Jurassic 5

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Quality Control (2000), 6/10
Power in Numbers (2002), 6.5/10
Feedback (2006), 4/10
Cut Chemist: The Audience Is Listening (2006), 7/10
Cut Chemist: Sound Of The Police (2010), 6/10

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. Their 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 with the 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.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Damiano Langone)

I Jurassic 5 - gruppo hip-hop composto da quattro rapper (Marc 7even, Chali 2na, Zaakir e Akil) e da due dj (DJ Nu-Mark e il mago della consolle Lucas "Cut Chemist" MacFadden) - nascono dalla fusione di due posse di Los Angeles (la Unity Committee e la Rebels Of Rhythm) e debuttano con il singolo Unified Rebellion (1995) e l'EP Jurassic 5 (1997), prodotto da Cut Chemist. I primi due album, gli appassionati e divertenti Quality Control (2000) e soprattutto Power In Numbers (2002), si distinguono per quello che, di fatto,  un ritorno al rap delle origini.


Live At The Future Primitive Sound Session (1997)  una collaborazione fra Cut Chemist e Invisibl Skratch Piklz' Shortkut.


DJ Nu-Mark pubblica il suo primo album solista, Hand On (2004).


Cut Chemist, il vero genio dietro il progetto Jurassic 5, riscopre l'allegra e spensierata arte dei collage audio con The Audience Is Listening (Warner, 2006). L'album inizia con il divertente sketch country di Motivational Speaker e continua con un altro numero comico, Big Break, che dopo le iniziali movenze afro muta senza preavviso in un rockabilly lanciato a rotta di collo. Cut Chemist poi indulge nelle revisioni parodistiche della musica orchestrale latino-americana (The Garden) e del jazz pianistico (Spat), prima di scatenare la dance fantascientifica di Metrorail Thru Space e di immergersi in 2266 Cambridge, psichedelica jam blues. Quindi si lascia andare con Storm, affilata jam hip-hop, per poi assumere toni da intellettuale in Spoon, che ricorda le colonne sonore dei thriller. La parata di stili, registri e caratteri raggiunge il culmine nell'appassionato e vivace shuffle di A Peak In Time.


I Jurassic 5 tornano in studio per l'album Feedback (2006), ma l'assenza di Cut Chemist si fa sentire e il risultato  mediocre. Soltanto lo strumentale Canto De Ossanha  in grado di suscitare un certo interesse.


Cut Chemist si conferma come uno dei pi grandi turntablist del mondo con Sound Of The Police (Stable Sound, 2010), album interamente registrato dal vivo con il solo impiego dei suoi strumenti d'elezione (giradischi, effetto delay e mixer) e basato sul virtuosistico taglia-e-cuci di esotici vinili sconosciuti ai pi.

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