Press Releases



On May 5th Waxploitation Artists will release Causes 2, the second album in the label’s ongoing benefit series for Darfur. 100% of the profits from the release go to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Human Rights Watch and Oxfam America.

The video for Causes 2 can be seen here:

And a Causes MySpace page has been created.

The album includes rare and exclusive songs from some of the most compelling artists in the indie and alternative worlds: Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Decemberists, Devendra Banhart, Diplo, Federico Aubele, Gnarls Barkley, LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, Matthew Dear, Mum, Neon Neon, Richard Swift, RJD2, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, as well as a contribution from Adult Swim’s Tim & Eric.

“It’s easy for fatigue to set in when a crisis goes on for a number of years, but no one has given up hope that things can change for the better in Darfur” says Waxploitation founder Jeff Antebi, who executive produced the album. “There are untold numbers of people committed to changing the outcome. It takes humanitarian assistance, tenacity and political will.”

Causes 1 was released in 2007 to great acclaim. The album, which hit #35 on the iTunes Album Chart and reached #46 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart, includes contributions from Animal Collective, The Black Keys, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure, The Shins, Spoon and Teargas & Plateglass to name a few.


black moth super rainbow – happy melted city
the decemberists – after the bombs (live version)
devendra banhart – white reggae troll
diplo – wassup wassup (exclusive samim remix)
federico aubele – luna y sol
gnarls barkley – mystery man
lcd soundsystem – starry eyes original (causes exclusive)
matthew dear – when she don’t need me (causes exclusive)
mum – asleep in a hiding place
my morning jacket – highly suspicious (exclusive vhs or beta dee jays remix)
neon neon – i lust u feat. cate le bon (dj eli escobar remix)
richard swift – wastin’ m’time
rjd2 – wherever
sharon jones & dap-kings – it hurts to be alone
tim & eric – petite feet (exclusive devlin & ghostdad remix feat. sylvia gordon)

About Waxploitation Artists:

Waxploitation was founded over a decade ago as a home for innovative artists. Waxploitation’s roster includes Grammy Award winning artist and producer Danger Mouse, Grammy Award winning artist Gnarls Barkley, as well as innovators like Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dangerdoom, Teargas & Plateglass, Tobacco and Tweaker.

About Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF):

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries and was the recipient of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.

About Human Rights Watch:

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, it gives voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Its rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

About Oxfam America:

Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are an affiliate of Oxfam

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Gnarls Barkley, the visionary partnership of artist/producer Danger Mouse and singer Cee-Lo, reached #1 on the iTunes download chart with their new LP The Odd Couple in its first week of digital release. This is a remarkable triumph, considering that it was a short sales week, and that The Odd Couple’s release date was pushed forward on short notice.

The Odd Couple appears in US retail outlets on Tuesday, March 25. The UK release date is March 31, Other international dates will be announced shortly.

Gnarls has always found success through digital channels. Their 2006 hit “Crazy” became the first song to reach #1 on the UK pop charts through downloads alone.

Last week, 4 Gnarls songs were on the iTunes top 100 songs : “Run”, “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”, “Crazy” and “Going On”.

Gnarls Barkley

Gnarls Barkley ‘The Odd Couple’ Out Today!

Gnarls Barkley ‘The Odd Couple’ Out Today!

Hello, Gnarls Barkley, the Grammy-winning, genre-wrecking partnership of artist/producer Danger Mouse and soul sensation Cee-Lo, will release their new album The Odd Couple a couple of weeks early.

Initially slated for an April 8th release, The Odd Couple will now be available at various online and physical music retailers across the week of March 18th.

“They felt the timing was right to just go for it,” said an unnamed spokesman for the band. “With the shifting seasons, furtive romantic entanglements and fierce college basketball rivalries, the latter half of March can be confusing. People need to be soothed and inspired now.”

The Odd Couple arrives in the wake of Gnarls Barkley’s international success with the 2006 LP St. Elsewhere. “Run,” the propulsive first single from The Odd Couple, is already a radio staple, and its inventive video is gaining worldwide attention for its absurd humor and its controversial effects.

Gnarls Barkley Videos

Gnarls Barkley – Run video featuring Justin Timberlake

Gnarls Barkley – Run video featuring Justin Timberlake

Chromeo Press Releases

Kid Sister signs to Downtown Records!


Appearing this Thursday, February 28th on Spankin’ New Ladies Week on MTV’s TRL
Currently an mtvU Freshman Five artist and will be performing on mtvU’s Sping Break
After months of courting by major labels and speculation from fans and press, Kid Sister has decided to release her full-length debut “KoKo B. Ware” with Downtown Records/Fool’s Gold. The highly anticipated album will be out in summer 2008.

Kid Sister – the girl known as Melisa Young to her mother – has had quite a year leading up to her recent signing. Her inimitable flow and bold personality have already garnered the attention of media heavyweights like Rolling Stone, The New York Times, XXL, Spin, Blender, and Billboard, and even landed her on the cover of URB’s “Next 1000” issue.

“Kid Sister is one of the most exciting new voices in music today and we are thrilled to welcome her to Downtown. She is a true artist with a vision, sound and style all her own, and we look forward to tremendous success together”. -Josh Deutsch of Downtown Records Chairman/CEO of Downtown Records

“Their roster is impeccable and the attitude at the company is so relaxed and cool. I don’t wanna call them an indie and definitely
won’t call them a major but still they’ve got some serious muscle. They’re just that rare, perfect fit you always dream about… like a fancy pair of jeans! ” -Kid Sister

Before she even dropped her first single, Kid Sister had played SXSW, Coachella, the Pitchfork Festival and Lollapalooza. She has shared stages with the likes of Kanye West, Akon, Chromeo, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, and fellow Chicago up-and-comers The Cool Kids.

Kanye decided he liked Kid Sister’s A-Trak produced anthem “Pro Nails” so much that he rhymed over it on his smash “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” mixtape. Rookie-of-the-year indie label Fool’s Gold released the remix as an official single and commissioned a creative, self-financed video (complete with dancing fingers and a prominent Kanye cameo!) that caused an internet commotion everywhere from the XXL blog to, and even broke its way into MTV and BET rotation.

Fashion notables have also taken an early notice of Kid Sister’s signature style. Marc Jacobs featured her single “Control” in his Spring 2008 fashion week show, WWD ran an early profile on her, and designer Erin Fetherston has plans to not only dress Kid Sister, but also collaborate with her in the near future.

With the Fool’s Gold family on board as the creative team for “KoKo B. Ware” -there’s no denying that Kid Sister’s Downtown debut will be one of the most exciting releases of the year. Kid Sis is still taking this!

“Updating L’Trimm’s old-school style for post-Lil’ Kim times, this tiny diva spins Eighties-inspired rhymes about Baby Phat and guys who won’t quit calling.” – ROLLING STONE

“Brilliant electro tech-rap that sounds like it’s rocking the best party ever.” -DAZED AND CONFUSED

“Thank god: another female MC.” -BILLBOARD

“what unites them is their fresh, left-of-center enthusiasm; their bold attitudes; and an expansive approach to female sexuality.” -THE NEW YORK TIMES on Kid Sister and two others in an article on the new breed of female rappers.

“Kid Sister is as cool as ice cream on a summer day, as sexy as she wants to be.” -BLACK BEAT

About Downtown Music
Downtown Records is an independent record label and music publishing company formed in 2006. The company’s roster includes Grammy winners Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids, Mos Def, Spank Rock, Justice, Eagles of Death Metal, Santogold, Art Brut, Amanda Blank and others. Downtown Music Publishing owns or controls over 1,500 titles recorded by artists including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Hannah Montana’s Miley Cyrus and the cast of High School Musical 2. The company also represents writer/artists signed to Downtown Records such as Cold War Kids, Spank Rock, Santogold, Amanda Blank, Mos Def, Carla Bruni and Kevin Michael. Downtown is also a joint venture partner in RCRD LBL, an online, totally ad-supported digital music label which will offer free downloads in a blog format.

Press Releases

Kelis | The Hits In Stores March 11th; Revisit Her Milkshake



Collaborations with Nas, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo Green, André 3000 of OutKast, N.E.R.D. (the Neptunes), Too $hort, and Richard X

Liner notes essay written by Leah Rose of XXL magazine

Well-deserved collection arrives in stores March 11, 2008, on Star Trak/Jive/Legacy

“Tasty’s biggest triumph, however, was the album’s first single ‘Milkshake.’ Tracked by the Neptunes, the chart-topping sing-along was an instant smash and propelled Kelis’ third LP up the Billboard Top 200; it also earned her a Grammy nomination in 2004 for best Urban/Alternative performance. Soon Tasty was certified gold, marking Kelis’ first plaque in the United States.”
– Leah Rose, XXL magazine, from the liner notes to KELIS – THE HITS

Known worldwide for the Grammy-nominated “Milkshake,” her 2003-2004 signature crossover hit that still earns its fair share of video and airplay in the U.S. and abroad, New York’s own Kelis – who celebrates her 10th year as a recording artist in 2008 – is a prolific singer and songwriter whose four albums are a musical treasure trove, way too deep for someone who has not yet reached age 30!

With nearly a dozen Hot 100 & R&B chart singles to her name at home, and an equal number in the U.K., the time is right to collect KELIS – THE HITS. The 14-song overview of her career is a long-overdue collection that backs up “Milkshake” with the songs that have kept her on the radio and on the road since 1999. The new album, with liner notes written by Leah Rose of XXL magazine (who penned notes for Legacy’s recent Common compilation, thisisme then) will arrive in stores March 4th on Star Trak/Jive/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAIN¬MENT.

“Only a true artist has the ability to innovate an entire genre,” writes Leah Rose. “Ever since debuting with her album Kaleidoscope nearly ten years ago, Kelis has remained on the cutting edge of both fashion and music. As one of the first major pop stars to collaborate with the Grammy award-winning production duo the Neptunes, Kelis set trends for an entire generation of hip-hop and R&B artists.”

Kelis recorded four albums on three different labels: her debut Kaleidoscope (Virgin, 1999); Wanderland (Virgin, 2001, which remains unreleased in the U.S. to date); Tasty (Star Trak/Arista, 2004); and her most recent Kelis Was Here (LaFace/ Jive, 2006). KELIS – THE HITS draws from all four albums – including two star collabo¬ra¬tions apiece from Tasty (“In Public” with her husband Def Jam artist Nas; and “Millionaire” with OutKast’s André 3000) and Kelis Was Here (“Lil’ Star” with Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley; and the most recent crossover hit “Bossy” with Too $hort).

KELIS – THE HITS also tracks three equally important collabo¬ra¬tions, all on different labels as well: 1999’s “Got Your Money” with Ol’ Dirty Bastard (which pre-dates by just a few months Kelis’ own coming-out as a solo artist that same year); 2002’s “Truth Or Dare” with N.E.R.D. (the alter-ego group/band concept of her long-time producers the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo); and “Finest Dreams” with British producer Richard X.

Four years ago, the starmaking machinery was working overtime to capture all the “Milkshake” excitement: “It’s ‘frothy’,” raved Entertainment Weekly, “saucy” said USA Today, and “the superfreakiest song on the charts this winter” summed up Rolling Stone. Tasty hit RIAA gold, and Kelis earned the opening spot on the first leg of Britney Spears’ North American tour that spring.
“My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard/ And they’re like, it’s better than yours/ Damn right it’s better than yours, I can teach you/ But I have to charge…”

In fact, Kelis was already a seasoned veteran by 2004 – seven years after graduating at age 17 from New York City’s prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts (PA). She soon hooked up with a pair of up-and-coming producers based in Virginia Beach, Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, which led to the first Kelis album on Virgin Records in 1999, Kaleidoscope. Though “Caught Out There” reached Top 10 R&B in the U.S., it was clear that British and European audiences were way out front in their attention to the young star. “Good Stuff” and “Get Along With You” further established Kelis across the Continent.

Controversy greeted the 2001 album Wanderland, her second with the Neptunes and Virgin Records. “Young, Fresh N’ New” did well on the charts in the U.K. and Germany, but when it missed the pop and R&B charts in the U.S., Virgin decided not to release the album here. The move led Kelis to part company with the label.

Although she stayed aligned with the Neptunes (appearing on one track on their long-awaited 2002 alter-ego project In Search Of…), the next Kelis album, Tasty, found her moving (along with the Neptunes’ Star Trak label) to Arista and BMG worldwide. The label encouraged Kelis to enlist a wider list of guest producers, among them Raphael Saadiq, Dallas Austin, and André 3000. But it was the Neptunes-produced “Milkshake” that jumped out and stopped traffic on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Milkshake” was rush-released before the September 30, 2003, Grammy deadline – which ensured it of a nomination. People called it “a banging club jam with a percolating groove, spacey programming and a chant-along chorus… It ranks next to OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya!’ as the grooviest song on the radio.” Tasty arrived in December, and the New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure section declared: “Throughout her appealing new album… whether she’s sighing or whispering or rapping or chanting, her voice makes a great rhythm instrument.”

The timing, however, left Kelis caught up once again in a U.S. industry snafu, as Arista was dissolved in March 2004. It was a different story in the U.K., where Tasty spun off three more top-charted singles: “Trick Me,” “Millionaire” (with André 3000), and “In Public” (with Nas).

When the smoke cleared in 2005, Kelis remained inside the BMG family, on the LaFace label, now an imprint of Jive Records. She began working with nearly a dozen producers on her next album and the first results hit the street in January 2006, “Bossy,” featuring rapper Too $hort. With its Marc Klasfeld video, the single clocked a 6-month pop/R&B crossover chart run in the U.S. and U.K., ultimately achieving rare double-platinum certification here.

“Bossy” set the scene for the new album in August, Kelis Was Here, which brought her second Grammy Award nomination (and first for an album). The week after the Grammy ceremonies in February 2007 – more than 13 months after the album’s release – “Lil’ Star” (featuring Cee-Lo) was issued as the album’s final single. It entered the U.K. chart at #3, confirming the never-ending popularity of Kelis.

“With an ability to seek out untapped musical territories and create sounds that reach way beyond the current aesthetic,” Leah Rose concludes, “Kelis has managed to bring an unbridled experimentation to the forefront of R&B. Her supreme sass is infectious and permeates throughout her work. With more style and substance than her so-called peers, Kelis is pop’s last great escape.”

(Star Trak/Jive/Legacy 88697 25278 2 6 – explicit)
(Star Trak/Jive/Legacy 88697 25467 2 8 – clean)

Title U.S. UK From album Label Year
1. Caught Out There R&B #9, H #54 #4 Kaleidoscope Virgin 1999
2. Milkshake R&B #4, H #3 #2 Tasty StarTrak/Arista 2003
3. Got Your Money R&B #19, H #33 #11 [N***a Please] [Elektra] 1999
(w/Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
4. Trick Me — #2 Tasty StarTrak/Arista 2004
5. Lil’ Star (with Cee-Lo) — #3 Kelis Was Here LaFace/Jive 2006
6. Get Along With You R&B #57 #51 Kaleidoscope Virgin 2000
7. Young, Fresh N’ New Dance #15 #32 Wanderland Virgin 2001
8. Truth Or Dare — — [In Search Of…] [Virgin] 2002
9. Bossy (with Too $hort) R&B#11, H #16 #22 Kelis Was Here LaFace/Jive 2006
10. In Public (with Nas) — #17 Tasty StarTrak/Arista 2005
11. Millionaire — #3 Tasty StarTrak/Arista 2004
(w/André 3000)
12. Finest Dreams — #8 [X-Factor Vol. 1] [Astralwerks] 2003
(w/Richard X)
13. Suspended — — Kaleidoscope Virgin 2000
14. Good Stuff — #19 Kaleidoscope Virgin 2000

H indicates Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (U.S.)
— indicates single did not chart or was not issued in designated country.
Year indicates single release date, not album.

Gnarls Barkley Press Releases Videos

Gnarls Barkley returns with The Odd Couple, ferocious new single Run leaked. The Odd Couple LP drops on April 8th


After much anticipation and speculation, Gnarls Barkley has provided information about the new album “THE ODD COUPLE”, in stores worldwide on April 8th. “THE ODD COUPLE” explores the forbidden underworld of popular music and human psychology, starting at the intersection of pulsating hooks and pure emotion.

“THE ODD COUPLE” is heralded by the full-tilt psychedelic soul stomper “Run”, a leaked track that is now impacting heavily at radio. “Run” has been rushed to iTunes early, and a mind-bending music video is now in production, directed by the filmmaking team known as Happy. A video for the second single “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” is being directed by Chris Milk, who helmed the band’s Grammy-nominated video for “Gone Daddy Gone”. The band is commissioning an eclectic roster of emerging filmmakers to produce further clips – details will emerge soon.

Gnarls – the Grammy-winning combination of artist and producer Danger Mouse and vocalist Cee-Lo Green – is indisputably a pivotal act of the 21st Century.

The duo, famous for inventive, elaborate live performances, has begun to slate touring plans for 2008. Gnarls headlines the Hollywood Bowl on July 27, and will perform at a number of top-tier American and European summer festivals. The band will soon confirm a slew of TV appearances as well.

The pop kaleidoscope “ST. ELSEWHERE” was a critical triumph and chart-topping blockbuster. At 2007’s 49th Annual Grammy Awards, Gnarls received seven nominations and snagged two of the event’s most coveted trophies – “Best Alternative Music Album” and “Best Urban Alternative Performance”.

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Online music portal Rcrd Lbl and Moby team up to release free exclusive mix from his upcoming album Last Night


To download this exclusive ‘Last Night’ mix for free go to:

Moby is teaming up with RCRD LBL ( to release an exclusive DJ mix of tracks from his upcoming record, Last Night (Mute Records/EMI).

With over 20 years in the business, 15 million records sold and 3 years since his last album, Moby comes back to a place on the dance floor with an album that taps his many influences and with a special exclusive preview mix of these tracks for fans to download only at the RCRD LBL site.

Throughout the campaign, fans will be able to download and embed Moby widgets for their desktop, website or blog to keep track of his tour dates, photos, new releases and more.

“Last Night” will be released on Mute Records on April 1 in the US, March 31 in UK

‘”Last Night” is basically a love letter to dance music in New York City. What I love about the New York approach to dance music is the eclecticism and the open minded-ness on the part of the musicians, the dj’s, and the people in the bars and clubs. In making ‘Last Night’ I essentially tried to take a long 8 hour night out in New York City and condense it into a 65 minute long album.’

I love the fact that as the old/traditional infrastructure of the music business is breaking down it’s being replaced by new and more compelling institutions like RCRD LBL. The vice-grip hegemony of the corporate labels and corporate radio stations is loosening every day, which can only be seen as a good thing for music and listeners.

RCRD LBL is an online record label releasing exclusive and completely free music from emerging and established artists. In addition to its in-house label, the RCRD LBL network includes a curated roster of independent record labels offering free MP3 downloads and multimedia content in blog format. RCRD LBL’s in-house artists, as well as their partner labels are paid for having their music up on the site. The site is a joint venture between Downtown Music (Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids, Justice) and online media pioneer Peter Rojas (Engadget, Weblogs Inc.)

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Gnarls Barkley – Run audio and lyrics

“Run” by Gnarls Barkley, along with lyics and album art. The album “The Odd Couple” comes out April 15.

“Run” Audio Streams:

Real PlayerWindows Media Player

“Run” Lyrics

Yeah its still the same
Can’t you feel the pain
When the needle hits the vein
Ain’t nothing like the real thing
I’ve seen it once before
And oh it’s something else
Good god

Cool breeze come on in
Sunshine come on down
These are the tear drops of the clown
Circus is coming to town
All I’m saying is sometimes I’m more scared of myself
You better
I said

Run children
Run for your life
Run children
Here it comes
I said run

Yeah I’m on the run
See where I’m coming from
When you see me coming run
Before you see what I’m running from
No time for question asking time is passing by

You can’t win child
We’ve all tried to
You’ve been lied to
It’s all ready inside you
Either you run right now
Or you best get ready to die
You better
I said

Run children
Run for your life
Run children
Here it comes
I Said run

Hurry little children
Run this way
I have got a beast at bay
La la la la la la la
La la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la l a
La la la la l a
Run children
run for your life
run children
here it comes
said run