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Friday, October 9, 2015

J DILLA remixes SHAKKAZOMBIE - "Camoflauge" (2001)

I have decided to share one of my illest Dilla finds with y'all, which is a rare remix of Shakkazombie's "Camoflauge" which I have never ever seen mentioned in any discography of Jay Dee. I don't call this blog The Lost Tapes for nothing. Shakkazombie is a Japanese rap trio consisting of the emcees MC Osumi, Tsutchie and MC Hide-Bowie who has been releasing records in their home country since 1995. In 2001 the group dropped the mini-album "Get On Da Track" on the Cutting Edge label which featured two versions of the song "カモフラ" (translated: "Camoflauge"). One of these versions is labeled as the Barak Remix; Barak of course being the Detroit label that's behind releases by Slum Village, Phat Kat, Young RJ and B.R. Gunna. Looking closer at the credits the remix is credited to Jay Dee while the music is credited to Slum Village and Young RJ. The song itself finds Jay Dee in the middle of his transition from the dreamy, Rhodes infected jazz grooves of "Fantastic Vol. 2" to the bass heavy, minimalist thump inspired by Detroit's techno scene that was heard on Dilla's contribution to "Trinity" as well as Frank-N-Dank's "48 Hours". Shit goes HARD!

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