Guilty Simpson-approved full-album cover of J Dilla's magnum opus, Donuts done in a "Basement Funk" style. For sure work repeated listens; avid crate-diggers should also check out HIT+RUN's "chocolate iced and glazed" 12-inch LP!
Favorite track: Workinonit.
Every February we honor James Dewitt "J DIlla" Yancey's birth, passing & the release of his classic album "DONUTS" in 2006.
Down in picturesque Auckland, New Zealand, tucked in a small basement studio, musician Leonard Charles & friends paid tribute to Dilla's landmark release by re-recording the entire 31-track album on live instruments. Charles gives the tracks a modern funk reinterpretation on live bass, drums, clavinet, Rhodes & synths - sans any sampling of the original source or sourced material. Featuring vocals by Anji Toy, Adi Dick, Ruby Walsh and Georgia Anne Muldrow on the emotional tribute "Airworks (Forever)".
Leonard Charles "Basement Donuts" [HNR60] is available for digital download as well as on limited-edition 12" colored vinyl in your choice of either Glazed or Purple Frosting.
TURN IT UP!
released February 22, 2017
Produced by Leonard Charles
Recorded/Mixed by Leonard Charles in the Spare Room Studio, Maungawhau, Auckland, New Zealand
Leonard Charles: Vocals, Roland MP-600, Akai MPC60, Roland Rhythm330, Roland D-50, Drums, Roland Juno-60, Hohnor Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Ibanez GB-10, Percussion, Ableton Push, Roland Alpha Juno-1.
Georgia Anne Muldrow: Vocals on "Airworks (Forever)"
Ruby Walsh: Vocals on "Light My Fire", "Stop", "Airworks (Forever)", "Dilla Says Go" & "Bye"
Anji Toy: Vocals on "Waves", "People", "The Diff'rence"
Adi Dick: Vocals on "Dilla Says Go"
Re-Mastered by Kelly Hibbert
Cover Icon by Jellphonic
Design by Brandy Flower
Thanks to: Anji (love), Brandy & Hit+Run Crew, Jellphonic, Kutcorners, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ruby Walsh, Adi Dick, Guilty Simpson, Neck Of The Woods, Hudge, Submariner, Manuel Bundy, LoKey, The Lab, Dylan Wood + Ableton, RBMA.
Rest In Peace to J Dilla, an endless source of inspiration to me since I got that N'Dea Davenport 12" in 1998, thank you for the music.