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Cut Chemist’s Litmus Test is a self-mixed retrospective showcasing one of the 1990’s great DJ/producers’ repertoire. Originally released in 2004, the album ushered in his solo era as a precursor to his Warner Brothers debut release The Audience Is Listening. A mix of selected productions/mixes Cut Chemist had done to date - some for hire, some for pleasure, and many for the group he’d become famous with, Jurassic 5.

This compilation is a good snapshot of his career, and makes one realize the level of talent that was quietly lurking behind the turntables in J5 - from his work with retro-funk label Now Again (”Bunky’s Pick”) to backpack Hip Hop kids Ugly Duckling to futuristic complex rappers Blackalicious and bedroom cut-up exercises in “Lesson 6”, Cut Chemist made a case that established his legacy as one of the greats of the era, expertly segueing and blending a catalogue of his own compositions, ending up with a new album, which turns out to be a real solid listen.

For fans of: DJ Shadow, Edan, Q-Bert, Jurassic 5, Quannum, The Roots, Stones Throw Records and the Cut-Up genre. 

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The Litmus Test by Cut Chemist
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9/10 Andrew Customer review, 6th August 2014

This is a fantastic example of the art of the DJ. Cut Chemist cuts and scratches his way through a host of Quannum/Jurassic 5 material to provide a white hot 40 odd minute taste of hip hop, funky flavours, breaks and samples put together in such a way to make you wish you could breakdance. This isn't a straight up assault of beats though, similar to the acclaimed Brainfreeze & Product Placement mixes with DJ Shadow there is enough variety in here to keep you coming back. My favourite section is towards the end when the mix slows down to make way for what seems to be a dance or aerobics tutorial before kicking off again. Its the kind of simple trick that can sound contrived but works in the hands of such an accomplished DJ as Cut Chemist.



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