DJ Spooky

Modern Mantra

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DJ Spooky's mix-album trawl through the deep, varied back catalog of Shadow Records is a great mix of laid-back breaks and hip-hop, populated by long-buried tracks from several scenes all over the world. (Granted, Shadow is as much a domestic distributor as it is a record label.) Spooky's mixing is excellent; with deft transitions and great scratching (plus just a bit of post-production), he injects energy into blunted hip-hop from Sharpshooters and DJ Cam, then ups the tempo with a great mini-set of drum'n'bass with highlights from Jack Dangers (the Meat Beat Manifesto main man) and Cujo (aka Amon Tobin). Modern Mantra finally touches down with jazzy, experimental selections from Goo ("The OG") and Spaceways ("Requiem for Ra") and ends by stretching back to early-'90s ambient with Prototype 909 and a closer from Moby's Ambient album of 1993. DJ Spooky compensates for the lack of vocals by dropping a pair of ace Aesop Rock tracks (the album's only outside licensing) and makes a smooth transition from post-millennium sound sculptor Russell Mills to the genesis of Shadow in the early-'90s ambient techno scene.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
01:09 Spotify
2
01:20 Spotify
3
feat: DJ Krush
02:01 Spotify
4
01:45 Spotify
5 04:06 Spotify
6
02:08 Spotify
7
feat: Saru
02:11 Spotify
8
feat: DJ Cam
02:33 Spotify
9
feat: Blend
00:52 Spotify
10
feat: Aesop Rock
02:09 Spotify
11
feat: Aesop Rock
01:14 Spotify
12
feat: Jack Dangers
04:03 Spotify
13
02:44 Spotify
14
feat: Cujo
05:26 Spotify
15
03:49 Spotify
16
feat: Illform / Omicron
02:55 Spotify
17
feat: Nostramus
01:16 Spotify
18
02:48 Spotify
19
03:53 Spotify
20
feat: Droid
03:49 Spotify
21
feat: Spaceways
02:28 Spotify
22
02:56 Spotify
23 05:08 Spotify
24 03:12 Spotify
25 03:30
26
feat: Moby
04:39 Spotify
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