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- 0878390003792 / 180g black vinyl reissue 12" EP on Lex incl. Beck, Clams Casino and Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood etc. mixes
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- Bookhead EP by JJ Doom
9/10 Mike Staff review, 13 February 2014
You probably remember JJ Doom's 'Keys To The Kuffs' LP from last year, it wasn't that long ago after all. Well now DOOM and Jnero Jarel are back with a picture disc EP, only EP doesn't really do it justice because there's a mammoth NINE tracks on this 12", with four original cuts and five remixes. The originals are pretty chill, stylistically consistent with the album, and notably Del The Funky Homosapien turns up on the stumbling and scattershot 'Viberian Son', a queasy tropical groove with off-beat drum loops and weird smudged brass samples. Pretty nuts.
The remixes are genuinely interesting too! They've got a ridiculous cast of tamperers from Dave Sitek - whose bumpy rework of 'Cockney Rhyming Slang' is my instant favourite from this collection, although it's partly from the delicious enjoyment I get from hearing the phrase "Cockney rhyming slang" said repeatedly in a thick American drawl - Badbadnotgood, Thom and Jonny from Radiohead, Clams Casino and Beck, giving the B side a much more cerebral and awkward angle.
T and J opt for a minimal cut up approach with distorted strings and weird backward effects, CC's contribution (another highlight) is superbly woozy as you would expect from the post-driftstep master, and Beck's weird digitised mutation of 'Banished' rounds things off nicely. It's a rare occasion where the remixes are more exciting than the (perfectly fresh) originals.
Very cool EP, you'll feel like you've got your money's worth here.
9/10 XanderGJones Customer review, 17th June 2014
Bookhead EP (the heaviest vinyl I own, and aesthetically my favourite of my picture discs) is made up of b-sides, remixes and alternate versions of tracks from Key to the Kuffs LP, and is further proof that this collaboration effort from Jneiro Jarel and DOOM (the caps are important, as the masked man himself has made clear) more than paid off. And much like Key to the Kuffs, features a rather impressive line-up.
Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood take a refreshingly minimal approach to their version of Retarded Fren, quite the opposite to the raw and intense original. Badbadnotgood, who I initially avoided as I thought their name sounded like one of them shit Kerrang type bands (turns out I was very wrong) remake Guv'nor from a laidback alternative hip-hop gem into a haunting and viciously dark tune including samples of a man discussing the imminent threat of extra-terrestrial beings eating Earth's children. It's very true that not many rappers at all could pull off lyrics of this subject matter with these horror-esque samples. The Lp's instrumental Viberian Sun Part II becomes Viberian Son, the lyric-full playground to Del the Funky Homosapien and admits "DOOM, one of the best there is", all too true and Jneiro Jarel dominates Pause Tape with his clear bars and perfect time that prove he's fully deserving to equal credit to the creation that is JJ DOOM.
Perhaps the most surprising appearance on this EP is that of Beck, who remixes the fast paced Banished into something special, that you'd really just have to listen to. Bookhead EP is evidence you don't necessarily have to like rap/hip-hop to enjoy JJ DOOM.
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