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 Barcelona and Stepbacks & Setbacks is his latest project. 42…

Samples from Jaylib’s Champion Sound Played by VinRican

Power 106 Los Angeles got DJ VinRican to mix tracks from Champion Sound with the samples they used. It’s officially dope. Say what you want about WhoSampled but I’m sure many of us have searched through and marvelled at the samples used in our favourite tracks. I’ve done it with Jaylib before but there’s always a slight disconnect between the track and the sample when…

The Donuts Network (YouTube Playlist)

You’re now tuned into The Donuts Network, our new YouTube playlist dedicated to J Dilla. Have you ever needed a burst of inspiration and struggled to find it? That was me on Friday night. Then I noticed a saved playlist on my YouTube account. It was the Bling47 Dilla Edition series and it gave me the jolt I needed. Whatever your reason or need, Dilla…

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 the MPC’s capabilities but he was so much more than…

Sampleface Five: 100 Years of Thelonious Monk

To celebrate Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, we take a look at five samples from the iconic jazz pianist. He was a trailblazer with his improv style, wide-ranging melodic shifts, and trademark fashions. Thelonious Monk was born on this day in 1917. We have been blessed to have had him in our presence, physically and musically. In commemoration of this, we have compiled a list of…

TUAMIE – Moon Energy

TUAMIE channels some “Moon Energy” on his latest album. When it comes to TUAMIE, it’s all about those straight beats and loops; no frills, no mess, no fuss. It’s minimalist in composition and captures a vibe in a similar vein to J Dilla with his batch tapes. A more ardent critique may call it repetitive. We call it a groove.

Zero 7 – PixMix 1

The first of two mixes by Zero 7 from 2010, packed with an hour of the best hip hop and electronic music. Zero 7 are idols of mine and PixMix1 feels like it was made for me personally. Why? Well, it features the likes of Mos Def, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Q-Tip for a start. But it’s also because the tracks chosen formed the…

Jaylib – Da Rawkus (2002)

Jaylib went HAM in their respective ways on Da Rawkus, an unreleased track from 2002. Stones Throw have launched a vinyl subscription service and to kick things off, the first release will be a Madlib’s remix of Champion Sound and unreleased track “Da Rawkus”. The cut was recorded by Dilla and Madlib between LA and Detroit in 2002 with the Oxnard-native on the beats and…