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Deadringer

RJD2 Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Spanning 15 years, the recording career of RJD2 (aka RJ Krohn) is starting to exhibit the type of resilience generally reserved for golfers and bebop musicians. The relevance of this should not go unnoticed; it is increasingly rare for artists in the sphere of hip-hop and electronic music to maintain a presence this far into a career. This feat becomes even more impressive considering it was ... Read more in Amazon's RJD2 Store

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  • Audio CD (29 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B000068QSF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Horror
2. Salud
3. Smoke & Mirrors
4. Good Times Roll part 2
5. Final Frontier (feat. Blueprint)
6. Ghostwriter
7. Cut Out to FL.
8. F.H.H. (feat. Jakki da Motamouth)
9. A Shot in the Dark
10. The Chicken-Bone Circuit
11. The Proxy
12. Two More Dead
13. Take the Picture off
14. Silver Fox
15. June (feat. Copewrite)
16. Work

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There's a mellifluous, melodic feel to RJD2's production on Deadringer that enables him to easily straddle the US/European divide between hip-hop and trip hop, even coming close to the intricate and lucid inventiveness of the Avalanches in places.

Ohio's RJD2 first dropped his wholesome brand of bumpin' beats on Bobbito's Fondle 'Em Records (as producer for MegaHertz), before appearing later on labels such as Rawkus and Def Jux. It's the latter label that has decided to support his talents full-time, and judging by this debut solo joint, it's a very good decision.

Keeping his musical references as wide as possible while retaining a distinctly b-boy soul, RDJ2 casually bunches together disparate sounds and styles--funk, hip-hop, soul, jazz, reggae, blues, industrial grunge, acoustic folk, indie rock--into a fibrous and free-wheeling whole. There's straight up hip-hop for the heads on "Final Frontier", "F.H.H." and "June" (where he teams up with MCs Blueprint, Jakki da Motamouth and Copewrite respectively) but Deadringer is mostly about the producer's experiments with cinematic beatscapes, funny funksters and down-tempo nods, all approached with a twinge of oddness and some deliciously flippant humour. --Paul Sullivan


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This cd is outstanding 23 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
I only heard of this cd because of one song which was on it called 'Ghostwriter', this track absolutely blew me away but on this album it just makes the track sound quite average. I decided to buy the album on the strength of this track and just knew that it would be amazing, and it was.
The album starts off with a very powerful track called 'The Horror', then goes onto a very chilled out song called 'smoke and mirrors'. Both songs are awesome. There are all types of songs on this album, some are very hip-hoppy such as 'Final Frontier', and there are many instrumental songs such as 'Ghostwriter' which blows you away with the use of the horns, which just mixes so nicely with the relaxing strumming. One of my favourite songs on the album has to be 'let the good times roll pt. 2'. It is such a chilled out song with such a mix of music styles. My favourite is the end of the song though, in the middle there is a break and you get some drumming and scratching, but at the end the genious that is RJD2 brings it altogether. The first time i heard it and even to this day i cant stop smiling because it just is absolutely amazing that one person can make a piece of music this good.
I would definately recommend this album or anything that RJD2 has done/ worked on to absolutely anyone because you can guarantee that it will be amazing. If you like DJ shadow then you will definately love this because its quite similar, and where sometimes shadow can get quite deep and sometimes depressing, RJD2 is very upbeat and chilled.
Overall this is a great album and you will just have to go out and buy it because its very hard to say what is good about it as there is so much to talk about.
Anyway i hope you found this review helpfull and you go out and buy this record. Enjoy!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rjd Shadow? Well, not quite... 1 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I ended up getting because of a) lots of people say its BETTER (no!!!) than DJ Shadow, and b) I heard Chicken Bone Circuit on the Amalgamation Of Soundz Fabric mix and it was oozing Shadowness and it was very lovely. Let me say one thing, its not DJ Shadow, bar Chicken Bone Circuit, it doesn't really sound like him aside from using hip hop beats and cutting a mainly sample driven instrumental groove.
So thats out the way. What it IS, however, is a pretty damn wicked album. Its lighter in tone than the likes of Endtroducing, more humourous, funky in a Deltron 3030 stylee. You won't find a better sample driven hip hop album (OUTSTANDING efforts in the form of Ghostwriter, Chicken-Bone Circuit, The Horror). You get a few tracks with MCs thrown into the mix too, and they've very well done, FHH with its 'anti-generic hip hop' stance, backed up a nicely programmed loop in the background, the way the ooohs and aaahs shift around in the main chorus. You won't find any of your bling style lyrics on here, inventive stuff.
So give Rjd2 a chance, it fills the gap when you need some more lighthearted moods (losing none of the grit naturally). As I said earlier you won't find a better sample driven hip hop album! Its not some form of a pale imitation of Mr Shadow, thank the lord, it cuts it own groove. If you're looking for something a little more vocal, perhaps check Deltron 3030, or if you want to keep things British, DJ Stix's 2nd Nature shows that we're not bad at creating this kinda sound either!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip trip jazz soul big band - Hop 2 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
I came across this cd while looking for other artists on the mighty Def Jux label and after reading other reviews I chose to buy it instead of Cannibal Ox's "The Cold Vein". It was definitely not a mistake; Rjd2 has created a very refreshing hip/trip-hop album in a similar style to DJ Shadow, mixing really excellent hip-hop beats with hooks and samples from many different styles including blues, soul, jazz and big band.
I would reccomend this CD to anyone with even a passing intrest in hip-hop, trip-hop, jazz or just plain good beats that make you want to move!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasant surprise 29 Aug 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is another excellent release from the ever impressive Def Jux label. What we have here is a beautifully crafted record that gently draws you into a series of lush soundscapes before jerking you back to reality. Imagine the middle ground between DJ Shadows Entroducing and the Private Press and you will generally get the idea. It really is that good. Buy this record if you like your hip/trip hop with a intelligent edge. Oh yeah the beats are out of this world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 20 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
The chap in my local record shop made a big deal about this record, almost forced me to buy it; Thank God.
This is a seriously good example of what Hip-Hop can, and in many cases should, be. Mixing soul, jazz, traditional beats, rhymes, and a few more 'rocky' vocals, RJD2 has managed to marry brass bands with old school MC'ing, lounge style soundscapes with crashing beats and satisfying bass lines.
What I don't understand is why this hasn't been more successful. It sold out very quickly in said record shop but no one else I know has even heard of it.
I really think this is different from the majority of what is listened to. As the work of a producer you think, perhaps, it should have less acclaim than, say, The Roots. However, to look at DJ Shadow and not this, is a travesty. This is more tuneful, there is more variety, and its more accessible than any of Mr Shadow's offerings (which, incidentally, I enjoy immensely).
Obviously, it would be difficult to say its better but is it equal? Without doubt: this is a new direction for Hip-Hop production and its here to stay. I just hope RJD2 gets the plaudits he deserves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So good!!
This album is so good! Getting it on record was a wise choice, it sounds amazing. If you like Rjd2 also check out Soul Position (that's Rjd2 as producer/DJ and Blueprint (rapper)... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katharine
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
I would recomend this album to anyone, big or small. RJD2's unbelievable talent at mixing jazz, trip hop and hip hop and fusing them together to create a mele of sound is a truely... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip hop rap sort of stuff
Rjd2 impressive stuff with taste of dj shadows This cd i got for xmas off my bro very good stuff it defently i think for people into abit hip hop and dj mixing. Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2003 by Jamie E. I. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Smart, but derivative, instrumental hip-hop
I felt compelled to set the record straight on this album having been persuaded to buy it... Although this record may satisfy the various headz looking out for chopped-up,... Read more
Published on 1 May 2003 by "sukkamc"
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Kid On The Block
I Saw RJD2 when he supported Shadow this year and bought his album at the next opportunity. You're always looking, when you buy CD's, for albums which are right in every respect... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly intelligent genre-blending hip-hop
This album is truely brilliant. RJD2 brings a risky genre to life, blending funk, soul, jazz and rap with thoroughly satisfying beats. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2002 by FK
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the years best . . .
From the hauntingly beautiful production of early MHz 12s (check 'Absotively Posolutely') i felt that producer RJD2 had the ability to put real emotion into a beat, and his work... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2002 by gernsteine
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Shadow...
This is a truly excellent record - easily the best cut-and-paste style sample-based album since Endtroducing. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2002 by MR D E FULLER
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