DJ Spooky is a great turntablist, producer and DJ who's been in the game for a hot minute (at least the past 10 years), working with everyone from Yoko Ono to Public Enemy and to Lee "Scratch" Perry to Kool Keith on various projects and doing things outside of the box, such as when last year he toured the world presenting D.W. Griffith's 1915 controversial film The Birth of a Nation as an interactive video remix experience called "Rebirth of a Nation" and writing a REAL interesting book, Rhythm Science.
The brother is OUT THERE with his style (I think it goes all over from traditional Hip-Hop to Electronica and Techno), but unlike some, its not strange just becuase - every sound, person worked with, etc. has a purpose.
Also, DJ Spooky's music knocks in the crib or the ride - which is always a plus.
I got this from a press release - some info talking about the project direct from the creator:
The same time that Hendrix was making "Electric Ladyland" and the Rolling Stones were making "Their Satanic Majesties Request" the Jamaican scene of artists and producers being led by Trojan Records was making material that was just as complex, and even more advanced.
For me, early dub and instrumental music out of Jamaica showed how non European, and non-industrialized countries could use technology in completely unexpected ways. For the 40th Anniversary of Trojan Records, I went through their archives and looked for songs that I thought reflected the diverse styles of Trojan, and its long relationship to underground culture worldwide.
One could argue that dub is the most influential style of music in the world, and Trojan's archives have some of the best material around. Period. It was hard to get everything - there was so much in their archive, that the only way I could bring myself to face the overload was to work with bits and pieces, and that's what "Creation Rebel" is about - taking hold of music history to show how creativity made Jamaica the loudest island in the world.
- Paul Miller a/k/a DJ Spooky
This project is that fire for those who like old school reggae and dub, for real - I just copped the download not too long ago and am pretty satisfied.
Here is the track listing:
Creation Rebel: Trojan Re-Mixed, Re-Visioned, Re-versioned (Trojan Records)
Creation Rebel - DJ Spooky meets Mad Professor & Rob Swift
Mr. Brown Remix - Bob Marley
Revolution Disco Dub - DJ Spooky meets Tapper Zukie
No No No Mix - Dawn Penn
Dis Poem Burns Bablyon - The Observers meets Mutabaruka
Under Mi Sensi Remix - Barrington Levy
East of the River Nile Remix - Augustus Pablo
Dis Poem Burns Babylon v2 - The Upsetters meets Mutabaruka
Freedom Reign - DJ Spooky presents Michael Rose
Soul Rebel Remix - Bob Marley
Under Mi Sleng Teng Remix - Wayne Smith
Mr. Brown (A Cappella) - Bob Marley
Babylon Burning Dub - DJ Spooky vs The Observers
Dub of the Traveler (Bonus Beats) - Scientist
And because I love you all, here is a bonus remix track DJ Spooky has done for y'all to listen to and download for free:
007 Shanty Town - Desmond Dekker
DJ Spooky MySpace Page
DJ Spooky Official Website
DJ Spooky Wired Magazine Interview
Bonus Video #1: DJ Spooky - Peace In Zaire Music Video
Bonus Video #2: DJ Spooky Live DJ Set @ Criminal Records