As music producing turns more digital everyday, classic needle-on-record turntablism has become a more rarefied artform. And few DJ's can handle those spinning discs of vinyl like Cut Chemist, from L.A.'s fine musical troupes Jurassic-5 and Ozomatli. Cut Chemist, aka Lucas McFadden, is known for his back-to-basics methodology, utilizing just one turntable, some looping pedals and an expansive imagination. On his upcoming release, Sound of the Police , Cut stitches together his collection of records from Africa. Expect to hear Nigeria's Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Ethiojazz originator Mulatu Astatke, and more mixed with Brazillian beats and old school soul rhythms, all mixed live on two 20 minute tracks. Intended to be a practice session for his performance before Mulatu Astatke's visit to Los Angeles for the Timeless Series, Cut has released the tracks as an insight into his live act and the aural architecture that precedes it. Like the works for DJ Spooky and DJ Shadow, Cut's tracks are sonic essays investigating the conversation between musical styles. Sound of the Police investigates the sounds of the African diaspora as displacement, immigration, and opportunity cross-pollinated rhythms from Harlem to Havana to Addis Ababa and on and on and on.
Today, making his debut at KCRW's album preview series alongside Brazilian vocalist Seu Jorge's new album, Seu Jorge & Almaz, and a new effort by Jesca Hoop, Cut Chemist has once again brought the world together again through music.
Listen to the album at KCRW and after the jump we have a free download of Cut Chemist's track, “Addis to Addis.”