Released On: May 04, 2004
Released By: Wide Hive
DJ Zeph has been quite on the rise since his debut self-titled album on Wide Hive Records in 2001. Anticipation for his sophomore album has been building ever since, and the teaser 12" "Floor Wax" which was considered "one of the best 12-inches of the year" in 2003 by XLR8R magazine just added more fuel to the flame.
The 15-track album is ready to explode and take Zeph into the ranks of indie-super-producer and DJ. DJ Zeph returns with his high production value fusing live organic elements with funky and edgy boom-bap beats. This time he adds an all-star lineup of featured guests including Quannum's Lyrics Born on the dance floor filler "Hands Up" and Lifesavas' Vursatyl on the Electro influenced "Go Back." Boots Riley of The Coup keeps the party moving on "Shake it on Down," while Azeem returns in the comedic jam "Frogs." Zeph also calls on fellow Turntablists DJ Quest and DJ Teeko to help heat things up on the scratches.
The presence of live musicians never lack with ex Tower of Power drummer Ron E. Beck and Chester Thompson on "Organ Eyes," while SF's popular Southeast Asian crew Dhammal includes very warm tabla playing on the "Dhamall Interlude." Surprisingly enough the guest artists never overshadow Zeph's production and keep his beats and soundscapes on the forefront of every song. And it's important not to overlook DJ Zeph's producing partner and Wide Hive's main engineer, Ben Conrad who played a significant role in the way this album is sonically created and crafted.