His name was whispered in the same breath as Shadow or Krush in worldwide record shops because Cam had proven that although trip hop seemed to be his specialty, his forte was deep, intricate instrumental DJ records that he layered with electro beats, jungle, or jazz.
Cam peers into all genres and has showcased guest vocalists and emcees from around the globe. He has blended jazz and tripped out beats seamlessly with a respect for hip-hop and American DJs that are prime choice in their game.
The third track, called simply "Premier", is Cam's shoutout to a legend, and possibly, among other albums, Premier's flawless and epic-length work on Gang Starr's Moment of Truth. The throbbing classic hip-hop beat on "Premier" is accented by Cam's scratching and sultry horn blasts, Premier - DJ Cam - Liquid Hip Hop (Vinyl.
Premier's toasting, presumably from Cam's cell phone voicemail, cuts in between the fast work on the decks and is a nice touch. Even nicer is every other beat on the record, as DJ Cam's Liquid Hip-hop is a monster instrumental collection. Scratching is absent, but hardly missed, because this one combines every other great thing about emcee-less compositions. A bare and dusty snare beat provides a Album) downtempo backdrop for Cam's canvas, before he fills it with a Western film piano loop and a bassline that punches in and out, like "Airbag", the ominous OK Computer opener.
Damn, Guru's storytelling should be in handsome leather bound volumes with gold trim. He and Cam make quite the pair in the DJ's sober acknowledgment of Gang Starr, as well as his poignant tribute to the whole genre. It's quite comforting to know that he doesn't share in the international distaste for American people, but even more so because Cam's work is just as solid -- and often better -- than the entries that have poured in all year.
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He's evolved but he still maintains that edge that's made him popular amongst hip hop and jazz aficianados. After the first few rotations I likened this compilation to some of his best work to date including his LP "Mad Blunted Jazz". Featuring classic Cam jazz riffs as well as some well orchestrated string arrangements that were prominent on his other instrumental, and equally monumental, album "Substances", the album deserves top shelf status.
The beats and cuts are strong and tight and when coupled with Cam's laid back Album) hard hitting style this is one that anyone who's been into the underground scene would be privileged to give heavy rotation to.
Those in the know, know and those that aren't play 50 cent. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that I'd rather have two new tracks rather than the "Espionage" and "Love Junkee" remixes.
Still, if your a Cam fan you'll want it and if you're not As a result, I was unable to get it transfered onto my MP3 player. The Japanese version is not copy controlled and did play using Windows Media Player and was able to transfer to my MP3 player. One person found this helpful. Top critical review.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, A grainy, black and white self-developed photograph of a rain soaked metropolitan boulevard and a strutting pedestrian holding an umbrella. The cover art says it all: a chilled mood, a little hip-hop grime and an artsy swagger A move like this can only be seen as positive, since Cam's career has slid downward with his smoother-than-smooth approach that Loa Project Vol.
Here, Cam squelches the fake jazz and turns up the bass, the modal piano samples, and his best friend and partner in crime, the turntable. He's even got Guru and Jay Dee thrown in there, just in case anyone forgot that he's one of the most prominent musical forces this side of instrumental hip-hop. So then, why is Liquid Hip-Hop still not a success?
For one, it lacks the subtlety of his earliest work. Underground Vibes and Substances weren't speaker-blowing, but because they sounded confident hybridizing hip-hop beats and modal jazz, they packed more of a punch than anything in DJ Cam's catalog.
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