“To celebrate the many phenomenal instrumentals that have landed on our projects over the years, we’re pleased to release our first instrumental compilation, Beats, Mines and Life: An Instrumental Journey.
The 14 tracks featured capture the brilliance of several of the producers we’ve worked with in recent years. These include numerous living legends who have carved out a massive niche in the game, including the likes of Nottz, Ayatollah, M-Phazes, and Khrysis. Also featured are the underground stalwarts like DJ Concept, Max I Million, J57, Small Professor, and Thelonious Martin, all of whom are cementing their place in the Hip-Hop world.
The 50 minute Journey highlights both serious bangers and low-key headnodders alike. For the trunk-rattlers, we have joints like M-Phazes’ shimmering beat for Blu’s 2012 single, “Kiss The Sky,” in addition to his creeping “Midnight Madness” instrumental from Heltah Skeltah’s 2011 EP of the same name. Elsewhere, you’re bound to break your neck to Nottz’ “Atlantis” (off his Titans in the Flesh EP with Blu), chill along to J57’s dusty “The Art of Sole” (off Aaron Rose’s 2016 EP, Elixir), and feel the soul of Thelonious Martin’s “They Don’t Know” (off his 2017 released Molotov LP with Saga).
Like many of our releases, Beats, Mines and Life pays homage to the Hip-Hop greats who have come before us. Of course, the title is a callback to A Tribe Called Quest’s classic 1996 LP, Beats, Rhymes & Life, and a tribute to the life and art of the late Phife Dawg.
Beats, Mines and Life is now available through all digital outlets and streaming platforms, and arrives in time for Cassette Store Day 2017 (Sat, Oct. 14) in limited quantities. Order your limited edition copy today!” –Coalmine Records
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