The Anomaly

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Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
The second record by New York-based turntablist DJ Logic isn't your typical beats-and-scratches affair. Even though he was raised in the Bronx, Logic has always been more Downtown than Boogie Down -- the 29-year-old DJ has already toured with jazz heavies like Don Byron and Medeski, Martin & Wood, plus he's more likely to be found jamming in Greenwich Village jazz clubs than spinning at rough-and-tumble hip-hop spots. Matching DJ Logic with an all-star cast of improvisers -- including keyboard guru John Medeski and ex-Living Colour axeman Vernon Reid -- The Anomaly is a wooly jazz-electronic fusion in the vein of Bill Laswell's Material project or French ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
The second record by New York-based turntablist DJ Logic isn't your typical beats-and-scratches affair. Even though he was raised in the Bronx, Logic has always been more Downtown than Boogie Down -- the 29-year-old DJ has already toured with jazz heavies like Don Byron and Medeski, Martin & Wood, plus he's more likely to be found jamming in Greenwich Village jazz clubs than spinning at rough-and-tumble hip-hop spots. Matching DJ Logic with an all-star cast of improvisers -- including keyboard guru John Medeski and ex-Living Colour axeman Vernon Reid -- The Anomaly is a wooly jazz-electronic fusion in the vein of Bill Laswell's Material project or French electronica producer St. Germain. Logic provides an eclectic collection of massive, throbbing beats deep house, trip-hop, jungle, incisive turntable scratches, and dubby sound effects, while his rotating cast of guests adds high-wire improv and melodic structures. "French Quarter" is a rowdy funk jam that lives up the raucous spirit of its namesake, "Frequency" is a frenetic drum-'n'-bass workout reminiscent of Roni Size, and "Soul Kissing" is an earthy, deep house number in the vein of Masters at Work. Matching new-school electronic techniques with old-school jazz flair, The Anomaly proves that DJs can jam, too.
All Music Guide
On his second solo album, DJ Logic creates a true anomaly in the electronic jazz genre: a set that remains true to the improvisational spirit of jazz and makes you want to shake your ass. Unlike recent techno jazz albums by artists such as St. Germain, the songs on The Anomaly never drift into dull repetition -- each tune constantly surprises with unexpected turns. The Anomaly is a bit fresher and funkier than his equally excellent debut Presenting Project Logic, which tended toward the dense and industrial. Logic earned his pedigree working with latter-day jazz saints such as Vernon Reid and Medeski Martin and Wood, and both Reid and Medeski lend a hand to their disciple on this album. In particular, Medeski's funk organ gospel adds an extra kick to "French Quarter," a nasty jam replete with a Tower of Power-like horn refrain. He and his excellent band Project Logic dip into trip-hop with "Black Buddha," layering velvety sax and flute melodies and ambient accompaniment. "Soul Kissing" finds Logic delving into Eastern rhythms with a violin playing the main melody and tablas filling out the sound. He even pulls off a deft hip-hop tune on "The Project," thanks to Subconscious' heady rap. Logic experiments on several tracks to varying success, including a bizarre meld of industrial and aria on "Hip-Hopera," which sounds like an eerie ghost haunting a sheet metal factory. But no matter what concoctions he tries, Logic keeps it lively and intense. The Anomaly works well whether you're on the dancefloor or sitting on the living room floor. ~ Michael Gowan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Rykodisc Uk
  • UPC: 014431600425
  • Catalog Number: 6004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 French Quarter (4:04)
  2. 2 Black Buddah (4:24)
  3. 3 Ron's House (5:00)
  4. 4 Michelle (4:16)
  5. 5 Frequency One (3:56)
  6. 6 Tih Gnob (0:34)
  7. 7 Bean-E-Man (6:29)
  8. 8 Who Am I? (0:32)
  9. 9 Soul-Kissing (5:02)
  10. 10 Afronautical (4:10)
  11. 11 The Project(s) (2:19)
  12. 12 Hip-Hopera (4:42)
  13. 13 An Interlude (0:31)
  14. 14 Miles Away (4:48)
  15. 15 Drone (10:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Logic Primary Artist, scratching, Turntables
Ron Miles Trumpet
Graham Haynes Trumpet
Steve Cannon Vocals
Bryan Carrott Vibes
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Melvin Gibbs Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Scotty Hard Various
John Medeski Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Clavier, Synthesizer Strings, Hammond B3
Vernon Reid Guitar, Various
Brian Carrot Balafon, Vibes
Subconscious Vocals
Baba Ben Israel Didjeridu
Miri Ben-Ari Violin
Suphala Tabla
Casey Benjamin Flute, Saxophone, EWI, fender rhodes
Eric Krasno Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Mike Weitman Keyboards
Scott Palmer Bass, Bass Guitar
Stephen Roberson Drums
Marie Claire Vocals
Deantoni Parks Drums
Felix Sanabria Guitar, Percussion
Chris Kelly Drums
Mike Weitman Keyboards
Technical Credits
Steve Cannon Lyricist
Melvin Gibbs Producer, Audio Production
Scotty Hard Audio Production, Instrumentation
Scott Harding Producer
Vernon Reid Programming, Instrumentation
DJ Logic Producer, beats, Audio Production
Andrew Hurwitz Executive Producer
David Bias Art Direction
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
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