June 30, 2017
The loop digger invades Blue Note.
Madlib’s seminal Blue Note records-sampling project Shades Of Blue is to get a limited vinyl reissue via Music On Vinyl.
Originally released on Blue Note in 2003, the project saw Madlib take scissors and glue to the iconic jazz label’s vast discography, “repossessing” music by legends like Wayne Shorter, Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, Bobby Hutcherson and Horace Silver into low-slung breaks and hip-hop instrumentals.
Knitted together with vocals samples and intros, it has gone down in lore as one of the most proficient sampled-based jazz albums of all time. It surely also features several samples collected in this 1,000+ playlist of samples used by Madlib, which surfaced earlier this week.
While Shades Of Blue was reissued in 2014 on Blue Note records, and second-hand copies won’t set you back more than £30-£40 on Discogs, this new edition has been pressed to mixed blue and white vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies.
Out now, you can order Shades Of Blue here and remind yourself of its genius and scope below.