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In 2011 Stainless Steele did two live sets on @RWDFM Web radio from @FLOTEbeats crib in Philly. It’s some of his fav material from that time so he pressed 25 copies on tape.

Limited edition of 25, professionally dubbed fluorescent pink cassette with orange and pink case. Buy here

Includes two bonus tracks (cassette only):

  1. Reinvented Time feat. MK Ultra Lord produced by Ghost McGrady
  2. Pictures of the Impossible feat. Maf Maddix produced by Zenios

GarfunkleA Fish That Noticed the Water is my first full-length vocal project, despite releasing my first vocal tracks on Splash in 2003 and a handful of tracks and verses between then and now. The album is a result of collaborations and re-connections with Stainless Steele and DJ Image (the other two-thirds of Headpiece, along with myself) and PT Cream along with my own solo basement recording sessions. The inspirations behind the album have been present in the various instrumental projects I’ve released over the past decade and a half or so, but are made more explicit in the lyrics on this album.

The production on the album ranges from the fairly straight-forward beats on ‘Unless and Until’ and ‘Well Then What Man What’ to the more abstract and loose production on ‘No Really It’s Nothing’ and the denser music on ‘Non-Euclidian Geometry.’ The album opens staring at the nothingness behind the eyelids and aiming to see both that nothingness (and what’s underneath it) and closing with a recognition of the organisms swimming there in that apparent blankness.

How’s the water?


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released January 7, 2022

All songs produced by Garfunkle except where indicated
All cuts by DJ Image
Additional Keys on Tracks 1 and 11 by Garfunkle
Alternate version of Track 10 on ‘Nothing is Revealed’ from Headpiece (Extra Lovely Records, EL017)
Alternate versions of Tracks 4 and 11 on ‘No Sunsets in Her MakeUp Room’ from DJ Image
Cover Artwork by Tai
Mixing and Mastering by Stainless Steele except tracks 8 and 10 mixed and mastered (to the extent those words apply here) by Garfunkle
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The Headpiece trio is Ben Gray (Garfunkle), Vincent Smaldone (DJ Image) and Brian Steele (Stainless Steele).

All three members grew up in the same small town in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ben Gray and Brian Steele recorded a demo EP together circa 1996 as the Navigators. Steele and DJ Image started making music together a few years later around 2000 and released an album titled Mind State of the Art in 2003.

Ben Gray taught himself to play the keys while in college and began recording solo instrumental albums as Garfunkle.

DJ Image solidified himself as a world-class DJ and toured with Slick Rick and Raekwon. Image is constantly sharpening his skills and producing in his home recording studio. He put out a solo turntablist album under the alias Cropsy called Love Weather Dinner Party in 2016.

Brian ‘Stainless’ Steele released various solo albums from 2008 – 2015 and founded Extra Lovely Records in 2015.

Throughout the years the three members kept in regular contact, working on songs and sending files back and forth to collaborate. This album, “Nothing is Revealed” is the most recent material from the group and the first official album as Headpiece. It was created mostly during the Covid Pandemic while Steele was living in California, Ben Gray in St. Louis and DJ Image in Pennsylvania.

We hope you enjoy! Zone out to the Headpiece trio ///

Purchase the digital album or limited edition cassette here

Ben Gray aka Garfunkle – Keys

Vincent Smaldone aka DJ Image – Turntables

Brian Steele aka Stainless Steele – MPC2000/Production

Track 06 features Kristin Lauer on French Horn
Track 08 features Sanji Diaz on Tenor Saxophone

Artwork by Hue Thi Hoffmaster
https://huethistudio.com/

All vinyl mix of 90s jazzy hip hop by Stainless Steele ///

  1. Andrew Hill – Lift Every Voice
  2. E.Bros – Funky Piano
  3. Ghetto Concept – EZ on the Motion
  4. Black Star feat. Black Thought – Respiration (Pete Rock remix)
  5. Lord Finesse – Hip to the Game Instrumental
  6. The Roots – Distortion to Static
  7. Slum Village – Fantastic
  8. De La Soul – Can’t Call It
  9. De La Soul – Itzsoweezee
  10. Slum Village – Untitled/Fantastic
  11. The Roots – Swept Away

Garfunkle – the bio-engineering scientist by day and producer on the keys by night, returns with his new release “We Are Waves”.

Ursula K. Leguin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching includes some of her commentary along the way. “We are waves. It is the sea,” she wrote, It being capital-I It, the Way. (This commentary is on a verse that includes the line “To know harmony/ is to know what’s eternal.” Hmm.) This album, these songs, do not represent some sort of reduction of Taoist principles, but the process is – always – an attempt to lose the self in it (It?). The wave is clearly less than the sea, and yet the wave is the sea. These songs, the end result of letting what happens happen, are some solid joints, and I hope the joy of the process shines through here.

These were recorded in 2018 and 2019, and the album was finished as I prepared to move with my family, feeling very much tossed by the sea, and making every attempt to embrace the change and consider how the sea’s waves are all essentially interconnected through the ocean, something vastly larger than any individual wave and that we know very little of.

I’ll also say that “we are waves” is a reference not only to Ursula K. Leguin’s commentary, but also to a fundamental physical truth about what we are. Some of that thinking pops up in “electrical output,” one of two tracks featuring vocal samples.

Well, this is all high-minded and I mean it as well as plenty more where words fail. Thirteen jams, held together as an all-but-completely instrumental album that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Ghost McGradyRelaxed Depressed ///

Digable PlanetsLive in Philadelphia ///


m k  l sprocrastination (Nekubi Tapes release) ///


Four TetTwo Thousand and Seventeen ///


BrainorchestraLive at DEEPCOVERNY (video by oldneon) ///

Ol Burger BeatsMind Games LP (Chester Watson, Jalal Salaam, Jeremiah Jae & more) ///



Sun RA  – Discipline 27-11 ///

BrahmRatimis ///

Dopecal & Ghost McGradyKids feat. Jevita Rene ///

Shabazz PalacesQuazarz: Born on a Gangster Star ///

The HeliocentricsThe Sunshine Makers OST ///

???? (To be Annouced) – Les Sourdes Oreilles (My Bags Release) ///


Kamasi WashingtonTruth ///

Citizen TenWoosah Mix (for Smart Bomb) ///

Various Artists – Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam (Jazzman records) ///

Stainless SteeleKaleidoscope Sniper & Turquoise Eagle ///


Charlotte Dos SantosRed Clay ///

10th LetterReloaded ///

Salami Rose Joe LouisZlaty Sauce Nephew ///

The HeliocentricsA World of Masks ///


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Can’t Poison the Sunlight (Inspired by a poem from e.e. cummings) is a collaborative album between Ben Gray (aka Garfunkle) and Brian Steele (aka Stainless Steele).

Instruments Used: Sampled drums from Billy Martin & J-Zone, vintage keyboards, effects pedal, MPC2000, turntables & vinyl records.

Artwork by Jon Barwick
jonbarwick.com

DevonWhoAntiRagequit (off the LP “Luz” on Leaving Records)  ///

Lidly & GoYamaBlue Magic Tapes (Paxico Records cassette) ///

Asonic GarciaL A H A T ///

Various ArtistsSofie’s SOS Tape (Stones Throw Compilation) ///

Earl Sweatshirt & KnxwledgeStay Inside Episode #5 (Red bull Radio) ///

Kadhja BonetThe Visitors ///


BeatPeteLive At Home (KMAH Radio 11/27/16) ///

Shamon CassetteBlack Agassi (Ill Catz Records) ///

Adrian YoungeThe Electronique Void Act 1 ///

Adrian YoungeThe Electronique Void ///


Yishak BanjawLove Songs Vol.2 ///


Suzi AnalogueZones V.2 ///

Earl Sweatshirt & KnxwledgeStay Inside Episode #2 (Redbull Music Radio) ///

Robber FlyEnlightenment & I ///

Sunn TrioLive at Double Nickels Collective (Sky Lantern Records) ///

Ziga MurkoSinger of Sorcery (Acorn Tapes cassette release) ///