Excellent Reception Episode 5 | Beats For Dilla

On this edition of Excellent Reception, we will celebrate the life of J Dilla as we focus on the genius that can be heard in instrumental hiphop and explore the evolution of beat centric music. Some tracks we’ll talk about are products of the post-Dilla era. Others are from producers, who just like J Dilla, have established there own signature style when it comes to using samples and drum machines to make music.

Adrian Younge – “Gloria (Zodiac Lovers)”

Some artists set rules and limitations for their music making process. This type of manifesto quickly narrows down the seemingly infinite possibilities they have to approach creating. At the same time, it gives them the opportunity to find all of the treasures that are hidden within those limitations.

Computer Jay feat. Orfeo – “Hardship”

If you are looking for music that takes you away from the mundane routine of modern day life and places you decades into the future, then you need to open your ears and your third eye to the music of Computer Jay.

Actress – “Gaze”

While much of the music world looks to make songs that are shiny and perfect, the producer known as Actress looks to create something that is completely outside of that box. Actress, who’s government name is Darren Cunningham, is the founder of the reputable Work Discs record label, which has put out some of freshest music from the UK underground. He has spent the past decade pushing his own style of electronic music far away from the dubstep sounds of his early days.

Lord Echo – “Wang East”

Somewhere deep down in Auckland, New Zealand you can find Lord Echo tinkering away in his studio working on his weird and wonderful dubbed out music. Lord Echo is actually the alias of multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Fabulous, who you may know from his work with the band The Black Seeds.

The Arcs – “Rosie (La La La)”

The debut album by The Arcs, titled “Yours, Dreamily”, was one of the hidden gems of 2015. During some downtime, Dan Auerbach, singer/guitarist of The Black Keys, pulled together a group of long time acquaintances and fellow musicians for two weeks of recording sessions to create this amazing side project.

Excellent Reception Podcast | Episode 4 : Analog Grit

Listen: DOWNLOAD | (right click and save as) There are plenty of artists who look for a more organic sound and experiment with analog recording techniques. They appreciate how fuzz and distortion can add character to their instrumentation. On this episode, we will talk about a few artist who search to find the perfections in the…

Chico Mann – “Mayombe”

[From Excellent Reception : Episode 2] By lil’dave You may or may not know Chico Mann by name, but if you are into afrobeat and new school funk, then most likely you heard his work as a guitarist with Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and Ocote Soul Sounds.  Chico Mann is the solo endeavor of Marcos Garcia….

Mo Kolours – “A Soul’s Journey”

[From Excellent Reception : Episode 2] By lil’dave Joseph Deenmamode is a Mauritian-English producer, singer, and percussionist who goes by the stage name, Mo Kolours. The music he makes is an eccentric melting pot of lo-fi field recordings, dusty samples, dubby breaks, and freestyled chants. Each track maintains a minimalist simplicity but yet it feels…

Great Albums of 2015

I hate doing year end lists but 2015 was such an amazing year when it came to music. So, i’m going to take some time to run down 10 of this year’s greatest releases. This is in no way a “best of” list. Instead, it’s a collection of songs that shaped the sound of 2015,…

Excellent Reception Podcast | Episode 3 : Best Albums of 2015

Listen:  DOWNLOAD | (right click and save as) On this episode of Excellent Reception, were talking about the some of the best albums of 2015.  There are really way too many great albums to mention, but these are a few that we felt needed to be highlighted. Here are some of our favorite albums of 2015 :…

Low Leaf – “As One”

[From Excellent Reception : Episode 2] By lil’dave I don’t think I know of many artists quite like Low Leaf.  At first glance, she is a just a female that is holding her own in LA’s male dominated underground beatmaking scene.  Then you realize that she’s also a vocalist, a classically trained pianist, and is…