new ish from Mr. Dwele G. written & produced by Mike City. tis the 1st single off the upcoming album. real chill, real peace, in short: another quality release from Dwe. u can buy the track from iTunes here, or stream via YouTube below (i’m not providing an mp3 for this outta respect for the man).
a little while back i introduced y’all to my new music alias, HUSH/SLUT. it’s only been a month that i’ve been living with this name, but as always, a new moniker somehow helps me churn the music out at record pace. i managed to crank out 5 originals and 5 remixes in that time, all of which i’m rather proud of (tho some mixing issues still abound). i debuted on this blog with 4 originals, i now add to the collection 1 more original and 5 remixes for ur listening and/or downloading pleasure. hope you can dig the vibe i was goin for.
Dwele – I Think I Love You (HUSH/SLUT Remix)
Lucy Pearl – Dance Tonight (HUSH/SLUT Remix)
People Under The Stairs – The Wiz (HUSH/SLUT Remix)
1st Down – Front Street (HUSH/SLUT Remix)
The Roots – Don’t See Us (HUSH/SLUT Remix) (feat. Dice Raw)
HUSH/SLUT – Spaces & Places
somehow this Dwele gem up n passed me by. it appears on the Slum Village-related/Detroit-based compilation series Dirty District (“Count Back” is on Vol. 3). i’ve taken the liberty of providing the .mp3 and uploading it to the Confessions Of A Curly Mind YouTube Channel (the screaming over the top of the track can’t be avoided, as the song only appears on the compilation and not as a standalone scream-less version). don’t let that detract from your enjoyment of the song, tho. it’s vintage laid back Dwe on the production tip with his patented playful storytelling method, this time applied to whether or not he’s a baby daddy.
Dilla tributes have come in many interesting forms over the years since his passing in 2006. one of the richest and coolest ones has been the awesome efforts of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and his Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra re-interpreting Dilla’s classic productions. here are some clips of a few of em. i’m told there was a full dvd of these released at some point last year.
it’s taken me almost all month to work up the emotional fortitude to really blog my little broken heart out about James “J Dilla/Jay Dee” Yancey, a true musical spirit who departed our plain of existence on Feb 10, 2006 due to an on-going battle with lupus. i feel like, instead of giving some half-assed tribute, i wanted to make a string of “Dilla Month” posts from now until the end of the month spotlighting all things Dilla, and really concentrate on how he changed MY life and how i approached music (so i guess a more introspective personal take on his lasting legacy). i would however like to begin with a documentary video shot and compiled by long-time Okayplayer affiliate BKyle, most of the footage being from 2006 (post-funeral) mixed in with some rare live footage of Slum Village performing, and candid scenes of Dilla’s fam + extended fam (including testimonials from Common, Bilal, Erykah Badu, ?uestlove (of The Roots), Pete Rock, James Poyser, Karriem Riggins, Houseshoes, Phat Kat, Dwele & others).
props to BKyle & The J Dilla Project, which are hosting the video on their website via Vimeo: The J Dilla Project.