BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Stories: Gone Too Soon: J Dilla

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It’s a name you might not recognise – but you’ll certainly know his music… James Dewitt Yancey, Jay Dee or more commonly known as J Dilla, is one of hip hop’s most influential producers and artists, but his genius was cut short at 32 after battling the incurable blood disease, lupus.

As part of the Gone Too Soon series, Benji B presents this 1Xtra story celebrating the incredible music J Dilla created during his lifetime which includes tracks for Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, The Pharcyde and De La Soul to name but a few.

Through interviews with Plug 2 from De La Soul, Mos Def, Questlove from The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, J.Rocc, Slum Village members T3 and Wajeed, his brother Illa J and his incredible mum, Ma Dukes, we learn about how he made those beats, what he was like as a person and the legacy he left behind. Benji also pays his own tribute to the man he knew for almost ten years and is his favourite producer of all time.

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eLan – Next 2 Last

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Following the 50 Weapons split 10inch in January 2011 eLan, member of the highly praised and super eclectic WEDIDIT Collective (incl. Shlomo and several others), part of the Indigo Pyramid crew, resident of Critical Beatdown in San Diego, has released a much acclaimed vinyl trilogy on Monkeytown Records. This 2xCD contains the 12 original tracks from all 3 EPs as well as remixes from Modeselektor, Lazer Sword, Cosmin TRG, Byetone (Raster Noton), Anstam and many others. On top of all the vinyl highlights you will find several unreleased bonus tracks and remixes on this 2xCD.

For more info and buy check: www.monkeytownrecords.com

Tracklist

CD1
01. I Can’t breathe
02. Benson Bridges
03. Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp
04. Dry Lemons
05. Good High
06. Alligator Snaps
07. Hunting Season
08. Saccharin On Top
09. Shoot The Beam
10. Blackout
11. Next 2 Last
12. Down 4 You
13. 2in5our
CD2
01. Next 2 Last (Mindesign Remix)
02. Benson Bridges (HeRobus Remix)
03. Hunting Season (Mike Gao Remix)
04. Bleep Brrrrmmp (Byetone Remix)
05. Bleep Brrrrmmp (Lazer Sword Remix)
06. Good Hight (Devonwho Remix)
07. Alligator Snaps (Cosmin TRG Remix)
08. Saccharin On Top (DJ Pound Remix)
09. Hunting Season (Nasty Nasty Remix)
10. Bleep Brrrrmmp (Modeselektor Remix)
11. Shoot The Beam (Fitz Ambro$e Remix)
12. Saccharin On Top (Anstam Remix)

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Dexter Gordon – One Flight Up

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Gordon takes his time stretching out over the forms, which are particularly drawn out to begin with. Drew’s “Coppin’ the Haven” is a more concise continuation of the effort to reconcile the modal approach with the use of more bop-like changes. “Darn That Dream,” a ballad feature for the leader, is done as a quartet, as is the one Gordon composition “Kong Neptune,” a track not released on the original LP. A particularly interesting aspect of this disc is the chance to hear bassist Niels–Henning Orsted Pedersen making one of his earliest recorded appearances.

Personnel: Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Dexter Gordon; Donald Byrd (trumpet); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass instrument); Kenny Drew (piano); Art Taylor (drums)

Tracklist

01. Tanya
02. Coppin’ The Haven
03. Darn That Dream
04. Kong Neptune

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Don Patterson – Why Not…

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Don was born in Columbus, Ohio, July 22, 1936. He’s now living in Philadelphia, a city that is a mecca for artists, as well as a stronghold for organist Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Trudy Pitts, just to name a few. “Fats” Waller in the late 1930′s was one of the firt to use the rogan as a jazz instrument. This is the fourth Don Patterson album on Muse Records. Don Patterson is not only a master organist, but also a talented compose. There are three of his orginals on this album. He uses the melodic, harmonic and rhythimic lines in their proper colors. Tonal colors are important when playing or mastering the organ.

Personnel: Don Patterson (Organist); Bootsi Barnes (Tenor Saxophone); Eddie McFadden (Guitar); Idris Muhammad (Drums); Virgil Jones (Trumpet).

Tracklist

01. Why Not
02. Aries
03. Dem New York Dues
04. Three Miles Out
05. Freddie Tooks, Jr.

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Lou Donaldson – Alligator Bogaloo

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Alligator Bogaloo is one example of Lou Donaldson’s successful combinations of hard bop and soul-jazz. Of the six tunes, three are Donaldson originals, including the title hit. The excellent band, consisting of Melvin Lastin, Sr. on cornet, George Benson on guitar, Lonnie Smith on organ, and Leo Morris on drums, mixes laid-back vamps beneath driving hard bop charts. As the ’60s turned into the ’70s, Donaldson began shaving off hard bop invention for a more radio-friendly and 45 rpm length, leaving soulful — yet monotonous — vamping. At that point, Donaldson’s material suffered from a lack of originality. That’s not the case on Alligator Bogaloo.

Tracklist

01. Alligator Bogaloo
02. One Cylinder
03. The Thang
04. Aw Shucks!
05. Rev. Moses
06. I Want A Little Girl

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Zara McFarlane – Until Tomorrow

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Previously a backing vocalist for artists as diverse as Soweto Kinch and Noah and the Whale, 28-year-old London jazz-soul singer Zara McFarlane’s debut album, Until Tomorrow, showcases a talent that undeniably deserves to take center stage all on its own. Released through Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, the extension of her 2010 same-titled six-track EP (of which three tracks appear here) is an effortlessly subtle and soulful affair tailor-made for lazy Sunday mornings, which, apart from the rather superfluous rendition of The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things,” cleverly avoids drifting into MOR easy listening territory. “More Than Mine” (also featured in an “alternate take” version whose only difference is the addition of some barbershop quartet-style vocals) is a delightfully gentle jazz-pop ballad whose reflective piano chords and melancholic saxophone hooks perfectly reflect the yearning lyrical themes of seeing a past lover out with her new beau; “Captured, Pt. 3″ and “Chiaroscuro” are minimal but charming rearrangements of her collaborations with dance producer Bopstar, both of which are unrecognizable from their previous vocal house incarnations; while the pounding piano chords, shuffling hi-hat rhythms, and McFarlane’s swooping scale-gliding vocals on “Feed the Spirit (The Children and the Warlock)” help provide a captivating rendition of the rather obscure number from underrated jazz composer Harry Whitaker’s back catalog. It’s hard to see exactly where the comparisons with the likes of Erykah Badu and Jill Scott have come from, as other than the galloping percussion and R&B-tinged melodies of “Blossom Tree,” its 11 tracks are very much at the modern jazz rather than the nu-soul end of the spectrum. But whatever category Until Tomorrow is filed under, it still remains a sensual and highly expressive debut from an artist who appears determined to fully grasp her opportunity in the spotlight. ~ Jon O’Brien

For more info and buy check: www.gillespetersonworldwide.com

Tracklist

01. More Than Mine
02. Captured (part 3)
03. Mama Done
04. Until Tomorrow
05. Blossom Tree
06. Feed the Spirit (The Children and the Warlock)
07. Waking Sleep (Thoughts)
08. Chiaroscuro
09. Desire
10. More Than Mine (alternate take)

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Knxwledge/Mndsgn “Soundwaves”

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The brothers Mndsgn and Knxwledge are now living in sunny Southern California, and we could not be any happier.
2 hours of nothing but Mndsgn and Knxwledge.
The Welcome Home Edition.
Grab that volume knob and turn it on up….

From Soundwaves Episode 148, more info here > soundwaveskpfk.wordpress.com

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Knxwledge – HexualSealings​.​EP​.​1​.​5

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Another one from Knx, enjoy! 128kbps quality so buy HQ here: gloof.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. LUK
02. BesFrends
03. Kerrapin
04. SeetYew
05. Thnkn

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Blu – God Is Good

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New (old) stuff from Blu! the bad thing is the quality of mastering….. . For more info and buy check: bisforcookieandapplebaums.bandcamp.com

UPDATE: infact was released last year as “theGODleeBarnes” that was supposed to be remastered but…. you know Blu…

Tracklist

01. the innocent
02. azulito the great
03. glory us deluxe. (feat l’s from glory)
04. never dream. (pro. by exile)
05. the gods & me.
06. grandma’s kitchen.
07. difficulties. (feat. cashus king & fam rep)
08. spanish winter.
09. be go(o)d! (feat sene)
10. the run out.
11. its okay! (feat definite & myth)
12. on mars with the stars. (feat sene)
13. smoking @ 6′n the mo’. (by cashus king)
14. city of los(t) angel(e)s. (feat cashus king)
15. all the king’s men. (feat tiron)
16. a world gone blind. (feat cashus king)
17. mello sunshine.
18. ’til we die.
19. crown.
20. outro (open mind dead).
21. (the bonus song) my boy blu!
22. benevolent offering & benediction.

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Fitz Ambro$e – PDiSO Remixed

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Fitz Ambro$e (CA) is a Tokyo based beat maker and producer originally from the remote Cape Breton of Canada. A long time hip-hop producer with deep roots in smooth 80′s soul and space funk, Fitz creates future-focused synthetic beat music filled with electronic intricacy. This is “Pdiso remixed” by Ahnnu, RLP, Sir Froderick, Ultragamma, Ichiro_, 5K3K51, Feldermelder, Called Understandable Souls, Cygnus, Elan, Budamunk, Mndsgn, Dibiase, Zero Charisma & Sauce81.

For more info and buy check: www.icasea.net

Tracklist

01. Remixed by Ahnnu
02. Remixed by RLP
03. Remixed by Sir Froderick
04. Remixed by Ultragamma
05. Remixed by Ichiro_
06. Remixed by 5K3K51
07. Remixed by Feldermelder
08. Remixed by Called Understandable Souls
09. Remixed by Cyngus
10. Remixed by Elan
11. Remixed by Budamunk
12. Remixed by Mndsgn
13. Remixed by Dibiase
14. Remixed by Zero Charisma
15. Remixed by Sauce81

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813 – Dusty Bubbles

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Fourth RAD mood episode is ready to blast ya mind, you hear that right&tight! We are passing the baton to our synth maestro Alexander Goryachev aka 813. RAD started as a label with the cassette made by this kid and that piece of art is now an official rare artifact of the modern Russian music history. With this journey you would hear that Sasha spent last year working on the sound and his keyboard skills, so welcome to the future boogie beat!

personally the sound reminds me a little bit of “Long Distance (Onra)”

Tracklist

01. Miami Bicycle Tour
02. Glock Story
03. Rock On
04. Street Beats, Big Cloks
05. Lazerboard Walk
06. On The Beach
07. Rover 75
08. Tv News

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Gonjasufi – The Ninth Inning EP

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New stuff from Gonjasufi, enjoy! For more info check: www.hydroshare.tv

Tracklist

01. 9th Inning
02. Demonchild
03. Eatfish faet. Blu
04. The Lows

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eLan – Fuzzy Numbers EP

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In May there was the “Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp EP”, 4 original eLan tracks plus fantastic remixes by Byetone (raster-noton) and Lazer Sword.
In August the „Alligator Snaps EP“ followed, accompanied by a massive techno remix by one of the best producers around for quite some time now, new Berliner Cosmin TRG.

Now with the mighty „Fuzzy Numbers EP“ the vinyl trilogy comes to an end. Exactly like it’s 2 predecessors the third and last EP is again limited to 555 copies and comes as a special color vinyl pressing. As if all that wouldn’t be enough, there are also 2 impressive remixes by Modeselektor and Anstam on the flipside.

For more info and buy check: www.monkeytownrecords.com

Tracklist

01. Blackout
02. Next 2 Last
03. Down 4 You
04. 2in5four
05. Bleep Bloop Brrrrmmp (Modeselektor Remix)
06. Saccharin On Top (Anstam Remix)

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Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt – Sonny Side Up

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Tracklist

01. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
02. The Eternal Triangle
03. After Hours
04. I Know That You Know

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Charles Mingus – Pithecanthropus Erectus

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One of the great figures in modern jazz, bassist Charles Mingus was the ultimate triple threat: a master of his instrument, a jazz composer of the first rank, and an insightful leader of a series of extraordinary and incendiary bands. Raised in Los Angeles, Mingus was a devotee of Duke Ellington, whose compositional style had an unsurpassed effect on the young composer. As a player, however, Mingus was drawn to his contemporaries, who included Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, and Max Roach (indeed, Roach and Mingus co-owned their own Debut Records during the ’50s). Perhaps his greatest contribution was bridging the gap between those two generations: in Mingus’s music, one could always explicitly hear the continuity between the big bands and the bebop era, the affinity between the romantic and the modern. Although he had recorded extensively for numerous labels including his own Debut Records, Mingus’s relationship with Atlantic would yield many of his greatest recordings. Cut in 1956, Pithecanthropus Erectus was his first date for the label, and it provided something of a breakthrough for Mingus in his use of extended compositions: the 10-minute title track, and the lovely “Profile of Jackie,” are among the bassist’s finest recordings. The band is notable for the inclusion of the under-recorded tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose.

Personnel: Charles Mingus (acoustic bass); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); J.R. Montrose (tenor saxophone); Mal Waldron (piano); Willie Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. Pithecanthropus Erectus
02. A Foggy Day
03. Profile Of Jackie
04. Love Chant

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Laïka – Nebula

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“Born in Paris of an Ivory Coast father and a Moroccan-Spanish mother, Laïka was raised mainly by women (her grandmother, mother, and aunt) in a Moroccan Jewish family. She leans towards her maternal Sephardic culture, open to different styles of music in the Mediterranean.” (MySpace) And as Malcom McLaren has sung: “Jazz is Paris, and Paris is jazz”, not quite surprisingly, Laïka got her inspiration from artists as Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln. She collaborated with Sixun, Julien Lourau, Steve Williams, Antoine Roney, Michael Bowie, David El Malek, Richard Galliano, Toot Thielemans, Robert Glasper, Gregory Hutchinson, Peter Martin, Daryl Hall, Vince Benedetti and Claude Bolling’s big band. Laïka has also taken to the stage of theaters in a different guise, quite seriously and played in Claude Lelouch’s film “Hasards ou Coïncidences”. Leader of her quintet, Laïka bring back to us some of the shining and the perfume of the classic jazz, this “Nebula” taste like a good old record from the 40s.

11 tracks, nice pieces from a time that seems has dawn long-long time ago. It’s like a 20 years old whiskey in a quiet bar wrapped in discrete smoke on a Wednesday evening. (brushvox.com)

Tracklist

01. Essence (Isle Of Java)
02. Matrix (Think Of One)
03. Imagination
04. Black Narcissus
05. Caico
06. Visions
07. Watch Your Back (Appointement In Ghana)
08. Panurge’s Sheep (Lost)
09. Joga
10. Make Believe
11. Moon Blue

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Electro Deluxe – Hopeful

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Electro Deluxe group consists of 5 musicians among the busiest in the French music scene. Their material incorporates a little Jazz-Funk, Soul, Hip Hop and Electronica with live instrumentals juxtaposed with electronic sounds to get their all out of the music they make.

For more info and buy check: www.electrodeluxe.com

Tracklist

01. Hopeful
02. No Dance
03. Back To The Riddle
04. Zoé
05. Live and Learn
06. Peel Me
07. Staying Alive
08. Anémone
09. But No
10. Wisdom
11. Tunes
12. Moment Of Truth
13. If Only

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Hawthorne Headhunters – Myriad of Now EP

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In search of some new, Black Spade migrated out west to soak up the vibrant Southern California vibes and promptly met producer Proh Mic at the famed Do-Over. The two hit it off and began toying with music, soon bringing I,Ced, another St. Louis expat in LA, into the fold. The collective was taking shape and drew their moniker from ‘Ced’s residence in Hawthorne, California. The St. Louis natives reached out to their old comrade Coultrain and he eventually moved out to LA as well. A jam session at the HVW8 gallery solidified the group’s identity and the creative relationship with it’s owner resulted in an eponymous EP in 2009. Made up of songs done with no intention of release, the EP was the first physical manifestation of Hawthorne Headhunters on HVW8 Records in 2009.

The creative process of the newly formed group was very natural. Members of the group liken the approach to that of old Jazz musicians; organic and instinctual, drawing from whatever influences they were feeling and writing about whatever was on their mind. ;They began plotting a full length record, but Proh Mic andCed decided to pursue solo endeavors instead of focusing on the group and ‘Train and Spade became the official torch-bearers of Hawthorne Headhunters. The duo went in the studio and Myriad of Now was recorded, a 14-track collection of Funk, Electro, R and more that speaks on spirituality, sexuality and everything in between. Carrying on the lineage of Black music dating back to the Blues and the inception of Jazz, Hawthorne Headhunters melt influences together to break new ground.

For more info and buy check: www.plugresearch.com/headhunters/

Tracklist

01. If You Were My Baby (Reprise)
02. Teleport
03. Hole In The World
04. Collage
05. No Crying Now, No Lyin Down

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Chief & Boo “SEASONS: FALL – Mixed by Chief Selected by Boo”

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CHIEF & BOO ARE BACK TOGETHER WITH THEIR *SEASONS* PROJECT. FOR THIS SEASON THE 2 PARTNERS HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE THE AUDIENCE A SELECTION OF FINEST BEATS. « FALL » CONTAINS EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL BY CHIEF HIMSELF, MR DIBIASE, TAKU, SUNCLEF & DEHEB .. VERY LIMITED RELEASE & FREE DOWNLOAD .. ENJOY IT !

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Knxwledge – Randomb.EP

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Another one for Knxwledge, enjoy! 128kbps quality so buy HQ here: gloof.bandcamp.com

Tracklist

01. GidaDrommrSom
02. Lala
03. Outhekan
04. Yuri
05. Nxtm

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