RJD2

When he emerged in 2002 with his debut LP, Deadringer, Philadelphia-based RJD2 (born Ramble John Krohn) was pegged as the next DJ Shadow. He possessed a similar crate-digging prowess; a love of classic soul, funk, and hip-hop; and a reliance on atmospheric, cinematic textures. As RJD2's career progressed, however, he diverged from the Shadow path, issuing a damn-near singer-songwritery album (2007's The Third Hand) that prominently featured his own vocals and favored live instrumentation over samples. And now the man behind the Mad Men theme is back with the fantastic The Colossus. The "career overview" record brings together live instruments and samples and revisits his early breakbeat style while delving into bright psych-pop and dark hip-hop, too.

 
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