Part dos of the extremely ill Mix Takes sessions, created in one take by my personal new favorite funk outfit, Will Sessions. Best believe there’s more Dilla goodies scattered through out. Cop on wax here. Rest In Peace to Jimmy Castor.
Really digging the Main Source – Live at the BBQ, Bob James – Nautilus and Dilla renditions. I’m gonna need this like now. Pre-order via Fat Beats here.
Will Sessions impressed with the meticulous craftsmanship of their studio re-workings of the classic tracks on The Elmatic Instrumentals. With their new two-part video “Mix Takes,” the five-piece band is taking a similar approach in recreating some of their favorite songs–only this time it was all recorded and filmed live in real time. Whether referencing music by jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Bob James or replaying beats made famous by Nas or J Dilla, it’s all presented with seamless transitions in the style of a mixtape, and “Mix Takes” both showcases the band’s individual talents and reflects the airtight performances that have made them one of the hottest live bands in Detroit.
Before reinterpreting the music for a pretty well known classic hip hop album from NY, Will Sessions produced a series of wildly successful live shows for Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and Black Milk in their hometown of Detroit in 2009 and 2010. The band had performed dozens of times in previous years within multiple genres–namely funk, jazz, and afrobeat–but had never tackled hip hop until these shows. Real Sessions revisits those performances with 10 selected live recordings showcasing their full 8-piece band recrafting beats from Madlib, J Dilla, Black Milk, Mr. Porter, and Nick Speed; with DJ Dez providing his trademark cuts and scratches.
Recorded to multi-track, fully mixed and mastered. Includes an 18-page booklet.
I know in these days and times, with everything moving at a head-spinning pace on the internet, a lot of great music doesnʻt seem to have the longevity it used to have before the net. With that said, one album that should never have left your memory banks is Elzhiʻs Elmatic. Am I right? Anyway, Fatbeats is gearing up to release all the instrumentals to Elmatic on wax, CD and digital formats. Well, weʻll let them explain:
Earlier this year, Detroit emcee Elzhi boldly released Elmatic — his re-interpretation of the Nas’ classic Illmatic. Eyebrows everywhere were raised as not only did Elzhi impress with his lyricism, but the sound of the album’s classic production was re-created with stunning precision by the Detroit band Will Sessions. By using the original sample sources as a foundation, producer and bandleader Sam Beaubien recorded each player’s part individually and reconstructed each entire song from scratch, ensuring that it maintained the same mood and vibe of Illmatic. Demand for the instrumental versions from Elmatic led to a deal with Fat Beats Records for the recordings, and The Elmatic Instrumentals will be released worldwide on September 27 on CD, 180g Vinyl, and digital formats.