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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.