The work of d’Wala first came to my attention through the Hold Box Flat blog and podcast (transmit box flat) when I heard a sublime “riddim mix” of S.E.V.A – Lagremad de Soledad feat. Danay a track from Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura album released at the end of last year.
More recently however he has been working on Re-Edits of tracks from “Suite for Ma Dukes” by Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood Ferguson. These three re-edits shows the control and measured understanding that d’Wala possesses over a piece of music.
His recreation and interpretation of the original beats breaths even more life into the instrumental.. providing a sick yet subtle momentum that has your head nodding deeper and deeper into the groove…
“I remember first hearing this record on Gilles Peterson’s Radio One show and thinking WOW !! – Niño & Atwood-Fergusons beautifully interpreted arrangements of some of Dilla’s finest beats are simply incredible….Anyways, so inspirational was the music that I decided to re-edit the tracks…. and attempted to re-create the trademark Dilla sound – drum grooves, drops, & classic arrangement – that appeared on the originals of these records over the chamber style instrumentals.”
I will be featuring these Re-Edits and more on the Black Box Radio Show on Sunday night so be sure to tune in to hear more.