Beat Cinema Podcast Vol. 33 featuring Mike Styles

Words by: Porchlite


Shout out to our Beat Cinema fam for handing the controls over to Mike Styles!  I’ve been rocking this mix for months now and am excited the people finally get to hear it.  The freshest 35-minutes I’ve heard this year. You got beats, Jazz, that bass, the uncategorizable, and a trip to Africa all on here.  Vibe out to this one, cheers!


Jasper Staal – Super Nintendo
JOOB x miceonthebrain – Dozer
Repeated Measures – Warp Drive
wave Groove – Mystic Virtual
Little Dragon – klapp klapp (Dafusia Remix)
Jonny Faith – Zheng
P.U.D.G.E. – vieux tambour (Nyabongo)
Melodiesinfonie – Africaspirit
Chrome Sparks – Marijuana
J Rocc – It’s Fasionable
Sev Seveer – Televised Chocolate
Radius Etc – Aquatic Sunset Sirens
Raj Mahal – Hi!
Luiz Gonzaga – Boca de Forno (Guigo Edit)
Co. fee – Rio
MR. DIBIASE – Fly Me 2 the Moon
IGBO – Chant


Word by Mike Styles


After the buzzing Sofa Set Ep dropped last year, we were super stoked to learn of a full length by Axel F., not quite the synthy Beverly Hills Cop theme.  Rather a collaboration joint from, J. Rocc (Beat Junkies) behind the boards and MED up front on the mic.  Theme Music, released earlier this week on Bang Ya Head, is another chapter in hip hop’s street gospel, a modern blaxploitation flick on wax.  MED has been a recognized hit man with classic verses on some of your favorite Stones Throw related joints (cue up Madvillainy, Shades of Blue, “Blind Man (Cut Chemist Remix)”, Push Comes to Shove)…J.Rocc, is well, arguably the greatest dj, party rocker, sample puller on the planet and this is his first solo produced hip hop album.  The combo here is a no brainer and the album reflects exactly as it should.

From the jump you can already feel your leg sweat sticking to the sofa plastic on “Searchin’.”  “The Set” is what hooked us from the start, the stand out 808 boom bap track from the Sofa Set ep and one of MED finest moments.

“Omega ft. Blu” is the latest single dropped from the duo, where Blu and MED exchange punchy hood versus over a monster of a beat by ‘The Funky President’.

How about them bells?  We won’t spill all the beans but you’re going to get the full spectrum here.  MED discusses the nature of economics (“Sofa Coins”).

197669_414811018557932_730889289_nThere’s a love joint featuring our girl Jimetta Rose (“SCWF”), an awesome ode to Mary Jane with fellow Stones Throw artist Oh No (“All Day”) and what underground West Coast album is complete without an appearance by Phil the Agony & Krondon (“Superman”)?  Oh can’t forget about the international and soul bonus beats provided by J. Rocc.  All in all a great set of music for the streets, dropped with perfect timing.  Support the independent effort and much respect to J. Rocc & MED for this one.


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#BeatsOfAllDILLA: 28 Days of James “Jay Dee” Yancey


DAY 28: The J Dilla x Brasil Connection

The DILLA x BRASIL Connection

Today is the last day of our month long series #BeatsofAllDilla.  We are about to go full circle…As we transition out of J Dilla Month and into our next venture, Brazilian Carnaval, which begins today and ends with our 4th Annual Brazilian Carnaval in Pomona at Re:Fresh, we leave you with “Obrigado Dilla,” which translates from Brazilian Portuguese to “Thank You Dilla.”

“Obrigado Dilla” was produced and documented by our friends at Mochilla following the Brasilintime premiere show at SESC Pompeii in São Paulo, 2006.  It features Brazil’s championed DJs Nuts and Primo (RIP) on the cuts and punching buttons on the SP-303 while drummer Pupillo keeps the time on the beat.  Together the three did a tribute featuring Dilla’s Brazilian influenced production for the Pharcyde, “Runnin.”  Again shout out to B+ and Coleman of Mochilla who captured some of the most iconic photos of Dilla in existence, including several we used throughout the month.

Here’s a fun note, we had an opportunity to host B+, Eric Coleman and DJ Nuts on several occasions at an event in Downtown Upland, CA called The Lapa Lounge.  On one of those nights in 2007, the Mochilla crew blessed us with the first public viewing of “Obrigado Dilla” with our small and intimate crowd.

Here is the original sample, Stan Getz “Saudade Vem Correndo” which translates to the theme and title of the Pharcyde track. Coincidence?

Bonus Nuggets:

Jay Dee Samples Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell:

and here’s an unreleased track where he samples Sergio Mendes drums and another record covering the Bossa Nova standard “Agua de Beber.”

The Dilla x Brazil connection goes even deeper, when asked about the short, prolific “Rico Suave Bossa Nova” track on Welcome 2 Detroit, he said  “I fell in love with Brazilian music the day I listened to a Sergio Mendes album.  We used to have jam sessions in the studio after work was done, one day my mans Karriem Riggins came through.  I asked him for ‘bossa nova.’  He gave me exactly what I needed.”

We bet Dilla would’ve bugged out if he heard his bossa nova groove covered by the legendary Azymuth!

and that’s what we call going full circle on the J Dilla x Brasil connection.

-Mike Styles

Be Sure to follow us for updates in on our #28daysofDILLA and #beatsofallDILLA series!



-Beats of All-Nations

This is a month long tribute, be sure to check past videos we’ve posted below!

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