DJ Yoda


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A DJ with both a twisted sense of humor and an equally twisted sense of funk is a rare find, and if you haven't already found Duncan Beiny (aka DJ Yoda), then let this be your introduction to a DJ who basically believes that everything is hip-hop, if it's delivered with the proper attitude and in a sufficiently funky context. That explains the wildly catholic range of the live set he delivered for this series: a set that includes entries by Ice Cube ("Jackin' for Beats"), Run-D.M.C. ("It's Tricky"), Violent Femmes ("Blister in the Sun," on which turntable scratches double the intro's snare-drum accents), Adam F ("Circles") and even Minnie Riperton ("Lovin' You," which you didn't think could actually be made funky, did you?). His intention isn't ironic -- "If I love a song, I'll play it," he says. But there's a delicious element of whimsy to this set, one that imports elements of "Blister in the Sun" into the intro to Handsome Boy Modeling School's "Holy Calamity" and includes the Hot 8 Brass Band's instrumental version of "Sexual Healing" and winds up with a brilliant slice of vintage calypso courtesy of the legendary Lord Kitchener. Even the occasional misstep (like DJ Class' idiotic "Tear Da Club Up") works as a crooked thread in this richly varied musical tapestry. Highly recommended.

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