Archive for the ‘J-Dilla’ Category

Your Mum Looks Up To The Sky & Sees James.

February 15, 2009

Because you all know where my heart lies…

Thus a hat-trick of doughnuts at the climax of Dilla week.

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Click the name of each track in blue below to acquire the mp3.
 

A pristine nod:

Frank Nitt, T3, Baatin & Illa J – Homage To Dilla (Prod. by Focus)

 

A rarity:

D’Angelo – Me & Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine (Jay Dee Remix) (Prod. by Jay Dee a/k/a J-Dilla)

 

A recently dug diamond from my favourite LP of 2008, Illa J’s ‘Yancey Boys’:

Illa J ft. Debbie Nova – Sounds Like Love (Prod. by Jay Dee a/k/a J-Dilla)

 

Don’t the last two especially make you want to fall floatin’ head over heels in Heaven?

Love always Dilla Dawg. You saved my life.

Madlib & J. Rocc- Beat Konducta Vol. 5: Dil Cosby Suite

August 28, 2008

It’s Otis’ sweet instrumental album tribute entirely to James…

…clearly forged in the style illustrated on ‘Donuts’.

What else do you want me to say?  No, wait, you don’t NEED me to say anything else. Champion sounds forever till we perish mate.

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01. For My Mans (Prelude)
02. The Mystery (Dilla’s Still Her)
03. Beat Provider (Through the Years)
04. J’s Day Theme #3 (Support)
05. In Jah Hands (Dilla’s Lament)
06. Get Dollaz (24-7)
07. The String (Heavy Jones)
08. Two For Pay Jay (No Dough, No Show)
09. No More Time? (The Change)
10. Do You Know? (Transition)
11. Dirty Hop (The Shuffle)
12. Floating Soul (Peace)
13. Infinity Sound (Never Ending)
14. Sacrifice (Beat-A-Holic Thoughts)
15. Rebirth Cycle (Super Soul)
16. Rolled Peach Optimos (Call Day)
17. The Main Inspiration (Coltrane of Beats)
18. The Get Over (Move)
19. Shades of Pete (Super)
20. King Chop (Top Line)
21. Anthenagin’ (?)

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above.

Fantasticunt LP rating:

8 mums out of 10

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Illa J – Illa J EP (2007)

August 28, 2008

Pardon me for being in a Latoyah Jackson state of mind, I had hasty reservations about Dilla’s younger sibling from detecting a few too many clips and excerpts of little homie consistently name-dropping his elder (as if to propel off the fraternal factor more so than his own carvings and musicianship). Then compassion kicked in and I thought, 1. He’s young. 2. Blood is blood. 3. These are our heroes. And frankly I couldn’t give a damn as long as Illa honours the Yancey legacy by making-shit-thump and pushing envelopes for this culture. It’s his birthright, we expect nothing less.

Pressure, demands and all crosses-to-carry aside, I dug out the 21 year old beat-builder/emcee’s 2007 debut EP. And realistically, neither product or producer suck, at all. His rhythms reverberate in signature Detroit quintessence and he’s orally average but fairly entertaining (in the same sufficient way you cannot deny Jaylib or the majority of Dilla’s regional collaborators were/are on the mic), leaving mandatory boxes ticked and ears tickled. Thus far showing promise, I await baby pa’s progression.

And now, I make that demo circulate like Spacek with those Ben Franklins (a currency issue I never quite understood since Steve is from Clapham).

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01. Hot
02. New Shit
03. I Ain’t Gonna Die
04. Raw Shit
05. Detroit
06. Me & My Brother (Produced By J Dilla)
07. Bonus Beats

Fantasticunt EP rating:

6.5 mums out of 10

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Additional:

Illa J – We Here (Prod. by J-Dilla)

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This leaked a couple days back and completely funked my noggin up. Instant classic! I’m already envisioning my two-step shuck out jig next Feb when J-Dilla Saved My Life at Cargo and all other tribute raves return to London town. Young-blood’s flowing and crooning (heavily improved from his ’07 EP) over an amazing brand new/technically old Jay Dee gem from the vaults From the- wait for it…. [quote from xlr8r.com new article]

In tribute to his late older brother, Detroit hip-hop legend J Dilla, up-and-coming producer John “Illa J” Yancey has dubbed his forthcoming debut album ‘Yancey Boys’.

As previously noted, the album features the younger Yancey [going] over beats made by his older brother that cover the years between 1995 and 1998 and were never used. After a recent move from Detroit to Los Angeles, Illa set to work recording the release, which he named after the studio in which it was made. The album is set to drop in November.

Cue myself crapping underwear. My people, you recognise that’s the period between ‘Labcabincalifornia’ and ‘The Love Movement’ right? Holy bludclart Mutty Ranks!

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MF Doom – Sniper Elite (Produced by J-Dilla)

July 22, 2008

Their once swirled rumors of a Dilla-Doom collaboration project. I guess with the latter’s dispiriting demise, hopes were dashed and destinies deflated.

And then this dropped a few days ago… Metal Fingers spraying sick syllables like a fresh discharge of paint against Dilla’s Anti-American Graffiti backdrop.

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As my heads are aware, the beat is a piece from the producer’s crowning instrumental opus ‘Donuts’ and this Doom lace was recorded during those very sessions in late 2005. Despite not being the most provocative rhythm from that set and failing to exceed the eerily demanding piano clunks of ‘Mash’ (the other Dilla Donut sprinkled with Doom raps to leak last year), neither the surrealist wordplay nor the morphed acoustics disappoint though overall I feel underwhelmed…

Come on, it’s my fucking man MF Doom and my fucking man J-Dilla; I guess the most I could ask for is a vivid rhythm I’m not already familiar with that feels like the unearthing of precious solitaire. I guess this denotes one as a fanatical Jay Dee fiend, but real talk, often I become silently plagued by the fact my ears may never be blessed with a brand new beat by this monarchial musician who was stolen from an art form that is in dire need of poise at his drum-pad pounding fingertips.

Still, a pleasure to hear from the recently truant MF; it’s been 4 year since the people tasted ‘Mm Food’ and I think the masked mic controller should postpone the dessert and deliver us solid, savoury goods once more.

J-Dilla – Oxtopus Boom Boom

July 18, 2008

My hero.

Allegedly this is the final Dilla tracks ever recorded with his vocals in either late ’05 or earliest ’06 and was for inclusion on the abdandoned ‘Operation Unknown’ project before his untimely passing. Let it not lie in the vaults; let the followers listen.

Respect to Nah Right for the uppin’ and indeed Sir Yancey his very self for possessing such a magnificent mind.

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So understated and laden with unsettling reverbs and sirens swathed in a low-frequency blanket that’s pricked with hand-claps. Beat’s colder than the T-1000 at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day when he gets drenched in liquid nitrogen from the ruptured truck/tank spillage and transforms into a prissy little pig-cop ice sculpture. Word to Robert Patrick.

The Future Sounds of Soul Music…

July 11, 2008

Let your speakers ripple on the emerging influx of spacey, forward-thinking, progressive, slightly off-kilter, bugged-out, psychadelic, acid-Rn’B, electro-funk, soul music… or as I sometimes refer to it, Soultronica.

After a stagnant decline in the last decade (starting off tenaciously with the emerging Neo-Soul trend in the late 90s which by now seems to have deteriorated), you’ll be forced admit it’s a very exciting time for Black music. As some artists of that era struggle to maintain an athletic relevance (e.g. Musiq’s corny arse, lyrically Lloyd/R. Kelly’esque new Crunk-n’-B single ‘Radio‘ which complete with Atlanta strip-club synths, is perchance an un-wise career move as it wreaks of commercial desperation and could severely repel his unanimous core fanbase); others such as Erykah Badu embrace the offspring of this Rainbow Child generation by injecting the sound of these seeds into her latest LP alongside her own vintage sonance (i.e. ‘My People’, ‘Twinkle’, ‘Master Teacher’).

I also believe this sound I’m trying to characterize lies affectionately somewhere between…

Point A:
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A Funk come New Wave god of ‘the Minneapolis sound’.

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Point B:
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A pioneering Hip-Hop prophet of ‘the Detroit sound’.

Maybe also what we’re seeing is greater than the categorization of soul music itself- as a growing number of Black artists refuse to be pigeonholed in an effort to reject mainstream mundanity and draw back the eclectic, imaginative light under which many great Black musicians have been illuminated: Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament, Prince, Joan Armatrading, Tracey Chapman, Tina Turner and most recently even Outkast to name but a few of the conspicuous ones.

The next wave is here- are you listening? (Don’t turn around in 2 years and act like I didn’t tell you so).

-J*Davey – Beauty In Distortion/Land of The Lost [2008]

As a primary example of this burgeoning genre, I assure you the following debut offering by percussive LA duo J*Davey is the most fearless and exciting soul(tronica) album of 2008; unafraid to fortify influences that suggest a hybrid of the Eurythmics crossbred with J-Dilla and even acclimatize some of these sonics to contemporary pop music (as illustrated on ‘Mister Mister’) and yet build lush, magnetic soundscapes such as ‘Enterception’ that make your heart float on a bed of protons, whilst not forgetting to emphasise one of groups key strengths- Miss Jack Davey’s labia dripping sensuality- via ‘No More’.

I believe out of any Soultronica act that has modish appeal to crack the mainstream, it could very well be J*Davey. But will those fucking record label pussies market/promote this shit right (keeping in mind they are signed to a major like Warner)? Well both Beauty In Distortion and Land of The Lost had been individually floating around the bootleg circut for the last year (I been bumpin’ since late ’07) and were only officially released this month as a double-disc package, so perhaps it’s too late for this record to seize the industry though a potential sophmore effort (no news yet) could definitely spell a landmark breakthrough. Time will tell.

Also, on a slightly less theoretical note… Jack Davey herself (bar the androgynous name) is so sexy it actually hurts my face.

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Beauty In Distortion Tracklist
01. Divisions Of Joy
02. Mr. Mister
03. Touch It
04. Private Parts
05. No More
06. Gangsta
07. Might As Well
08. Cowboys & Indians
09. Enterception (originally entitled ‘Beat (Tell You Goodbye)’
10. Mr. Mister (Remix)

Land of The Lost Tracklist
01 Hi’s & Lo’s
02 Just Because
03 Lil Big Heads (co-produced by ?uestlove of The Roots)
04 Red Light (produced by J-Dilla)
05 Hi Sun
06 Dirty Love
07 Slooow
08 Thick Interlude
09 sLAyer
10 Lalaland
11 Dancehall
12 Mr. Mister (Cock Out Remix)
13 Venus 2 Mars
14 Valley of Love
15 Let It Bleed

My stand-out tracks highlighted in Bold Red above and the following tracklists below.

Video: Mister Mister

Fantasticunt album rating:

8 mums out of 10

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-Kissey Asplund – Plethora [2008]

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01. Still The Baddest (Intro)
02. Beam Me Up
03. Caos
04. You & I
05. Entrapped
06. Fuss’N’Fight
07. Hit Me With Medication
08. 6am
09. Another Glass
10. Syntax Error
11. Phone Call
12. Work It Out
13. With You
14. I’m Out!!!

Video: Fuss’N’Fight

Fantasticunt album rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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-Muhsinah- Day.Break 2.0 [2007]

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1. AM
2. Reconstruct
3. Discovery
4. Once Again
5. Gogh
6. Outsource
7. Mine
8. Psychloan
9. Yiy
10. Netknot
11. Millions
12. Only & Always

Video: Only & Always

Fantasticunt album rating:

7 mums out of 10

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-Sy Smith – Conflict [2008]

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1. Conflict (This Is Your Brain On Drugs)
2. Fly Away With Me
3. The Things I Do
4. Overthought feat. Bilal Salaam
5. The Art Of You
6. Spies
7. Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness
8. Reach Down In Your Soul feat. Wes Felton
9. B-Side Love Affair
10. Would All The People From Compton Please Leave?
11. Star

Video: Conflict

Fantasticunt album rating:

7 mums out of 10

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-Little Dragon – Little Dragon [2007]

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01. Twice
02. Turn Left
03. No Love
04. Recommendation
05. Constant Suprises
06. Forever
07. After The Rain
08. Place To Belong
09. Stormy Weather
10. Test
11. Wink
12. Scribbled Paper

Video: Test

Fantasticunt album rating:

8 mums out of 10

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-G & D (Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins) – The Message Uni Versa [2007]

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1. Ye Olde Skit
2. GodUnit
3. On One
4. One
5. Peace Of Mind
6. Time
7. Found
8. U
9. All 4 U
10. Ye Olde Skit Too
11. Good Mornin Amerikkka
12. P.I.F.O.T.P.H. 34
13. War Drums
14. Stomp, The
15. Poppa’s Song
16. MGD – (with M.E.D.)
17. Stronger
18. Ye Last Olde Skit
19. Message, The
20. Uncle Dudley’s Outro

Video: Time

Fantasticunt album rating:

5 mums out of 10

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-Sa-Ra Creative Partners – The Hollywood Recordings [2007]

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1. Seagulls
2. Hey Love
3. Glorious
4. So Special – (with Rozzi Daime)
5. And If – (with TY)
6. Rosebuds
7. Feel the Bass – (with Talib Kweli)
8. Not on Our Level – (with Capone ‘n’ Noreaga/Lord Nez)
9. White! (On the Floor)
10. Bitch
11. Do Me Gurl – (with TY)
12. Ladies Sing
13. Sweet Sour You – (with Bilal)
14. Tracy – (with Rozzi Daime)
15. Fly Away – (with Erykah Badu/Georgia Anne Muldrow)
16. Lean on Me – (with Kurupt/Erika Rose/Lord Nez)
17. Fish Fillet – (with Pharoahe Monch)
18. Thrilla – (with J Dilla)
19. Hollywood – (Redux)

Video: Hey Love

Fantasticunt album rating:

5.5 mums out of 10

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-Janelle Monae – Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase [2007]

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01. March Of The Wolfmasters
02. Violet Stars Happy Hunting!
03. Many Moons
04. Cybertronic Purgatory
05. Sincerely, Jane

Video: Sincerely Jane

Fantasticunt album rating:

7.5 mums out of 10

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-Georgia Anne Muldrow – Olesi Fragments of Earth [2006]

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1. New Orleans
2. Melanin
3. Wrong Way
4. Feet
5. Frames
6. Lovelight
7. Radio WNK
8. Because
9. Speakversion
10. Wheels
11. Birds
12. Amnrh
13. West Coast
14. Boom
15. Patience
16. Blackman
17. Leroy
18. Nowadayze
19. Skaw De Beast
20. Epilogue
21. Blackman

No video retrieveable, thus Click to Bump the following for preview: Wrong Way

Fantasticunt album rating:

8 mums out of 10

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