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DJ Spooky Vs. Scanner

The Quick and the Dead

Sulphur/Beggar’s Banquet

This is the first collaboration disc in “The Meld Series,” on the UK imprint Sulphur. The concept of this set is to “combine a regular series of recordings to explore the union of one artist with another – dissolving expectations, in the hope of opening up a fresh wound in the sound” and who can better sonically open up a wound in sound than DJ Spooky and Scanner?

This is a very interesting, exploratory disc. The music here ranges from fuzzed-out downtempo (“Journey”), afro-funk jungle with R2D2 samples (“Uncanny”), droning ambient (“Ngugi”), to a piece created entirely from samples of cut up car horns (“Channel Float”). Intersperse all that with very short (30sec-1min) bits of noise terrorism, and you’ve got one of the best releases from either of these camps in quite a while. A fine addition to any collection of the more experimental electronic side of things.

Beggars Banquet, 580 Broadway, Suite 1004, New York, NY 10012; http://www.beggars.com


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