favourite things | 4.17

favourite things 4.17/soundcloud holds songs by: Hejira feat. Lay, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, Leifur James, Neue Grafik feat. Wayne Snow, Children Of Zeus, Lou Phelps feat. Kallitechnis, Future feat. Terrace Martin, Curren$y feat. T.Y., Freddie Gibbs, J Dilla feat. J Rocc, Homeboy Sandman, Ol Burger Beats feat. Chester Watson & Kent Loon, IAMDDB & Laura Ell, The JuJu, Richard Spaven feat. Jordan Rakei, Blue Lab Beats feat. Nubya Garcia, Gabriel Garzón-Montano feat. Karriem Riggins, S. Fidelity feat. Harleighblu, Quickly Quickly, (Conative) Clay, Kiefer, MFakka, DJ Harrison, Malik Abdul-Rahmaan.

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Leonard Charles | Basement Donuts

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Down in scenic Auckland, New Zealand, tucked in a small basement studio, musician Leonard Charles & his friends paid tribute to J Dilla’s ’06 „Donuts“ release by re-recording the entire 31-track album on live instruments. Charles gives the tracks a modern funk reinterpretation on live bass, drums, clavinet, Rhodes & synths – sans any sampling of the original source or sourced material. Featuring vocals by Anji Toy, Adi Dick, Ruby Walsh and Georgia Anne Muldrow on the emotional tribute „Airworks“.

„Basement Donuts“ is available for digital download and as limited-edition tape on Bandcamp.

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favourite things | 4.16

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The soundcloud selection ‚favourite things 4.16‘ holds two hours of brand new music. Including songs and productions by artists such as Jameszoo featuring Arthur Verocai, Sarathy Korwar, BADBADNOTGOOD, Braxton Cook, ThisIsJBird, 2LATE, Stro Elliot, Ding, Mecca:83, KA-YU, Little Simz, Remi with Sampa The Great, Syd from the Internet, The Invisible with Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Barney Artist and Jordan Rakei, Alexis Davis, Ivan Ave, De La Soul, DJ Manipulator, Smoke DZA & Flying Lotus, Bishop Nehru, J Dilla & Bilal, Snoop Dogg, Action Bronson, DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels, Romare, Henri Texier remixed by Bonobo, Fink on Grasscut and the Owiny Sigoma Band.

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j dilla | the diary

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Back in 2013, it was announced that „The Diary“, a lost J Dilla vocal album made at the turn of the millennium, was being reassembled for a posthumous release. (The announcement was accompanied by a 12″ featuring the previously-unheard „Anthem“ b/w „Trucks.“) now, the LP was given an official release date.

Constructed over the past decade from mixes and masters culled from J Dilla’s personal archive, The Diary features rapping from Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Kenny Wray, Bilal, Frank and Dank, Boogie, Kokane, and Nottz. The production was handled by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Supa Dave West, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, and Bink!, among others.

The Diary will be out April 15 via his own label Mass Appeal and Dilla’s PayJay imprint, thanks to the support of Dilla’s estate.

Read the interview with J Dilla estate creative director Eothen Alapatt via Rollingstone.com.

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j dilla | dillatronic

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The late, great J Dilla is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, in part because his ear for music was so diverse and expansive. From the smooth, soulful soundbeds he laid down for A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, The Pharcyde, Common, The Roots, and D’Angelo to the hard-edged, synth-heavy tracks he crafted for Busta Rhymes, Jaylib, Oh No, and Phat Kat, Jay Dee’s music continued to grow and evolve throughout his brief time on this planet. 

Now, a fresh batch of those creations will be made available to the world for the first time, in the form of the latest official J Dilla release, „Dillatronic“. Presented by Ma Dukes and compiled by DJs Alien Villainz, „Dillatronic“ contains 41 rare instrumentals that showcase Dilla’s undeniable electronic influences. J Dilla’s music was impacted by the diverse musical history of Detroit – the birthplace of Techno and one of the most important cities in the history of electronic music.

Stream the entire LP after the jump – Pre-Order on www.dillatronic.com
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favourite things | 9.15

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Our soundcloud playlist for september 2015, „favourite things 9.15“ is packed with nearly two hours of music.

The Set features selected tracks through various styles of music, by artists and producers such as Nils Frahm & eeph, Khruangbin, Rodrigo Amarante, Jono McCleery, Jospeh Scaturro, Josa Peit & Dexter, Sinh feat. Natty Reeve, Adam Snow, Floating Points, Ian Ewing & Flamingosis, Spaze Windu, Gi-Tori, KIP, Melo-Zed, Jenova 7 & Eddie Shinn, Nite-Funk (Nite-Jewel & DaM-FunK), Brenk Sinatra, Blended Babies feat. Anderson Paak & Asher Roth, Jamie Woon, The Cactus Channel feat. Chet Faker, Roots Manuva, YP, Handbook, Giallo Point, Philanthrope, J Dilla, MED, BLU, MADLIB feat. MF DOOM, Golden Rules & Paul White feat. Freddie Gibbs & Yasiin Bey, ShunGu feat. Chester Watson, WOKE feat. George Clinton, Homeboy Sandman, Kirk Knight feat. Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, & Dizzy Wright, Mick Jenkins, KAYTRANADA & A Tribe Called Quest. Enjoy.

Check out the latest selections on our consistently updated soundcloud page.

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illa j

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From deep musical origins in Detroit, rapper/singer/songwriter Illa J has been slowly navigating his way through the oft-turbulent waters of Hip-Hop since the tender age of 13, when the young John Yancey aka Illa J wrote his first rhyme alongside his brother, the late great J Dilla. After his brother’s passing in ‘06, he began teaching himself piano, bass and taking vocal lessons while finding himself touring the world and recording a slew of Dilla-related projects, notably being an active member of Slum Village until 2014. His first solo album, ’08s „Yancey Boys“ and the Frank Nitt 2013 collaborative album „Sunset BLVD“ were both released on seminal label Delicious Vinyl. Feeling the need for a change creatively as well as geographically, in 2012 John moved to the future music hotbed that is Montreal ultimately making the connection with Canadian producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical aka Potatohead People. The success of their initial collaborations inspired the team to dive into the studio and embark on Illa J’s new self-titled solo album, and present an entirely fresh sound of his own.

Released October 2nd, pre-order online. Listen after the jump.

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slum village| yes!

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Slum Village is about to release their new album „Yes!“. The LP holds nine tracks produced by beatmaker J Dilla with guest appearances from Bilal, De La Soul, Illa J, Black Milk, Jon Connor, Phife, BJ the Chicago Kid and J Ivy. The album set for release on Barak Records and will be out on June 16th. Available now for pre-order on iTunes.

Stream the entire 12-track LP after the jump.

„Yes! sounds like progressive vintage soul, a perfectly blended stew with a dash of the past (Dilla & Baatin), a quarter-cup of the future (Young RJ) and topped off with the secret ingredient (me) and a top-notch supporting cast,“ T3 tells Rolling Stone of the album. „Yes! is comfort food for the summer – enjoy!“ Young RJ adds that the LP was „made for Slum Village fans, the true lovers of feel good music!“ via Rolling Stone

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favourite things | 6.14

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bklyn’s ‚Favourite Things 6.14‚ contains more than two hour of selected tunes out of the soundcloud-universe. 37 tracks out of various genres, featuring GDNA, J Dilla, IAMNOBODI, Eric Lau, Tom Misch, Ta-Ku, Bob Moses, Pacific Shore, Nick Hakim, Mop Mop, Raashan Ahmad, Charles Bradley & LaRose Jackson and some more. Check out our latest selections on the daily updated soundcloud page.

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ma dukes yancey collector’s edition

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Jay Dee a.k.a. J Dilla is widely regarded as one of the greatest producers in hip hop history. ‘The King of Beats’ Ma Dukes Yancey Collector’s Edition is manufactured in the image and likeness of the exact SP-1200 which produced Jay Dee’s signature sound. The box casing is hand crafted from custom wood with chrome hinges. Available for the first time, ‘The King of Beats’ Box Set feature’s (40) tracks from Jay Dee’s groundbreaking ‘Batches’ on vinyl.

The E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum machine and sampler was the first electronic instrument Jay Dee worked with while crafting the incomparable styles and sounds which defined the early stages of his legendary production. The SP-1200 was his primary tool of choice at the inception of his career. During this period, he created classics for early Slum Village, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, among many others. After careful study and curation this one of a kind collection compiles the well-deserved documentation of Jay Dee’s early musical masterpieces. Ma Dukes assembled a team of industry family who spent nine months working daily to bring this project to J Dilla fans everywhere. Sign up to pre-order this limited edition box set here.

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