by Jeevin Johal
March 10th, 2018
The Cobalt was in full effect this past Saturday night as legendary DJ and Producer, Cut Chemist, dropped mathematical beat science on a group of hip hop starving kids, thirsty to sip some suds and boogie the fuck down. Despite keeping busy with so many projects and collaborations, Cut Chemist finally released “Die Cut”, his second solo album in 12 years, satiate Vancouver’s hunger for fresh tracks, and closing out his West Coast tour.
On the album, Cut Chemist crumples up the blueprint of a traditional “scratch DJ” album and tosses it in the rubbish bin, recruiting an army of live musicians, and rappers to create a dope hip hop album that relies less on sampling, and more on the like minded vibe of a music collective. But on Saturday night, Cut Chemist did what he does best, which is slap chop the beats and rhythms, and get the bodies moving.
Towering behind his laboratory of turntables and laptops, Cut was both a musician and a professor, playing tracks from all over his impressive catalogue, while also giving a history lesson on beat juggling with some of his more obscure samples. What was equally as impressive as the jams, was the library of visual samples. Clips from music videos, old and new were spliced with shots of monkeys playing drums, men in superman costumes dancing with pharaohs, and so much sexy and colourful Bollywood and African dancing. Cue the peak of the acid trip…
Halfway through the set, when Cut was his most loose, and the club was its most sweaty, one of the many b-boys and b-girls plucked a chord out of his mixing board, bringing an abrupt stop to the hype, leaving levitated feet and minds frozen in a state of confusion. But, the minor technical issue was easily mended, and only fired up the hip hop Guru even more.“You guys are dancing your asses off and this shit ain’t even danceable,” he laughed. “That’s a house party for that ass!”cut chemist, The Cobalt