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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cops 'n Robbers

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Last week, Cali's Cut Chemist, known for his work with Jurassic 5 and collaborations with DJ Shadow, released a hot-as-hell mix of classic and rare African and South American tracks. With expertly placed cuts and masterful selection, the mix might confuse listeners about halfway through with a mysterious and quite noticeable fade out to ground buzz. Then you realize what this thing is. In the age of the mp3, where DJs time-stretch loops with laptops, Cut not only stuck with vinyl, he challenged the capabilites of even the most advanced digital mixing platforms. On Sound of the Police, he uses one turntable, a mixer, and a looping pedal to present one of the more exciting demonstrations of turntablism in recent memory. The album is actually a couple of practice sessions created for a live set opening for legendary Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astake. Stream the mix (for a couple more weeks) at KCRW, download a track pulled from the mix over on Cut Chemist's blog, or buy the disc from various retailers online.

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