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    DJ Baku – “Goth-Trad, Saidrum, Bleeder” – [Self-release]

    baku_bleeder
    Y2K! Turn of the milennium, turntablism. Actually two disks,
    the first one preferred by me with some fine flickery of the wrist
    on steel wheels! Fader, pitch and other patches over tracks that
    are already pretty heady. I could see a lot of people plying
    the 2nd “Instrumental” disk with their own samples/mixes dropped
    on top, or even just letting them run alone. Honestly, I’m a
    little turned around, I think the instro disk is a bunch of pieces
    by three different Japanese producers (Goth-Trad, Saidrum and
    Bleeder) and then Baku busts out the ju-scatch-jitsu on the
    first disk. If so, Bleeder’s two pieces are deep and dark,
    “Wrong Trousers” moving through movie scores and stringing
    tension, and “Rendomaccesssample” floating a funky flute through
    a searching bass line. Really all six tracks are pretty dark,
    Goth+Trad opens icily (sample from a Scooby Doo drop?) and
    his closer “Alchemy” slow as a mad scientist walking up the
    steps to his mountain top laboratory. Saidrum with two
    “Eartifacts” the first found percussion in the world, maybe
    a pachinko parlor? The second, an ear-worm burrowing bass, with
    breathing appartus and chimes added on. All tracks are solid
    but the scratching (and dropping in some vocals, maybe Dose One,
    help make the first disk a wilder ride. Check out what he does
    with the “Wrong Trousers” enhanced beyond mere pants! Zipper
    cuts included! Looks like Baku has his own Pop Group imprint
    still rolling, curious to see if he’s still on the experimental
    tip. This was a nice find in the used bin by our Music Dept
    truffle-sniffers! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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