J Dilla fans take heed, Amp Fiddler just unloaded a trove of unreleased demos and backstories in conversation with Raj Chaudhuri for the new Boiler Room podcast, Welcome 2 Detroit Dissected. Most know Amp as the man that brought the MPC into Dilla’s unpracticed hands and helped him hone his craft in the dungeon. Here he recounts how he and Jay Dee first crossed paths and how tight their student-teacher bond was.
But the meat of the interview finds Amp rifling through some old zip discs that Dilla had gifted, track by track, breaking Slum Village beats down to their bare drum tracks, granting us a rare glimpse at the skeletal sonics the comprised J Dilla’s signature swing and sound. All of the maestro’s methods are revealed: how he’d cut up individual key notes and form actual chords on the MPC, how his bass lines dragged from the very start. Eventually, they get to actually dissecting Dilla’s debut album, but that’s hardly the prize of this thing. You’ll hear never-heards and cringe with delight.
Hit the link below and let the stank face fall upon you.