Blockhead Announces New Album FUNERAL BALLOONS [PRE-ORDERS LIVE!] 💀🎈

Backwoodz Is Proud To Release Blockhead’s New Album On Vinyl & CD! Pre-orders Are Live Now! In Stores Sept 7, 2017.

Funeral Balloons is the new album from acclaimed producer & NYC fixture Blockhead [real name; Tony Simon]. Funeral Balloons is as bold and irreverent as the title suggests; from the uplifting and energetic mood of “A Bad Case Of The Sundays” to the spaced out airy grooves found on “UFMOG” all the way to the 1970’s car chase anthem like “Escape from NY”, the songs never stop in one place.

While, at it’s core, Funeral Balloons doesn’t stray far from the kind of music Blockhead has been making since his debut Music by Cavelight,  his evolution as a producer is on full display, exploring different avenues and sounds with every new release and continuing to forge his own lane between the worlds of Hip hop and electronic music.

The album artwork is by Owen Brozman, a long time Blockhead collaborator, as well as the artist behind Aesop Rock & Blockhead’s opus Labor Days. The vinyl package consists of x2 black vinyls in a wide spine 12″ jacket. The CD comes in a 6 panel digipak. Also made only 50 album collector t-shirts! The pre-orders are available now directly from Backwoodz! Fat Beats Distribution can be contacted for wholesale inquiries.

OUT NOW: Blockhead Known Unknowns – The Instrumentals

Available NOW at Backwoodz, Bandcamp and on Friday At Your Favorite Digital Music Provider

Known Unknowns is the critically-acclaimed follow up to Blockhead & billy woods 2013 collaboration Dour Candy. Now Backwoodz is making the instrumental version available; featuring production by Blockhead & his longtime collaborator Aesop Rock, who contributed two beats. Known Unknowns is an album that people are calling one of 2017’s very best and the production is a big reason why.

The album is available for purchase NOW as MP3 (320kbps) zip download directly from Backwoodz Studioz online store as well as Bandcamp. By Friday it will be live at your favorite digital music provider (Spotify, Apple Music, etc).

KNOWN UNKNOWNS PRE-ORDERS NOW LIVE!!

ORDERS START SHIPPING ON JUNE 8th for BILLY WOODS’ NEW ALBUM!

Known Unknowns is billy woods’ new album, a follow-up to 2013’s Blockhead collaboration Dour Candy. Blockhead is still behind the boards here but there are also a couple beats from his longtime collaborator Aesop Rock. But the center of the whirlwind is still woods, who re-emerges from a two-year hiatus after releasing the avant-garde Today, I Wrote Nothing in early 2015. Known Unknowns finds the artist on more melodic ground, but still his esoteric, acerbic self, spinning verses equal parts joy and terror, wry wit and blind rage. There are guest appearances from ELUCID (Armand Hammer), as well as Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman, Googie, singer Barrie McLain and DJ Mo Niklz. Since Dour Candy, Blockhead has worked with Aesop, Sandman and MarQ Spekt but Known Unknowns shows that he and woods have developed their own unique chemistry. Here is the tracklist for the album…

  1. Bush League
  2. Snake Oil
  3. Unstuck
  4. Wonderful feat. Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman
  5. Superpredator
  6. Fall Back
  7. Groundhogs Day
  8. Everybody Knows
  9. Police Came To My Show
  10. Nomento feat. ELUCID
  11. Washington Redskins
  12. Tupac Jackets feat. ELUCID
  13. Source Awards
  14. Strawman feat. Googie & Barrie McLain
  15. Cheap Shoes
  16. Gazpacho
  17. Keloid
  18. Robespierre feat. Barrie McLain

The album features exclusive artwork for the vinyl & cd versions! The CD version includes a 20-page lyric book featuring illustrations by Ethan Hamilton on uncoated stock while the vinyl consisted of two pieces of colored transparent vinyl with side A/B a transparent red & side C/D a transparent blue both packaged in a gatefold jacket with stunning artwork by Shane Ingersoll. The gatefold outer spread will also be available as a t-shirt! All formats will start shipping on June 8th and will be available at your favorite physical & online retailer on June 9th.

Blockhead presents the Dour Candy Instrumentals

Backwoodz Studioz Releases the Instrumental Version of Dour Candy

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Backwoodz cannot express how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to work with such Blockhead on Dour Candy. He absolutely blew us away with the production on the album, so much to the extent that we are happy to announce that we are releasing the instrumental version through our digital distribution tomorrow, Tuesday December 3, 2013. The album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody, Spotify & pretty much any method you use today for digital music consumption. However, the album is also available RIGHT NOW on our Online Store, the best way to purchase Backwoodz music. Enjoy!

New billy woods Remixes

Remixes from Dour Candy & History Will Absolve Me

It’s been a month since Dour Candy dropped and a year and some change since History Will Absolve Me, so it seems as good a time as any to thank our fans with some free music. Today’s digital 12″ comes in the form of two remixes, one from each album, both featuring friends old and new. Enjoy!

Dour Candy set for July 2, 2013 release

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Backwoodz Studioz is excited to announce the July 2nd release of Dour Candy, a collaboration between Brooklyn-based rapper billy woods (formerly of the Super Chron Flight Brothers) and Manhattan producer Blockhead (Ninja Tune, Def Jux). The album is fully produced by Blockhead and sees woods joined on the mic by Aesop Rock, Open Mike Eagle, Elucid, Moka Only and L’Wren. This project comes at an interesting point for both artists; woods is fresh off the success of his critically-acclaimed opus History Will Absolve Me, an incendiary LP that left a heavy footprint on Best Of 2012 lists. For his part, despite a veritable canon of work with Aesop Rock and a series of successful instrumental records, 2013 represents a new direction for Blockhead. “I decided I wanted to do rap albums again and I just reached out to artists that I was a fan of,” he explains. It has already been a busy year for the producer, who just released an album with indie veteran Illogic in April.

Dour Candy is billy woods’ first album working with a single producer, something that he had always wanted to do. “It is both a challenge and an opportunity,” the MC says. “It’s a challenge because you have to work within the one framework and stay on the same page creatively. It’s an opportunity because, if done well, the result is so cohesive that you never have to worry, does this beat fit? Is this the right mood?”

That cohesiveness shines through on Dour Candy, an album thick with “mood,” Blockhead’s versatile production shifting and moving beneath woods’ nimble baritone. The result is a 44-minute masterpiece of quiet intensity: New York City as a backdrop for a series of interconnected vignettes. woods is the cinematographer, setting the scene, his lyrics a steady reel of black-and-white images. Blockhead provides the score, lush arrangements that float easily between melody and menace. With Dour Candy, billy woods’ brings a keen eye and fresh perspective to themes of sex, drugs and cable news—all boiled down into this pulp paperback of an album.

The album will be available on CD and colored vinyl with artwork unique to each format, courtesy of London-based artist Ashes57.

Click HERE for a BIO on billy woods.