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DJ Food: The Search Engine

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Eleven years after the last DJ Food album release ("Kaleidoscope"), Strictly Kev and various friends, associates and like-minded collaborators return with a new fulllength. 'The Search Engine' distills the best parts from three EP's worth of material into a continuous 56 minute album of unbridled creativity and laser-sharp focus.

Collaborations abound in the form of vocal appearances from Natural Self (aka Nathaniel Pearn), JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Steroid Maximus etc.) and The The's Matt Johnson. The latter reprises his vocal on a cover of his own track 'GIANT', nearly thirty years after its first release. Musical hook-ups include 2econd Class Citizen, who trades sample-attacks with Strictly for the suite of nine tracks that make up the 11 minute 'Magpie Music'. Dr Rubberfunk lends his drumming skills to the opening track and old DJ Food partner PC and Solid Steel's DK add their own ingredients to the mix.

While there isn't a single concept behind the record, certain themes twine their way through the music. In particular, the twin retro-future icons, astronauts and robots, float and bleep their way across the surface of the album, from the Henry Flint cover art onwards. Perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work on the 2000AD comic, Flint gave Kev access to a caché of his personal drawings to colour as well as creating new work specifically for the project.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all to those who associate the DJ Food name with the early 90s "Jazz Brakes" records is just how heavy "The Search Engine" is. Styled as a kind of psychedelic rock album made with samplers, Strictly Kev has not been afraid the frug the fuck out, with thundering drum work and fuzz bass perhaps the central muscial signature of the work.

Reflecting Strictly's work as a designer as well as musician (he had to take the whole of 2010 off from recording the record while he did all the design for Ninja's 20th "XX' anniversary) the album comes in a number of formats: regular CD digipak, download, comic book with CD and a 7" flexi-disc of a bonus track with an exclusive remix 12".

As for the title, Kev explains that, "the way we live every day is helped by search engines of many shapes and sizes. Some people think they control and influence how we work and play. In this case, though, the Search Engine could be something waiting to be found out in the vastness of space..." Thrusters on full...

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1. All Covered In Darkness (Pt. 1)
Producer: DJ Food
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featuring Matt Johnson
Producer: DJ Food
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3. intermission: a new language
Producer: DJ Food
4. The Illectrik Hoax
featuring Natural Self
Producer: DJ Food
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5. Sentinel (Shadow Guard)
featuring DK
Producer: DJ Food
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6. Prey
featuring J.G. Thirlwell
Producer: DJ Food
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7. In Orbit Every Monday
Producer: DJ Food
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8. outermission: sheer fiction
Producer: DJ Food
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9. Percussion Map Pt. 1
Producer: DJ Food
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10. Magpie Music
featuring 2econd Class Citizen
Producer: DJ Food
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11. A Trick of the Ear
Producer: DJ Food
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12. Colours Beyond Colours
Producer: DJ Food
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4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/2/2012 11:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 75.250.140)
Comment: I guess I'm the only one on this? Well, this shit is pioneering, advanced futuristic beats and smart as hell. If you don't know now ya know..
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 2/16/2012 1:40:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: BC CANADA
Comment: So im trying to figure out why this is being sold at a hip hop site? Im also a fan of Dj Foods break albums, but as time goes on I think people are becoming very confused as to what hip hop is and the elements that blueprint the culture. Im all for evolving musicly, but in the end this sounds nothing like hip hop music to me. Maybee everyones starting to run out of ideas or they forget because of soo many sub genres what hip hop music is and sounds like. I find myself more let down as albums like these keep on comong out more and more, and are considered to be hip hop music.
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