Remember back before laptops, MP3 players, and CDs, when DJs actually used turntables? In the new decade, milk crates full of vinyl, scratching, and beat matching have mostly been replaced by an array of sampling software and needle free hardware. But, revolutionary turntablistist Cut Chemist, aka Lucas McFadden, helped rejuvenate this old school artform when he released Sound of the Police back in late July.
For the live mix album, which consists of two 20-minute mixes of tracks from Ethiopian, Sudanese, Afro-Brazilian, and Colombian musicians, McFadden reduced his set-up from 8-turntables which he had used alongside DJ Shadow, to a single table. This reduction may seem like it simplifies the process, but according to McFadden, “When I whittle things down to one turntable and a loop pedal and just myself, things got more complicated. Ironically, I try to simplify and it actually exponentially got more complicated. I don’t know what it is with me. I guess I like a challenge.”
Before spending the Saturday prior to Halloween performing with Gram Rabbith and The Duke Spirit for KCRW’s Halloween Party at LA’s Park Plaza, the radio station has made “Povo de Santo” available for all to enjoy. Listen to the track below, and then head here to download the track.