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Cut Chemist:: The Audience’s Listening (Album Review)

“People get ready, the robots are coming!”
It’s all about atmosphere, setting it, keeping it, etc. Lucas MacFadden, or The Cut Chemist, as he has chosen to call himself, does set the atmosphere and keep it as well. It’s spacey, funky, and down right spooky at times. On his first full length solo record, The Audience’s Listening, MacFadden takes the listener on a trip. A trip to the outer reaches of the galaxy, with stiff beats and tight production. Coming from a very diverse background, being a member of the latin funk band Ozomatli and an ex-member of Jurassic 5, he mixes an eclectic brand of turntable skills that makes the kids go crazy. Grab your glow sticks, hug the nearest candy kid and get ready to dance the night away.

Now, not being an expert on dj’s, I actually found this record to be soothing. It’s a nice late night listen. Splashes of jazz, electro funk, soul and world music make it a favorite for repeat listens as well. Personally, I really enjoyed “The Garden” which has a great bossa nova feel and sampled lyrics from Astrud Gilberto’s “Berimbau.”
But what should be the big hit, is the song, “What’s The Altitude” featuring Hymnal. Hymnal spits a wild story about an encounter with some girl to a great beat that is very reminiscent of a slowed down “Bombs Over Baghdad” by Outkast. Man, I’m telling you, it is a hit. Another standout track,”Storm” featuring Edan and Mr. Lif, sounds like it could have been the b-side to Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” It’s very 80’s sounding in the production and flow of the beats and rhyming. I’m starting to sound like some kind of professor, huh?

I found this album to be a mixed bag, meaning, there’s a little something for everyone. With elements of pop, hip hop, soul, funk and many other genres, this is a good party record. Throw it on and let the music take over because there is no other choice, the robots are coming!
(Review by: Casey Schroeder)