Out of the Netherlands now comes forth a new generation of Dutch Masters: The Q4 – The QuadraphoniQuartet (Arts The Beatdoctor, Sense & STW). Three individual names, with individual styles, combine forces and together reach a new plateau in sample composition.
King Cannibal wrote: “This mix was constructed on planes, trains, hotel rooms and in the studio throughout the months May, June, July using vinyl, CDs, Wavs and a DAT in Ableton Live and Logic.
A suitably diverse number of locations, formats and tools for a diverse label like Ninja Tune. A label that spans two thirds of my life, from putting DJ Vadim records on my christmas list (Santa decided to go with Dr Octagon – Instrumentalyst instead) to being turned away from a sold-out show to celebrate the tenth Ninja birthday, i’ve truly grown up to the sounds of this label’s catalogue.
Ninja’s history being so entwined with my own only makes a project like this harder. An ignorant person may not feel guilty about leaving out something from Bogus Order’s Zen Breaks whose record was used for the static sound of needle hitting vinyl that appears a few times in this mix or for leaving out Drome. That problem is then compounded by the next – everyone knows the classics – Timber, Witness, Dark Lady… they’ve been on countless mixes before, but they need to be in here.. perhaps.. perhaps…. perhaps the way out is to get creative with these, to put a new spin on them. Ninja has a rich tradition of getting creative behind the turntables, from Coldcut’s groundbreaking ‘ 70 Minutes Of Madness’ Journeys By DJ mix to the diverse Solid Steel series, so why not try and up the ante a little?
So three months and a little over 250 tracks later i arrive at 74 minutes of music mixed, blended, sliced, diced, torn up and finally rendered to audio. A lot of classics, personal favourites, some slept on and a few exclusive acapellas and instrumentals care of the Ninja family. Sure there are some classics left off – The Crow immediately springs to mind, but as it stands this is The Way Of The Ninja’, not only a Ninja Tune retrospective but the sound of my last 20 years.”
While touring the Midwest years ago Awol One and Minneapolis MC/Producer and Fill In The Breaks label owner Ecid began building the foundation for a classic collaboration. Two years and many L.A./ Minneapolis flights later they have constructed a cohesive album built on Ecid’s trademark production and balanced by Awol and Ecid’s knack for witty sarcasm and melodic hooks. Unlike so many forced and ill planned collaborations before them, this new duo had no intentions of just running through the motions, they wanted to make an unapologetic, raw and focused record. Hard beats, dark atmosphere…the kind of stuff I like to hear Awol One rhymin’ on! Featuring guest appearances by Gel Roc, Sector7G, Capaciti, and Jordan Miche!
John Bush@allmusic: ”Tim Simenon must have been energized by his return to the record ranks with 2008’s Future Chaos, because he went right back to work and emerged barely 18 months later with Back to Light. It’s obvious from the beginning here that this isn’t meant to be part two of Future Chaos, or just the left-behinds from that solid album. It’s a vital record that charts a completely different direction, one that’s less innovative and more mainstream than Future Chaos, but succeeds nonetheless because of its match of Simenon with ace techno producer Gui Boratto, whose work for Kompakt has made him one of the brightest tech-house producers of the 2000s. As on Future Chaos, most tracks have vocal features, with the usual benefits and drawbacks (on the plus side, the tracks get extra focus; on the minus side, they can lead to overly polished tracks that don’t stand out). There’s precious little here of the dub influence Simenon has usually carried, making it a strange Bomb the Bass record indeed. But with vocals from Kelley Polar and a featured co-production with Martin Gore (which far outpace the other appearances, from Richard Davis and Paul Conboy), plus Boratto’s spacy, hypnotic techno as an underpinning, Back to Light isn’t far off from Simenon’s best.”
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