Saturday
Feb132010

Finally, I got round to listening to Riva Starr’s Essential Mix, and it didn’t disapp

Finally, I got round to listening to Riva Starr’s Essential Mix, and it didn’t disappoint.

Made To Play has a strange obsession with Trumpets and that is very evident in this mix; however it works, as always.

Download the mix HERE and check the tracklist HERE.

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Friday
Feb122010

First part of a 3 part Documentary by Stussy on Jay Dee, interviewing different people he worked 

First part of a 3 part Documentary by Stussy on Jay Dee, interviewing different people he worked with throughout his career.

One word; amazing.

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Thursday
Feb112010

New Janelle is always nice, but new Janelle with Big Boi is even nicer.Top track.

New Janelle is always nice, but new Janelle with Big Boi is even nicer.

Top track.

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Thursday
Feb112010

RIP Jay Dee.Forever in our hearts, minds and souls.

RIP Jay Dee.

Forever in our hearts, minds and souls.

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Thursday
Feb112010

This man is something else.Special Kind of Fool coming in April. Yessir.The amazi

This man is something else.

Special Kind of Fool coming in April. Yessir.

The amazing cover is HERE

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Wednesday
Feb102010

Alicia’s out in Brazil shooting her new video.I think I’m in love.

Alicia’s out in Brazil shooting her new video.

I think I’m in love.

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Sunday
Feb072010

Jay Dee

So it’s that time of the year again; Dilla day, Dilla week, Dilla month. However, it’s those all year round for me. Out of all the artists/producers in the world, I think this man still remains to be the biggest musical influence in my life. Hip-Hop misses him. Music misses him. I miss him.

Jay Dee

On the 7th of February 1974, Maureen Yancey brought a special man into the world. A man that would change the world of Hip-Hop and change my general outlook and appreciation for music. When I look at my favourite artists, such as Tip, Common & Mos, they all relate back to one man that influenced their careers more than any other; J Dilla.

As well as the uniqueness of his kicks and snares; Dilla’s sampling method was second to none and he did things that I didn’t think were possible. The best example being the slowing down of Thomas Bangalter’s ‘Extra Dry’, which took frenetic techno and made it into wheezing Hip-Hop for Slum’s ‘Raise It Up’. Astonishing production that makes you wonder why more people don’t appreciate work like this and somewhat overlook it. To me, he is the closest you will find to perfection in Hip-Hop. You cannot find me a Dilla beat that I don’t like or isn’t a work of art - it’s an impossible task.

And even though he was gone far too soon, I guess it just shows the power of music and the impact it can still have, after death. Although I personally have been following his work for a long time, I know some people that only discovered him post 2006, which I find truly beautiful. I could talk all day about Jay Dee and what he means to me, but that’s pointless. It’s best to just let the music do the talking and remember the best to ever do it.

R.I.P. James Yancey;

DCML

U & Your Smile

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Thursday
Feb042010

This album could be something really special.

This album could be something really special.

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Friday
Jan292010

There Is Love In You

So after nearly a 5 year break since his last LP, Four Tet has returned with an album that has blown me away. I have followed this guy for years now and he has stayed true to himself ever since the release of Dialogue, and that is something I really admire.

FT

After hearing the single ‘Love Cry’, followed by the Remix from the genius that is Joy Orbison; I have been so excited to hear the direction of this album. Remixing songs by artists such as Radiohead, Madvillain & Bloc Party, means you are never quite sure what you are going to get, but can be assured it will be of the highest standard.

He has always reminded me of the Barrow-In-Furness based producer, Aim; however this album is something completely different. In the past, the music has been Downtempo, Lounge & Ambient with a lot of breaks, where as there are a lot more Electronic and Techno influences evident in this project. A good move, if you ask me.

The album works beautiful from start to finish and leaves you with an overwhelming sense of happiness after your first listen. With February fast approaching, this month has been pretty impressive for the first month of the year. 29 days in and 299 songs down. I feel I have posted the three best albums so far and I am looking forward to hearing more of the same in the coming months. Support good music.

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He also did the Essential Mix on 23rd January, which you can download HERE (amazing)

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Wednesday
Jan272010

I’ve purposely posted this a few days late, because I wanted to see what other stuff was go

I’ve purposely posted this a few days late, because I wanted to see what other stuff was going to come out for Haiti, but this is still the stand out track. Lupe and Kenna are two spectacular artists and when you have Shinoda on production; it’s bound to be a classic.

I think this is beautiful.

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