Oh man Christmas is coming early!!! There are some folks who are against screwing around with classic albums, I am of the opposite viewpoint. Go mess around and chop it up, and if it is done well, the same essence and vibe will come through. Abstract Orchestra, the dope live band out of the UK, has done it with their first release of Fantastic 2020 Vol. 1. They have reinterpreted some classics songs with the live instrumentation. There layering and arrangement gives a new dimension to each song. J Dilla would be proud for sure and the best part is there is a Vol. 2 coming out.
I don’t know if I have slept on a group more than Abstract Orchestra! The UK hiphop big band out of Leeds gives hiphop a new dimension with their live performance and live instrumentation. The group just dropped a new album which pays homage to the late great J Dilla. Abstract Orchestra’s J Dilla renditions are some of the best I have heard, they are able to play the classic sounds at the same time creating their own layered sounds. Jay Dee would approve of Abstract Orchestra, go cop the album!
It is never too late to hear another interpretation of the Jay Dee’s infamous album Donuts. Leonard Charles, the New Zealand native, dropped his live instrumental rendition of the album while it has more funkiness than the original, it still has that signature Dilla style. The first volume dropped at the end of February, and the second will be coming in April. Go cop this album!!
I am a little late finding this gem, it is perfect for a late night. There is no need to mention anything about J Dilla productions, but Claire Reneé’s cover of Slum Village’s Climax adds another layer to the dope beat. Claire’s smooth vocals really makes the case that this collabo should’ve been on the album. It has been on heavy rotation, go check her soundcloud page here
It has been over 7 years since J Dilla passed away, yet he is still probably the most prolific and gifted producer that hip hop will ever see. Throughout his career, he produced music for so many artists but the most impressive thing is all his music is still relevant today. A.L.out of the UK drops her Laid Back EP where she sings over Dilla beats. Her smooth vocals create another deep layer over the tight production. Cop it!