DJ Spooky, aka Paul D. Miller, played for free to a happy crowd at a Reckless in-store on Saturday afternoon. His set was only about thirty minutes in length, highlighting tracks from his most recent release, In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records, while putting an iPod vs. laptop sort of spin on the whole thing.
This release brings about a slightly different angle with the heavy presence of the Jamaican samples accompanying the hip- hop style, which may prove refreshing to those who like each record a DJ puts out to sound different. DJ Spooky’s records have never really sounded the same and he’s proved himself both a complex individual and musician with each new release, perhaps my favorite of his being 1999’s File Under Futurism with the Freight Elevator Quartet. It was great as always to see DJ Spooky, though I really would recommend seeing him in a club when he has visuals to supplement the music. It also felt too like the time went by too quickly. One thing that was great is the fact that he burned a CD off of his hard-drive and gave out several free samples to audience members so we could all hear some of the extended samples he used on Saturday.
Stream Spooky's new Trojan remix album here (requires registration)