From acid-jazz groovers and jazz-funk movers to spaced-out cosmic explorations and beyond,Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash opens the door to a heightened musical experience and features some of the most iconic and hard-to-find drum breaks, legendary samples, and a who’s who of players and producers including: Bernard Purdie, Isaac Hayes, David Axelrod, the Lafayette Afro Rock Band, the Blackbyrds, Pharoah Sanders, and more. Comprised of four distinct musical strains—"Soul Diesel,” "Purple Funk,” "OG Kush,” and "Astral Travelin’”—there’s a trip for every mood. Housed in a special four way fold-out box, each LP comes in its own unique jacket, combining texture and visuals for a truly extrasensory experience. Pressed on translucent-colored vinyl with custom "prescription” labels, each record is designed to reflect the intended effects of the music: orange, purple, green, and clear. Just what the doctor ordered.
An invigorating, fast-acting and lively strain of high-energy tuneage. Named after its funky, potent diesel engine-like drive. Provides long-lasting, toe-tapping relief from the stress of everyday life.
You might recognize: the drum break on opening track, "Fire Eater." This Rusty Bryant track was sampled by Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow for the legendary Brainfreeze record and again for Jurassic 5’s "Swing Set.” On side two, Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers do "Got Myself a Good Man” which contains the break from the Chemical Brothers' hit "Block Rockin’ Beats.”
A hybrid fusion of cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation, this strain delivers effects detectable in both mind and body. Common side effects include couch lock, headnodding, and a heightened sense of well-being.
You might recognize: one of the most widely-used drum breaks in hip-hop – from LL Cool J and Biz Markie to A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and even Flying Lotus, you’ve heard the Lafayette Afro Rock Band’s "Hihache.” Funk, Inc.’s "Kool Is Back” was used by the Beastie Boys and Pete Rock and CL Smooth for "Mecca and the Soul Brother.” The Blackbyrds hold down side two with the perennial classic "Rock Creek Park,” which has been touched by legends like Nas, Massive Attack, Eric B. and Rakim, Ice Cube, and N.W.A.
Although largely considered a West Coast phenomenon, the OG Kush strain contains the musical DNA of many additional sub-strains popularized by hip-hop legends of both coasts from the golden era and beyond. A generally euphoric and enlightening experience.
You might recognize: the opening notes of Ronnie Foster’s "Mystic Brew” should conjure memories of the early 90s for any fan of classic hip hop – A Tribe Called Quest took it and flipped it into "Electric Relaxation” for their classic album, Midnight Marauders (1993). Isaac Hayes’ "Hung Up on My Baby” became "My Mind Playing Tricks On Me” by the Geto Boys, a classic track from their Platinum album, We Can’t Be Stopped. Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth turned Ernie Hines’ "Our Generation” into "Straighten It Out” from Mecca And The Soul Brother (1992). Rounding out Side A is "Free Angela” by Bayeté which was used by De La Soul for "Sunshine” off of Stakes Is High(1996) and most recently by Kendrick Lamar on "Little Johnny” for his mixtape Compton State of Mind (2011).
Side B opens with Moog-prodigy Jean-Jacques Perrey’s "E.V.A.” from his album Moog Indigo – fans of Kool Keith’s Dr. Octagon project will immediately recognize its bubbling synths as the source of "3000.” Others who have used this holy grail of sampleable sounds include Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, and DJ Shadow. A legendary record among producers for its classic Mizell Brothers sound, Johnny "Hammond” Smith’s Gears (1975) boasts the track "Can’t We Smile,” which Erikah Badu revisited for "Time’s A Wastin” (2000). Kendrick Lamar used it as the main source for "Today” from the Kendrick Lamar EP (2009). Rounding out the disc are the Blackbyrds, Gary Bartz, and Paulinho Da Costa whose "Happy People” was used for Black Eyed Peas hit "Joints and Jam” (1998).
Guaranteed to give you an out of body experience, this recently discovered, highly psychoactive strain induces a higher consciousness and inspires a feeling of "oneness” with the universe. This disc is full of music to get lost in – alternatingly densely textural and loosely flowing groove. Leave the planet for a while—you might like what you find.
You might recognize: Jack DeJohnette’s "Epilog” was sampled in 2012 by LA’s Gaslamp Killer on his album Meat Guilt (Brainfeeder).