SATURDAY MATINÉE: Stray Phrases – J Dilla’s Donuts

New York trio Stray Phrases perform J Dilla’s Donuts live in its entirety on this week’s Saturday Matinée. Covers of hip hop tracks are commonplace in music and jazz covers of hip hop are getting more popular but this one may have a special place in the hearts of Dilla fans (maybe even alongside Suite …

How Did I Miss That – Donuts: The Videos

In this instalment of “How Did I Miss That?”, we look at the videos for Dilla’s Donuts. Last week, we told you about the re-release of Donuts as a 45 box set. The wait for that isn’t too long (it comes out in January) but if a month is too long for the “new” audio, …

Thijsenterprise – Stepbacks & Setbacks

Barcelona-based beatmaker Thijsenterprise drops mammoth beat tape, Stepbacks & Setbacks, dedicated to some important people in his life. “Old school hip-hop with soul and jazz samples, dusty breaks and raw chops.” With a description like that, I just had to listen when this dropped in my inbox. Thijsenterprise (real name Reinier Thijs) is a producer from …

How J Dilla Humanized The MPC3000

Estelle Caswell discussed how J Dilla made his MPC3000 musical for Vox. Many musicians are synonymous with their instrument of choice – Jimi and his guitar, Questlove and his drums, Dorothy Ashby and her harp. And then there’s J Dilla and his MPC3000. In effect, J Dilla was a Jimi, Questlove, and Dorothy thanks to …

Malik Abdul-Rahmaan – Field Research Malaysia

Malik Abdul-Rahmaan brings back audible fruits from the Far East on “Field Research Malaysia”. A journey through sound and record vendors in Southeastern Asia has culminated in this: Field Research Malaysia. Malik Abdul-Rahmaan amassed over 100 records during a trip to Malaysia. Everything from local folk to funk, rock, and Bollywood from the area laid amongst …