FOOD's Strictly Kev and Solid Steel radio producer / DJ DK (Darren
Knott) invade Toronto with cohorts Bonobo (Ninja Tune) and Four
Tet (Domino) in tow to kick out the jamz and celebrate the release
of the first in Ninja Tune's Solid Steel mix album series adapted
from the weekly KISS FM / BBC radio show launched by Coldcut 13
the release of a new series of albums to come from Ninja Tune,
dan dan daaaaaaaah..... "Solid Steel presents..." a
series of mix albums to come from various Ninja and Big Dada artists
- or combination of. First one is by Solid Steel's co creators
DJ Food and show producer DK. A multiple deck and effects extravaganza
designed to go far beyond the usual concept of a mix album. Others
to follow will be projects by Mr Scruff and Kid Koala. Keep your
ears tuned for a special 10 episode program on an underground
college radio station near you.
The DJ Food
project started in 1990 with the release of Jazz Brakes Vol.1.
Jazz Brakes Volumes 2 & 3 were among Ninja Tune's most successful
early albums. DJ Food released a series singles in various combinations
starting in 1994 (including "Freedom"/"Consciousness").
Latter DJ Food albums like the incredible "A Recipe For Disaster"
in '95 and its remxied follow up "Refried Food" in '96
have developed into some of the most innovative and original jazz
hip hop around. DJ Food dropped the next step with the brilliant
Kaleidoscape full length in 2000 and followed up with the Quadraplex
EP in 2001.
Simon Green) rides in from Brighton on his self produced Ninja
Tune debut "Animal Magic" (including his own live instrumentation).
It's fair to say that few people have been as adept at crafting
intricate, subtle mood music so seamlessly and so honestly. Bonobo
manages many more styles and moods than you might expect from
someone falling under the chill out tag - "Animal Magic"
is genuinely interesting and clever as well as gorgeous.
Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) weighs in with the release of his "Pause"
LP, a collection of richly textures and wildly diverse tracks
ranging from the luscious, trumpet-drenched "Twenty-three"
to the rocking, psychedelic "You Could Ruin My Day"
to the whimsical "No More Mosquitos". Kieran takes time
out from touring as part of Fridge, working on his next Four Tet
LP and backing with Badly Drawn Boy to join the Ninja camp on
its journey through North America.
all things Ninja: http://www.ninjatune.net