'Cut & Run' is a musical experiment consisting entirely of samples taken from vinyl records. All the tracks were conceived and produced and mastered by Oli Hemingway at The Monster Club Studios, Leeds. This release is also available on limited (50) edition, hand-numbered vinyl-style CD digipacks with all the proceeds going to the Wakefield Hospice.
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This little limited run CD was dropped off today, and it contains many, many cuts. Contrary to the bloody cover, all of the cuts have been plundered from many, many records, following in the giant footsteps of DJ Shadow, Gold Panda and Daedelus. The result is a fairly cohesive collection of eclectic tunes drawing from a multitude of instruments and spoken word segments, produced by Jehm label owner Oli Hemingway.
The beats run from many different paces of hip hop to dub reggae and slow house boogies, hopping between styles like some frenzied vinyl frog. You've got cool laid back basslines lying underneath the whole album, joined by lush pianos and orchestral strings with monolithic voices proclaiming good vibes and rambling about rhythm being amazing. A particular favourite is "This is a public announcement. I'm getting damn sick of the public" -- genius. The majority of this is dancefloor ready, or at the very least chillout room oriented, as the diversity of samples causes each track to make unexpected warps from soul to folky acoustic. There really aren't many sonic limits to this one, but it does feel at times like we've heard it before some 20 years back.
My main concern is the length - at fourteen tracks and sixty minutes, it's a lot to take in, especially with such a revolving door of attention-grabbing sounds. But 'Cut And Run' proves that the art of sampling is still very much alive, and with proceeds for album sales going to Wakefield Hospice, there's a whole lot of soul left in the scene.
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