|1. Intro / Center
Of The Universe
|2. Two Sides Of The
|3. Da da Da Da....Da
|5. Divine Disappointment
|6. Wizard Unrobed
|7. Paper Cliche
|8. DJ Signify Can't
|9. Sinful Strut
|10. Digging In Moodswings
|11. A Hundred Words
|13. Swedish Orgy
|14. Words Of Wisdom
|15. DJs Shouldn't
Talk / Ozzy Rules
|16. Dr. Me
|17. Fisbys Tavern
|18. Inner Suzie
|19. "Sample Here"
|20. San Francisco
Okay, what's with the
name: DJ Mayonnaise? Has anyone ever asked? Whatever
the reason that Chris chose this moniker, mister Mayo
is handling the 1200s on his album "55 Stories", that
came out in 1999, and so was one of the early Anticon
releases. Yip, Mayo isn't just a 1200 Hobo, but also
part of the infamous Anticon collective. And his album
got re-released now, to little hoopla it seems, maybe
due to it being an instrumental turntablist adventure,
that for some is hard to swallow like the fries that
the French folks like to drench in mayonnaise. What
gets us full circle back to that name again....DJ Mayonnaise???
Anyways, we start the
record and we are to learn what this has in store, as
"Intro / Center Of The Universe"
opens with obscure dialogue snippets and an organ is
made to shiver. On "Two Sides
Of The Fence", the sounds are getting a little
more intense, read less smooth, with a cymbal heavy,
'poor chap' sample, this happens to be a free to download
mp3 at that .com site, just called differently. This
track allows Mayo to do some heavy jigga-jigga on the
way to progress to the horns, that are then made to
wrap up the track. Another horn, this time jazzy, opens
"Da Da Da Da....Da"
that features a rather mighty drum and some flaring
cuts. This is something that should be able to even
attract the people that usually call this type of outcome
to be simply lacking an emcee.
But who needs a rhymesmith,
if one can have the serious slicing on "Aquarius"?
And who needs anything else, if one gets the track that
is coming up next, and that happens to be, maybe, possibly,
probably, surely, the best track on this Mayo album.
Well, basically and pretty straight up, Alias' "Divine
Disappointment" is one of, if not the best track ever
to come out the Anticon household. And Mayo gives us
"Divine Disappointment Revisited".
So he adds a rolling scratch over the extended version
of the sample, before the track goes into this ill drum
with more scratches, to result in a version that is
simply mind-blowing. Big words for a big track.
And we are left happy
and content with the record already. Ahhhhh....... But
there's still plenty more, like "Wizard
Unrobed", that is built upon a jazzy bass.
Or there's "Paper Cliche"
where Mayo exposes another of those deep drums he finds
and he does some chirping with a flute sound over it.
The track then goes into mach three, once at the end
the drum break is totally cleverly introduced and things
going into finger breaking intensity. The strangely
named "DJ Signify Can't Do
This" opens with a, is it Chuck Do or Ice
T, sample and then goes into a story telling scratch.
"Sinful Strut" slowly
progresses before the piano kicks in like a distinctive
movie moment. "Jacky Brown" is used for "Diggin'
In Moodswings Crate", that is basically built
from an obscure sample. A totally different vibe can
be found on "A Hundred Words",
before on "www.miravie.com"
some hypnotist tries to lure you into his circle, while
strings a go go seem to be lifted off a record that
featured a long hair singer on the cover.
Orgy" is not some relaxed chilling in a sauna,
but rather a nervous walking about, not being sure if
this is the place you want to be. We then are told about
the DJ on "Words Of Wisdom",
but this is not purely made for us to listen to the
words, as there are a whole bunch of different things
going on in the back. Somewhat in the same horn blows
"DJs Shouldn't Talk / Ozzy
Rules", as a voice is working as the wordy
manifest of what Mayo wants to tell us. To back up the
quote of 'I guess that DJ Mayonnaise guy is pretty cool',
the track is being flipped and scratches take over again.
We then get "Dr. Me",
a track that slowly sneaks on you with the sweet piano
and siren singing turntable tricks. We don't want to
rush, but going through another dope piano to be abandoned
on "Fisbys Tavern",
that features another nifty drum in part 2, "Inner
Suzie" happens to do that shivering sound
effect that Mayo seems to enjoy again, with him looping
in the back, we then take this into ""Sample
Here"", an allowance to us to lift off
a exhibited percussion. It then is broken into half
for something new to come on, maybe just showing off
that Mayo has samples for days.
As we are approaching
the end of the album, on the way we catch "San
Francisco Sing-A-Long", before the record
ends with "Outro",
a quick combo of Karate chops and kicks, opening the
exit door like hell's gate, we are approaching it, knowing
that we don't have a choice. Or something like that.
And so we can express
our amazement about this record. See, it is hard on
us, and takes a lot of effort to catch much of what's
going on, not even daring to say 'all'. It also makes
it tiring because we didn't expect such complex turntablism
deepness for a kid bearing the name of a sauce. That's
our ignorance of course. Maybe we just were stuck within
the hoopla that's surrounding the Anticon emcees, that
we totally forgot that this gathering also has some
of the illest beatsmiths amongst them. And with Mayonnaise
not just being a producer, but also one heck of a DJ,
that is punishing our unexpecting naïveté in true 1200
Hobo fashion, doing something complex, effortful to
access but eventually very calories heavy and yummy.
Kinda like mayonnaise, I guess.