DJ-Kicks: The Black Album

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
The Black Album sees Rockers Hi-Fi holed up in Birmingham, England, partaking in a mix and match with stacks of dub, trip-hop, and drum'n'bass albums for their contribution to Stud!o K7's DJ-Kicks series. At turns exhilarating and at other turns frustrating, The Black Album is the kind of album that one can't simply play at any hour of the day. It begs for a beach party atmosphere or at least for some kind of exotic cocktails to be on hand. The overall feel is one of cinematic dub. If the original tracks weren't spicy enough for the Rockers' intentions, they merely tweaked in their own reverb, flanges, and echoes. Bouncy, storming beats threaten to develop at any given ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
The Black Album sees Rockers Hi-Fi holed up in Birmingham, England, partaking in a mix and match with stacks of dub, trip-hop, and drum'n'bass albums for their contribution to Stud!o K7's DJ-Kicks series. At turns exhilarating and at other turns frustrating, The Black Album is the kind of album that one can't simply play at any hour of the day. It begs for a beach party atmosphere or at least for some kind of exotic cocktails to be on hand. The overall feel is one of cinematic dub. If the original tracks weren't spicy enough for the Rockers' intentions, they merely tweaked in their own reverb, flanges, and echoes. Bouncy, storming beats threaten to develop at any given moment. Samples from Reefer Madness develop from the ether of Electric J's "Varispeed." One imagines a spaced-out Lee Scratch Perry sitting in a corner, nodding his head in approval, especially when the Rockers blend in Terminalhead & Mr Spee's "Twisted System." There's one element that is going to make or break the album for individual listeners, and it comes in the form of Farda P's master of ceremonies chat. Farda P's running commentary sometimes matches the tracks quite well, but it also takes numerous ridiculous turns, where he's babbling this or that about the greatness of Rockers Hi-Fi or simply shouting "murder." Mixing tracks from a broad range of contributors, from indie singer/songwriter Lida Husik to jungle king T.Power to Riz Maslen's dub IDM project Small Fish With Spine, The Black Album is an eclectic affair. Though Mish-Mash is a better starting point, The Black Album is a smart, thrilling ride into the minds and record collection of Rockers Hi-Fi.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/1998
  • Label: K7
  • UPC: 730003705625
  • Catalog Number: 56

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rockers Intro (0:05)
  2. 2 Theme from Kung Fu (2:15)
  3. 3 He Builds the World - Small Fish with Spine (6:20)
  4. 4 Feel - Kid Loops (5:07)
  5. 5 Candles and Versions - Wraparound Sounds (4:04)
  6. 6 Up Through the Down Pipe - Grizzly (4:02)
  7. 7 Dub Angel - Snooze (1:58)
  8. 8 Varispeed (5:40)
  9. 9 Callacop (2:59)
  10. 10 Long Life (4:38)
  11. 11 Com-Unique-Ation - Cee-Mix (6:34)
  12. 12 Never Tell You - Rhythm & Sound (5:47)
  13. 13 Twisted System - Terminalhead (4:42)
  14. 14 G13 - T-Power (0:51)
  15. 15 Saidisyabruklinmon - Loop (4:51)
  16. 16 Bad Head Day (4:55)
  17. 17 Dis Ya One - More Rockers (6:32)
  18. 18 Rockers Outro (0:30)
  19. 19 The Black Single (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rockers Hi-Fi Primary Artist
Lida Husik Track Performer
Deep Space Network Track Performer
Jeff Danna Track Performer
T-Power Track Performer
DJ Cam Track Performer
Kid Loops Track Performer
Snooze Track Performer
Small Fish with Spine Track Performer
Dr. Israel Track Performer
Terminalhead Track Performer
Rhythm & Sound Track Performer
Cee-Mix Track Performer
More Rockers Track Performer
Grizzly Track Performer
Wraparound Sounds Track Performer
Loop Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rockers Hi-Fi Liner Notes
Chris Zippel Mastering
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