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|1. The Horror|
|3. Smoke and Mirrors|
|4. Good Times Roll Pt. 2|
|5. Final Frontier|
|7. Cut Out to FL|
|9. Shot in the Dark|
|10. Chicken-Bone Circuit|
|11. The Proxy|
|12. 2 More Dead|
|13. Take the Picture Off|
|14. Silver Fox|
There's a mellifluous, melodic feel to RJD2's production on Deadringer that enables him to easily straddle the US/European divide between hip-hop and trip hop, even coming close to the intricate and lucid inventiveness of the Avalanches in places.
Ohio's RJD2 first dropped his wholesome brand of bumpin' beats on Bobbito's Fondle 'Em Records (as producer for MegaHertz), before appearing later on labels such as Rawkus and Def Jux. It's the latter label that has decided to support his talents full-time, and judging by this debut solo joint, it's a very good decision.
Keeping his musical references as wide as possible while retaining a distinctly b-boy soul, RDJ2 casually bunches together disparate sounds and styles--funk, hip-hop, soul, jazz, reggae, blues, industrial grunge, acoustic folk, indie rock--into a fibrous and free-wheeling whole. There's straight up hip-hop for the heads on "Final Frontier", "F.H.H." and "June" (where he teams up with MCs Blueprint, Jakki da Motamouth and Copewrite respectively) but Deadringer is mostly about the producer's experiments with cinematic beatscapes, funny funksters and down-tempo nods, all approached with a twinge of oddness and some deliciously flippant humour. --Paul Sullivan
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But similarities aside, this isn't much like any of the aforementioned artists. It's one of the more unique things I've heard in a while. It's your typical collage of breakbeats and samples and odd melodies. And where RJD2 really shines is in the last element: melodies. Yes, his beats are, putting it mildly, awesome. But what stood out for me is just how tuneful and finely crafted his songs (yes, songs) are. This guy has an ear for melody, and creates tracks that bear this out.
And the songs are oddly rousing, anthemic even. Listening to 'The Horror,' I kept wanting to throw up my hands at my pointless 9-5 life, and go off and have some sort of adventure or something. If that makes sense. It's stirring music, is what I guess I'm trying to say.
The only downside to this album, in my personal opinion, are the non-instrumental tracks. Not to say that the MCing is weak - it's not - just that RJD2 is so good that I bemoan being distracted from his work by the lyrics. But that's a pretty minor quibble, and doesn't make this any less great of an album.
Have a listen and go have an adventure or something.
I unwrapped it, and plopped into my portable cd player. It seemed a bit odd at first, as I skipped around to songs like "Silver Fox", which is one of the more contemporary songs on the CD, but when I listened more closely, cool things started to pop out. During the 7-hour car trip back from LA, I probably listened through it 5 times. Wow. He is truly an amazing artist. His ability to flow from one style to another within a track is great, along with his versatility of the mood. He samples Jimi Hendrix, old horror movies, and features some great rappers. There are more dark songs - "Smoke and Mirrors", and some feel-good songs too - "Good Times Roll Pt.2", all put together extremely well.
More Listened To:
Smoke And Mirrors
Good Times Roll Pt.2
Cut Out To FL
2 More Dead
Less Listened To:
Salud (an interlude)
Shot In The Dark
Take The Picture Off
(and thats not to say that the less listened to aren't good)
I think this album is the result of hard work, good taste in music, and pure talent for Rjd2. I'm really happy that I could be introduced to instrumental DJ music with this album. I recommend you do the same.
Most recent customer reviews
Amazing; not too many modern releases have such an amazing groove when exported to vinyl, but this is amazing. I love RJD2 and believe this is his best album. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sploff
This is a really fantastic album. Certainly Rjd2's finest. The packaging is pretty bare bones, but that's fine with me.Published 21 months ago by Dustin
Being compared to DJ Shadow might have had an advantage for RJD2: I doubt that his affiliation with Def Jux would be heavy enough to translate into the success he has seen. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Kurt Lennon
This is the best collection of instrumentals I've ever heard. This white boy from Oregan knows how to get down with the beats. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Lolo Sykes
I don't understand why everybody compares this album to DJ Shadow's Endtroducing. I see a similarity, but this album is definitely taken in a more hip-hop direction. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Mathan Retik
I find it humorous that reviewers actually gave this album 1 star, because it was not like Sage Francis or DJ Shadow. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by BiolanteX
i honestly can't remember the last time i was as disappointed with the purchase of a cd as i was when i purchased Rjd2's "dead ringer". Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Gift Card Customer