Last month, De La Soul marked the 25th anniversary of their classic debut album 3 Feet High And Rising by, for one day, offering seven of their albums for free download. And now De La, who haven’t released a new album since 2004′s Grind Date, are getting ready to release a host of new projects. They’ve got an album called You’re Welcome in the works, as well as a mixtape called Premium Soul On The Rocks, which will be produced entirely by DJ Premier and Pete Rock. And they’re also readying Smell The D.A.I.S.Y., another new mixtape, which will have them rapping over beats from the late production legend J Dilla. I don’t know whether “Dilla Plugged In,” the first track they’ve shared from the mixtape, is a previously-released Dilla beat or if it’s an unheard one from his vaults; perhaps someone with a more complete knowledge of Dilla’s work can drop some knowledge in the comments section. But I do know that De La’s warm, conversational delivery is a natural match for Dilla’s softly glimmering production, and the moment at the end where the sample of James Brown’s “The Boss” comes in is just beautiful. Listen below.
Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. is coming soon.