Boomkat Product Review:
DJ Spooky raids the VP vaults for a rugged, mutant dancehall mix ’n blen of vintage samples with new instrumental parts by Apple Juice Kid and Fourth Shift, sounding out somewhere between Equiknoxx, Major Lazer and Low Jack’s ‘Riddims du Lieu-dit’ EP
“Paul Miller, better known by his stage name DJ Spooky is a music producer, arranger, DJ, author and performance artist. His unique brand of experimental hip-hop, dubbed ’illbient’ has resulted in collaborations with a diverse range of artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kronos Quartet, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Killa Priest. With remix projects for Trojan Records, Manifold Records and Six Degrees among others to his credit, Miller created Phantom Dancehall for his exploration of the Greensleeves/ VP Records reggae catalogue.
The musical tapestry is built on samples from familiar (and not so familiar) reggae tracks over electronic beats and melodies produced by Miller and protégé Stephen Levitin (stage name Apple Juice Kid). Selected tracks include the keyboard work of Alex Thompson aka Fourth Shift.
Guest vocals from Walshy Fire (Major Lazer) and dancehall new comer Sanjay added to vocal samples of Busy Signal, Lady Saw and Garnett Silk give the project an eclectic, modern dancehall flavor.”