Album Preview: Dillanthology Vol. 2 – The Remixes

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Various Artists
Dillanthology Vol 2 – The Remixes

Google the phrase “J Dilla Tribute” and you’ll receive over 1,500,000 results.  The efforts to immortalize Mr. Yancey’s legacy vary from brilliant (Suite for Ma Dukes, Beat Konducta vols 5-6) to the bandwagon, unfamiliar “look at me I’m cool” culture of internet goons.  One could even reason that the world needs another Dilla compilation as much as it needs another post humus Tupac album – or the proverbial ‘hole in the head’.

Into the ring of fire comes Dillanthology Volume 2 – The Remixes – an offering from Rapster Records, a subsidiary of the !K7 Label Group. As the name suggests, the compilation focuses on the oft neglected facet of Dillas production portfolio – the remix. That focus is the albums saving grace.

The album begins with a twist on the familiar, a remix of Stakes is High feat. Mos Def.  The listener is then blessed with wave after wave of crisp head nod science as only Dilla could provide.  Although the material isn’t groundbreaking, unexpected inclusions such as “The Ultimate” by the Artifacts, the J Dilla remix to “Oblighetto” and DJ Cam’s “Love Junkee” are refreshing.

Although I found Dillanthology 2 to be a better listen than many similar attempts, it still doesn’t provide anything new.  I truly feel that artists and record labels should exert more energy in producing interpretations & inspirations of Dillas genius instead of simply recycling his discography.  The constant barrage of compilations like this, along with the aforementioned uncontrolled nature of modern Internet culture, run the risk of watering down and lessening the value of one of the most profound musical pioneers of black music.

Peace and blessings to Mrs. Maureen Yancey.

1. De La Soul – Stakes Is High ft. Mos Def & Truth Enola (Remix)
2. The Pharcyde – Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee Remix)
3. Masta Ace – Sitting On Chrome (Ummah Remix)
4. Slum Village – Fall In Love (Remix)
5. Four Tet – As Serious As Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)
6. Busta Rhymes – Whoo Ha (Jay Dee Remix)
7. Artifacts – The Ultimate (Jay Dee Remix)
8. Moods – Secrets Of The Sand (Remix)
9. Spacek – Eve (JayDee Mix)
10. DJ Cam -Love Junkie (Jay Dee Remix)
11. Brother Jack McDuff – Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix)
12. Brand New Heavies – Sometimes (Remix)