(HIPHOPSITE.COM RECORDINGS, 2003)
An unofficial front-to-back remix version of Nas’s God’s Son, God’s Stepson predates – and, let’s face it, betters – The Grey Album, propelling 9th Wonder’s profile skywards and pushing his ascent to hip-hop production royalty into second gear.
SHADES OF BLUE
(BLUE NOTE, 2003)
In 2003, Madlib got a call from his beloved Blue Note, perhaps the greatest Jazz label in living memory, to see if he fancied trawling through their vast archive of master tapes and creating some remixes and new-from-old sample-based compositions in the spirit of his Yesterday’s New Quintet project. Naturally he jumped at the chance, and the product of his efforts, Shades Of Blue, is a bizarre ride through the work of the greats via Madlib’s skunk-powered sonic filter.
MUTANT THROBBING GRISTLE
Double LP of TG dance refixes, notable especially for two impeccable reimaginings of ‘Hot On The Heels Of Love’: Carl Craig’s sweeping techno epic, and Simon Ratcliffe of Basement Jaxx’s more subtle but no less effective house edit.
THE GREY ALBUM
The concept sounded like something any one of us might have come up while talking nonsense down the pub: Jay-Z’s Black Album meshed together with The Beatles’ White Album to make (of course) The Grey Album. The difference between Danger Mouse and us was that he had the skill and dedication to make the concept a reality.