funk and rubbery synths of Zapp and George Clinton with a gangsta aesthetic, creating a more danceable foil to Compton’s more typical nihilistic hedonism. Ultimately, his records sound custom engineered to drift out over sun-soaked barbecues.

By the time of his third album DJ Quik was a household name on the West Coast - California’s premier rapper/producer not named Andre Young. Released on Profile in 1995, Safe + Sound was certified gold. Less reliant on samples and more focused on live instruments, it elevated him from producer to fully-fledged composer. This sound — the quick, winding basslines, tinny high hats, smooth instrumental solos, soulful pipes, and Roger Troutman’s talkbox — defined him. This is an album of full-blown masterpieces. Rich soundscapes and masterfully arranged orchestrations with dense layers of sounds, intricate rhythms, and well-balanced songwriting.

The first track proper, “Get At Me” samples Cameo whilst Quik takes aim at the Judases in his life, the horn-laced chorus providing a triumphant feel. On the horizontal “Diggin’ U Out”, the soulful electric piano of Warryn Campbell lays a relaxed groove for Quik to talk over about one of his favourite topics: sex. Title track “Safe + Sound” chronicles Quik’s formative years over a slick instrumental. The moody bass locks a laidback infectious groove, the hook is catchy and Quik’s delivery is in fine form. On the uber-chilled “Somethin’ 4 Tha Mood”, Quik cooks up a breezy, feel good track of sparkly keyboards, syncopated claps, shuffling hi-hats, woozy synths and a floating two-minute flute solo courtesy of Robert “Fonksta” Bacon. Analysing the highs and lows of an average day in the hood, it echoes Cube’s “It Was a Good Day”.

“It’z Your Fantasy” is a silky smooth soundtrack to Quik’s detailed retelling of a sexcapade with a young lady and whilst “Tha Ho In You” is musically perfect for that midsummer family BBQ, its lyrical content is unsurprisingly decidedly less family-friendly. A real highlight, the infamous “Dollaz + Sense” is one of the most ruthless diss tracks of all time. The brutal lyrics ride a laidback West Coast beat, flipping a sample from Young & Company’s “I Like (What You’re Doing To Me)” as Quik fires lyrical shots at his arch Compton nemesis, MC Eiht. On the loping, hazy “Let You Havit”, Quik is again in gangsta mode, with more bars of barbs aimed at Eiht, rhyming over sun-kissed synthy-rollerskate funk.

Some of the finest tracks on Safe + Sound are those designed to de-stress. The evocative “Summer Breeze” is a classic warm-weather jam, anchored by a twangy funk guitar, breezy string arrangement, and a soulful hook delivered by Dionne Knighton. Quik’s nostalgic lyrics are not far from DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime”, reminiscing over barbecues at the park, young love, and the brevity of halcyon youth. The relaxed and jazzy “Quik’s Groove III” is another highlight, as bass, guitar, piano and flute combine to create a smooth, soulful instrumental.

The swaggering “Shack Up”-sampling “Sucka Free” features a cameo from Playa Hamm, all funky braggadocio and over much too quikly (pun thoroughly intended). The jazz-flavoured “Keep Tha ‘P’ In It”, again featuring Playa Hamm but this time extending the cameo invitations to Hi-C, 2nd II None and Kam, is pure laidback P-Funk. The deep bass and industrial drums make sure the groove hits hard.

“Tanqueray” was originally a hidden track on the CD version of the album, but it’s too good to hide. This wild party samples Brass Construction’s gigantic “Get Up To Get Down” and soars in its drunk-ebullience. An apt way to close this party-driven set.

This 2022 Be With double LP re-issue has been mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis, cut by Pete Norman and pressed at Record Industry. Unusual for the time, Safe + Sound was originally pressed as a double, so all that was missing was the CD’s hidden bonus track “Tanqueray”, so we’ve fixed that. The original vinyl release never got a picture sleeve, so we’ve recreated the original’s promo-style silver-sticker and plain black jacket. A subtle cover for a wonderfully unsubtle record.

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Rhythm-al-ism (2LP)
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DJ Quik - 1 A1 : Rhythm-al-ism (Intro) (1:40) (00:00) DJ Quik - 1 A1 : Rhythm-al-ism (Intro) (1:40) (00:00) 1 DJ Quik - 1 A1 : Rhythm-al-ism (Intro) (1:40)
DJ Quik - 2 A2 : We Still Party (5:13) (00:00) DJ Quik - 2 A2 : We Still Party (5:13) (00:00) 2 DJ Quik - 2 A2 : We Still Party (5:13)
DJ Quik - 3 A3 : So Many Wayz (5:41) (00:00) DJ Quik - 3 A3 : So Many Wayz (5:41) (00:00) 3 DJ Quik - 3 A3 : So Many Wayz (5:41)
DJ Quik - 4 A4 : Hand In Hand (4:18) (00:00) DJ Quik - 4 A4 : Hand In Hand (4:18) (00:00) 4 DJ Quik - 4 A4 : Hand In Hand (4:18)
DJ Quik - 5 B1 : Down, Down, Down (4:43) (00:00) DJ Quik - 5 B1 : Down, Down, Down (4:43) (00:00) 5 DJ Quik - 5 B1 : Down, Down, Down (4:43)
DJ Quik - 6 B2 : You’z a Ganxta (4:22) (00:00) DJ Quik - 6 B2 : You’z a Ganxta (4:22) (00:00) 6 DJ Quik - 6 B2 : You’z a Ganxta (4:22)
DJ Quik - 7 B3 : I Useta Know Her (3:50) (00:00) DJ Quik - 7 B3 : I Useta Know Her (3:50) (00:00) 7 DJ Quik - 7 B3 : I Useta Know Her (3:50)
DJ Quik - 8 B4 : No Doubt (4:12) (00:00) DJ Quik - 8 B4 : No Doubt (4:12) (00:00) 8 DJ Quik - 8 B4 : No Doubt (4:12)
DJ Quik - 9 C1 : Speed (3:21) (00:00) DJ Quik - 9 C1 : Speed (3:21) (00:00) 9 DJ Quik - 9 C1 : Speed (3:21)
DJ Quik - 10 C2 : Whateva U Do (7:47) (00:00) DJ Quik - 10 C2 : Whateva U Do (7:47) (00:00) 10 DJ Quik - 10 C2 : Whateva U Do (7:47)
DJ Quik - 11 C3 : Thinkin’ Bout U (4:05) (00:00) DJ Quik - 11 C3 : Thinkin’ Bout U (4:05) (00:00) 11 DJ Quik - 11 C3 : Thinkin’ Bout U (4:05)
DJ Quik - 12 C4 : EL’s Interlude (4:05) (00:00) DJ Quik - 12 C4 : EL’s Interlude (4:05) (00:00) 12 DJ Quik - 12 C4 : EL’s Interlude (4:05)
DJ Quik - 13 D1 : Medley For A “V” (The P***y Medley) (6:27) (00:00) DJ Quik - 13 D1 : Medley For A “V” (The P***y Medley) (6:27) (00:00) 13 DJ Quik - 13 D1 : Medley For A “V” (The P***y Medley) (6:27)
DJ Quik - 14 D2 : Bombudd II (2:59) (00:00) DJ Quik - 14 D2 : Bombudd II (2:59) (00:00) 14 DJ Quik - 14 D2 : Bombudd II (2:59)
DJ Quik - 15 D3 : Get 2Getha Again (4:41) (00:00) DJ Quik - 15 D3 : Get 2Getha Again (4:41) (00:00) 15 DJ Quik - 15 D3 : Get 2Getha Again (4:41)
DJ Quik - 16 D4 : Reprise (Medley For A “V”) (2:39) (00:00) DJ Quik - 16 D4 : Reprise (Medley For A “V”) (2:39) (00:00) 16 DJ Quik - 16 D4 : Reprise (Medley For A “V”) (2:39)
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Format Notes: 2022 re-issue, 140g double vinyl, original picture sleeve and insert


Track List:

1 A1 : Rhythm-al-ism (Intro) (1:40)
2 A2 : We Still Party (5:13)
3 A3 : So Many Wayz (5:41)
4 A4 : Hand In Hand (4:18)

5 B1 : Down, Down, Down (4:43)
6 B2 : You’z a Ganxta (4:22)
7 B3 : I Useta Know Her (3:50)
8 B4 : No Doubt (4:12)

9 C1 : Speed (3:21)
10 C2 : Whateva U Do (7:47)
11 C3 : Thinkin’ Bout U (4:05)
12 C4 : EL’s Interlude (4:05)

13 D1 : Medley For A “V” (The P***y Medley) (6:27)
14 D2 : Bombudd II (2:59)
15 D3 : Get 2Getha Again (4:41)
16 D4 : Reprise (Medley For A “V”) (2:39)

Release Notes:

DJ Quik is a giant of West Coast hip-hop. With his fourth album Rhythm-Al-Ism he created his masterpiece, a perfect hip-hop album. As Quik explains, “the name Rhythm-Al-Ism alone tells you what I was doing. I was mixing up rhythms. I was meshing R&B with hip-hop and jazz. And a little bit of comedy”. It’s absolutely sensational and as with a lot of mid-90s albums those original vinyl copies are now rare so here’s the Be With re-issue.

A preternaturally gifted producer/rapper, DJ Quik has produced scores of LA gangsta rap classics. He’s released platinum and gold records of his own, as well as helped craft them for the likes of Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and Dr Dre. Quik has always been quirkier and more interesting than his gangsta rap peers, both musically and lyrically. An old-school funk producer at heart, he’s also incredibly nice on the mic. His raps often deal in boasts, jokes and good times but also cover his beefs, his trials and his trauma. Partying and pain, all mixed up. DJing and producing hype beat tapes from age 14, Quik’s tracks blended the languid funk and rubbery synths of Zapp and George Clinton with a gangsta aesthetic, creating a more danceable foil to Compton’s more typical nihilistic hedonism. Ultimately, his records sound custom engineered to drift out over sun-soaked barbecues.

Released in 1998 on Profile, Rhythm-Al-Ism was the closest Quik ever got to making a commercial splash. “You’z A Ganxta” and “Hand in Hand” made radio waves across the country and the less radio-friendly tracks like “Medley For A ‘V’” were bumping out of car stereos. Combining his soulful, jazzy P-Funk/G-Funk beats with his effortlessly smooth flow, Rhythm-Al-Ism was the quintessential West Coast Party. Squelchy synths, bouncy bass, monstrously knocking drums and freaky keys - this is peaking acidic party-rap, straight out the gate. Music for gliding, for skating, for time with your people and your poison. Sunshine. No cares. BBQs. Heavy smoke in the air. Dripping with wit and good humour. A real swing to the vibe.

The album opens with Quik setting out his mission statement with “Rhythm-Al-Ism (Intro)”, telling us what this is all about before the self-explanatory “We Still Party” rocks the spot. It’s definitely all about the party here, complete with Quik’s signature head-nod/body-moving beat. Next up, the undeniable laidback funk and dripping swing of groove-laden “So Many Wayz”. This positively slaps.

Then we get to the three huge singles. The R&B-tinged radio-friendly minor-hit “Hand In Hand” closes the first side only for the flip to get straight into the rolling and scratching of bleepy computer-funk banger “Down, Down, Down” (featuring a particularly nice use of Howard Johnson’s epochal “So Fine”). The effortlessly smooth, flute and guitar-laced “You’z A Ganxta” completes the trio. Next up the fast-paced, vocoder-enhanced, woulda-beena-global-hit “I Useta Know Her”. This coulda (shoulda) been a single too. Head-nod funk workout “No Doubt”, with its ace sample of Prince's “Sexy Dancer”, closes out the second side.

“Speed” races out the gate on the second disc, sampling Edwin Birdsong’s “Rapper Dapper Snapper” in a harder, better, faster, stronger way than those daft Parisian punks. Amphetamine-swift raps over soaring, string-drenched b-boy beats. A total anthem. Up next, the staggering, near 8-minute laconic, lounge-y sax-rap of “Whateva U Do” cools things down and smooths things out with its flute wrapping around a sample of Smokey Robinson’s “So In Love” and some oh-so-classy lounge-piano tinkling. And speaking of smooth, things don’t get much smoother than the blissfully melodic glider-anthem “Thinkin’ ’Bout U” riding that ace flip of SWV’s “Use Your Heart”. Exceptional.

The exquisite funky-flute-slapper “Medley for a ‘V’ (The P***Y Medley)” opens the fourth and final side, with star turns from Snoop Dogg and a typically suave Nate Dogg. It’s followed by the supremely skanked-out “Bombudd II”, a beautifully sweet reggae-fuelled ode to the herb. “Get 2Getha Again” is slick funk. Stunning.

This 2022 Be With double LP re-issue has been mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis, cut by Pete Norman and pressed at Record Industry. Unusual for the time, Rhythm-Al-Ism was originally pressed as a double and we’ve reproduced the original LA vibe picture sleeve and insert to match.

As that original front cover says, this is “over 70 minutes of commercial free music” and it’s absolutely perfect from start to finish. There are no stand-out tracks here. It’s all gold.

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