Blockhead: The Art of the Sample

So, I’ve been hinting about a new project a little bit and it’s finally out today. Well, to be truthful, it’s not brand new. In fact, it’s been done for a while (and streaming on one website for months) but it’s finally available to stream and purchase today. I just wanted to talk about it a little cause it’s not the typical Blockhead release.

Blockhead: Art Of the Sample
My new album is a fun side project I did with the good people over at De Wolfe records. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a music library that has been doing music for film, radio and television for nearly 100 years. They make original music that gets plugged into all sorts of things and has been heard all around the world. If you’re a producer, you have very likely sampled them and you don’t even realize it. Well, I was fortunate enough to have them allow me make an album entirely out of their back catalogue. That’s SO much music. In fact, so much so, that I already have another volume almost done. So this should be an ongoing thing.

What I made is my own library record. These are not typical Blockhead songs. They’re more stripped down and focused for the purpose of being used in tv and film. So, don’t expect 6 minutes songs that constantly change. This is not that. That was not the focus of the album. Think more along the lines of “Blockheads broke beats” , which was my first album ever on Mush records.

Anyway, so that is the story! This was a fun side project for me to do and I’m really happy it’s finally out there on a mass level. For those curious about physical copies, there will be a vinyl release by the good people at Young Heavy Souls. That’s expected to drop in June and will be a pretty limited run (1000 copies). Here is a preorder link:

https://www.youngheavysouls.com/blockhead-the-art-of-the-sample-pre-order
Anyway, peep the new album!
Streaming:
https://open.spotify.com/album/6n2UZg8yh4Q9yMVKLZAWPI

Digital Download:
I-tunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-art-of-the-sample/1373273222

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Sample-Blockhead/dp/B07CGM2488/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524239288&sr=8-1&keywords=blockhead+art+of+the+sample

New remixes! Armand Hammer’s “Dry Ice! and more!


Hi, been a minute….
Peep it!
So, I put out my album “Funeral Balloons” in September but to let you know I’m not sitting on my hands, here are some recent remixesand loosies I’ve done, Including this brand new one for Armand Hammer’s “Dry Ice”. Enjoy!

In case you missed them:
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Upcoming tour dates! US and Overseas!

Hi there. Tis the season for me to hit the road. I’m writing this from Greece so you know it’s fancy. I start a two week jaunt in Europe/Russia/Tel Aviv tomorrow and then kick off a bunch of dates in North america in November and December.
Here are the Overseas dates:

And here is North America:

You may notice the Cleveland show got moved back. This is due to a minor scheduling issue and I’m psyched that it was able to get rebooked.
Also, if you live the States and are pissed cause i’m not playing where you live, rest easy. I’m working on a pretty extensive tour next year and hope to hit all sorts of places that this tour didn’t.
Hope to see you all there…with bells on.

Funeral Balloons is here!!!!


Every new album is like a new child. This album is my 7th child. Jesus , I’m old.
Anyway, I’ve been yapping about this for months and months now and the day is finally here. I just wanted to have a go to place where anyone interested in the album can find it. To stream or buy. Either way works for me. I only hope you enjoy it.
If you like your music digital, I gotchu…

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1266075153?ls=1&app=itunes

https://www.amazon.com/Funeral-Balloons-Blockhead/dp/B074FT4NSZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504844044&sr=8-1&keywords=blockhead+funeral+balloons

If you’re more of a hard copy kinda person, cd’s and vinyl are here for the buying as well…Here’s a few options

http://backwoodzstudioz.com/portfolio/store/#blockhead-artists

https://www.fatbeats.com/products/blockhead-funeral-balloons-2xlp

If you’re a streamer…I got you as well. All i ask is that, when you leave you home, play it on repeat so I can cash those .000004 cent checks and live the boss life I so desire.
https://open.spotify.com/album/0uDP1NIO6LwQisOF2C0Hxy

Lastly, I did an interview for Noisey. I talk honestly about what happened with ninja tune, what i think about NYC rap and how sampling is what I do, no matter what direction music keeps turning.
https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/xwwnqk/blockheads-new-album-is-instrumental-hip-hop-for-the-enlightened-stoner

So, yeah! I hope you enjoy it. I’m hitting the road soon and I’ll post as many dates as I can gather once I have them all lined up…but for now…here’s what we got:

European dates and more US dates to be added soon but I figure it’s best to get these out now then just sit on them.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible. If I can be serious and corny for a moment, I’m really lucky that I get to make music for a living. And it’s thanks to you guys. So, thank you all for sticking with me over these years. I’ve been making music for 20 plus years now and I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.

First single from Funeral Balloons is here! Peep “UFOMG”

September 8th is nearing (the release date of my new album “Funeral Balloons”) but I wanted to give you all a little taste before then. Picking what track to leak was tough cause I coulda gone many different directions. The album is nothing if not eclectic. I opted to go with a slightly off center choice. Basically, I don’t wanna show my hand for what this album is gonna be and this song is just weird enough to keep people guessing.
The good people over at HiphopDX premiered it earlier today but I figure I would put it up here as well cause, you know, this is my website and all.
So enjoy the song:

It’s also up on bandcamp. If you pre-order the album, you get the song now so that’s kinda cool, right?
I’d say so.
https://blockheadnyc.bandcamp.com/album/funeral-balloons

Funeral Balloons Pre orders are here!!! Also, “Known Unknowns” Instrumentals!

Well, it’s been a while but the time has finally arrived. My new album “Funeral Balloons” has been done for a while but , thanks to the good people at Backwoodz Studioz, it’s ready for Pre-order on vinyl and cassette. Not only that, You can even get a T-shirt (It’s a limited run though so , if you want one, hop on it).

Instead of retyping all the info, I’ll just post exactly what Backwoodz did, with links included


Link to Pre-orders:
http://backwoodzstudioz.com/portfolio/store/#blockhead-artists

Here’s the I-tunes preorder link for the digital version:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/funeral-balloons/id1266075153

 

On top of that, Backwoodz has also been kind enough to release the instrumentals to the recent album I did with Billy Woods , “Known Unknowns”. So, if you like those beats and want them all to yourself or if you’re one of those weirdos who doesn’t like rap music but likes my music, it’s your lucky day. This release is only being done digitally.
That is available RIGHT NOW! So, head on over to either of these two places to get them:
http://backwoodzstudioz.com/portfolio-item/blockhead-known-unknowns-the-instrumentals-digital/
https://blockheadnyc.bandcamp.com/album/known-unknowns-the-instrumentals

As for the digital release of my album, it will be dropping on September 8th (along with the vinyl and cd) and it will be available everywhere online you find your digital music.
Very excited for you guys to hear this album and I hope you enjoy it. More to come!
Also, US and European Tour dates are coming soon. Should be a fun fall!
Thanks,
Blockhead