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Altered Beats: Assassin Knowledges of the Remanipulated
     

Altered Beats: Assassin Knowledges of the Remanipulated

 
This collection of Bill Laswell productions is obviously a labor of love put together by a man who misses hip-hop's old school. Though it features artists as current as Prince Paul, DXT and New Kingdom, the album's focus on turntable scratching and a preponderance of relatively simple,

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This collection of Bill Laswell productions is obviously a labor of love put together by a man who misses hip-hop's old school. Though it features artists as current as Prince Paul, DXT and New Kingdom, the album's focus on turntable scratching and a preponderance of relatively simple, monolithic beats make it sound like a period piece. That's not a bad thing, especially when Laswell imbues the proceedings with an up-to-the-minute ambience and a rumbling bass (as in bass guitar, not 808). But the complete absence of rapping -- the only thing that keeps this from actually being a hip-hop record -- may leave some listeners scratching their heads. Instead, we get a Bootsy Collins cameo (never a problem) and the occasional sample of a right-wing radio preacher. Some of the scratching is truly virtuosic; in particular, witness the retro-ensemble sound of the Filipino turntable group the Invisibl Skratch Picklz and the quicksilver manipulations of DJ DXT. Laswell's production overlays everything with a spacy, ambient sheen.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/1996
Label:
AXIOM
UPC:
0016253104624
catalogNumber:
531046

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bootsy Collins   Bass,Vocals
Altered Beats   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bill Laswell   Contributor,Generator
Jerome Brailey   Contributor
D.X.T.   Producer,Engineer
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Scott Harding   Producer,Engineer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Jah Wobble   Contributor
Robert Musso   Engineer
Shortkut   Contributor
Prince Paul   Engineer
Rammellzee   Artwork
Liu Sola   Contributor
New Kingdom   Producer
DJ Krush   Programming,Producer
DJ Q-Bert   Contributor
Mix Master Mike   Contributor
DJ Disk   Contributor
Bill Murphy   Liner Notes
Rob Swift   Contributor
Koichi "Oppenheimer" Matsuki   Engineer
Valis   Contributor
Jean-Pierre Sluys   Engineer

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