Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dart Adams Is In Deep Concentration (Re-Up from January)

Today I offer for your downloading and listening pleasure, OM Records’ Deep Concentration series of hip hop compilations. Each compilation consists of tracks produced, composed and arranged by the top turntablists in the game circa 1997-2000 as well as some great tracks from the eras leading underground hip hop groups.

San Francisco’s OM Records (home of Ming & FS, People Under The Stairs, El Stew, Afro Mystik and Mark Farina’s popular Mushroom Jazz series) started out as an indie label that made some innovative releases by using the Enhanced CD format as well as releasing albums that featured to turntablists, underground hip hop, trip hop and other forms of electronica. They were the West Coast version of Asphodel but with a little more vision on the technical (as evidenced by the interactive CD features on Deep Concentration and Deeper Concentration) side of things. Deep Concentration came with a second CD containing an original beatmaking program called OM’s Digital Beat Box and the second was an Enhanced CD with Mixman Studio remixing software (Windows only, so screw it...The Mac goes “Rrrring”!) installed on it. The third edition didn’t come with any added special features on the retail disc.

Featured on these three CD’s is a proverbial Who’s Who of hip hop’s illest DJ’s and turntablists such as Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5), Prince Paul, Radar (Bombshelter DJ’s), The Angel (check her score for Kidulthood...ill!), Eddie Def, X-Men (X-ecutioners), Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Babu & J-Rocc (Beat Junkies), Beyond There, Q-Burns Abstract Message, Ming & FS, DJ Revolution, DJ Sole, Plagaiwrists, DJ Infamous, Bulletproof Space Travelers, DJ Craze, DJ Cash Money (Philly reppin’), Danny Breaks, DJ T-Rock & DJ Faust (Third World Citizenz), Highlanders, DJ Apollo (Invisibl Scratch Piklz), J Boogie, DJ Spooky, Saga & Mei Lwun, DJ Ill Media, Task Force, Mix Master Mike (Invisibl Scratch Piklz), Push Button Objects, Part 2 (New Flesh For Old), and last but not least the Scratch Perverts.

Including in this series are tracks by underground groups like Latyrx (“Say That”), Siah & Yeshua DapoED (“The Cure For Your Stagnation”), Mass Influence (“Demo Type Shit”), Organized Konfusion (“Murder By Syntax”), People Under The Stairs (“Afternoon Connection”), Planet Asia (“Fresno State Of Mind”), and Blak Forest (LMNO, 3rd Degree, wiz.onder & DJ Rhettmatic of the Beat Junkies) (“Lovin’ Every Minute Of It”). These compilations not only contain some of the best DJ tracks assembled at the time but the people at this label really A&R’d the hell out of these projects and produced excellent product that still sounds fresh today as when it was first released to the public. The liner notes in the first release even feature a chronological timeline of early hip hop DJ’s and the people they, in turn influenced. Cover art on the final two releases was done by legendary aerosoul (yeah, I spelled it that way on purpose) artist Doze. Download ‘em and get your head nod on.

For full tracklistings and more info on these uploads check http://www.discogs.com or do a regular Google search. Each upload is a Mediafire zip file, enjoy ‘em:

Deep Concentration (1997)

Deeper Concentration (1998)

Deep Concentration 3 (2000)



What It Is said...

If I can brag for a second. I was an original Third World Citizen and was there for the creation of all of the Faust, T-Rock and Craze joints. Come on. That's kinda dope right!?

Anonymous said...

hey nice post. I've got the 4th vol here which I was going to link for you but I'm not sure how to upload the entire album. I normally just upload single tracks via rapidshare. Any help?

Swann said...

Om Records is the shit. Thanks for the post pimp!

Dart Adams said...

@ strangefellow:

You gotta rip all of the files and put them into a folder. Name the folder and then you get a program and convert the folder into either a Zip or a RAR file.

Use Winrar or ZipIt or whatever you can get if you have a PC (*rolls eyes*) and after you convert the files you upload them to a file sharing site (preferably MediaFire or some site with no download limit).

That is all.


The T Organization said...

Good looks....I've been trying to find this one for years!

The T Organization said...

Good looks....I've been trying to find this one for years!

Kimani17 said...

This post has been my introduction to your blog. Great all around, thanks for sharing.

Jimmy Durango said...

Why o' why would you convert to 128kbps? I'm sad, you're the only person that has upped these albums and at such a terrible bit-rate. I guess it'll have to do. Convert your CD's with dbPoweramp, and choose VBR~192. Variable bit-rate is the only way to hear mp3's.