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4 years is a long time in music, the last official DJ Food LP, 'A Recipe For Disaster', was released at the end of '95, and since then we've seen the emergence of big beat & speed garage, the re-emergence of easy listening and old school hip hop and a million sub genres. Whilst all this was going on DJ Food have been playing from Oxford to Osaka, Seattle to Sidney and all points in between, or hidden away in their London studios piecing together the spoils of numerous vinyl buying excursions from their travels.

First off, hooking up with Bundy K Brown (ex-Tortoise, now Directions In Music and Pullman) in Chicago, whilst on tour in the summer of '96, a collaboration resulted from a mutual love of jazz, electronics and, well, just old records basically. This manifests itself on the brooding 'Full Bleed', the albums' opener, where both parties took a drum break and fixed tempo, separately created parts and then cut & paste them into a beat battle royal.

Another Chicagan to be approached was 60's Word Jazz poet Ken Nordine, famous for his work on TV & radio commercials since the 50's (one LP, 'Colours', was a collection of 24, one and a half minute radio ads for different colours of paint). His amazing voice has graced everything from late night radio to 60's Levi's commercials, and albums with the Grateful Dead. He even originally created sounds for 'The Exorcist' including teaching Linda Blair to speak backwards (but that's another story). He appears on 'The Ageing Young Rebel' a dark tale of a boy who "wanted to be different, whilst staying the same". As with all Nordine narratives there's a twist in the tale, and a particularly grizzly one at that.

The album has its lighter moments with a reworked version of 'The Crow...' which first saw the light of day on Ninja's 'Funkungfusion' compilation, the space lullaby of '' and the fusion of harps and slide guitar on the epic album closer 'Minitoka'. From the electric era Miles influenced 'Cookin', to the beatnik adventure cum speech instruction record of 'The Riff' via the poolroom poetry of 'Break' and uneasy ode to musical dreams on 'Nocturne' the LP shifts and changes its colours quicker than a chameleon in a kaleidoscope.

Which is as good a title as any for this collection of tunes from tomorrow. The temptation to name the album with yet another dreadful pun on the joys of eating has been resisted. Not an easy album to categorise, we wouldn't want you to anyway, unless it was filed under 'Different Music'.


released April 1, 2000



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Strictly Kev has been involved with the multi-producer DJ Food project for over 15 years, being the sole remaining member for the last decade. He has DJed the world over with Food originators Coldcut and PC as well as performing 4 deck Audio Visual sets with Solid Steel radio main man DK. ... more


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