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DJ Alibi – “One Day ” – [Tres Records]

Max Level   9/3/2007   CD, Hip Hop

Very impressive full-length debut from this Toronto DJ /producer (aka Mikhail Galkin, born in Russia). Hard to believe he’s only about 21 years old, considering his grasp of so many musical styles and the sophistication of his production. The music fuses hip hop with funk, jazz, rock, bossa nova, exotica… Nothing too down and dirty; the vibe is very musical and stays sort of party-like throughout. Alibi plays guitar, bass, and keyboards to enhance the sound where needed. He names DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist–both identified with hip hop, yet both have branched out brilliantly to include other styles–as inspirations, so you know Alibi is on the right track. Looks like a bright future for this young DJ.

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