If you’ve yet to get acquainted with J Dilla’s music, shame on you. Even though Jay Dee’s music is 100% hip-hop, lovers of all genres can appreciate the man’s legacy. So much of hip-hop’s contemporary styles can give thanks to Mr. Yancey. The man was a visionary, paving the way for introducing new sounds to hip-hop. I cannot begin to imagine where the genre would be if Dilla were still here on Earth. His newest posthumous album, Rebirth of Detroit released earlier this week, and it is nothing less than excellent. Who knows how old some of these beats are, yet they sound so forward thinking. That’s the greatness of J Dilla, his music is timeless. Sure you could go back and hear the different phases he went through during his career, but his music still holds up, no matter its age. Jay Dee has been gone for 6 years now, but new music still keeps popping up. Fortunately, J Dilla’s life revolved around creating music, and there are probably countless more instrumentals to be discovered for years to come. Hopefully, now that Dilla’s mom, Ma Dukes, has created Ruff Draft Records, we’ll be hearing a lot more of Jay Dee’s unreleased works more often. Stream Rebirth of Detroit in its entirety below.
Here’s some nice instrumentals for you to get into. The creator is Priceyall and the compilation of songs is called Fight Back. I really have no knowledge of anything about Priceyall, I didn’t think to ask for any background information or anything, I just liked what I heard and felt like featuring the music. My bad. Anyways, Fight Back is a collection of instrumentals blending together a sampling of jazz and funk inspirations. Unless I’m mistaken, Fight Back is composed of a wide variety of samples, re-edits, and loops, creating entirely new pieces of music. The whole process is an art form that I would love to learn (I’ve tried to teach myself, but I don’t have the patience). I really envy the producers that can put works like this together. Priceyall’s loops are more heavy on the 70’s funk influence than the jazz, really giving Fight Back some nice warm bass grooves and drum rhythms to nod your head to. Don’t be fooled though, the jazz is definitely in there, you can hear it in the wood instruments, keyboards, and a lot of the various percussion instruments. The jazz and funk mixture really plays well together, giving Fight Back a since of improvisation with instruments and unpredictable patterns, both of which each genre is widely known for incorporating. Fight Back is fun to thrown on and chill out to for about 20 minutes, soaking up nostalgia of about 40 years ago. I’m looking forward to whatever projects Priceyall comes up with next.
Remember the post about that experimental pop band named The Glass Canoe I did a few weeks ago? Of course you do. Well, David Korrigan of The Glass Canoe also happens of have this pretty awesome side project going on with another fellow named Justin Anastasio, called Orangatang. First off, the name Orangatang leads you to believe that the music will most likely be some earthy, tribal inspired indie pop. Turns out, the sound is the complete opposite. Orangatang’s debut work, The Ridge Monorail: Part 1 (lapetus Boogie) is a grouping of some short, but sweet, instrumentals that are best described as experimental hip-hop beats that are 100% spacey. Orangatang’s music also has a bit of a 60’s futuristic lounge feel to it, as well. Listening to Orangatang is like waiting in line for Space Mountain at Disney World with a nice, trippy beat thrown in the mix. The style is almost reminiscent of some of Madlib’s space jazz work, if you’re familiar with it. If not, get familiar. Orangatang is on a really eclectic level with The Ridge Monorail: Part 1 (lapetus Boogie), and I could not be more pleased with it. Now, excuse me while I zone out to this.
You may recall a post I did a couple of weeks ago on The Lower Class’ song The Sound in the Soul. If not, make sure you head on over here, and check them out. Now that we’re all familiar with The Lower Class, imaGenius is the group’s producer, and Garage Sale is his latest beat tape. The layout of the tape is oddly reminiscent of this one really popular beat tape that this one dude named J Dilla made, called Donuts. In fact, call me crazy, but is that a donut and a DOOM mask in the album art? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t trying to pick out a Madlib nod in there, too. To even add more to the Jay Dee homage conspiracy theory, that I’m making up here, Off Yet On sounds very familiar to Dilla’s Nothing Like This. Maybe I’m right. Maybe I’m wrong. Only imaGenius knows that answer. Anywho, Garage Sale is a slight preview of The Lower Class’s upcoming album, Wingfield. First, The Sound in the Soul, and now Garage Sale… it seems like The Lower Class has a winner up their sleeve whenever Wingfield drops. Grab Garage Sale for free, it’s a must for any beat-head.