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

by Funky DL

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phvmous We love how this was original while staying true to the original Luv sic part III at the same time. This is a playlist fav here at the shop. Favorite track: Luv Sic Pt III.
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Alex Fitzwater Funky DL is on top of his game with this album. The production is immaculate and doesn't ever stray off into a pastiche of either of the great producers he is paying homage to with this project. Instead, I imagine Jay Dee and Nujabes reaching for this album on vinyl, to sample its treasures as they work on a fresh track together with the pantheon of hip hop gods gone before their time. Other times I just bump this in the car and freestyle for fun. Smooth, classy and fresh. Favorite track: Untitled / Fantastic.
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Funky DL pays tribute to the legendary hip-hop sounds of J Dilla and Nujabes by recreating their famous songs on this fantastic album entitled... "February: A Rest In Beats Tribute To The Sounds of J Dilla & Nujabes".

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 both the late James 'J Dilla' Yancey and Sebajun 'Nujabes' Yamada.

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

DL felt it fitting for the album to be named February, being that (coincidently) these two hip-hop legends were both born on February 7th 1974, and sadly passed away in February 2006 and February 2010 respectively.

As Funky DL's intention was to capture the essence and soulful connection of what they 'both' brought to music lovers around the world, DL carefully hand- selected each track from the catalogues of these two legends and crafted as elegant of a representation as he could to showcase a further progression into the wealth of ideas from Dilla and Nujabes; 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 both J Dilla and Nujabes will be pleasantly surprised.


released September 13, 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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