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  • BDTB Presents Turn Off Your Radio, Volume 56 (10/24/15)

    It’s been way too long since we’ve shared a new edition of Turn Off Your Fucking Radio, so here’s the 56th Volume for you to bump for the week. I’ve selected the dopest songs from the last few weeks and months on this one – call it the ultimate mid summer to early fall playlist. I’m not going to list every single artist on this list, but you can definitely checkout who we tagged below to see more of their music. These 55 tracks should keep you busy a while!



    1) COMPUTER. Simply listen via the web on your computer below. If you want to listen in Soundcloud rather than our embedded player below, browse our playlists by clicking here.

    2) MOBILE. Download the SoundCloud Mobile App to stream our playlist with their custom player. The custom player allows you to stream our playlist and easily fast forward to the next previous or next song on your phone screen. You can also stream below via your mobile web browser, but when your phone’s screen shuts off so will the music. That’s why we suggest getting the mobile app. It’s free and a great music discovery tool.

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  • Illa J – “Illa J” (Release) | @IllaJ @bastardjazz

    Illa J has unleashed his debut self titled album today, which features sample-free production from the Potatohead People and a few others. The project is primarily feature-free other than a couple features from Moka Only, Ivan Ave, Kaytranada, and a l l i e. Listen to the full-length below, and head over to Bandcamp to browse purchase options (vinyl, CD, digital).

    From deep musical origins in Detroit, rapper/singer/songwriter Illa J has been slowly navigating his way through the oft-turbulent waters of Hip-Hop since the tender age of 13, when the young John Yancey aka Illa J wrote his first rhyme alongside his brother, the late great J Dilla. After his brother’s passing in ‘06, he began teaching himself piano, bass and taking vocal lessons while finding himself touring the world and recording a slew of Dilla-related projects, notably being an active member of Slum Village until 2014. His first solo album, ’08s Yancey Boys and the Frank Nitt 2013 collaborative album Sunset BLVD were both released on seminal label Delicious Vinyl. Feeling the need for a change creatively as well as geographically, in 2012 John moved to the future music hotbed that is Montreal ultimately making the connection with Canadian producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical aka Potatohead People (whose acclaimed Bastard Jazz debut album Big Luxury in Spring 2015 featured Illa J on two hit singles). The success of their initial collaborations inspired the team to dive into the studio and embark on Illa J’s new self-titled solo album, and present an entirely fresh sound of his own.

    The album Illa J, produced without any samples by Potatohead People alongside a few groundbreaking co-producers, showcases a more mature and at-ease Illa J who is equally comfortable on top of an electronic boogie-inspired beat (“Universe”) as he is getting grimey over a trunk rattling G-Funk joint (the Kaytranada co-produced “Strippers”). On tracks like the sparse, Rhodes driven “Cannonball” (co-produced by Montreal’s Noo Bap), and the early 90s Spiritual / Acid Jazz inspired “Sunflower”, Illa flexes his muscles through both song and rhyme. And of course being true to his roots, the classic Detroit boom-bap sound is ever present on joints like “French Kiss”, “Perfect Game” (quite possibly Rap’s only ode to bowling), and “Never Left”, a touching tribute to his brother and a call-out to abusers of Dilla’s legacy. Vancouver mainstay MC Moka Only contributes invaluably to the cohesive sound of the album as well, providing signature smoothed-out vocal choruses to tracks like “She Burned My Art”, “All Good Pt. 2” and “Who Got It” (co-produced by Mosaic). Dropping Fall 2015 on Bastard Jazz Recordings, Illa J is a brilliantly-produced, diverse, and long overdue solo effort from Yancey.

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  • Potatohead People – Big Luxury (Instrumental Release) | @NateAstroBeats @bastardjazz

    Back in December, the Potatohead People released a two-track EP featuring songs from this full-length, titled Big Luxury, and earlier this month they unleashed the project. The project is full of great vibes, and there are features from Illa J, Moka Only, Sorceress, Mosaic, and Amalia. There are a slew of different options to purchase this project, including CD, digital, vinyl LP, 7″, and deluxe LP. Check all of that out at Bandcamp.

    Working on opposite sides of the landmass we call Canada, Vancouver/Montreal duo Potatohead People (producers Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical) have been making waves for quite some time with their signature jazzy boom-bap meets boogie inside the bassbin vibes. Called a “formidable tandem” by OkayPlayer, their sounds have been championed early on by the likes of Kaytranada, Soulection, Nightmares on Wax, Pomo, Exmag, Big Boi, and Phife Dawg. After a few early releases on Vancouver based netlabel Jellyfish Recordings, Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz reissued their 2012 landmark Kosmichemusik EP and pressed a 7″ released on Valentine’s Day 2013. The association landed their song “Back To My Sh*t” (featuring Frank Nitty of Frank’n’Dank) on a Powerade produced LeBron James documentary and Nick and Astro began working on a debut LP for Bastard Jazz, presented here.

    Big Luxury draws from influences disparate as classic jazz, prog rock, disco 90’s hop, DJ Shadow-Era downtempo beats, alongside modern influences like the Brainfeeder crew and new electronic sounds coming out of Nick Wisdom’s adopted hometown of Montreal. What’s resulted is a finely honed, extra buttery album that effortly glides between tempos, but never loses the mood. The album also features a whole host of guest vocalists – J Dilla’s younger brother Illa J, legendary Canadian MC Moka Only, New Zealand’s Sorceress, and Amalia all provide contributions to the sounds within. Big Luxury is a velvety ride through vibes and a magnificent debut for these talented young Canadians.

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  • Potatohead People “Explosives / Blue Charms” Release | @bastardjazz @IllaJ @MOKA_ONLY

    The Potatohead People have joined with Illa J and Moka Only for a track on “Explosives,” which is one of the three tracks on this release. Bump all of the goodness below, which includes one dope smooth rap track and two instrumentals. Also, again, check Illa J next weekend here at The Vogue for the Infamous Slums tour.

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  • Dandy Teru “Adventures” Release

    French producer Dandy Teru released his ten-track Adventures yesterday, which includes tracks from the likes of Moka Only, Sami K, Ty, Rita J, Count Bass D, and Sarah Gessler. Well, I guess there are seven songs and three remixes, as Tall Black Guy and a couple others chip in to the project as well. Either way, give this project a bump, and check out his video for Waters above. You can cop in multiple different formats over at Bandcamp.

    Dandy Teru Adventure

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  • Chin Injeti “Peoples Mixtape” Release | @Chin8

    Here’s a dope release from producer Chin Injeti that you need to grab. Stream below, and grab this from Bandcamp. Srsly, get this.

    Grammy winning Producer, Chin Injeti’s “Peoples Mixtape”, is an ode to those people who inspire him and are inspired by him, as well as a showcase of Chin’s versatility as a producer and love for a wide range of music. With features from David Banner, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli, The New Royales, Bishop Lamont, Jasiri X, Moka Only, Shad, Maestro, Skratch Bastid, Kyprios, Chace Infinite, Krondon, Zaki Ibrahim, as well as two young rising artists from The Hastings Set; Sophia Danai and Omar Khan, it has a diversity that is not often seen in most music projects.

    01. Peoples 1 – Bishop Lamont, Shad & Skratch Bastid
    02. Peoples 2 – David Banner
    03. Warrior – Jasiri X (Co-produced by Rel!g!on)
    04. Gunna Be Fine – Sonreal
    05. Poser – The New Royales ft. Jay Electronica (Co-produced by DJ Khalil)
    06. ? (What Am I Gonna Do Now) – Omar Khan
    07. Higher Baby – Sophia Danai
    08. Everything’s Significant – Zaki Ibrahim
    09. Walking Around My Dreams – The New Royales ft. Talib Kweli (Co-prod. DJ Khalil)
    10. Who I Am (Buggin’ Out Remix) – Chin w/ Moka-Only, Kyprios, Maestro, Chace Infinite & Krondon
    11. Contagious- Chin w/ Skratch Bastid

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  • Moka Only “I’m Swanky” Video | @MOKA_ONLY

    Directed by Panayioti Yannitsos and Ashley Mendoza. Download the song below.

    1. A person or object that is posh, high-class, glamorous, classy, up-market, etc.
    2. A person or object that is cool, awesome, hip, maybe even obsessed by the person using the word, to describe that person or object

    EX: The man at the hotel reception desk told us that the restaurant that we will be dining at this evening is very swanky, and suggested that we dressed formally.


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  • Do The Dilla 2012: A Tribute to the Drum-Master (Release)

    Released yesterday, this is a tribute full of beats and remixes by a couple handfuls of talented producers. Really dope.

    A love project in memory of James Dewitt Yancey, better known under the name Jaydee or J-Dilla. An idea of Do The Right Print, Food for ya Soul & Feelin’ Music, bringing different beatmakers from around the world to perpetuate J-Dilla’s art, in order to give to the audience a new vision of his creations…


    James Dewitt Yancey, better known under the name Jaydee or J-Dilla left us on february 10th 2006 at the age of 33. This american producer and composer has worked with a lot of artists such as Busta Rhymes, Common, Slum Village, A Tribe called Quest or Madlib. Through his creation, he in- fluenced many artists and musicians across the world which is not limited to the hip hop scene. Recognize by his peers for the imprint he has left in the musical landscape, this avant-garde is today considered like being simply a genius, a virtuoso, a precursor.

    For the 6th year anniversary of his death, the Food for ya Soul collective (soundcloud.com/foodforyasoul), the silkscreen print Do the Right Print studio (dotherightprint.ch) & the label Feelin Music (feelinmusic.ch) came together around a common project in memory of J-Dilla. The Do The Dilla concept is born.
    The idea is to bring together different artists to work and perpetuate J-Dilla’s art in order to give the audience a new visions of Dilla’s creations. A selection of beatmakers from across the world, as well as FFYS, DTRP & Feelin Music members worked for free to create a record containing Jaydee’s classics remixed.
    The album is in line (and will be given away to the audience) with a live event called «Do The Dilla» which will take place on february 11th 2012 at Le Romandie in Lausanne with guests like Brussels own DJ Lefto from the famous jazz label Blue Note, Fatoosan from the Supafly collective along with Chief, founder of Feelin’ Music and of course the Helvetico- Belgian group Food for ya Soul in full force with Ngoc Lan, DJ Chikano, Mr Comb & Boo. Like last year, the event will be hosted by Parisian Gyver Hypman.

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  • Moka Only x Chief “Crickets” | @MOKA_ONLY

    Moka Only and the Swiss producer Chief have teamed up to do a project entitled Crickets. The song below is a free download of the title song, Crickets, and if you head over to bandcamp you can hear an additional preview. The entire project will be out 11/8/11 on Feelin’ Music, and is now available as pre-order at bandcamp.

    Canadian rapper/producer Moka Only teams up with Swiss beatmaker Chief for the finest indie hip-hop album you might hear this year, “Crickets”. The album showcases the talent of two very gifted artists, pushing the boundaries of hip-hop while preserving its backbone. The album showcases Moka Only’s unique raps fused with Chief’s sound signature of merging straight hip-hop elements with forward-thinking production.

    Moka Only and Chief first collaborated in 2008 on the tracks “Do Work” and “Felt before”, and soon after Moka Only released his album “Lowdown Suite 2 – The Box” on Chief’s label Feelin’ music.
    A good connection and the fact that each artist seemed to get the best out of the other convinced Moka Only and Chief to deepen the collaboration and have this natural flow of united work result in a full-length album, so in 2010 they started getting busy with this.
    The result is “Crickets”, a smashing collision between two creative minds with strong backgrounds in hip-hop which coupled with borderless imagination bring you more than “just another hip-hop album”.

    The album confirms the genuinely productive union of Moka Only and Chief’s abilities, it is the finely crafted and accomplished result of two artists naturally complementing each other’s ideas.

    From moody ambiences, bewitching loops and hybrid beats to sophisticated soulful beats or mesmerizing urban soundscapes, “Crickets” exhibits a rich pallet of atmospheres and attitudes with a smart and creative approach.

    Blending deft production with unique raps, “Crickets” truly is a refreshing hip-hop exploit from two driving forces in the hip-hop scene.


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