DJ Food & DK Solid Steel: Now, Listen!
Published Nov 01, 2001Oh my goodness! Ninja Tune has decided to recreate some of the amazing nights that have been had on Coldcut's radio show on the BBC entitled Solid Steel. The last time Ninja attempted a DJ mix album was 1997's Cold Krush Cuts, where DJ Food, Coldcut and DJ Krush sliced and diced the label's roster with stunning results. For years fans have been waiting anxiously for something similar to that effort and now the long wait is over. First up to dig through their crates and serve up a huge dose or seamless mixing and various blends is DJ Food (Strictly Kev and P.C.) as well as label employee DK. The trio starts the series off on an amazing note, taking a friendly Solid Steel introduction and bleeding it into Jeru the Damaja's hip-hop anthem "Come Clean" on top of Cinematic Orchestra's "Channel One Suite." This cleverness in beat-manipulation is a sign of things to come and stretches throughout the recording. More tracks are laid on top of secondary cuts, including an odd but effective take on the Beat's classic "Mirror in the Bathroom" accompanied with a thumping jungle break provided by Mask. Food and DK never fail to surprise the listener by changing tempos and styles, from hip-hop to Brazilian and everything in between. With fellow Ninjas such as the mighty Kid Koala and the Herbaliser's Ollie Teeba slated to take the helm for future Solid Steel instalments, it looks like this series is going to explode in the future. DJ Food and DK's introduction to beautiful music mashing is a mouth-watering sign of the stunning things yet to come. Hopefully, just like they did on the radio show, non-label artists like DJ Shadow and Peanut Butter Wolf will take a crack and propel Solid Steel over DJ Kicks as the ultimate mix for you to get your groove on to. (Ninja Tune)