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Smart, but derivative, instrumental hip-hop
on 1 May 2003
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, beat-laden, (largely) instrumental hip-hop - I felt that this was too close to DJ Shadow for comfort. Nearer in quality to Josh Davies' more recent, weaker effort, this doesn't come close to Endtroducing - all the components are there: scratched up trumpets, crackling beats, ancient soul samples, folksy strings etc.; but it is no more than a sum of its parts. It is certainly not as cynical as the souless cut and paste of Moby, but it doesn't have the depth of ideas (or feeling) that define RJD2's mentor.