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Welcome to Underground Fossils, brought to you by Dimxsk and Trylemma. The purpose of this blog is to assist in the sharing of out of print and/or rare examples of the hip hop genre. We believe that every release we post is an integral part of history and deserves to be heard by older fans as well as new seekers. We do not post or encourage the posting of anything that can be bought easily from the artist, those can be found elsewhere. Furthermore, if any artist who is featured here wishes not to share their material we will remove it immediately. Most of the rips found here were made by other people, but some of them were made by us. We are not sound engineers, so while the quality will usually be 320 kbps, they will be recorded from the source material as is. Please message us if you are an engineer and want wav files to master. Enjoy!

PS: We also want to thank all of the women and men before us who shared music in this way. Your work made our collections what they are today, and we are grateful.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New Music: Kay the Aquanaut & Maki - Earth Station 7

"Where you're going there are no bodies, just energy."

It's that time again. The stars and moon have aligned according to secret, ancient prophesies and Kay the Aquanaut has emerged from his hideout on the snowy Canadian plains to bring you another Maki produced joint. It's Wednesday again at UGF and this is Dimxsk, experiencing the new album and giving you his thoughts.

From the first track Earth Station 7 washes over the listener, with interesting sonic landscapes and thought provoking psychedelia. Kay's topics are familiar to his fans and yet stranger than ever, ranging from celestial love songs to treatises on shamanism/theology, and of course to the use of
 and reverence for psychedelics. Maki has moved away a bit from his mostly guitar and piano driven live instrumentation (see his work with soso and Nobs) to a more trap influenced sound, liberally using reverbed pads and strings to float the lyrics home.

Where Kay's previous work with Maki had a very folky feel, this album is much more spacey and electronic. I did enjoy the sound of the previous albums for their effortless uniqueness and subtle instrumentation, but this is no doubt a solid album. It is not just a remake of the duo's previous efforts which, in a world where formulas are valued, is a huge plus. Kay & Maki will never be afraid to offer the listener something new.

Get the digital album from the man himself here, as a pay what you want download. Kay's dope like that.

For an EP version plus instrumentals of some of the albums highlights check out Audio Recon's lathe cut release of the album here. Also, Hello.L.A. put out more limited edition cassettes, so no excuses for sleeping on this one!

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Beat Cave (DJ Roach) & Handshake Tony (Awol One) - Demons & Angels (2012)

Before today's upload - a bit about how we are going to choose what we post. Our main "rule" is that a project will only get uploaded if it is currently unavailable for sale digitally and currently unavailable for sale, to the general public, in a physical format from the artist or a major first-hand distributor. I put "to the general public" because sometimes an artist will have a couple spare physical copies in his basement that he'll sell you if you email him personally - we don't view these cases as a hindrance to uploading. And of course, if an artist let's us know that they don't want their stuff posted - we will take any and all relevant links down.

As for rips - we will be posting lots of types of them. Dimxsk handles most of our personal rips and he is currently working on improving the sound quality of the vinyl rips that we'll be posting in the future. We will also be posting some older harder to find scene rips from yesteryear. We might also occasionally post rips from blogs that no longer exist or no longer upload (e.g. the great Ghetto Tyylit.) Finally, we will sometimes post random online rips that we've collected over the years. In any case, we will always give, to the best of our knowledge, the proper ripper/group credit for whatever rip we post.

Also, really quick - huge thanks to foob for already sending us some of the stuff on Dimxsk's wantlist! Also huge thanks to Jibs from This Is For The Hustlers and Pseu from T I L. I N F I N I T Y for giving us a shoutout. Both of those guys are obviously legends in our little scene so it means a lot.

Whew! So with all that out of the way - today's upload is 2012's "Demons & Angels" from DJ Roach and Awol One, going by the names The Beat Cave and Handshake Tony, respectively. This was a pretty lowkey release that, as far as I know, never got any sort of digital release. I also only saw physical copies available via Kunaki for a couple of months. Very little general promo as well. It's a shame because it's a great project (nothing super lo-fi) with lots of great features (Abstract Rude, Ariano, Gel Roc, Doc Lewd, Massive...) It sounds like something most casual Shapeshifter/Awol One fans would love. The Walrus does have a propensity for putting out jewels that disappear quickly though. Enjoy! [Ripped by Dimxsk.]

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New Music: Death Dealers Anonymous (Dirtbag Dan & Reverse Live) - Death Dealers Anonymous Vol. 1

So in addition to posting older gems every Friday, we'll be briefly highlighting newer music (projects that dropped within the past week or so) every Wednesday. First up is Dirtbag Dan's and Reverse Live's, as Death Dealers Anonymous, new EP - "Death Dealers Anonymous Vol. 1." 

The EP is four tracks deep of darker head bobbing beats, all produced by Sloombeats, and, on the lyrical side of things, stories of reckless drug slanging with a death wish. Dirtbag has always had one of my favorite flows and Reverse Live never fails to bring that M.O.P.-esque energy with a west coast twist. And if the audio wasn't enough, the duo dropped a full visual project that encompasses the entire EP (peep the "Audition" tribute!) It's also "Vol. 1" so hopefully we get the next installment soon.

Check out the EP and the Music Video asap and come back on Friday for our next upload!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Epic (Saskatoon) mixtape, rare Subtitle cassette & Brzowski's first album

Welcome! This is Week 1, and a most auspicious beginning for Underground Fossils. Trylemma has had an amazing year sourcing rarities, and I've used my USB tape deck to produce some rips for you of a few of the rarest examples. We also decided to include a rip of Brzowski's first solo project New England Gothic which, for fans of the Maine indie rap / doom metal artist should be a pretty dope listening experience. There's a lot more to come, and we're totally stoked to be here. Happy New Year!

Epic: Touch of Grey

To start the blog off with a bang, we present, coming straight outta Saskatoon, DJ Epic's (now known as Epic) "Touch of Grey" mixtape. This tape, which is indeed a mix-tape in the truest sense, was released circa 1997 when Epic was the head of the BeatComber crew (which included Chaps, Soso, Knowskills, Innate, Deluxe, M. Phasis, and Fall Guy.) Epic estimates that he sold about 30 of these bad boys hand to hand back in the day. I'm not entirely sure what the "#5" that is visible on my copy (see scans) means. It may be the fifth "Touch of Grey" cassette that Epic dubbed or it may be Epic's fifth mixtape overall or it may be something completely different. We get some classic tracks included here from the likes of Outkast, Buck 65, and Kool Keith, along with some quiet jewels like the M. Phasis freestyle. Enjoy!

Note: Side B does cut off a bit early. Goddamn cassettes!

Subtitle: how2beat_thebeat01.872

Next, we have a Subtitle cassette from Highground: how2beat_thebeat01.872. Probably comes between 01 and 02 in that series, but we honestly know next to nothing about this work, and trying to read Mr. Marks' handwriting didn't really lead to any revelations about it. We know that it contains tracks from 02, and some new ones as well though. Trylemma conjured it up, I ripped it, and we are confident that this is the first time ever it's been offered online in digital format! Be aware, it's very lo-fi, and it has a bit of whine that comes in around track 7 and persists for the rest of the album. My copy of Written By... Megabusive ft. Smash Adams has the exact same sound but none of my other cassettes do, which makes me think it's an artifact of the tapes Highground used. It's only noticeable during silent intervals between songs so hopefully no one finds it intolerable.


Note: I labeled the tracks as they were on the insert, but I strongly suspect that the song Key 23A is the one where he says "Key 23A" a whole bunch, and not the one before it where he doesn't say it at all. This suggests the rest of the songs may be titled incorrectly also. The artwork also only lists 12 songs, but there are quite a few more. Finally, the artwork came cut off, the above scan is how it looked.

Brzowski: New England Gothic

Finally, we have New England Gothic by Brzowski. I managed to get a used copy of this from a guy on Discogs and I'm very glad I did, it's a must have for Milled Pavement fans. Released in 2002, predating the Raygunomics EP by a few years, this album shows Brzowski gaining confidence in himself as a rapper and writer and developing his unique sound of spoken word inspired poetic rap. It's not his best work but it's brutally honest, emotional, and especially (and so importantly) DIY as fuck. If you like Brzowski's weird goth rap music and don't have this, now you do. Enjoy!

So that's it for our first post! We wanted to line up our debut with the New Year, but our official post day is Friday. Be sure to tune in next week before you head out for TGIF drinks, we've got something real dope planned. No spoilers. Finally, do us a favor and spread the word! This isn't even close to the end of the exclusive rips we've got on hand and more fossils are unearthed all the time.

Friday, November 23, 2018

First Post! (Intro)

Hello, welcome to UGF. This is the first of hopefully many posts, mostly for me to familiarize myself with the format (not a computer person) and provide an introduction to what we are about. So, like we said above this blog is about sharing underground rap that's difficult to find. Stuff we've gotten from the artist, hand to hand sites, merch tables at shows, found under couch cushions, dug out of graves at midnight etc. Our goal is a weekly post, starting with a few items including something very special that's on it's way to my hands as we speak. Use the message thing on the side to request anything in particular, or offer something. Anything from the Holy Grail list we get our hands on will also be shared.

This blog will launch formally on 1/01/19.