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J Dilla: The Ethereal Master of MPC3000

J Dilla is undoubtedly one of the most influential producers of the 21st Century. His legacy of iconic beats served the backdrop for countless hip hop giants with the likes of Slum Village and Tribe Called Quest. His his solo releases such as 'Donuts' and remixes had just as much impact, so much so that his body of work in his short but productive 32 years is widely deemed as an unspoken gold standard among hip hop producers and beyond.

Coming from a musical background, J Dilla's innate understanding of the the natural groove revolutionalized how an electronic sampling machine could be used to reinterpret music; ensuring that the organic sensibilities of live instrumentation is reimagined in a contemporary format without the loss of (and in most cases amplified) the soulful essence of the original. 

Here is a great tribute video to the artistry of the great James 'J Dilla' Yancey.

(Words by Hsiao-Lan Liu)

For Those Of You Who Did Not Hear It The First Time...Casual Conversation With Francois K Video

Here is the edited video for your viewing. Though this was done out of courtesy to my fans and was not really a planned FB event, the information is valuable and rare. 

Francois is a wealth of knowledge and is a beacon to the landscape of the roots of underground and even commercial music today.

He happen to be in NYC in a special time when the connectivity of the underground music scene and the commercial radio were working together. FK has worked with some of our most legendary acts and recordings of our time. 

"Go Bang" is just one of them. 

#Educate#Receive#Forward>>>>

Nightmares On Wax - 'Citizen Kane' Video + Ron Trent's Night Dubbin Remix

The Egungun spirit is alive.

Peep the music video for 'Citizen Kane' by Nightmares On Wax, featuring Mozez and Allan Kingdom. The music video is directed by award winning documentary filmmaker, James Burns, and features Langston Fishburne, son of Laurence Fishburne. Taken from the new album ‘Shape The Future’, out 26th January on Warp Records.

Listen to Ron Trent's Night Dubbin remix of 'Citizen Kane' below. Download/Stream it here

EDIT: This remix will be available to purchase in limited edition 12″ released Friday, December 1 on Warp Records via Inertia Music. 

The IT - 'Breeze' - New Vinyl Release + Music Video

"The morning dew

The flowers that bloom

The smallest ballerina

Dancing to the tune

Between the leaves

I had talked to trees

In the light of the sun

She leaps...she runs…

Without a care

I wish I could keep her there

Where she only dance with me

But then

No-one else could feel her touch

See her beauty and emotion

The things that I love so much

She leaves to come back

Just to begin

Time and time again

Then

With a blink of an eye

….she’s gone

She’s free

She’s a breeze

A breeze from the wind, you see

She’s a breeze….

 

She’s a breeze

A breeze from the wind, you see

She’s a breeze

 

...She’s a breeze"

'Breeze' (FVW007)

Lyrics written and performed by Harry Dennis

Produced by Ron Trent for Future Vision World

Available to order on vinyl format from Rush Hour here

BPS (Blak Punk Soundsystem) - New Vinyl Release

Featured as the closing track on Don Letts' 'Culture Clash' show on BBC Radio 6, ' BPS Dub' is a haunting laid back dub that is the perfect accompaniment to your nightcap.

BPS Blak Punk Soundsystem is Available to purchase in vinyl and digital format below:

Japan
http://pigeon-records.jp/?product=36036
https://www.jetsetrecords.net/i/723005310569/
http://www.stradarecords.com/shop/item/18720/index.php?cPath=32&language=en
http://hangesha.shop-pro.jp/?pid=119630379

US
https://www.amoeba.com/red-cloud-12-blak-punk-soundsystem/albums/3965909/

UK
https://www.juno.co.uk/artists/Blak+Punk+Soundsystem/
https://boomkat.com/products/red-cloud-17017a28-fa96-42e5-906c-8386aa0ef653
https://www.piccadillyrecords.com/counter/product.php?pid=115310
https://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/84671-fvw-005-blak-punk-soundsystem-aka-ron-trent-red-cloud
https://www.normanrecords.com/records/165049-blak-punk-soundsystem-red-cloud
https://www.beatport.com/artist/blak-punk-soundsystem/645121

Germany
https://www.deejay.de/Blak_Punk_Soundsystem_Red_Cloud_FVW005_Vinyl__270376
http://www.wordandsound.de/article/105273
https://www.whatpeopleplay.com/albumdetails/Blak-Punk-Soundsystem-Red-Cloud/id/158000

Italy
https://bordelloaparigi.com/shop/musica/blak-punk-soundsystem-red-cloud-12/

Spain
http://www.discosparadiso.com/house/5768-red-cloud.html

Netherlands
https://clone.nl/item46261.html

Finland
https://www.mindrecords.com/product/2806/blak-punk-soundsystem---red-cloud--future-vision-world---fvw005-eu12

'The Place Inside' - Upcoming Vinyl Release 'Gemini Jazz' Preview

'The Place Inside' is a Latin tinged track which makes a fitting finale to Ron Trent's upcoming vinyl release 'Gemini Jazz', with breezy Brazilian style vocals complementing dreamy piano chords.

'Gemini Jazz' is available for pre-order from the below outlets:

US
https://www.dustygroove.com/item/846457/Ron-Trent:Gemini-Jazz

UK
http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ron-trent-gemini-jazz/653616-01/
https://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/86475-map012-ron-trent-gemini-jazz

Germany
https://www.deejay.de/Ron_Trent_Gemini_Jazz_MAP012_Vinyl__277215
https://www.decks.de/index.php
http://www.wordandsound.de/article/105166
https://www.djshop.de/Vinyl-ron-trent-gemini-jazz/ex/s~details,u~1949789,p1~vinyl/xe/details.html

Italy
http://www.discopiu.com/detail.aspx?ida=133580

Japan
https://freestyleonline.net/detail.php?ITEM_ID=46469
http://diskunion.net/clubt/ct/list/0/4710

Upcoming Vinyl Release 'Gemini Jazz' Preview - Side B 'The Tone'

The first track on side B of the upcoming vinyl release 'Gemini Jazz', 'The Tone' is Ron Trent's tribute to one of the most iconic musicians, Jaco Pastorious. As many fans will attest, Jaco was no doubt a musician who was light years ahead of his time, breaking traditions and boundaries and still influencing countless musicians today. The rawness and futuristic sound of Jaco lives on in 'The Tone'. 

'Gemini Jazz' is available to pre-order now from the below outlets:

US
https://www.dustygroove.com/item/846457/Ron-Trent:Gemini-Jazz

UK
http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ron-trent-gemini-jazz/653616-01/
https://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/86475-map012-ron-trent-gemini-jazz

Germany
https://www.deejay.de/Ron_Trent_Gemini_Jazz_MAP012_Vinyl__277215
https://www.decks.de/index.php
http://www.wordandsound.de/article/105166
https://www.djshop.de/Vinyl-ron-trent-gemini-jazz/ex/s~details,u~1949789,p1~vinyl/xe/details.html

Italy
http://www.discopiu.com/detail.aspx?ida=133580

Japan
https://freestyleonline.net/detail.php?ITEM_ID=46469
http://diskunion.net/clubt/ct/list/0/4710


 

Upcoming Vinyl Release 'Gemini Jazz' - Side A 'Storyteller' Preview

What A Party!

Thanks again to those who came out to the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party this year, if you were one of around 30,000 people who showed up (almost double of last year's attendance of 16,000), you know that it was a very special event indeed! Click here to read more and see more of the festivities that went down at the Chicago Reader. (Click Photo for more)

(Above: The summer crowd enjoying the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party during Pete Rock's set, photo courtesy of Alonzo Silvers for the Chicago Reader)

(Above: The summer crowd enjoying the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party during Pete Rock's set, photo courtesy of Alonzo Silvers for the Chicago Reader)

'Together Forever' - Forthcoming Vinyl Release Preview

'Together Forever' is another treat from the 'Romantic Flight' series, futuristic strings and pads against a backdrop of rhythmic percussion and soft vocals. 

'Together Forever' is available to to pre-order now from record stores near you, including:

https://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/86474-map011-romantic-flight-ron-trent
http://www.juno.co.uk/products/romantic-flight-together-forever/653615-01/
https://www.djshop.de/Vinyl-ron-trent-together-forever/ex/s~details,u~1949790,p1~vinyl/xe/details.html
https://www.deejay.de/Romantic_Flight_Together_Forever_MAP011_Vinyl__277217
http://www.groovedis.com/shop/groovedis.com/shop/824741.html

Forthcoming Vinyl Release 'Attitude 'Preview - 'Months of May' and 'New Rivers'

Let's look at Side B tracks to the 'WHATDOYOUTHINKYOUKNOWABOUTDEEPHOUSE Vol. 1 - Attitude' EP.

'Months of Mays' is a refreshing collaboration with the legendary producer Harry Dennis of the Chicago, part of the group 'The IT' which he formed with Larry Heard and Robert Owens. The track is a throwback to Dennis' signature spoken word and the mid-tempo rhythms of 80s Chicago house music. 

Part of the 4th installment in the 'Spaces & Places' series, 'New Rivers' is a fitting tribute to the numerous new rivers crossed in distant lands. 

New Forthcoming 'Attitude' Vinyl Release - 'Wet' Preview

From the forthcoming EP 'WHATTHEFUCKDOYOUKNOWABOUTDEEPHOUSE Vol. 1 - Attitude', 'Wet' is a hypnotic deep house track which entices you with its seductive organs, coming soon to a record store near you. Written, produced and performed by Ron Trent for MUSICANDPOWER (MAP010), additional vocals by Hsiao-Lan Liu.