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Various Artists Mark Rae: Ode to a Dying DJ

Mixes from Mark Rae-one half of Mancs Rae & Christian, known for producing Northern Sulphuric Soul on Rae‘s Grand Central label-mixes always have the cocksure strut of a blaxploitation film, and Dying DJ is no different, especially when he throws down Cecile‘s "Hot Like We," Fingathing‘s "Walk in Space," and ARP‘s "Dirty Shirt." Clapping hip-hop, buttery broken beat, hazy funk, earthy ska, dub, and dancehall all get their due as Rae takes this opportunity to nice up the dance, his trunk-rattling, skanking selections bridging a gap from classic toasting to A Tribe Called Quest-vibe MCing.

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