t’s been a bittersweet month for J Dilla fans across the globe. On the 7th, we celebrated what would have been the legend’ 42nd birthday. Three days later, we memorialized ten years with his parting opus, Donuts. Then just last week, it was revealed that the estate, in partnership with Mass Appeal Records, would release his long-lost vocal album, The Diary, which is currently slated for an April 15th drop.
Today, however, we have on oddly under-the-radar release to share with you, as The King Of Beats Vol. 2: Lost Scrolls surfaced on Spotify and iTunes unbeknownst to us or damn-near anyone in the world. According to iTunes, the album was released last Friday, February 19th via Yancey Media Group/Official Ma Dukes, yet the word was mum, likely for the purpose of bringing attention to The Diary. But for those, like myself, who prefer to hear Dilla’s chop untouched, this here’s the one for you, comprised 18 rare instrumentals, some the devout will find familiar, others that will certainly be new to you. Stream the album in its entirety below and once you’ve had your fill, take it home with you by picking up a copy on iTunes today.
The legendary producer DJ Premier has released a remix of Kanye West‘s a cappella The Life of Pablo track “I Love Kanye.” “I’m a street DJ and when a good a cappella is naked, you put some clothes on it,” Premier said. Listen to it above.
Last year, Premier announced he’d been working on a new album with Dr. Dre, Nas, Snoop Dogg, and others.
Yesterday, Kanye said he’d release another new album this summer.
I had the opportunity to meet and kick it with this guy back when I was living in NY and Jersey, amazing to see that he’s got something new popping Video Below!
It’s been some time since we’ve seen or heard anything new from indie hip-hop legend, Aesop Rock. But it appears that the Portlandian do-it-all is on the bounce-back, announcing today that he’ll be releasing his seventh solo studio outing, The Impossible Kid, at the tail-end of April. Along with the album’s announcement, AR’s shared gruesome new clip for the lead-off single “Rings” revealing his inner-workings, both literally and figuratively, as he goes under the knife following a tragic accident. The Impossible Kid is due out on April 29th via Rhymesayers and is available to pre-order on iTunes today ahead of the official release. Jump down below to peep the new video for “Rings” along with the album’s full track listing. Keep it locked for all of the supporting sights and sounds from Aesop Rock in the weeks and months ahead as he readies his first solo release in four years.
Canadian trio Keys N Krates have just released the visuals for their latest single “Save Me” featuring acclaimed UK vocalist Katy B. Directed by Adam Beck and Paul Johnston, the video sets out to present an absurdist take on our love of material things. The idea being, humans tend to put a lot of value and investment in caring for the inanimate objects that often clutter our lives and distract us from the present moment. This can often lead to misery and missed opportunity. Ultimately, you can’t take this stuff with you, folks!
The track itself features heavy pads and build-up sequences familiar to fans of KNK and of the big room breakbeat style popularized over the last four years or so. Add this tune to the (extremely long) list of those to utilize the immortal “Amen” break. Turn up much?
Though he’s currently tucked away in La-La Land for a well-earned victory lap at the Grammys, Bilal has just shared a moody and messy new clip for his In Another Lifesingle “I Really Don’t Care.” For all intents and purposes, the song is basically the anti-Valentines anthem, chronicling those baby-steps into full-on numbness following a breakup, where loneliness just might get the best of you and any combination of substances and images fill the void. The visual allows you to fall down the void with Bilal as your guide and it’s available for you to see just below.
Peep the new video for “I Really Don’t Care” along with his schedule of European tour dates. Grab a copy of his In Another LifeLP on iTunes today.
“This song was made in the loving memory of my son Zende who was born 9 years ago today, but left us way too soon.”
Toronto based Monolith artist Grimace Love has been on his game for as long as I can remember. As a young DJ he always gave me positive advise and that attitude transcends into his music along with a his razor sharp lyrics that always hit home, especially with his latest release “Heartache”
Producer Rick Rubin has enlisted Flying Lotus, director J.J. Abrams and a crew of electronic artists for Star Wars Headspace, a compilation LP featuring original music blended with samples of sound effects and dialogue from the Star Wars franchise. The 15-track album will be out digitally February 19th via Hollywood Records/American Recordings, with a physical release following March 18th. An iTunes pre-order is available now.
Rubin’s shapeshifting house soundscape “NR-G7” makes ample use of R2-2D’s mechanical tones, layered over woozy synths and a pounding kick drum. The track is available to stream below.
The unusual project also features contributions from Röyksopp, Galantis, Rustie and Kaskade, among others. Abrams, director of last year’s blockbuster The Force Awakens, has teamed with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to co-write the bizarre Jabba the Hut tribute “Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work” (featuring A-Trak), while Flying Lotus incorporates R2-D2’s scrambled noises into a signature, stumbling beat dubbed “R2 Where R U.”
GTA’s pounding “Help Me!” twists Princess Leia’s desperate plea of “Help me, Obi Wan Kanobi – you’re my only hope!” into a stuttering dance floor hook, and Baauer’s quirky “Cantina Boys” is built on Darth Vader’s spine-tingling exhale and a Tusken Raider battle cry.
Thundercat recently stopped by Sydney’s FBi Radio, where he was interviewed about working with Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu, being inspired by David Bowie and Wings, and more. He also dropped a new, untitled song at the end of his interview, which is a collaboration with California producer Mono/Poly. He attempted to describe it—”This song is about having a…”—before trailing off and hitting play. Listen here at the 14:20 mark.
Previously, Thundercat and Mono/Poly collaborated on “Paris.”
Canadian DJ and producer Kaytranada took to Twitter Friday afternoon, calling the Canadian music scene “out of touch” after learning his song “At All” was disqualified by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science for Dance Recording of the Year at this year’s JUNO Awards.
A CARAS press release sent out shortly after reads, “During the initial review following the nominee announcement, it was discovered that Kaytranada’s “At All” was originally released outside of the 2016 JUNO eligibility period (September 1, 2014 – November 13, 2015) and therefore does not qualify.”
Will Cole, Kaytranada’s manager said in a statement emailed to THUMP: “To us, this is just another example of the Canadian music scene being out of touch. The JUNOs should have caught this issue before nominating him for this national award. We are disappointed, and I hope that they can correct their process so this doesn’t happen to any other young Canadian artists.”
The other nominees in the category include A-Trak’s “We All Fall Down” (featuring Jamie Lidell), Keys N Krates’ “Save Me” (featuring Katy B), Sleepy Tom and Diplo’s “Be Right There,” with Borgeous and Lights’ “Zero Gravity” replacing “At All.”