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Makaya McCraven reimagines Gil Scott-Heron and we paid tribute to J Dilla

In this episode of Rhythm Lab Radio, we celebrate the life of J Dilla, who would have turned 46 years old on Feb. 7. Unfortunately, he passed away due to complications with Lupus in 2006. We highlighted his remixes, productions, and music that he sampled.

Then we talked to beat scientist and drummer Makaya McCraven about his new project "We're New Here." The project re-imagines Gil Scott-Heron's final album "I'm New Here." We also played new music from 070 Shake, Seu Jorge & Roge, Obongjayar, Moses Sumney, Sotomayor, Sa-Roc and more!

From the press release:

On "We’re New Again" those original sessions now have a complete new context, using samples collected from McCraven’s improvised live sessions with new wave Chicago jazz musicians and vintage samples taken from his musician parents’ recordings. It’s a musical situation that reconnects Scott-Heron with his hometown of Chicago, and a lineage of jazz and the blues that perfectly compliments his voice.



Tarika Blue - “Dreamflower”
Gil Scott-Heron - “On Coming From A Broken Home Pt. 1”
Seu Jorge & Roge - “Sarava”
Jay Dee - “Rico Suave Bossa Nova”
Stan Getz - “Luiz Bonfa - “Saudade Vem Correndo” feat. Maria Toledo
Obongjayar - “God’s Own Children”
Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven - “Me and The Devil”
Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven - “The Crutch”
Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven - “I’ll Take Care of You”
Moses Sumney - “Cut Me”
Asgeir - “Turn Gold to Sand”
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - “Midnight”
Macy Gray - “I Try (Jay Dee Remix)”


Rene Costy - “Scrabble”
Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats - “So.Incredible.pkg”
070 Shake - “The Pines”
Sa-Roc - “Hand of God”
Sotomayor - “Ella”
Four Tet - “As Serious as Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)”
Jaylib - “The Red”
Jay Dee - “Think Twice”
Brand New Heavies - “Tip Sometimes (Ummah Remix)”
Black Star - “Little Brother”
Manzel - “Midnight Theme (Dopebrother Remix)”
J Dilla - “Won’t Do”
10cc - “The Worst Band In The World”
Dorothy Ashby - “Django”
Miguel Atwood-Fergueson & Carlos Ninos - “Find A Way”

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