DJ /rupture

Gold Teeth Thief

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Often the most innovative ideas happen when the creator isn't self-consciously trying to innovate. Gold Teeth Thief began life as a mixtape assembled by Boston DJ Jace Clayton for friends. The genre-mashing mix of hip-hop, ragga, hardcore, and dancehall soon found its way onto the Internet and finally as a limited CD-R release by New Zealand label Violent Turd. In just over an hour, Clayton fuses 43 cuts into a mind-twisting mix that masters the cut-and-scrape bootleg aesthetic popularized by West Coast deconstructionist Kid 606. Opening with a ragga bootleg of Missy Elliot's ubiquitous "Get Ur Freak On," Clayton immediately dives into the hyperspeed hardcore of DJ Scud and aggressively informed hip-hop of Dead Prez. Bali beats by Muslimgauze intertwine with IDM by Oval, while esoteric selections from Paul Simon work perfectly within the overloaded context. The most inspired moment comes when Clayton connects DJ Scud's hardcore remix of Nettle's "Duenda" with the dancehall holler of Shabba Ranks, the 200-bpm kick drum adding unimaginable urgency to the already hyped ragga rhythm. Gold Teeth Thief is an impossibly noisy and aggressive set, yet the earthy Jamaican vocals and blunted hip-hop beats counteract the sonic devastation, making it palatable, even at its most dissident. Like a more contemporary DJ Spooky, DJ /rupture fuses a variety of styles with precision turntable accuracy that is both invigorating and heady.