114MB / 100MB 320 CBR LAME mp3 CD rip from Mo' Wax MW 003 CD
This is the release that made the world sit up and take notice of wunderkind James Lavelle and his take on abstract hip hop and club sounds, around which he built his label Mo' Wax. Although the imprint was already getting some enthusiastic ink in the UK for its singles, this was the debut compilation of Mo' Wax material and the first most people had a chance to hear DJ Shadow on a widespread basis. For me, it was the two tracks by La Funk Mob that took me on first listen and since then I've been a faithful fan of Zdar, Boombass and De Crecy through all their incarnations. As far as I'm concerned, they're among those who sit at the head table in that elite club of producers who can blend accessibility, weirdness and cheese in the right proportions.
On the whole, it's a stronger comp than Headz or Headz2 with more songs rather than soundscapes, a greater sense of groove and it's definitely on a jazzier tip than Mo' Wax's subsequent collections. In fact, this holds up better than most documents of this period in the trip hop/acid jazz scene and doesn't sound nearly as dated as you would think, which says volumes about Lavelle's vision and taste at the ripe old age of 20! Unfortunately, the cover disappeared long ago back in the DJing days so I skipped the scans (but if you're OCD and really want a scan of the discs themselves and the tray insert, I wouldn't want you to have a breakdown so just leave a request in the comments and I'll oblige). If you like this then stay tuned for more from Mo' Wax and labels like Pussyfoot, Delancey Street, Ultimate Dilemma, Cup of Tea and Wall of Sound in the weeks to come. CD 1 1-01 DJ Shadow / In Flux 1-02 RPM / Food Of My De-Rhythm 1-03 DJ Krush / Slow Chase 1-04 Palm Skin Productions / In A Silent Way 1-05 DJ Takemura / Harmonium 1-06 Palm Skin Productions / Like Brothers 1-07 The Federation / Life So Free 1-08 Step / If
If you see this seminal double-disc in a store for less than $50, CD or vinyl, consider yourself lucky and snatch it up. In the meantime and in between time, Soundological presents disc one HERE and disc two HERE.