Coldcut & DJ Food Fight

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The second mix album released by the preeminent DJing team in trip-hop, Coldcut & DJ Food Fight is limited by the inclusion of only Ninja Tune artists (including Luke Vibert, Funki Porcini, Up Bustle & Out, DJ Vadim, the Herbaliser and Drome, plus Coldcut and DJ Food themselves). As such, it suffers from a lack of variety, with only several breakbeat tracks to leaven the decidedly trip-hoppish affair. Though Coldcut's mixing and scratching skills are stellar, and the various samples provide sustained interest, the album just doesn't measure up to 1995's classic Journey by DJ. While the previous album moved from Boogie Down Productions to Jhelisa Anderson and Mantronix to Photek with grace, the inherent limitations of a Ninja Tunes-only mix LP sinks the whole affair before it begins. (Coldcut & DJ Food Fight was released as half of a double-disc compilation called Cold Krush Cuts, which also includes DJ Krush's Back in the Base mix LP.)