DJ Food feat 2econd Class Citizen – Magpie Music: A Positive No

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Heavy innit ? An epic prog-psyche-beat feast for the ears.

We we’re honoured to feature DJ Food when he did this Guest Mix for 64 Bar Challenge a couple of months back (The curator of the project features in this month’s Guest List).

This new material comes from his new EP ‘Magpie Music’ which finds him in collaboration with 2econd Class Citizen. It’s a beat collage in nine parts, swinging from Psyche rock to Gamelan to Bollywood. Stitched together like Frankenstein’s monster from dozens of sounds from around the globe, the pair foraged far and wide, scavenging samples from everywhere to build the piece.

There are four other pieces of the puzzle out there some where (or rather there will be by Friday). Have yourself a little Google for ‘Finders Keepers’, ‘They Turned Their Faces Down’,  ‘Eye of the Needle’ and ‘No More Stars’.

If you’re into DJ Food, there are a few shows on our radio station that you should check:

Planetaria plays soulful cinematica.
Rudyard drops 3am headnodders for the terminal insomniac.
Sack of Soul is what it is.
14th Quarter from the award winning Exceeda, disorientates with a cut and paste audio collage of sonic paraphernalia.
Low End Theory deals with the best in dubstep, and draws upon the whole UK bass music movement.

The new album sounds really exciting, so we’re just going to cut and paste from the Press Release wholesale:

DJ Food – The Search Engine

Eleven years after the last DJ Food album release (“Kaleidoscope”), Strictly Kev and various friends, associates and like-minded collaborators return with a new full-length. ‘The Search Engine’ distills the best parts from three EP’s worth of material into a continuous 56 minute album of unbridled creativity and laser-sharp focus.

Collaborations abound in the form of vocal appearances from Natural Self (aka Nathaniel Pearn), JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Steroid Maximus etc.) and The The’s Matt Johnson. The latter reprises his vocal on a cover of his own track ‘GIANT’, nearly thirty years after its first release. Musical hook-ups include 2econd Class Citizen, who trades sample-attacks with Strictly for the suite of nine tracks that make up the 11 minute ‘Magpie Music’. Dr Rubberfunk lends his drumming skills to the opening track and old DJ Food partner PC and Solid Steel’s DK add their own ingredients to the mix.

While there isn’t a single concept behind the record, certain themes twine their way through the music. In particular, the twin retro-future icons, astronauts and robots, float and bleep their way across the surface of the album, from the Henry Flint cover art onwards. Perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work on the 2000AD comic, Flint gave Kev access to a caché of his personal drawings to colour as well as creating new work specifically for the project.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all to those who associate the DJ Food name with the early 90s “Jazz Brakes” records is just how heavy “The Search Engine” is. Styled as a kind of psychedelic rock album made with samplers, Strictly Kev has not been afraid to frug out, with thundering drum work and fuzz bass perhaps the central muscial signature of the work.

Reflecting Strictly’s work as a designer as well as musician (he had to take the whole of 2010 off from recording the record while he did all the design for Ninja’s 20th “XX’ anniversary) the album comes in a number of formats: regular CD digipak, download, comic book with CD and a 7″ flexi-disc of a bonus track.

As for the title, Kev explains that, “the way we live every day is helped by search engines of many shapes and sizes. Some people think they control and influence how we work and play. In this case, though, the Search Engine could be something waiting to be found out in the vastness of space…” Thrusters on full….