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Various Artists / Xen Cuts
Album:Xen Cuts Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:10/2000
Label:Ninja Tune 

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Album Review
The Dead Kenny-Gs
Reviewed 2003-02-25 
Xen Cuts
Unreleased, live, rare, and otherwise interesting tracks from Ninja Tune. This compilation celebrates the London based label started by the duo Coldcut ten years ago. Disc one tends to hip hop/turntablism/breakbeat, and disc two is more electronica/atmospheric/futuristic lounge stuff. It all shows why Ninja Tune is one of the best labels out there. Every track is good, many are great, and some are amazing, play all (watch for FCCs on disc 1). Recommended tracks: CD1: 13, 14, 1-3, 5, 6, 8-12; CD2: 3, 4, 5, 10, 2, 6-8.
Disc 1
1 (1:03) *Intro mix
2 (4:45) *Syncopated hip hop (FCC, several 'fuck's and 'shit's)
3 (3:21) *Mellow, jazzy loop hip hop
4 (5:00) Hip hop, familiar loop (FCC 'fuck')
5 (5:00) *Hip hop, up-tempo with dark samples (FCC 'fuck')
6 (4:33) *Fuzzy synthesizer bass over beat-abstract, repetitive
7 (3:12) Hip hop
8 (4:25) *Samples and beat,
9 (4:22) *Amon Tobin dark beats male vocal hip hop
10 (4:53) *Female spoken rap, dissing chauvinist hip hop
11 (5:17) *Mellow flowing groove, drums and synthesizer
12 (4:04) *Turntablism, lots of spoken samples with Chinese violin loop
13 (5:08) **Turntablist collage, spoken samples
14 (4:35) **Crowd noise, soul jazz organ--funky as hell
15 (5:05) *Hip hop, funky loop
16 (4:06) Hip hop (FCC 'fuck')
17 (4:07) Dreamy, slightly annoying intro, Medium beat electronica
18 (5:15) Down-tempo electronica, odd samples
Disc 2 Review on Back ‡

Disc 2
1 (1:44) Medley/collage of Ninja Tune songs
2 (4:18) *Copshow groove
3 (6:36) **Big dark bass
4 (4:23) **Latin Funk with blazing Snowboy organ. Baile, motherfucker!!!
5 (5:21) **Slow exotic orchestral and mid-eastern
6 (5:28) *Very complicated interlocking rhythm, jazzy medium-tempo
7 (7:36) *Fem wordless vocal
8 (5:32) *Slow, horns and drums, stylized film noir soundtrack
9 (6:30) Down-tempo tweeky electronic sounds
10 (8:28) **Ken Nordine word jazz illustrated with beats by DJ Food
11 (8:20) Slower syncopated electronica
12 (4:34) Wide, flowing and orchestral
13 (4:21) Horns, fem vocals, soul/disco flavor
14 (4:00) Down-tempo, flowing
Tom Purcell, October 2000

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Steinski's IntroThe Xen to One Ratio
2.Dig Dada SoundShowtime
3.Dynamic Syncopation2 Tha Left
4.T LoveQms
5.Herbaliser, the8PT Agenda
6.Mr ScruffUg
7.NeotropicMemories
8.CabbageboyRhythm & Blues Angus Steakhs
9.Tobin, AmonSaboteur
10.Dj VadimYour Revolution
11.Irresistable ForceNepalese Bliss
12.Kid KoalaEmperors Main Course
13.ColdcutGive It Up
14.Up, Bustle & OutHip Hop Barrio
15.Quannum McsBlue Flames
16.Infesticons, theNight Night Theme
17.Vibert, LukeI Hear the Drummer
18.Fink Feat. Frank ChickensNinjah (We Are Ninga)
19.Flexus IntroThe Joy of X
20.Gilberto, CliffordThe 10TH Victim
21.NeptuneSoul Pride
22.Up, Bustle & OutLos Locos Cubanos
23.Tobin, AmonDown & to the Left
24.LokaMy Life's in These Bottles
25.Bowdin, ChrisOriginal Sins
26.Gilberto, CliffordRestless
27.Animals on WheelsBuild a Church with Your Fr.
28.Dj Food Feat. Ken NordineThe Ageing Young Rebel
29.FlangerQuicksilver Loom
30.Funki PorciniBig Sea
31.ArcArcane
32.Max & HarveyBig Amoeba Sound