Back on 26th March De La Soul dropped a mixtape (free to download from their website) called 'Smell The DA.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy)' as a tribute to the renowned hip hop producer J. Dilla, who unfortunately died in 2006 due to rare blood disease. This master beatmaker made his name not only working with De La Soul, but many other hot artists which included A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu and Common. The mixtape consists of the band rapping over unreleased Dilla beats and has already created a buzz of anticipation for their first new album in 10 years, 'You're Welcome', due this summer. Especially for the occasion of Record Store Day, De La Soul have pressed up 100 vinyl copies of the instrumental version of 'Smell The DA.I.S.Y.', which they intend to sneak into certain record shops across America, Canada and the UK. 5 copies will go up on eBay, which I suppose will give fans outside of the those countries a chance to get one. Clues as to where these very limited edition records can be found are on the group's website, along with a link to several vinyl stores in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Speaking of which, my own gut feeling for the LA location is Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, without doubt the number spot for vinyl in Southern California.
From the 'Smell The DA.I.S.Y.' mixtape - this is De La Soul + J. Dilla 'Marvin Jaye':