Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Quick Hitters:: J Dilla Doc & New Record

I meant to post something about Dilla on the anniversary of his death last month, but unfortunately, I didn't get to it. However, a couple Dilla-related items caught my eye recently, and I thought I'd post them up for those who haven't seen them. After all, Dilla is one of those artists that everyone with half a blog writes about - even crabby, Canada-only zealots like ourselves can make time for the legacy of James Yancey.

That said, tons of people talk about Dilla, yet many know almost nothing about him. My fondness for Dilla goes back to The Love Movement, which I own a deluxe CD copy of from back in the day - I bought it soon after it came out, despite many longtime Tribe fans pooh-poohing it a bit for its Ummah-laced, soul-sounding production. I also had my mind blown by Fantastic, Vol. 2 which I bought at the long-defunct Tower Records that used to be near my apartment at Yonge & Sheppard when we lived in T.O.

Fear not if you don't have any of your own personal history with Dilla that is exciting as all that, because the good people of Stussy have put together a short, 3-part documentary that gives a quick, but rather interesting, overview of Dilla's career (albeit with a decided West-coast focus, but hey, they made the film, they can do what they want). You can see all 3 pats below, but first, check out the latest Dilla release from Stone's Throw, an instrumental album called Donut Shop that is packaged in a pretty unique way:

Serato and Stones Throw have teamed with the J Dilla Estate for the official J Dilla Serato release, Donut Shop. This is 2 discs with six J Dilla tracks, 2 sides with Serato Control Tone (for use with Serato Scratch Live DJ software), and 2 donut slipmats in a package designed by Studio No.1.

Look at that thing, it just looks amazing - donut slipmats? Yes please. I'd almost figure out what the hell Serato Scratch Live DJ software is for that package. Yet another reason why the folks at Stones Throw are one of the best labels in this current musical climate: they are coming up with products that people would actually like to purchase. Anyway, a little taste from the Donut Shop, a Dilla-flip of the Can-con classic Safety Dance from Men Without Hats. I don't care what anyone says about this song, if you mix Men Without Hats & Dilla, I am %100 sold on whatever the outcome is. Enjoy.

MP3:: J Dilla - Safety Dance
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/jdilla

VIDEO:: J Dilla Documentary Prt 1 (of 3)

VIDEO:: J Dilla Documentary Prt 2 (of 3)

VIDEO:: J Dilla Documentary Prt 3 (of 3)

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