If hip hop would be an antique store, then De La Soul would be a hotselling item. Because classic and De La Soul go hand in hand flawlessly for over three decades now. That’s exactly why we join forces with Redefinition Records and Dutch festival Boogiedown Breda to pay hommage to the legendary and influental De La Soul.
Think of 3 Feet High & Rising, Buhloone Mindstate or Stakes Is High. All classic material released by De La Soul throughout the past thirty years. And those are only albums, then we’re not even talking about classic songs such as Eye Know and Saturdays yet. And a honorable mention goes out to The Find’s favourite, I Am I Be.
Redefinition Records selected some of its favourite producers that share one collective love: De La Soul. On this EP, each producer expresses this long lasting love through a remix, remake or tribute. This does not result in a random collection of same ol’ remixes, but each track reflects personal influences and inspiration. A personal, unique style just like De La had its very own eclectic sound.
K-Def‘s remix of ‘Stakes Is High’ kicks in the hardest with banging drums and the remarkable use of the Ahmad Jamal sample. Of course it includes the infamous ‘Vibes… Vibrations’ by James Brown as well. Host K-Murdock‘s track is more subtle with an ambient touch, reminiscent to the mellow style on ‘The Scenic Route’ by his hip hop group Panacea.
On the other hand, we have DJ Stitches & BP. The obscure movie samples on their remake of ‘Millie Pulled A Gun On Santa’ are explicit and give this version an extra playful dimension. Astronote‘s track is completely different compared to the aforementioned contributions. The tribute by the French producer slightly leans towards an electronic orientated beat.
Whether you are a big fan of De La Soul, want to hear music by these producers or possibly both: you can easily download the ‘Salutes EP’ for free below!! Just click the ‘Exclusive: Salutes EP’ button and that’s it. Enjoy!
Cover art by Florian Bürstl of Crunk Designz
01. K-Murdock – Intro
02. K-Murdock – Breakadawn (Quiet Storm Remix)
03. K-Def – Stakes Is High (Kush Remix)
04. DJ Stitches & BP – Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa
05. Astronote – De La Soul Tribute (Verbal Clap Rendition)