House Shoes is something of anomaly in 2012, opting not to engage in the average histrionics and/or internet antics to gain fame. Instead, the Detroit native has slowly garnered a loyal fan base largely due to outworking, out-digging and out-producing the competition. Like Black Milk and other Detroit-based producers, Shoes’ sound is indebted to Dilla, but you would be shorting him if you defined him by that affiliation. Anyways, Mr. Shoes finished up a brief tour of the Pacific Northwest along with Guilty Simpson, Knxwledge and Samiyam. To celebrate the tour, Knxwledge took on Shoes’ “Crazy” which also features Simpson and Black Milk. As he’s prone to do, Knxwledge flipped “Crazy” into an impossibly smooth bit of soul-searching hip hop that even takes some of the edge off of Guilty’s toss you around verse. Sad you missed the tour (we are)? Listen to this. It’s not quite as visceral, but you’ll get the point. Stream below and download here courtesy of Fresh Selects.
Robert Glasper has already released what is easily one of my favorite albums of 2012 in Black Radio. With an outstanding list of featured artists including, but not limited to, the inimitable Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). Now, half a year since the release of Black Radio, the Remix EP has been released with a mouth watering lineup of producers and guest vocalists. I guess I will just list them off: ?uestlove, Phonte, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Pete Rock Georgia Anne Muldrow, and vocals from Bilal. I’ll start you out with this remix of “Letter to Hermione” by Robert Glasper and Jewels, accompanied with the slick flow of none other than Black Milk. One of my favorite parts of this track is the minute long outro that is then backed up by an awesome voicemail from Ma Dukes.
Up next? How about a Pete Rock remix of the track, “Black Radio” also featuring Mr. Yasiin Bey.
To top off the remix project, Glasper followed up his previous Dilla tribute, from In my Element, with “Dillalude #2”. A nine minute compilation of a couple of Dilla tracks ranging from “The Look of Love” and “Open Your Eyes” that all feature Casey Benjamin on vocals!! Give ‘Dillalude #2″ a listen below and you can find the rest of the tracks on Robert Glaspers’ soundcloud here.