Somewhere in between the gritty Dilla beats and UK dub influences, lies Slugabed. The Ninja Tune 21 year old producer offered up this dated track on his Soundcloud for free download last night and will be releasing a track for free every Monday until Christmas.
Sit back. Lie down. Stand up and sway if you must. Just take 5 minutes out of your busy schedules to listen to this. Close your eyes for full effect if you wish.
Not sure if Cadillac is a group, a person or best described as “an Australian luxury vehicle marque”, like their label Future Classics tell us. Nevertheless, this outfit from down under, have made a good job of this cover. Laidback sexy is in abundance with this one. Produced by anthem style solo guitars, euphoric synths and 80′s style Bon Jovi drums. Check the 90′s throwback to Michael Jordan too. I wish I thought of this!
2 hours of Erykah Badu talking indepth about monumental years of her life and the creation, realisation and release of each of her albums. She also discusses her creative life with producers like Dilla, Madlid and Q-Tip – sharing personal anecdotes along the way. She speaks about what motivates her, what pushes her to evolve and offers advice to women in the industry who want to have a family. And although she denies any ‘drama’ with her long-time label Universal Records/Motown – she speaks candidly about the situation that arose after she released the video for ‘Window Seat’, as well as the uncertain ground the relationship sits on presently (which could ultimately affect the way her new album, produced by Flying Lotus, will be released).
This is a mesmerizing watch. It is 2 hours, but take your time with it, let it soak in.
Not the best quality but goooood enough for me! The Mighty Mos Def performs at the legendary SOB’s and came correct with some new material over ‘World Premier’, an unheard Dilla track, ‘Sunshine Screwface’ and track #34 aka The Pain from Oh No’s Dr. No’s Ethiopium album. He mentions a new album titled ‘Applied Science’ and later says there isn’t infect a new album…?! Either way…black Dante still got it. Let’s hope there is a new longplayer on the way. Shout to the good people over at BLS for this one
‘Toast for the Dead’ comes off Immortal Techniques upcoming (free) project entitled The Martyr. The new ‘album’ will feature appearances from Brother Ali, Joell Ortiz, Styles P and more. Can’t go wrong with Dilla. Or Techniques introspect for that matter.
Taken from the 2006 album Donuts, this absolute jam was picked as the winner of the Stones Throw video contest where filmakers/fans/music junkies and Stones Throw lovers were asked to submit a video for their favourite Stones Throw joint. I think it’s apt that a Dilla track had the triumphant video. Shouts to Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen for the winning piece. It is worth checking out the top 15 entries as picked by Peanut Butter Wolf, you can do so over here
Here’s a trailer for an upcoming documentary based on the life, influence and legacy of Nujabes – the Japanese Hip Hop producer who tragically died last year in a car accident. Often referred to as the “Japanese J. Dilla”, Nujabes was considered by many as a pioneer – known for his experimental sounds he continually pushed the boundaries – often incorporating sounds of his native with Jazz samples.
While no official release date is available for the documentary at the moment it’s really great to know that someone has made this – Nujabes’ remains a rather mystical / underground figure – his music is something we should continue to celebrate and spread.
This is a video submitted by Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen for Stones Throw’s J.Dilla video contest which launched back in April and ends on July 1st. The track is taken off Dilla’s Donuts album, have a look…
It’s been four years since Washington DC native Alison Carney released anything new, today marks the release of her new mixtape (or free LP – she doesn’t mind what you call it) alisonWonderland.
Featuring “borrowed” productions from Diplo, J.Dilla, Benzi and Flying Lotus (to name a few) as well as some original compositions the 12 tracks within are all embedded with Alison’s very clear, very clean, very cool vocals. I really enjoy her free-spirit inflections, in some ways she reminds me a little of Terri Walker and in others of Muhsinah (I hate making comparisons, but it’s true) but she remains very much her own character throughout. Listen download via the bandcamp player below…
I was introduced to Vlooper by my co-pilot last year when he dropped AnaloGLovE, a free album he created with singer Modlee. He followed this up with a release last month called Copycat: A Dilla Tribute and now he’s back with a new jam titled ‘Gun Gus Gus (Dimanche Soare)’.
… You feel that bounce? Those drums are insane. Correction: this whole track is insane! Vlooper is actually on some next sh*t and Modlee’s voice is mad sexy – even here where she’s riding some robotic tone. Big!