Return of the Dilla
A few issues ago I worded you up on the new Rebirth of Detroit posthumous Dilla album that is due out on Ruff Draft late June. Well, news has also just surfaced of another EP collection of unreleased music by Dilla entitled Dillatroit. It's going to be available exclusively on vinyl through Moodymann's Mahogani Music. The tracklist that has surfaced on the net has raised speculation that some of the beats will also be found (with emcees over them) on the full Rebirth of Detroit album. No doubt this one will be a collector’s item for vinyl heads, so don't sleep on this one and grab a copy before they’re all gone. Dillatroit is available now.
Stones Throw has unveiled details for Oh No's third solo album proper (not counting his many beat-tapes and collaborative adventures with The Alchemist as Gangrene). Ohnomite is set for release this June and follows Oh No's access to the Rudy Ray Moore/Dolemite audio archives in which he was allowed to sample and manipulate at will. Aside from his always amazing and innovative production chops, the album will see Oh No take the mic alongside an amazing line up of MF Doom, Evidence, Phife, Sticky Fingaz, Erick Sermon, MED, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, Chino XL, Roc C, Prozack Turner, Termanology, Frank Nitty and more. Another Stones Throw sureshot? Most definitely.
Underground mixtape legend Big K.R.I.T. is finally set to make the jump to the big leagues with his Def Jam debut Live From The Underground, which was released on Wednesday June 5. The talented MC/producer has assembled a great line-up for his album which will no doubt balance his keen social observations against that ‘Dirty Ol’ South’ attitude. The album features 8Ball & MJG, 2 Chainz, Ludacris, Anthony Hamilton, Bun B, Big Sant, Devin The Dude and B.B. King.
R&S just keep on delivering fresh talent and news has just surfaced for the sophomore Teengirl Fantasy record due in August. Tracer follows hot on the heels of their brilliant 7AM debut. The album features collaborations with Panda Bear, Romanthony and Laurel Halo. It will be interesting to see how the development of the legendary label is reflected within their lo-fi take on ambience and house music. Grab a copy from Monday August 20.
The Hyperdub giant just keeps moving forward and, following the amazing album from Laurel Halo, the label is set to release the debut album Playin' Me from long-time signee Cooly G. The album features collaborations with Sinbad and Karizma alongside a versatile set of new tunes, in which she continues to utilise her own voice as a primary part of her smooth, yet rhythmic productions. Taking influence from ‘80s R'n'B, classic house and jungle, it should make an interesting mix. Playin' Me drops on Tuesday July 17.
Finally this month, details have emerged for the next solo album from Matthew Dear. Beams arrived, like most of Dear's records, on Ghostly International. Recorded in Brooklyn, the album reportedly exercises Dear's different personal and musical identities. Beams is out late August.
To hear music from all these releases, artists and much more, don't forget to tune in to The Antidote on 2XX 98.3FM (www.2xxfm.org.au) Tuesday night from 9.30pm.
ROSHAMBO AKA CED NADA