Friday, November 9, 2012

House Shoes "Let It Go Instrumentals" Double Vinyl (500 Limited)

November 20, 2012 will mark the TRES Records release date for the double vinyl & digital release of the instrumentals from Let It Go – the debut LP from Detroit native House Shoes. It feels wrong, though, to call Let It Go a ‘debut’ record because it doesn’t sound like a first-try. Official debut, or not, House Shoes is not new. He released the now treasure-hunted Jay Dee Unreleased EP (1996), and Phat Kat’s classic Dedication to the Suckers (1999) on his own imprint. He’s produced for the late Big Proof (D12), J Dilla, Elzhi, and Danny Brown. He’s DJ’ed for Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, and too many more to list. Technically, however, Let It Go is his debut LP. One that hip-hop ‘know-somethings’ have been asking for (for years). One he’s probably been holding on to for a while. One he’s finally letting go.

This edition of the release from TRES Records contains the instrumental versions of the tracks heard on House Shoes’ debut record. House Shoes is the type of producer whose work you can’t fully appreciate until you’ve heard the details that go into each track. This instrumental release allows listeners to immerse themselves in the claps, snares, kicks, and soul-filled samples that House Shoes plates for Let It Go (all the nuances that might be overlooked next to the features). Shoes delivers an album that sound like an album (and not a mixtape) – no small feat in today’s music world. He blends the
songs, and interludes into a sequence that sounds like they all belong to something bigger than their time stamp and signature. Individually, the songs are strong; soaked in that necksnapping,
gritty-drummed, trouble-water-soul-sampled thing that makes hip hop magnetic. To dissect the album into its parts would miss the point, though. The triumph of Let It Go is the full hour of music, not any
fraction of the 60-some-minute run time.

1. Let It Go (The Beginning)
2. Empire / Get Down
3.GoodFellas To Bad Boys / Excursions
4.Dirt / Bad Ass
5.Time / Nowhere To Run

6.Crazy / BahBahBah
7.Last Breath / Pimp Shit
8.Keep On / 'Til Infinity
9.Sweet / Noodles

10.So Different / Moody
11.Everything (Modern Family) / Without You
12.Sunrise / Love
13.Trouble / Slaves
14.Nails / Broken

15.Castles / My Brother
16.Cry Now / Gone
17.Roller Coaster feat. Fat Albert Einstein
18.Empire Reprise feat. Sam Beaubien of Will Sessions

Friday, October 19, 2012

House Shoes on Bling 47 Breaks Dilla Edition

House Shoes recently featured on Waajeed and Jackie O's Bling 47. In This 3 part "Bling 47 Breaks Dilla Edition" Shoes talks about how Dilla flipped a Ringo Starr sample into one of his most distinguished tracks of his career, discusses the sample source and lyrical significance of  Slum Village's "Hoes" and includes rare mid 90's footage of Slum Village performing "Feelin' Good" a beat only used for performances.

Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.

Monday, October 8, 2012

House Shoes live at Union Station

House Shoes performed at Union Station here in LA for the Gentleman Jack Art, Beats and Lyrics Tour. Also hitting the stage were Scarface, Shock G of Digital Underground, DJ Lord and the Legendary Clyde "The Funky Drummer" Stubblefield

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Co$$ Live at LACMA

 Co$$ Performed last week at LACMA here in Los Angeles. Alongside Blu and Exile, Fashawn, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Music Video: House Shoes ft Danny Brown - "Sweet"

House Shoes' latest music video off his debut album Let It Go,  "Sweet" featuring Danny Brown, has debuted exclusively on Pitchfork today. Check out the video below to see an animated Danny Brown transform into various cartoon characters.

House Shoes' music videos for his past tracks "Castles" featuring  Rose and "Time" feat Big Tone can be checked out below.

All three tracks can be heard on the 12" House Shoes - The Time EP available in limited edition red vinyl (500 count) and digital download.
Physical copies available on UGHH: click here
Digital copies available on iTunes: click here

House Shoes- Let It Go is in stores now on vinyl, CD, and digital download.
Physical copies available on UGHH: click here
Digital Copies available on iTunes: click here

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

House Shoes "Empire" 7 inch (500 Limited)

Originally made available exclusively to subscribers of Wax Poetics Japan, this extremely limited vinyl will be available for purchase for the first time.

"Empire/The Locusts" 7 inch single features personal favorites from House Shoes' recent debut album release Let It Go as well as The Makings compilation.

"Empire", the second track from House Shoes' debut album Let It Go, is the fullest representation of House Shoes from his production to his background. The single showcases something consisting solely of his production, while weaving together a story about the musical movements to come out of Detroit and his continuing efforts to expand the empire of Detroit Hip-Hop.

"The Locusts" from The Makings showcases one of House Shoes' favorite beats that he's created. Using the original 2 track beat tape version first made back 1998-99, the single features the beat in its original, raw form – burned straight to cd from Shoes' MPC2000XL right after making the beat.

"Empire / The Locusts" 7 inch is now available at

The Intern "Headphone Diaries" beat tape

Our good friend, Mathis "The Intern" Peckedrath has released his beat tape called "Headphone Diaries."