February 17, 2019

Dillanthology 2: Dilla's Remixes For Various Artists (2009)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop, R&B
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© 2009 Rapster Records
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman
Released three months after Dillanthology 1, this second volume shifts the spotlight to Jay Dee's remix work, which was frequently as creative as his built-from-scratch output. Hardcore fans who brushed aside the first set cannot afford to do so here; glancing at this (mostly pre-2000) track list might send them scurrying to their many folders of Dilla-related MP3s, only to come up empty in a few cases (like a kicked-back, previously unreleased mix of Artifacts' "The Ultimate"). The only track that does not cut it is the remix of Spacek's "Eve," where Dilla and Frank-N-Dank barrel over the original's dreamy atmosphere, including Steve Spacek's whispery delivery. Otherwise, this is close to essential material, and it strikes a nice balance between slight, sensitive tweaks and instances where Dilla balanced reverence with creative license, as he does with Jack McDuff's "Oblighetto" -- a gritty organ jam transformed into levitating Technicolor otherness.

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