To celebrate the many phenomenal instrumentals that have landed on various Coalmine Records projects over the years, the New York-based label has released its first instrumental compilation, Beats, Mines and Life: An Instrumental Journey, which — in addition to digital — is available in limited edition cassette form.
Boasting 14 tracks, the 50-minute album aims to capture the brilliance of several of the producers the label has worked with, including Nottz, Ayatollah, M-Phazes, and Khrysis. Also featured are underground staples like DJ Concept, Max I Million, J57, Small Professor and Thelonious Martin.
“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,” the press release explained. “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 Coalmine Records’ releases, Beats, Mines and Life pays homage to the Hip Hop luminaries. The title is clearly 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. Cop it here.