Ras G – Raw Fruit Vol. 4
ltd 300 cassettes ($10) + digital
Ras G is one of the definitive producers of the Los Angeles beat scene, a co-founder of the Poo-Bah label, and hip-hop producer who digs probably deeper than any into the worlds of free jazz, jazz fusion and afrofuturism.
Raw Fruit was conceived as a 4-part beat tapes which Leaving Records began releasing in 2013.
The music is stream of consciousness hip-hop production made at Ras G’s Spacebase studio, all raw loops made from samplers (SP303/404 and MPC 2000XL). As the producer puts it, “freestyle beats I make to smoke weed to. I just make em, record em, and on to the next one, no rules.”
The “raw fruit” theme stems from G’s attention to wellness and a raw, vegetarian diet. Do the Right Thing was the inspiration for the design created by Seth Ferris. The proposed tag line never made the cut, “Do the Ripe Thing – a Ras G Joint,” but we still love it.
Each volume has been released as a limited edition cassette and digital download. Vinyl edition of Raw Fruit 3-4 will be released in Fall 2015.
World traveler and psychedelic musician High Wolf introduces the experimental world electro album Growing Wild. The prolific French producer’s latest album will be released June 8, 2015, by Leaving Records on vinyl, cassette, and digital.
“The sounds are those of a celebration of life and fraternity, the colors are warm like an african dress, feelings are positive and strong, thoughts are accelerating and multiplying the same way the universe is expanding.” – High Wolf