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DJ/Rupture
Uproot
Agriculture

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


September 29, 2008
Highlighting his evolution from a purveyor of frenetic jungle, ragga and digital hardcore with Kid 606's Tigerbeat6 imprint to a modern-day tastemaker of world beat, dub and ambient soundscapes, DJ/Rupture's Uproot is a 23-track mix that heavily favors his current musical inclinations over those of his past.

Seemingly inspired by the playlists from his own weekly "Mudd Up!" radio show at New York's WMFU 91.1, the Big Apple producer, otherwise known as Jace Clayton, has unveiled a set of tracks bathed in downtempo and exotica. Suitable for both after-party entertaining and headphone listening, the seamless Uproot begins with Baby Kites and Nokea's "Reef," a tune submerged in wispy flutes, stuttering beats and synth-bass that quickly evaporates into Cloud's undulating dancehall ditty "Elders." Throughout the first-half of the mix, /Rupture's taste for the subdued is evident, as the syncopated beats and sinewy textures are augmented only by the grimy molasses bounce of Clouds' "Too Much" and Jenny Jones's lovely viola and cello-laden interlude "Capilano Bridge."

On side two of the collection, however, hints of the darker traits emblazoned on /Rupture's seminal 2004 release, Special Gunpowder, begin to emerge. Stalker's "Radios et Announceurs," a murky sample-fest of broadcasts accompanied by chimes, sub-bass and scraping noises, segues into the straight-beat thumps of Ghislain Poirier's "Ignadjossi," the rattling "Braille Diving" by Scuba and Quest's Afrobeat saga "Mirage." Still, the harsher moments are quelled by the laid-back atmosphere that permeates throughout the record's final act, which includes Shackleton's Middle Eastern-flavored "Naked" and Moving Ninja's spacey, moving "Uranium."

With his soundbombing past set aside for the moment, DJ/Rupture proves he's just as capable of providing a different kind of head trip, one that sufficiently aids the comedown from whatever your nocturnal activity.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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