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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.