RELEASE DATE: MONDAY 1st JULY
LABEL: FREESTYLE RECORDS
Omar – The Man (single) at EMN Chart HERE
Omar – The Man (single) at EMN Chart HERE
“One of the most important musicians of our time. When we think of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye, J Dilla will be going down along that history line of greatness.” – Common (from XXL)
“He inspired me so much. One of the best days of my life was when he handed me a record with drums on it. I was so honored.” – Kanye West (from XXL)
Jay Dee’s “Welcome to Detroit” was the album that kicked off BBE’s Beat Generation series. This seminal album (it even has its own Wikipedia entry) cemented Dilla’s reputation as a virtuoso beat maker with a remarkable range of talents. For the first time, (from that album) “Think Twice” appears on a very limited 7” single. It is a cover of Donald Byrd’s seminal classic featuring Dwele on vocals… it shows Dilla’s supreme versatility behind the boards (and on the mic — it’s not the featured Dwele that sings the h! ook).
And from his posthumously relealeased album “The Shinining” :
Common, meanwhile, does the Common thing, which is to ride the beat dumbly (but appropriately) on standout robofunker “E=MC2,” Despite Kanye boosting his sales numbers, it was Jay Dee who consistently brought out the best emcee in Common, his former roommate, and he proves it again here on “E=MC2.”
J-Dilla Changed My Life (London)
The Doctor’s Orders presents
J-DILLA CHANGED MY LIFE
A night in tribute to the life & work of a true Hip-Hop genius.
7pm-Midnight Sunday 5th February 2012
@ Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL
Minimum donation £6 in advance or on the door.
£30 VIP Tickets grant exclusive access to VIP bar and balcony & include an exclusive J-Dilla T-Shirt & CD.
Advance tickets from
All proceeds from the night are donated to the J-Dilla Foundation & Lupus UK
Special guest appearance by…
Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey (J-Dilla’s Mum)
Phat Kat (Welcome to Detroit)
And DJs performing for free on the night in loving memory are…
Mr Thing (BBE / Extended Players)
Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders)
Harry Love (Extended Players)
DJ LoK (Dilla breaks set)
& very special surprise guests
Room 2 hosted by
Main Squeeze & Classic Material
The Dreamer/The Believer – In Stores 12/20!
Pre-Order on iTunes: http://bit.ly/BlueSkyiTunes
This collaboration with Zed Bias is Omar’s first solo material since 2006. It is available on Tru Thoughts Records as part of a limited run of vinyl on 9th May, and then digitally from 27th June 2011.
Tru Thoughts are also re-releasing his classic album ‘Sing (If You Want It)’ – which features Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone, Common and Estelle — in the summer of 2011, with ‘Dancing’ as bonus material.
“Done It Again” is the brand new EP by Space Invadas. It features tracks of the upcoming album “Soul:Fi” plus great remixes and instrumentals.
Space Invadas is a project of two well-known artists: Katalyst and Steve Spacek.
Katalyst is the Sydney based producer Ashley Anderson of international acclaim. All of his solo releases have been nominated for ARIA Awards in Australia and there’s a strong fan base established for his work worldwide. He also runs the Invada label in Australia with with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow.
Steve Spacek originates form London landed in Sydney via LA. He has worked with the likes of J Dilla, Mos Def, Slum Village, Common and many more. He is likened to classic soul singers Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye and has been championed by everyone from Entertainment Weekly to Mos Def.
Entitled Soul:Fi the album features an impressive cameo cast of guest talent, including the likes of Detroit rappers Dank (Frank & Dank) a! nd Buff 1, Australian soul divas Jade MacRae and Fantine and Australian Jamican RuCL. On Soul:Fi Space Invadas successfully create an innovative, unique, futuristic sound by fusing bonafide Soul and laid back Hip Hop.
Space Invadas album Soul-Fi is receiving rave reviews and airplay from tastemakers around the globe as well as having 4 singles smashed on national radio in Australia where the record has been released earlier this year. The album is being championed abroad by likes of Gilles Peterson on BBC1, Garth Trinidad on KCRW in LA, Tyler Askew in NYC, Andrew Jervis (Ubiquity) in San Fran to name just a few. Getting much love in the US and throughout Europe where the record isn’t even out yet. Looks like a big year ahead for Space Invadas.
In Australia Space Invadas have had the cover of most of the nations street press and have been critically acclaimed in all the broadsheets. They have also been nominated for an ARIA Award (Australian Grammys! or Mercury awards) for best Urban Release in 2010.
The f ilm clip for the Aus single “Done It Again” was directed by Nick Fogarty who has won awards for his previos flim clip work in Australia.
The live format is 5 piece band made up of drums, bass, guitar, samplers and other electronics. With Steve Spacek on frontman duties.
They have toured around Austalia many times on all the major national festivals of 2010, including Future Music, GTM, Days Like This and Splendour In The Grass.