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Live at Future Primitive Sound Session [Live]

Cut Chemist, Shortkut, Live at Future Primitive Sound Session (Series)Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: May 5, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Future Primitive
  • ASIN: B000006EQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 70-minute continuous mix
2. Tiny Bells
3. Life As A Shorty Shouldnt Be So Rough
4. Open Close
5. No Mistakes In This Number Song Remix
6. Lesson 6 The Lecture
7. Fats Comets Tackhead Beat
8. Chuck D Counts Down To Armageddon
9. King Kumoniwanaleia
10. Ready On The Right
11. Solid Squealer
12. Biggety Balls Monkey The Real Deal
13. Lets Dance On Planet Rock
14. Werd
15. Moonbase Alpha
16. Prince Of The Beats
17. You Are Getting Scratchy
18. Cak Ca Ba Ba
19. Slow Fresh
20. Are You Ready
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This is the one that started it all! The first officially released recordings from the legendary Future Primitive sessions in San Francisco, which later gave birth to 'Brainfreeze' & everything that followed. Here Cut Chemist battles Shortkut in a ferocio

In the beginning, hip-hop was all about the DJ. The DJ rocked the party, keeping the flow going, and to help raise the level of excitement, he--and, back then, it was always he--might employ an MC to shout some catch phrases over the music. But for hip-hop to become pop and rock & roll, a frontman was needed, and the MC became dominant. Not so anymore, as an underground school of self-styled turntablists--DJs with a fancy name for themselves--eschew the MCs and rock the party themselves. Recorded live at San Francisco's Future Primitive Soundsession party, DJs Shortkut (one of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, along with Mix Master Mike) and Cut Chemist (of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli) let loose on this disc: two DJs, five turntables, 70 minutes, and no overdubs. It's an astounding display both of their own technical skills and of their ability to keep a party grooving; it's amazingly danceable but punctuated with moments of jaw-dropping virtuosity. May the party never end. --Randy Silver

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like butta on yo' breakfast toast December 15, 1999
Format:Audio CD
i already owned mixmaster mike's "anti-theft device". while that record was decent, (and i certainly don't doubt his skillz as a turntablist), i found it too cerebral and experimental to really be able to get DOWN to: it wasn't quite as stereo-friendly (as opposed to live) as i would have liked. so i was skeptical about the tightness of shortkut and cut chemist. WOW! within 2 minutes of this album, i was outta my chair and popping windmills (in my head, at least). terrific. i recognize one of the tracks from the J5 record, the one with the science professor reciting the elements ("niacin: NH+1"). for some reason, there's nothing cooler than sampling old white males. the only flaw of this album (if you want to call it a flaw) is that i wasn't sure which DJ was doing what. maybe this is a good thing? bottom line, if you like sampling, addidas flailing in the air in a clockwise formation, and appreciate turntablism at its finest, you will be doing yourself a solid in picking this bad boy up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic - REALLY December 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Why is this recording a classic? Aside from the music itself, this album will be remembered in the underground archives as a classic for a reason stated in it's title: Cut Chemist meets Shortkut. This technically superb vinyl-shredding session was UNREHEARSED- Cut Chemist and Shortkut had NEVER met prior to this performance. And though their set starts off with a bit of back-and-forth warm ups, the two culprits quickly begin interacting like they had been performing together for years. Without knowing that the two had never met each other before this performance, let alone rehearsed the set, one would have no trouble believing that this recording was the result of a well-planned, thought out collaboration. And as for the music itself, Cut Chemist (formerly of Ozzomatli and currently one-half of the DJ team behind The Jurrasic Five) and Shortkut (member of both The Invisible Skratch Piklz and Beat Junkies turntable crews) combine to create a very compatible mix of old-school and new-school hip-hop and soul tunes, beats, and breaks, top-notch scratching and beat-mixing/juggling, and a wide variety of comical, scientific, and downright out-of-the-blue vocal samples. This is an outrageously clever, fresh, on-point head bobbing DJ set. If you're checking out this album, you probably have some disposition toward hip-hop and/or DJ mixes/live sets. I say to you: This one is a MUST have.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turntablism at its finest April 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is quite simply, mind blowing. It should be handed out to people who are getting into real hip-hop, to show them what a real DJ does at a show. Also the album is a nice treat for those who haven't been forunate enough to see DJ Shortkut or Cut Chemist live at a show in person, let alone, see the two of them battle live in person. Actually, the album kind of ruined my experince of seeing Cut Chemist battling Shortkut in person because the album made me want to see more than the alotted twenty five minutes, I wish they could have gone on for hours and once you starting listening to this record, you will too want to listen to it for hours on end.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, everybody, I was skeptical when this CD was put in my hand. I grew up listening to old school rap (Run-DMC, the Beasties, LL,) and thought that DJ-ing was just a beat for the MCs. Then, of course, I was disgusted by Puffy and all that "sampling" of the 90s. I thought to myself before I put this CD on: "Well, this can't possibly be art, or even innovative or interesting. I mean, all the guys are doing is mixing other people's music, just like Puffy... and that stuff was so WEAK."
Let me just say: I was never more wrong.
This CD is a work of genius. I can't believe I am saying that, but truth is truth.
True, these guys are taking music other people made, but they are putting it together in totally new ways. As one reviewer said before-- and he was right on the money-- this is a new form of art much like Jazz. They are using other music as their paint, but making totally new canvasses with it. And, it is listenable, not just academic! This CD is both humbling and inspiring.
Words fail me.
Because my jaw is still dragging on the floor!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yup, I was fooled. October 8, 2003
By skytwo
Format:Audio CD
This set sounded so perfect that I figured it HAD to be rehearsed. The transitions are too smooth, the mixes too perfect, the skratchin' too ill. But according to another reviewer, these two had never worked together, or even MET, prior to this encounter. That makes it all the sweeter. It's one of the best examples out there of just what DJs can do. Seventy minutes of nonstop scratching, ingenious samples, and unbeatable party beats-- this is the album I always reach for when I'm trying to convince unbelievers of the power of the DJ. And more often than not, they're sold on the idea.
With a little more lift and a little more thrust on the marketing side, this series could have taken off in a big way. As it is, we've got two incredible albums of hip-hop goodness that're going to age incredibly well, no question about it. If you don't have them already, what the hell are you waiting for?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet son of a bee sting... August 10, 2005
By RyanK
Format:Audio CD
A truly amazing cd. I have a hip-hop/ turntablism/ soulful jazz/ deep house/ downtempo/ weird foreign stuff radio show and this is my favorite cd. I just start giggling like a little girl when I hear their eclectic selections. They don't let up through this whole cd and other than Q-Bert these guys have some of the best samples around. Hell, I just finished listening to it, straight through and I've had it for years. Worth the price of admission.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This album bored me
Unless you are really into turntablism and samples, don't bother with this album. This album is best for DJ's and music nerds.

I found it a little boring.
Published on January 12, 2006 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars strictly for scratch addicts
I was at the 'Bronx To Brixton' event at the Brixton Academy sometime in 98, when some little American dude who had a stall set up pressed this CD on me. [...]. Read more
Published on February 16, 2002 by "macmoneylove"
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEET JEZUS!
All I have to say is two words, "holy crap" this is single handly the best scratching/techno cd I have ever heard. Read more
Published on January 25, 2001 by Fandambilino
5.0 out of 5 stars can't say enough...
Amazing... I'm fairly new to DJ, having gotten here via Beasties, Dirt Chamber and DJ Andy Smith. This stuff is in a league all by itself. This is the Jazz of the new millineum. Read more
Published on January 5, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars a music listener
Published on September 2, 2000 by "talented-mr-ripley"
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Turntablist Festival
This is simply one of the best turntablist CDs out there. Cut Chemist & Shortkut are amazing. This is a CD that you listen to time after time and it never gets boring. Read more
Published on July 14, 2000 by "ada-meb"
5.0 out of 5 stars Get LIVE with Shortkut and Cut Chemist..
"Live at Future Primitive Sound Session" by Cut Chemist, Shortkut is a definite must have by anybody that enjoys a skratch showcase by two respectable and already... Read more
Published on September 12, 1999 by GordonChino (
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