J Dilla may have left us in 2006 but his legacy rolls forward through his music daily. A new b-side track titled ‘Trucks’ was released today made between late 2001 and early 2002 in Detroit. It’s a 2-track demo mix of the classic ‘Cars’ track by Gary Numan released originally back in 1979 featuring an alternate version of Dilla’s vocals and a third verse not found on Dilla’s final sessions for this song.
Both tracks are out on a new 12″release ahead of the long-awaited missing album ‘The Diary’ that is said to be dropping sometime in 2013.
Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, dropped visuals on a new song debuting on French radio this week.
The track, Sunshine Screwface, is produced by Dilla and is guaranteed to get your head nodding. Simple and effective with short brass burts and strummed guitars, this is hopefully what we can expect from his new album, though there’s no confirmation on that record.
The Doctor’s Orders are once again putting on their J-Dilla night – J-Dilla Changed My Life.
Three events will take places across a weekend with London, Manchester and Brighton hosting the events which celebrate the life of one of hip hop’s most influential, respected and loved luminaries. Below are the details and all donations go to The J-Dilla Foundation and Lupus UK, a thoroughly worthy cause.
Tickets before the night are a minimum £6 donation, the minimum going up on the night of the event.
February 3rd – Manchester – The Ruby Lounge – Tickets.
Mr Scruff (Dilla breaks set), Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders), Illum Sphere and Jonny Dub (Hoya Hoya), Oscar Wildstyle and Wiggie Smalls (Juicy), DJ A-UP and Agent J (In The Loop) & Mr E (Taste The Diff’rence)
February 4th – Brighton – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – Tickets
Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders), Figure of Wax & Ruff Snippets
February 5th – London – Scala – Tickets: £30 VIP Tickets grant exclusive access to VIP bar & include an exclusive J-Dilla T-Shirt.
Room 1- Dedicated to the work of J-Dilla – Mr Thing (BBE / Extended Players), Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders), Harry Love (Extended Players), Morgan Spacek, Kidkanevil, Kutmah, DJ LoK (Dilla breaks set) & very special surprise guests!
Room 2 hosted by Main Squeeze & Classic Material
And here’s Crossfire’s favourite Dilla related tune: