Barely two weeks ago De La Soul released their free mixtape "Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.", an eleven track set made up of Plug One to Three getting busy over nothing but J Dilla beats. Not only was it a fantastic idea on paper, but as it turned out it was actually one of the most exciting releases 2014 has yet had to offer. A vinyl release of this is an obvious purchase so you can imagine how happy the news of the EP actually seeing a liimited 12" release made me.
Now as dope as that sounds, for some reason they have gone with the decision to release it as an instrumental version only. There are so many posthumous Jay Dee releases (both vocal and instrumentals) out there by now that I have a hard time seeing the logic. Especially considering that Dave's and Pos' performances on these beats were simply mindblowing. The reason for the decision is stated in the press release as follows: "We decided to release an all instrumental version of 'Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.' to give people the eperience of a J Dilla beat tape that we were so lucky to receive. These beat tapes were the spring board that generated creation and inspiration for us". Fair enough, but considering that similiar things have already been attempted I must say I think it's a dissapointing route considering how fantastic the vocal version are. Oh well, the wax is limited to 1000 copies so go to WeAreDeLaSoul.com for more information.