Between the January release of Madlib’s Medicine Show No. 11: Low Budget High-Fi Music and the impeding release of DJ Premier’s long-awaited Beats That Collected Dust, Vol. 2 later this year, 2011 is shaping up to be the year for instrumental LPs. Now, two of underground Hip Hop’s top producers, Apollo Brown and J. Rocc, are slated to drop instrumental LPs next month.
This March 1, acclaimed beatsmith Apollo Brown will release his second instrumental project Clouds via Mello Music Group. the Detroit producer has put together a compilation of beats that will highlight versatility and introspection as an artist.
Although Clouds marks his first release of the New Year, Brown kept busy last year with his release The Reset and his instrumental album Skilled Trade. He also collaborated with Boog Brown on Brown Study and Journalist 103 and DJ Soko as the Left on the critically acclaimed LP Gas Mask.
Following Apollo Brown, J. Rocc of the World Famous Beat Junkies will release his debut instrumental album Some Cold Rock Stuf via Stones Throw this March 7. The California producer and DJ to Madlib and J Dilla has crafted an album of “instrumental Hip Hop…electronic music…dance music…smoke tracks…assorted cold rock stuff.”
Stones Throw is preparing to release Some Cold Rock Stuf on both CD and triple LP, with one of three bonus mystery discs included in each format. The vinyl LP will also include a double sided poster and sticker sheet, and the CD will be released in a custom 12-panel digipack.