Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dillanthology 2

So I've been on vaca the last few days, hence the lack of new music around here. I was a little bummed because I had meant to post on Dillanthology 2: Dilla's Remixes For Various Artists, the second in the series from Rapster Records (read about the first here), before I headed out, but you know how it goes. It was slated to hit shelves on June 23rd, but lo and behold, much to my surprise today, only the digital version (missing a bunch of cuts) is out now, with the physical being pushed back to July 7th. So while I didn't get to post on it as planned on its release date, I actually get to give you a semi-sneak peak instead.

As I mentioned back in March, Rapster is doing their part to propel Jay Dilla's legacy into where it belongs, the musical history books. Their tool: a series of albums collecting some of his greatest work into one place that is easily accessible for listeners to check out and appreciate. The first album focused on his masterful production work, this second one gathers some of his remix work. One of the things that I like about this second volume is that while most of the artist names on the first were fairly recognizable (The Pharcyde, Common, Erykah Badu, etc...), many of the names on the latest are less so. Here's the supposed line-up for the hard copy:
1. De La Soul - Stakes Is High ft. Mos Def & Truth Enola (Remix)
2. The Pharcyde - Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee Remix)
3. Masta Ace - Sitting On Chrome (Ummah Remix)
4. Slum Village - Fall In Love (Remix)
5. Four Tet - As Serious As Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)
6. Busta Rhymes - Whoo Ha (Jay Dee Remix)
7. Artifacts - The Ultimate (Jay Dee Remix)
8. Moods - Secrets Of The Sand (Remix)
9. Spacek - Eve (JayDee Mix)
10. DJ Cam -Love Junkie (Jay Dee Remix)
11. Brother Jack McDuff - Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix)
12. Brand New Heavies - Sometimes (Remix)
The original versions of a couple tracks here show their faces on the first volume, but there is also a lot of different material here that's welcome to the ears. If you dug the first one, keep the spirit alive and pick this one up next month. It's a great showcase for his abilities dipping into not only hip-hop but a little bit of soul, and jazz as well. The man had the touch, for sure.

and the original:

Visit J Dilla's Myspace page and the comp's label Rapster Records.

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