Dilla's seminal beats album turns 10! For the decade anniversary, Stones Throw has reissued Donuts on double LP with a fancy UV coated gatefold sleeve, all new back art, and liner notes by Jordan Ferguson from his book Donuts 33 1/3 detailing the making of the album. Not much more can be said about this classic album from one of the most influential producers of our time. Basically, this was Dilla's final game-changing masterpiece - you need this in your life. Our original Donuts review from '06: When Donuts first rolled into the Lab, I gave it a cursory listen and (wanting to get home to the new episode of Lost as quickly as possible) tossed off a pithy little blurb for it. It wasn't until a few days later, when we all heard of Dilla's passing, that I realized how much I really believed in the sentiments I'd written down. Here's the original. R.I.P., Mr. Yancey. You really need to read this? Everyone -- from backpackers to big name producers -- agrees that Dilla is the god, and this new record is only here to confirm what we already knew. Featuring 31 tracks of freshly-minted beats from the master himself, Donuts is a collection of instrumentals that not only manage to sound substantive and complete (despite the fact that they're all under 2 minutes in length) but that also come together to form a cohesive whole. It's a kind of new mission statement for the old dog, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Recommended
- 10th anniversary double vinyl pressing
- UV coated gatefold sleeve
- liner notes by Jordan Ferguson, containing an excerpt from his book Donuts 33 1/3
- music label: Stones Throw 2016
reviewed by Von Bee 02/2016
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