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Stepping Stones: The Self-Remixed Best

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After a dozen years of releasing unique beats, warped turntablist constructions, and hip-hop that's subterranean yet somehow connected to the genre's golden age, Japanese turntablist and producer DJ Krush released a remixed "best of" that offers a snapshot of his career for newcomers while giving longtime fans some new angels on tracks they've most likely devoured by now. Some numbers are drastically remixed, some are lightly dusted, but overall it seems he worked really hard on making Stepping Stones flow and hang together, quite the accomplishment considering any Krush construction can pull from any number of genres on its own. The double CD -- which was originally ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After a dozen years of releasing unique beats, warped turntablist constructions, and hip-hop that's subterranean yet somehow connected to the genre's golden age, Japanese turntablist and producer DJ Krush released a remixed "best of" that offers a snapshot of his career for newcomers while giving longtime fans some new angels on tracks they've most likely devoured by now. Some numbers are drastically remixed, some are lightly dusted, but overall it seems he worked really hard on making Stepping Stones flow and hang together, quite the accomplishment considering any Krush construction can pull from any number of genres on its own. The double CD -- which was originally released as two separate CDs in Japan -- is divided into a "Lyricism" disc, which features the producer with one risk-taking vocalist after another, and a "Soundscapes" disc focusing on the instrumental side of the man, with appearances by his American counterpart DJ Shadow and pianist Ken Shima. While the Shadow team-up is a fascinating, choreographed stumble through film music, cocktail jazz, and ominous electronica, it's the otherworldly folding Krush does to Shima's piano that makes "Stormy Cloud" one of the most rewarding tracks on the whole collection. Fan favorite "Kemuri" gets a light rework that softens some of its punch, making this formerly beatbox driven track sound sinister and lurking in the corners. This darker, somewhat detached attitude also figures into the new touches Krush has put on the "Lyricism" disc -- check how "Final Home" with Esthero sounds more "late night" than ever -- but what's amazing is how supportive the man can be without surrendering his own style, especially surprising when you consider these cuts are now "re-imagined." Collabos are everywhere in above- and underground hip-hop, but Krush really nails the "working together to create something new" thing better than most, proving he's not just gifted but smart, and not just a music producer but a music fan. The high-grade lyrics brought by Mos Def, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, and practically everyone else makes choosing the highlights of this disc even harder. If you want to be instantly blown away by what Krush has to offer, check the more aggressive Holonic: The Self Megamix collection from 1998. If you really want a proper, right-sized introduction, Stepping Stones is the way to go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • UPC: 828768267929
  • Catalog Number: 82679
  • Sales rank: 69,606

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Only the Strong Survive (4:04)
  2. 2 Kiro (5:45)
  3. 3 Vision of Art (4:52)
  4. 4 Zen Approach - Black Thought (4:17)
  5. 5 Final Home (4:16)
  6. 6 Kill Switch (4:20)
  7. 7 Nosferatu - Mr. Lif (4:15)
  8. 8 Song for John Walker - Anticon (5:33)
  9. 9 Meiso - Black Thought (3:42)
  10. 10 Danger of Love (5:13)
  11. 11 Shinjiro (4:35)
  12. 12 Mosa - Kan (4:23)
  13. 13 Mosa - Kan (4:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Intro (0:56)
  2. 2 Stormy Cloud (4:05)
  3. 3 Elapse (5:08)
  4. 4 Trihedron (6:40)
  5. 5 Still Island (5:20)
  6. 6 Endless Railway (3:58)
  7. 7 Day's End (4:58)
  8. 8 Outro (4:10)
  9. 9 Duality (7:40)
  10. 10 Kemuri (5:17)
  11. 11 Drum (5:13)
  12. 12 Duck Chase (4:52)
  13. 13 Bypath (Would You Take It) (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Krush Primary Artist, scratching
Ala Zap Zap Guest Appearance
Zebra Neck Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Jon Smeltz Engineer
C.L. Smooth Composer
DJ Krush Composer, Producer, Remixing
Ken "Duro" Ifill Engineer
Eliud "Lou" Ortiz Engineer
Ken Shima Composer
Koichi "Oppenheimer" Matsuki Engineer
Toshihiko Miyoshi Engineer, Remixing, Vocal Engineer
Mitsukazu Tanaka Mastering
Mos Def Composer
Esthero Composer
Brandon Abelin Engineer
Chris Bemand Engineer
A. Smith Composer
Aesop Rock Composer
Noriko Asano Executive Producer
Kazufumi Kodama Composer
Twigy Composer
Kazuhisa Saito Executive Producer
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