A musical IQ challenge with DJ Food’s ‘Raiding’
“Raiding the 20th Century”
Internet-only release (www.djfood.org)
Utilizing the many capabilities of the laptop to help merge seemingly unmixable songs and create new compositions has become a growing trend in deejaying. But while listeners have been thoroughly impressed, some record labels have not. Case and Point: DJ Danger Mouse’s infamous “Grey Album” ” a critically acclaimed fusion of Jay Z’s “Black Album” and The Beatles’ “White Album” ” was effectively “banned,” but still found its way to more than a couple computers and iPods.
DJ Food has gone a step further, “stealing” an absurd amount of music for “Raiding the 20th Century,” reaching back into early big-band jazz and well into the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and the 21st century, fusing some of the most unusual song combinations ” two, three, four at a time. Take the Beastie Boys’ “Three MC’s and One DJ” over Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” alongside a Killers’ riff and then into the Beastie Boys’ “Sure Shot” over The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di.” Not bizarre enough for you? Try Busta Rhymes’ “Woo-Hah! Got You All in Check” played over a ragtime tune or Destiny’s Child “Bootylicious” coupled with Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; the result: “Smells Like Booty.” Then there’s the reggae-seeped rendition of Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” ah yes.
“Raiding the 20th Century” will seriously challenge any musical IQ. You’re likely to find yourself going back and forth saying, “I know that riff; I recognize that beat,” but unable to pinpoint it. With a historical narration of deejaying to boot, DJ Food makes an incredibly ambitious attempt to cover a century’s worth of music and explain most things in between. Adding to the historical perspective, Food chronicles moments in time such as JFK’s assassination with original radio footage. Much of “Raiding … ” is like flipping up and down an FM dial and the affect can be both dizzying and dazzling. The best part is how easy this album (which is one 59-minute track) is to get a hold of; Food has been kind enough to make it available for free at http://www.djfood.org, so you have no excuse.
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