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J Dilla passed away on February 10, 2006, just three days after celebrating both his 32nd birthday and the release of his seminal record, Donuts. As a tribute to the acclaimed producer, Flying Lotus spun a special live mix that same day on the non-profit online radio station dublab.
Now, ten years later, and in honor of Dilla, dublab has released the mix in full, as Pitchfork notes. In addition to Dilla’s own original material, the 60-minute collection includes tracks that Dilla himself sampled throughout his discography.
In an interview with Westword a few years ago, FlyLo talked about the deep connection he has with Dilla’s work, saying:
“I think my connection with J Dilla’s music really justified a lot of the experiences I was having in music. When I heard it, it sounded like someone was having spiritual experiences in the process of making it. I felt like, wow, it’s okay to have that experience and you can still be funky and you could still be searching within yourself and you could still be sounding big.
It could be so many things and still be deep and heartfelt. A lot of his music you can hear, and be like, ‘Damn!’ and connect with something that almost makes you close your eyes to hear it. He didn’t need any voices on top, and he didn’t need any rappers for that feeling. I think he set a standard and an aesthetic that can really come from the heart and can mean something really deep.”
Listen/download Flying Lotus’s entire mix here.