Damu The Fudgemunk ‎– Brooklyn Flower

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SSR 001, none Damu The Fudgemunk Brooklyn Flower(7", Ltd, Num, Promo, Whi) Slice-of-Spice, Redefinition Records SSR 001, none US 2010 Sell This Version
SSR 001, none Damu* Brooklyn Flower(7", TP) Slice-of-Spice, Redefinition Records SSR 001, none US 2010 Sell This Version

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December 2, 2016
referencing Brooklyn Flower, 7", Ltd, Num, Promo, Whi, SSR 001, none
Since this is supposedly all about the fans, Redef and SOS must be interested in hearing a fan's perspective on how this release has gone down. Pardon me for not making any distinction between the two companies from here on out...

There was a very limited quantity of this release initially put on a bigcartel site at $30 a pop, which I personally missed. After that it was immediately going for $100 on the second hand market. Given the original price and availability that was not a surprise, to me at least.

I know multiple people who indeed get this record for free- coincidentally, they all worked for record stores, and not all of them were fans at all. "For the fans," or a nice treat for buyers at big record stores?

I distinctly recall the secondhand price of this record being referenced in later giveaways by either/or Redef and SOS. Didn't exactly sound like anybody was too broken up about it. I'd also be curious to know what efforts were made to correct this as early as 2011, as the label claims, because again I was in early and beating the bushes for this record at a reasonable price and never came across anything. I ended up buying a copy of this for $75 in the spring of 2014, which was cheap at the time. Three years after its release, this thing is still going for $100, and obviously the label is still squatting on a good stash of them. How is that "for the fans?"

Pretty sure I saw claims that this wouldn't be repressed. It was, on a comp, with other recycled material, "for the fans," in 2015. And it looks like it was coincidentally about the same time the label started selling them on here for $60. Is $60 "for the fans?" Or was that just a little under market value at the time? And now that the market has been torpedoed the price has been lowered. "For the fans."

Can't tell anybody how to run their business, but as a fan, I feel punked, and the narrative SOS is trying to push here does not mesh with reality too well. Whoever can say whatever but they pressed this up and sat on it, and saying that business model is "for the fans" is insulting.
SliceOfSpice

SliceOfSpice

September 29, 2016
referencing Brooklyn Flower, 7", Ltd, Num, Promo, Whi, SSR 001, none

UPDATE:

Both Slice Of Spice AND ReDef gave away the large majority of this record, for free, upon the original release. Since then the audio has been available for free download, so everyone can enjoy, and both labels have continued to give away a limited number on vinyl as spot prizes and freebies online.

Despite our best and original intentions multiple copies that were given away for free, including those to friends and industry heads, have unfortunately ended up being sold online through eBay and Discogs for silly money. We have never been happy about this but appreciate that's the nature of collecting for some so we just worked to redress the balance in favor of Damu's fans. All the way back in early 2011 we worked with ReDef to counter this problem by get copies into Damu's fans hands and continuing to give copies away for free off our combined websites and social media.

We had always suggested to ReDef that releasing the "Brooklyn Flower" track on a Damu compilation would allow us to get it out there cheaply for his fans and they agreed. This eventually resulted in it's appearance on vinyl last year through Public Assembly Vol.2, for which we received no money as we simply wanted it out there for the fans. All of the above, combined with us also placing our own copies on Discogs (and our own website) for a much lower price, has now ensured the people looking to flip their free copy for high prices will have to be more realistic.

This record was put together through the mutual friendship of those involved, to celebrate the birth of our daughter. At the time we had no idea this record would end up changing hands for such high amounts, which has always made us uncomfortable for a record of this nature and intent. Since then, as above, we've worked to ensure that everyone can enjoy the music and found ways to make the vinyl available at realistic prices and a different format so we can meet our original intentions.

Hopefully everyone has and is able to enjoy this great song as we originally intended.
SliceOfSpice

SliceOfSpice

December 12, 2010
referencing Brooklyn Flower, 7", TP, SSR 001, none

Brooklyn Flower is a privately commissioned project in conjunction with Slice-of-Spice Records, and ReDef Records.

The title track is a reworking of the Ramsey Lewis and Minnie Ripperton versions of the Charles Stepney classic, Les Fleur. The intention of this track and project is a dedication for the birth of my daughter. These samples, and others deemed relevant, were referenced to Damu The Fudgemunk, when the project was first commissioned in late 2009, and as expected he produced something quite extraordinary and sublime. This is not a track he created for himself, or intended for commercial release.

The finished record has a full color cover, illustrated by legendary De La Soul artist Joe Buck. It is pressed on white vinyl (so the A-Side looks like a flower, and B-Side looks like the Obama campaign logo) and has individual gold stamp numbering up to 500. This is a promo only release, which will be distributed to family, friends, and industry associates.

Although it will be very hard for Damu's fans to get hold of a copy of this record, due to the lack of commercial availability, the audio will be made available for free download in December 2010. An update on this will be provided shortly...