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New Joint – flowz4daze & DJ Mitsu The Beats / Belve / illadope

flowz4daze & DJ Mitsu The Beats ft. Belve & illadope – “’21 Type 3” (InnerTribeRecords.BandCamp.Com / 2021)

Detroit’s flowz4daze (formerly known as L.A.Z of Clear Soul Forces fame) glides over mellow production from Japan’s DJ Mitsu The Beats on the lead single off the pair’s forthcoming collabo album “Dream Crews”.

Beats Of The Month 1 EP Stream – DJ Mitsu The Beats

dj mitsu cover

Japan’s DJ Mitsu drops the first release in his new monthly series of instrumental projects, featuring the talented producer crafting a quality selection of soulful, jazz-infused head-nodders.

Celebration Of Jay Album Stream – DJ Mitsu The Beats

mitsu the beats cover

DJ Mitsu pays homage to the late, great J Dilla with a project that, in the Japanese producer’s own words, is not intended “to imitate, but to present myself while reflecting on how (Dilla’s) influence has helped me to find my own style.”

Album Review – DJ Mitsu The Beats & Fat Loop

DJ Mitsu The Beats & Fat Loop

“Loop Amplitude”

(Soul Works)

Bridging the gap between mix-CDs containing familiar breaks sampled in your favourite golden-era Hip-Hop joints and instrumental producer albums, this collaboration between Japan’s world reknowned crate digger DJ Mitsu and live band Fat Loop pulls together some of the best cuts from the group’s previous projects for our listening pleasure.

An exceptionally talented crew of Hip-Hop loving musicians, Fat Loop’s ability to breathe fresh life into some of the 90s greatest moments on wax definitely gives The Roots a run for their Illadelph money. Classics from the likes of Kool G Rap, A Tribe Called Quest and Diamond D are all given the Fat Loop treatment, with the Japanese band staying faithful to the original in some cases, whilst adding their own creative stamp on other cuts with some brilliant musical improvisation.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s timeless “They Reminisce Over You” is turned into a breezy summer anthem thanks to some inspired jazz guitar and well-placed female harmonies, whilst the reworking of Brand Nubian’s 1994 single “Word Is Bond” benefits from the addition of smooth saxophone and some nimble piano playing.

Cuts such as Tribe’s classic “Award Tour” and The Beatnuts’ playful “Props Over Here” find the band deviating little from each track’s original musical blueprint. Yet at the opposite end of the scale, De La Soul’s feel-good favourite “A Roller Skating Jam…” contains a lengthy breakdown section that has a distinct latin feel to it, and the interpretation of Souls Of Mischief’s debut anthem “93 Til Infinity” completely flips the upbeat vibe of the original on its head, building a mellow, meditative guitar-laced groove around familiar snippets of the track’s famous sample, with the end result actually having more in common with said sample’s original source, Billy Cobham’s 1974 jazz epic “Heather”.

DJ Mitsu’s involvement here is relatively minimal, with the vinyl junkie seamlessly blending tracks into one another with a few cuts here added for good measure. However, given that these tracks exist in their original instrumental state on previous releases, it would’ve perhaps been a nice touch to hear Mitsu making his presence felt a little more by slicing up the occassional key line here and there from the verses that were dropped on these classics by the likes of Rakim (“Don’t Sweat The Technique”), Nas (“One Love”) and Biggie (“Big Poppa”).

Yet that really is a small criticism to throw at what is an excellent collection of brilliantly executed tributes to some of Hip-Hop’s most cherished musical gems.

Ryan Proctor