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Various Artist DJ Kentaro: Solid Steel

Who better to serve up a collection of fine Ninja Tune back-catalog items than the highest-scoring DMC champ ever? Japan‘s Kentaro goes to work on the classics with surgical precision, transplanting hyperactivated jazz ‘n‘ bass grooves into dirty trip-hop funk and back again. Threaded together with old-school party mixtape energy, Jaga Jazzist, Coldcut, and Funki Porcini interface with The Herbaliser, Animals on Wheels, and Wagon Christ in a smooth, inventive and lightning-wristed style that still puts the music ahead of the technique. And the visu-scratched crash-test dummies on the accompanying DVD are pretty damn entertaining as well.

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