Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Restock @ TRES eBay Store

Today, when I was cleaning up our warehouse, I found some Shawn Jackson / First Of All...LPs and Paten Locke / Super Ramen Rocktship LPs. I just put them up on our eBay store. These are the last copies we have. We are not going to repress these titles.

Also, we put up some Johnson & Jonson T Shirts we had left.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Shawn Jackson's Video Shoot

Today, we had a video shoot for Shawn Jackson "Lil Big Man" (produced by Cook Classics). Director is Jerome D, who did Paten Locke "Ventilation" video. "Lil Big Man" is the lead 12" single (vinyl & digital) off of Shawn's 2nd album, "Brand New Old Me." The 12" will be out on vinyl on 7/13 and for digital download on 7/20. The album will be out on CD, Vinyl, and Digital on 7/28.
These are some of the photos from the video shoot.

We met up at my place in the morning. I had donuts and coffee for all of us. Shawn Jackson (right) Jerome D (Left)

In the elevator at Tres Office.

At Tres Office. This is the scene, Shawn is signing the contract. I am in this scene!

At Fat Beats Los Angeles.

Lunch break. We decided to shoot some footage there since we had some time to kill.

At Cook Classic's studio.

We will post behind the scene footage soon.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Co$$ & Exile Recording Session

Co$$ and Exile came to my studio, Chikara Kurahashi's Hit Station to work on tracks for Co$$'s debut album, "Before I Awoke." Our super intern, Chris aka Really Nathan filmed some parts of the session and edited it.

Co$$ & Exile Recording Session from tresrecords on Vimeo.


Friday, June 25, 2010

More beats

One of our interns, Tarail aka Chuck. Tailor put together an instrumental EP. Here is the link for free download. I just listened to it and like it a lot. I like soulful joints. Our interns got beats!!


Monday, June 21, 2010

TRES PRESENTS : SEIS in stores June 22nd

Our 6 year anniversary mix CD will be out tomorrow on 6/22. It will also re available on iTunes and other digital download sites.

On 7/6, we will have our 6 year anniversary party @ our monthly event, Shibuya.



Hip Hop/Soul/Funk/Disco/Japanese

Special Appearances by DJ Lowkey (TRES / FAT BEATS LA) and DJ Soup (FAT BEATS LA)

Tuesday, July, 6th

7:30pm – 12:30am

@ Far Bar / Chop Suey (in Little Tokyo)
347 E 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel) 213.617.9990

- Chikaramanga (Giant Panda / TRES)
- Kiwamu Omae
- Really Nathan (Late Bloomers / TRES)

Japanese cuisine
Outside Patio
Full bar (Hot & Cold Sake, Sapporo on tap, etc)
For more info, visit

Monday, June 14, 2010

DJ SARASA x TRES x Vittel Japan

DJ SARASA did a 30 min mix of TRES titles for Vittel Japan. The mix is just posted for FREE download at Vittel Japan web site.

SARASA is definitely one of the best female DJs out there. Her cuts and doubles are clean!

She is booked for Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival this year.

Here is SARASA's info:

Based in Tokyo, DJ SARASA a.k.a. Silverboombox’s crossover selection of Hip Hop, Funk, Disco, Soul, Breakbeats and House music, enables her to cater to any crowd at ease. Her turntablist party rocking skills, stage presence which includes breakdancing while DJing, and overall zest for music makes her one of the most acclaimed DJs in Japan.

After starting her career at the age of 18 as a college radio DJ in Canada, in 2006, she was involved in the marketing campaign for the launch of the movies “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” and “RIZE” nationwide.

Having performed and U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Dubai, Malasia and many more, DJ SARASA is a proven world-class performer. She has rocked the crowd of over 5000 people in her recent performance for Chingay Parade (Singapore) in the beginning of 2009.

She continues to make contribution to the music scene with her eclectic selection, and without a doubt became the promoter’s first choice to open up for overseas acts when they come to Japan.
DJ SARASA has performed along with big name artists such as...

-DJ Premier
-Pete Rock
-DJ Muro
-Large Professor
-DJ Krush

and many more!

DJ SARASA is also a producer and has produced all the sound for Nike Europe’s Nike iD (Troupe) website as well as working with artists such as Elzhi (Slum Village), Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan) and Masia One.

After her first release “OWL” sold out in 2007, she released her first OFFICIAL mix CD “Mr. B-Girl” in 2009, which successfully promoted equality in the female performers in Hip Hop culture. In the same year, DJ SARASA released an itunes Japan exclusive compilation album called “Hip Hop is Funk & Jazz”.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Six Year Anniversary Mix CD

TRES RECORDS Six Year Anniversary Mix CD "TRES PRESENTS: SEIS" (CD/Digital)
In Stores June 22nd

One major aspect of our label that keeps us running is the continued support from fans across the globe as well as here in Los Angeles. We have been grateful enough to be able to release music for the past 5 years, and in a few months, we’ll be able to say we’ve been at it for 6. To celebrate the 6th year anniversary of TRES Records, we are releasing a mix CD titled “TRES Presents: Seis,” which was put together by DJ Lowkey of FAT BEATS Los Angeles. As mentioned earlier, the support we receive from people is something we greatly appreciate, and DJ Lowkey has been one of those figures since the beginning. The music we release have always been from “up and coming” artists who we believe need to be heard by the masses, and although this is a mix CD, Lowkey possesses that same skill and drive that people need to know about.

The mix contains various tracks from the TRES catalog, and is complimented by the cuts, and blends of DJ Lowkey. The artists that he selected range from C.R.A.C. to DJ Alibi, which provides listeners a variety of styles that all contribute to the smooth and relaxed feel of the mix. Of all the choices available for Lowkey to use, he managed to utilize a lot of the records that have been slept on in the past, which goes along with the entire theme of this project of supporting artists and music that needs to be heard by all. The outcome of any project seems to turn out best when you go about it in ways that do not seem obvious, which is what we decided to do when deciding which DJ should handle the mix and what DJ Lowkey ended up doing throughout the entire project.

Bonus Track: There is also a bonus track at the end of the mix which is an unreleased joint from Chikaramanga and E.S.Q. titled, “T.R.E.S.Q.” With their debut collaboration album ready to be released, this track gives listeners a taste of what to expect from both artists.

Track List

1. DJ Alibi - Eglinton West Blues
2. Paten Locke - Funky Hit Record
3. Shawn Jackson - First of All
4. Co$$ & Fonetik Simbol - LA's Best feat. Shawn Jackson
5. Big Tone - Broken Logos
6. Y Society - Setting The Example
7. DJ Alibi - Come Home
8. New Jack Hustle - New Shades
9. Headnodic - The Drive feat. The Procussions
10. Giant Panda - Laser Ray
11. C.R.A.C. - Chill
12. Lightheaded - Suprise Cypher II feat. Sojourn, Sharlock Poems, Adam L, Surreal, & Sivion
13. DJ Alibi – Don’t Look Down feat. Bamboombox
14. Ta'raach - Yeah!
15. Lil Sci - Hit Me
16. Paten Locke - Break Thru
17. Y Society - Good Communication
18. Giant Panda - GP Y'all
19. Johnson & Jonson - Long Time Gone
20. C.R.A.C. - Crachause
21. Chikaramanga – Cool feat. Big Tone
22. Y Society - How Many of Us? (Instrumental)
23. Johnson & Jonson – That’s That Jam
24. Chikaramanga - T.R.E.S.Q. feat. ESQ (Bonus Track)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Beat Tape for your listening pleasure

Mathis aka The Intern, who did an internship at Tres earlier this year put out a beat album with his crew, 4 old kids. "4 old kids" are 4 beat makers (Cut Spencer (producer/DJ), Olivier (producer), RawBell (producer) & The Intern (producer)) who just wanna get out there and collaborate, getting some verbal spirit for those beats! They compiled their current stuff and are offering this now for a free download.

Here is the link to their free download beat tape.

Also, check out their myspace page.

They got beats!!!


ESQ & Chikaramanga will be on the radio on 6/8

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Shawn Jackson "Hollywood Shuffle Side A" FREE download

The link for Shawn Jackson "Hollywood Shuffle Side A" was expired for some reasons.
I just uploaded it again.
Here is the link.

Side B will be out soon.
DJ Lowkey sent me the mix. It sounds great.
We will master it and put it up.