Cut Chemist – master of trickery

the art of yoga teaches a young jedi about the discipline of flexibility and balance. but what’s this got to do with the hip-hop portion of the Pantiero festival on a friday night? well, it’s this yogic combination that comes to mind when watching the legendary Cut Chemist in action.

it’s been said that the Jurassic 5 are not the same since his departure, and now i can see why. formidible from all directions – the breadth of music he dips into and dexterously samples, the energy levels that rise from the decks, the composure and humour with which he battles the wind, the lack of ego and statesman-like attitude (he’s graciously recording parts of the Dilated Peoples show after his set).

to top it off, he calls for sound clips from members of the audience for the finale – and turns this into a live freestyle workout. rip-roaringly clever.

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