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DJ/rupture: Low Income Tomorrowland

DJ/rupture: Low Income Tomorrowland

Label:Applecore
Format:Album
Media:CD
Release Date:2006
Genre:Hip Hop/Rap

By Rod Smith | Posted 4/19/2006

Originally released digitally on the Lemon-Red MP3 blog last year, Low Income Tomorrowland finds Jace Clayton hewing to roughly the same course he’s pursued as DJ/rupture since his 2002 debut mixtape, Gold Teeth Thief. Eschewing both turntablist theatrics and mundane, single-genre, one-record-at-a time playback tactics in favor of precise layering and a planet-spanning palette, the Harvard-educated, Barcelona-based DJ and producer’s progressive politics remain subtly intact, along with his genius for spotting affinities in apparently disparate styles and an insatiable appetite for momentum. Instead of heading south and losing a few dozen beats-per-minute, he brings crunk up to club speed by flying DJ Technics’ “Jungle Joint” under David Banner’s “Crank It Up.”

But /rupture’s focus has changed, from education to extrapolation. While he doesn’t ignore history, futurist hybrids of hip-hop, jungle, reggae, grime, and sundry other genres abound on LIT. Plus, Clayton’s mixes on Gold Teeth Thief and Minesweeper Suite worked largely like the transparent overlay illustrations in old science textbooks, each donor track adding to the whole while remaining perceptibly intact.

The savviest alien musicologist (along with most human listeners) would have a hard time picking LIT apart without liner notes. Dead Prez’s manifesto “Hip-Hop” absorbs the wailing Moroccan reeds of Filastine’s “Judas Goat” so naturally you’d think they’d been there since the single first dropped in 1999. Even the album’s boldest juxtaposition—Tracy Chapman’s “Behind the Wall” atop Team Shadetek’s “Two and a Half Months”—sounds like it was created in a single session. The latter’s fractured squeaks and lurching beat lock in perfect sympathy with the singer’s haunting account of violence overheard clearly enough to inflict serious trauma. BTTB, a bonus, 90-minute MP3 mix originally recorded for German radio, provides the perfect frosting for a cultural cake so rich that you’ll almost certainly feel compelled to share it.

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