Music Review: Coldcut

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70 Minutes of Madness

[Journeys By DJ]

When I was handed this CD, I was not excited about writing the review. I had just found out that my liver was severely scarred (even though I do not drink alcohol) and that the scarringwould probably develop into cancer of the liver. The only reason I agreed to do it (besides the fact that I had already agreed to it) was because it was by Coldcut, the creators of the classic "Paid in Full" remix by Eric B. & Rakim, one of my favorite songs of all time.

Yet despite my admiration, I was uncertain what to expect from this rerelease of this 1996 mix. Artists rarely progress with the times. With age music creators change, and often times, as they age, their sound becomes less dynamic, less drastic and more laid back.

Coldcut, however, has used their great experience to their benefit. This mix, "70 Minutes" is off the hook. In the early to mid nineties, I thought jungle would be the next big thing, the lead in the direction of popular music, but as time progressed, it became played out and boring. Original jungle creators were hip-hop junkies, using it to create a new sound and style. Once that sound blew up, others who had little to no hip-hop experience began making jungle and the result was obvious. The new sound was soft, anti-rhythmic, and homosexual.

Coldcut were outsiders who actually made a dent in the growth of hip-hop. This eclectic CD remains hip-hop in heart, though people would probably only classify about three or four of the songs as being true hip-hop (and they're classics by the way). The CD guides you through many different worlds with only a few short corny sections. I have not heard a mix CD at this caliber for many years, if ever. The CD starts out with an old school jungle sound and journeys to a more relaxed ambient sound, where it leaves you pondering about life, feeling a bit more content than when you first popped it in.

Nirav Layton


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