Illa J – Illa J (Full Album Stream)

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Illa J veröffentlicht heute sein Album “Illa J”, das unglaublich stark nach den großen Alben von Slum Village klingt. Das ist nicht weiter erstaunlich: Illa J ist Dillas Bruder und war zeitweise Slum Village Mitglied. Das Album ist angeblich 100% sample-los hergestellt worden – und beinahe Feature-los. Dafür gibt’s eine feine Kaytranada-Produktion. Ein sehr schönes, souliges Release!

Zu kaufen und zu streamen gibt’s das Werk auf Bandcamp für einen Zehner. Fair.

The album Illa J, produced without any samples by Potatohead People alongside a few groundbreaking co-producers, showcases a more mature and at-ease Illa J who is equally comfortable on top of an electronic boogie-inspired beat (“Universe”) as he is getting grimey over a trunk rattling G-Funk joint (the Kaytranada co-produced “Strippers”). On tracks like the sparse, Rhodes driven “Cannonball” (co-produced by Montreal’s Noo Bap), and the early 90s Spiritual / Acid Jazz inspired “Sunflower”, Illa flexes his muscles through both song and rhyme. And of course being true to his roots, the classic Detroit boom-bap sound is ever present on joints like “French Kiss”, “Perfect Game” (quite possibly Rap’s only ode to bowling), and “Never Left”, a touching tribute to his brother and a call-out to abusers of Dilla’s legacy. Vancouver mainstay MC Moka Only contributes invaluably to the cohesive sound of the album as well, providing signature smoothed-out vocal choruses to tracks like “She Burned My Art”, “All Good Pt. 2” and “Who Got It” (co-produced by Mosaic). Dropping Fall 2015 on Bastard Jazz Recordings, Illa J is a brilliantly-produced, diverse, and long overdue solo effort from Yancey.



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