Audiences Listening CD (2006)

Artist: Cut Chemist

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The debut album from Cut Chemist, formerly of pioneering underground hip-hop group Jurassic 5, The Audience's Listening is evocative of an era when sound enthusiasts put out records for the adventure of it, not as a vehicle tied to hit singles and booty-shaking videos. Using a turntable, mixer and computer to create the songs, this gifted DJ has conjured an homage to what is possible.

Varied, uplifting and unexpected, rooted in hip-hop but leaping into new sonic territory, The Audience's Listening offers musical magic created by the alchemist known as Cut Chemist.


Label Warner Bros / Wea
SKU 202625330
UPC 093624855927
UPC 14 00093624855927
Format CD
Release Date 7/11/2006
Author Cut Chemist
Compilation Appearance Blazing Arrow
Compilation Appearance Stones Throw 101
Compilation Appearance Stones Throw Ten Years (Bonus Cd)
Compilation Appearance Bunky's Pick/variations Of In The Rai
Associated Artist/Work Darge, Keb
Associated Artist/Work Shadow, DJ
Technical Info
Engineer Kent Hitchcock; Cut Chemist
Producer Cut Chemist; Cut Chemist
CatalogID 9362485592
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 07/10/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624855927
Musical Guests
Thes One
Album Notes and Credits
Cut Chemist: Kent Hitchcock (various instruments).
Personnel: Kent Hitchcock, Beto Villares (guitar).
Additional personnel: Edan, Mr. Lif, Thes One.
Audio Mixers: Kent Hitchcock; Cut Chemist.
Recording information: Sao Paulo, Brazil; Studio 54, Boston, MA; The Laundry Room; The Stable.
West Coast turntable whiz Cut Chemist has established himself as one of hip-hop's most esteemed mixmasters. Having cut and scratched on sides for underground rappers Jurassic 5, Chemist's nod to the classic mixtape approach of artists like Kid Capri and Steinski is evident on his own THE AUDIENCE IS LISTENING. Taking off from the classic turntablist trope of DJ-mix as journey, the album is an entertaining--if at times attention-deficit-addled--romp through hundreds of sound bites and stylistic cues.
Using samples, which are then scratched or beat juggled to create rhythms, Cut Chemist displays virtuoso turntable chops and a keen ear for confounding, yet humorous juxtapositions. While much of the album imagines a musical universe where the only instruments left are turntables, the track "The Garden" takes a more song-based approach. Combing a Brazilian percussion loop with lush orchestral strings, Astrud Gilberto's lilting vocals cap off this heady pop mash-up--a combination that will appeal to the lounge set and crate diggers alike.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Metrorail Through Space' is the funkiest Disneyland theme music the park's never commissioned."
Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "Cut Chemist makes frisky, gleeful funk that touches on Brazilian samba, surf rock, and even polka, without losing the beat." -- Grade: B
Alternative Press (p.230) - "Each of the dozen tracks on his debut is a fully realized vignette that makes a particular locale startlingly vivid."
CMJ (p.4) - "Using jittery samples, meaty drums and lots of itchy scratching, Chemist turns his encyclopedic knowledge of hip-hop into a genre-bending collection of tracks..."
Vibe (p.144) - "[P]acked with energetic samples and seasoned with Brazilian flavor."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "A joyful simplicity was Jurassic 5's gift to hip hop, and Cut Chemist's spotlight turn similarly satisfies."
Disc 1
1 Motivational Speaker
2 (My 1st) Big Break
3 Lift, The
4 Garden, The
5 Spat
6 What's the Altitude
7 Metrorail Thru Space
8 Storm
9 2266 Cambridge
10 Spoon
11 Peak In Time, A
12 Audience Is Listening Theme Song, The
Product Attributes
Artist Cut Chemist
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc
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