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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

OUT NOW /// Enrique Rodriguez – “Lo Que Es” 2nd pressing on transparent red vinyl with black jacket and cover art sticker. Edition of 100, purchase vinyl here.

 

“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 Radio episode #3 – “Survivors of the Second Element”. A dedication to the art of MCing and lyricism.


 

Garfunkle, the bio-engineering scientist by day and producer on the keys by night, returns with his new release on Extra Lovely “This is My Home”. Available now on limited edition cassette and digital download here.

 

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Pacific Yew – (((Bathing))) (Hot Record Society cassette release) ///

 

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Jonah DanIntergalactic Dub Rock ///

 

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Basa Basa – Homowo ///

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VisitorsNature Documentary ///

Cut ChemistMadman (video) ///


Visitors – Anticipation ///

 

 

ChefleeHawaii Tape ///

 

PyshcopopThe Devil’s Drums and the Angelic Electronics ///


Ghost McGradyThe Jazz Cigarette Quartet ///

Jay Glass Dubs vs Gorilla Toss (Bokeh Visions cassette release) ///



Jitwamज़ितम सिहँ (cosmic compositions vinyl release) ///



Carlos NinoGoing Home (Leaving Records) ///


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Pacific YewTrees & B-Sides (Dirty Tapes release) ///


Addison ChaseMoonlight Club Mix (Cosmic Compositions) ///


House ShoesMagic (5.24.17) feat Sweeneykovar & DJ Rhettmatic (Dublab Radio) ///


DrumetricsBoiler Room Los Angeles ///

Ahnnu & Ohblivfamily jams vol.3 (rap vacation cassette) ///

MogillahThe State vs. Rocafella Records mix ///

Jack MartinPRAISE (gospel mix for Acorn Tapes) ///


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 ///


BeatPete & BooraVinyl Session #70 Beatmaker Special ///

Brother AhDivine Music (5LP/3 unreleased album set) ///


Pacific YewBlack de Cool Sun 07 mix ///

Malik Abdul-RahmaanField Research: Malaysia (Paxico Records release) ///

Craneo & Made in MParler ft. Omaure ///

Lojii & SwarvyDue Rent (Fresh Selects release) ///

Insight & Damu the FudgemunkEars Hear Spears ///

KieferKickinit Alone ///