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Quick & Dead

DJ Spooky Vs Scanner Audio CD
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Being the king of New York's illbient scene, DJ Spooky brings a theory of musical abstraction to The Quick and The Dead, the first installment of the Meld Series. Scanner's sampled cell-phone conversations seem the perfect complement to this terrestrial soundscape, and together the pair weave a cohesive mix out of scattered, lazy hip-hop beats finished with refreshingly unpolished production. Even the eighth track, "Guanxi," which features Caipirinha recording artist Rachael Finn plucking out the most haunting cello arrangement, never strays too far from the digitized aural skyline. Fans of Spooky's earlier work should delight in the familiar crackle of ham-radio samples and random transmissions that rise to the top of nearly every track. Sparse, off-kilter beats and the occasional scratch-and-rap ties the album together, making its urban collage credible. As the saying goes, "The world is in the mix." --Aaron Kirschnick

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This 2000 Trip-hop Release Meshes Scanner's Noisy, Ambient Ramblings with Spooky's Grooving Hip-hop Beats. The Result Fits Nicely Into What Sulphur Records USA / UK Defines as the 'meld Series': 'to Explore the Union of One Artist with Another, Breaking the Mould, Dissolving Expectations, in the Hope of Opening a Fresh Wound in the Sound.' Includes Thirteen Tracks in All.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A really incredible album..... Oct. 9 2000
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Certainly, this is a great album; in the end, the best that it could do... setting aside that it is a heck of a work unto itself, would be to introduce to a wider audience the strange works of Scanner, who is.... an artist of... uncommon nature....
The bulk of people reading this review, I am assuming, are fans of DJ Spooky: the works of Scanner are just not known. Fans of Spooky shouldn't be disappointed; although this is no where near as accessible as the 'Riddim Warfare' album (which, although pretty artistic... could be listened to by a 'major' audience-- Pharoh Monch, Killah Priest and Kool Keith were all on it...) it is as accesible as the 'Freight Elevator Quartet' album, and, probably, shares the title with it of his most important and brilliant work (though 'Viral Sonata', released as Paul Miller... remains his furthest artistic reach). This is a listenable version of his 'illbent' creation: world-sounds mixed with scratching, noise, and minimalist beats... overwrought with Scanner's work.... who does similar things, adding in captured cell-phone conversations....
This album also can be liked straight off the bat-- it doesn't take four or five listens like some of Spooky's other stuff-- in this way, it's probably more like Scanner's canon, which, although somewhat weird, doesn't require years to get into. I highly recommend this album both to fans of traditional drum n' bass and to fans of more experimental stuff....
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5.0 out of 5 stars tried to run but couldnt hide May 24 2000
Format:Audio CD
well, when i first listened to this album in it's entirety i must say the first thought that popped into my head was, "man, what a waste of time, money, and talent". thankfully i stopped writing things off so quickly and gave this album another chance and boy was i wrong. this is one softly tough piece of work here. i would recommend this album to people who like experimental music. the whole idea of this album was to blend two talents and i think it worked out quite well. thanks for the time. peace to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars holy bat guana Jan. 10 2001
Format:Audio CD
Freaking righteous... Buy this CD, no question. I now need to find more of Scanner's stuff. I like what he and That Subliminal Kid have done here. Very minimal beats, noises, freakishness. Parts are almost reminiscent of some of Future Sound of London's better stuff, but not quite as "produced." This makes it all the better, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for fans of the genre. May 27 2000
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the other review that you've got to give this CD a chance. From the techno riffs to the haunting, tribal beats later in the CD, Q&D has it all. I am really looking forward to further CDs in the Meld Series. GET THIS CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Nov. 2 2001
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD...it's haunting, but so dark that it brings me down. I find myself relistening frequently.
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