Originally posted on July 3, 2008
Turntablists are usually OK. Just OK. Sometimes they seem to have become formulaic. The same old squeaks and gurgles. But the Cut Chemists take it much further into creative stratospheres. They bring the cutting, mixing and adding of original instruments and vocals to the realm of pop art.
The Audience’s Listening (Beatdown) combines all of these elements with a sense of humor and some wake-up musical moments. Brazilian samba transformed, rock and hip hop literally re-formed. . . and some moments that are simply zany. I am not generally one to go for this sort of thing. The Cut Chemists convince me that all cannot be said to be lost. Musical imagination still thrives out there in some places, whatever the medium.