Various Artists : DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist – The Hard Sell (Encore) (Hard Sell)
It all started with a phone call; ‘would you want to do Freeze at the Hollywood Bowl?’ Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow jumped at the chance to be the first-ever headlining turntablists at the legendary 16,500 capacity venue, the site of infamous concerts by everyone from John Williams to the Beatles and the Doors. In the process of preparing for the June 2007 show, the duo recorded their rehearsals, allowing for this latest and greatest episode in all-45 mayhem. As with « Freeze » and « Product Placement », the emphasis is on the eclectic, but « The Hard Sell » is leaps and bounds beyond the expected, on a musical basis, as well as technical. Now utilizing eight turntables and two loop pedals, plus four mixers and a fat stack of 7-inch vinyl, new possibilities in live mixing are explored, as doo-wop mixes with punk, new wave with grime, and everything in between, all with taste and humour. Forget mash-ups, forget computers, and never mind the MP3s: this is real turntablism at its genrebending, skills-dominated best.