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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


Yikes the Zero returns with a new album title, An Echo Storm Howling. Written , produced , and illustrated all by Yikes himself. With some special guest appearances by DJ Skipmode , Osevere, Natasha Morrow, T.c. Cole, Stainless Steele and Tajai from the mighty Souls of Mischief. “Approach this with an open soul”. Brought to you by Extra Lovely Records.

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Maryland artist Dexter Fizz melds his sound to the smooth, jazzy, sample-driven production of legendary Japanese producer Bugseed. “I Died Here” is a timeless 10 track project. With life inspired lyrics, each track hits home as you sink into this well crafted body of art. Out now on limited edition cassette (with a short run of exclusive T-shirts) and digital download via Extra Lovely Records.

All songs written by Dexter FIzz and produced by Bugseed ///

Cover art and layout by LSDoomGFX

Enrique Rodriguez is an 18 year-old producer, pianist and composer from Santiago, Chile. At such a young age, it is hard not to be amazed at the amount of talent this guy has. Lo que es is Enrique’s first soul-jazz album, released on Pennsylvania label Extra Lovely Records.

The album takes you on a moody, meditative journey through Enrique’s expansive world of soul and jazz music. The keys are beautifully arranged, and the slow-paced grooves give you time to truly appreciate the grace and maturity Enrique has as a multi-instrumentalist and producer, which is impressive considering his young age. With faint bossa-nova grooves on a track such as ‘Lo que somos’ or the ambient closer ‘Chao,’ this album is meant for a romantic night in with your significant other. Love would be the word to describe the atmosphere of this short but sweet project, and it’s definitely worth your time.”
– Martin Boev for In Search of Media

All instruments on the EP were played by Enrique Rodriguez.

Enrique Paredes Bassi is featured on track 4 playing electric guitar and on tracks 5 & 7 playing electric bass.



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Extra Lovely Records is very excited to announce the release of our new project EL006 Cropsy – “Love Weather Dinner Party”. An experimental, lo-fi, electronic scratch/turntablism project. The project is available digitally and on limited-edition, one of a kind color-splattered cassettes with light blue shells and also includes an illustrated insert with credits and tracklisting. Less than 20 tapes (from the original 50) are available online after most of them were sold during our release party on 6/26/16.  

Cropsy – “Love Weather Dinner Party” (promo video) ///



Stainless Steele, MC/Producer in the genre of hip hop/psychedelic/electronica drops his latest release Nothing is Sacred, Everything is Sacred. The album includes 50% production from Stainless and the other half from a handful of experimental beat scene producers including; ProfLogik, Deflon, Iller the Abstract GiraffePogflipper and Ohbliv with one vocal guest appearance from Maf Madix. You can also purchase a 7″ vinyl single that includes High Lander Grammar  from the new album and three other rare underground hip hop cuts. Digital download of the album is included with purchase of the vinyl.

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Stainless Steele drops a Valentine’s Day mix in collaboration with Paris-based music blog Stock-71 (peep their site, they got ill mixes). Black Roses: Love Sick Potion features brand new and old love-themed singles, freestyles, and remixes by Stainless Steele along with a few contributions from his musical colleagues.


01 Outkast – Happy Valentine’s Day (Black Roses chopped and screwed intro)
02 Stainless Steele – Dancing Ballerina Hidden Praying Mantis
03 Stainless Steele – Moon Ladder
04 Stainless Steele – Moon Ladder (Lapalux’s Long Days remix)
05 Stainless Steele – Purple Curve Ruins
06 Stainless Steele – Say You Will Freestyle
07 Stainless Steele – Adorable Torture
08 TEK.LUN – Heart and Soul
09 Stainless Steele – Holdin My Breath
10 The Internet – Love Song (Stainless Steele remix)
11 Stainless Steele – Dulcinea
12 Elegant Animals – By My Recollection
13 Stainless Steele – Nocturnal Revenge (alternate take: knx)
14 Stainless Steele – Technology for Romance (alternate take: Abjo)
15 Outkast – Vibrate


I made this album about during one of those deep, dark, cold Pennsylvania winters. My homie Jim Agguzi played the drums, of all sorts, and went on these wild percussion trips, drumming all over the walls and metal pipes sticking out of the walls in the basement we were recording in.
We recorded about 3 hours of straight up drum tracks, all in short segments, nothing in song structure. After I chopped some of the drums up, made some loops out of them, I arranged them he Jim laid the Wurlitzer on top.
After that was done, I went back out to Humboldt County, CA, did my business, and came up with the tracks. Don’t really remember where all the samples came from, or which filters or EQs I use, which I get asked all the time, but that’s what I came up with out of it.
My friend way up there, Valerio, played metal/FX guitar, so he added the guitar over tracks, and it was born; TRON VOYAGE.

The track listing is in the story of some alien robot, going thru life, getting pissed his job is wack, quitting, setting off for greener planets, finding one, enjoying the pece it thinks found, reality setting in & life getting hectic again, and then his realization that life is life, wherever you go. You can’t escape it.

Stainless Steele
, an electronic/hip hop artist from Pennsylvania drops a new album, Straight Jacket Time Killin. This album is a result of Stainless Steele collaborating with forward-thinking, electronic/hip hop producers throughout the United States and other countries as well. Producers for the album include; Abjo, vOPhoniQ, CHITS, AL_PD, VLooper, Swarvy, Mndsgn, Infinite Potentials, Zenios, Pitch Black Theory, Sir Froderick and Jonti.


Ben Gray aka Garfunkle a Pennsylvania native now residing in Boston is a scientist. Whether it be music, photography or bio-engineering Garfunkle disects his subject in order to understand fully the origin of its function. Once he’s gained that understanding he can rebuild that subject by his own hand. Garfunkle began as an MC and producer in high school then started working more with playing keys, programming drums and looping samples while attending college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He produced a number of works while in Baltimore and developed a sound of his own. Tinkering being one of them is available for free download via bandcamp. Garfunkle’s music is rooted in jazz and hip hop. Using vintage keys synths, chopped up drum breaks, mathematic chord progressions and disection of samples; the science is in the sound. Garfunkle recently earned a PhD in Bio-engineering from Cornell University in Ithica, New York and is working on renewable fuels in Boston. Look for more releases from Garfunkle in the near future at Extra Lovely.

On Thursday June 2, 2011 at The Little Bar in South Philadelphia; Mndsgn, Swarvy, Sir Froderick, Knxwledge, Josh Hey and Stainless Steele came together to play a live show that they called “Blasphemous Jazz”. The concept for the show was that each artist would produce the re-workings of Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew’ album. Each producer played a live set which included their Bitches Brew session. The show was hosted/Emceed by Stainless Steele. This release is the studio version of what was performed live that night. /// Free Download…


Chits is an electronic/hip hop beat producer originally from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania who recently moved to LA last year. He’s released two projects since residing in LA, this is his most recent entitled “Young Battle”. Here’s what Young Chits had to say about it, “Yo, I’m dumb clueless. This is my music about young life. Thanks for your support.”

Stainless Steele’s “The Renaissance Asylum” EP is a project that combines hip hop, electronica and psychedelic music with original thought provoking lyrics. The arrangement of the songs is also very original with some tracks lasting almost 6 minutes with only one verse and the rest left for instrumentation. However there is no lacking of lyrics or content when it comes to Stainless Steele’s verses. All songs written and produced by Stainless Steele except for Adorable Torture which was produced by ESP and co-produced by Stainless Steele.

Cover Art by Nate James