|1. Q-Bert "Turntable
|2. Mixmaster Mike "Surprize
|3. Cut Chemist "Lesson
6 The Lecture"
|4. DJ Shadow "Changeling
|5. DJ Rectangle "Turntable
|6. Peanut Butter Wolf feat.
Babu & J-Rocc of the Beat Junkies "They
Don't Fall Down"
|7. DJ Cash Money "3:00
In Da Morning/Circus Of Hell"
|8. DJ Craze "Act
|9. Rodney O & Joe Cooley
|10. Mixmaster Mike "Audio
|11. Q-Burn Abstract Message
|12. Radar "Radar
Frees Tibet (gasho remix)"
|13. Salt-N-Pepa "Spindarella's
Not A Fella (But A Girl DJ)"
|14. Kurtis Blow "AJ
|And it's exactly the same here.
Once again the mere list of names is awe inspiring.
Just think: Q-Bert, Craze, Cash Money, Shadow, Mixmaster
Mike, Cut Chemist, Radar and the list goes on. The
elite of the best is on here. Of course with a couple
of people left out. But for those, there's volume
two. So the two thirds of obvious choices, well,
are obvious, but they are also too strong, too good
to even raise the tiniest voice of objection.
|Now the other third is where it
gets funny. First of all, the title of the record
obviously has you expect songs done by DJs. Interestingly
enough, Thump chose to also add tracks by rappers
done about their DJs. Now, that might seem inconclusive
to the concept, but in actuality, it works very
well. So when Rodney O & Joe Cooley's "Cooley
High" comes on, when Kurtis Blow
does his now classic "AJ
Scratch", or even when Salt-N-Pepa
do "Spindarella's Not
A Fella (But A Girl DJ)", the appreciation
of these artists for their DJs is perfect on such
a compilation. Especially as second, with a DJ Shadow's
1)" or with a Q-Burn Abstract Message
Of Changes", we also get tracks
that focus on the production skills of the DJ, rather
than his turntable trickery.
|What then leads us to another thing:
these tracks have all been previously released.
So nothing new under the sun. Well, at least for
the guys that have each and every record. But as
not everyone bought the "Deep Concentration"
or the "Return Of The DJ" compilations
(and I had to throw these two classic and pioneering
DJ compilation series in here), not everyone owns
every single album on this planet, and not everyone
is as down with this scene as you and me. What then
makes this record good for those that it's catered
to anyway: the people that are really interested
in hearing what these DJs they see on stage with
rock groups (or lately pop groups for that matter),
in videos, commercials, etc. etc. etc. do. And with
this compilation really containing true legends,
true masters of the trade, it gets its job done.
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