Life After You is an album of nostalgia where DJ Day’s understanding as a DJ and beatmaker merge expertly. A beat tape that encompasses many genres, DJ Day’s production displays the kind of deeper knowledge that only comes with decades of digging through dusty crates for the perfect loop. DJ Day has an impressive ability to seamlessly blend styles, but it’s his choice of samples that elevates Life After You from good to great.
DJ Day comes out of the gate swinging with the opening track “Circles,” flipping a sample from the soul cut “Didn’t I” by Darondo to brilliant effect. You’d be hard pressed to find a better introduction to an album and it sets the pace for a beat tape that’s exceedingly soulful and flows brilliantly from one track to the next.
Like the best DJ sets, the arrangement of Life After You takes you on a real journey, a journey that draws from soul, jazz, reggae and much more while using hip-hop as the thread that holds it all together. Life After You is DJ Day at his most soulful, which makes perfection for anyone who likes the lush melodies of acts like Digable Planets, A Tribe Called Quest, and Pete Rock & CL Smooth.