FEBRUARY: A Rest In Beats Tribute to the Sounds of J Dilla

by Funky DL

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The Detroit legend J Dilla aka Jay Dee was a huge inspiration to Funky DL from the beginning of DL's album making career. Much of DL's 1997 debut album "Classic Was The Day" was modelled on the smoothness of what Dilla was bringing to the table with A Tribe Called Quest circa 'Beats Rhymes & Life".

Dilla's importance as an influence on Funky DL has gone unmatched right up until present day, so Funky DL pays tribute to the legendary hip-hop sounds of J Dilla by recreating some of his famous productions on this fantastic album entitled... "February: A Rest In Beats Tribute To The Sounds of J Dilla".

Working tiresomely in the studio, DL with assistance from some of his musical pals crafted a full studio album paying homage to and celebrating the creative ideas originally brought to hip-hop by the late James 'J Dilla' Yancey.

However, DL veers away from intense sampling, avoiding the same breaks as used by Dilla - to bring this fabulously musical, creative and jazzy tribute album.

DL felt it fitting for the album to be named February, being that Dilla's life begun on February 7th 1974, and sadly ended on February 10th 2006.

As Funky DL's intention was to capture the essence and soulful connection of what Dilla brought to music lovers around the world, DL carefully hand- selected each track from the catalogues of of his works and crafted as elegant of a representation as he could to showcase a further progression into the wealth of ideas from Dilla; but taking them that one step further and going beyond the usual restrictions of using only the contents of original samples.

This album is certain to bring back the nostalgia of the classics that each track was born from, as well as offering an entirely new audio perspective. The fans of J Dilla will be pleasantly surprised.


released November 9, 2014

Produced, arranged and mixed by Funky DL for Washington Classics 2014.
Keyboards and additional programming by Chris Wilson.
Additional keyboards by Tahleem Hollis, Val Kamser and Funky DL.
Vocal accompaniment, vocal arrangement and production consultancy by Dukus Alemay.
Additional vocal accompaniment by Lei-an and Funky DL.
Art, design and layout by WashArt.
Typography by Sajinee Padhiar.
UK consultancy by Bob42jh and Jean Marc Ogou aka 004.
USA consultancy by Parris.
Japan Consultancy by Satoshi Tsukamoto.
Germany Consultancy by Ma. Quality.
Executive producer: N. Newman for Washington Classics.



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