Mike Simonetti's label will profile the wide-ranging Atlanta crew with a vinyl best-of and bonus tracks.
The best-of is based off of two compilations from the Atlanta cassette label—Harsh Riddims Vol. 1 from 2013, and a second volume that came out this year. The imprint is run by Ryan Parks, whose recent Fit Of Body 12-inch made our list of September's best music.
To date, Harsh Riddims has provided a scrappy base for a wide variety of artists, like Atlanta house producer Stefan Ringer, Canadian experimentalist RAMZi, the coldwave-flavored TWINS and WGM (AKA experimental rapper and beatsmith Cities Aviv), among others.
Former Italians Do It Better man Mike Simonetti, who runs 2MR with Captured Tracks boss Mike Sniper, compiled Harsh Riddims 2013-2016, pressing the tracks on wax for the first time. The compilation's liner notes feature Parks and Simonetti in conversation, and the vinyl package features a couple of unreleased tunes.
To celebrate the release, the Harsh Riddims crew (Ringer, Cities Aviv, Divine Interface, Negashi Armada, Love Letters and TWINS) will play a loft party in Atlanta on October 29th. Ringer, Twins and Divine Interface will also appear at the Elvis Guesthouse in New York on November 3rd.
Stream Harsh Riddims 2013 - 2016.
01. Co/Coaches - Thought Of Yr Gaze (Calling Me)
02. Cringe Machine - All The Same
03. RAMZi - Free Houti
04. Divine Interface - A House Divided
05. B L A C K I E - Hot Livin'N Tha South
06. Love Letters - Nag
07. TWINS - No Effort No Reward
08. REKchampa - Rood Style Taped Out
09. ThinkThrice - Around Earth
10. WGM - Turn
11. Love Letters - Nag (TWINS's 'Can We?' Mix)
2MR will release Harsh Riddims 2013 - 2016 on November 4th, 2016.