J Dilla [aka James Yancey, 1974-2006] was and remains one of the most important voices in independent hip hop. Earlier this month, just days before the third anniversary of his death from a rare blood disease, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Nino released four orchestral arrangements of his music under the title Suite for Ma Dukes. Read more about the project at Mochilla.
I hope to have a chance to perform Dilla’s music sometime soon. In the meantime here’s my own mix of Nag Champa, bringing together Atwood-Ferguson’s studio orchestra version and the chorus from the original track.