He’s a bit of a curveball thinker, is our Darren. There’s no denying the opinions thrown out there by the resident leftfield thinker of #GJBlog (yes, I’m a proper hashtag wanker now) are off kilter with the rest of society, but that doesn’t make them any less enlightening or entertaining. He’s also a bit of a DJ who throws records together to create interesting and thought provoking ideas.
This in evidence here with the opening three tracks, which sees Aftermath released hip-hop snapping out of a live recording of Joan Baez, before blurring into political discourse on George Bush which is overran atop of jazz. Dubya provides an accompaniment throughout with several soundbites discussing his stewardship segued to the music, which includes freaky funk from Jamie Lidell, social commentary form Gil Scott Heron and re-rubs of Rick James. There’s even a proper mental karaoke cover of Steve Miller Band riding shotgun with the original.
It’s a definite and very deliberate headfuck, much like the articles he throws forward on here. Disturbed and deranged? Yes, but equally it’s cleverely constructed and a hark back to the disco ethos of telling a story with a mix, although where Larry and Nicky focused on love and happiness Your Mother, as Darren’s DJ alter ego goes by, is swinging towards a much more eye-opening experience. Definitely not something you can just leave on in the background. Get stuck in folks.
1). “Play Me Backwards” – Joan Baez [Virgin].
2). “Hallelujah” – Bishop Lamont w/t Xzibit [Aftermath].
3). “Analysis of George W. Bush’s behaviour on Tuesday
September 11th 2001 (Jackie McLean ‘Hipnosis’ Blue Note re-edit)” –
Webster G. Tarpley [Tarpley.net].
4). “Jungle Love (MLW.com Konnan’s Faster Backwards Re-fix)” –
Steve Miller Band [Capitol].
5). “When I Come Back Around” – Jamie Lidell [Warp].
6). “Bastards, Keep Jump’in (Remix)” – Blackman [Red Light].
7). “Magic Passport (Grand Theft Auto IV Remix)” – Alex Jones
8). “Headless Heroes” – Eugene McDaniels [Atlantic].
9). “Missy Hyatt is The Numero Uno (Darren from Liverpool Mix)”-
Konnan & Court Bauer [MLW.com].
10). “Super Freak (Ronando’s Extended Freaky Freak Mix)” –
Rick James [Motown].
11). “Missing $ at The Pentagon (Banjo Happiness Remix)” –
American Newsdude [Top Secret].
12). “Equal Rights” – Dennis Brown [Joe Gibbs Music].
13). “How come Dubba-yuh was SO sure?” – Dr. Condoleezza Rice
14). “The Story” – The Matthew Herbert Big Band [Accidental].
15). “People’s Champion” – Katt Williams [White Label].
16). “Home is where The Hatred is?” – Gil Scott-Heron
17). “‘Desist Da Black” – Dollis Hill [Metalheadz].