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Abstract Orchestra – Dilla

Inspired by the legendary live performances of The Roots with Jay-Z and the 40 piece orchestral arrangements by Miguel-Atwood Ferguson of the work of J Dilla, classic arranging techniques underpin modern loop-based structures.The band itself is based on the classic jazz big band instrumentation of saxes, trumpets and trombones and features the cream of the north of England’s jazz scene who collectively have played with Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, John Legend & the Roots, Roots Manuva and Amy Winehouse.
“Dilla” by Abstract Orchestra is a tribute to the work of the highly acclaimed and influential producer. Opener”Welcome to Detroit/The Diary”takes the the vocal sample from Isaac Hayes’s “Man’s Temptation” and places it against lush brass and driving beats while”Workinonit”Transplants the original 10cc guitar samples from the Dilla original onto biting trumpets and aggressive saxes, underpinned as always by Joost Hendrickx’s on point drumming. On”Stop”vocalist Anna Uhuru handles the Dionne Warwick vocal with assurance while the band lay down an arrangement that is reminiscent of the work of David Axelrod and Don Sebeskey, both big sources of inspiration for Abstract Orchestra.
This album will please any Dilla fans, taking the original Dilla tracks and his sample sources and presenting back to the listener and a new and unique way. The album is released on June 30th on limited vinyl, CD and digital. Pre-order your copy now.



UMXSFLXWETICZ are a hip hop, soul duo hailing from Chicago. Taking influence from classic acts such as Digable Planets, Tribe Called Quest, Fugees, Outkast etc, their sound is a mix of laid back neo soul, underground hip hop, spoken word poetry with a hint to the LA beats scene.
Their latest offering, “U.G.S II (Undergrxund Sxuls Chapter II)” , mixes all these influences and sounds to great effect. Their sound washes over you, never drifting into the typical, commercial RnB sounds you are used to hearing from soul/hip hop groups. They stay true to their selves and their sound, mixing laid back Outkast, Pharcyde style singing with equally laid back rhyming. Check it out!

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