Friday, July 14, 2006

Funky Friday's Audience Is Listening

Turtablist extraordinaire Cut Chemist dropped his debut solo LP The Audience's Listening this week. Best known as DJ (and beat maker) for Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, as well as the Brainfreeze and Product Placement collaborations with DJ Shadow, it is a record that has been years in the making. I am loving it. It's a crate digger's blend of old school hip hop, party jams and electro mixed up with post-rock, Brazilian flavors and a bit of jazz. It is a predominantly instrumental record, and it really surprised me with it's approach - I expected much more of a hip hop record, and this touches on a lot more musical ground. It flows nicely. Storm featuring Edan & Mr. Lif is a fierce electro hip hop track with sci-fi sound effects and hep flows from two of indie hip hop's leading voices. Spoon is a killer mid tempo instrumental that is all about an old school soul beat and a beefy bass riff. OK, there's some cool post-rock guitar too. I love the last minute of this where it gets all slamming with the scratches and vocal snippets.

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