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Devil's Workshop

    "Devil's Workshop" is an instrumental album that sees DJ Format going in a slightly different direction to what you might have expected. Continuing the blueprint laid down in DJ Shadow's groundbreaking early work that made it possible for a hip hop producer to create genre-defying new compositions from old records, everything you hear is painstakingly pieced together from 100% samples to give the illusion you're listening to a band assembled by David Axelrod. There's no time for stagnant, repetitive loops that leave you wondering when a rapper is going to appear, instead each song keeps building in mood and intensity by the clever use of layer upon layer of carefully chosen samples. A rich tapestry of musical instruments from keyboards, horns & guitars through to vibes, bamboo flutes & sitars paint an exciting soundscape throughout the album and make it very difficult to pigeon-hole. While it is primarily an instrumental album, Format utilises a variety of vocal samples from sources as wide ranging as '60s spoken word, '70s religious records, right up to '80s & '90s rap records, all used out of their original context to tell a new story. "Devil's Workshop" is far from a typical DJ Format record or a typical hip hop record and should be listened to with an open mind. Everyone may have different ideas as to the meaning of certain songs but as long as they make you think....and feel something...that's all that really matters.
    DJ Format says:"I wanted to make an instrumental album that perfectly reflects my musical tastes in 2021. Although hip hop was my first love and definitely shaped my whole relationship with music, nowadays I mostly listen to '60s jazz, psychedelic rock and everything in between. I've travelled half way around the world in search of old records that excite & inspired me to make music of my own and I truly believe that Devil's Workshop is my best work so far, it's the culmination of everything I've learnt over a lifetime of consuming & studying music".


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Time To Listen
    2. The Light
    3. Brainstorm
    4. Warm Dust
    5. Peace
    6. Disaster Time
    7. The Curse
    8. Blind Man
    9. Mountains Of Madness
    10. Strange Sensations

    DJ Format & Abdominal

    Still Hungry

      For fourteen years, DJ Format and rapper Abdominal have been entertaining crowds from Toronto to the UK. Now the hip-hop stars are back at it in 2017 with their new album "Still Hungry". While they both have collaborated on each other's solo records, "Still Hungry" marks their first joint album. Still Hungry boasts the best of what Format and Abs bring to the hip-hop community: funky, up-tempo and slick beats, coupled with intelligent, savvy lyrics. The album also showcases a grittier, harder sound, reflecting the maturity of the two artists, giving their audience some head-bobbing bangers that could rock any concert hall. Format and Abs have contributed to each other's albums, with Abs providing slick verses on Format's debut album "Music for the Mature B-Boy", and Format producing tracks on Abdominal's debut release "Escape from the Pigeon Hole". In 2003 they provided support for Jurassic 5's European tour, and then continued touring together as headliners based on how hype crowds became when they took the stage. Together, they have toured the UK more than twenty times to sold-out crowds. They have rocked stages such as Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown Festival and the iconic Jazz Café and Brixton Academy venues in London. They have also brought their high-energy shows to Australia and across Europe several times over the past fifteen years. Like any memorable hip-hop team, DJ Format & Abdominal have found success by working off each other's strengths and giving the global hip-hop community a unique and funky sound destined to be a fixture in every rap lover's collection.

      TRACK LISTING

      Still Hungry
      We're Back
      Dirt
      Behind The Scenes
      Reflective Meditation Rhymes
      Diamond Hammer
      No Time
      Forged From Hardship
      White Rapper
      We Say


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