DJ Yoda – Chop Suey
DJ Yoda is arguably the single most important DJ to oversee the popularisation of turntablism as an art-form. Q-Bert may put on a more impressive technical display, but he hasn't got the same sense of humour and zany, anything-goes approach. Yoda is the undisputed king party-rocker, his enduringly popular How To Cut & Paste series gracing many a student's CD collection.
With Chop Suey, he delivers pretty much exactly what you'd expect – chopped hip-hop breaks mutating into drum and bass (Charlie Sheen), upbeat, poptastic grime (The Interview, Pizza), funky cod-disco (Happy), danceable hip-hop soul (Big Trouble In Little China), and a slew of samples from cartoons, movies and YouTube clips. Not to mention a star-studded cast of guests – Action Bronson, Alice Russell, Sway and Scroobius Pip all pop up, but it's Soom T and African Boy who steal the show on the carnival-esque dub of Rudies. Absolutely no surprises, but it's a satisfying, diverse listen. [Bram E. Gieben]