The tightest Hip Hop set of this series. Features DJ Ease's classic 'Smoker's Delight' one of the milestones of the 90s. Featured artists are: A Tribe Called Quest, Kenny Dope, Aim, Blackalicious, Freddy Fresh, Jerry Beeks and DJ Trax.
Nightmares on Wax's DJ Ease is best known for producing a pacific (even comedown) version of hip-hop or downtempo music. Compiling and mixing this album for the DJ Kicks
series (which has included rapturously received collections from Stereo MCs
and Kruder & Dorfmeister
) he presents a subtle mix that moves from hazy breakbeat jazz into leftfield, modern (and politically correct) UK and US hip-hop. Using material from Mo'Wax (the high-velocity delivery of Blackalicious), A Tribe Called Quest, NYs Kenny Dope and Manchester's Grand Central, Ease scratches and fuses an expert selection of alt. hip-hop. At times he layers tunes which themselves sample other tunes to create a complex mesh of meaning and reference. He also includes a couple of his own productions and narcissistic sound-a-likes (DJ Trax's "This Place" is more N.O.W. than N.O.W."). "Overall Ease" journeys from serious music towards the light--he finishes, exultantly, with disco-inflected work from Deadbeats and Syrup. Going out on a high note. --Tony Marcus