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Now, Listen! [5021392234120]

  • 1. Solid Steel Theme - (Deluxe Version)
    2. Come Clean / Channel 1 Suite
    3. Bleached
    4. X-1 - (Underdog mix)
    5. Musica Negra (Black Music) - (Accapella)
    6. Taking of Pelham 123 - (End Title)
    7. Solid Steel Intermission
    8. Ug / The Terrorist - (Accapella)
    9. Miles From Home - (Underdog mix)
    10. Mirror In The Bathroom / Square Off
    11. Hotel Alyssa-Sousse, Tunisia
    12. Ritmo 2
    13. Lucy's Song
    14. Calm Down / Solid Steel School Assembly Line - (Accapella)
    15. House of Mirrors
    16. Solid Steel School Break
    17. Alphabet Aerobics - (Cut Chemist 25 Minute Workout)
    18. Glass Head
    19. Nobu
    20. Amenity
    21. Moments in Love
    22. Color of the Fire, The
    23. Riding High
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55

  • Credits
    ProducerPC; Strictly Kev; DK
    EngineerPC; Strictly Kev; DK

    This is a continuous in-the-mix CD compiled and mixed by DJ Food & DK.
    For those lucky few able to tune it in or dig up the session CD-R's passed from fan to fan, Coldcut and DJ Food's Solid Steel program has been, bar none, the leading light of the turntablist underground since its 1988 inception. As freewheeling as American crews like Invisibl Skratch Piklz or Beat Junkies but able to cast a much wider net over the font of musical knowledge on record, the Ninja Tune collective have blown up London's airwaves -- first on the pirate station Kiss-FM and later on BBC -- with mix after invincible mix of the broadest beats in the world. Finally, in 2001, Ninja Tune inaugurated a (hopefully long) series of Solid Steel mixes with Now, Listen!, the results of a 60-minutes-of-madness session featuring DJ Food (aka PC and Strictly Kev) plus DK. Though it wasn't recorded entirely live, the results are far too thrilling to bother quibbling over technicalities. The musical mind-melds include ska-revivalists the Beat over an early Roni Size production, the Commodores' "Assembly Line" mixed up with educational records, a Mr. Scruff track over a Motion Man rap, and Cut Chemist's ironically Coldcut-referencing "2.5 Minute Workout" of Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics," plus snippets of everyone from Ray Bradbury to Herbie Hancock to Perrey-Kingsley to Man from U.N.K.L.E. star David McCallum to Innerzone Orchestra to Four Tet to David Shire's score to the 1974 heist film The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three. No surprise -- it's also one of the best-paced mixes heard on an official release since Coldcut & PC's 70 Minutes of Madness tape from 1996. Showcasing the best in dance and groove no matter which historical or musical boundaries they obliterate in the process, Now, Listen! is one of the best mix albums released to date. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (11/01, p.133) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Pretty incredible...flat-out, mind-mangling fun..."
    Uncut (11/01, p.108) - 4 1/2 stars out of 5 - "...The mix album of the year..."
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