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Album Review

Logically, breaks ought to be much more fun than house music: funky by definition, properly wielded breakbeats can turn any track into a party. But too many DJs and producers who put themselves in the breaks category settle for long strings of continuously mixed vanilla beats that end up being just as tedious as the most generic club-beat thumpathon. London DJ Ali B avoids that trap by selecting his mix album from a wide variety of sources, from DJ Love's hip-hoppy "Steez" to Tayo and the Sunz of Mecha Underground's nicely reggae-inflected "Reality Dub," and from DJ Deekline and Ed Solo's humorously salacious "One in the Front" to the Plump DJs' abrasive "Redshift." Unsurprisingly, the album's highlight track comes courtesy of the always-exquisite Bassnectar, a remix of "Everybody" that features cool samples, elegant cutting and scratching, and a hip-shaking segue into a dancehall beat. The program even ends with an actual song, or something like it anyway. Highly recommended.

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active:

A Dutch rapper of Moroccan descent, Ali B. (real name: Ali Bouali, born October 16 of 1981) actually lost in a hip-hop/R&B contest for the Grote Prijs von Nederland, but was talented enough to win a deal with Warner anyway. His debut single for the major label, "Waar Gaat Dit Heen?" was a number two hit, and his live performances kept him in the public spotlight. He worked with a number of famous American rap artists, including RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. He also donated a great deal...
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