If You Like Donuts by J Dilla, Listen to These 4 Albums
Human Head Records in New York City recommends music for fans of the legendary Donuts.
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This recommendation by Shawn Dub, Employee of Human Head in Brooklyn, New York City
I don’t think there’s a record that really embodies record digging and sample culture more than Donuts. This record is really a love letter to J Dilla’s relationship with the art of sampling that he made predominantly in his hospital bed in the final months of his life. Very few instrumental hip-hop albums have had the impact of Donuts, and I don’t think any ever will.
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J Dilla and Pete Rock were always each other’s biggest fans and I think Petestrumentals is possibly the “other” pinnacle of instrumental hip-hop albums that sits right next to Donuts because of its similar influence and school of hip-hop production. It features dusty samples, filtered bass lines, and soulful Rhodes chords throughout the 14 tracks.
On its release, as critically acclaimed as Endtroducing was, it was almost seen as an outsider to the hip-hop scene and often described as “leftfield.” It wasn’t until the release of Donuts that we really understood how ahead of its time this album was. It is a cut-and-paste collage of eclectic samples that really feels like a blueprint for an album like Donuts.
Shades Of Blue
It’s hard to say whether Dilla had any contemporaries as he was definitely in a class of his own, but if there was anyone worthy of the title, Madlib is that producer. Both had a very loose, jazz-like approach to production and nothing sums that up better for Madlib than this collection of reimagined jazz classics.
Since J Dilla’s passing, there have been countless imitators and very few have managed to embody the spirit of his music and build on it. Stro Elliot’s self-titled LP is an instrumental journey that feels like a testament to where Dilla may have taken his sound had he not sadly passed in 2006.
Human Head Records, Brooklyn, New York
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I think it would be fair to say Brooklyn may just be the vinyl mecca of the world right now. Brooklyn is one of the most diverse places on the planet and the vinyl scene most definitely reflects that. Whether it’s the access to new releases or the secondhand spots that show the wide range of collections that have circulated through DJs, collectors, and vinyl enthusiasts over the years, there is very little you won’t find in Brooklyn.
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