Los Angeles' hip-hop group
Jurassic 5, born from the fusion of the "Unity Committee" posse and the "Rebels of Rhythm" posse, featured turntablist Cut Chemist (Lucas MacFadden),
DJ Nu-Mark and
rappers Marc 7even, Chali 2na, Zaakir and Akil.
They debuted with the
single Unified Rebellion (1995) and the EP
Jurassic 5 (1997), produced by Cut Chemist.
enthusiastic and amusing Quality Control (2000) and especially Power in Numbers (2002) amounted de facto to a revival of old-fashioned rap.
Live at the Future Primitive Sound Session (1997) was a collaboration
between Cut Chemist and Invisibl Skratch Piklz' Shortkut.
DJ Nu-Mark debuted solo with Hands On (2004).
Jurassic 5's wizard turntablist Lucas "Cut Chemist" MacFadden rediscovered the
jovial childish art of audio collage on his first solo,
The Audience Is Listening (Warner, 2006).
It begins with the
hilarious country-music skit of Motivational Speaker and continues
hilarious tribal-African skit Big Break, that suddenly morphs into a breakneck-speed rockabilly. It criminally indulges in revisions/parodies of
orchestral Latin music (The Garden) and
piano jazz (Spat).
It unleashes the
space-age dance instrumental Metrorail Thru Space
and rolls out the
psychedelic blues jam 2266 Cambridge.
It runs amok with the snappy hip-hop jam Storm and then turns
intellectual with the
deconstructed thriller film atmosphere Spoon.
And the parade of impersonations culminates with the
soulful and sprightly rhythm'n'blues shuffle A Peak In Time.
Recorded live with Cut Chemist on turntable, mixer and delay,
Sound Of The Police (Stable Sound, 2010) was built up from
sampling obscure exotic vinyl records, a virtuoso performance by one of the
greatest turntablists around.
Cut Chemist was missing from Jurassic 5's anemic Feedback (2006) and the
difference was obvious. The instrumental Canto de Ossanha was the
only track to deliver intriguing form.
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