Karriem Riggins & J Rocc in the Dungeon

Like every year in February, musicians and DJs around the world celebrate the work of the late J Dilla with special performances, mixtapes or live shows. Acclaimed drummer Karriem Riggins and J Rocc play a little live improvisation at the Stones Throw warehouse, also known as The Dungeon. Filmed on a 360° camera, you can literally turn your heads if you’re a lucky owner of an Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard or any other virtual reality head mounted display. Otherwise, flipping around your mouse will do just fine.

Also, Stones Throw will be releasing a 10th anniversary edition of J Dilla’s seminal final album Donuts.

DJ Mitsu The Beats – Celebration of Jay

Japan’s Mitsu The Beats does not exactly recall when he first got in touch with J Dilla‘s music, but cites Fantastic Vol. 2 and Welcome 2 Detroit as records that made him become aware of the widely admired Detroit producer. Calling him the biggest influence on his own music, Mitsu pays tribute with a 20-track release available on his newly opened Bandcamp account. As always, you can stream it in advance or directly buy a digital copy for $9.

In related news, you can listen to the Jazzy Sports Boiler Room takeover featuring mixes by Grooveman Spot, Budamonk and DJ Mitsu himself.

BINKBEATS – J. Dilla Live Mixtape

Since we first featured the Beats Unraveled by Dutch producer and multi-instrumentalist BINKBEATS, three new videos were uploaded to his YouTube channel. The highlight is clearly this medley of the four J. Dilla productions Make’em NV, E=MC², Won’t Do and Fall In Love. Sit back and enjoy!

(via Rappcats)

Weekly Bits 6/2012

It’s been a week full of Dilla, no doubt about that. Like every year, people around the world payed tribute in various ways and I’d like to highlight some of them.

Do the Dilla is a free compilation with tracks from Mr. Dibiase, Ta-Ku, Abby Lee Tee and many others.

Another compilation comes from our friends at Two Hungry Ghosts. It’s called For Dilla and comes with beats from AD Bourke and Mecca:83 among others.

We haven’t heard from Waajeed for a while, but the Detroit-based producer relaunched his Bling47 website with a couple of videos worth checking out. Another good read can be found on Egotripland.com, who talked to Waajeed about his favourite Dilla samples.

I’m sure there has been a lot more. If you came across something worth mentioning, feel free to leave a comment.

In other news, I might interest you in Sonali Aggarwal’s documentary From Jack to Juke: 25 Years of Ghetto House. Runs for about an hour and you can expect what the title says.

The latest episode of Stylin’ has Sampha (of SBTRKT fame) on the show. Highly recommend show, Ennio Styles nailed it once again.

Lastly, witness Frenchman Nemoy as he mashes up Freddie Hubbard with Roy Ayers in this live jam called Everybody Loves Red Clay.

Steve Spacek & J Dilla – Look

Mentioned this one yesterday and it’s been making rounds on Twitter since then. So I guess this deserves a post of it’s own. Hit the play button and I’ll tell you a bit about it.

KCRW’s Mathieu Shreyer uploaded this for J Dilla‘s birthday yesterday. It’s one of two unreleased Steve Spacek tracks made in 2007 which -unlike Dollar– never made it on a release. Looks like this is about to change soon, though no further details have been disclosed yet. Keep your eyes open!

February 9, 2012 In the meantime, the track has been taken offline. You can listen to it on our Hypem channel!

Benji B’s J Dilla Tribute Shows

Looks like Benji B is finally starting to use his SoundCloud account properly. Only yesterday we mentioned that Africa Hitech recording, today we have to mention two J Dilla tributes.

The first mix was aired in February 2006, only a few days after J Dilla passed away. A year later, Benji put together the J Dilla Inspirations Selection in which he plays some of the music sampled by the legendary producer.

Click on the tiny arrows in each player to download each show to your computer.

Ahu, Dilla and Busta Rhymes – Turn Me Up: Love

Sweet remix by Mr. Beatnick here, putting Ahu’s To: Love over Busta Rhymes’ Turn Me Up, which itself was produced by J Dilla.

Limited to 100 downloads only – be quick game over!

Weekly Bits 15/2010

Let’s start the latest weekly bits with a remainder from the previous week. The Roots played enough cover-versions of Dilla Joints to fill an album, but they decided to give those away for free!

Another full-lengtt is available for streaming, it’s Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson Zwei, which is now out on CD and MP3 through !K7.

This week has also saw the release of the anticipated new album from Matthew Herbert, the first in his ONE Trilogy.

The other week I have mentioned a teaser to Behind Closed Doors 2, a documentary on young beatmakers such as K15, FS Green, BUG, Sir OJ and many others. Check out this new and extended trailer.

You have probably seen this article on Information Is Beautiful, as it circulated quite a lot. It’s basically a picture of pie charts showing how much musicians earn on the internet. Quite sad!

Lastly, here are a couple of mixtapes for you. Kyle Hall uploaded his guest-mix for Mary Anne Hobbs’ radioshow. Hoya:Hoya celebrated the launch of their blog with a live-recording from Daedelus. 7even Recordings boss Greg recorded the Modulation Mix with new and exclusive music from the label.

Weekly Bits 6/2010

Clothing label Stussy has posted the first of their three part documentary on J Dilla. Part two will follow on Wednesday, the third a week later. You might also be interested in their limited edition t-shirt, all profits are going to the  J Dilla Estate.

The story about Google deleting music blogs made the rounds this week and caused much uproar among fellow bloggers. Joe Muggs wrote a good piece on this matter, featuring a video with Jus Like Music‘s Gavin Handley. Also, Google has posted a response on their actions.

Fans of Erykah Badu might want to get their hands on the first recordings from 1993. Also, the video to her non-album track Jump in the Air has showed up on YouTube.

Having been out of print for sometime, the reissue of Dopplereffekt’s classic electro album Gesamtkunstwerk is finally back on vinyl. Get yourself a copy directly from the Clone Records shop.

On the mixtape front, I got new mixtapes from Swede:art, Fulgeance and Sbtrkt for you. The new JJ’s Smoking Sessions portrays soul diva Diana Ross and SoundCloud is hosting a 6 hours mix from Moodymann.

Another free%20download%20comes%20from%20UK%20soul%20singer%20Rahel,%20a%20track%20produced%20by%20no%20other%20than%20Mark de Clive-Lowe.

Lastly, Discogs has posted this rather irrelevant list of the top 100 most expensive records. One for the vinyl nerds I guess.