Boomkat Product Review:
BBE deliver another sure-shot for the J Dilla legacy through 'The Shining EP 2' - wherein a triptych of fantastic cuts are taken from his posthumous album and given extra garnish in the shape of extended versions, instrumentals and clean lyricism. As genres go, hip-hop is not famed for restraint when combing the back catalogue of those who have passed away; but thus far James Yancey has been treated with real dignity by those with access to his material, and 'EP 2' ably demonstrates what a dexterous producer and forward thinking sound architect he was. A towering figure within the hip-hop community, Dilla's trademark sound of skimming-stone drums, filtered basslines and shag-pile samples went on to influence many of his peers - as lead track 'Won't Do' drills home loud & clear. A gorgeous platter of hip-hop marinated soul, 'Won't Do' (here in dirty, clean and instrumental guises) is a masterclass in the construction of a roaming composition; bringing a smoky and varnished outlook to a genre that can oft become sickly and lacking in focus. A real highlight of the EP comes with the extended version of instrumental cut 'Love Jones', as some fish-hook horns embed deep within the head and the elongated predilection make for the perfect summer tune - all we need now is the weather... Closing business with 'Jungle Love' featuring Med & Guilty (a krispy set of blunted beats and emotional paucity that acts as pin-point balance to the rest of the EP), Dilla once again proves why he has become canonised as part of hip-hop's top order. Shine on.