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DJ Food - 'The Search Engine' [(Black) Vinyl [4LP]]
DJ Food - 'The Search Engine' [(Black) Vinyl [4LP]]
DJ Food - 'The Search Engine' [(Black) Vinyl [4LP]]
DJ Food - 'The Search Engine' [(Black) Vinyl [4LP]]
DJ Food - 'The Search Engine' [(Black) Vinyl [4LP]]
DJ Food - 'The Search Engine' [(Black) Vinyl [4LP]]

DJ Food

The Search Engine

Black Vinyl Import

Vinyl LP Record [4LP]

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Eleven years after the last DJ Food album release ("Kaleidoscope"), Strictly Kev and various friends, associates and like-minded collaborators return with a new fulllength. 'The Search Engine' distills the best parts from three EP's worth of material into a continuous 56 minute album of unbridled creativity and laser-sharp focus.

Collaborations abound in the form of vocal appearances from Natural Self (aka Nathaniel Pearn), JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Steroid Maximus etc.) and The The's Matt Johnson. The latter reprises his vocal on a cover of his own track 'GIANT', nearly thirty years after its first release. Musical hook-ups include 2econd Class Citizen, who trades sample-attacks with Strictly for the suite of nine tracks that make up the 11 minute 'Magpie Music'. Dr Rubberfunk lends his drumming skills to the opening track and old DJ Food partner PC and Solid Steel's DK add their own ingredients to the mix.

While there isn't a single concept behind the record, certain themes twine their way through the music. In particular, the twin retro-future icons, astronauts and robots, float and bleep their way across the surface of the album, from the Henry Flint cover art onwards. Perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work on the 2000AD comic, Flint gave Kev access to a caché of his personal drawings to colour as well as creating new work specifically for the project.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all to those who associate the DJ Food name with the early 90s "Jazz Brakes" records is just how heavy "The Search Engine" is. Styled as a kind of psychedelic rock album made with samplers, Strictly Kev has not been afraid the frug the fuck out, with thundering drum work and fuzz bass perhaps the central muscial signature of the work.

As for the title, Kev explains that, "the way we live every day is helped by search engines of many shapes and sizes. Some people think they control and influence how we work and play. In this case, though, the Search Engine could be something waiting to be found out in the vastness of space..." Thrusters on full...

Reflecting Strictly's work as a designer as well as musician (he had to take the whole of 2010 off from recording the record while he did all the design for Ninja's 20th "XX' anniversary) the album comes in a number of formats: regular CD digipak, download, comic book w/ a CD & 7" flexi-disc and a limited edition 4 EP for Record Store Day.

On Record Store Day 2012 Ninja Tune released a four disc vinyl repress of the EPs that made up DJ Food's album 'The Search Engine'. These are straight represses of the original three EPs (One Man's Weird..., The Shape of Things... and Magpies, Maps & Moons) plus the Amorphous Androgynous remix 12" from last years' RSD (on black vinyl this time though). The first three 12"s have been out of print for some time now and contain extra tracks and some different mixes to the CD album, with some tracks also being full length versions. If your bought these the first time round there's nothing new here I'm afraid except the poster covers are replaced by an eight panel foldout sleeve, similar to the original limited edition 'Paul's Boutique' LP. Each disc has its own sleeve and the spine measures a tasty 13 mm in width, easy to find in the rack for sure.

In the spirit of the title and to add a little something for RSD Food added ten unique pieces of artwork inserted into random copies of the album. Six high quality prints of zoetropes that he made for the exhibitions last year and four unique collages. All are 12"x12" in size, signed, stamped and protected by a transparent sleeve. If you weren't able to pick up a copy on RSD now you have a chance to find one of the inserts, which are completely random and could go out to whoever orders them.
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