Ammoncontact get a latin workover. The best instrumental hip-hop creates a mood: film themes are often used or adapted, as in Leftfield’s Space March, reworking John Barry’s capsule munching soundtrack to You Only Live Twice. MF Doom weaves similarly dramatic soundscapes out of old Spiderman cartoons, while DJ’s Krush and Shadow mine old funk and R+B records, Krush uncovering a bassline made famous on Shadow’s Influx.
Madlib draws on the best of seventies fusion for his Yesterday’s new quintet project, but his hip-hop roots still shine through. Cinematic Orchestra also occupies a zone halfway between film soundtrack and jazz, while Tosca’s dubscapes are ideal for downbeat club sounds. I couldn’t resist the Neptunes’ Soul Pride, perhaps my favourite Xen Cuts track.
Channel One Suite: Cinematic Orchestra
Space March: Leftfield
Yeah [Kiro]: DJ Krush
What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 3): DJ Shadow
Razor Cut: Chris Stein & Fab Five Freddie
Agrimony: Mf Doom
Pennyroyal: Mf Doom
Four Elements / Yes Yo Life/Just Be Good to me: DJ Krush
The Bachelors Remix (Instrumental): RJD2
Chocolate Elvis (Boozoo Bajou Soul mix): Tosca
Soul Pride: Neptune
Life’s Angles: Yesterday’s New Quintet
Daylight: Yesterday’s New Quintet