For Dilla – Turn It Up

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Today is the anniversary of the death of super-producer/magical alien creature J Dilla. It also happens to be a few days after his birthday. So if you’ve seen Dilla news, mixes, tributes and events all over the place, it’s because now is the time to pay tribute – J Dilla passed away five years ago today. In honor of Dilla, here’s a couple of the best tributes we’ve seen on the webs.

Our friends at The Revivalist interviewed four of Dilla’s peers and other musicians influenced by his work: Bilal (neo soul pioneer, Dilla collaborator), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, (arranger/composer of Suite for Ma Dukes, collaborator with many of those influenced by Dilla)  Wajeed (Producer and MC, of Slum Village / Platinum Pied Pipers) and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Founding Member; Master Teacher). Read their conversation, “Nothing Like This: Meditations on Dilla.” There’s some great insight to classic old recordings, and of course, heavy praise.

Another popular one is Complex’s article, “10 Facts About J Dilla You Might Not Know” by Chairman Mao. We won’t give any of those facts away, but no matter how die-hard Dilla you are, it’s worth checking out.

And of course, download the J Rocc “Thank You Jay Dee” mixes -all 4 of them- courtesy of Stones Throw:

Act 1 | Act 2 | Act 3 | Act 4

“Jump Off Remix” – Jazmine Sullivan, Señor Kaos, Coultrain & Wajeed MP3

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Download this unreleased Wajeed remix of Jazmine Sullivan‘s “Jump Off,” featuring Señor Kaos and Coultrain. Big thanks to Moovmnt for the track.

“Jump Off Remix” – Jazmine Sullivan ft. Señor Kaos and Coultrain (Produced by Wajeed) (MP3 Download)
 

Everything in Time by DJ Center Available Now

bluecover_grey_new.inddEverything in Time is a global soul record bringing back a low-end theory and warmth thatʼs been absent in music as of late. Itʼs a record for a generation raised on a foundation of hip hop and jazz, but grown with a broader musical palate. Itʼs roots music without being reggae, and soul music without being a throw back to the past.

As the songs unfold on Everything in Time, youʼre enveloped in lush piano chords, warm bass lines, boom-bap drum patterns, flying tambourines, and soaring horns. The guests DJ Center chose for his album are the perfect marriage to every song. The record features everyone from favorites like Oddisee and Zaki Ibrahim to the up-and-coming Gretchen Parlato (whoʼs worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding) and Samia Farah (whoʼs dub reggae and jazz vocal styles give her a rare, distinctive sound).

The icing on the cake is the remix of “Tout Passe” (CD only) contributed by the incredibly talented Waajeed of The Platinum Pied Pipers. The underlying essence of this record is timeless music. Listen unhurriedly, as all great things happen in time.

“In A Song” ft. Middle Child (Download MP3)
 

“Center’s Groove”
 

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