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 …

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 …

INTERVIEW: DarkoTheSuper

We interviewed DarkoTheSuper. Or was it Doc Heller? Dwarf Nebula? Either way, we discussed his latest albums and who/what inspired his offbeat personas. Being fans of some of the most mysterious and eccentric alter egos in hip hop (Madlib/Quasimoto/YNQ, DOOM/Viktor Vaughn/King Geedorah and Kool Keith/Dr. Octagon/Dr. Dooom amongst others), we’re happy to embrace the many …

VIDEO: Tiny Hearts x House Shoes (Interview)

The electronic three piece sat down with House Shoes and talked about how they got together for Boiler Room. It was a Detroit connection in Boiler Room’s BTS feature today with House Shoes talking to Tiny Hearts in LA about their humble beginnings and how their styles don’t really fit but evidently do in the …

FREE DOWNLOAD: Pragmatic Theory – The Soul Sessions

Pragmatic Theory are back with another free compilation, this time centred around soul flips. Soul music has been a common feature in sampling for decades and has become the bread and butter for many producers, with J Dilla’s Donuts showcasing a large body of soul music from the 60s and 70s. Once again, in conjunction …

28 Days Of Dilla [Archive]

To save you searching, we’ve compiled an archive of the whole 28 Days Of Dilla feature from 2013 for your reading pleasure. It was a brilliant experience reliving all his music and listening to some amazing tributes, videos and photos of the Detroit legend. Peruse at your leisure and enjoy! #1: WORKINONIT! #2: Jay Dee …