Tony Simon aka Blockhead has been making and releasing utterly distinctive emotive music for the last two decades. He grew up in downtown New York City and as the son of an artist, surrounded by visual culture, he early on found that his passion was for music, for the sonic. A fan of a whole range of sounds, especially hip-hop, Blockhead steadily built a tremendous collection of tapes and later CDs from innumerable artists, a quiet accumulation of knowledge and know-how. Known for much of the production work on Aesop Rock's critically acclaimed Labor Days album for Def Jux, he also has worked with Atmosphere, Murs, Mike Ladd, and has produced multiple solo albums for Ninja Tune.
His third solo album, Uncle Tony's Coloring Book, was originally released in 2007 and for years available exclusively on CD. Blockhead originally intended for the album to be more upbeat, contrasting the introspective production of his previous two releases. Over the years the album gained a cult following, one that grew substantially after Blockhead made the album available digitally in 2015. The demand increased for a proper vinyl release of the album and after over 10 years it's finally here.
Detroit record label Young Heavy Souls is collaborating with Blockhead to release Uncle Tony's Coloring Book on vinyl for the first time. This 2LP set features 13 tracks including "The Strain," "NYC Bounce" and "Cheer Up, You're Not Dead Yet."