Archive for the ‘dilla’ tag
The world of music that encompasses (but is not limited to) future bass, broken beat, and any number of Dilla-inflected neck-breaking soul hop, is a crowded, crowded, crowded field. And even so, there are musicians and producers staking out their own niche, building a fiefdom around a type of sound that hasn’t yet been claimed. Almost a musical homesteader, if you will, although ideally with less imperialistic underpinnings.
Toronto/Guelph, Ontario producer Elaquent is one of those guys. Also known as eQ, dude has been around for a hot minute, dropping a series of instrumental beat tapes that update the now-patented Dilla sound with a healthy infusion of 8-bit gadgetry and the pop-cultural sensibility of a true 80′s baby. Whether it’s Dibiase-esque slop or crystalline synth plinks, each song comes hard.
What sets Elaquent apart from similar producers is his ability to create sounds that have both the deep thump that moves your neck, and a light carriage that pulls the song up from the ground. The result is a refined take on a highly-evolved genre that dwells happily in your headphones, your car stereo, or as background music for that fancy dinner party you’re throwing on Friday. It’s the good.
Stream/download right here, and get a bunch more below the jump.
Ooooooweeeee! Really?!? This is almost too good to be new Slum Village. It sounds like old SV came back from the past, but with a renewed, fresher sound. It makes me feel kinda guilty that I like it so much knowing that Baatin and Dilla are no longer with us. Is that wrong?
“Don’t Fight the Filling/Daylight” is basically one of those two-in-one combo deals. Elzhi and T3 spit some classic verses while Dwele softly kills the hook on the first half of the track . Don’t Fight the Filling then gives way to Daylight, which is basically the best use of funky hand claps and sitars I’ve ever heard.
Download “Don’t Fight the Filling/Daylight” here (right click, save as).
One of my favorite Dilla songs of all time. Produced by Supa Dave West off the somewhat unreleased Pay Jay album. Hats off.
here’s some dilla-related noise for wordlush (and this is way more serendipitous than you might think). the video above is a cover of a song that i (and you, most likely) primarily know as a sample in a j dilla track, by cibelle/cibelle’s alter-ego sonja khalecallon. i sorta wish it was the same length as the dilla cut, but the video is definitely not boring. thx to gvb for the heads-up.
y’all should also check out this jaylib vs j rocc mix: ”J Rocc – who would later become the third member of Jaylib, on the turntables for each of the shows the guys did together – put together this mixtape of Dilla, Madlib and Jaylib songs, as well as some of their sources, essentially telling the story of this group.”
on a semi-related note, i’m looking forward to this.