CATALOGUE: JLSR – MP3001
FILE UNDER/GENRE: HIP HOP/ELECTRONIC/JAZZ
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2012
Octavio Santos – Fall In Love (For Dilla)
[O.N. Santos, R.L. Altman III, T. Glover, J. Yancey]
Produced and arranged by Octavio Santos
All vocals, instruments and drum programming performed by Octavio Santos
Recorded by Octavio Santos at The Groove Cafeteria, Mississauga, ON.
Mixed by Joseph Shaw at Pure Opus Productions, Toronto, ON.
Original performed by Slum Village, produced by J Dilla (J. Yancey) found on “Fantastic Vol. 2”
I’m Swanky Like That Music © 2012
Octavio Santos uses YAMAHA trumpets and flugelhorns and YAMAHA mouthpieces.
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Swanky says - liner notes:
I will always have a love affair with hip-hop. But then again, I will always have a love affair with many genres that are in my repertoire. Having grown up to jazz and classical music at a very young age, my hip-hop vocabulary expanded during my late high school years. I had this one English teacher that considered me her musical guru because I would turn her onto dope music. It became a relationship in which we’d trade CDs with each other to acquire what one had listened in their music arsenal. I would already be knowledgeable of what she had, so the music learning process would be in her court.
My first taste of hip-hop (focused on, because I’d hear it on the radio, but I’d never pay attention…it was mainstream too, not that there’s anything wrong with it) was The Roots’ “Phrenology”. I know, I know…it’s the most experimental album that The Roots had ever produced, but it opened my eyes to go back to previous Roots releases and made me stumble upon other artists such as Common, Talib Kweli and Mos Def among others.
Oh yes…we’re talkin’ Soulquarian territory here.
My first encounter with J Dilla, one of the members of the Soulquarians, was through a hip-hop collective called Slum Village. Hell, I didn’t even start off “Fan-tas-tic Vol. 1” or “Fantastic Vol. 2”. I’m one of those people who upon discovery take a leap back into previous discographies. It was “Trinity: Past, Present & Future” that had me. This was the first album where Dilla left to pursue his solo career, but he still had some productions on there. Going back to check out the second installment of “Fantastic” caught me by surprise. I have never heard this style of hip-hop before…it was like that blahzay, chill type rap where rhymes were just…you know…whatever…spittin’ playfully and having a microphone swagger that I found really dope.
“Conant Gardens”…”I Don’t Know”…shiiiiiiit.
Such dope joints!
From then on, I’ve had profound respect for J Dilla’s mastery of sample chopping and production work. I was discovering works of his that had me locked on headphones, vibin’ out sometimes until 4 in the morning (like Common’s “Like Water For Chocolate” album).
He was one of those producers that influenced me…not to sound like him…but to get my music game on. I do have countless producers in my influences list, but he definitely made it on there. Here we have a man that was on his deathbed making “Donuts”. He loved music. I love music. I can see why.
I was in the middle of working on horn arrangements for UK soul singer Greg Blackman, specifically the B-side of a forthcoming joint called “Buttah”, when I took a break from the session. When I take a break from workin’ on music, I listen to music (if I’m not eating, haha!!). Yeah…I love music.
Slum Village’s “Fantastic Vol. 2” was blaring loud in the lab and “Fall In Love” was playing. I was next to a keyboard and was noodling with the melody that Dilla chopped from Gap Mangione’s “Diana In The Autumn Wind” while I said the hook.
It made me put the “Buttah” session on hold to mess around with this.
I’ve never done a J Dilla tribute joint and usually all those Dilla tributes pop up in the music community nearing his death anniversary.
This is the first time that I’ve produced anything without the help of another producer or a musician. I’d usually have someone helping me out, but this time I wanted to improve on my production game. The results are this.
I wanted to express a different version of “Fall In Love” with the trumpet as the lead voice. I’ve been dabbling in horn arrangements as of late and I wanted to put that to use. Goin’ back to the hook, “Don’t sell yourself to fall in love…the things you do…”, I was messin’ around on the vocoder thinkin’ I should do some Casey Benjamin (of The Robert Glasper Experiment fame) shit, hahaha!
That hook has enough meaning packed inside…advice to heed. Never sell yourself for that four letter L-word. Always do you. Don’t be someone you’re not to impress another. Make sure your efforts and sacrifices are not falling on someone who doesn’t deserve it. It might sound like a common sense thing, but we’ve all fallen in that trap one time or another I’m sure.
This joint is my re-vision.
This is for J Dilla.
Don’t sell yourself to fall in love.
Please pass this on to any music aficionado or anyone that will dig the vibe.
Much love and Reese’s peace,
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