As I’m sure many of you have been following, Stussy have been releasing a three-part exclusive documentary on the greatest hip-hop producer who ever picked up an MPC; J Dilla. Since the series has now come to its conclusion, I thought it necessary to share the documentary in its entirety. The third installment is particularly poignant – as somebody who caught onto the subliminal “memento mori” theme which underlies Donuts, hearing his last work broken down by his friends and associates provides some … [read more]
Four years ago today a legend was taken from us. That legend was J Dilla, aka James Yancey of Detroit, Michigan.
Time passes so too quickly. But, we’ll never forget.
mp3: J Dilla – Don’t Cry
It’s with great regret, and much sadness, that I have to report the passing of Grand Master Roc Raida (1972 – 2009). No specific details have been released, but it is believed that there may have been complications with regards to surgery he underwent after a very recent martial arts accident. At this time my thoughts and condolences go out to Anthony Williams’ family and friends – this is both tragic and upsetting.
Larry Young was an East-Coast jazz organist, active through the sixties on the Prestige and Blue Note labels, and through the seventies on Perception and Arista. What I wish to focus on is an element of Larry Young that stood him above many of his contemporaries – he was a true pioneer of the Hammond B-3 organ, but unlike other jazz artists, such as Jimmy Smith, Larry took a very modal approach to the Hammond. Larry Young also loved to experiment with music and was … [read more]
Wax Poetics Records presents an immense re-issue of 1974′s Rhythm and Blues by Melvyn Price, out now on 180g vinyl and CD. Melvyn Price, although a Michigan native, made his mark as a musician in Europe – namely Sweden. A vastly talented conguero and trombonist, he began his musical journey in marching bands before embarking on his European adventure and finally landing in his adopted home of Sweden.
Rhythm and Blues is a deeply soulful jazz record, a 6-track excursion through the mind of … [read more]
I’m going to write about two albums I recently purchased that contain “Rare & Unreleased” tracks, but first I need for this FabricLive 24 by Diplo to finish playing, I cant possibly concentrate on Lord Finesse or Foreign Beggars while Diplo’s remix (and splice) of Way More and the acapella of Bucky Done Gun are blasting out of my speakers! So perhaps I’ll start by saying that this FabricLive mix is wicked. Starts on an early nineties electro trip, progresses to Window Licker, touches on … [read more]
You may, or may not, remember a couple of weeks back I made another entry called Remix that bad boy. It contained some great remixes of already great tracks. Well guess what… here’s another blog entry for the same purpose, you lucky mother-huggers!
First up is a De La Soul track remixed by British electronica guru Hint. Perhaps you aren’t even familiar with the original De La Soul track, but that’s ok, what is important right now is that you hear the Hint … [read more]
First off, you cant beat a good old fashioned artist quote;
“I’d rather poo in my mum’s Sunday roast than have Danger Mouse produce a Portishead record. No offence.”
- that was Portishead member Geoff Barrow responding to suggestions that the band should turn to someone like Danger Mouse to help sort out their stumbling new album. Well, I’m sure they’ll work it out on their own. Just hope Danger Mouse gets the message and stops waiting by the phone!
I once read a quote … [read more]
A tragic tale of an immensely talented individual, so shy and lacking in self-confidence, that he never lived to experience the full fruits of his labour. Nick Drake only released three full albums, none of which sold any more than 5,000 copies whilst he was alive. The official census is that Nick Drake committed suicide in 1974 by way of an overdose of an anti-depressant drug, although many dispute this and label it as a “tragic accident”.
Nick Drake is a classic tale of … [read more]