J Dilla Blew Speakers Fusing Hip-Hop With Electronic. That’s The Subject Of New Album.
In J Dilla’s more than 11 years making music, the Detroit, Michigan producer/MC had a wide range of influences. James Yancey (a/k/a Jay Dee) would make popular records out of sampling artists from The Impressions to Stereolab to Cris Williamson. However, in the Slum Village co-founder’s arsenal was a heavy vein of Electronic music. From the same city that played a pivotal role in the development of Techno music (Carl Craig, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, etc.), Dilla would often fuse his productions in both the 1990s and 2000s with elements and style surrounded by what is now often referred to as EDM.
As tracks continue to surface nearly one decade after J Dilla’s death, a collective of music specially dedicated to Yancey’s Electronic-tinged beats is coming. On October 30, Ma Dukes and Vintage Vibez Music Group will release Dillatronic. More than 40 instrumentals deep, Ma Duke said of the works in a press statement: “I can smile in my heart, knowing my son’s work is being shared with the people as we planned before he passed. I only share the best, and I only hope to continue introducing the world to the genius of J Dilla.”
Available digitally, on CD, cassette, and glow-in-the-dark vinyl, there are a number of packages (including deluxe) available for the latest in a series of posthumous Jay Dee efforts.
Here are some Electronic-related J Dilla productions (including some vocal appearances) that tell the story:
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic (Slum Village Remix):
Q-Tip – Breathe and Stop:
Slum Village – Raise It Up:
What’s your favorite J Dilla beat?