Stepping Stones: The Self-Remixed Best finds Japanese musician DJ Krush revisiting his past, from the hard-bopping trip-hop of 1995's Strictly Turntablized ("Kemuri") to the gritty clouds haunting 2004's Jaku ("Kill Switch" with Aesop Rock). He remixes more than 20 noteworthy tracks, shearing down their particularities so they flow and ripple together like a spectral degree of blackness. Though his music is technically hip-hop, he consumes free jazz, Taiko and electronics to reach his abstractions, creating tones and tempos that shift like tectonic plates. These radical interpretations, split into a "Lyricism" disc (filled with guests like the Roots' Black Thought, Esthero and Mos Def) and a "Soundscapes" disc (featuring collaborations with DJ Shadow and others), will strike hardcore fans as ingeniously unique. Newcomers, however, could use a compilation that leaves DJ Krush's artistic history untouched by revisionism. 4 stars
DJ Krush plays at The Loft on Fri., Sept. 15.
*Christ, Lord sorry
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
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Their show with Chris, Lord about 3 years at the Unicorn was the best.