David Browne
September 12, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Deep Concentration

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A-

Anyone who thinks turntable scratching went out of style with early rap should have his or her mind modestly blown by this compilation of the new wave of DJs, Deep Concentration. Using two (or three) turntables and the occasional microphone, innovators like L.A.’s Cut Chemist, New York veteran Prince Paul, and the Bay Area’s Lyrics Born & Lateef create sweeping, spooky soundscapes from whiplash scratches and sampled beats. The sound of hip-hop chilling out while never losing its vibrancy. A-

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