Celebration of Jay

by DJ Mitsu The Beats

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about

Jay Dee / J Dilla
“I can’t remember the first track I listened to, but I started to become aware of his presence with “Slum village / Fantastic Vol. 2”.
He’s been producing classics even before this album, and I’ve listened to numerous tracks including the unreleased ones. But for me, Jay Dee/ J Dilla’s
presence is packed into “Slum village / Fantastic Vol.2” and “Welcome 2 Detroit”. I have never been influenced so much by music in my life, and probably never will be. Until then, I strived to create music without being influenced by anyone, but by recognizing him and becoming a captive of his worldview, there was no way to escape his influence. His extremely tight drums were made without relying on quantization, and his use of sine waves for bass and layering filtered samples was incredible. He had a distinctive utilization of space, and seemingly rough but delicate style. There’s no doubt that he laid the foundations for my current style.
I have created tracks for people in the past, but I have never dedicated a whole album for anyone. Even after his passing I greatly respect him as a mentor, and I have longed to dedicate an album for him in order to reflect on my present self. The intension of this album is not to imitate, but to present myself while reflecting on how his influence has helped me to find my own style. This is a dedication of my style to him, which would not have been possible without his influence. I will continue to respect him.
Thank you Jay Dee / Jay Dilla.
Mitsu The Beats

Jay Dee / J Dilla
『初めて聴いたのがどの曲だったのかは覚えてはいませんが、はっきりとその存在を意識したのは"Slum village / Fantastic Vol.2"でした。
それまでも数々の名曲を生んでいるし、未発表曲集も含めてかなりの数の曲を聴いてきました。ただ、自分にとっての”Jay Dee / J Dilla"という存在は"Slum village / Fantastic Vol.2"と"Welcome 2 Detroit"に全て集約れていると考えています。自分の音楽人生でここまで影響を受けた人はいませんし、これからも無いと思います。それまで誰の影響も受けずに曲を作る事をモットーとして制作に励んできましたが、彼を認識し、その独自の世界に虜になってしまってからは、影響を受けずにはいられませんでした。極限まで固くタイトなドラムをクオンタイズに捕われずに打ち込み、サイン波をベースに利用し、フィルターのかかったサンプルを重ねる。それまで聴いた事の無い空間の使い方、ラフでいて繊細なそのスタイルは今の自分の礎となっている事は間違いありません。
今まで誰かの為に曲を作る事はあってもアルバムを捧げた事はありませんでした。しかし彼が亡くなって以降、心の師として今でも尊敬して止まない彼の為に、そして自分の今を確認する為にもずっと作りたいと思っていました。このアルバムは彼の真似をしている訳ではなく、自分が影響を受けながら模索し、今現在こうなったという姿を捧げる物です。彼の影響無くしては考えられない自分のスタイルを彼に捧げます。今もこれからも尊敬し続けるでしょう。
ありがとうJay Dee / J Dilla。』
Mitsu The Beats

credits

released August 8, 2014

All tracks produced & mixed by DJ Mitsu the Beats (GAGLE/Jazzy Sport)
All tracks mastered by Taiji Okuda at MSR+
All graphics designed by die(Jazzy Sport Atelier)
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