Now an absolute stone cold classic, Donuts was initially an album written out of necessity as James Yancey was hospitalised at the time with the disease that would eventually kill him and without his usual studio tools he was forced into making beat tape-like collages. The album was released three days before his death and its magpie-like scattershot approach to beatmaking and sampling has since been used by...well... pretty much everyone.
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I was a latecomer to Dilla. A friend copied me Donuts a couple of years back, I went a bit mental for it if truth be told, and I listened to the thing to death. And then I simply couldn't find the copied CD of it anywhere for about nine months, until I went to listen to Quasi Objects by Matmos a couple of months back and Donuts was inside the box of that. I was delighted, and have probably listened to it a good fifty-or-so times since rediscovering it. I put it right up there with Endless Summer by Fennesz, as an album which to me totally defines its own genre.
It's obviously nothing like Fennesz musically though, it's a bunch of old soul records cut up and fucked about with, and I'd go so far as to say the end product is the perfect soul/hip hop album. So anyway I figured it was probably time to get the thing on vinyl so I won't ever lose it again, and the kindly postman brought me this first thing today. It's nice to finally have a proper copy of it...
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